We begin this month’s round-up with what is easily one of the most hyped watches in recent memory, the Omega X Swatch BioCeramic MoonSwatch. Next, we experience Bulgari’s amazing Octo Finissimo Ultra, which, at just 1.8mm-thick, is now the new world record-holder for the world’s thinnest watch. And following that, we get up close with Casio’s MRG-B5000, the newest additions to the company’s premium MR-G lineup and also the first square G-Shocks to feature in the MR-G collection.
From around the Web, we start with a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Tudor’s massively important Heritage Black Bay collection. It’s impressive how in the short span of just a decade, it has become almost the de facto dive watch of choice for anyone looking to get their first luxury dive watch. Next, we take a closer look at the Primevère, the first watch by Yosuke Sekiguchi, a Japanese watchmaker based in Switzerland. And to round things off, we learn more about Daniel Roth, a pioneer of independent watchmaking and a man who’s responsible for some truly beautiful watches.
1. OMEGA X SWATCH BIOCERAMIC MOONSWATCH SPEEDMASTER WATCHES
Unless you are living in a cave a thousand miles away from civilization, you must have heard of Omega and Swatch’s latest collaboration. This is the MoonSwatch, which, the best way to put it, is an affordable take on Omega’s iconic Speedmaster moonwatch. It’s not a 1:1 replica, mind you, but the inspiration is unmistakable. It also comes in a BioCeramic case that’s made with a blend of ceramic and plastic from castor bean oil. The movement is an ETA quartz chronograph. To say that it has been positively received would be the understatement of the year. All across the world, queues formed outside of Swatch boutiques even before the watch went on sale. It large reason why must be the price. It’s just $260. Where else can you find a watch that costs so little and yet has the Omega and Speedmaster branding on it?
2. HANDS-ON: CASIO G-SHOCK MRGB5000 HIGH-END DIGITAL WATCHES
Casio has just unveiled its first MR-G square G-Shocks. For those new to G-Shock, the MR-G collection is home to Casio’s more premium and highest-end G-Shocks. They are distinguished not by their functions and capabilities — they are often the same as the models they are based on — but by their high level of artisanship and finishing. These new MRG-B5000 watches are functionally similar to the GMW-B5000 watches but they have exotic titanium cases and a complex bezel structure that consists of 25 components that include flat springs and silicone buffers to absorb shock and protect the inner module. There’s no doubt that these are the ultimate square G-Shocks for diehard fans.
3. HANDS-ON: BULGARI OCTO FINISSIMO ULTRA IS WATCHMAKER’S 8TH RECORD-THIN LUXURY WATCH
In the eight years that Bulgari has introduced the Octo Finissimo collection, the company has set seven records for ultra-thin watchmaking. They hold the records for the world’s thinnest tourbillon, minute repeater, self-winding watch, chronograph, and more. However, one title has eluded them, and that’s the world’s thinnest watch. That title was held by Piaget’s incredible 2mm-thick Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch. Now, however, Bulgari has finally claimed the title from its fierce rivals. This is the new Octo Finissimo Ultra and it’s just 1.8mm thick. It doesn’t sound like much but that’s a 10% reduction in thickness. Imagine a car breaking the speed record by going 10% faster. That’s a remarkable achievement. Find out how Bulgari achieved this and get a closer look at this watch by clicking the link below.
4. HANDS-ON DEBUT: LONGINES SPIRIT ZULU TIME WATCH
With travel restrictions easing, Longine’s newest Spirit Zulu Time watch couldn’t have come at a better time. This is an attractive watch for travelers for several reasons. Primarily, it’s because this is a true GMT watch. This means the hour hand moves in hour increments (or decrements) independently of everything else. This type of GMT is similar to the Rolex GMT-Master. Furthermore, it is chronometer-certified, which means you can be assured of precise timekeeping. This can be crucial when you are overseas and trying to catch the train or make it to the next flight. 100 meters of water resistance also means it’s sturdy enough to take the rigors of travel. Finally, and this is subjective, I think it looks handsome too, especially in black and gilt as you see here.
5. REVIEW: SEIKO PROSPEX SPB083 DIVER’S WATCH
For better or worse, Seiko has been making a push for more upmarket watches. Sure, the company is still a strong player in the entry-level mainstream dive watch segment, but it has been steadily releasing pricier pieces in the $1,000 region. One such model is the Prospex SPB083. So exactly do you get when you up a price bracket or two and purchase a more expensive Seiko dive watch? Certainly, you get a more refined case that’s better designed and finished. The dial components are also of higher quality. And you also get a technically more competent movement that has a longer power reserve. But is it worth it though? Click the link below for our thoughts.