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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Deep Blue T100 Recon - Video Review

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Deep Blue T100 Recon - Gallery

BASEL 2013: Deep Blue Aqua Marine 500

  • Movement : Swiss Eta Automatic ETA 2824-2 
  • Case Size : 45mm , 53 lug to lug 
  • Sapphire Crystal,Case thickness: 16mm , Sapphire Bezel Inlay ( scratch resistant)BGW9 Luminous Sapphire Bezel , easy grip 120 click unidirectional bezel , Screw down Crown , Screw down Case Back 
  • 50 Atms = 500 meters 1650 Feet
  • 5.mm thick Bracelet ,"Divers Style Bracelet", Screw links, Full links, Half Links removable , Scissor Deploy clasp, Safety, Divers wetsuit extension, 4 micro adjustments 
  • Fully Luminous Black Superluminova Dial - Glows Blue 
  • 28 total Tritium Tubes Black Dial :Hour markers:12,3,6,9 Alpha numerals in Orange Tritium Tubes. 1,2,4,5,7,8,10,11 Double Size flat Orange Tritium Tubes. Minute Markers Around The dial Tritium tubes Orange on Hour, Minute, and second hand . Unique Easy to read diver style hands .
This is a great new update to a very popular Deep Blue model. It is LUME-TASTIC!

Deep Blue Canada

BASEL 2013: Clerc Hydroscaph H1

Once again from Jorge's post on TZ:

Clerc Hydroscaph H1 on TZ

BASEL 2013: Ronato XTR Diver

More from Jorge's post on TZ:

Ronato XTR Diver on TZ

BASEL 2013: Concord C1 Chronograph

Concord unveils its legendary chronograph from a completely new angle. The C1 Chronograph shows how an emblematic design has brilliantly evolved to remain perfectly aligned with the times. Sharing the same DNA and avant-garde personality as its slightly larger older sibling, this new timepiece has no trouble making its mark with a marginally smaller crown, improved readability, and a wrist-hugging, ergonomic case. Like the reference model, the new C1 Chronograph stands out for a sophisticated design with an artful blend of high-tech materials, including eight ceramic inserts around the distinctive bezel. A brilliant demonstration of Concord's talent for beautiful timepieces that cut to the essence.
  • Movement = Mechanical automatic, Valgranges calibre, 28,800 vib/h, 48-hour power reserve; snailed rotor, "Côtes de Genève" motif, engraved C1 logo in the centre with black PVD coating
  • Functions = Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph
  • Case = Titanium, 47 mm, Titanium bezel with black ceramic inserts, Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, Transparent, screw-down back with "Audace-Savoir-Faire-Avant-Garde", engraved inscription, Water-resistant to 200 m (20 ATM/660 ft)
  • Dial = Black, chequered guilloché, 12-hour counter at 6 o'clock, 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock, small seconds at 9 o'clock, Date window at 3 o'clock
  • Bracelet/Strap = Rubberised black alligator stitched on a rubber strap

BASEL 2013: Armand Nicolet L09

L09 is the first limited-edition sports line from Armand Nicolet, a collection adopting sturdy and robust titanium. Its distinctive characteristics include enhanced readability due to the specific use of Superluminova on the hands and dial. It is however the original movement dating from 1957 and entirely reworked by the company artisans that makes it so exclusive and unique. A 450-piece limited series matching the number of original movements available.
  • Movement = Mechanical hand-wound AN0711A calibre on UT 600 base movement, 18 jewels, 18,800 vib/h, 36-hour power reserve
  • Functions = Hours, minutes and seconds
  • Case = Black DLC-coated titanium, Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides and transparent back, Water-resistant to 50 m (5 ATM/165 ft)
  • Dial  = Black, openworked, Off-centred small seconds at 6 o’clock
  • Bracelet/Strap = Black rubber with black DLC-coated titanium buckle
  • Other versions = Two-tone, bezel and crown in 18K pink gold, black DLC-coated titanium case and blue dial. Or titanium with silver-toned dial. Black rubber or alligator strap.

