REVIEWS

REVIEW: Cartier Two-Tone Diver's Watch

August 5, 2014 | Cartier, Lifestyle, REVIEWS

Cartier Two-Tone Diver's Watch

Overview

The Calibre de Cartier Diver’s watch, which we previously covered here and here, represents Cartier’s first foray into dive watches. It’s also the most rugged and sporty watch they have ever produced.


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REVIEW: The Alpina Alpiner Automatic

July 22, 2014 | Alpina, REVIEWS

The Alpina Alpiner Automatic Al-525

Overview

Alpina is the sport watch brand from the same group which owns Frederique Constant. Both brands are focused on producing luxury Swiss timepieces which are also affordable, and as a way to increase efficiency, they are made in the same factory in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva”


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REVIEW: The IWC Aquatimer Automatic Ref. 3920

July 2, 2014 | By Jason Pitsch | Dive Time, IWC, REVIEWS

2014 IWC Aquatimer Automatic

Overview

The Aquatimer Ref. 812AD was IWC’s first true diver’s watch. Equipped with two crowns, one crown controlling the time and the other controlling the internal dive scale bezel — it made its public debut at the 1967 Basel Fair. The classic aesthetic still looks good today.


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REVIEW: Omega Speedmaster "Dark Side of the Moon"

June 3, 2014 | By Jason Pitsch | Omega, REVIEWS

The Omega Speedmaster "Dark Side of the Moon"

Overview

Crafted from a single block of black zirconium oxide (ZrO2), the Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” is the most visually aggressive and technologically sophisticated chronograph Omega has ever produced. Its epic name, refers to the hemisphere of the Moon that always faces away from Earth, also called the “far side of the moon.”


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REVIEW: Zenith El Primero Chronographs - 42 mm vs. 38 mm

April 10, 2014 | By Jason Pitsch | REVIEWS, Zenith

Zenith El Primero Chronographs: 42 mm vs. 38 mm

The first automatic chronograph

As you may have already read, the longstanding claim that Nicolas Rieussec invented the chronograph has recently been disproven after facts came to light that actually show Louis Moinet’s invention 5 years earlier (1816) was truly the first chronograph. Needless to say, the history of the chronograph is not a clear cut subject, and the history of the first automatic chronograph is no less confusing. In fact, it is actually even more confusing, as there are numerous companies who claim to have invented the first (self-winding) chronograph.


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REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Blue Chrono

March 14, 2014 | By Jason Pitsch | REVIEWS, Tudor

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

Reinterpreting The Tudor Blue “Montecarlo”

One of the biggest trends in recent years has been the reintroduction of modern versions of vintage watches. In the case of Tudor — who relaunched their brand in the US just last year — they have produced a slew of new models based on the past. Their latest introduction, is the “Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue,” which is a modern version of the Tudor Ref. 7169 that collectors surnamed “Montecarlo.” Originally launched in 1973, the Montecarlo is one of the most storied models in the brand’s archive. The Heritage Chrono the we reviewed accurately represents the original collection, but with a number of elements that distinguish it from the original 1970s models.


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