Yema Superman Skin Diver; 1000 Piece Ltd Edition

Yema has launched a Superman Skin Diver, capturing the 60s scuba spirit with this well equipped dive watch. It has a Sellita SW200 movement, sapphire crystal, plus unidirectional click-stop bezel. The depth rating is 300m and it features a crown lock at the 3pm position.

This really looks business-like, a tool watch to withstand soem serious diving.

The crystal is 2.6mm thick – bit more resistant to scratches and water than usual. We loves the fish scales bracelet link design.

The edition is 1000 pieces, each numbered, and Price is just under $1250. More here. 

Bell+Ross Renault F1 Collection

Let’s be homnest, F1 is dull now. But some of the cars look amazing and we are always suckers for motorsport themed watches here at NWC mag.

The new Bell & Ross chronographs feature white numbers on a black dial, with some typically Renault blue – bleu then, OK – around the edge.

Yes, we like what they did with the straps giving them that tyre tread pattern feel – very Chopard Mille Miglia. Limited to just 500 pieces btw for the collector market.

There is a super limited edition of just 50 titanium case models as well.

More here.

Baltic Aquascaphe GMT is Classic Tool Watch, Pricey Though

Baltic has revived one of its most popular models the Aquascaphe GMT model. It’s only got 100m of depth resistance, but is equipped  with a 24 clicks bi-directional rotating bezel, in case you do soem light scuba adventuring.

The GMT is arguably more useful, assuming you are one of those lucky elite people allowed to jet-set around the globe right now. It is a 39mm wide watch so should fit lots of wrists quite comfortably. There are three colour options and we love the orange n black bezel choice.

More info here. The UK price is just over a grand by the way.

It’s Alright Baby Blue

This limited edition Viro model is one of those laidback designs that grows on you the more you look at it. It’s retro motorsport, yet still looks clean and modern. You can’t go wrong with Stoke pottery blue and white, offset with orange hands.

Here’s the word from Union Glashutte;

This special model, limited to 128 pieces, is a real eyecatcher. Its round 44 mm stainless steel case is equipped with smooth, easy-to-use push-buttons for starting, stopping and resetting short timing measurements.

The high-quality sapphire crystal provides clear view of the dial, thanks to its anti-reflective coating on both faces. The blue calfskin leather strap with large, sporty orange dimples and matching underside draw immediate attention to the wrist. For total versatility, the watch is also delivered with an interchangeable stainless steel bracelet.

The Union Glashütte Viro Chronograph Limited Edition Silvretta Classic 2021 skilfully combines total functionality and highly sporty appearance. The blue sub-dials of the 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date window and matching blue outer tachymeter scale beautifully offset the silver-coloured main dial area, with its small-second display at 9 o’clock and fine gradient finished indices.

The black nickel-plated hands with Super-LumiNova® coating ensure absolute clarity while bright red provides the necessary contrasts on the tip of the central stop second sweeper and the sub-dial indicators. This special chronograph is water-resistant up to a pressure of 10 bar.

Retails at £2330 in the UK. More info here. 

Brew Watches Retromatic is Back

The Brew watches Retromatic is back and why not? This 70s style, TV dial inspired watch combines Seiko automatic engine power with a modern US led design theme. Featuring a 36mm case diameter it also has a more modest 70s era width too.

Brew say the dial’s many perforations are inspired by espresso machines, although it is channeling Tetley tea bags for us Brits. Maybe even a hint of industrial soundproofing too? Very different and it has that tiny window showing the balance assembly, which is another industrial `inspection hatch’ feature we love.

It retails at $425, but you have to add on import duty and VAT of course.

Here’s the tech spec;

SPECIFICATIONS

CASE DIAMETER:  36MM x 39.5MM
CASE THICKNESS:  10.5MM
LUG WIDTH: 20MM
CRYSTAL: SAPPHIRE GLASS (FRONT & BACK)
CASE MATERIAL:  STAINLESS STEEL 316L
CASEBACK:  STAINLESS STEEL 316L
BRACELET: 20MM, BRUSHED STAINLESS STEEL 316L, QUICK RELEASE
DIAL: SUNRAY DEEP GREEN, 3-TIER PERFORATED DESIGN
WATER RESISTANCE:  5ATM (50 METERS)
MOVEMENT:  SEIKO NH35A, AUTOMATIC

Magrette Has a Little NZ Edge

Magrette have a new 2021 watch that carries a distinct tattoo effect on its case. The Kaitiaki has a wave effect down the side of its 42mm case and on the lugs. The Maori inspired art is hand-crafted, has a little bit of Kanagawa wave mixed in there too, all of which makes this a pretty unique watch we reckon.

