March is always an exciting period for watch lovers as this is the month when Baselworld takes place. Two of the biggest announcements before Baselworld have got to be TAG Heuer’s new Modular Connected 45 smartwatch as well as Montblanc’s new Summit smartwatch. Is this a sign that the major Swiss watch brands are finally getting serious about smartwatches?
This month we also take a look at dive watches, particularly how they actually fare in real-world diving situations. To answer this, we go diving with some of the most popular dive watches on the market. Finally, we have the Seiko 6217-800/1, which is more simply known as the 62Mas or Seiko’s very first dive watch. Seiko is one of the most popular watch brands for dive watches, so let’s take a closer look at the watch that spawned a lineage of some of the world’s greatest dive watches.
1. TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch Aims To Be Eternal
TAG Heuer shows it is serious about smartwatches by launching its second-generation smartwatch called the Connected Modular 45. It features a modular construction, allowing owners to swap the watch head, lugs, and straps. The watch head can even be swapped for a mechanical one, allowing owners to choose between smartwatch and mechanical watch. Presumably, this also means that owners will be able to upgrade to a new smartwatch model when TAG Heuer releases its successor.
2. Casio G-Shock DW6900 With Forged Carbon Armour Case By Alvarae Watch Review
Alvarae is a company based in Hong Kong that specializes in manufacturing a wide range of carbon fiber and forged carbon products, and one of the things that they do is modify G-Shock watches with forged carbon cases. One of the G-Shock watches that they modify is the very popular DW6900. Modified G-Shocks are actually quite commonplace if you know where to look, but Alvare’s take is certainly very different, as the forged carbon case completely changes the look and feel of the watch.
3. Montblanc Summit Smartwatch Hands-On
Montblanc has just become the second major Swiss watch brand to offer a smartwatch. It’s called the Summit and it’s quite a big watch, measuring 46mm wide and 12.5mm thick. This allows it to have a fairly sizable 1.39-inch AMOLED display that serves up a display resolution of 400 x 400 pixels. It is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and runs Android 2.0. The Montblanc Summit comes in a variety of stainless steel cases with or without a black PVD finish, and there’s also a titanium version. Expectedly, Montblanc is offering customization options via additional straps and a dial creation service. You can check out the watch in greater detail here.
4. Jacob & Co. Astronomia Clarity & Black Watches Hands-On
If I had to come up with a list of the most outrageous watches in the world, Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia watch would definitely be on it. Just look at the thing – it is showmanship at its finest. The entire movement is made out of four arms. One is the dial, which tells the time; and at the opposite end of it is a multi-axis tourbillon. On the third arm, there’s a small globe that represents Earth and rotates every 24 hours, and opposite the globe is a one-karat, 288-facet “Jacob Cut” diamond that also spins. The entire movement is then placed in a watch case that is mostly made out of sapphire crystal, allowing its lucky owners full view of its functions. Now, there are new Jacob & Co. Astronomia Clarity and Astronomia Black versions, which are even more stunning takes on an already breathtaking watch.
5. Eterna Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition ‘Team aBlogtoWatch’ Watch Review
The Eterna Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition is already a very cool watch by itself. It is tough as nails and dripping with vintage swag. As its name tells you, it is based on a 1973 Eterna model, and what’s cool about that particular watch is that it was issued to the Israeli Defence Force. Anyhow, we decided to take the Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition watch and turn it into an even more special watch by customizing it with engravings to remind of the joys and suffering that we had at last year’s Baselworld. Watches are great for commemorating special occasions, and I can think of no better way to remember Baselworld 2016 than with these special watches.
6. TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Automatic Chronograph Compared To Carrera Heuer 01 Watch Review
The crown and pushers are both screw down and big enough to be easy to use and not overly fiddly. Despite its large size, the Sinn wears comfortably on the wrist. I really don’t find it fitting in quite well with formal office wear but with jeans and a t-shirt or if you by chance get a non-desk diving job, the Sinn 103 should fit straight in and not be overly conspicuous. The watch can be found on a leather or rubber strap, or Sinn’s solidly constructed H-link bracelet. While I am personally a fan of Sinn’s fine link bracelet, I believe that the H-link variant is better suited here provided the bigger case size.As a pilot’s view, the dial to the Sinn 103 St Sa E is matte black with contrasting text and indices to optimize legibility. The hour markers are painted and Arabic on the dial using the faux-patina lume that’s a signature to this variant. The syringe hands will also be filled with the same lume and carries the classic feel of the whole watch a notch up. The faux patina maintains the high contrast with the dial needed for the legibility that pilot watches are famous for.The sub-dial at 12:00 suggests chronograph minutes, the one at 6:00 the chronograph hours, and also the one at 9:00 is for continuous seconds. At 3:00, we have the day-date index, which thankfully is black with white text on it. This preserves legibility while enabling it to blend in well with all the dial. The date wheel at the watch we got our hands on was in German, which can be quite common for Sinn. However, I do think English date wheels can be found, particularly if bought through their American distributor, WatchBuys.I think the use of faux-patina lume might be a little too much for a few collectors — although I personally dig it. If you do happen to be in the camp which would prefer it without, worry not, for Sinn has other variations of the Sinn 103. Quibbling over lume colour apart, it’s difficult to argue that this is a fine tool watch really. The only two lost Sinn technologies would be the tegimented steel and argon humidity indicator for its water-proofing system, but those would add further cost to manufacturing, not to mention that the tegimented steel’s dark gray will not suit this watch nicely.
The Carrera is possibly TAG Heuer’s most popular collection, and did you know that there are over 120 different Carrera models available now? That is just insane. Amongst them, however, the chronographs are the most popular. And of all the chronographs, the two that stand out for the majority of buyers is the Carrera 1887 and the Carrera Heuer 01. They have somewhat similar styles, similar movements, and are even priced quite closely. How do you choose? Let us help you.
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