Cheers! The Citizen Root Beer Perpetual Chrono is The Boss

Citizen are always good value. No matter how much you love Swiss watches, and we do here at NWC mag, you have to admire Casio, Seiko and Citizen for constantly creating great looking watches with fab features, at Tissot Powermatic prices.

Take this new for 2021 `Root Beer’ flavour Perpetual AT model You get that rich brown n red colour combo that watch modders know and love. Plus atomic clock level timekeeping. Add on dual time, alarm function, power reserve indicator and a chunky 43mm case size and you have a tool watch, that kinda looks like a dress watch with its leather deployment clasp type strap.

Yep, that elegant Rotary steel/leather deployment touch adds a bit of everyday style to this number. But best of all, it costs just £429 and when you look at stuff like Hugo Boss, Armani or other fashion watchesn at this price point all you get is quartz battery stuff. PVD black cases and all that jazz.

Even the Swiss rivals aren’t offering solar cell power and perpetual calendar complications at around 400 notes. There’s a green dial variant at £499 too by the way.

More info here.

Rado Captain Cook: Monobloc Ceramic Edition

OK, we are not sure how Rado are getting away with naming a  watch after Captain Cook, that well known colonialist type explorer and general all-round white privilege guy. These are the times we live in, we don’t buy into cancel culture by the way.

Anyway the popular Captain Cook watch now has a ceramic case edition, and although we just aren’t that keen on wearing watches – or bracelets – made from pottery, here’s the press info for you Rado fans out there;

The Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic is the culmination of many years of research and development together with the history and tradition of the Rado Captain Cook.

The further development of the Captain Cook collection in high-tech ceramic is Rado’s DNA in its purest form. It features some of the brand’s most stellar achievements such as Rado’s innovative high-tech ceramic monobloc case construction, scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic high-tech ceramic, powered by the premium Rado calibre R734 featuring a Nivachron™ hairspring.

The innovative Nivachron™ hairspring provides an advantage in everyday life by protecting the timepiece from magnetic fields.
The Captain Cook Ceramic is presented for the first time in a case size of 43mm, and in four versions.

A first version in black high-tech ceramic case and bracelet with a hardened stainless steel turning bezel and black high-tech ceramic insert.

A second model holds this same case and dial but is offered with a rubber strap for those who prefer a more casual look. A third version is offered similarly in black high-tech ceramic case and bracelet but with contrasting rose gold coloured PVD coated stainless steel turning bezel, and black high-tech ceramic insert.

Followed by the fourth model, a highly distinct plasma high-tech ceramic case and bracelet, with hardened stainless steel bezel, and blue high-tech ceramic insert.

All the references are powered by the Rado calibre R734 characterised by a strong 80 hours power reserve, and up to 30 bar (300m) water resistance. The dial and case back are stunningly crafted in black tinted sapphire crystal allowing its wearer to explore and admire the inner workings of the skeletonised movement in a subtle manner, whilst still proving to be legible.

As the triangle on the bezel, the indexes, and the classic Captain Cook chunky arrow hands on the dial are filled with white Super-LumiNova®, the watch offers clear visibility in the dark.

This magnificent sapphire dial is also home to the iconic Rado rotating anchor at 12 o’clock, and is protected by a chevé box sapphire crystal.

The new Captain Cook Ceramic is a mechanical masterpiece that needs to be felt to appreciate its lightness and wearer comfort besides its stunning looks. The Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic is Rado’s DNA at its fullest. Welcome aboard.

Prices start at £3345 in the UK. More here.

Kickstarter Watches: Aequorea Has Lume to Dive For

Yep, they even put some Superluminova on the crown on this watch, which is kind of extreme, but it’s proving popular. The fundraising has already been smashed on this UW model, so it’s going into production.

Featuring a Seiko NH35 auto movement, steel case and a very keen retail price of just £176, this 200m depth rated watch has a steel bracelet and a domed caseback, with the Aequorea jellyfish design on there.

Produced by UW watches in Hong Kong this is a unique looking 42mm wide watch – we love the sandwich type dial, which lets some of the superlume markers really stand out. They used different types of lume on the watch to add to the appeal at night too.

Verdict; a bargain spec watch at this price point.

More here.