ETA movement, sapphire crystal, $3200, about £2250.

Magrette Timepieces is a boutique watch company established in 2007 and based in Auckland (City of Sails), New Zealand.
We aspire to bring the personal touch into all the timepieces we create. We only produce restricted batches at a time so we can focus on creating quality product for our customers. Our collections include timepieces for diving (Moana Pacific), sport (Regattare), style (Leoncino, Dual Time), and a number of ultra-limited hand-engraved Art pieces. Please visit http://www.magrette.com for additional details.
Mechanical Heart. New Zealand Soul.

Here’s the word from Magrette;

Kaitiaki is the first Moana Pacific Waterman to be included in our exclusive Art Collection. Each piece is individually hand-engraved by Christchurch, New Zealand artist Andrew Biggs. And each feature painstaking levels of detail in their motifs.

CASE DIMENSIONS: 42mm x 51mm lug-to-lug, 22mm lug width, 13mm tall (excl. crystal)

MATERIAL: 316L stainless steel case, crown, and buckles. Fine brushed finishing throughout.

BEZEL: Ceramic (matte finish), engraved and fully lumed (Swiss Super-LumiNova® Old Radium).

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Ltd Edition

Hamilton has a limited edition Khaki model out now, here’s the press info;

Our high-performance Khaki Aviation Converter Automatic Chronograph is now available in a thrilling new look that celebrates the continuation of our partnership with Air Zermatt. Limited to 988 pieces – one for every mission to the Matterhorn from 1968 – the special edition features glacier-blue sub dials and accent markings and a bright red seconds hand, a nod to the colors of the rescue team’s well-recognized helicopters.

Air Zermatt’s distinct logo is printed on the timepiece’s open case back that offers a peek at our exclusive H-21-Si chronograph movement developed with a superior anti-magnetic silicon balance spring to ensure accuracy in the most perilous environments.

An exhilarating watch for pilots, adventurers, aviation enthusiasts and fans of mountain life, the Khaki Aviation Converter Automatic Chronograph Air Zermatt Edition has stellar form and function. Designed for both the thrill and skill of flying, it features a logarithmic ‘slide-rule’ bezel that enables pilots to perform crucial calculations for critical factors like airspeed, distance and fuel consumption, during flight.

The UK price is around £1800 by the way.

Fancy an AP Royal Oak Homage for Car Boot Money?

OK, let’s be honest, cheap watches from China are never gonna be collectable. Then there’s the whole Covid thing and whether you should buy stuff made by slaves in a totalitarian dictatorship. Oh wait, you like iPhones, microwaves and BMW 1 Series cars, so that’s OK.

One thing most watch fans agree on is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, with the classic Genta design case is a beatiful timepiece, a true classic. It never gets old, it just keeps reinventing itself like David Bowie used to every time he got bored with his characters. I can’t afford one, so I bought a Benyar lookalike online for £22 from Aliexpress just to test how good/bad these homage watches are.

The packaging is impressive for such a bargain basement watch.

THE UNBOXING

You have to be impressed with a watch at this money which has a swing tag, polishing cloth, guarantee card and owners manual inside. The watch was wrapped in a polybag and had blue strip protectors on the clasp, plus skintight polythene protective strips on the bracelet links.

When you consider that many Indie dive watches with quartz movements offer a cloth bag, that’s it, for your £300 on Kickstarter, that does seem like decent packaging.

Easy to push pins out and tap back in again for a perfect fit.

THE TECH STUFF

Inside the 41mm case there is a Miyota quartz movement, so reliability is a given. The case is steel, and not that well polished and finished. Likewise the bracelet links don’t quite move with the silky smooth slickness of a proper watch, like say a Seiko Presage.

On the dial there is a little sunray effect and a kind of waffle-ish look. Maybe school graph paper lines is a better way to describe it. The date window is a bit small, but on the upside the date wheel advances nicely in the first position on the crown. Big crown too, easy to grip.

Yep, plenty of linkage there.

ADJUSTING THE BRACELET

If you have a big wrist this watch will fit you. The number of links is huge, I reckon it would fit an eight inch wrist. I removed 5 links to make it perfect for my skinny 7 inch wrist, using my push-pin tool. It was easily done, no problems.

The clasp closes very smooth, you just press down the 6pm section first, then the 12 noon section clicks into place, with an embossed square logo pressing into place to secure the foldover clasp. Twin button release – which is a bit chunky and digs into my wrist slightly, but then I like a watch to fit snug, not loose so the crown starts digging into my hand.

DOES IT LOOK LIKE AN AP ROYAL OAK FROM A DISTANCE?

