Zodiac are lovin’ bold colours this summer, with new additions to the Super Sea Wolf range. There’s a grass green/orange bezel option, an all blue dial/bezel combo and a brilliant white in the line-up.
Otherwise the SSW is unchanged, with 200m of water resistance, a steel case and bracelet, automatic movement and a 40mm case width. It’s an attractive all-rounder as well as a dive watch, although at £1495 it’s expensive for the spec.
Rivals? Lots of indie brand divers at 200m of resistance and if you like bright colours the new Christopher Ward C65 Aquitaine has plenty of blue or green dial options, some with bronze cases too, at about £1100 or less, depending on spec.
Then there are Certina, Baltic, Magrette, Enoksen, Squale, Invicta and yeah…that Japanese brand Seiko makes a few nice divers under £1000 too.
Panerai expanded its Submersible range this year at Watches and Wonders, and we love the deep Blu Profondo model the best. Blue seems natural for any dive watch, but the proportions of this watch are spot-on too.
What we love about this model is the simplicity of its design; it is functional with bold markers, big hands, lots of lume and 300m depth resistance. But the blue woven strap, the dash of blue on the winding crown, these are the little details that set it apart.
Is it worth nine grand? We say not quite. There are better dive watches, with helium valves and 500-600m resistance for half the cash. There are square case watches that have the same boxy visual appeal, the TAG Monaco being the most famous example, Bell+Ross offering some alternatives too.
But it has got that Panerai name and let’s be honest, that adds a little something more than a TAG. Here’s the word from Panerai, who have a woke lecture to deliver;
Panerai is committed to developing strategies for a sustainable future, including reducing waste and promoting reuse of materials.
Its 44mm case, caseback, Safety Lock crown protection device and the ceramic anti-clockwise rotating bezel with graduated scale are made of eSteel™, recognizing the critical importance of sustainability goals: 72g of the watch is made of recycled materials, corresponding to 52% of the total weight of the watch (that is 137g).
The dial and bezel of the 44mm Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel™ match in color with a blu polished gradient. The watch features the P.900, an automatic caliber that is only 4.2mm thick and supports a date indication and three-day power reserve.
Its functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date and calculation of immersion time. The Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel™ is water-resistant to 30 bar (approximately 300 meters).
Two straps are included with the watch, both in the same color as their companion dial: the first strap is composed of fabric made of recycled PET, while the second strap is made from recycled rubber.
SINN has added some new models to their line up, here’s the word from their press office;
We present exciting additions to the range for the 556 model series, to which four coloured dials have been added.
Just 400 timepieces are available in each shade. In a departure from the brand’s usual aesthetic, their dials in emerald green, citrine yellow, aquamarine blue and carnelian red are impressive evidence that a fresh, contemporary look combined with SINN’s trademark design is a recipe for success.
Inspired by gemstone colours, the dials feature rhodium-plated, polished appliqués. To make them even more harmonious, the dials are finished using varnish with a metallic shimmer. This lends them a subtle glittering effect.
Price is 1290 euros, with a cheeky 120 euros shipping cost for the UK on top. Is it being sent by Uber or what?
The new Swatch + Omega collab models are a very clever bit of marketing and destined to be a sell-out we think.
Some watch fans online have already stated they think it devalues the Omega brand name somewhat, but you know what, Skoda was supposed to be a failure for VW-Audi Group and yeah, it worked out pretty good.
We think these planet themed Swatch homages to the famous Moonwatch allow us mortals to buy into that Omega mystique and still aspire to owning a `real’ Moonwatch one day.
Plus this range, launching on Sat 26th March, lets Omega test the water as regards new dials colours for the Speedmaster Moonwatch. Let’s be honest, black & white TV vanished in the 70s so maybe the monochome Moonwatch needs to take retirement now?
Here’s the word from Swatch;
These playful tributes to the planets celebrate the collaboration between the plucky company that saved the Swiss Watchmaking industry and the iconic maker of the Speedmaster Moonwatch.
What takes this collection into orbit is the fusion of the most innovative Swatch BIOCERAMIC material with the key Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch design elements. There’s the asymmetrical case, the iconic ‘dot over ninety’ on the tachymeter scale and the distinctive Speedmaster subdials.
All dials feature the OMEGA X SWATCH branding, the iconic Speedmaster logo and the new MoonSwatch logo. A closer look at the glass construction reveals the “hidden” ‘S’ integrated in the centre of the crystal.
The circular pattern on the dial’s outer ring and subdials brings a refined touch to the design, complementing the sharp and smooth lugs construction. The hours, minutes, chronograph seconds hands and hour markers sport Super-LumiNova for a perfect glow in the dark.
The caseback on each BIOCERAMIC MOONSWATCH is printed with the mission text and features intergated wording sure to inspire. “DREAM BIG – FLY HIGH – EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE – REACH FOR THE PLANETS.”
Every battery cover on the back has an image of the planetary body that inspires the design.
Collectors will be restricted to buying just two examples each, and initial sales will be in selected Swatch stores. But they will go online soon, inevitable due to demand.
We love the deep blue, burgundy and red models the best. Price is £207 each. More here.
You have to admire the G-Shock and let’s be clear why; it does what it says on the tin. Developed as a super-tough, go anywhere watch for Everyman, or Woman, this watch has been one of the big success stories for Casio in the last 20 years.
In fact, it’s arguably more popular than anything they’ve produced, except the very first Casio calculator watches some 45 years ago.
So the latest iteration of the G-Shock, with a translucent case, range of bright colours and the usual rugged construction is worth noting.
At £109-£119 these are affordable watches. Given that it might well last you a lifetime, can handle swimming no problem, plus the knocks and scrapes of outdoor activities or sports, you can’t quibble about a price tag that’s about triple the price of its China based imitators. You’re buying longevity, you’re investing in Japanese reliability, big time.
