50 Shades of Day

timeofday_05.jpg

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you are constantly aware of the time in large part due to the position of the sun and the brightness outside… not just because you can look down at your phone or watch! This minimalistic clock takes inspiration from this concept and reinforces hour and minute hand time-telling with a shade changing face… More at YD.

Clever.

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 review

casio-android-wear-smartwatch-sunrise-1495701887-KpRN-full-width-inline.jpg

There’s an identical 1.32-inch dual layer LCD colour touchscreen display with a 320 x 300 resolution that does have that rather unsightly black bar at the bottom that we’ve seen ruin other Android Wear smartwatches.

It’s certainly not the sharpest or the most vibrant display we’ve seen on a smartwatch either, but the monochrome mode does help to improve battery life. As far as screen visibility goes, it’s not great and struggles in bright sunlight even with the brightness levels turned up to the max. That’s a real bugbear for an outdoor watch, and when out trail running it was almost impossible to discern any information on the screen without stopping to shade it. Poor show… More at Wareable.

Surprised that this doesn’t do so well in the review.

The Ultra-Light “Rafael Nadal” Tourbillon

Richard-Mille-RM-27-03-Tourbillon-Rafael-Nadal-2.jpg

Made of Quartz TPT, a carbon composite, the case gets its colour from the resins used to bind the carbon fibres inside the material. The case measures 40.3mm wide and 47.77mm long, while standing 12.75mm high, making it slightly wider than the preceding RM 27-02 Nadal tourbillon… More at SJX.

You have $731,000 to spend and want a really good watch that will get admiring glances. This is probably not it.

Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz, A Mechanical Watch In Standby Mode

Swiss_Alp_Watch_Zzzz_5324-0207_Soldat_White_Background.jpg

A watch with a rectangular case, with rounded corners, featuring a glossy black dial. At first glance, it could be mistaken for a smartwatch on standby. But look a little closer, and it reveals itself to be a living watch, with a heart and soul: the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz from H. Moser & Cie. 100% mechanical. 100% Swiss. In this watch, the now iconic model features neither indices nor logo on its dial, proving that true luxury is unmistakable, and immediately identifiable, even without obvious marketing.

Looking like a smartwatch which is powered off or on standby, the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz from H. Moser & Cie. cultivates this ambiguity in irreverent fashion. Behind its contemporary design lies a 100% mechanical watch. The black dial — stripped not just of any signature, but also of its indices — is strictly minimalist. On this model, there is no interface: the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz is designed to display the time, something it does beautifully. Seemingly simple, it is anything but… More here.

H.Moser continues to troll Apple, but I must admit this is a very pretty design.

New Seiko Presage SSA & SRPB “Cocktail Time” watch models

Seiko-Presage-Cocktail-Time-SRPB46-1.jpg

For Seiko fans, the Seiko SARB065 “Cocktail Time” watch, released a few years ago and sold only in Japan, is something of a legend. If you were looking for a dressy watch that wouldn’t leave a big hole in your wallet, it would certainly be easy to recommend. Recognizing the popularity of this watch, Seiko has decided to come up with no fewer than eight new Seiko Presage SSA & SRPB “Cocktail Time” watch models that closely mirror the older SARB065 with its deeply sunburst-textured dial. Only this time, they reside in Seiko’s Presage line… More at A Blog to Watch.

The Cocktail Time is what you would call a watch. When you look at it you exactly what a watch should be. Nothing more, nothing less. It is close to perfect.

The Richard Mille RM 039 Tourbillon Aviation E6-B Flyback Chronograph

Richard-Mille-RM-039-Tourbillon-Aviation-E6-B-Flyback-Chronograph-aBlogtoWatch-7.jpg

The hand-wound movement is a mind-bending array of milled components. I want to know how many layers these all add up to vertically, but I’m guessing dozens. The RM 039 movement has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours, something you can keep track of on the dial’s numerical scale at the 2 o’clock position. Also typical for Richard Mille, the baseplate and bridges are all in Grade 5 titanium, something that helps keep the weight to a minimum, further enhancing wearing comfort… More at A Blog to Watch.

€1,042,500 including 20% tax. I love watches, but this one is ridiculous. It has no redeeming features at all.

The BREW X W&W HP-1

BREW_WW_4.jpg

This project started when Jonathan of Brew Watches put one of our American-made High Craft – Vintage straps on his HP-1 model. The shape of our strap, with its 4mm taper, domed profile, row stitching, painted edges and hand-made look and feel was a perfect match for the watch, so we knew we had to do something together. We threw some ideas around, quickly coming to making the dial copper-colored. An uncommon hue, it’s warm and rich, but, like bronze, not overly precious like a gold-tone would have been… More at Worn & Wound.

That’s a smart looking watch and the crystal looks stunning.