Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Bronzo (PAM00507) – Emmmmrm

Panerai’s first experiment with bronze. The soft warmth of the PAM00507’s patinated case and unidirectional bezel play immeasurably well against the muted green dial. Powered by Panerai’s in-house P.9002 calibre, the PAM 507 carries a 3-day power reserve that can be counted down by glancing near the 5:00 marker.

Look at the watch reminds me of a pothole of a ship. I don’t care much about that image hence I don’t find this watch esthetically pleasing to me. Sorry.

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Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain Watch In White Gold – A Disappointment, Expected More

The latest incarnation of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain comes in white gold casing and a titanium dial. The design of the dial itself is exquisite and generates a three-dimensional effect.

To make the illusion that the regulator is floating in mid-air, the designers used a transparent synthetic sapphire bridge. Unfortunately, in the photo below, the bridge is obvious to see and the use of such a crystal when such material is not used in other parts of the watch makes it stand out like a sore thumb.

I also question the design philosophy for the display case-back. I don’t get it. Aren’t you suppose to use this opportunity to flaunt the engineering marvel? Why hide them behind sub-panels? Is the only interesting thing to see is the main gears???

I expected more and unfortunately Greubel Forsey disappointed me. I expected art in design, I expected to see exotic material, I expected to see engineering marvel……

The New Automatic Mechanical Citizen Watch – Signature Grand Touring

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.

Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 M > 15,000 gauss – a technological marvel

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.

English watchmaker Speake-Marin introduces the Spirit MK II DLC

The three-dimensional, black matte watch features numerals and hour markers in white Super-LumiNova, which contrast against the light-absorbing finished case, making it easy to refer to. This watch has an automatic movement.

With the help of a second barrel, the watch has a five-day power reserve. The dial is framed by a hand-finished circular grained bezel and the 42mm sandblasted stainless steel case is coated with anthracite DLC. The case back is solid and slightly domed with a message on it that reads “fight, love & persevere”.

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?

The Monaco Twenty Four Calibre 36 Chronograph by TAG Heuer – black beauty!

This particular piece seek to represent the 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race. Inside the steel case, a Calibre 36 movement runs at the speed of 36,000 vibrations (or a frequency of 5 Hertz). The COSC-certified TAG Heuer movement’s unique annular oscillating mass is visible through the wide sapphire crystal caseback.

An “Advanced Dynamic Absorber System” protects the movement by suspending it inside the case with 4 shock-absorbing arms. The manifold arms, also visible through the crystal caseback, collect vibrations and direct them away from the movement and into the composite filter, which absorbs and dissipates their energy. The award-winning construction, tubular design and extreme shock-protected components are directly inspired by Formula One race-car technology.