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2019-05-19

OMEGA Co‑Axial Master Chronometer PLANET OCEAN 600M [ZrO2]

OMEGA has released a new Planet Ocean 600M which pays homage to the OG PO from 2005 which debuted with its distinctive bright orange bezel and strap.



Omega have taken that OG bright orange color and brought it back to life on a new orange ceramic [ZrO2] bezel inlay using a new process for which a patent is pending.



Creating a stark contrast against the orange is a polished white dial also in ceramic [ZrO2].



The 43.50 mm Stainless steel model’s white ceramic dial is with applied Arabic numerals in orange and a date window at the 3 o’clock position.



The orange ceramic unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel includes a dive-time scale filled with liquid ceramic and SuperLumiNova.



Other features include an alveol screw-down case-back and an integrated Stainless steel bracelet with patented extendable fold-over clasp and diver extension.



The watch is water resistant to 600 meters and has a Helium-Escape Valve.



Powering it is Omega’s Master Chronometer caliber 8900 which can be seen through the transparent Sapphire case-back.



In order to qualify its Master Chronometer status, it has passed 8 rigorous tests set by METAS (The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology).



In addition to the classic steel link bracelet, the watches are also available on these sexy orange / white / grey striped NATOs.



The new PO 600M is coming this fall. Thoughts? It’s a PO with some nice updates; orange always looks good, perhaps something new for the summer?

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M CHRONO 2019

After their conspicuous absence from Baselworld this year, OMEGA have finally unveiled this 2019’s newest models, which as luck would have include one or two new diver’s watches - well, at least some new variants.



Starting with this, the new Seamaster 300M Chronograph which joins last year’s SM Diver 300M on which it is based and shares all of its diving features with.



There are at least 4 variants (not all shown here) of which is this eye-catching 18K Sedna™ gold model with a dark laser-ablated black ceramic bezel and golden-ringed sub-dials.



In fact at least 3 out of 4 of the versions get blingy gold accents in one way or another, but fear not there is also a plain Stainless steel offering with a classic blue bezel and dial.



About those diver’s features - the watch’s 44mm case is equipped with the new conically-shaped HEV (designed for better grip), a diver’s bezel with ceramic inlay and of course 300 meters of WR.



Keeping track of time is an easy-to-read display that includes; central hour-minute and chrono-sec. hands, a 60min and 12hr recorder, a small seconds sub-dial and a date window at 6 o’clock.



All chronograph models are unique for their ceramic chrono-pushers, which perfectly match the color of their bezels and dials.



In addition to ceramic, bezels and pushers, the watches also get ceramic dials with laser-engraved waves as well as raised indexes that are filled with Super-LumiNova.



Power comes from a highly-precise, OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 9900 which can be seen through a sapphire exhibition case-back.




You can choose from black ceramic, stainless steel and 18K Sedna™ gold, or blue ceramic, stainless steel and 18K yellow gold.



The watches will be available from late summer. Thoughts? You can’t beat the classic steel and blue combo, the others aren’t really for me. What do you think; which is your favorite?

2019-05-16

UNDONE Basecamp

Here’s an appealing, affordable (sub 300USD) proposition from Hong Kong-based, UNDONE.

Weighing in at just 66 grams, and measuring a modest 40mm in diameter by 15mm thick and with a lug-to-lug measurement of 48mm, the Basecamp is a vintage inspired adventure watch.



With a mere 50m of water-resistance it is far from being a pro tool diver but certainly possesses many of those aesthetic features that one might expect to find on a good looking retro diver.

Starting with a Stainless steel case; angled and polished along the lugs and fitted with an old school sterile mil-style bezel with single 12hr marker.



A trio of highly distinguishable hands that include: a bright orange oversized arrowhead hour, a vintage beige sword minute and lollipop seconds (also in beige).

Then there’s 3mm-thick highly domed crystal developed using LEXAN™, a polycarbonate thermoplastic found in headlamps and motorcycle helmets with 250 times the impact strength of glass.



The Basecamp is powered by a Seiko Instrument Inc. NH35a automatic movement which has a 42-hour power reserve.

