OceanicTime Archives

2019-01-17

PANERAI Submersible Carbotech 42MM

This is the new Submersible Carbotech 42MM AKA PAM00960, released by Panerai, this week at SIHH 2019. The new Submersible Carbotech is dressed from head to toe in the high-tech material.



It gets a Carbotech case, crown-protecting device and unidirectional rotating bezel ensure extreme lightness and resistance. Carbotech has an uneven, matte black appearance, which varies according the cutting of the material.



The structure of Carbotech is designed to enhance both the aesthetics and the performance of the material. To form the plates of Carbotech from which these components are made, thin sheets of carbon fibers are compressed at a controlled temperature under high pressure together with a high-end polymer, PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), which binds the composite material, making it even stronger and more durable.



Basic spec. includes: an automatic mechanical, OP XXXIV caliber, executed entirely in-house by Panerai and 300 meters of water-resistance.



The new Submersible Carbotech is available in a new 42MM diameter or in a standard new 47MM size. The 47MM has an MSRP of 18400USD excl. sales tax. However I am not sure what the 42MM MSRP is?

PANERAI Submersible Carbotech 47MM

This is the new Submersible Carbotech 47MM AKA PAM01616, released by Panerai, this week at SIHH 2019. The new Submersible Carbotech is dressed from head to toe in the high-tech material.



It gets a Carbotech case, crown-protecting device and unidirectional rotating bezel ensure extreme lightness and resistance. Carbotech has an uneven, matte black appearance, which varies according the cutting of the material.



The structure of Carbotech is designed to enhance both the aesthetics and the performance of the material. To form the plates of Carbotech from which these components are made, thin sheets of carbon fibers are compressed at a controlled temperature under high pressure together with a high-end polymer, PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), which binds the composite material, making it even stronger and more durable.



Basic spec. includes: an automatic mechanical, P.9010 caliber, executed entirely in-house by Panerai and 300 meters of water-resistance.



The new Submersible Carbotech is available in a standard 47mm diameter or a new 42MM size. It has an MSRP of 18400USD excl. sales tax.

PANERAI Submersible BMG-TECH™

This is the new Submersible BMG-TECH™ - 47mm AKA PAM00799, the first of a slew of new Submersible models released at SIHH 2019 in Geneva by Panerai.



The watch combines two of the most innovative Panerai materials available in one watch: BMG-TECH case and Carbotech™ bezel ensuring extreme strength, scratch resistance and light weight.



If you aren't a fan of the uneven, matte black appearance of the Carbotech, which varies according to the cutting of the material, the watch also comes with a plain BMG-TECH bezel.



Well, I'm assuming its BMG-TECH but it could possibly be Titanium which is used on the case-back of both variants.



This models gets a really lovely deep blue dial while the latter has piercing bright blue lumed dial markers.



Further spec. includes: 300m of water-resistance and power from a P.9010 caliber, executed entirely in-house by Panerai.



MSRP is 15300USD (excl. sales tax). Thoughts, I prefer the blue dial version but in fairness, these are both really great watches.

2019-01-16

ORIS ProDiver DIVE CONTROL Limited Edition

For anyone who was fearful that the Swiss watch industry’s current tendency towards more modest sized watches was more than a fad – fear not, Oris is here to put things right with a brand new 51mm ProDiver!



Returning to the deep with their brand new, 1000m, Dive Control Limited Edition ProDiver, Oris have once again made a mega dive watch for commercial divers. Yes, that’s right not just a watch for posing with over a latte but a beast of watch for keeping you safe in one of the most hazardous industries that there are.



The Dive Control has a 51mm case cast in lightweight Grade 2 Titanium which has been coated in highly scratch-resistant black DLC.

It features Oris’s patented Rotation Safety System, or RSS, a signature Oris device that securely locks the unidirectional rotational bezel in place when diving. The new watch also features a 60min. chronograph counter at 12 o’clock, with highly legible yellow accents. Only 500 will be made!



The watch was developed in partnership with Swiss commercial diver, Roman Frischknecht whose career has been spent deep underwater working in the subsea industry. Roman had previously co-developed the patented Rotation Safety System, or RSS, an Oris signature safety-feature found on all ProDivers, designed to lock the bezel in place during a dive.



The Dive Control watch has a number of features above and beyond that of a standard diver’s watch. Firstly, it has an oversized 51 mm case that’s cast in lightweight, black DLC-coated Grade 2 Titanium and that’s water-resistant to 1000 meters.

