February 2012

Egard Watches has officially launched their first model, the Shade. I don’t have too much info yet, besides what the specs have been provided. I love the look of the layered dial, but without some information on the location of manufacture of the dial components it will be difficult to guess how well put together the dial is. Hopefully it is as impressive as it appears it might be. Also, I do not have pricing yet:

43mm case
15.7mm case thickness
22mm lug width
316L stainless steel case (2 versions one IP/PVD black)
Miyota 8n24 skeletonized movement (2 versions, 1 gold plated)
lightly domed sapphire crystal top with AR coating
Sapphire crystal bottom AR coating
water resistant to 20atm / 660 feet
Thick leather strap with butterfly buckle
comes with spare brown leather tang strap

A new Chronograph from Ocean7, Mitch Feig’s Dive Watch company – is in fact a Pilot Watch! I remember the first Ocean7 Chronograph I bought, Swiss Made using the Valjoux 7750 movement costed $1800. This new Pilot uses the same basic parts and even comes DLC coated and only runs $799! This certainly is a very attractive price point for buyers as it puts an automatic Swiss Made chronograph well below $1000. From what I’ve seen from Ocean7 in the past as far as quality is concerned, this should be a very solid buy.

From Ocean7: “The OCEAN7 Watch Company has released one of the most affordable handmade Swiss ever made available on the market: the Pilot Chronograph. The Pilot Chronograph features a Swiss ETA 7750 chronograph movement and many desirable features:

Sandblasted, DLC coated case
Swiss ETA 7750 Chronograph Movement
44 mm diameter
15 mm height
Swiss Orange Super Luminova
Domed Sapphire Crystal
PU Rubber Sport Strap with Black, PVD Coated Buckle
Water Resistance – 5atm
22mm Lug Spacing”

Vacheron Constantin unveiled its newest creations at the 22nd annual SIHH 2012 in Geneva Switzerland showcasing new additions to the Patrimony, Malte, & Metiers d’Art collections. Please enjoy the candid interview with Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin North America!

In preparation for Baselworld 2012, new watch models are being announced by many of the participants. Always an exciting time of year! One of Blancpain’s annoucements is a very fine timepiece with a beautiful dial and white gold case.

40mm Solid 18K White Gold Villeret Case with beautiful blue Sunburst Flinque lacquered dial with retrograde seconds and pointer date complications. Flinque is a technique that involves putting on several layers of translucent lacquer on the dial to create an impression of depth. One of the more exciting features of this timepiece is the In-House Blancpain caliber 7663Q featuring 34 Jewels and 3 Day Power Reserve. Crystal is AR coated Sapphire and the case is Water Resistant to 30m.

Hell of a watch – the dial looks absolutely outstanding!

And the movement looks fantastic too!

Awesome! Zenith hits another one out of the park with the new Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 – a limited edition production of 250 pieces. This bad ass watch has a case diameter of 57.5mm, and uses the in-house pocketwatch caliber 5011. The watch is part of their Military Legacy watches series and is a limited edition created for the Smiling Children Charity Event.

Since this is such a limited production, I don’t think it will be in my own budget – but I can always dream can’t I!

Here is a shot of the Zenith 5011 in a Pocket Watch from Zenith:

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