April 30, 2020
by Kenny Yeo
This should have been the month of Baselworld and Watches & Wonders. Instead, we learned that Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Chanel, are pulling out of the show and are starting their own show in Geneva. Since then, the LVMH Group has also announced that it, too, will be abandoning Baselworld. This surely must be the end of Baselworld. And since most of us are stuck at home now, we will be taking a look at a couple of tool watches in the form of Casio’s über-funky camouflage G-Shock GMW-B5000CM and the massive Delma Blue Shark III that’s water resistant to 4,000 meters.
From around the Web, we have a not-to-be-missed in-depth interview with Auro Montanari, who is better known in the watch community as John Goldberger. Next, we uncover the true story behind Sylvester Stallone and Slytech Panerai watches. Did Stallone really come across Panerai by pure chance, or was there more to the story? Last but not least, we visit the famous Wako store in Ginza, Tokyo, to learn the history of its iconic clock tower.
Stainless steel sports watches are all the rage, and this is true even in the world of G-Shocks. The first metal square G-Shocks were released in 2018 and have quickly become one of the brand’s best-selling watches. Additionally, they have also gone on to spawn numerous limited-edition watches and the camouflage version ― the GMW-B5000CM – is one of them. What makes it even more appealing is that the camouflage print isn’t just a simple paint job. Instead, it’s a complicated process that involves lasers. Find out how the unique camouflage pattern is achieved in the story below.
There’s something to be said for dive watches that can go to extreme depths. One could argue that they are superfluous. That they are pointless because it’s physically impossible to dive that deep. I’d argue that we could say the same for supercars. How often can we maximize a car’s performance? But it’s good to know that it’s there if required. Here, we take a look at the Delma Blue Shark III 4,000 meter dive watch. What makes this watch even more interesting is that Delma isn’t just some microbrand; the company can trace its history back to 1924. Hit the link below to learn more about the watch.
The newly announced SPB151 and SBP153 are some of the most surprising new releases from Seiko this year. It’s based on the iconic ref. 6105, and not surprising in of itself. Vintage-inspired watches are all the rage. What’s unusual is that a year ago, Seiko released the SLA033, which was also based on the ref. 6105. However, the SLA033 was an exclusive watch, limited to 2,500 pieces, and featured a higher-grade movement with a price tag to match. The SBP151 and SBP153 are considerably more affordable. To me, these new watches are not only more accessible versions of the SLA033, but they are also more spiritually accurate recreations of the old ref. 6105.
It feels strange to be launching a GMT watch at this time since it feels like the entire world is on lockdown and no one is traveling anymore. But if you can look past that, there’s a lot to like about this watch. Water resistant to 150 meters and measuring just 12mm, it’s a slim dive watch. On top of that, it has a GMT and worldtimer function. To be fair, it’s not a true worldtimer, since you need to manually turn the bezel to tell time around the world, but it’s still a useful feature, nonetheless. Oh, and I think it happens to look pretty handsome, too.
The camel’s back has broken. Earlier this month, Rolex announced, along with Patek Philippe, Chopard, and Chanel, it will no longer be participating in Baselworld. Instead, the brand will be starting its own show in Geneva in collaboration with the FHH, the organizers of Watches & Wonder (which was formerly known as SIHH). This should not come as a surprise to readers who have been diligently following industry happenings. For some time, brands have expressed dissatisfaction at how Baselworld was run. But the straw that broke the camel’s back came when the MCH Group (the organizers of Baselworld) hastily announced the postponement of this year’s Baselworld and then said that it would not offer full refunds to participants.