Saturday, September 28, 2013

Panerai Radiomir Special Edition 2013

Panerai have released two new Special Edition Radiomir in the PAM00521 and PAM00522. The PAM00521 is the Radiomir Platino and the PAM00522 is the Radiomir Oro Rosso. Both watches are unique in that they have a 12 sided bezel or 12 edge bezel. 

The PAM00521 Radiomir Platino.

PAM00522 Radiomir Oro Rosso

Photographs: Panerai

Both the watches are based on a rare Panerai Radiomir from the 1930s. 

Photograph: Vintage Panerai

Both the watches comes in at 47mm and the PAM00521 has platinum as the case material while the the PAM00522 is rendered in Red Gold. Both watches are powered by Panerai XXVII caliber which is based on the Minerva 16-17 caliber. I personally love the new crown design. :)

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Panerai PAM00532

Panerai have released a new Special Edition watch for 2013 in the PAM004532 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Paneristi Forever. 

The watch....

What is there not to like about the watch? In-house P.3000 movement, 47mm stainless steel DLC Black case, 1940 case design, Ecru lume, Pig on the dial, 10 ATM water resist.....

Well one thing....

Photographs: Panerai

While I like the watch, the case back with the 'Paneristi Forever' can be a tad overbearing. It is for sure causing lots of chatter within the collectors and non-collectors alike. I have to say that Panerai is the only brand I know that have produced watches for its fans and I will give it to Panerai to have to gaul to produce this watch. 

It is a Special Edition of 500 pieces and is expected to cost around 9,200 Euro. Don't think I will be seeing this watch on my wrist anytime soon.... 

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Like a G5....

I received this today. Initial impression.... awesome watch. Lots of watch for the price. I will the pictures tell the story....

C3 lume..

Large crown.

Seagull TY2555 movement. 


This will be my daily wear for the next few weeks. Review soon. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wotancraft Compass Assault Type A strap

There is a reason why I should not go to my normal watering hole. :) Anyway this is a small review of the Wotancraft Compass Assault Type A strap. Why is it called the Compass Assault strap? Because the strap is a homage or looks like the strap used on compass made by Officine Panerai and issued to the Italian military.

Photograph: shamelessly borrowed from the Internet

The strap fitted on a PAM00024 Submersible.

Basically the strap is made of military grade high strength nylon. It is black and it is 270mm in length. It is 25mm wide along the length of the strap.

All the hardware on the strap is made of 316L stainless steel. The buckle and the strap keeper are heavily distressed to make it look like the original. The keeper or C ring is 7.5 mm wide. The buckle is marked 'GPF - Mod Dep'. So what is GPF - Mod Dep? Well, GPF stands for "Guido Panerai e Figlio" or "Guido Panerai and Son" in English. Mod Dep is Modello Depositato or registered design.

On the other end of the strap we find the 'locking ring' that prevents the strap from coming loose should the strap come undone. This locking ring has a polished galvanised finish.

The holes on the strap are heat sealed and the finishing is pretty good.

The ends of the strap is heat sealed and heat fused together. It is further reinforced with black stitching (which is rather invisible).

So, how do you use the strap? Well, you simply put the ring into the buckle.

Pull the strap through.

Fasten it like you would a normal strap with the tang.

Insert one edge of the strap into the strap keeper.

And insert the other edge in. Then slide the keeper against the end ring.

And it is all done up. The best part about the strap is that you don't have to loop it and remove it all the time but can act like a metal bracelet. Just unfasten and leave it like a metal bracelet.

Closer view of the locking ring against the buckle.

It is a very well made strap but it does pick up dust, fibres and loose hair. So you need to clean it often. It is water resistant and dries up pretty fast. It is very comfortable on the wrist. I think it suits the Panerai Submersible very well.

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Hanging out

I felt rather bored today so decided to pay a visit to one of my favourite hangouts. Where else but Wotancraft. :) As usual, once there, I got myself in trouble.....

Part of the Black Bat series. Very nice indeed. 

I believe this is the SBB series in the Black Bat collection. 

Black Bat and WW II Classic.

Closer view of the SWW strap. The buckle is off an ammo pouch while the leather is Italian Buffalo leather done in NATO style. 

The two SWW series. Both are faux ammo. 

Compass Assault Type A. I like this strap. 

With these, trouble was brewing. A quick escape was needed.....

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chapter One Round Transparence

Once again the house of Maîtres du Temps have introduced an astounding watch in the Chapter Obe Round Transparence. The watch, a limited edition of only 11 pieces, once again offers the following complications: a tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date, retrograde GMT, and two idiosyncratic rolling bars indicating the day of the week and phase of the moon. But this time, the focus is on the dial or rather the lack of it. 

