Written by: Tom Mulraney ablogtowatch.com, thewatchlounge.com
Like the Rolex Submariner, the Temption CGK203 is a fashionable diver's style watch. With it's rotating bezel, and appreciable water resistance, the CGK203 can easily be used as a diver's companion. However, it is meant for challenges of everyday life, to be used when necessary. The locking crown and pushers which lock are comfortable and usable. A minor complaint I have is that the main crown is a bit hard to pull out when you need to do so to make adjustments. A minor quibble, but something that might not need have been overlooked without remedy. A simple recess in the case might have allowed for better leverage when operating the crown. Again, this is a minor issue, but mentioning it shows how few things I find wrong with this watch.
The Breitling Aerospace is one of Breitling's most successful watches. Why? Because it was relatively economical, masculine stylish, and housed Breitling's Super Quartz movement (thermoline Quartz which is about 20 times more accurate than a standard quartz movement). However, the last iteration of the Aerospace released was a while ago. Close to 10 years. Yes, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of mechanical movements, but there is still such a big market for them.
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For one thing, the Outland will be available in more colors and materials than just the PVD black on black strap. In fact, there is a pink gold version available, and a matte steel version, along with various dial colors (black, gray, and gold). Further, the Outland can be fitted with inset diamonds. To be honest, I am not sure why a watch like this needs diamonds, but it seems to be on the haute list of things to do right now. So RSW probably feels inclined to do as such. It is not a problem, because the masculine versions of the watch look great. The inspiration for the design is 1970s post modernism, but with a 21st century touch. In fact, the main idea behind the watch was to imbue a watch with the look of a compass. Personally, I don't see a compass, I see something more akin to a modern V6 engine. The large hex screws look like piston shafts, and the whole watch has a very machine-like quality to it. Nevertheless, RSW had it's heart in the Outland while designing it.
In 2005, German watch maker Limes released a limited edition of just 99 watches celebrating the 15th Limes Watches Rallye (was previously under another name until it was renamed this for Limes). That watch features a high quality case (as Limes is known for making their own cases), an ETA Valjoux 7750 movement, and unique styling befitting a racing watch. Although this is a three register design chronograph, emphasis is made on the top and bottom subdial giving it a classic bicompax look. Large comfortable pushers make for smooth chronograph operation, with excellent legibility. I particularly like the small luminant covered arrow at the tip of the chronograph seconds hand. The dial itself is carbon fiber, adding a modern touch to an otherwise classic design.
Though one thing I cannot figure out, and perhaps some one can inform me. Why is it that each Formex watch is a "Formex 4 Speed." Yes that sounds pretty cool, but watches don't have speeds, I am not sure what each Formex watch has 4 of, and 4 speed cars are very... 30 years ago. Regardless, it still have a nice ring to it. Otherwise, you will be impressed by the interesting watch that Formex has to offer. Most of the watches come in both mechanical and quartz movements as well.
Clinton: Well the President has the Governor beat here. The platinum version of the Clinton watch is over 7,000. A stately time piece indeed. This is no high-end Bentley money, but you'll be hard pressed to find someone with a more exalted watch hanging around. Like the President of the United States, there are some more powerful people in the world, but they are few and far between, and good luck trying to get retail price for them. For your entrance into presidential timepieces, Audemars Piguet gives you a enclosure for your Clinton watch that is a detailed replica of the White House itself. This white model sitting on a wooden platform opens up like a coffin providing an eternal resting place for your lifesavings.
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Us watch lovers prefer focusing on the minutiae rather than the big picture sometimes. Which is probably why I love this watch, even though I basically already own one. This is the Japan only version of the highly popular Citizen Campanola Grand Complication with the Japanese rose wood lacquered dial. The model number of the Japan only edition is: CTR57-1001. However, you can read more specifics and a review about this model right here on aBlogtoRead.com's review of the "world" model Citizen Campanola Grand Complication.
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Say Hi to the Omega Speedmaster X-33. Introduced in 1998, this is one amazing watch. Omega literally flight (and crash) tested it with NASA and military pilots, experimenting with several design iterations before settling on and shipping two commercial versions. It was designed for pilots and space flight, and is rated by NASA for the mission to Mars. Without a doubt, this is one of the coolest and most interesting analog-digital watches ever made.
Two years ago, I wrote an article called The Ultimate Casio Pathfinder in which I raved about the PAW1200 series. This was the first time Casio had combined their atomic and solar technologies with their famous Triple Sensor (digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer). A year later, I reviewed what I considered to be the new ultimate Casio Pathfinder – the PAW1300 – which is essentially the same watch in a significantly slimmer package. Today, I'm extremely pleased to introduce what even Casio is now referring to the Ultimate Pathfinder: the PAW1500 series.
Now comes the interesting stuff, when you can customize watches. You'd probably have to start with a watch that is worth modifying but not too rare or expensive as to destroy the value. Remember that a specially modified watch often loses value unless subsequent buyers love the look as much as you to. You are best to stick with a sub 00 watch, unless you really have some wild ideas.