The Basecamp will ship at the end of this month (May) and like most UNDONE watches can be configured with several: case finishes, bezel types and NATO strap options.

https://www.undone.watch/

2019-05-14

BREITLING Superocean Heritage OCEAN CONSERVANCY LE

This is the lovely new Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44 Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition watch, created to commemorate an important partnership between Breitling and Ocean Conservancy.

The pair organized a successful beach cleanup in Bali last week resulting in hundreds of kilos of rubbish and plastic being removed from the beach. I’ve seen it first hand – its terrible.



The special watch was officially launched with the help and support of Brietling’s high-profile Surfers Squad members:

Kelly Slater, Sally Fitzgibbons, and Stephanie Gilmore, who were part of the beach cleanup initiative along with a further 100 Breitling guests plus hundreds more volunteers from Bali and its surrounding regions.



Limited to 1000 pieces, the SOH Chrono Ocean Conservancy is distinguished by a case-back engraved with the Ocean Conservancy logo and the Limited Edition 1 OF 1000.

The chronograph, which is powered by a Breitling Caliber 13 automatic movement, features an ultra-hard scratch and shock-resistant unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel.



The bezel’s 12hr dot, as well as the minute and hour hands, are coated with SuperLumiNova which emits a blue rather than regular green light.

The lume’s color variation was chosen to complement the design of the watch, whose silver-colored dial is enhanced by a blue Superocean inscription.



Blue accents as well as a blue central seconds-hand, tone-on-tone sub-dials with blue or nickel-plated accents can also be found.

The 44mm, 200m Stainless-steel chronometer is presented on a blue-striped satin NATO strap and is delivered with an additional plain blue satin NATO strap, both made from ECONYL.




ECONYL yarn was previously used for the Heritage II Chronograph 44 OUTERKNOWN, it is an innovative material repurposed from nylon waste, one source of which is fishing nets from the world’s oceans.

The NATOs are said to be extremely durable, and the ECONYL yarn itself can be recycled indefinitely. The packaging is also made from 100% recycled material.



Thoughts? The cynical among us might say that this is simply marketing off the back of environmental issues;

and to an extent it is, but organizations such as OCEAN CONSERVANCY badly need the support of large brands to help them do their important work.



For the consumer, a lovely new limited edition watch and warm glow in your heart knowing that you have in some way helped to save the oceans ;)

Final thoughts? Shouldn’t Breitling be offering ECONYL NATOs for all their models? Shouldn’t all the big brands be using enviro-friendly straps?

H. MOSER & CIE Pioneer ROTATING BEZEL

From the brand’s whose moto is “VERY RARE” comes something very rare (as rare as rocking horse sh!t), a watch that has intrigued me since it was previewed at SIHH earlier this year.

Despite it already being available from dealers with an MSRP of 15,500USD, it hasn’t actually had any kind of official release, if it had; it was certainly the stealthiest release in existence.

There are a couple things to say about the Limited Edition of 50 – firstly it isn’t per se a diver’s watch (according to H. Moser). The other is that it represents two firsts for the brand.

Not only is it H. Moser’s first ever timepiece to be equipped with a rotating bezel, but it is also their first model to be fitted with a Stainless bracelet.



So not a true diver, but with its graduated blue dial, 120m of water-resistance and a bezel with a 50-min scale it would seem that it could perhaps handle more than a passing flirtation with the ocean.

Basic spec. includes: a 42.8mm Stainless steel case, Sapphire crystal (front and back) and an automatic HMC200 Caliber with a power-reserve of 3 days.

Thoughts? This is the classy gentleman’s almost dive watch. I would imagine that it has already long sold out. What do you think; should they make a few more?

https://www.h-moser.com/

2019-05-13

ALPINA Seastrong Diver 300 AUTOMATIC

Dive into the swinging 60s with Alpina’s new Seastrong Diver 300 collection. This latest edition of the Seastrong Diver 300 remains faithful to the distinctive design codes that have –

given the model such a recognizable character over the decades; an oversized case with strong masculine lines, large luminous markers and of course a unidirectional diver’s bezel.



Directly inspired by one of Alpina’s historical models, namely the Seastrong 10 from the 1960s, new Seastrong Diver 300 carries forward Alpina’s diving heritage into the modern era.