In one word, Transparence. The high precision, laser-etched sapphire see-through dial invites you to discover the impeccably finished bridges, precisely beveled edges, and a symphony of mechanical complexity. A tour of the dial reveals central coaxial hours, minutes, and chronograph 60-second counter, tourbillon and day of the week roller at 6 o’clock, retrograde GMT at 9 o’clock, 60-minute chronograph counter and precision moon phase roller at 12 o’clock and retrograde date at 3 o’clock.

A truly beautiful time piece.

The case back with a window to the heart of the watch, caliber SHC02.1.

The dial, or the lack of one. 

Beautiful 18K Red Gold case. Each watch will be engraved with 1 of 11. 

Trademark roller displays at 12 and 6. 

Photographs: Maîtres du Temps

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Salon QP update

Salon QP will be returning for it's 5th year this November 7 to 9. Once again the Saatchi Galley in London will play host to the great event. The event will kick off with a VIP Reception on Thursday November 7 and second reception on Friday.

The list exhibitors includes the following:

A. Lange & Söhne
A.B. Rooms & Son
Andreas Strehler
Christophe Claret
De Bethune
Frédérique Constant
H. Moser & Cie
Konstantin Chaykin
Laurent Ferrier
Matthias Naeschke
Meridian Watches
Mühle Glashütte
Romain Gauthier
Sarpaneva Watches
Watches of
William and Son

And for this years exhibition, Salon QP will be hosting a charity event where 80% of the proceeds will be donated to the participating brands charity of choice with the remainder going to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. The brands participating are:

Nomos Glashütte who will donating a special edition of the popular Tangente watch in the Tangente 38. The chosen charity is Doctors Without Borders. On top of that, for every Tangente 38 sold, Nomos will further donate £100.

Frédérique Constant will offer its classic 43mm Index Automatic for the charity with the proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.

And finally, Bremont will donate the impressive S500. This is one of the limited edition watch donated to the members of Walking with the Wounded’s Team UK for the South Pole Allied Challenge. The watch will travel to the Pole with Prince Harry and a team of six disabled servicemen and women. How cool is that. 

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Casio Red Jelly Frogman

This is a pictorial review of the Casio G-Shock reference GW-203K-4DR or also known as the red jelly frogman. This watch was released in 2003 and is part of the ICERC collaboration model. ICERC is to do with dolphin and whale Eco-research network. ICERC stands for International Cetacean Education Research Centre.

It is a big watch, coming in at 49 mm diameter, 51.5 mm lug to lug, 18 mm thick. It has a black/ purplish dial, which is actual the solar panel to charge the watch. Yes it is part of the tough solar collection. The watch comes with the trademark eye at the 11 o'clock position and it is rendered in red, as is the Frogman legend at the 6 o'clock position. The rest of the legends on the dial is in white.

The tough solar module displays the time and date (month and date) at the lower larger window and the day at the smaller window above it. The watch have many functions and includes the following: time, dive site, ID (able to store CCard, Passport and blood type information), alarm (3 with signal), timer and stopwatch.

You can cycle through the functions and you know you are at the main display by sound and sight. There is a different beep when the watch cycles through the function and returns to the main display. Additionally if you use one of the functions, the watch does not cycle through the rest of the function but returns to the main display. Time display only in the alarm mode. The watch has a full auto EL (electro-light) function.

The legends on the red jelly bezel is in black. The case has an off-set design, the trademark of the Frogman collection. The case is finished off with two silver or polished pins on the bezel. I do like the jelly red bezel and band.

Indeed a well made watch.

Actually the watch has a matte titanium body that is 'wrapped' by the red jelly bezel. The transparent red bezel is held in place by a number of screws at strategic points to ensure it does not fall off. The case back is polished titanium. On it you will find the ICERC logo (in the center) with The 3rd International Dolphin & Whale Eco-Research Network legend around it. You will also find the standard G-Shock markings on the case back like brand, water resistant rating, module number and serial number. Around that, you have the warning not to open your Frogman but to send it back to an authorised center if there is anything wrong with the watch. Oh yes, most if not all Frogman are Made in Japan. :)

The beautiful screw down case back. 

Polished buttons and the screws that holds the bezel in place. 

The band, like the bezel is made of clear red jelly. The band is smooth on outside and textured inside. It measures 20 mm along the length of the strap except at the lug attachment where it expands out to 28mm. The strap attachment point is offset at the lug and unique to the Frogman, the spring bar access is only at one side.

Cooling holes, two of them along the length of the band. 

You can just see the spring bar access.

The band is marked on the inside with the following markings 431 f3 18 on the buckle side and 431 f4 18 the other side. On the outside, the band has the following markings, All as One and Dolphin & Whale Eco-research Network (silk print in black) and ICERC on the buckle side. The is also a Whale logo on the tip of the band which is shaped like the fins of a dolphin.

The strap keeper is matte red (translucent) and has a textured finish.

The buckle made in Japan, and is of the dual tang design. Talk about positive locking. The buckle has a polished side with brushed center adorned with the G logo.  

Overall, the watch is large, but it is not uncomfortable. I like the watch. Sadly it is no longer with me.