March 24, 2013

Basel 2013 Concord C1 Chronograph Review

Basel 2013 Concord C1 Chronograph
Pre-Baselworld 2013 Concord C1 Chronograph
  W&R has enjoyed the evolution of the C1 over the years, though, never written about them here. This is new improved C1, from a standpoint of wearability (smaller case) and legibility. For a chronograph, the textured dial is relatively uncluttered, with masculine hour and minute hands. No doubt this watch C1 Chronograph from Concord will set you back pretty penny. The good news is you are never likely to see it on another persons wrist besides your own.
Press Release:
  Concord unveils its legendary chronograph from a completely new angle. The C1 Chronograph shows how an emblematic design has brilliantly evolved to remain perfectly aligned with the times. Sharing the same DNA and avant-garde personality as its slightly larger older sibling, this new timepiece has no trouble making its mark with a marginally smaller crown, improved readability, and a wrist-hugging, ergonomic case. Like the reference model, the new C1 Chronograph stands out for a sophisticated design with an artful blend of high-tech materials, including eight ceramic inserts around the distinctive bezel. A brilliant demonstration of Concord's talent for beautiful timepieces that cut to the essence.

Pros - smaller, easy to read dial, ceramic inlays
Consideration - integrated strap highly limits most change out options

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 47mm
Strap: Rubberized Black Alligator
Crystal: Sapphire 
Bezel: Ceramic Inserts
Movement: Automatic
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Water Resistant: 200M

Basel 2013 Hublot BIG BANG CAVIAR Red Gold And Steel Diamonds

Basel 2013 Hublot BIG BANG CAVIAR Steel Diamonds

Basel 2013 Hublot BIG BANG CAVIAR Red Gold
Basel 2013 Hublot BIG BANG CAVIAR Red And Steel Diamonds
Press Release:  
  Based on the unique, iconic design of the famous One Million $ Black Caviar, and directly inspired by the black ceramic Big Bang Black Caviar which has been one of the brand's bestsellers since 2011, these two watches, which boast an elegantly perfect diameter of 41mm, sport a sleek, graphic look with sharp angles and reliefs designed, cut, bevelled and polished like their big sister's black baguette diamonds. They are fitted with the HUB1112 self-winding mechanical movement and incorporate a date window at 3 o'clock, which connoisseurs are sure to appreciate. The strap of high shine black or silver calfskin leather sewn onto black rubber provides exceptional comfort, flexibility and resistance. With a power reserve of 42 hours, they are water-resistant to 10 Bar, equivalent to 100 metres.

March 22, 2013

Technomarine Steel Evolution Carbon Review

Technomarine Steel Evolution Carbon
TechnoMarine Steel Evolution Carbon - Baselworld 2013
  TechnoMarine is unveiling a new watch for Basel 2013 this year. The watch is called Steel Evolution Carbon and looks pretty darn nice. TechnoMarine is a fun brand, probably best illustrated on their website under the section called "I'm Special". A refreshing edginess, in the sometimes "stuffy" watch world.
  TechnoMarine used a stainless steel case, covered over with carbon fiber. The carbon fiber theme follows throughout the watch. This black carbon fiber can be found on the dial and woven carbon fiber inserted onto TechnoMarine's well know silicone rubber strap. Keeping with the black theme, the unidirectional bezel is done in a PVD finish. All this combined creates a masculine, modern, handsome looking watch. The dial has two subdials, that are accented in orange. Giving the Steel Evolution Carbon a little "pop" to set the watch off visually. Obviously, the watch has a chronograph function, as well as a date window at 4 o'clock. Powering this 45mm watch is a Rhonda 5040D quartz movement. This will definitely help keep the cost down vs. an automatic movement. Though, the watch features a chronograph complication, do not fear, this bad boy is rated to 200m of water resistance. AR coated sapphire crystal is used to protect the dial. No word on the price just yet, will circle back once available. 

Pros - stealthy, carbon fiber materials, good dial layout
Consideration - lacking in the lume department

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel & Carbon Fiber
Case Diameter: 45mm
Strap: Black Silicone & Woven Carbon Fiber 
Dial: Carbon Fiber Overlay
Crystal: AR Coated Sapphire 
Bezel: Unidirectional 
Movement: Quartz Rhonda 5040D
Power Reserve: Around 2 years
Water Resistant: 200M

March 19, 2013

Basel 2013 Tissot Luxury Automatique Review

 Basel 2013 Tissot Luxury Automatique
Pre-Basel 2013 Tissot Luxury Automatique
  Tissot is coming in strong with a new release in 2013 at Baselworld. The Tissot Luxury Automatique is all class. A relatively straight forward dress watch in regards to the dial. After that the watch is all business. The automatic movement is COSC certified and has an 80 hour power reserve! Those who know watches can really appreciate the power of this movement. Tissot, being very proud of this movement shows it off throught a sapphire caseback, nicely decorated as well. Great attention to detail was paid to the case side as well. The Luxury Automatique is true looker!
Press Release:
  Developing new technology is embedded in Tissot's DNA, and why the brand can now present the Tissot Luxury Automatic whose mechanical movement - the Powermatic 80 - is nothing short of revolutionary. Tissot's spirit of innovation by tradition and ETA's expertise in the creation of movements makes a winning combination and has led to groundbreaking technology. A new spring-barrel develops an incredible power reserve of more than three days. The regulator system has been redesigned for a more precise, more robust movement. The Tissot signature is also evident in the care that prevails over the finishes. With alternating polished and satin surfaces, and a black or mother-of-pearl dial, with or without diamonds, the Tissot Luxury Automatic comes with a thousand facets but a single unique and exquisite aesthetic.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel 
Case Diameter: 41mm
Dial: Black or White Mother of Pearl
Bracelet: Stainless Steel or Black Leather
Strap: 22mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Fixed/Polished
Movement: Powermatic 80
Power Reserve: 80 hours
Water Resistant: 50M