Anime: Maybe It’s Just a Japanese Thing

Maybe it’s just me, but the whole Japanese Anime thing passes me by, in fact it’s a bit Jeffrey Epstein in many ways.

Anyhoo, Seiko has a new Presage watch out now, which celebrates a famous 1980s Anime movie. Here’s the press info;

Today, Seiko introduces into the Presage collection a creation inspired by the now-classic fantasy-adventure Japanese animation film “Castle In The Sky.” This is the first animation feature from the world-renowned Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli, whose works have won the favour of animation fans worldwide for their imaginative, other-worldly settings, distinctive visuals and masterful storytelling.

The watch is powered by a new version of Seiko’s high-performance 6R35 movement, Caliber 6R31. Like Caliber 6R35, the movement delivers a power reserve of 70 hours and shares the same performance attributes, but without a date window.

Every aspect of the watch reflects the care and craftsmanship for which Presage is renowned. The crystal glass is a dual-curved sapphire and is treated with anti-reflective coating on the inner surface that delivers high legibility from any angle. The exhibition case back reveals the fine finishing of the movement, and the watch is 10 bar water resistant.

The watch will be available as a limited edition of 1,200 at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide in July 2021.

Ball Roadmaster Rescue: Check Your Pulse Bro

Ball keep on re-inventing their chronographs, with this latest one channelling the spirit of exploration and mountain rescue, plus offering the word `Pulsations’ on the bezel. You don’t see that every day.

The Roadmaster Rescue variant is a limited edition and offers the usual high quality Swiss engineering, fit n finish. Here’s the press info;

A purpose-built tool for critical search and rescue situations, the new Roadmaster Rescue Chronograph delivers extreme accuracy, easy readability and high functionality. Engineered with a patented pusher locking system, the chronograph function works in unison with the pulsometer scale to measure heart rate, while two illuminated sub-dial counters track elapsed time.

And for countdowns at all hours, the ceramic diving bezel features a bold micro gas tube inset. Vital functionality and versatile form that’s ready to venture wherever necessary.

The new Roadmaster Rescue Chronograph in green ceramic bezel insert is limited to 1,000 pieces each. Now available for pre-order until 4 August 2021 at an exclusive price, which is £1590.

MAY I TAKE YOUR PULSE?

The chronograph hand works in conjunction with the dial’s pulsometer scale – graduated for 15 pulsations – to quickly measure one’s heart rate. To operate: start the chronograph and count the person’s heartbeats. Stop the chronograph at the 15th beat. The hand will point to the scale and indicate the heart rate frequency per minute.

In addition to the pulsometer scale, the chronograph can track long periods of elapsed time: the sub-dial at 12 o’clock is a 30-minute counter, while the 6 o’clock sub-dial is a 12-hour counter.

There are black dial/bezel and blue dial/bezel options available too.

Hamilton Khaki Bronze Offers Military Look

Hamilton has introduced a bronze case variant in their Khaki model range. The watch retails at £795 and has that classic WW2 military look, with a touch of dive watch bronze patina going on.

Paired with a rugged black color dial, ultra-legible luminescent 24-hour markings, bronze-tone hands and a high-grade leather strap, the case metal’s deep, sunset tones give our practical field watch a dash of serendipitous charm – says Hamilton.

Slim and lightweight thanks to the lack of a winding rotor, our exclusive, hand-wound H-50 movement powers the 38mm field watch with military precision behind a titanium case back.

Like all bronze watches this one will age nicely over time.

Skagen’s Solar is an Eco-Friendly Choice

Skagen has sent us info on the Henrickson solar powered watch, which retails at £169.

They claim it can last for six months on just a few hours solar charge, plus it has a steel case which is 50% recycled metal.

For lovers of all things woke, the strap is made from eco leather too, which is not leather at all. It’s bits of bark n plants etc. So that’s brill, you are helping the planet and a solar cell should last ten years, rather than the typical 2 year button cell battery lifespan.

It’s a decent looking, slimline, modernist watch too. 40mm case size should fit most wrists nicely.

More here.

Are Factory Restorations The Next Big Thing?

