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The blue dial is reminiscent of some of Omega’s Aqua Terra models, with deeply machined horizontal stripes countered with vertical brushing. As the light changes angle, this dial turns from light blue with dark markers to a dark blue with light markers (this morphing appearance can make some photos misleading). The mirror polish of the applied markers is picked up by the faceted hour and minute hands, all of which are filled with Super-LumiNova BGW9. Under a loupe, the way the hour hand hovers just above the dial and just inside the indices is impressive. The color-matched chamfered rehaut holds a white minute track and is attractive and legible… More at Worn & Wound.

I kind of like this even if it looks a little ‘homage’. CSOC for $685 is impressive as well, but we are talking about a Kickstarter project…

George Daniels Millennium Sells for £200,000

This afternoon at Sotheby’s London, an exceptional George Daniels Millennium wristwatch sold for £200,000 ($262,680), thereby matching the previous record set a year ago for another rare example of this 20th-century horological* and confirming the dramatic rise in value achieved by Daniels’ watches in recent years… More here.

That is quite a bargain compared to some of the recent auctions that have captured a few more zeros than this one. A stunning watch in every way.

Apple Watch Series 4: disposable luxury

The above video highlights just how impressive the Apple Watch Series 4 looks in stainless steel, especially in the tone of gold Apple has chosen.

For the price it is an impressive collection of components; sapphire, stainless steel, a really good bracelet and the general level of finish which puts it on a par and possibly ahead of many other watchmakers in terms of quality for the price.

However, this is not a watch for life whereas you could potentially spend £900 on a watch and wear it for decades. Tricky to balance.

The Yes Equilibrium

If you want to run a marathon, go with the Garmin Fenix, if you want a tough go-anywhere plastic fantastic, go with the Casio Rangeman. But if you want something truly unique, take a look at the new Equilibrium from Yes watches. The Equilibrium is strange, immensely complex, and unlike anything on offer today… More at Hodinkee.

I shouldn’t like this watch, but I do. I really really do.

Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman™

The new Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman™ watch is based on an archival timepiece Snyder discovered while combing through the storied watch brand’s 160+-year heritage. While that watch, with its handsome curlicue tachymeter complication designed to gauge the speed of passing objects, was intended for racing enthusiasts, this modern version recreates both the finesse and function of the original with unmatched versatility and a unique face that stands the test of time.

The design has been nailed in the Timex + Todd Snyder Beekman™, but $158 for a quartz Timex? Not so sure.

IKEPOD on the way back

Ikepod watches were brilliant but expensive. Our watches are still designed, developed and rationalized in Switzerland, now proudly made in Hong Kong by the best premium and luxury watches workshop. We had rationalized conception to offer you an affordable price… More here.

Hodinkee has covered more of the history of this brand, but irrespective of the quality the design is sensational.

Are smartwatches dumb?

Discussing watches, adventure, travel, diving, cars and gear. Hosts Jason Heaton and James Stacey break down their love for adventure, their addiction to watches, and the many forms both can take.

The Grey Nato is one of my favourite podcasts and in the latest episode James and Jason discuss managing fitness trackers and mechanical watches, and the future of smartwatches. As it happens, I sent the question to them and was pleased to see it featured.

WSD-F20A: a 2018 watch with a 2016 feature

Powered by the Wear OS by Google operating system, the collection allows adventurers to tap into low-power GPS with full-color maps with navigation even when the watch is off line. The wearer can download maps ahead of time either via a cellular connection or wifi so they are available on the watch while no data connection is available… More here.

Oh my. Love Casio and it would appear to be a brand most capable of succeeding with smart watches, but the main problem here is circled in red below. A flat tyre in 2018? Really?

flat tyre

Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date

It’s easy with any brand’s new release catalogue to get swept up with the drama and complexity of the halo pieces. In the case of Glashütte Original that glory goes to the flashy green of the Sixties Panorama Date, or the bells and whistles of the Senator Cosmopolite. But sometimes you crave something simple, clean and pure. That’s where this latest take on the Senator Excellence Panorama Date comes in… More at Time & Tide.

Close to perfect. Love that big date window.