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2020-05-27

WEMPE Iron Walker Automatic DIVER

Wempe has a new internal bezel diver’s watch – inspired not by the ocean but by a world as equally awe inspiring and as far removed from the terrestrial world that we inhabit, and perhaps a good deal more inviting of danger –



a daunting world, hundreds of feet up that was once the workplace of fearless construction workers working on New York’s skyscrapers during the 1920s and 30s.

Those guys were known as “Iron Walkers” and they were utterly badass!



The new Wempe Glashütte I/SA Iron Walker pays tribute to them with a collection of 16 models among them are these two great-looking diver’s watches.



The Iron Walker Automatic Diver’s Watch with its center seconds hand, date display, and internal rotating bezel fulfills all stringent criteria of the ISO and DIN standards for diver’s watches.



Its 42mm Stainless steel case with a height of 11.70mm has a water-resistance to 300 meters and features a either a black or blue dial.



Further diver’s features include: a 2x screw-down crown, an internal rotational diver’s bezel with 15min scale, a Sapphire crystal and a solid screw-down case-back.



Brightly glowing Swiss Super-Luminova has been coated on the hands and hour markers to ensure perfect readability in the dark.



Power comes from a self-winding ETA 2892-A2 movement. The watch is presented on a solid Stainless steel link bracelet with a trip-lock diver’s clasp. MSRP is 3’450USD.



Thoughts? At a glance there’s a bit of an Aquatimer vibe – most likely from the dive-time scale but on further inspection we have a good-looking new diver.



Not utterly unique but with lovely clean lines and a contemporary masculine aesthetic.

I particularly like the solid piece of steel that sits in-between the two crowns – gives the watch a such a purposeful look. What do you think?

2020-05-25

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LAURENT FERRIER Grand Sport TOURBILLON

I probably have no business posting a 185K watch on OT, but when I was deciding what to post today, there was some mediocre bronze diver - or this.

It isn’t a diver that’s for sure, but damn it’s good – this is the Grand Sport Tourbillon from Laurent Ferrier!



Genevan atelier, Laurent Ferrier who is well-known for creating classical watches using traditional high-end watchmaking techniques has crafted a new contemporary watch.



The Grand Sport Tourbillon, housed in a sporty 44mm Stainless steel case, this is the LF’s first model equipped with an integrated Stainless steel bracelet.



The new addition to Laurent Ferrier’s portfolio of models features a tourbillon, double balance spring, and the brand’s famous exalted finishing.



The case of the Grand Sport Tourbillon is housed predominantly features circular satin-finished elements. The bezel is cushion-shaped but encompasses contrasting mirror-polished flanks.



The middle of the case has a barrel-shaped outline, yet, in keeping with other Laurent Ferrier timepieces, every element of the case has been harmoniously integrated into the overall design.



For the first time, the Maison has equipped a watch with an integrated stainless steel bracelet. The central row of the 3-rows design is comprised of vertical satin finished links.

The rounded edges of the links are presented in a contrasting mirror-polish. These details imbue the bracelet and case ensemble with a sumptuous appearance.



The modern styling of the watch continues with an opaline dial that transitions from blue at its center to black near its periphery.

Both the hands and indexes feature orange SuperLumiNova while a snailed sub-seconds display can be found above 6 o’clock beneath a gently arcing tinted Sapphire crystal,



In addition to the blue variant on the Stainless steel bracelet there is a variant with a brown dial on brown rubber.

Power comes from an in-house Laurent Ferrier 23 jewel Tourbillon, adjusted to all positions.



MSRP is 185,000USD but fear not, folks I’ve searched about for you and you can pick one up on Chrono24 for as little as 99K – an absolute steel!



Thoughts? A breathtaking timepiece - I absolutely love the simple yet elegant styling. There are some lovely design features such as the onion crown and the handset.

The fusion of contemporary and vintage styling plus the orange on blue is super appealing – but the fact that it only comes as a Tourbillion is bit of a “f#@k you” to us lesser mortals –

because if this was powered by a simple automatic movement – it would be popular. Then again it would still probably be well outta’ my price range.

https://laurentferrier.ch/

2020-05-22

OMEGA Seamaster PLANET OCEAN 36th America’s Cup LIMITED EDITION

Omega has just announced that they will be the Official Timekeeper of the 36th America’s Cup.

If you’re a swanky Swiss watch brand, there is no better way to celebrate your continued partnership, than with the release of a brand new Limited Edition diver’s watch.



And once again the platform for this Limited Edition, ocean racing timepiece is Omega’s flagship diver’s watch, the Planet Ocean which if I am not mistaken will be celebrating its 15th birthday this year!



I don’t think you need to be a fan yachting to know of the famous America’s Cup. The race dates all the way to 1851, and is the oldest trophy in international sport - fiercely fought over by revival teams.



2021 will be the 36th edition of the “Auld Mug” with Swiss watchmaker, Omega once again proudly announcing its role as the event’s Official Timekeeper.



Btw this is now the third occasion that Omega has been the timekeeper of this prestigious sailing event, ever since the brand begun its partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand in 1995.



Along with the timekeeping announcement comes the release of the new Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition watch.



This is presented on a specially structured rubber strap. The 43.5mm PO has been crafted from Stainless steel and comes in Limited Edition series 2,021 pieces.



Special features included: the blue ceramic diver’s bezel, which incorporates white and red liquid ceramic to create a 5-minute countdown for racing.



While the dial comes in polished white ceramic which includes the competition’s name printed at 6 o’clock along with a special America’s Cup logo which has been placed on the counterweight of the central seconds hand.



Meanwhile on the reverse side, the America’s Cup logo is once again printed on the case-back’s Sapphire crystal, through which you can see the Master Chronometer Caliber 8900.



Just like any other PO, the watch has a water-resistance to 600m and is equipped with a Sapphire crystal with AR (inside and outside), as well as a manual Helium Escape Valve which can be found at 10 o’clock.



The 36th America's Cup is set to take place in March 2021. Competitors will sail in AC75, 75 foot foiling monohulls, with the course stretching across Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour in New Zealand.

The Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup LE Reference: 215.32.43.21.04.001 has a Swiss MSRP of 6’500CHF.



Are you a fan of the PO, or perhaps you like yachting inspired divers? Here are two such watches, the PO ETNZ and the PO Deep Black RED for the Volvo Race.

Also have you seen one of the World's deepest mechanical diver's, also based on the PO, check out the ULTRA DEEP.