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Zelos Tourbillon Mirage Skeleton: Rare Earth Tech

Zelos have a strong fanbase online and it’s easy to see why; tough, beefy watches with quality components, fantastic dive ability too.

But not every watch has to be a dive model right? Dress watches, everyday chronographs, old school three hand mechanicals, they all have their place. Then there are tourbillons, arguably Breguet’s greatest leap of imagination and skill. Perhaps the greatest technical advance in watchmaking from the 1780s to the mass production line techniques and toolmaking strategy at Waltham in the 1860s.

Here’s the latest from Zelos and it’s kinda different. Expensive too, but when you check the spec you’ll understand that Zelos are raising their game to the Swiss level here.

The sequel to last year’s Mirage Tourbillon, the 8 days skeleton is a showcase of engineering and design. A custom skeletonised, twin barrel movement powers the Mirage 8 day. This movement is supplied by La Joux-Perret, a prestigious movement manufacturer located in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

OK so they merged titanium with another metal called zirconium which creates a unique case design. Sapphire crystal of course, both sides, with the movement from La Joux Perret skeletonised on the dial plate. It’s a twin barrel 8-day tourbillon and you have to say there are very few watches using the LJP movements, so it has a real exclusivity, as this type of watch engine is usually seen on an Arnold & Son, Angelus, Hublot or Armin Strom perhaps.

The turbine effect on both barrels adds a jet age era feel and the dial has that carbon-fibre racing car dashboard feel too. It isn’t a throwback tourbillon which has elements of mantel clocks and fancy poker style hands. There are a range of colours and each option is limited to 25 pieces.

Yes, you would hesitate before spending $4000 on a Zelos. You could lose $2000 of that value in a  few years, or it might just hold about 70% of its retail price. It would be safer to buy a Tudor Black Bay for £3300 or so and watch the value creep upwards. Yeah, it is a safer choice, also you’re running with the herd to an extent.

Bottom line; you love technology and rarity? Buy one because you can dare to be different. And afford it.

More here at the Zelos website.

TAG Titanium: Fade To Grey 500 Pieces Ltd Edition

Yes we missed the press info on the TAG Monaco Ltd Edition with a titanium case. It is kinda cool, so here is the catch up;

TAG Heuer delights its racing fans and lovers of fine watchmaking with a new and limited-edition collectable, the TAG Heuer Monaco Titan Special Edition – an instant classic inspired by the collection’s origins in motorsports, this time in an unexpected and striking material, titanium. Expressing the timeless elegance of the TAG Heuer Monaco, this exclusive chronograph limited to 500 pieces is also infused with bold modernity.

This new TAG Heuer Monaco Titan Special Edition features a vivid and gleaming silver-coloured dial which perfectly complements the titanium case. A rare edition in the TAG Heuer Monaco collection, the light dial offers the benefit of very good visibility and an attractive contrast to the sub-dials, indexes and hands of the watch.

This special-edition TAG Heuer Monaco Titan is equipped with a modern version of the famous Calibre 11 automatic chronograph movement which celebrated its debut in the original 1969 Monaco.

Verdict: Nope, the Gulf model is still the Boss. Closely foloowed by tyhe blue dial variants.

Would You Pay £1500 For a Casio G-SHOCK? Maybe So

We only ask the question because Casio have other limited edition G-Shock watches that cost over 6K, which is basically Floyd Maywether level collecting mania. Compared to those, this titanium beauty actually seems like great value. It features a special alloy case material, which Casio says was developed for a mirror polish smooth finish and outstanding durability. That is the Casio G-Shock USP when you mull it over, so yeah, makes sense.

Inside there is a Casio movement that tells the time, day, date, week, plus features like a countdown, an hourly alarm function and a host of other digital goodness like a Worldtime function, so you can select which city to sync with, as you travel like the Fresh Prince of Instagram in Dubai.

There is a light button too. Old school. Nice.

Taste the rainbow, wear the rainbow.

Sapphire crystal and what the…what about those multi-coloured links? Get the Skittles Rainbow on your wrist. It also has a screw down crown, for that extra water resistance, in fact it’s good for 200m so no worries on swimming with this goldfinger Casio on. The watch is ion-plated, not gold plated, but you know what, if you are a diehard Casio fanboi then this is going to be a very collectable piece in years to come. Not saying that investing £1500 in a used Omega Constellation from the 1960s isn’t a better investment, because it undoubtedly is, but sometimes a quirky wristwatch, that’s way outside of the mainstream, is a good thing to own.

More here at the G-Shock website.

From Barcelona With Love; Unity Big Bang Kickstarter Project

We love Kickstarter watches as regular readers know, and this one from Unity has lots going for it. Firstly, they are trying to utilise local Catalan suppliers as much as possible, which is excellent – the less global miles your new watch travels in terms of production then the less resources have been consumed.

Our watches proudly bear the “Made in Barcelona” inscription they deserve, says Unity, adding that;

The end result is watches with a great personality. They have a design that is 100% characteristic of UNITY, which makes up our DNA. We know that UNITY does not conform to mass appeal or fit into conventional aesthetic dogmas, but we are clear that they are very exclusive pieces, with the best finishes and components, that satisfy the most demanding customers.

unity big bang green dial limited edition

Unity have been making watches for a few years now, and the latest project is a limited edition auto; The Big Bang comes in two versions, limited to 30 pieces each: dark blue dial & green dial. In this promotion, Unity are offering 15 units of each version, says the brand on its Kickstarter pages.

For a pledge of £649 you get a titanium case, green dial Big Bang, featuring an STP Swiss 26 jewel automatic movement, sapphire crystal – and a see-thru caseback. The case design is unique as it has chunky lugs, almost claw-like fingers of titanium, holding the bezel.

It is a beautiful clean dial design, with very few words on there as well, plus an anti-reflective coating on the crystal and lume on the hands. You get a power reserve indicator on the dial just above the 6 o’clock position, which is a lovely old school detail.

We love the vintage look, aged leather, indented-at-the-lug straps too. Nice hand-cut craftsmanship there, as it’s no easy task clipping and sealing the leather on the ends of watch straps to fit unusual lugs. Yep, if you don’t seal it then the leather tends to fray.

Delivery is expected in October 2020. Well worth a look if you want something really different. More info here.

unity big bang see thru caseback