Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Bell&Ross BRV Aeronavale

Bell and Ross have released two new watches in the BRV Aeronavale. 

Right from its inception, Bell and Ross has been passionate about the history and values of the military. To progress as far as possible in its quest for excellence, Bell and Ross has made aeronautical instrumentation one of its primary sources of inspiration, both in terms of design and technology. This is why its watches meet the functional and ergonomic criteria required by pilots and all users of professional horological instruments. Featuring the colour codes and rich detail of the naval officer's uniform, the BRV AÉRONAVALE symbolises military excellence and tradition.


The prestige of the uniform In the cockpit of a Rafale, a naval air force pilot wears a flight suit covered in pockets, for practicality and comfort. During official ceremonies, his attire changes to display military prestige.

The blue of the uniform evokes the sea. The gold of the wings, trim and buttons conveys poise, nobility and victory. The blue/gold combination is also found on VINTAGE BR AÉRONAVALE models, which feature all the symbols and motifs that appear on naval uniforms.

Reflecting the prestige of the ceremonial uniform worn by naval officers, the VINTAGE BR AÉRONAVALE models will seduce fans of timepieces rich in both colour and values.


Two new models have been added to the BRV AÉRONAVALE collection: a chronograph and three-hand small seconds. The 41 mm diameter polished steel case exudes retro chic. On both versions, the gilt skeletonised hour and minute hands stand out starkly against the navy blue sunray dial. The contrast between the two colours offers a refined air and excellent legibility. Designed for pilots, the BRV AÉRONAVALE Chronograph is a time measuring instrument that marries functionality and elegance. It has two additional counters with snailed guilloché decoration and a 60-minute graduated bezel in blue anodised aluminium.

The ultra-curved sapphire crystal underlines both the classic style of the watch and its strength. Made in Switzerland and renowned for their reliability and accuracy, the mechanical movements with automatic winding that drive these two versions are visible through a transparent case-back.

The watch comes with either a distressed blue calfskin strap with cinnamon stitching, or a midnight blue alligator strap with a pin buckle clasp. The shiny alligator strap of the BRV AERONAVALE exudes classic sophistication, while the satin-like texture of the calfskin, with distressed effect and overstitching in contrasting colours, makes for a very sharp, on-trend look.

Bell and Ross BRV Aeronavale is retailing from RM13,000 to RM20,700. 

The technical Specifications of the watches:



BR V2-92 Aeronavale
Movement: calibre BR-CAL.302. Automatic mechanical. 
Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and date. 
Case: 41 mm in diameter. Polished steel. Rotating steel bezel with anodised blue aluminium ring and 60-minute scale. Screw-down crown. Sapphire case-back. 
Dial: blue sunray. Gilt applique numerals and indices. Gilt skeletonised Superluminova filled hour and minute hands. 
Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-refective coating. 
Water-resistance: 100 metres. 
Strap: satin-polished steel or ice blue calfskin. 
Buckle: folding. Satin-polished steel. 



Photographs: Bell and Ross

BR V2-94 Aeronavale
Movement: calibre BR-CAL.301. Automatic mechanical.
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds at 3 o'clock. Date. 
Chronograph: 30-min timer at 9 o'clock, central chronograph seconds. 
Case: 41 mm in diameter. Polished steel. Steel bezel with anodised blue aluminium ring and 60-minute scale. Screw-down crown and push-buttons. Sapphire case-back. 
Dial: blue sunray. Gilt applique numerals and indices. Gilt skeletonised Superluminova filled hour and minute hands.
Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-refective coating. 
Water-resistance: 100 metres. 
Strap: satin-polished steel or ice blue calfskin. 
Buckle: folding. Satin-polished steel. 

I would like to thank Bell and Ross Malaysia for the information.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Redux Watches

Recently a good friend pointed out this new micro brand out of the USA. The brand is called Redux Watches and they started off as a Kickstarter project. 

I have to say that their product offering is interesting. They offer historical aviation based military watches with a 'modern twist'. They have (so far) 5 watches on offer.

