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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.