Following the initial launch of four models, each with two versions, DH has brought out a new pair of chronographs, the 1939s. These multi-scale chronographs are based on the highly technical models by the likes of Tissots, Omegas, Breitlings, Eberhards and many others that featured spiral tachymeters, telemeters and even pulsometer all on the same dials. Unlike with previous models, the two 1939s aren’t the same watch in different colors, rather they are two totally different takes on the concept with one in a gloss black dial, the other in a matte silver, both for $220… More at Worn & Wound.
Quartz or not, $220 is amazing value.
Philosophically speaking, Halda watches remain true to classical watchmaking by working with watchmakers like Zenith for robust mechanical movements but the Swedish watchmaker believes it can buck the digital-mechanical watch conundrum by incorporating the digital guts of a high tech movement in a completely separate watch head. The idea? Is that a Halda Watch will be a dedicated mechanical watch that you love, with the ability to be swapped out for a digital timepiece when the mood hits… More at Deployant.
I don’t get this at all and especially in a product that will be expensive. What’s the difference between this and just owning a decent mechanical watch and a smart watch?
Despite the notable width, the watch is very comfortable on the wrist. The tempered case length means that it works for those of us with smaller wrists, though the watch will have quite a bit of visual presence. Conversely, for the big-wristed amongst us, that perceived presence goes a long way in making the watch look appropriately sized. Either way, the case-heavy look is sure to divide, so it’s something you have to want… More at Worn & Wound.
This is not quartz and is $180. Even better value than the Dan Henry watches at the top.
The launch has come and gone and two editions in, the Apple Watch has made nary a blimp on mechanical watch market share primarily because when it comes to levers, gears and pinions, the artistic and poetic elements outweigh the functionality and precision of “smart” timepieces since the Casio Calculator. That is not to say that collectors don’t appreciate watches like Casio, the truth is for many watch collecting is tied to a force akin to gravity – emotional resonance. Simply put, the sum total of passion or desire for a watch can be boiled down to a handful of factors: nostalgia, mechanical inventiveness and finally, head-turning design… More at Deployant.
An excellent article which helps to explain why some people struggle with the idea of smart watches.