Omega is held in high regard in many circles because they have been making concerted efforts toward improving the chronometric performance, reliability, and efficient of their movements. This began in earnest in 1999, when they launched their first movement with a co-axial escapement. More recently, we see them incorporating the use of silicon and non-magnetic metals in their movements, which culminated in the first of their Master Co-Axial movements – as seen in the Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss watch. This month, we take a look at some of Omega’s older movements – the Caliber 1120, 2500 and 8500 – all of which have seen service in countless Seamaster watches.
It is always interesting to see people share their new purchases and explain why they chose what they bought. The reasons that affect and influence their purchasing decisions is always intriguing to me. And in this roundup, we have a biggie, because the watch in question is Greubel Forsey’s Invention Piece 1. Still on the subject of collectors, this month also sees us featuring the collection of Jason Singer, a collector who is one of Patek Philippe’s VVIP clients and has amassed a collection that can only be described as incredible. Find out what drives him, why he collects what he does, and what he plans to do with his amazing collection.
1. Watchmaker Compares Omega Seamaster Timepieces With Caliber 1120, 2500, & 8500 Movements
Omega is a key player in the realm of high-end tool watches and one of the reasons they are so successful is because of the attention they pay to their movements. The brand has made significant improvements to their movements over the years, as can be seen in their new Master Co-Axial movements; and they are also unique because of their use of the co-axial escapement. Here, we take a look at at three calibers that have powered three generations of Seamaster watches – the Caliber 1120, 2500 and the 8500.
2. Seiko Prospex Scuba SBDC003 Dive Watch Review
The fact that Seiko makes value-for-money watches is well known. But amongst all of Seiko’s watches, which offers the most bang for buck? In my opinion, it is the Seiko Prospex Scuba diver, or more commonly known simply as the “Sumo.” Unfortunately, the Sumo is a JDM only model, which means that while it is easy to find and buy online, it is not so easy to come across at brick and mortar shops. Luckily for you, we have a detailed review of this watch here with numerous photos to help you make a purchasing decision.
3. Bell & Ross BR-X1 Carbone Forgé Watch Hands-On
Watches with forged carbon fiber cases are not new, but they are new to Bell & Ross. The French brand is targeting higher-end customers, and they are doing so with their new BR-X1 Carbone Forgé watch. The watch comes in Bell & Ross’ iconic square-shaped case and is made out of forged carbon fiber. It is also a chronograph and features ceramic start and stop pushers that give it a decidedly high-end look and feel. It’s a bold attempt by Bell & Ross, and only time will tell if they succeed. In the meantime, you can check out the watch in greater detail by hitting the link below. Do let us know what you think in the comments section too.
4. Jaquet Droz Charming Bird Final Version Watch Hands-On With Singing Bellows
Jaquet Droz was not only an accomplish watchmaker, he was also a brilliant engineer who built animated dolls to showcase his skills. Hence, the Jaquet Droz Charming Bird is a fitting watch that pays homage to the brand’s founder. As you might have guessed, the Charming Bird watch features a bird automaton that moves, chirps and even whistles. It’s a visual spectacle and something that you don’t see often on watches, which makes it all the more special.
5. Esteemed Mechanical Watchmaker F.P. Journe On Making A Quartz Movement
It is often said that Francois-Paul Journe is one of the greatest watchmakers in the world today and I think that this interview with Journe about his new watch and movement will tell you why. The new watch is in question is Journe’s first watch designed specially for ladies, and it also features a quartz movement, another first for Journe. However, this quartz movement is not something off the shelf, rather, it was designed specially by Journe for this watch and has some nifty features that shows just how thorough Journe is when designing watches.
6. Orient Star Standard-Date With Carbon Fiber Dial Watch Review
Japanese watch companies make great bang-for-buck watches and Seiko aside, there’s also Orient, which is actually a fully owned subsidiary of Seiko. Amongst Orient’s many watches, their Orient Star collection is arguably the most impressive. Here, we take a look at the Orient Star Standard-Date with a carbon fiber dial, a dressy piece with sporty elements – courtesy of that carbon fiber style dial. If you are looking for a dress piece that’s a little off the beaten track, this watch is well worth considering.