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Watch Review: Seiko Prospex LX SNR031 Titanium Diver

Judging by how much wrist time this Seiko Prospex LX watch has been getting on my wrist, I think it is safe to say that I’m pretty excited about this particular high-end dive timepiece. Seiko produces so many diver’s watches, at so many price points — that doesn’t include Grand Seiko diver’s watches — that it continues to be a collector’s challenge simply to keep track of them. Seiko doesn’t make things easy by supplementing its core collection watches with limited editions that arrive with different price points. Wading through the waters of Seiko divers is something even we at aBlogtoWatch get confused by, but when the right watch dons our wrist and makes us smile, we thank Seiko for all their experimentation and variety. This leads me to start my review of the Seiko Prospex LX SNR031 watch, which is near the top of what a Seiko-branded watch will cost you (but not the top for sure). In the United States, the watch is called the SNR031, but interesting enough in Japan and perhaps oth..

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Bulgari Octa Roma Carillon Tourbillon In Black DLC Titanium

Just released as part of LVMH Watch Week 2021 is the Bulgari Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon, the latest haute horlogerie halo piece demonstrating the brand playing at the absolute top levels of watchmaking. And this one isn’t nearly as complicated as its 1,200+ component Grande Sonnerie pieces, either. The Octo Roma Carillon Tourbillon does take a decidedly contemporary design turn with not just a black DLC-coated titanium case but a new movement with skeletonized bridges finished in black titanium, as well.
Two things I want to mention before continuing. First, once there’s a video of the chime in action, I’ll embed it here. Second, I am fairly certain these photos by Bulgari were edited in a way that removes some color, so just keep that in mind.
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Unlike minute repeaters with two gongs, the Octa Roma Carillon Tourbillon uses three, which allows for a third higher note. If you’ll recall, the Bulgari Daniel Roth Carrillon Tourbillon Minute-Repeater had a similar se..

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The New H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Minute Repeater Tourbillon In Titanium With ‘Electric Blue’ Dial

Just released by H. Moser & Cie is the new Endeavour Minute Repeater Tourbillon, a follow up to 2019’s debut piece that is “lighter” in a couple of ways. This high-complication piece now comes in a titanium case with an all new “Electric Blue” dial that cogently demonstrates another side of Moser’s minimalist aesthetic when compared with the original white gold case with a black lacquered dial model. Limited to 20 pieces, this Minute Repeater Tourbillon not only shows off the brand’s watchmaking prowess but also serves as an excellent case study for Moser’s truly special design ethos.
Most brands would choose to go in a more decorative or ornate direction when designing such a technically impressive halo piece. Just earlier this year, Patek Philippe released the 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon Grand Complication watch, an elaborately finished beauty that ironically enough is its first to have the striking mechanism on the front of the dial. I’d say this is about all it has in common ..

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Hands-On: TAG Heuer Aquaracer x Bamford Titanium Watch

I’ve not yet owned an Aquaracer, but I’m starting to regret that. TAG Heuer’s long-standing and globally popular diver’s watch collection just got the “Bamford treatment,” which has resulted in this new limited edition of 1,500 pieces TAG Heuer Aquaracer x Bamford titanium timepiece (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). This reference WAY208F.BF0638 is easily the hippest Aquaracer right now, and it is also among the best collaboration Bamford watches I’ve ever had the pleasure to put on my wrist.
George Bamford started Bamford Watch Department as an early aftermarket modifier of Rolex watches. George started by “blacking out” Rolex watches and got into everything from engraving them to making wildly different dials. British George Bamford himself is a vivid Rolex watch collector and, after a few years of mainly focusing on modifying Rolex watches, he decided to embark on a related but novel creative venture. He would contract with the LVMH luxury group and work on collaboration watches with..

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Hands-On With The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto

HomeHands-OnHands-On With The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto Hands-OnHamiltonHands-On With The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto A lightweight field watch by Robert-Jan Broer April 30, 2020 MIN READHands-On With The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium AutoThis article is a hands-on review of the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto that has been introduced this year. Even though I love (and ordered) the new Hamilton PSR, my favorite Hamilton watches are its military-inspired pieces. Hamilton has a solid track record when it comes to military watches, the brand supplied them for over 100 years.
Producing a military watch isn’t just a matter of designing a legible dial. You need to make sure a watch keeps ticking when you’re in the trenches or dropping from the sky. Now, today’s warfare looks quite different from a few decades ago, of course. However, people like to have a military-inspired watch for many reasons, and I don’t think warfare is one. It is the toughness of these watches, the l..

