November 8, 2013
by Kenny Yeo
Kicking off the second-last month of year, we review a couple of watches with interesting materials for cases – the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ceramic diver and the Archimedes Pilot 42 Bronze. Next, we check out the top 10 most technically important electronic watches in history, find out why you should not look down on quartz watches, and learn more about the legendary Frédéric Piguet Caliber 1180.
1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ceramic Watch Review
Ceramic is arguably one of the most popular “exotic” materials for watches right now. Rolex has long embraced this material for their watches – the latest Submariner and GMT Master watches feature ceramic bezels – while other brands like Panerai and IWC both have watches with ceramic cases. Audemars Piguet is no stranger to this material, but this year they launched an all ceramic dive watch. Check out our full review here.
2. Top Ten Technically Important Electronic Watches
It can be argued that mechanical watches possess more charm, but electronic watches are certainly more accurate, affordable and functional. In this post we cover what is, in our view, the top 10 most technically important electronic watches.
3. TNT Challenger Black Luna Watch: Something Old, Something New, Something Awesome
In recent times, we have seen an increasing number of budding watchmakers and boutique brands taking to crowdfunding platforms to get their watches made. Such watches are a dime-a-dozen these days and most are uninteresting and lacking in horological legitimacy. However, the TNT Challenger Black Luna watch is a little different. If you are intrigued by the design, know that within it beats a Valjoux 7734 with added triple calendar and moon phase complications. To find out more, hit the link below.
4. Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze Watch Review
Thanks to the limited edition Panerai 382 “Bronzo” from 2011, watches with bronze cases are the latest craze amongst boutique and small watch brands. The latest to join the bronze bandwagon is the Archimede Pilot 42 Bronze watch. A pilot watch with a bronze case? Actually, the design kind of works. Check out our review here.
5. Remembering The Speidel Twist-O-Flex Watch Bracelet
Remember the Twist-O-Flex watch bracelet? I remember I had a Swatch with one of these. These were essentially flexible bracelet straps that could twist and easily fit just about any wrist. Interestingly, one of the companies responsible for the early popularity of these bracelets is still around and continues to make such bracelets and watches. We decided to pay them a visit to have a chat.
6. A New Respect For Quartz Movement Watches: From Spring To Battery
Despised, shunned upon and thoroughly misunderstood, that may be the best way to describe the general reaction towards quartz watches from us watch enthusiasts. But wait a minute, is quartz not a result of natural progression? Of our innate desire to use technology to improve our lives? Our resident watchmaker, Richard Paige, weighs in with his thoughts.