BASEL 2013: TF Est.1968 T-Fun

The first watch collection from TF Est.1968, T-Fun is an explosion of bold, bright colours. Proposed as a three-hand automatic and as a quartz chrono, this fashion-forward line makes its mark with the genuine carbon that coats bezel and dial, while hands and logo adopt an ultra-luminescent style. Eye-catching colours – chocolate brown, rose gold PVD, all-over black, vivid orange and white – and easygoing prices make for some highly coveted wrist candy, Swiss-made of course!

  • Movement = Mechanical automatic, circular-grained, "Côtes de Genève" motif, personalised oscillating weight
  • Functions = Hours, minutes, seconds and date 
  • Case = 316L steel or 5N gold-plated, 45 mm Carbon bezel matching the dial, Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and transparent back Water-resistant to 150 m (15 ATM/500 ft)
  • Dial = Chocolate, orange, black or white carbon fibre, Luminescent hands, Date window at 3 o'clock
  • Bracelet/Strap = Delivered with 2 interchangeable straps; one silicon with buckle, one NATO nylon with folding clasp, both matching the watch
  • Other versions = Quartz chrono with date at 4 o'clock and 12-hour, 30-minute and small seconds counters at 6, 9 and 3 o'clock respectively

BASEL 2013: Breguet Type XXII 3880 10 Hz

The iconic Breguet Type XXII this year extends to a new iteration in rose gold, with a movement vibrating at an increased frequency of 10 Hz (72,000 vibrations/hour) thanks to a silicon escapement with flat balance spring. This high frequency delivers outstanding precision and regulating performance for a chronograph whose seconds hand sweeps the dial in 30 seconds. The red and white markers on the minute scale, on the inner bezel ring, show whether the hand is on its first or second rotation. In addition, this exceptional timepiece incorporates a flyback function, a second time zone with 24-hour  indicator, date, and small seconds making one complete revolution in half a minute.

  • Movement = Mechanical automatic, 589F calibre, 13¾ lines, 27 jewels, 72,000 vib/h, 40-hour power reserve, high-frequency silicon escapement and balance spring
  • Functions = Hours, minutes, seconds (30-seconds base), date, flyback chronograph (½ minute), dual time zone with 24-hour indicator for the second time zone
  • Case = 18k rose gold, fluted caseband, 44 mm, Bi-directional rotating bezel with 60-minute scale, Water-resistant to 100 m (10 ATM / 10 bar)
  • Dial = Brown, Centre red chronograph hand on a 30-seconds base, Centre half-minute hand, Small seconds on a 30-seconds base at 9 o'clock, Second time zone at 6 o'clock with 24-hour indicator at 3 o'clock, Date window at 6 o'clock
  • Bracelet/Strap = Brown alligator with 18k rose gold folding clasp

Saturday, March 23, 2013

GUEST POST: How to avoid counterfeit watches

Owning a luxury watch is not only a privilege, but it’s an investment and something that many of us will cherish for years to come. Designer watches are made to carry on shining and perform long after the day of purchase and with a little care and regular servicing, your timepiece can last a lifetime. But if you get your hands on a counterfeit watch, this may not be the case.

Designer replicas may look deceivingly similar but they are not made with the same love and craftsmanship as a genuine high end timepiece. At first glance, you may not even be able to tell the difference but look a little closer and there are ways of spotting a fake.

Here’s a guide to identifying the fakes from the genuine article. When buying a watch from a store or an individual seller, pay attention to the following indicators below.


Tips on Spotting a Designer Replica

·         Study the signature features – before you purchase your watch, make sure you research the look of your desired model. Try and pick out some signature features so that you can look for these before you buy. Many designers will create unique details which are only spotted when you look a little closer.
·         Inspect your watch thoroughly – if you are buying a watch from an individual or a second hand watch shop, make sure you get time to inspect your watch thoroughly. Original watches should have crisp and clean engraving; never smeared or unclear. Another big tell-tale sign is typos in brand names (and sometimes this can only be seen when you look carefully). If you are using an online company, make sure they are a trusted retailer.
·         Check the watch functions – so simple but so easily overlooked. If you are collecting your watch in person, always check that the chronograph and all of the watch’s functions are in full working order. Look out for the simple things such as a sweep second hand (many high end designer watches have these whereas fakes have a tick style hand). But always know your model before you jump to conclusions.
·         Check the mechanics – although today’s replica watches look and feel real and work just as intended, the quality of the mechanical timepiece can vary greatly. Fake watches offer mechanical movement just as you would expect from a genuine watch but because of the lower quality craftsmanship and design, they are not as accurate.