Basel 2013 ORIS Calobra Limited Edition Review

Basel 2013 ORIS Calobra Limited Edition
Pre-Basel 2013 ORIS Calobra Limited Edition
  Oris has been releasing some really nice new designs the last few years. W&R was never a huge fan of some of their designs going back a few years. Fast forward to Baselworld 2013, the Colobra is another good looker from Oris. Keeping with what seems to be every watch brands theme for 2013, Calobra has a black dial, with plenty of red accents. This color combination is running rampant this year, but no denying it looks killer. Oris is using a modified Sellita SW500 automatic movement, which is very similar to the very popular Valjoux 7750 automatic movment. The caseback is has been skeletonized, using sapphire crystal for a nice viewing of the movement. This is a limited edition offering from Oris, with 1,000 pieces being made in total. A thousand does not seem so limited, 500 sounds better...that is conversation for another day.
Press Release:
  To celebrate the new edition of the “Oris Rallye Clásico Isla Mallorca”, the Swiss watchmaker presents the Calobra limited edition. A chronograph with a strongly evocative automobile touch. The steel case is equipped with a bidirectional ceramic rotating bezel with a rubber-coated edge to ensure an optimal grip. The silver-toned inner bezel ring, engraved with a tachometric scale, is directly fixed to the case. The original matte black dial inspired by dashboard counters features a linear small seconds display at 9 o’clock. The back of this limited edition bears an exclusive engraving depicting the famous “tie knot” symbolises the diabolical hairpin curves of the Calobra rally route. The perforated black and red leather strap resolutely evokes the world of classical cars that line up for the rally. 1,000-piece limited edition.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 44mm
Strap: Perforated black & red leather
Lug Width: 22mm (unconfirmed at this point)
Crystal: Sapphire front and back
Bezel: Bidirectional
Movement: Orris Calibre 774 (Sellita SW500)
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistant: 100M

March 18, 2013

Basel 2013 Breitling Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon

Basel 2013 Breitling Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon
Pre Baselworld 2013 Breitling Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon
  Here it is, W&R favorite Bentley to date! No bling, just business. As the name suggest this is very light watch, especially for a Breitling. This limited edition Bentley will no doubt cost you heavy in the wallet. Comprised of a carbon body and titanium, the watch looks steller. W&R has mentioned it before, the ever popular black dial and red accents is being used on Midnight Carbon's dial here as well. Seems to be the trend the last few years. Here is the quick down and dirtly on this stunner. 
Press Release:
  The latest timepiece to carry the Breitling for Bentley name is an ultra-light, ultra-sporty creation, issued as a 1,000-piece limited edition. The all-black exterior of the Bentley Light Body Midnight Carbon conceals a tough but lightweight titanium chassis with a high-resistance, carbon-based treatment. The dashboard-inspired dial features two Breitling exclusives - a "30-second chrono" and a "variable tachymeter" - with red-accented indications. The originality and force of this black-clad design are further emphasised by the mat black hour-markers and hands, and by the rubber strap that takes its knurled pattern from Bentley radiator grilles.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 49mm
Bracelet: Black Rubber
Lug Width: 24mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Knurled
Movement: Breitling 25B
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistant: 100M

Basel 2013 TISSOT Tissot T-Race Touch Review

Basel 2013 TISSOT Tissot T-Race Touch
Pre Baselwold 2013 TISSOT Tissot T-Race Touch
  Today we are taking a pre-Baselworld look at the newest Touch by Tissot. W&R has always had a soft spot for Tissot and their "Touch" technology. Sometimes it is nice to see and talk about something different in regards to watches and the T-Race Touch does just that. As to be expected the T-Race Touch is packed full of functions including: Hours, minutes, chronograph (lap, split and add functions), perpetual calendar, logbook, countdown, dual time zone, 2 alarms, tide calculator, compass and backlighting. Esthetically, Tissot did a great job of integrated technology into a great looking multifunctional watch.
Press Release:
  The perfect alliance of the Tissot T-Race and the Tissot Racing-Touch, the Tissot T-Race Touch has everything the ultimate contemporary sport watch must have. Eleven touch-activated functions tick all your boxes, including a chronograph that records split (intermediate) and add (partial) times. The logbook keeps check of different lap times, and the compass will keep you on course. A watch whose dynamic, athletic attitude will appeal to anyone in search of the action!

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Strap: Black Rubber
Lug Width: N/A
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Black
Movement: Quartz
Power Reserve: About 2 years
Water Resistant: 100M