June 24, 2016
by Kenny Yeo
We have an eclectic collection of watches in June’s round-up. We begin with Tudor’s massively popular Heritage Black Bay watch which is receiving a major refresh for 2016, beginning with an all-new in-house movement. Another dive watch that we are featuring is Seiko’s new Prospex 200M Spring Drive GMT watch – a hardy diver that combines the highly practical GMT function with Seiko’s unique Spring Drive technology. And still on the subject of dive watches, we take a look at the Ressence Type 5 – truly one of most unique dive watches around.
And since we are on the topic of Tudor, this round-up will also feature a profile of Davide Cerrato, the man who is largely responsible for Tudor’s stratospheric rise to success. Overseeing both Tudor’s communication and product development efforts, Cerrato is the man largely credited with creating the blockbuster Heritage Black Bay collection.
1. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Watch With In-House Movement Hands-On
Launched in 2012, the Heritage Black Bay went on to become a cornerstone in Tudor’s revival. For 2016, the collection received a major refresh which includes a new in-house movement, a tweaked dial design, new straps, and a new riveted bracelet. Though the changes are subtle, they do have a profound effect on the Heritage Black Bay. Fortunately, they still remain very good-looking and are still great bang-for-buck watches. Have a closer look at them here.
2. Seiko Prospex 200M Spring Drive GMT Watch Hands-On
Watch lovers around the world rejoiced when Seiko announced that it was launching its Prospex collection of sports watches internationally. One of the newest models in this collection is the Prospex 200M Spring Drive GMT watch. Spring Drive is Seiko’s unique electro-mechanical movement that uses a traditional mainspring to provide energy, but a quartz regulator in place of a conventional escapement. The result is a watch that is accurate to just +1/-1 second per day. This particular watch features not only the Spring Drive movement with a GMT complication, but also a super strong titanium case.
3. Rolex Cellini Time Watch For 2016 With ‘Clean Dial’ Hands-On
The Rolex Cellini collection can be best described as Rolex’s dressy collection and it was recently given a thorough update in 2014. Rolex has since updated the collection with new variants, and for 2016, we have a new Cellini time-only watch with a stark, clean dial that screams classy and elegant. Often overlooked by watch lovers, I do think that the new Cellini watches are extremely good-looking and make great dress watches for readers who love the Crown.
4. Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon Technique Sapphire Watch Hands-On
For the past few years, high-end watch brands have been experimenting with all sorts of crazy, exotic materials for their cases. But the one material that really catches my eye is sapphire. For one, it’s very strong and impervious to scratches; but more importantly, it’s transparent, which allows owners to see the watch’s movement in all its glory. Bearing this in mind, it makes great sense for the case material of a Greubel Forsey watch. After all, Greubel Forsey is all about exquisite hand-finishing, and having a sapphire case will allow its lucky owners unrestricted view of the movement within.
5. Morgenwerk Satellite Precision M3 Watch Review
If you are a stickler for accuracy, you will find the new Morgenwerk Satellite Precision M3 watch to be right up your alley. For starters, the watch is powered by a thermo-compensated quartz movement. It also receives updates from GPS satellites, so if the thermo-compensated movement is ever found to be inaccurate, the signals from GPS satellites will correct it. Finally, the movement is even able to monitor itself and compare its own timings with those from GPS satellites, and over time learn to compensate for inconsistencies. As a result, Morgenwerk claims this watch will be accurate to a staggering 0.75 seconds per year. No more excuses for being late, then.
5. Ressence Type 5 Watch Hands-On
Ressence watches are truly unlike any other on the market. When you first set eyes on it, it’s almost impossible to think that it is anything but an electronic watch with a digital display. However, Ressence’s watches are all mechanical and their unique look is really achieved using a special oil-filled dial and sets of disks. The next thing you must think is that they are powered by specially designed in-house movements. You’d be wrong again, because most of Ressence watches, like the Type 5 you see here, are actually driven by ETA 2824 movements, albeit heavily modified ones. The Type 5 is Ressence’s dive watch and is easily one of the most unique dive watches around.