Buying a Designer Watch: Shopping Advice

Although auction sites and online forums are very popular for selling and buying designer goods, it is still not recommended if you want to avoid the counterfeit trick. With clever wording and great photography, it’s now very easy to sell fakes to vulnerable shoppers.

If you want to ensure that your watch is 100% genuine, use only trusted websites that have a good customer track record and always find watches with their original boxes and their original manufacturer’s documents.

Watts 1858 is an authorised dealer of designer watches and jewellery. Visit www.watts1858.com to find out more and to browse the full range. 

GUEST POST: Guide to servicing a watch

Luxury watches are often seen as investments and whether they are worn often or only on the rarest of occasions, watch cleaning and watch servicing is still something you should consider.  A luxury watch requires a similar amount of care as a fine piece of jewellery and in order to get the same precision as the day you handed over your hard earned money for the timepiece, servicing is required just as you would provide for any other machinery.

It’s easy to forget that your watch is actually a tiny little piece of working machinery, and servicing / cleaning on a regular basis will keep it in the best working condition.


Watch Servicing: What to Expect

So what exactly does watch servicing involve? Just like you would oil a machine, watch servicing looks at all the different parts of a timepiece and ensures that everything is fine tuned to be in complete working condition for years to come. Always speak to your watch servicing company about the process involved but here is a general watch servicing process.
  1.  A watch is stripped down with the movement removed, case stripped down, the dial and hands are removed. The watch is now ready for the stages of refurbishment and ultrasonic cleaning.
  2.  Parts are checked for wear and tear before being placed in a cleaning basket. The entire watch is checked thoroughly to ensure that everything is in good working condition.
  3.  Case and bracelet is polished and sanitised to ensure that it looks and feels as clean as possible. This is important in eliminating any dust or dirt that has settled on the watch parts.
  4.  Case is assembled with new gaskets and movement parts are all cleaned and prepared for assembly.
  5.  Movement is set to manufacturer specifications to ensure that it is fully working and accurate for the user.
  6. Dial and hands are replaced and then checked for timing and accuracy.
  7.  Water resistance is then checked.
  8.  Auto-testing methods will be put in place using a machine to check again for timing errors. This is the most accurate way to ensure that a watch matches up to a manufacturer’s specifications.
Why You Need to Service Your Watch

Even watches which are kept in their original packaging and are rarely ever worn require, regular cleaning and servicing. Cleaning and servicing does not imply that your watch is dirty – it is simply a way to ensure that your expensive timepiece prolongs its lifeline and continues to work for you even after years of ownership.

Dust particles can settle on the moving parts of your watch and oils can dry up around pivots which can cause problems with your watch’s ability to function. And as every single watch is unique, it’s important that you pay attention to your manufacturer’s guide which will have been provided on the day of purchase. Some watches will come with a free cleaning service or there may be recommended servicing specialists who can help.

If you are looking to buy a new luxury watch, view Richard Mille watches for sale online today. Richard Millie is a luxury watch retailer who can also offer watch cleaning and watch repair services.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

BASEL 2013 - Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

Pontos S

■ Ø 43 mm, stainless steel case
■ Sandblasted aluminum turning scale, matching dial finish
■ Automatic helium escape valve at 9 o’clock
■ Vertical brushed middle-case and side lugs, with polished bezel and facet on lugs
■ Engraved case-back
■ Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
■ Water-resistant to 600 m (60 atm)
■ Black sun-brushed or off-white opaline dial
■ Applied indexes with large area of luminescent coating for excellent legibility when diving HANDS
■ Diamond-cut hands with large area of luminescent coating for excellent legibility when diving
■ Minute and second hands with red coating on tip STRAP/BRACELET
■ Genuine leather strap or robust three-row stainless steel bracelet
■ Extra NATO strap provided BUCKLE
■ Stainless steel buckle on both straps provided
■ Double security deploying clasp on metal bracelet
Automatic caliber ML115
■ Functions:
– hours, minutes, seconds indicated by central hands
– Date at 6 o’clock
■ Vibration: 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz
■ Power reserve: 38 hours
■ Jewels: 26
■ Adjustments: 3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
■ Decoration: rhodium-plated movement