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Seiko Astron Pays Homage to Original 1969 Quartz Astron In Titanium

Seiko’s Astron collection, from my perspective, is a somewhat overlooked effort from the Japanese brand. I think this is largely in error, however. If a collector is able to get past the non-mechanical aspects of these pieces, I think they offer an enormous amount of functionality in a robust and attractive package. But maybe I’m wrong; maybe there is a surfeit of Seiko Astron collectors out there that I just don’t see. If so, this release is for you.
To commemorate the original 1969 Quartz Astron, Seiko has decided to release a collection of four watches modeled after that original Astron with a curved case, wide lugs, and a thin bezel. Instead of purely quartz, Seiko employed its Caliber 5×53 Solar-powered and GPS-synced movement. This time, however, the cases are made out of titanium, offering a lightweight 42.8mm package. There are four variations in this release, starting with the limited edition SSH071 with its forest green dial and ceramic bezel. Following the limited offering ..

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Rotary Heritage Titanium Automatic GS05249/04 Watch Review

If you aren’t English, there is a good chance you haven’t heard of Rotary Watches. I happen not to be English, but being in the watch industry, I am the exception, having visited the headquarters of Rotary Watches in London a few years ago to hear about its story. Several decades ago, Rotary Watches donned the wrists of many British people with their practical pricing and Continental approach to design. Today, Rotary Watches still exists, being run out of England (not under English ownership, as I understand) and with a similar approach to value. 2020 is apparently the brand’s 125th anniversary, as the company began in 1895.
width=”560″ height=”314″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> To commemorate the occasion, Rotary has released a few limited-edition watches that are as decent to look at as they are to wear on the wrist. The sportiest of them (as of early 2020) is this Rotary Limited-Edition Heritage Titanium Automatic reference GS05249/04. While I generally like this watch, I find..

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Hands-On: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Watch In Summit Green

“Can I ask what watch you’re wearing?”
The amiable, scruffy guy in a Laker’s hat asks, sitting a few stools down at the local bar here in West Hollywood where we’re both regulars. That day he was wearing a Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin, though I know he has a few Rolexes, as well. (You notice when another regular has a great watch collection.) I tell him it’s a Linde Werdelin, at which point he asks something along the lines of, “Say that again?”
We chatted over a drink (beer for him, Fernet Branca neat for me), and the conversation moved onto other topics, but I could tell he was ensorcelled by the LW. Before we parted ways, he took down the brand’s name on his phone, commenting on how he loved the case design, how lightweight it is, as well as how it’s something rare that his friends don’t know about. I think we sometimes take for granted how tough it is for non-enthusiast consumers to get exposed to the smaller independent brands, but it is a uniquely satisfying thing to watch wh..

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Winner Announced: Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Titanium

aBlogtoWatch would like to congratulate Richard B. of Austin, Texas, USA who has won January’s Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Titanium dive watch giveaway. Thanks for being a loyal aBlogtoWatch reader, Richard! We hope you’ll take this one on plenty of undersea adventures! To the rest of our readers, there’s still time to enter this month’s giveaway, where one winner will take away an Orient Star Contemporary Semi Skeleton watch.

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Hot Take: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Limited Edition

HomeHot TakeHot Take: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Limited Edition Hot TakeLinde WerdelinHot Take: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Limited Edition The new SpidoLite Titanium continues a long legacy of lightness and toughness by FratelloJanuary 29, 2020 MIN READHot Take: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Titanium Limited EditionOrigins matter. If a company or collection is built on solid foundations, it may be able to reach untold heights. The Linde Werdelin Spido series was inspired by an expedition to Mount Everest. Since then, new models are tested in extreme environments where only the brave dare tread.
As you may have noticed (especially if you favor the annual calendar complication) it is now 2020. Most people agree this is the first year of a new decade. As such, brands are taking stock. They are paying particular attention to the messages communicated by their first releases of this new era. It is fitting that directors must possess 20:20 foresight to accurately predict what the f..