I really enjoy the case shape (see above photos) which is clean and minimalistic but not in a way which detracts from the shape of the case itself. While I like the styling seen in the Vallelunga range, I cannot help but find the design of the handset to be flawed. My criticism is that the hour hand is the same color as the dial and, judging from the images on Autodromo's website, the hour hand literally disappears in some photos except for the small contrasting marker at its tip. Originally, I thought I was looking at a stopwatch or regulator-style watch which featured only a single long hour hand. It's unfortunate as I really like the other dial details like the big date display, the exposed screw heads which flank the center of the dial and the almost Mondaine-like simplicity of their designs.
Like I said, the Slyde is a very polarizing watch, and I have had a lot of opportunity to test this while wearing it all over the place. This type of polarization is good, and I am always happy to strap it on. This is the digital watch you aren't ashamed of wearing to a business meeting. Slyde goes where Casio can't! It is also a lot more expensive. HD3 is a high-end brand and the Slyde accordingly is priced as such. Even the new engines are said to be paid downloads and limited editions! More on that as Slyde develops that system. Price for the basic steel model is ,895. In basic titanium it is ,295 while PVD coated models are a bit more. Prices go all the way up to ,595 for the steel version with diamonds.
Inside the watch looks to be a base Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 movement. Bremont seems to use a special module that turns the subsidiary seconds and date indicators into retrograde hands. The result is a wonderfully symmetrical and balanced dial that feels fresh and new despite the intentionally "old" looking dial design. The retrograde seconds dial jumps back to its original position after each 30 seconds (as opposed to after each 60 seconds). I really like the decorative effects in the retrograde dials.
An important part of the R03 Chronographe RS is the mechanical automatic movement they call the caliber CH01. Revelation worked with Dubois-Depraz to produce the movement. Given the design of the skeletonzied movement I have a feeling it is a chronograph module built on to a base ETA automatic movement. The chronograph is built in a symmetrical manner and the laser-cut date disc is neat. Note that you need to make the dial transparent to read the date.
Vostok Europe makes the Anchar relatively durable with the case being water resistant to 300 meters. That and some other features such as the rotating diver's bezel help make it a true dive watch. However, I believe the piece doesn't have a sapphire crystal. But the mineral crystal it uses does have AR coating on it. On the rear of the case is an engraving of the Anchar submarine - which was designed in the 1960s.
Other models include a 47mm wide quartz chronograph model, two three-hand automatics in a 43mm wide case, and a 38mm wide quartz model for women with 124 diamonds on the bezel. Each of the watches contain Swiss movements. The Britain Chronograph comes in a cool black case but will alienate a lot of us watch nerds with its Ronda quartz chronograph movement. Personally it wouldn't bother me assuming the price was right - which it is most likely not.
Unlike most brands, UTS makes their own cases. Spinner is a mechanical engineer, and personally I have to say that watch-obsessed engineers make the most interesting watches. Think UTS, Damasko, ochs und junior, and probably others. You don't have to be a mechanical engineer, but it seems to help.
The watch dial is very handsome. I like the raised hour markers and hands in green. The watch is certainly bold, but not "in your face". It is a good mixture of minimal and sporty. This designer look is going to appeal to a lot of people as it prevents the watch from being cheesy or boring. Dietrich also knows how to use just enough green without going overboard.
A lot of men shy away from white colored watches, considering them feminine or something like that. In my own opinion a white colored watch is just fine so long as everything else about it is masculine. Having said that, the white version of the Speedmaster 9300 in steel matched to a steel bracelet is rather unambiguously masculine as far as most people will be concerned.
Hublot model reference is: 701.OQ.0180.RX and the retail price is GBP £32,300
As a dive watch the Octea Abyssal Automatic comes in a 44mm wide case that is water resistant to 200 meters. It has a rotating ceramic bezel, and an easy to read dial. Of course there is the rubber strap with faceted crystal placed in it near the lugs. The bezel is also lightly faceted for a great look. I like the minimalist use of numeral indicators on the bezel.
Touch screen watches today have two main purposes. First is to help watches achieve a more seamless look devoid of such utilitarian perturbances such as buttons and crowns. Frankly, I don't mind a few buttons and crowns, but then again I am not a chic Adobe Illustrator savvy designer. Second is to appeal to the touch-screen generation. All the iPhone, iPad, and other tableters out there just can't get enough of poking and prodding their way through product interfaces. So, watches need to follow suit to stay hip right? Well that is the idea at least.
The Reverso comes in a range of sizes and style. The largest of modern watches are the super-sized Reverso cases in Jaeger-LeCoultre's highest end models such as the Gyrotourbillon II and the Triptyque. The Grande Reverso is a step down from that. The more square Squadra is a handsome sporty option as well. Then there are smaller men's versions as well as a few sizes for the ladies. The Grande Reverso case is 32.15mm wide and about 52mm tall. That length of the case prevents it from looking small. I would not say that the piece wears large, but it certainly doesn't feel petite. The Reverso is a super classic look. Those three horizontal lines in the case above and below the dial really make it look distinctive, and the overall look and feel of the piece is ultra-classy. No where will a Reverso look out of place.
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