Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Automatic – Good Enough….

The Archimede Bronze Pilot offers a simple design. The brushed finish of the CuSn8 (92% copper, 8% tin) bronze shows quality of manufacture. At 42mm, this Archimede is properly sized in my opinion. The large crown is synonymous with pilot watches of old and a nice design attractive to an otherwise sterile watch case. Powered by ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, it should have at least 40 hours of reserve time. You can view the movement via an exhibition case back.

I do not own a bronze watch before. Although bronze is better for protection against corrosion due to the creation of a protective layer (the oxide, hence the patina), I can’t bring it to myself to get one knowing full well it will change the way it look in a short space of time. Nevertheless, I would eventually get one for the experience. What better model then this fine example to be the first.

New in-house movement by Tag Heuer; Calibre 1969

Tag Heuer has just launched its latest in-house movement, the Calibre 1969. A chronograph, it comes with a vertical-clutch system.

The new movement operates in the 28,800 vibrations per hour (4hz) range has a 70-hour power reserve capacity. Due to the larger main springs required, it thickness is at a respectable 6.5 mm thick.

The Calibre 1969 dial layout will have the chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock, the chronograph hours at 9 o’clock and the running seconds at 6 o’clock.

The movement features more than 200 components. Unfortunately, some parts still need sourcing from external manufacturers.

 

[Photos and info from http://www.calibre11.com/tag-heuer-calibre-1969-first-look/%5D

Casio Edifice Solar EF331 is one of the “must have” under the series

The Casio Edifice series is one of the successful watch lines under Casio. A lot of tie-ins with sports and teams were made with the Edifice series. The most recent is the Formula One Red Bull Team.

The watches are designed to be robust. Although not stated as robust as the G-Shock, but based on my experience with this sub-brand, it is as robust. Moreover, with solar power, practically maintenance free.

This particular specimen, the EF331, is basic without chronograph function. Cheap yet excellent everyday watch to have. A lot of the models under this series comes with chronograph function or with Ana-digi display.

If you are a serious watch collector, you need to have at least one Casio Edifice in your collection. I chose this for my collection.

If you are looking for a thin mechanical watch, look no further than the Altiplano series by Piaget

The Altiplano collection has been a mainstay of Piaget’s range for decades, and extreme thinness is its call to fame. The famous 9P and 12P movements Piaget are legands in their own right. The hand-wound 9P calibre was a technological revolution right from its creation in 1957. Three years later, in 1960, the launch of the 12P, the thinnest self-winding movement in the world made Piaget the undisputed champion of ultra-thin movements.

The Altiplano Skeleton (see top) housed the word’s thinnest skeleton movement at just 2.4mm. The skeleton movement allows an unobstructed view of the many intricacies inherent in the mechanism. The off-centre platinum micro-rotor is another Piaget innovation. Below is a picture that shows how thin this watch is.

Apart from the Skeleton, other designs are available. This next one is my favorite.

For a classic dress watch, the Piaget Altiplano Date 40mm is a must.

Overall, a set of designs that will continue to be the core of Piaget’s collection.

The alien inspired Area 51 watch by Grieb & Benzinger

Grieb & Benzinger recently launched an alien inspired watch call “Area 51”. Designed by Albrecht Bolz, a master goldsmith, the art pieces on the dial is three-dimensional with rubies and diamonds.

The back of the watch displays the mechanical movement with in-house modifications such as skeletonization, guilloché and engraving. There is also three-dimensional planets including Mother Earth set on bridges providing an impression of space.

Set in a solid 18K palladium white gold case, this watch is bound to be expensive despite the lack of mechanical complications. With an “alien” theme, there will be a lot of interested collectors out there. I won’t be surprised that a stainless steel model would be coming out soon to fill the needs of a larger group of potential customers. I know I would be one of them!!

Richard Mille RM 056 Filipe Massa is made predominantly out of Sapphire

Once in a while a watch maker will take the initiative to use exotic materials for a watch design they have in mind. Generally done in very small production runs, these watches are unique because of the special production process they have to go through to be made.

Richard Mille’s RM 056 Filipe Massa Sapphire is one such timepiece. The case of the watch is entirely constructed from Sapphire Crystal involving over 1000 hours of machining. Functionally the timepiece features a tourbillon movement with split second mechanism.

The caliber RMCC1 comprises 35 Jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz). The dimensions of watch measures 50.50 mm x 42.70 mm x 19.25 mm. Only five pieces were made.

This watch may be difficult to scratch but will it be able to withstand any impact such as being dropped?