Halios Tropik B – Uneven Patina Makes It Look Dirty

Although technically a dive watch, Halios’ new Tropik B could easily find a home as a dress watch. By using aluminum bronze for its case and bezel, the Tropik B exhibits subtle yellow tones. That alloy combination delivers extreme strength and increased corrosion resistance; it will develop a grey patina over time. A sturdy Miyota 9015 engine powers the whole handsome package.

Note the patina on the bezel. Its uneven and it makes the watch looks dirty. This is why I shun bronze.


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.

Old Buran quartz watch back to life

In 1988, the Soviets built their own version of the space shuttle called “Buran”. Launched in 1988, it was its first and last flight. To commemorate the event, a cheap quartz watch was made with the figure and name of the spacecraft on the dial complete with the colour of the Soviet Union – red.

Using a generic Japanese quartz movement, this watch lay dormant for more than a decade.

However, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, a simple change of the battery breath back life into the watch. In all honesty, I didn’t expect it to move. This goes to show the quality of Japanese quartz movements.

The case looks rough but considering it’s 25 years old and no TLC given since it was manufactured, it looks good for its age. The strap looks frayed and I need to replace that. Otherwise, a functioning watch.

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?