August 15, 2014
by Kenny Yeo
Omega has been mighty impressive lately, releasing watches that are not only aesthetically attractive but also technically competent. One of their biggest announcements this year at Baselworld was its new Master Co-axial movement. Any Omega watch with this movement is virtually anti-magnetic, and not only that, comes with a longer than average warranty. And in this roundup, we will be taking a closer look at Omega’s new Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial watches, which have been fitted with this new movement.
Next, we visit the workshops of a little known brand called Julien Coudray 1518 and find out why they are one of the few true blue-blooded manufactures in the business. We also take the time to talk to legendary director James Cameron about his relationship with Rolex and his thoughts about the recently released Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue dial watch. Finally, we examine some of the pitfalls a watch owner might face when it is time for his watch to be serviced, and also learn how to spot a fake vintage Rolex dial.
1. TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
Tag Heuer seems to be a brand that draws very polarizing opinions. Some watch lovers abhor their mass marketing efforts, while others appreciate their very high-end offerings such as the MikroPendulumS and now this, the Monaco V4 Tourbillon, which places a tourbillon into the original Monaco V4 – the world’s first belt-driven watch. Regardless of what you think of the brand, I think we can all agree that not only is the movement in this piece a technical feat, it also looks exceptionally cool.
2. Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM514 Watch Review
Like Tag Heuer, Panerai is also a brand that draws polarizing opinions – perhaps even more so than Tag Heuer. Fans of Panerai – who like to call themselves Paneristis – are fervent and not shy about professing their love for Panerai watches; whereas those who dislike the brand regard Panerai watches as little more than glorifed fashion watches. Personally, I belong to the former group, and while it is true that Panerai churns out watches that are more or less like each other, one cannot deny that both the Luminor and Radiomir cases have become modern day design-icons. However, Panerai recently released a couple of new watches based on their new Radiomir 1940 case, and here is one of them.
3. Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
This year’s Baselworld saw brands taking a step back and releasing more entry-level pieces at more palatable prices. But that is not to say that there weren’t any new watches that would cost an arm and a leg and more. The Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillion is one such watch. The only thing more exquisite about its lovely triple-axis tourbillon is its price. Sitting down yet? Just over $500,000. Click the link below, you know you want to see more of this watch.
4. Visiting The Julien Coudray 1518 Manufacture: A Hidden Gem Where Watchmaking Tradition Prevails
Words and phrases like “vertical integration”, “manufacture” and “in-house” are often thrown around by many brands today. But in reality, only a handful of brands are truly vertically integrated, and we mean in that in the truest and strictest sense of the word. One of them, as we have recently found after visiting their workshops, is Julien Coudray 1518. This little-known brand has a team of fewer than 50 people and makes only about 50 pieces a year. Join us as we take an extensive behind the scenes look at how they make their watches.
5. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial Watches Hands-On
Right now, Omega makes some of the best value for money sports watches. Technically, I feel that they are at a level above Rolex. Why? Because of their new Master Co-Axial movement. This movement is now being slowly introduced into all of Omega’s collections and it employs the use of non-metallic and non-ferrous metals to make itself highly anti-magnetic (up to 15,000 gauss, in fact). That aside, it also features a co-axial escapement, which means less sliding friction, better efficiency and chronometry. And because of this, Omega also offers a longer than average warranty on its watches with co-axial calibers – four years. Hence, if you are looking for a sports watch, the new Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial watches are well worth checking out.