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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ariel gets his hands on the 3000m Ball Prototype!

WOW! This watch fascinates me to no end.

Ariel, you lucky bugger! I am thoroughly envious.... NICELY DONE!!!

Read on here:

Ariel's hands-on 3000m experience 

Monday, April 18, 2011

NEW - Dievas Vortex Professional

It has been 2 years since the introduction of the 1st Dievas Vortex. Within the period, the watch has successfully cemented a permanent role in various watch collections as a robust, unique, hassle free, mission watch amongst horology enthusiasts and subsequently captured the true integral manufacturing essence of the company. At Dievas, we commit ourselves to progressive watchmaking by improvisation of an already exceptional timepiece, enhancing its composition and elevating its adaptability for specific roles. Closely following the 'form follows function' theme, the all new Vortex Professional is precision matte black finished watch, increased legibility and always dependable. Knowing the limited target audience such a non-conformist black watch will receive, we build it specially to cater to the taste and needs of serving operators and military connoisseurs. 


Caliber:Dievas/ETA 2824-2 automatic
Functions:hours, minutes and seconds
Size:11 1/2"
Power Reserve:42 hours
Hz:4/28'800 vibrations per hour
Finish:Rhodium plated with Incabloc anti-shock. Dievas DLC Rotor.

Case, Dial & Hands

Diameter:44mm without crown
Finish:scratch resistant Plasma treatment
Waterproof:50 atm/ 500m
Back:screwed with engraving
Crystal:sapphire with anti reflective coating
Dial:off-white with Full SuperLuminova
Hands:matte black
Crown:screw-in crown

Leather strap

Material:waterproof calf
Colours:black with black stitching
Black with red stitching
Width:22mm lugs. 22mm buckle
Buckle:black tang buckle


Friday, April 1, 2011

NEW - Corum Admiral's Cup 46 Chrono Dive

Corum’s extreme sports range introduces a new model and a new function with the Admiral's Cup Chrono 46 Dive. Although slightly smaller, it features the same clean lines and strong design as its predecessors. Its highly recognizable 12-sided case is made of grade 5 titanium and water-resistant to 300 meters. The dial in subtle shades of gray is encircled by an inner flange bearing the 12 nautical pennants that are the signature of the brand.
MovementAutomatic, CO753 calibre, COSC-certified, 28,800 vib/h, 27 jewels, 48-hour power reserve
FunctionsHours, minutes, small seconds, date and chronograph
CaseGrade 5 titanium, 46 mm
Unidirectional rotating bezel
12-sided, cambered, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw-down titanium back
Water-resistant to 300 m / 30 ATM
Hour, minute and small seconds counters at 6, 3 and 9 o’clock respectively
Luminescent hourmarkers, hands and chevrons
Date window at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/StrapBlack vulcanised rubber with titanium buckle


NEW - Breitling Chronomat GMT

The Chronomat GMT from Breitling grants every traveller's wish: to know in an instant the time and date of his place of arrival as well as the time at home, over a 24-hour period and to the exact minute. Equipped with Breitling's new in-house 04 movement, this travellers' instrument has two perfectly synchronised central hour hands. The first, which is associated with the minute hand, moves over a 12-hour dial. The second, with its red triangular tip, moves around a 24-hour scale. Boasting an exclusive design and a dial with subtle three-dimensional effects, the Chronomat GMT will be the new benchmark for all those who want top performance, no matter where they are in the world. And never has a watch been so easy to use!
MovementAutomatic, Breitling 04 calibre, COSC-certified, 28,800 vib/h, 47 jewels, power reserve in excess of 70 hours
FunctionsHours, minutes, seconds, date, 24-hour second time zone, ¼ second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalisers, tachometer
CaseStainless steel, 47 mm
Ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezel
Double-sided anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 500 m / 50 ATM
DialOnyx black, Metallica or Blackeye blue, Blackeye grey, Sierra silver or Metallica brown
Superluminova hour and minute hands and hourmarkers
Tachometer scale on flange
Bracelet/StrapBarenia leather, crocodile, rubber Ocean Racer, rubber Diver Pro or steel Pilot

NEW - Hublot 4000m Diver!

WOW! I normally do not post links to other blogs for news on dive watches, but this one is quite....eh.... well.... special...

Have a look for yourself:

Hublot King Power on Perpetuelle

NEW - Ball Watch Prototypes from Basel 2011

My favorite is this mono-block 3000m diver! Though, the hands are a tad too short for me... Maybe they will adjust them when the are serially produced....?


Ball Prototypes on WUS

NEW - Ball Hydrocarbon Ceramic XV

From Baselworld 2011, BALL Watch Company is proud to unveil to all its facebook fans the Engineer Hydrocarbon Ceramic XV, an astonishing timepiece that displays a perfect calibration of time within an environment that blends esthetic design and sophisticated technology. 

BALL latest timepiece is designed to master extreme situations of any kind. Rugged and reliable, the new EH Ceramic XV is a merge of power, innovation, aesthetic elegance and shows the continuous developments BALL Watch Company carries out in materials, functions and design. 

To start, on the dial finely honed, details show the complexity of workmanship that has gone into every element of this timepiece. The grooved hour track is complemented by elegantly faceted steel hour markers and a “réhaut” displays the minutes. First worldwide and under BALL patent, the metallic Arabic and hour indexes are completed with the 3H Swiss technology. BALL self powered micro gas tubes give an outstanding legibility, even in the absolute darkness. Each of the 31 gas tubes have been manually set by expert hands. 