We only ask the question because not every watch brand enjoys the market dominance of Rolex, or even Breitling, Cartier or AP. They can afford to ignore the pre-owned vintage market, disregarding it as being too much trouble servicing and restoring antique timepieces. Better to sell customers a new one instead.

Those lesser Swiss brands, like Zenith could well be onto something when they hunt down rare models from their back catalogue and restore, factory fresh once again. There is a loyalty to be won over here, a devoted collector market that will invest in genuine factory resto watches, bit like a Jaguar E-Type recreation.

Here’s the word from Zenith;

After making its debut at Zenith Boutiques in Ginza, Shanghai, the ZENITH ICONS thematic capsule collections of historically significant vintage watches sourced, restored and certified by the Manufacture in Le Locle are finally coming to Zenith’s online boutiques in Europe, Japan and USA. And for its digital introduction, Zenith is offering an exceptionally pristine example of its most coveted early El Primero models in gold, the G381.

First unveiled earlier this week at VIVATECH 2021 in Paris, where Zenith joined LVMH and other group Maisons at what is considered Europe’s biggest startup and tech event at showcasing their latest innovations, the G381 symbolizes the Zenith Manufacture’s approach towards achieving a circular economy.

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IS A GOOD THING

Among speakers from the best tech brands and innovative startups, Zenith CEO Julien Tornare talked about how the Manufacture has the unique capacity to restore older products and keep them operating in perpetuity, in line with the core theme of this year’s VIVATECH expo, sustainability. Using past and present resources, components and know-how, watches from the past are given a second, certified life through ZENITH ICONS. Its latest addition, available for the first time exclusively on the Zenith online boutique, is perhaps its most exceptional yet.

An important reference in El Primero lore, the G381 was among the very first gold models designed to house the El Primero in 1969 and is considered the gold counterpart of the iconic A386. It had the same round case, decimal and tachymeter scales, and of course the earliest iteration of the seminal El Primero automatic high-frequency chronograph movement. A highly successful model for Zenith at the same time, it was reproduced in multiple small batches from 1969 to 1972. In total, only 1’000 pieces were ever made.

A GRAIL WATCH FOR A LIFETIME IS A GREEN WATCH

NWC mag can see that using the circular economy tactic goes soem way to head off the climate change zealots at the pass. There are elements in society now who seek to destroy capitalism itself and one of th ways they aim to accomplish this Marxist utopia is to use the `product miles’ argument against luxury goods manufacturers and brand names.

So by restoring watches from the past, brands can argue that new materials are being saved, throwaway `fast fashion’ culture is being rejected, and high quality jobs are being preserved for skilled artisans. It’s a win-win when it comes to combatting the ludicrous foot-stamping of Greta and her chums, so we say, good work Zenith.

Omega Aqua Terra is Refreshed & Ready for 2021

Omega has refreshed its Aqua Terra model this summer, with a great choice in 38mm and 41mm diameter cases. It’s a model that’s often overlooked by collectors, who prefer the Speedmaster, Planet Ocean or Constellation models, but it has an everyday wearability that makes it a winner for many watch buyers.
Yeah, not everyone buys with an eye to make money in the future – sometimes, it’s because you like the watch. Radical huh? Here’s the press kit blurb from Omega.

As the name suggests, Aqua Terra is all about versatility. An OMEGA timepiece designed for adventurous individuals equally at ease in the central city as they are in the middle of the ocean. In keeping with the lifestyle of its intended wearers, the Swiss brand has taken the Aqua Terra into exciting new territory, by introducing a seconds hand that’s an absolute first.

The 2021 collection consists of ten 38mm models, two of which are luxury editions; as well as nine new 41mm models, including four luxury versions.

Small Seconds and other big changes

The standout feature on all new models is a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, encircled by an applied subdial ring: many in 18K Sedna™ gold – some even set with diamonds.

The collection features new dials in subtle sun-brushed shades and two-tone teak patterns with eye-catching hour markers, including diamonds arranged incrementally from 6 to 12 o’clock and sailboat hull-shaped indexes with iridescent mother-of-pearl inlay.

To fix the new watches firmly to the wrist there are bracelets in matching metals, rubber straps in beige and blue – and leather straps in red, burgundy, beige and green.

Of the four mighty movements driving the Small Seconds watches, there are two luxury calibres (8803/8917), each distinguished by an 18K Sedna™ gold rotor and balance-bridge.