Over half a century ago, the Seastrong was already capable of reaching depths of 200 meters and built to operate in a demanding environment.



Today’s Seastrong Diver 300 is for the first time offered with a brand-new 44mm Titanium or Bronze PVD coated case.



These are offered with either: a grey, black or navy blue 60-minute unidirectional bezel and a dark brown, grey or navy blue dial designed with highly contrasting large luminous indexes and hands.



A black date window is featured at 3 o’clock while a knurled screw-down crown offers added security ensuring the timepiece’s water-resistance of 300 meters while diving.



BTW, the red triangle counterweight on the seconds hand is a nod to the brand’s historical logo.

Power comes from an ALPINA AL-525 automatic caliber which can be viewed through a see through case-back.



The new Alpina Seastrong 300 Auto is delivered on a vintage leather strap with an additional rubber strap. It has suggested retail price: 1295 euro.



Thoughts? I’m totally on board with the use of Titanium but can’t understand why bronze-colored IP was used instead of actual Bronze; a missed opportunity imo.



I quite like the black variant with the vintage lume but as a whole find Alpina’s watches lacking in any sex appeal. What do you think?

2019-05-10

ANGELUS U51 Diver Tourbillon 5-DAYS [what’s the point?]

It’s all too easy to dismiss a 32K+USD dive watch, and perhaps just as easy to dismiss a diving tourbillon; THESE aren’t exactly daily beaters are they?

I sometimes wonder whether or not I should be posting watches like this Angelus U51 Diver, but then I think to myself, perhaps it might be interesting to see what marvels lie at the other end of the spectrum.


As well as being passionate about dive watches, I am also a bit of hot hatch enthusiast. I like nothing better than checking out the latest pocket rockets, but am just as tickled by the sight of a supercar.



So are watches like the U51 Diver Tourbillon the supercars of the dive watch industry? Are they idolized or coveted to anything like the same extent by the dive watch community as say, a McLaren 720S or Ferrari 488 GTB is by a petrol head? I don’t think so – so what’s the point?

Perhaps the U51 can tell us itself because it is certainly a remarkable diver. For starters; Angelus have managed to further push the limits of their famous diving tourbillon movement by adding a 5-day power-reserve to its list of features; and all this achieved while meeting the requirements of (as near as damn it) a professional diver’s watch.



The A-310 caliber that powers the U51 Divers Tourbillon has been engineered for efficiency, with an Si lever escapement and with all bridges as plates made of Titanium.

Angelus’ engineers and watchmakers have obtained a 5-day power-reserve while keeping the 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) frequency, ensuring a high degree of precision. Finally, the tourbillon cage itself, is set on a ball bearing instead of pivots for increased stability.



Even though the U51 Diver Tourbillon is intended as a high-performance diver’s watch, its skeletonized movement has been carefully decorated with a toolish sandblasted finish, furthering the natural color variations of the Titanium.

The U51’s 45mm Titanium case features two large screw-down crowns. The two-position crown at 4 o’clock is used for winding and setting the time, while the crown at 2 o’clock is used to rotate the unidirectional 60-minute rotational diver’s bezel.



Opposite, at the 9 o’clock position, a Helium Escape Valve in case you were in any doubt of the watch’s diving credentials. Despite the totally open design with large Sapphire crystals front and back, the U51 has a more than satisfactory water-resistance of 300 meters.

Angelus have paid great attention to the aesthetics of the U51 Diver Tourbillon. Its 45mm case has been manufactured with a subtle combination of sandblasted, brushed and polished surfaces, designed to showcase the otherwise dullest tones of Titanium.



The bezel of the case and the chapter ring are with a design that recalls ocean waves. The open display appeals with a contrasting chapter ring of storm blue and bright orange. The hands, indexes and Arabic numerals are all filled with SLN for optimal readability.

The U51 Diver Tourbillon comes on a matching blue rubber diver’s strap embossed with an Angelus logo and a Titanium folding buckle. A Limited Edition of 25 pieces, it has a Swiss MSRP of 32,800CHF + taxes.

http://www.angelus-watches.com