Hamilton Watches Open Up Their New Movement

Hamilton Watches Open Up Their New Movement

Hamilton Watches Open Up Their New Movement   watch releases

I've been a fan of the Hamilton Jazzmaster line for some time now, and have appreciated some of the open-heart dials they've created in the past. Their latest (the Viewmatic Skeleton), though, is truly a skeleton watch, not just a dial with some cut out pieces of metal.

That's because the Jazzmaster Viewmatic Skeleton watches (yes, this is a his-n-her's release) were designed with the intent of showing off their new H-20-S automatic movement. There's very little in the way of you seeing the actual moving parts at work, and the movement itself has cutouts and finishing (laser-engraved) that lets you know the movement was meant to be seen.

Hamilton Watches Open Up Their New Movement   watch releases

Of the two models, I think the women's one may be the more legible of the two - though I'd be concerned about losing the polished hands against the white dial. Thankfully, Hamilton avoided the "easy way out" with this dial, and didn't include any heart-shaped cut outs or extraneous sparkles (gems or otherwise) on the dial. Just several overlapping circles to create a theme (and the cut outs), paired with beveled, teardrop indices for the major demarcations. The etched "H" finishing on the movement is the same for both models, but it stands out a bit more against the white dial here.

The men's model goes for a darker pallete, with anthracite (aka dark grey) being the color of choice. This shows up on what little there is of the inner dial (much less patterned than the ladies model), as well as on the outer dial edge, where you have small marks for the minutes, and a whole lot of Hamilton Viewmatic branding (each word shows up three times).

Hamilton Watches Open Up Their New Movement   watch releases

The women's model comes in a 36mm wide case and features quick change systems for either the white leather strap or stainless steel bracelet. The men's model comes in at 40mm, and while it has the bracelet and leather strap as well (in black), it's not of the quick change variety. This is something I've experienced on a few other watches, and if you're the sort to change straps frequently, it really is quite a nice add-on. I don't feel that it's any less-secure than a spring bar - and it's a shame they didn't include it on the men's model.

Hamilton Watches Open Up Their New Movement   watch releases

For a his-n-her's collection, this is a nice pair with identical prices - $1195 apiece. While they are by-and-large very similar pieces (identical movements and finishing, similar specs), they are as different as night and day. Surprisingly (for me), it's the women's model that I think is the standout of the pair, as it presents a very nice design for a ladies skeleton watch, without resorting to some of the cliches seen elsewhere. And, if you're on the look for a matched watch set without having identical pieces, this does look to be an intriguing option.  hamiltonwatch.com

6 comments
jimmodo
jimmodo

I feel the same way about this one as I do about the Pan Europ - meh. These two watches look too much like something from their sister brand Tissot.

I do like the intramatic and the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Auto Chrono though. Much classier and Hamilton looking watches. 

spiceballs
spiceballs

Unimpressive, but perhaps something for the masses?

Shawnnny
Shawnnny

Hamilton Watch Company really isn't Hamilton Watch Company any more. And it's really starting to show.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I'm afraid this comes off a little cheap looking. I'm not a fan of skeleton watches, and this offering is a good example why. Sometimes even the finest of finishing comes off as unattractive, so at this level, when you've got a hodgepodge of colours and machine finished on standardized watch part, is just kinda reeks of laziness. Like developing a dial would have been too much work. I'm a big fan of the signature H motif on that mainplate, but even that gives way to just a cheap machine brush finish - they should have put the signature motif on the metal, and then cut the parts out so they are covered in it. This way does not look well thought out or executed. And even if they did do it as I suggested, that should be something you see in the movement view on the rear of the watch, and the front could just have a nice dial. 

Hamilton has a number of watches I would be very happy to own and wear, and for the most part I like the brand, but once in a while they just kinda phone it in, and this is where I would place today's special. 

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

What did they reveal?  A few patterned bridges?  There's really not much of beauty to look at here.  Hamilton is one of those brands that produce a lot of really likeable watches, but this is a bit plain looking and hard to read.  Lazy design, cheap looks.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I want to like these more than I do. I'm all in favor of seeing the mechanism, etc. but somehow their choice of cut out shapes (really the bridge/top plate shape) is not working for me as well as I want it to. Maybe it's those silly 'H's that draw too much attention to the wrongly shaped part of the watch. 

And the repeating "Hamilton" & "Viewmatic" on the men's model seem hokey to me. Looks like they took the lady's dial and then moved the hour makers out (for the larger case in the men's) and then had to fill in the extra space with something.

While close, these watches seem like a miss to me. As usual, the price point from Hamilton is good.