Maurice Lacroix

BASEL 2013 - Eberhard Chrono 4 Géant Full Injection


  • Reference: 31062. Limited edition of 500 pieces
  • Movement: Caliber EB. 250 12 ½ ” – basis ETA 2894, mechanical
  • chronograph with automatic winding. Eberhard & Co. device with 4 counters in line: minutes, hours, 24 hours and small seconds – date, 53 rubies.
  • Case: In steel, submitted to a hardening treatment through a low temperature process that diffuses carbon into the steel with a penetration of 30 μm, thus increasing fatigue-limits and shock-resistance. With DLC-Dianoir® carbon treatment providing a black coating.
  • Diameter of the case: 46 mm
  • Thickness of the case: 14,10 mm
  • Caseback : With engravings, fixed by 8 screws. Water-resistance: 200 m
  • Crown: With DLC-Dianoir® carbon treatment ; screwed-in crown with crown guard and engraved elements to provide optimum grip; personalized with the ancient shield, symbol of the Maison, in bas-relief.
  • Push-buttons : With DLC-Dianoir® carbon treatment ; screwed-in, with engraved elements to provide optimum grip; decorative black PVD-treated screws
  • Bezel: with DLC-Dianoir® carbon treatment, unidirectional rotating bezel, featuring 6 black PVD-treated screws and black engraved numerals
  • Glass: sapphire, non-reflective
  • Dial: Black with black counters, azurée finish, red counters’ hands. Applied indexes, luminescent - date at 12 hours. Central seconds hand in red. Tachometer scale in km/h on the flange. Metal plate with Côtes de Gèneve finish.
  • Hands: sword-shaped, skeleton-carved, luminescent
  • Strap: black rubber, vertically sculpted, personalized with the “E” shield engraved in bas-relief – “E&C” personalized steel buckle with DLC-Dianoir® carbon treatment
  • Note: Patented – Registered Design


BASEL 2013 - Oris Calobra Limited Edition

Oris Calobra Limited Edition
Ref. No. 774 7661 4484, Ø 44.00mm
Limited to 1,000 pieces
  • Automatic mechanical movement Oris Cal. 774, based on Sellita SW 500 with Chronograph function and date window at 6 o’clock
  • Multi-piece stainless steel case, water resistant to 10 bar/ 100m
  • Bezel with black ceramic minute scale, rotating in both directions, with rubber coated ‘good grip’ profile on the outside
  • Sapphire crystal, domed on both sides, with anti-reflective coating inside
  • Stainless steel case back with special engravings and limitation number
  • Stainless steel screw-in security crown
  • Two piece dial; silver mat dial ring with Tachymeter scale directly assembled to the case. Black mat dial with minute and hour counters and printed Super-LumiNova Arabic numerals, linear l small second display at 9 o’clock
  • Nickel hands with Super-LumiNova inlay for the hours and minutes
  • Special box includes a folding set with a rubber strap and a tool to change the strap
  • Swiss Retail Price approx..:CHF 3,550.00

Gavox Curtiss P-40 - Gallery

Received this one a couple of weeks ago and I can honestly say for under 225 euros, it sure is a lot of watch. Check it out!

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Deep Blue DayNight Recon T100 - Gallery

Just got this one last week and after owning over a dozen Ball watches, I cannot tell you how happy I am with this Deep Blue. Do not get me wrong, most of my Ball watches were far superior, but their respective price tags reflected this superiority.

For the 899$ I paid for this Recon (from Deep Blue Canada), I could not be more pleased! Have a look for yourself:

Quick Specs:

  • ETA 2824 movement (-2 sec / day so far)
  • Sapphire Crystal with AR coating (inside)
  • 500m Water Resistance
  • 45mm diameter case
  • Ceramic bezel insert (Gorgeous Blue)
  • 65 tritium tubes... YES, I SAID 65!!!
  • Solid links / end links with screws
  • Screw-down crown, with satisfying long tube (not just two turns)
  • Brushed finish and surprisingly well done to boot

I would have liked a more sophisticated clasp, but seriously now, can you ask for anything more from a sub-1000$ watch? I think not!

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