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With 500m water resistance, this Magrette can stay on wrist for nearly any aquatic activity but the Tiki's lack of a countdown bezel excludes it from most sport or professional dive timing duties. Magrette is manufacturing an initial batch of 200 units for each color variation with the total production being limited to no more than 600 units per version. The Magrette Regattare Tiki is quite reasonably priced at 5 USD for either of the stainless models and 5 for the PVD Tiki (pre-orders are available). This sub 0 pricing makes the Regattare Tiki 0 - 0 less than most of its micro-brand competition and it is definitely worthy of your attention. The Magrette Regattare Tiki looks like a great deal on a sport/dive watch with solid styling, more-than-ample water resistance, and a solid automatic movement. magrette.com
A piece of news that went under the radar recently was the revision of the percentage associated with the legal definition of the words "Swiss Made" on watches. The Swiss National Council approved by way of a 124 against 67 majority vote that the minimum share of Swiss value for industrial products has been raised to 60%, up from about 50%.
The case back of both watches is sapphire crystal showcasing the Zenith El-Primero-based Calibre 36 high-beat movement with the custom flyback addition. This new feature allows the chronograph to be reset and immediately restarted on the fly. This is especially useful for quickly measuring laps around the track or any periodic activity.
The Angelus, like other Daniel Strom watches are intended to be highly customizable. The brand doesn't even list the size of the case (which just pisses me off). That is like issuing a release on a new car and not including the horsepower rating. That is a necessary product stat, and I feel that not mentioning the size of the case is simply irresponsible to not include in official information about the watch. Anyhow, the men and women of the world interested in these timepieces will have almost full carte blanche to do wild things like have their cats and dogs engraved with angel wings on the case. Well, that might be exaggerating, but it is probably not too far from the truth. Especially if we are talking about one of these watches in platinum. Oh yes, the platinum Angelus is a must have lifestyle accessory for the stylish high-end pious watch nut.
What you see here are 42 and 44mm wide versions of the Superocean Heritage. The 42mm wide version is a three-hander with a Breitling Caliber 17 (base Swiss ETA) automatic movement, while the 44mm wide version is the bi-compax chronograph version of the watch. A full three-counter version of the Superocean Heritage is available in the 46mm wide size (which also has a three-hand version). The Chronograph has the Breitling Caliber 22 automatic movement inside (which is a base Swiss ETA 7750).
In person, the Raven 44mm Deep is obviously Rolex-inspired but has been done so to make the best watch possible and not solely to piggyback on the legendary Submariner design. It is large, and on the included bracelet, quite heavy, weighing 249g before removing any of the links. The 44mm case has a very noticeable visual presence being 54mm from lug to lug and 17.6mm thick (including the domed crystal). The case offers 22mm lugs and the bracelet tapers down to 20mm at the clasp which is of a fold-over variety with a 20mm wetsuit extension and four micro adjustments. The nicely finished steel bracelet features solid end links and screwed link construction making for a very solid and reassuring feel. The Raven 44mm Deep comes in a roll case with a spare black leather strap, providing a nice change of pace from the bracelet. Regardless of strap or bracelet, the Raven 44mm Deep has been designed for those that prefer a large and heavy watch with a very solid and masculine presence.
However, on the non-tegimented folding large clasp that came with rubber bracelet I was able to easily scratch the clasp and that was a lot more than the bracelet. So maybe the tegimentation does work? Of course, this is all anecdotal evidence and a more scientific experiment should help resolve any doubts. Until one is done, I'd say always get the tegimented versions if the price is not exorbitantly more than non-tegimented.
In the fifth edition of our bi-weekly roundup, we check out Patek Philippe's new Sky Moon tourbillon watch, the latest Vianney Halter masterpiece, learn about Rolex's history, find out the truth of replica watches, take a look at Seiko high beat movements and take a lesson on the care and feeding of mechanical watches.
Mixing a Swiss-made automatic movement and a uniquely designed case, the point of the Time Bomb II was to be original as well as useful enough for daily wear. The Time Bomb II exists in Oakley's "Elite" collection of products which are its highest-end items which tend to be pretty cool. Good materials and a lot of engineering seems to connect all the Elite products together.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on November 31, 2012 for the winner to be chosen at random.
The most impressive part of this and some other modern Casio G-Shock models is the intricately designed and detailed dial. Casio has some very advanced machinery to cut ultra-precise parts for dials that look techie and cool - especially at these prices. If this dial doesn't look like something out of a sci-fi movie then I don't know what does. It is all very hip and modern, and just what today's casual G-Shock buyer is looking for.
The chronograph is the most popular complication today (aside from the date) and its uses extend from simply boiling eggs to helping spacecraft return home safely.
Mark E. from Athens, GA asks:
The original Lange 1 watch helped make the modern A. Lange & Sohne brand popular back in the 1990s. Its asymmetric design was highly unusual, and it was risky at the time. Now the Lange 1 is the brand's flagship model. It comes in a 38.5mm wide case - which is nothing huge by today's standards. When the Grand Lange 1 originally came out a few years ago it was 41.9mm wide and 11mm thick. It upped the size of the case and helped emphasize the larger stance of the watch by using a subsidiary seconds dial that overlapped the off-centered hour and minute dial. Even the "outsize" (big) date window overlapped the hour and minute dial. It was a cool watch, but I feel that its less than totally fluid dial appearance itched at Lange's designers.