September 2, 2016
by Kenny Yeo
There’s a decidedly Omega theme about this month’s roundup, and why shouldn’t there be? After all, Omega is a favorite amongst many readers and a bona fide icon of watchmaking. Specifically, we are going to focus on two affordable Omega watches that let readers “get in” to the Omega brand. If you have been lusting over an Omega, you won’t want to miss this story.
Following that, we are going to take a look at the recently concluded Olympics, in which Omega played a very big part by being the official timekeeper. But what does being the official timekeeper actually entail? And what does Omega do, exactly, to ensure that the Olympics run smoothly? We find out. And rounding things off is another Omega story, this time of a vintage Seamaster that was lost at a beach and then found again. If you have ever lost a watch in unusual circumstances, you will know how the protagonist of this story felt. Find out how the watch was recovered and how it finally made its way back to its owner.
1. Frédérique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Watch Hands-On
There’s an increasing emphasis on offering value to customers in the world of horology and few brands do a better job at offering value than Frédérique Constant. As their CEO Peter Stas often mentions, Frédérique Constant is all about offering affordable luxury. And for 2016, their intentions are clear with the new Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture watch – a perpetual calendar watch for well under 10 grand. This makes it even more affordable than Montblanc’s Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar watch. If a perpetual calendar watch is high on your list, do yourself a favor and hit the link below and check out this watch first.
2. Cost Of Entry: Omega Watches
We are back with another installment of Cost of Entry, and this time around we are focusing on a very popular brand: Omega. Omega is undoubtedly one of the most storied brands in watchmaking. Its Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon, and it has made impressive strides recently in the field of materials with their new Master Co-Axial movements, which are almost impervious to magnetism. Today, however, our attention is on their more affordable, entry-level pieces and we will be taking a closer look at the Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronometer watch as well as the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M.
3. Hublot Classic Fusion Power Reserve Titanium Watch Review
The Big Bang is often considered to be Hublot’s key collection and rightly so, but there’s also a lot to like from Hublot’s Classic Fusion line. One of the watches that I’d like to highlight is the Classic Fusion Power Reserve Titanium watch. It comes in a 45mm-wide titanium case and features a 4.4mm thin hand-wound movement that provides a whopping 8-day power reserve. Also interesting is how Hublot have decided to place the power reserve gauge at 10 o’clock, which calls to my mind the A. Lange & Söhne’s Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon watch, which also has its power reserve gauge at the same position. All in all, it’s a practical and refreshing change from the usual brash Big Bangs that Hublot offers.
4. Girard-Perregaux Competizione Stradale Chronograph Watch Review
Girard-Perregaux is a brand that deserves more attention. Sure, it was recently celebrated for its awesome Constant Escapement watch, but the rest of its watches can be overlooked by a lot of watch people. One of the more interesting Girard-Perregaux watches that we reviewed recently is the Competizione Stradale Chronograph watch. As you can probably tell from the name, it’s motor racing-inspired. And looking at the picture here, you can probably also say that it’s a bit vintage-inspired too. But there’s more to the watch than that, and this review will tell you why the Competizione Stradale Chronograph watch is an excellent watch for anyone seeking a chronograph that’s a bit different from the usual.
5. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5496P-015 Platinum Watch Hands-On
When it comes to perpetual calendar watches, Patek Philippe holds a special place. After all, the first perpetual calendar wristwatch was a Patek Philippe. For 2016, the reference 5496P-015 is the latest addition to Patek Philippe’s rich family of perpetual calendar watches. The reference 5496 was introduced in 2011 and is notable for its unusual dial configuration. Most perpetual calendars have sub-dials, but the reference 5496 eschews sub-dials and instead displays the month and day in two apertures and has a retrograde date display in the center of the dial. This particular new reference has a platinum case and a unique and warm silver dial with gold markers, which makes for a really unique combination.
6. HourTime Show ‘Experiments’ Watch Podcast Now As Video & Audio Show
If you have been following our YouTube channel closely, this won’t be new to you. But if you are exclusively a reader of aBlogtoWatch, then you might be scratching your head at this point. Longtime readers of our site should be familiar with the HourTime Show Podcast that Ariel and John Biggs did for a long time. In case you were wondering where the podcast went, well, it hasn’t actually gone away. It just has a different format and a different home, and you can watch the first episode here, which was actually uploaded a couple of months earlier in June. And if you like it, you’ll be happy to know that there are more episodes for you to enjoy and more on the way. You can learn more about the current YouTube “experiments” and future plans for the HourTime Show at the link below.