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Best of Week 27: Tudor, Zenith, Omega, Longines and Lange. - 2019/07/07 by Dale Vito


Hi guys!

Over the past week I finally finished my Datejust 28 and 31 update – which comprised an awful lot of watches. Here and there I added a few others too though, and below I picked a few of my favs:

Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One

This week saw the introduction of [nearly all of the] watches for Only Watch 2019. Among them the Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One, the first Black Bay with a ceramic case and bezel insert – though the case back is made of stainless steel, and the bezel itself of titanium. It’s a murdered-out stunner, and I can’t wait to see if any of these traits will trickle down to the regular production models. LINK!

Zenith El Primero A386 Revival Only Watch

Another Only Watch stunner – the A386 Revival in white gold with an added dash of color. LINK!

Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space The Met

Ok, this one is not that spectacular, but our Speedmaster database is a source of great pride to of course I have to mention it: the First Omega in Space The Met. LINK!

Longines Legend Diver 36

We got our first glimpse of the Legend Diver 36 at BaselWorld 2018 (!) but it’s been awfully quiet since. Until now – LINK!

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down for Wempe

The 1815 is back in a (okay, two) limited edition of 25 pieces for Wempe. The navy blue dial with contrasting silver sub dials looks particularly good when housed in white gold. LINK!


Best of week 15: Longines, Cuervo y Sobrinos - 2019/04/13 by Dale Vito


Hi guys!

Welcome back to our weekly segment that highlights a couple of interesting additions to our ever-expanding database.

I warned you in my previous post, but this week has been all about updating our Longines section. There have been only a few others here and there – and I’m far from finished… For this list I’ll pick out a few cool ones though, I promise.

Longines Master Collection 44 Chronograph 100th anniversary of the Republic of Portugal

44mm might be a bit much, but just look at that case back! This limited edition of 100 pieces was created in 2010 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Portugal. LINK!

Longines HydroConquest 39 Star Navigation

Sadly I must admit I don’t have many details on this obscure version of Longines’ popular Hydroconquest dive watch. It looks stellar though! Get in touch if you have more info on this. LINK!

Longines HydroConquest 41 BlackOut Japan

How is that the Japanese often get the best limited editions? They always seem so tasteful and well-informed. This 500-piece limited edition of the HydroConquest has a PVD-coated case and red accents on the insert. LINK!

Longines HydroConquest 41 Automatic USA

Grey everything! This USA-exclusive edition of the HydroConquest has a stainless steel case with grey PVD-coating, a grey dial, and a grey ceramic bezel insert. LINK!

Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Flameante

With the help of Cuervo y Sobrinos themselves I also begun working on adding their watches to our database. First up? This Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Flameante. LINK!


Best of week 14: Oris, Certina, Longines, Karoshi - 2019/04/06 by Dale Vito


Hi guys!

Welcome back to our weekly segment that highlights a couple of interesting additions to our ever-expanding database.

I’ve spent the majority of this week updating existing entries and filling in gaps – in other words, not all entries are new 2019 releases.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five 40

Who doesn’t like a good Divers 65? This one has the 40mm case, but pairs it with the more traditional dial lay-out that was first seen on the larger versions. A slight dash of bronze, supple rubber strap – perfect for summer ’19! LINK!

Certina DS-1 Powermatic 80 Himalaya

One of our API users had put in a request for a couple of watches, including a couple Certina’s. Among them this DS-1 Powermatic 80 Himalaya. I like it. Cool vintage-inspired looks, 80 hours of power reserve, and it’s sensibly priced too. LINK!

Longines Conquest V.H.P. GMT

The biggest project I took on this week is updating our Longines database. This will involve quite a bit of work as a lot of them have been using updated movements (L619 versus L888 for example) without the actual reference numbers having been updated. But perhaps that’s a story for next week. This week’s pick is the Conquest V.H.P. GMT in 41mm with carbon fiber dial and rubber strap. I love me a good quartz watch and I think the V.H.P. -especially the GMT- is very interesting from a tech perspective. LINK!

Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar

Another Longines? YES! Somehow this was missing from our database. I’m not the biggest fan of the Master Collection aesthetics, but an annual calendar for EUR 1.960 list? Count me in. LINK!

Karoshi K-011

Ok, that’s a lie. This was added nor updated this week. But this list needed a bit of spice and I found it in the form of the Karoshi K-011. LINK!


Baselworld 2017: Longines Avigation Big Eye - 2017/04/01 by Dale Vito


Longines Aviagation Big Eye Chronograph L2.816.4.53.2

Longines Avigation Big Eye Chronograph L2.816.4.53.2

 

One my favorite BaselWorld 2017 releases is the Longines Avigation Big Eye L2.816.4.53.2 – a column-wheel operated chronograph inspired by a 1971 watch from the Longines archives.

The Longines Avigation Big Eye has received very little attention yet – I think it was not shown to press but only presented to retailers during their sales meetings. But I’m positive this will change soon once it’s properly introduced, as Longines got it right with this one. Like, VERY right.

The Avigation Big Eye is inspired by a 1971 military / pilot’s watch from the Longines archives. The brushed stainless steel case measures a reasonable 41mm across and features oversized pushers and a historically correct closed caseback. The black dial is instrumental, with the larger 30-minute counter adding a touch of style – again inspired by the 1971 original. Inside is ticking the L688 movement, which is a self-winding, column-wheel operated chronograph. It is listed in our database as having a date, yet this function is thankfully omitted for this watch.

More info, including the price, in our database.


Crazy number of watches added.. - 2015/02/14 by Dale Vito


Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon

Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon

 

In the last couple of days, I’ve again added a huge number of watches and movements to our database. Also, a few smaller (though great 🙂 ) changes have been made by Alwin and Dion- both functional as well as some design thingamalingies.

With the intend of keeping things interesting, both for myself as well as for you, I have been trying to find some kind of middle road between a high volume of easy uploads and unusual and indie watches. The former are mostly ETA-based brands, whose watches are quickly uploaded in bulk as they use standard (or moderately altered) movements already in our database – Hamilton, Longines and Bell & Ross come to mind.

Others, like VacheronPatek, Lange, and Audemars Piguet, require custom movement uploads. It is however interesting to note that the info on these is readily available and very well sorted, hugely decreasing the time needed to sort out the information needed to fill all our fields. Patek and Vacheron take the reigns here, sorting their watches if desired by movement used, with full specs and info on all. While I haven’t really taken on Vacheron yet, our Patek database is starting to be quite something – although most are from the current collection.

Speake-Marin J-Class

Speake-Marin J-Class

 

Speake-Marin has been fun and I think only the Triad pieces need to be added from his current line-up. It’s a pity I can’t seem to locate pics of all his movements, but I applaud his open communication regarding the use of Vaucher movements. I’ve also begun to work on Lang & Heyne.. since we’re trying to add all, why not add a few unusual ones right at the start, right? Also, check out the Daytona page for a first taste of vintage.

Alwin and Dion have been adding a new function to the Calibers pages, which shows what we’re after – clear and open information with as much cross references as possible. It is now possible to view which calibers use a certain movement as a base – get a taste of it at the ETA 2824-2 page. While obviously a lot more movements need to be added to make it truly interesting, it is already a fun feature. They’ve also cleaned up the Brands and Calibers pages – the lay-out is much more clear than it was before.

Ok, back to work 🙂


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