With his ergonomically redesigned case of 42mm for a slimmer height of 13.25mm, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Ceramic XV now provides improved supreme comfort of wearing. The combination of polished and brushed stainless steel gives to the watch, in all its understated beauty, a very elegant touch. 

Also new for BALL Watch, the extremely hard pure ceramic unidirectional bezel which gives to this model exceptional anti-corrosive properties. The black-chrome ceramic remains unaffected by ultraviolet rays and is virtually scratchproof. The result is a new level of quality appearance and durability for the bezel. Further, and again first worldwide on a ceramic bezel, the graduation from 0 to 14, along with the digits 15, 30 and 45, have all a powerful luminescent paint treatment emitting a blue glow. 

The crowning technical touch in this watch is its chronometer-certified ETA 2892 movement, with date calendar, delivering extreme precision. The watch is water-resistant up to 333 meters, shock resistant and even magnetic fields up to 4,800 A/m leave the mechanism unmoved. 

As final tribute, the case back features an engraved representation of Jim Whittaker, first American to summit Mount Everest. This model has as well inherited the number “XV”, from the first name the Great Trigonometric Survey of British India gave to the Everest in 1856 , then known as Peak XV.

Ball Watch Co.

NEW - Ball Magnate Chronograph

Elegant, Reliable and Functional: The new Engineer Hydrocarbon Magnate Chronograph

The latest evolution of the Engineer Hydrocarbon Magnate rises to a considerable new challenge that combines powerful and dynamic styling with its most distinguished expression. Tough and attractive by equal measure, the new Magnate Chronograph is designed and equipped to meet all the exacting demands of modern-day life.

Elegant and sportive, the Magnate Chronograph’s charm is manifested in its fine details – the 40 mm case, crafted from stainless steel, shows off a brushed finish that contrast pleasingly harmonious with the highly polished bezel and edge bevels. The satin dial, too, contributes to this impression and is a model of clarity. The inner magnifying glass covering the date window at the 12 o’clock position makes date reading as easy as it should be.

The Magnate Chronograph follows the designs of early chronographs with separate start/stop, reset buttons and two sub-dials, rather than the more contemporary three. The two sub-dials are used to represent continuous seconds at the three o’clock position and a 45 minutes counter at the nine o’clock position which is used in conjunction with the main second hand for the chronograph function.

BALL Watch gathers engineers experts with know-how to achieve a single objective: to create a utilitarian watch designed for people who demand optimal reliability. The Magnate Chronograph is powered by the BALL 2050 movement (ETA base movement), a self-winding movement with a chronograph module, and date display. BALL 2050 movement has earned an official chronometer certificate from the “Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC)”. This thorough 15-day test subjects each movement to various positions and temperatures, with a certain range of performance expected. The passage of these tests is proudly confirmed by the inscription “Chronometer” on the dial of the Magnate Chronograph.

The Magnate Chronograph engraved bezel can be used as a tachymeter to calculate speed by measuring elapsed time over a predetermined distance. The Magnate Chronograph is therefore a perfect instrument for measuring speed up to 400 units per hour whether expressed in kilometers or miles.

Loyal to its easy night reading function, BALL Watch has equipped the Magnate Chronograph with the 3H Swiss technology. Fourteen BALL micro gas tubes give this timepiece an outstanding reliability, even in the absolute darkness. The Magnate Chronograph is water-resistant up to 100 meters, shock resistant and anti-magnetic. The watch is mounted on a stainless steel strap with the triple folding clasp patented by BALL Watch Company or on a optional rubber strap. The dial is declined in three colors either black, white or blue.

All this makes the new Magnate Chronograph a very balanced timepiece with cutting-edge technology, maximum precision and a vibrant sporting character.

NEW - Ocean7 LM-3

Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. March 28, 2011: The OCEAN7 Watch Company’s new LM-3 instantly brings to mind dive watches of the classic 1960-70’s era:  it’s equal parts Dr. No, Sea Hunt and The Deep.  Except that the LM-3 is newly manufactured to exacting standards and priced well below the thousands that an original classic now commands.  The LM-3 is designed in the United States and hand made in Switzerland, maintaining the tradition of rugged excellence that came to characterize watches of that era.

“Every element of the LM-3 evokes the quintessential dive watch.  It has a 42mm stainless steel case, Swiss Super-Luminova hands and markers, and a bold dial and bezel treatment that echoes the utility of the past,” says Mitch Feig, of OCEAN7 Watch Company.  Renowned master diver Jimmy Sommer is the advertising spokesperson for this watch.

The LM-3 joins OCEAN7’s extensive lineup of limited edition Swiss handmade watches, designed for the professional diving community and collectors.  The LM-3 is rated to 125 atmospheres and has a flat sapphire crystal and Swiss automatic movement.  The LM-3 is being released at an introductory price of $699 and is available directly from the manufacturer.
OCEAN7’s LM dive watch collection includes the LM-1 (with a cold carbon hardened case), LM-2 titanium (available with a GMT function), original LM-3(rated to 3300 feet), LM-4 (ceramic case), LM-6 (rated to 1650 feet) and the LM-7 PloProf (rated to 3300 feet).  Prices range from $449 -999 (and up depending on configurations) and all models are Swiss made.

OCEAN7 Watch Company: OCEAN7 produces unique, timepieces for professionals who demand a high degree of performance, features and accuracy from the watches they count on to do their jobs. OCEAN7 products are designed in the United States and hand made in Switzerland of the highest quality materials and components available. OCEAN7 watches are available directly from the manufacturer. OCEAN7: when average won’t do.