The 42mm case is in polished and satin-finished stainless steel, enhanced with a decorated bezel with five engraved grooves and five PVD-clad screws that easily recall the Eterna logo. What is interesting here is how the case looks very similar to an IWC Ingenieur, even to the shape of the crown guards. With the KonTiki however, the crown guards are PVD coated and add a further dash of sportiness to the already rugged looking case. Rounding off the specs is the water resistance to 100m and a black rubber strap held together by a stainless steel buckle.
Follow-up review from Guy in Canada, winner of the MTM Silencer watch giveaway on aBlogtoWatch last October.
Written by James Stacey
Last year while waiting for a new Horological Machine model we were greeted with the Legacy Machine Number 1. We now know that MB&F will stagger new HM and LM models each year - at least for the time being. So HM5 this year and LM2 next year. Inspired by "driver" and LED watches from the 1970s, the HM5 is nicknamed "On The Road Again." This isn't just because it is based on watches meant to be worn while driving, but also because the design of the case is meant to look like a sweeping fastback with rear window slits of cars like the iconic Lamborghini Miura and other such exotic automobiles.
Materials-wise, this is one high tech extravaganza of a watch. The headline feature, of course, is the black ceramic used extensively on this watch, including the case, case-back and chronograph pushers. The dial is in black zirconium oxide ceramic with two blackened sub-dials. Case size is 44.25mm, and the applied indexes are white gold, while the red-tipped chronograph hand is rhodium plated.
>Brand: Vacheron Constantin
>Model: Ref. 47101/47111 Les Historiques Chronograph
>Price: 10,000 – 16,000 USD (Secondhand)
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes, but not with sweatpants and a hoodie.
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: The suit and tie professional looking for a low key gold watch.
>Worst characteristic of watch: The prosaic gold baton hands.
>Best characteristic of watch: The sumptuous teardrop lugs.
And when it comes to these roots, Eric insists the inspiration can, and does, come from anywhere. He added: “I got a book by Saul Bass. Brilliant guy. At first glance you think ‘very nice’, at second glance it’s brilliant, and after ten minutes on the same picture you say ‘ok this is incredible’. It’s very simple but the roots are deep.
The thing about barracudas is that while they rarely attack humans, they are a curious species and are known to try to eat any polished metal things you have hanging on you... There are many reported cases of people losing their gold chain or charms from curious and hungry barracudas. Since the Sinn U1 case is hardly reflecting any light, that was a non-issue for me.
This specific variant of the M119 is the M126.96.36.199, but it is easily distinguished from its siblings thanks to its bold combination of a PVD case and a bright white dial with black markers. While there are many versions of the M119, this one offers huge wrist presence for a watch with a 42mm case. The cushion case lies somewhere in the overlap between a Panerai Radiomir and a Tag Heuer Monaco with short lugs, a slim bezel and a thickness of just 11.5 mm. The case is really nice, exhibiting a mix of polished and brushed elements and small details like the heritage marking on the left flank and the display case back offering a view of the movement within. The case finishing is excellent and the design is very detail-driven and one that highlights the fairly complex shape in a luxurious and interesting way.
Luminosity is high-grade, though as befits a dress watch, it's applied in smaller areas than a dive or sport watch.
Robbins's life and career is better detailed in this story by Adam Green in the New Yorker. Very cool, but unfortunately it doesn't offer advice on how to keep your watch or wallet safe.
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Available in either 18k red gold or palladium, the UTTE is just 8.34 mm thick, making it the thinnest tourbillon on the market today. The case is nicely proportioned at 42mm with a slim bezel and a beautiful sloping edge as it curves to meet your wrist. Jaw-droppingly beautiful, both UTTE versions offer their own dial and movement finishing which is designed to be more decorative on the red gold version and more subtle and reserved on the palladium models.
In this post I want to review the Sinn U1 in the context of these dives, while also attempting to debunk some myths about dive watches. After all, a dive watch might save your life when used in the context it was meant for, so understanding the features that are important vs those that are for show, is critical.
“But I don’t want to be my own brand. I don’t want to change those rules. Christophe (Claret, who worked with Eric on the Harry Winston Glissiere Tourbillon) had a dream to have his own brand, so I’m very happy for him… but I’m too much of an individual. It’s not my trip.”
Overall, I could not be more satisfied with my Rolex Milgauss GV. Even though I work close to heavy scientific equipments and various electrical devices emitting all sorts of magnetic fields, it is doubtful that I really need the kind of protection the Rolex Milgauss provides, though, it's good to know it's there. The historical pedigree of the Rolex Milgauss and the fact that it was engineered with science in mind make it the perfect timepiece for nerds, like myself, who tend to also love science. It's simply the scientists' watch! rolex.com
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Their latest watch is called the Regattare Vintage, a watch which is based on the original Regattare but incorporates vintage-style design elements. The Regattare Vintage has a 44mm cushion-shaped case done in a style which reminds me of Panerai’s new Radiomir 1940 watches, but with much more sharply curved lugs. The case is made out of bead-blasted stainless steel and then given a PVD coating. One thing I noticed was that the screw down crown is not PVD treated and hence looks a tad out of place compared with the rest of the watch. Despite the stainless screw down crown, it must be noted that the watch is water resistant to just 30m (the standard Regattare is water resistant to 500m), so it’s probably best to be careful when around water.