38 mm

At the sportier end of the 38 mm spectrum are eight watches in either stainless steel, or a blend of steel and 18K Sedna™ gold, powered by OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8802, with new dials in dark green, light green, linen and extra white mother-of-pearl. The latest 38 mm OMEGA’s sport matching bracelets or beautifully coloured leather straps, depending on the model.

For lovers of luxury there are also two 18K Sedna™ gold models with diamond-set bezels, powered by OMEGA’s exquisite Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8803 with 18K Sedna™ gold rotor and balance-bridge. Fans can choose an Aqua Terra with purple jade dial and 18K Sedna™ gold bracelet, or a model with extra white mother-of-pearl dial and red leather strap.

41 mm

The 41 mm range includes four stainless steel editions and one in stainless steel and 18K Sedna™ gold, all powered by OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8916. Two-tone dials in blue-grey, silvery-blue and silvery-beige, add depth to the displays and contrast beautifully with the new subdials. Watches are fitted with either a matching bracelet, or an integrated structured rubber strap in a complementary colour.

The larger-sized editions also include four models in 18K Sedna™ gold, all powered by a movement as luxurious as the watch’s exterior: OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8917. Aqua Terra aficionados can select either a two-tone blue-grey dial, or a two-tone silvery beige dial. Both options come with a choice of matching bracelet or integrated rubber strap.

Tested at the highest level

In addition to enjoying a new way to track the seconds, Aqua Terra owners can be sure their new OMEGA will perform perfectly every hour of the day. Each watch comes with a 5-year warranty and Master Chronometer certification card, ensuring that the watch has passed the tests certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

Undone Stellar: 60s Groove, Seiko VK Quality

Here’s the word from Undone, who have revived a style from the 60s, and are offering the models for a short two week sales period.
UNDONE is reinterpreting the highly collectible dials of the high-end vintage timepieces, which were extremely popular amongst the Middle Eastern elites during the 1960s and 70s.
Giving you the most sought-after color choices amongst watch collectors and enthusiasts alike; the watches come in a selection of Tiff Blue, purple, and yellow. It is a modern twist, inspired by the flamboyant colors of the 60s. The highly limited UNDONE Stellar collection will only be available for purchase within a two-week period, between June 24th and July 8th.
Each color is limited to 300 pieces and is uniquely serialized. In this collection, UNDONE is giving you all the characteristics of the highly sought-after watch style by Middle Eastern elites. The UNDONE Stellar pieces offer daring and exciting high gloss colors contrasted by the conservative tone of the 316L stainless steel case, with finishing touches including the metallic applied indices.
This collection oozes a sense of chromaticvibrancy. Bringing the dial to life is the liquid-like finish, a finish that gives you the feeling of paint that has never dried. To achieve this look, it undergoes successive rounds of sanding to get rid ofany unevenness (or the “orange peel” effect) in the enamel paint application.
Each watch in the UNDONE Stellar collection is finished with a “Khanjar” Emblem at 12o’clock. The unique design is influenced by timepieces from the 1960s, which were fitted with custom Middle Eastern dials. These rare timepieces were often presented as ceremonious gifts and were never available to the public.
In typical UNDONE fashion, each watch will come with a complementary colored Epsom grained leather strap that pairs perfectly with the vibrant colored dials, and a dark brown leather strap with a crimson printed “Khanjar” emblem for a change of look.
Technical Specs;
The 316L stainless steel case is 12.7mm thick with a hardened domed K1 crystal and a displaycaseback. With a case width of 40mm and a lug-to-lug of 47.6mm, it offers versatility to suit both mens and womens wrists. Water resistance is guaranteed at 3 ATM/30 meters. Inside the design is a Japanese TMI VK64 Mechanical-Quartz Hybrid Flyback Chronograph (supplied by SEIKO Manufacturing (H.K.)Limited), with a sweeping central chronograph seconds. The subdials show a 24-hour display and 60-minute counter. The strap is immediately comfortable and is fitted with quick release spring bars that conform to the trendy swappable design, allowing you to easily switch to your complimentary strap.
RRPPrice: USD349
(Limited to 300 pieces per color, worldwide)