IN-DEPTH: Linde Werdelin release '3 Timer' GMT in sandblasted steel with stunning blue gradient dial, limited to just 55

Linde Werdelin 3 Timer GMT blue dialNo fauxtina, no sub 40mm case and seemingly hewn out of a three ton block of arctic granite … I am blown away by how something so big can be so refreshing. A massive chunk of sandblasted blue freshness. You can tell by my name that I might have a Nordic bias here – but my personal preference is small, vintage, with a hint of bling. Yes, everything the Linde Werdelin range is not. Still, I feel myself drawn to this big chunk of a watch, seemingly made for my demigod namesake and not for my puny wrists. The lineage The 3 Timer follows in the shape and form of what we know and love from Linde Werdelin. The DNA is easily traceable from the first Biformeter through 3 Timers, Spidolites and the other previously released Nordic tools. The shape is unapologetically large, yet sits with surprising comfort on my wrist thanks to studied ergonomics. The rather wide bracelet or integrated rubber band gives it the vibe of other chunky tools we know from the likes of Hublot but with an identity all of its own. Polarising? Who cares! To succeed in the unrelenting metamorphosis of the 2020 retail environment…

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INTRODUCING: This new TAG Heuer Connected with blue ceramic bezel is hands down the best looking smart watch on the market

TAG Heuer Connected colourOver the weekend, we unveiled a new watch by a different brand with a colourful dial. The crowd went properly crazy. In a dark year, colour has never been more wanted, or more welcome on the most visible parts of a watch. Being the dial, the bezel, the strap. The LVMH Watch Department is continuing its impressive run of new smartwatches in 2020 at pace, with the latest member of the Switzerland/Silicon Valley marriage, the TAG Heuer Connected, now being offered in a range of bright colours. A short history of smart watches in 2020 After the standard version of the TAG Heuer Connected was released in March, it was followed by the Hublot Big Bang e, and then the latest expression of the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition, making this latest release the fourth for the year so far. While the updates in this latest smartwatch are focused on the aesthetics, the new colours do inject an element of fun and playfulness into the collection that wasn’t there before. You get all of the same day-to-day functionality as the standard colourway, including the full suite of notifications from emails and social media, incoming calls, NFC payments with Google Pay…

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In-Depth – The Girard-Perregaux La Esmeralda Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges

When thinking about tourbillon watches, two indisputable references immediately come to mind. There is Breguet, the inventor of the tourbillon himself, and there’s Girard-Perregaux, maker of the sublime Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges. This specific, symmetrical architecture of the movement has become a hallmark for the brand and today Girard-Perregaux continues to pay tribute to […]

VIDEO: By the end of this in-depth video, you will know if you need the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 EditionSure to be one of the highlights of 2020, the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, is coming. And just as we have with every new Bond film for the last 25 years, we get a brand new Bond watch. This year, we say hello to the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition, an interesting watch for a number of reasons beyond the fact that Daniel Craig is sporting it in his last outing as the world’s most famous spy.  The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is based on the regular production Seamaster Diver 300M, however it has been tweaked to be more suitable for the wrist of an intelligence officer. The 42mm case is a darker metal than the typically used steel and is actually titanium, the same lightweight material that the Milanese bracelet and folding clasp are made from. The bezel is the same matte black as the dial, and is made from similarly lightweight aluminium. As for the rest of the dial, we are treated to a terracotta-tone lume for the hour plots, hands and 60-minute bezel markings.  This tanned lume adds a significant amount to the overall impression of the watch, fitting in very…

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INTRODUCING: The B&R BR03-92 DIVER FULL LUM has a proper party trick when the lights go out