In testing, Oris’s engineers actually pressure tested the Dive Control Limited Edition to an astonishing 125 bar to ensure it would perform in the most demanding conditions.



To increase legibility, the dial is also oversized. The bezel, complete with the RSS system, has a scratch and fade-resistant ceramic top ring. The hands, hour markers and 12hr marker on the bezel are all filled with SuperLumiNova.

Oris’s designers have used high-contrast yellow details to indicate critical information because yellow is one of the most visible colors underwater.




It also has an automatic Helium Escape Valve, in this instance not a superfluous feature for looking cool, but a device useful to Roman and his colleagues who live in a Helium-rich atmosphere during a saturation dive.

We know very well why HEVs are used but in case you’re late to the party, Helium atoms are smaller than atoms of oxygen and can enter a watch. Without the escape valve to release these particles, they could damage the watch once the diver reaches regular air pressure again.



“In the companies I work for, safety standards are high and the equipment very reliable. Commercial diving has become one of the most safety conscious professions in the world,” says Roman Frischknecht.

That might be difficult for most of us to comprehend who work on terra firma, but when it comes to his work, Roman doesn’t deal in half-certainties. The safety of each member of the diving team is paramount. Their equipment is state-of-the-art, designed to keep them safe in extreme conditions and maintained regularly to ensure performs reliably.



Roman applied the same rigor to the development of the Oris ProDiver’s signature feature, the Rotation Safety System. Oris worked with Roman during two years of development to deliver a unidirectional rotating bezel that can be locked securely into place during a dive.

So critical is time measurement and management in every aspect of diving, that there is no room for error. By locking a bezel in place, he can be sure of exactly how much time he has left on his dive.



Oris has patented this innovation and the Oris ProDiver is the only watch in the world to carry the function. ‘A unidirectional rotating bezel is a great tool, but if it doesn’t move once it’s fixed, it gives a diver extra peace of mind when timing a dive’, explains Roman.

In addition, the watch’s Swiss Made automatic chronograph movement gives it central seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph hands. The 30-minute chronograph hand has a yellow counterbalance that reads off against a yellow scale, extending it to a full 60-minute display. This way reading as well as calculation errors can be avoided and safety thus increases. For a professional diver, this is exactly what comes first.



1. Activating RSS Hold the bezel’s black vulcanized rubber edge and then lift it. This will release the RSS’s lock and the bezel’s black ceramic minutes scale top ring. When activated, a yellow ring will appear around the edge of the top ring.

2. Setting the timer With the yellow ring now visible, turn the top ring anti-clockwise and align the number on it that corresponds to your allocated dive time with the watch’s minutes hand.

3. Securing the time Once in place, push the top ring down until it clicks into position. The timer scale is now secure and you are ready to begin your dive.



The new Dive Control Limited Edition Ref. No. 01 774 7727 7784 Set is Limited to 500 pieces. It comes on a black rubber diver’s strap with a Titanium black DLC plated folding clasp and a quick-adjust extension system, all delivered in a waterproof presentation box, along with an additional yellow rubber strap and some professional strap changing tools.

It is available as of January 2019 with a Swiss MSRP of 4850CHF.



Thoughts? This is a special watch indeed – in all honesty it is going to be way more watch than most of need or could handle but if you are working in the offshore industry or you like your watches big and purposeful, this is going to be a good fit. ;)

2019-01-14

BLANCPAIN Fifty Fathoms TITANIUM

So, this is what 66 years of evolution looks like – at a glance not much has changed which is great but things aren’t’ what they seem, the FF has been given another significant update but was it for its betterment?



Blancpain’s iconic Fifty Fathoms has been released (for the first time on a regular FF) in Titanium, some 12 years after receiving its major 2007 update with a date window placement between 4 and 5 o'clock –

and since it was first launched all the way back in the middle of the last century. That gives us some perspective of how long this famous dive watch has actually been around, but also a reminder that it is not a design that aficionados will appreciate anyone messing with, either.



Blancpain’s famous diver’s family is actually no stranger to this high-tech material – Titanium was the metal of choice for the brand’s not so popular oversized dartboard-looking 500 Fathoms, their totally bonkers X Fathoms and more recently, the new FF GRANDE DATE.