The watches is available in either Grade 5 or Grade 2 (interesting) titanium. All the watches comes in at 39mm in diameter, 13.7mm thick and have 20mm lugs. All their watches have lug holes. The watches are powered by the Seiko NH35A automatic movement. 

All their watches have rotating bezel, with the Grade 5 having 90 clicks (unique) and Grade 2, 120 clicks. The grade 5 titanium watches are water resistant to 20 ATM white the Grade 2 watches are rated to 15 ATM. 

Prices start at USD395 for Grade 2 titanium watches and USD450 for Grade 5 Titanium ones. 

The watches...


Courg Type A 39mm


Courg A-11 39mm


 Courg Minimalist 39mm


Courg Type B 39mm


Courg Zero-Hour 39mm

Photographs: Redux Watches

For more information: 


Do visit their site. It is a pretty interesting site. 

Monday, September 04, 2017

Omega Ploprof 1200

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to 'play' with a watch I really like. Actually, I saw the watch on the day before I left for a holiday. The watch is the Omega PloProf 1200. 

I had always like the Ploprof, regardless if it the 600 or 1200. But of course the 600 would be awesome. But I got to see the 1200. One of the main problem I have with the watch is the name. I always get the spelling wrong. 😊

The watch...


The watch is pre-loved. I like the watch. It comes in at 55mm in diameter and 48mm in height. Lug width is 24mm. This watch is the 2009 reissue of the original Ploprof 600 from 1970. 

The Ploprof or Plongeur Professional (French for Professional Diver) was introduced by Omega for use by the divers from COMEX and also used by the divers of Jaqcues-Yves Cousteau. It is was used and tested in Operation Janus.


The watch on the wrist. The beautiful thing about the watch is its lugless design. This makes the watch wearable even on small wrist. Trust me, its not that big. The only problem is its weight. This was resolved (somewhat) in 2015 with the introduction of the Ploprof case in Titanium. 

Yeah, Omega added to the collection a few more variations to the watch. Different colors, different case, different movement. The basic changes in the introduction of the Master Chronometer Caliber 8912 (vs the 8500 in the 2009 reissue). Omega also introduced the ceramic bezel insert as opposed to the sapphire crystal bezel insert. The date display was removed and a display back was also introduced in 2015.

As far as I understand, both the original 2009 reissue and the 2015 (updates) are being offered, but thus far, I have not seen many boutiques or shops carrying this watch. 


The lume shot. I like the lume bezel.

As luck would have it, a friend have one and I hope to do a review of the watch soon.


The watch fitted with Ted Su's French Ammo strap. 



The French colors forms part of the stitching. I like. Most appropriate don't you think so.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Magrette is 10..

Magrette is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Congratulations to Magrette. 

In conjunction with its 10th. Anniversary, it will be releasing a Limited Edition watch in the Moana Pacific Professional Kara. 


More about the watch...

The Moana Pacific Professional Kara is Magrette's latest premium dive watch and celebrates the brand's 10-year anniversary. Kara (pronounced "cat-rah") is Maori for "flag" and references the use of New Zealand blue, red and white as the color palette. Blue also represents the surrounding waters of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The association with the national flag and colors underscores the deep pride Magrette takes in being a New Zealand watch brand.



This watch introduces a Grade 5 titanium case (noted for its superior tensile strength and surface hardness) for the first time in Magrette's dive collection. In addition to titanium's exceptional corrosion resistance and high strength-to weight ratio the Kara is built for the toughest aquatic environments with a water resistance rating of 500M, large screw-down crown with safety alert collar, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and engraved ceramic bezel insert. The Moana Pacific Professional Kara is powered by the automatic Caliber STP-11 from Swiss Technology Production SA. This movement along with a new custom winding rotor is visible through a sapphire casebook, another first in the Moana Pacific Pro legacy.



The specifications:

MOVEMENT: Swiss Made Caliber STP-11 automatic movement with hacking seconds, 28800bph, manual winding, Incabloc absorption and Nivaflex NM mainspring. 

CASE DIMENSIONS: 44mm excluding the crown, 53mm lug-to-lug, 15.3mm tall, 24mm lug width.

CASE FINISH: Brushed Titanium grade 5 (brushed) with stainless steel case back.