The new G-Shock GA-2200SKL models have arrived! These skeleton style watches feature translucent bezels and bands and are known as the “Sound Wave” series.
The GA-2200SKL-8AER has a simple dark grey/blue/red colour theme with contrasting accents and features a lightweight Carbon Core Guard structure, with a 3-year battery life, shock resistance, 200M water resistance, world time, countdown timer, and 5 daily alarms making it functional and fashionable.
No, you don’t have to own the traditional black & white Moonwatch version of the Omega Speedmaster.
Yes, it is a design classic, but like the Rolex Milgauss, the idea of buying something that looks exactly the same as it did 20 years ago, isn’t the best watch collecting strategy these days.
No, we watch fans crave novelty, the shock of the new. And why not? If ever a watch deserved a splash of colour it is that stark, monochrome Moonwatch, which comes straight from the era of black & white TV, circa 1969, when Neil Armstrong took his giant step forward. (Are we really any further ahead, for all our tech progress, than the way we were in `69? Let’s leave it there, back to the watch.)
OK, this 2022 Omega Speedmaster `57 comes in a beautiful damask red dial, dark green, a subtle grey with yellow markers, or a sort of washed out, denim blue. That red is like an old Chesterfield leather settee red, so we pick that as the winner. But you may differ.
The main thing is you have the choice of four dial colours this year, you can pass on that monochrome Moonwatch – or buy a classic example for 2K and save a bundle on the new price.
Here’s the word from Omega;
The OMEGA Speedmaster is one of OMEGA’s most iconic timepieces. Having been a part of all six lunar missions, the legendary Speedmaster is an impressive representation of the brand’s adventurous pioneering spirit.
This model features a PVD blue dial with a seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and a 12-hour and 60-minute chronograph recorder on the sub-dial at 3 o’clock. There is a central chronograph seconds hand and a date window at the 6 o’clock position. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects this bold dial.
The brushed bezel, with its tachymeter scale, is mounted on a 41.50 mm stainless steel case and presented on a brown leather strap.
At the heart of this timepiece is the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 9300, the first chronograph in the brand’s family of in-house Co-Axial mechanical movements.
It’s on a waiting list right now, more info here if you want to register.
Zelos are one of the best Indie watch brands in Singapore and that’s no easy thing to achieve. But Zelos have carved out their own branding identity – as soon as you look at a watch like this, you know it is a Zelos. So hats off to them.
The latest model is a future sell-out we think, with the usual array of beautiful dial colours, chunky cases and serious depth resistance for the money. Our fave is the burnt orange dial – very KTM Super Duke. Price is $649 on pre-order.
Well worth a look and here’s the press info;
We are proud to partner La Joux Perret for the introduction of the G100 movement. It was designed to replace the ETA2824/SW200 with the same dimensions and 28800 bph, but without the handwinding design flaw. Power reserve is also bumped up to a respectable 68 hours. The ‘Soigné’ edition used for the Spearfish features Geneva stripes and regulation to 4 positions, with further gunmetal plating as customisation for Zelos.
The Spearfish has 200m of depth resistance by the way.
The Spearfish is a refinement of our most popular diver, the Swordfish. We’ve streamlined the case and adding female endlinks to the bracelet for a comfortable fit on most wrists. Overall thickness is a svelte 11.5mm for 200m of WR, making the Spearfish a capable daily timepiece. Finally, the entire case and bracelet have been coated to 1200Hv for increased scratch resistance.
The Spearfish drops on the 15th of Feb, 11pm Singapore time. As always, stocks are limited so do act quick! Check out this link for the timezone conversion as well.
Just in time for Christmas, Storm has launched a big dial, dual time zone watch, with big Zone 1 and a smaller Zone 2 pair of dials. The Avalonic comes in deep blue, purple or grey and has a huge 47mm wide case diameter.
Yes, you need a big wrist to pull this one off, it also requires two batteries inside, so make sure you buy some basic tools and then you can so the battery swaps yourself, instead of paying Timpsons a huge sum of cash to do a three minute job.
We like the deep blue model betst, it also has a mineral glass crystal, a handy crown protector and day/date function too. Hefty price tag at £169, but Storm watches do always feel like solidly built items in our experience.
Zodiac wanted to let us know they have new stocks of the Super Sea Wolf skin diver model. Excellent. We love the blue-on-blue variant, but there are black dial, white dial and a worldtimer option just in stock right now.
The SSW retails at £1395 and you get 200m of depth resistance from this classic, coin edged bezel dive watch.
Beautiful classic design, but we are going to say check out a Seiko Prospex, or even a Baltic Aquascaphe at £580, which also offers 200m of resistance. Then there’s the Seestern, Heimdallr and other budget brands on Ali Express. Not saying they’re up to Swiss quality naturally, but a fraction of the price.
If you want a Swiss rival then an Oris Sixty-five starts at £1400, or we found a Hamilton Khaki on offer at just £360 at Francis and Gaye jewellers online. Now that is a bargain, even if it’s a quartz.
A limited edition Zenith El Primero/Defy is always like catnip for us here at NWC magazine.
Groovy beige strap, beige sub-second dial trim, oh yes we like that, titanium case, beefy 45mm width, nice…oh heck, the price is £18,500. It’s a sell-out in the first 50 pieces, but you can add your name to the waiting list, so there could be another 50-100 next year.
OK, we can dream, here’s the word from Zenith;
Limited to just 50 examples, the DEFY Extreme Desert edition draws inspiration from the raw, elemental beauty of the desert. Crafted in titanium, the 1/100th of a second chronograph features Pusher protectors and bezel crafted in Falcon’s Eye gemstone, paired with a tinted sapphire dial with beige counters.