Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a famed early 20th century writer with a passion for flying. His famous works, “The Little Prince”, “Southern Mail” and “Night Flight” are read even today (I’ve read them, now my kids are reading them!). This year, IWC is releasing a special Mark XVII pilot’s watch to celebrate the the 70th anniversary of what is Saint-Exupéry’s most famous work, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince).
It is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces with the expected retail price of USD5,400 per unit. The watch is 41 mm wide and 11 mm thick stainless steel case.
The solid case-back has a nice image of the “Little Prince”.
Love to have one as it does have a historical link to a famous author and book that I personally read. Unfortunately, the steep price does put a brake on the idea!
This year, Sector unveiled three Chronograph 450 watches, each powered by a Swiss made quartz movement and housed in a stainless steel case. The case measures 48mm and it is shielded with mineral glass. The water resistance is 100 meters. The dial comes with three sub-dials and a date aperture at the 9 o’clock position.
The screw-down crown and chronograph pushers are located on the left side. Sector used applied Arabic numerals 4, 8 and 12; engraved numerals 2, 6 and 10, and engraved indexes which indicate odd hours. Two chrono counters are located at the 6 o’clock position and at the 12 o’clock position, whilst a small seconds sub-dial is placed at the 3 o’clock position. A tachymeter scale with white Arabic numerals is also included.
The leather straps that come with certain models are ridged with double stitching. The model that comes with the rubber strap has the brand etched into the rubber with a yellow spine running along the middle.
This series is not expensive. I like the stainless steel version. If Sector is able to design an automatic/mechanical model, I’ll definitely get one.
Citizen has launched a new watch which features a self-winding mechanical movement. The Signature Grand Touring Automatic includes three hands and a date. Its unique crown protector system which contributes to the water rating of 200 meters. The series come in a mid-size steel housing with optional PVD treatment and coupled with a steel bracelet or a leather strap.
Citizen Signature Grand Touring NB0070-57E Watch
The movement used is the Miyota 9010 caliber, a 24 jewels self-winding mechanical movement with a power storage of 42 hours and operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph.
Citizen Signature Grand Touring NB0075-11F Watch
The width of the watch is 44 mm with a thickness of 15 mm. The front of the timepiece is protected with a thick sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating. The same material is used for the display case back.
Citizen Signature Grand Touring NB0070-06E Watch
The shape appeals to me. Out of the three, I like the Citizen Signature Grand Touring NB0070-06E Watch the most.
When I started my watch collection hobby back in 2010, I noticed that my Tissot watch which uses Roman numerals has “IIII” instead of “IV” for the 4 o’clock position. Originally I though it was a mistake.
However, this is not a mistake. “IIII” has been used instead of “IV” on dials for several hundred years actually. It is really a matter of aesthetics and visual symmetrical balance. Someone a long time ago, noticed that using that for 4 o’clock not only made a dial look visually better, but helped legibility when looking at the dial from different angles. It is called a “watchmaker’s four,” and it’s used for those reasons (definition from ABlogToWatch).
Sometime in November 2013, LEGO will launch a collection of timepieces for men and women. Officially, these timepieces are referred to as the LEGO Watch System because pieces such as the bracelet links and bezels can be interchanged with each other. The manufacturer is ClicTime, the same company responsible for the children’s LEGO watches.
I believe, this could be a runaway success for LEGO. The brand has transcends itself to have a universal (ageless) appeal and this watch project is no exception. Personally, I will start to collect them when they are available for sale.
The watch boasts a divers bezel with two-tone black and blue ceramic inlay and elapsed dive-time scale in bold silver numerals. The case is fitted with an automatic helium-escape valve making it suitable for saturation diving. It has a water-resistance of up to 500 meters, 1640 feet, 50atm. Its hands and dial markers are treated with blue-glowing BGW9 SuperLuminova. It is powered by a CFB 1950.1 caliber, automatic C.O.S.C. certified chronometer.
At 45 mm plus all the goodies mentioned in the earlier paragraph makes this a desirable piece from visual, design and technological perspectives. Its 4 mm thick Sapphire crystal should be able to take the strain of the water pressure and the modest 38 hour power reserve should be sufficient for users.
I like the bracelet version. It looks more uniformed compared to the strap version.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss is a 41.50 mm stainless steel Co-Axial chronometer is a very special timepiece. At the heart of the watch is the OMEGA Co-Axial caliber 8508. It is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss), far exceeding the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any previous watch movement.
The technology developed by a team of ETA, Asulab, Nivarox FAR and OMEGA engineers led to the caliber 8508. This OMEGA movement does not rely on a protective container inside the watchcase but on the use of selected non-ferromagnetic materials in the movement itself. Even after exposure to a magnetic field greater than 15,000 gauss, still performs at a chronometric level as defined by COSC.
Traditionally, watchmakers use soft iron inner casings to protect the internals. This method has some limitations: There is a limit before the protective inner casing cave-in to stronger magnets and, from a design perspective, there cannot be gaps in the inner casing i.e. a date window display or a display case-back is not possible.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss doesn’t face such limitations hence it is able to put in place a transparent sapphire crystal in its case-back as well as a date window.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,000 gauss is water resistant to 15 bar (150 metres / 500 feet). With the combination of its Co-Axial mechanical movement and its Si14 silicon balance spring, it also comes with an Omega four-year warranty.
When this watch first came out in Basel2013, I have decided to put it as one of my targets. Can’t wait for it to arrive on Malaysian shores.