BEZEL: Ceramic (matte finish), engraved and fully lumed.

CROWN: Screw down crown with red safety alert collar.

CRYSTAL: Sapphire (double domed), AR coating.

DIAL, HANDS & BEZEL: Super Luminova BGW9 (blue in color).

WATER-RESISTANCE: 500m/1650ft Water resistance. Viton gasket used on case back.

STRAP: All new blue FKM rubber integrated strap with logo, name and customized deployant buckle.


For more information:



Photographs: Magrette


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Happy Birthday Malaysia

Malaysia is 60 today. Selamat Merdeka. Happy National Day. 

From my understanding, Hublot in collaboration with Hour Glass is commemorating the event with the Hublot Big Bang Merdeka Edition. Only 60 pieces will be made and will be available at the Hublot Boutique in KLCC and Hour Glass Boutiques. 

The watch...


Photograph: Hublot

From my limited knowledge, the watch comes in at 44mm and features blue ceramic case and cobalt blue dial. The number 60 (in gold) adorn the 12 o'clock position to signify Malaysia being 60 years old. The gold stitches on the blue strap pays homage to the Cresent and Star on the Malaysian flag, the Jalur Gemilang. 

The watch retail for about MR77,400.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Seiko x Lowercase collaboration

Seiko has launched a very interesting series of watches in collaboration with LOWERCASE. LOWERCASE is a leading on-line destination for fashion in Japan. This is not the first time Seiko is working with LOWERCASE. Anyway on to the watches. 

There are 8 watches in this collection and I have to say that the watches are very nice. All the watches are powered by the Seiko Solar powered caliber V157 and offers a water resistance rating of 20 ATM. The watches are 44.5mm and have screw down crown and casebook. All the watches in the collection offer a countdown bezel.

Prices start from about USD 340.



SBDJ023 Seiko Prosper Fieldmaster LOWERCASE Limited Edition Freemans Sporting Club Exclusive Model. This will be a limited Edition run of only 300 pieces. The case back will have the 'Limited Edition' and serial number engraved.


Seiko SBDJ025 Seiko Prosper Fieldmaster LOWERCASE Limited Edition Freemans Sporting Club Exclusive Model. This will be a limited Edition run of only 700 pieces. The case back will have the 'Limited Edition' and serial number engraved.


Seiko SBDJ027 Seiko Prosper Fieldmaster LOWERCASE Limited Edition. There is no information how many pieces will be offered and if the case back will be engraved.


Seiko SBDJ028 Seiko Prosper Fieldmaster LOWERCASE Limited Edition. There is no information how many pieces will be offered and if the case back will be engraved.



Seiko SBDJ028 Seiko Prosper Fieldmaster LOWERCASE Limited Edition. There is no information how many pieces will be offered and if the case back will be engraved. I like. 



SBDJ031 Seiko Prosper Fieldmaster LOWERCASE Limited Edition BEAMS Exclusive Model. This will be a limited Edition run of only 300 pieces. The case back will have the 'Limited Edition' and serial number engraved.



SBDJ032 Seiko Prosper Fieldmaster LOWERCASE Limited Edition United Arrows Exclusive Model. This will be a limited Edition run of only 300 pieces. The case back will have the 'Limited Edition' and serial number engraved.



Pictures: Seiko

SBDJ033 Seiko Prosper Fieldmaster LOWERCASE Limited Edition JOURNAL STANDARD Exclusive Model. This will be a limited Edition run of only 700 pieces. The case back will have the 'Limited Edition' and serial number engraved.

What is interesting from the pictures is the spring bars. They look like shoulder less bars. That month mean that there are lug holes. I like. Lets see if any of the watches makes it to Taiwan.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bracelet

This is the bracelet of a recent acquisition. As you can see, the bracelet have had some work done to it. Not very well, sadly. 


A closer view of the bracelet. Can you see what is wrong?


Yeah, the finish is wrong. The center portion of links 2 and 4 (counting across the bracelet width) should be brushed. It should be brushed, polished, brushed, polished, brushed, polished, brushed, polished and brushed.



Something I need to look into and work out. :)