Today, Blancpain is offering a new version of the regular Fifty Fathoms Automatic which now combines its ebony-black color for the first time with a new satin-brushed Titanium case. Six decades on, its main technical and aesthetic characteristics, revisited and complemented by a date in 2007, are now teamed with a new case material.



Known for its robustness as well as its high resistance to impacts and corrosion, Titanium also has a low density that makes it particularly light. This major advantage, which distinguishes it from steel, has enabled Blancpain to produce the new FF as a larger 45mm diameter model.

I’m not sure that’s really a good thing or at all necessary given the current and growing trend towards much smaller diameters, but there you have it. As with all FF the new case material is engraved on the underside of its lugs – in this instance its now says “TITANE” rather than “SETEL”.



Measuring 45mm in diameter and water-resistant to 300 meters, the new Fifty Fathoms Automatic in Titanium features a ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel, fitted with a scratch-proof domed black Sapphire inlay.

For enhanced visibility in all circumstances, its markers, dial hour-markers and hands are made of SuperLumiNova, a coating that strikes an ideal contrast with the sunburst black dialof the watch.



The Sapphire crystal case-back affords a view of Blancpain's 1315 caliber, notably endowed with an optimal five-day power reserve enabled by the use of three series coupled barrels housing high-performance springs. Its silicon balance-spring protects it from the negative effects of magnetism without the need to isolate it behind a Faraday cage.

Ensuring this movement is every bit as beautiful as it is reliable, meticulous finishing performed in the purest watchmaking tradition combines straight-graining, beveling, circular-graining and circular satin-brushing techniques to enhance the exclusivity of this new Fifty Fathoms Automatic.



Thoughts? As a self-confessed Titanium fanboy; I’m much in favor of the new case material, but feel that 42mm would have been a much better choice even with the new Ti case. What do you think?

2019-01-09

BELL & ROSS BR03-92 DIVER BRONZE for CORTINA

This is the Limited Edition Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Bronze AKA the Demiurgas, made in celebration of the 15yr long partnership between Bell & Ross and Asian Pacific luxury retailer, Cortina Watch.



Based on the regular BR03-92 Diver Bronze, the Demiurgas which takes its name from the Greek for ‘’Creator’’ has been produced in a limited series of 100 pieces, available exclusively from Cortina.

The watch gets a CuSn8 bronze case and a mil.-style drab olive dial with gold-plated appliqué indices with SuperLumiNova inserts and an orange seconds hand.



The Demiurgas comes on a specially aged black leather strap with a CuSn8 buckle - this can easily be replaced with the standard B&R rubber diver’s strap. Pretty nice!

http://www.bellross.com

MIDO Ocean Star DIVER 600

Here’s a proper look at Mido’s NEWEST and most capable diver, to date, the Ocean Star Diver 600, designed by the Swiss brand for exploring the ocean's depths!



With a water-resistant up to 60 bar or 600m (the deepest Mido to date), a diver’s bezel filled with SuperLumiNova Grade X and also for the first time on a Mido, a Helium Escape Valve, the watch should be perfectly suited to deep water.



In addition to its diving prowess, it has a COSC-certified chronometer movement; offering an autonomy of up to 80 hours. In addition to the 2-year guarantee, COSC-certified Mido timepieces benefit from an extra year of guarantee.



Mido have also updated the Caliber 80 which the new Ocean Star Diver 600M is powered by with a silicon balance-spring. In addition to its anti-magnetic properties, this offers far greater long-term accuracy than a standard balance-spring and better shock-resistance.



The watch case gets a black PVD coating creating a tough, impurity-free film to ensure continued resistance to corrosion.



PVD is not as tough as DLC but still boosts the watch’s hardness and robustness while enhancing its aesthetics in shades of black, pink gold or yellow gold. BTW it is also hypoallergenic.



A Sapphire crystal reveals the watch’s dial in sharp relief - affording excellent readability in a range of conditions. Finally Mido’s high-quality rubber strap completes the watch’s purposeful diver aesthetic.



Thoughts? Must admit, I quite like this but in all honesty Mido as a brand still doesn’t hold that much allure, compared to, say an Omega, Tudor or even an Oris. What do you think? Would you buy one?

2018-12-19

ENNEBI Magnum 58MM

Here’s a new project from Ennebi, a new 58mm FONDALE called the Magnum which will be available in Bronze or Black PVD Titanium.