The Omega Seamaster 300m has been an icon from Omega since the first one was introduced back in 1957 (by the way that’s the Independence Year for Malaysia from the British). I always wanted one in my collection but priorities dictates the acquisition had to be far ahead in the future.
Recently, Omega released the Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph features a lacquered blue dial with a 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock and a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. Protected by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, this watch takes my breath away. Coupled with the polished blue ceramic bezel, the simmering indigo blue of the watch mesmerizes you into thinking that you are looking into the deep blue sea.
The watch case is a well balanced with a diameter of 41.5 mm stainless steel case with a helium-escape valve and an integrated date corrector at 10 o’clock. Capable of 300 meters of water pressure, this watch is not only a dress watch but also a tool watch to boot.
The engine that powers this beauty is the Co-Axial calibre 3330. It is a aelf-winding chronograph with column-wheel mechanism and Co-Axial Escapement. It has a free sprung-balance equipped with Si14 silicon balance spring. It is also a fully certified chronometer. The main springs can save up to 52 hours worth of potential energy.
I usually shun away from chronograph watches but this one is different. The frame hands and the colour make it desirable in my mind. Although I have not held one yet, I sense that it will be awesome on my wrist. Can’t wait for a unit to arrive at an Authorised Dealer in Kuala Lumpur for me test.
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.