I think it does, so long as you are about 26 feet away. Once you can see the Benyar name and football club type shield logo, plus the lack of AP lettering, then you know it’s a fake. Sorry, homage. Here are the photos.

VERDICT: UNREAL VALUE FOR THE MONEY

It can cost you £22 to buy a pint and artisan fish n chips in London, so let’s not quibble too much about this Benyar. It tells the time, the Miyota engine means it will most likely keep doing that for a decade and the steel case looks durable, albeit a bit rough cast.

I just wish the Chinese would choose some better names for their homage watch brands; Pagani isn’t too bad. Tevise is acceptable. But Benyar, Helmdallr, Biden, Lige, Olevs and Wwoor..? Come on, these names are rubbish, they shout poverty and no class.

Clasp closes up nicely, logo is a an unexpected detail on a watch this cheap.

Let me give you one example of how a cheap watch briefly became cool because of its name; Ice watch. Yes, nothing special, but jewellers across Britain were getting 50 quid a pop for them at one stage.

You can fool some of the people, some of the time. As the Covid Plandemic proves only too well.

This is where I bought the road test watch by the way.

 

 

Storm Styro Offers Shifting Dial Colours

Storm London has a range of new models in for summer, including the Styro quartz models. These feature photochromic crystals, so the dial coliur shifts and changes, depending on the light.

Inside the big 45mm watches you get a Miyota movement and there’s a Milanese mesh bracelet, plus a gold coloured version if silver mesh isn’t your thing.

We have tried Storm watches in the past and they are very well built for fashion watches, although they can be a pain when it comes to battery swap time – difficult to remove the casebacks.

The range starts at 90 quid. More here.

New Timex Summer `21 Collection

Timex are going more inclusive. No, we never thought they were excluding anyone on the basis of income, race, sexual preference or gender either, but there y’go, wokeness is the main thing to brag about online these days.

Basically there is a new collection from Timex and yep, that’s always worth a look because the NWC mag loves the retro revival work Timex has been doing recently. Here’s the PR blurb;

Timex®, a world leader in watchmaking, introduces its Spring/Summer seasonal collections, which were designed at the Giorgio Galli Design Lab in Milan, Italy.

The Spring/Summer 2021 collection includes  expanded product lines and several bold new designs that embody the spirit of the brand’s We Don’t Stop™ campaign, paying tribute to the brand’s 167-year legacy of grit and perseverance while also speaking to its strides toward a brighter, stronger and more inclusive future.

The Spring/Summer 2021 season is about strength and perseverance.  This collection was designed with optimism and passion, building on our foundation, reimagining past eras and eliciting thoughtful interpretations of brighter days ahead,” said Giorgio Galli, Chief Executive Creative Director of Timex Group.

Arguably the season’s biggest addition is a total refresh of the iconicWaterbury Traditional collection where past meets future. The range features all-new case designs, new dials and a stylized Waterbury Watch Company motif throughout all the new watches in the range including automatic, quartz, three-hand, GMT and chronograph watches.

Adding to the  women’s portfolio is the new  Timex Malibu Collection with a splash of surf-to-street styling. Inspired by the colors of the ocean and the beaches of Malibu, this collection stands out with a playful color palette of coral and turquoise, perfect for that transition from spring to summer and available in select styles across the Q Timex, Waterbury Boyfriend Legacy and Transcend collections.

RETRO Q RANGE EXPANDS IN THE USA

Expanding on the often-sold-out Q Timex franchise are new diver-inspired seasonal colors to meet  consumer demand and compliment the original 1979 reissue.

Also making its debut is the forthcoming Q Timex 1978 Reissue, delivering understated retro refinement and complimenting the December US release of the Q Timex 1975 Reissue, now available globally.

Timex will also expand its most popular offerings with a new red and black take on the popular M79 Automatic, and will expand the Navi XL Automatics with the timeless and archival trend of double-layer fabric slip-thru straps. fresh colors and styles are coming across Essex Avenue with its oversized 44mm case, Harborside Coast with its rotating  bezel and date magnifier and the Standard with  classic looks and a traditional oversized crown — a nod to our original wristwatch.

Also, new this season is Timex Pay, powered by Tappy, a new evolution of secure contactless pay, simply tap and go! With all of the technology in the strap, no batteries or charging are required to use Timex Pay. Pair a Timex Pay strap with your favorite watch and your Chase Visa® Credit or Debit card for an easy way to pay without sacrificing your favorite looks. Timex Pay can be used anywhere contactless payments are accepted.

On the more progressive and future-focused front, Timex is still pushing into new territory with long-time partners and compelling new collaborations will continue to flow throughout 2021, including streetwear brands and avant-garde designers as well as all-American mainstays and nostalgia icons.