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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705”

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: it flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just a 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogues, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, render it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until ju..

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Grand Seiko Announces GMT Seasons Watch Collection

The natural beauty of Japan has been at the heart of Grand Seiko’s design inspiration for the past several years, with models inspired by everything from snowdrifts to tree bark to the delicate tones and textures of cherry blossoms. One of the standout examples of this philosophy is the 2019 Seasons collection, a series of four North American exclusive designs aimed at highlighting the unique seasonal feel of Japan at different times of the year. Grand Seiko has returned to this concept for 2021 with the GMT Seasons collection, which breaks down the year further into the traditional Japanese concept of sekki. Sekki, or seasonal phases, are the 24 distinct phases of the Japanese natural year, with six each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. The new Grand Seiko GMT Seasons series includes the Grand Seiko SBGJ251 Shunbun, Grand Seiko SBGJ249 Shōsho, Grand Seiko SBGE271 Kanro, and Grand Seiko SBGE269 Tōji, showcasing the brand’s naturalistic design ethos with both Spring Drive and Hi-Be..

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Accomplished California Designer Jason Wilbur Launches New Watch Brand

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Jason Wilbur is a name known among the wristwatch collector intelligentsia, but until recently, he’s never had his name on a watch. 2020 saw the launch of WILBUR, the most important step in the watch design career of Mr. Wilbur, who is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where other contemporary watch designers have also studied. Like a number of wristwatch designers before him, Jason Wilbur intended to specialize in automotive design — which he did, and that resulted in a decade-long career leading Honda’s Advanced Design department, a “Skunkworks-style” arm of Honda’s Research & Development department.
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Wilbur left Honda with the opportunity to lead an electric vehicle known as Brave, but starting his own brand had been something persistently on his mind. Wilbur describes the compulsion to start his own brand as having stemmed from his desire to want more creati..

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Hands-On: Casio G-Shock GMWB5000RD-4 Red Metal Watch

Today, I go hands-on with the “red metal” version of the popular Casio G-Shock GMWB5000 watch collection known as the GMWB5000RD-4 (aBlogtoWatch debut with more product info). This is among the latest aesthetic variations of the popular “full metal” G-Shock collection that aBlogtoWatch originally debuted in 2018. The GMWB5000 watches were initially so popular that they were selling for over list price on eBay for a few months. Buying a GMWB5000 at a retailer proved very challenging, and G-Shock fans finally got a taste of what Rolex buyers have been complaining about for years.
Casio added a number of interesting variants to theGMWB5000 collection, including this titanium model, and of course a full 18k-gold variant with a price of $70,000. If that seems high, then don’t worry, because the standard steel version of the GMWB5000 costs an affordable $600. That might be more than some people are used to spending on a G-Shock, but this watch is certainly worth the fair asking price.
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Watch Review: Patton Hyperbare 1000M Liquid-Filled Diver

One of the things that brings me a lot of joy as I approach nearly 15 years of writing about watches is when something from the past comes back to greet me. Such is the case with the watch brand Patton, which I originally covered on aBlogtoWatch back in 2011. At the time, the brand was fresh and I wrote about its Hyperbare model — a relatively attractive macho diver’s watch that features a dial filled with liquid. Now, in 2021, I have the Hyperbare 1000M watch to review — never something I would have imagined, as the brand was shut down for at least a while.
Some watch brands have that kind of resiliency. Even from deep hibernation, they can return with new energy and gusto. New leaders at Patton are trying to bring the brand back, and I think the effort has some merit. New models are probably on the horizon, but it’s worth checking out these original Hyperbare models that are still available today.
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Casio Debuts G-Shock G-Steel GSTB100GC-1A Watch

One of the greatest strengths of the Casio G-Shock line is its sheer breadth. The Japanese giant offers a G-Shock for nearly every taste and budget, ranging from sub-$100 digital throwbacks to ornately hand-carved masterworks reaching well into the mid four figure range. The Casio G-Shock G-Steel line sits firmly in the middle of this range, bringing a more premium feel and advanced features to a more affordable price bracket. While the G-Steel line has not been at the center of attention in recent years, Casio’s latest release revitalizes the nameplate with a refined new colorway. With the brand’s current movement technology and a handsome black and gold color palette, the new Casio G-Shock G-Steel GSTB100GC-1A offers a bold new face for the brand’s midrange collection.
Casio fits the G-Shock G-Steel GSTB100GC-1A with an oversized, aggressive 53.8mm stainless steel case with black ion plating. Like many modern G-Shock designs, the integrated form here is sharply angular and multi-fac..

