June 5, 2015
by Kenny Yeo
This month, we once again have the pleasure of checking out an eclectic mix of mechanical timepieces. To begin, there’s Cabestan’s wild Triple Axis Tourbillon watch, Bovet’s distinctive Amadeo Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar watch, and a new version of De Bethune DB25QP Perpetual Calendar watch.
Moving on, we have noticed that after many years of large watches, it seems that smaller and more modestly-sized watches are in vogue now. The question, however, is are you man enough to wear a smaller watch? And with Star Wars opening at the end of this year, we imagine how some Star Wars watches would look if they were made by popular Swiss brands.
Apple’s new smart watch is a different and special kind of watch, and so it warrants a long-term review to accurately reflect its capabilities. So, this month, we begin our roundup with another look at the Apple Watch after having spent a month with it. Is it really useful? And can it replace our trusty mechanical watches? Read the findings of Ariel, our boss and the founder of this site, and then join the heated discussion just below that post!
1. Apple Watch Review Chapter 2: Reliability, Utility, And Whether It Will Replace My Traditional Watch
Apple calls its new smart watch it’s most personal device yet – and it turned out to be much more than that, as it has been referred to as a game-changer by industry people, journalists, and experts alike. While its effects on the smart watch category cannot be overstated, we discuss a much more pressing issue in the second installment of our long term Apple Watch review series: whether or not the first generation Apple Watch has the potential to replace mechanical timepieces. That is an extremely sensitive issue, and while there is no definitive answer to that, this detailed article discusses at length the stronger and weaker points of Apple’s entry to the segment compared to traditional timepieces.
2. Cabestan Triple Axis Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
Cabestan is responsible for some of the wildest watches around. The Trapezium watch and Winch Tourbillon Vertical are two fine examples of Cabestan’s craziest creations. Joining them is the new Cabestan Triple Axis Tourbillon watch, which features, as you might have guessed, a tourbillon that spins on three axes and a chain and fusee transmission system that feeds energy to the tourbillon at a constant force.
3. Top 10 Affordable Watches That Get A Nod From Snobs
Let’s not kid ourselves, watches are expensive, and unless you are some rich Wall Street banker type or an oil sheik, chances are you are going to have to work with some sort of a budget when it comes to collecting watches. For the most part, you do get what you pay for when it comes to watches, but fortunately, there are some gems to be found. Here, we take a look at some affordable watches that will get you a nod from even the snobbiest collectors. These watches have either interesting designs or simply represent very high value for the money.
4. Watch What-If: Luxury Swiss Star Wars Watches
This year is an exciting one for fans of Star Wars. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opens this December. Although we have had Star Wars watches before from Seiko, and Nixon has also announced that they will be making official Star Wars watches, what if we told you that Omega is making Star Wars watches too? And based on its new Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial, no less. Here’s our hypothetical take on what Star Wars watches would look like if they were made by some Swiss luxury watchmakers.
5. Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar Watch Review
Even if Bovet’s designs are not to everyone’s taste, it’s hard to deny that they make some of the most interesting and visually arresting watches. The Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar watch is no exception. Like some of Bovet’s other more complicated pieces, this watch is a dual-sided watch, and because this is an Amadeo-style watch, it can also be worn in different ways and can even double as a pocket watch. Beyond these, the Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar watch is rendered in typical Bovet-style, which is to say it looks dramatic and is a good alternative for anyone looking for a perpetual calendar watch that is a little unusual.
6. De Bethune DB25QP Perpetual Calendar Watch Hands-On
Unique, distinctive, technical, fun, avant-garde, and progressive are some of the words that I would use to describe De Bethune. Founded only in 2002, the young brand boasts of some of the most recognizable watches around, thanks to their unique cases, hands, and balance springs. To be exact, the De Bethune DB25QP Perpetual Calendar watch is not entirely new, but De Bethune has just released a new version with an 18k rose gold case and dark brown chocolate dial and it looks wonderful to me. If you think Patek Philippe’s new chocolate dial rose gold Nautilus is too pedestrian, this is for you.