B&R BR03-92 DIVER FULL LUMWhen it comes to tool watches, there are few brands out there as dedicated to instrument aesthetics as Bell & Ross. Although they may lack centuries of heritage, starting off in the early ’90s with Sinn making their watches, they’ve endeavoured not to be left behind in the everlasting race for technological advancement in watchmaking. Combining their ubiquitous cockpit-instrument inspired case design with their expansion into dive watches, Bell & Ross have brought out the B&R BR03-92 DIVER FULL LUM, a timepiece that truly looks like it was pulled from the cluster of a nuclear submarine. Of course, the focal point of this beast is the ghoulish, luminous dial. With two slightly different shades of pale green in regular daylight, in darkness (given enough sun exposure or charge with a UV light) the C5 and C3 pigments of Super-LumiNova are torch-like in their brightness. The benefit of a luminous dial rather than just lump-painted hands and markers is that you’re reading the negative space, giving you much more information. Once lit, the matte black surrounds of the hands, applied indices, and printed minute tracks on the chapter ring grant the contrast necessary for reading the time and elapsed-time diving bezel.…

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The Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 brings the colour we all need in a dark year at a budget-friendly price

Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961There’s very little that hasn’t been done in watchmaking. That’s part of what makes vintage-inspired new releases so popular among watch enthusiasts, especially for diving styles. Mido’s Ocean Star range has sat in this bracket, earning a good reputation for solidly built and classically handsome dive watches for their affordable cost; however, they toed the line between vintage and modern quite conservatively. The new Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 smashes that established model by going back to Mido’s mid-century cult classic, the Powerwind “Rainbow” diver. This isn’t just a one-for-one reissue, as many brands would be tempted to make. Firstly, the case has been bulked up for modern tastes. A 40.5mm diameter ensures wrist presence and legibility, but short, vintage style lugs remain in place to keep it from being overbearing on the wrist. Even with a domed sapphire crystal, the 13.4mm thickness shows some restraint as well. The original may have claimed a 300m water resistance, but without a screw-down crown that may not have held up over the years. The newer Decompression Timer uses a more standard three-piece case construction with a screw-down caseback and crown, getting that rating to 200m. The caseback is also beautifully etched…

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Video – Reviewing the Czapek Antarctique

Following our first detailed video review of the Bvlgari Octo, we continue with video coverage of the latest addition to the luxury sports watch category, the new Czapek Antarctique. A watch produced by an independent watchmaker with its own, distinctive personality, this new model, as you’ll see in the video, has some pretty convincing arguments, […]

HANDS-ON: The TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition can actually improve your golf game

TAG Heuer Connected Golf EditionIf we’re honest with ourselves, luxury sports watches aren’t actually designed to be used during sport. Sure, they are more robust than your typical dress watch, but the most adventurous situation they are designed to find themselves in might be diving into glittering Capri waters from the deck of a sailboat, maybe suffering a small knock to the case as you haul yourself out of the warm sapphire waters. The TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition is different. It is a luxury sports watch that is designed to be used while playing sport. And not simply as a passenger during an activity, but to play an important role in quantifying your activity, and even improving your performance. The source of this possible improvement to performance is two-fold, and shines a light on the consideration that has gone into making the watch so much more than a notification device on your wrist. Before getting into the ways it can impact performance, let’s take stock of the watch itself. The TAG Heuer Connected was first released five years ago, with the most recent expression of it released this week in the generation three, available in a range of different colours. It was only…

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INTRODUCING: The Panerai Luminor Marina PAM01313, where a dressy blue dial meets a proper diver

Panerai Luminor Marina PAM01313This year appears to be Year of the Luminor for Panerai. Having redefined the warranty with the lavishly lumed and 3D printed PAM01117, the introduction of the Panerai Luminor Marina PAM01313 sees a bit more restraint return, with classic Luminor design cues but a similarly luscious blue sunburst dial. With its technologically impressive three-day movement, and price tag to match, this Luminor Marina straddles the line between work and play better than many previous attempts. Though, to be fair, recent years have seen the brand separate the two – granting dressier dials like this. As far as dressy divers go, this PAM01313 strikes a slick balance between rugged tool and sculpted beauty. As typical from the Italian designers, the 44mm Luminor cushion case makes no effort to hide itself on the wrist. Long lugs may poke past wrist constraints, although their curvature — seamlessly blending with the radius of the case’s side profile — ensures a comfortable and hugging fit. With a sapphire crystal that doesn’t protrude far from the bezel, the 15.65mm thickness isn’t afraid to embrace the theme of bulk.  The beauty comes into the picture with the dial and finishing of the watch, each element being quintessentially Panerai. The…

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