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Patek Philippe Was Right To Discontinue The Nautilus 5711 Watch

Usually, news that a watch is no longer being made doesn’t cause much raucousness. In the case of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 (aBlogtoWatch review here), it has caused a veritable uproar. Since Patek Philippe announced early in 2021 that its star steel watch with a decade-long waiting list would stop being produced, the timepiece enthusiast community can hardly ponder or discuss anything else. That an older model Patek Philippe watch is being discontinued is hardly remarkable. What is noteworthy is what life was like for the 5711 product just weeks before Patek Philippe announced it would stop producing new ones. Let’s start with some luxury watch industry context.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the long-term planning needs that high-end watch manufacturing requires to be successful. Slumps in traditional retail sales have been somewhat boosted by now prolific online orders, but the men’s watch industry is still mostly a real-world affair when it comes to global commercial val..

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Luminox Unveils Bear Grylls Air Watch

Although the partnership between Luminox and famous wilderness survival expert Bear Grylls is relatively young, only starting in 2020, the pairing has already been prolific with six co-branded models in the initial lineup. Luminox expands this lineup further for its first major release of 2021, creating a new model aimed at the globetrotting outdoor adventurer. The new Luminox Bear Grylls Air combines the brand’s chunky, aggressive design philosophy with classic pilot and GMT watch cues, while paying tribute to the renowned adventurer with a handful of bespoke nods.
The 45mm stainless steel case of the Luminox Bear Grylls Air follows the bulky, masculine pattern used in other members of the Bear Grylls line, with pronounced squared-off crown guards balanced by a 9 o’clock case side flange and a flared semi-attached lug treatment. With the use of stainless steel, this shape takes on a different character, featuring a mix of polishing, vertical brushing, and horizontal brushing that, in..

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Watch Review: Armand Nicolet J09-3 GMT

This watch grew on me over time, but for some reason I can’t think of a decent nickname for it. I challenge you, dear reader, to imagine a proper title for this Armand Nicolet J09-3 GMT timepiece, with its even sexier “A663AAA-BU-MA4660A” reference number. That just rolls off the tongue. The boys and girls at Armand Nicolet have a sense of humor, at least. Each new collection I view from the brand seems like a combination of something we very much know with something we have never seen before, a dedication I admire.
The J09-3 collection is actually just the name of this case style; the GMT is just one subfamily. As of writing, across the Armand J09-3 family, there are 36 different references. This includes three movement families, which include a Swiss Made automatic three-hand with date movement, GMT (as reviewed), and a mechanical chronograph. The three-hand model is the most conservative, from afar, and the chronograph is probably the sportiest of the J09-3 pieces. The GMT feels th..

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Milléchron Unveils the Monarque M Dive Watch, Now With a New Top-Tier Micro-Rotor Movement From Vaucher

Sponsored post presented on aBlogtoWatch by advertiser Milléchron unveils the latest extreme version of the acclaimed Monarque dive watch, the Monarque M, now equipped with a new top-tier micro-rotor movement from Vaucher. The updates make it the first and still only watch in the world to use this variant of the micro-rotor movement, and take the line in two very different directions. The Monarque M Saffron receives a rich yellow treatment, while the Monarque M Stealth takes the opposite approach with a fully blacked-out look, both offering a combination of color, style, and Haute Horlogerie not offered anywhere else.
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Perfect for summer, the Monarque M Saffron takes inspiration for its name and color from what many consider the rarest and most valuable spice. It is extremely rare to find a sports or dive watch in just the perfect, rich shade of yellow with an Haute Horlogerie movement, and a micro-rotor no less. The brand describes it as the per..