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Switching gears for a moment, let’s consider the Cartier Tank. Nothing like the industrial sports watches mentioned above, the Cartier Tank is an icon of luxury design, with its roots dating back to 1917. The Tank watch has remained virtually unchanged in terms of design since its inception, with most changes over the years limited to being increases in case size, movements types, and finishes. Cartier still produces several variations of Tank Watches, such as the Americain, Francais, Louis Cartier, and Solo.
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Post written by aBlogtoWatch writers Ariel Adams, Paul Hubbard, and James Stacey.
From a dial standpoint, Lange uses a familiar layout with three subsidiary registers – a monthly calendar at 3, day at 9, and sub-second & moonphase display at 6. Date readout sits directly below 12, with twin windows for the outsize date in traditional Lange fashion. Each of these registers is adjustable from micropushers located at 4, 8, 9, and 10. The dial plate itself is silver tone, which comes alive under the antireflective coating, bathing the dial with a slightly bluish hue in direct light. The hands are polished steel except for the subsidiary seconds register, which is blued, complementing the dial palette brilliantly.
What is "Air" about it? We don't really know, but the GPS satellite signals certainly move through the air. In a nutshell, the new Satellite Wave-Air has a more mainstream look, better technology, and a much friendlier price. Citizen explained to us how the Calibre H909 quartz movement was improved in the Wave-Air watch. Of course it contains Citizen's light-powered (to charge the battery) Eco-Drive technology. The improvements center around the watch's interaction with the GPS satellite signals. As it is, the watch must be manually set to receive the signals. This is due to battery power constraints. Citizen's tests have found that automatic syncing is too burdensome on the battery on average. That isn't a bit deal however, as to sync with the time no matter where you are on the planet, all you need to do is push one of the pushers. No fancy menu diving is required (thankfully!).
The chronograph will be a bi-compax chronograph that measures a full 12 hours. That means the watch will have no running seconds hand, unless you have the chronograph function going all the time. The dial has been redesigned to incorporate the subdials, and is finally totally symmetrical. Cartier also moved the minute scale ring out to the flange ring - an area that was previously bare with just a brushed metal finish. This changes the look of the watch and also has the effect of making the dial appear larger. The dial is now able to have larger, more distinct hour markers, which once again take the form of half Roman numerals and half baton markers (is this Cartier's version of a California dial?). You have the same type of decor on the dial, but everything feels more grounded given the symmetrical design. Cartier retained the "expanded" date window, but moved it to 6 o'clock. All in all I like the dial a lot, but one again feel that Cartier designed the main hands to be a bit too short.Read more ›
The dial is glossy without being too shiny and does a very effective job of emulating the famous MilSub but changes it up with a date display at three o'clock. Dial text is minimal and the overall look is balanced with good proportions between the dial, hands and bezel sizing. The signed crown at three o'clock is quite large, easy to grip and has a very solid feel both in actuating the hands or date feature and when being screwed back into place. Between the bracelet, case finishing, bezel and crown, the quality of the Raven 44mm Deep is as good as anything I've seen at this price point. I would have no problem recommending the Raven 44mm Deep to anyone who prefers a large watch and likes the idea of an indirect homage. The case thickness and weight is too much for my personal preferences, but the build quality is undeniable. It is important to note that while I tend to prefer watches a bit smaller and lighter than the Raven 44mm Deep, it is by no means the largest watch in this segment and I did not find it to be cumbersome or difficult to wear, just don't expect it to fit under most sleeves.
Congrats to Brian S. of Carol Stream, Illinois who won the Casio ProTrek PRG550 watch we gave-away on aBlogtoWatch last month in February 2013. Don't forget to enter for this month's YES Inca watch giveaway right here on aBlogtoWatch.
For navigation and weather prediction, a top choice has to be the Casio ProTrek (formerly known as Pathfinder) line of outdoors watches. Casio has refined its best-selling ProTrek models for years, producing top-notch sensor-laden watches that are also solar powered for long life. Suunto and other brands have similar features, but only Casio models feature light-powered quartz movements - a crucial asset in a post corner drugstore world. Pretty much any of these triple-sensor watches will suffice, but one good option is the PAG240T-7 which is among the titanium (versus mostly plastic) ProTrek models that will offer enhanced durability and a full bracelet. This isn't one of the models that syncs to the atomic clock - but that likely won't be in operation anyway unless the zombies learn how to operate complex scientific equipment.
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Very prosaic and practical. Should make it easier to shop their collection.
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Of course, those were early days and the quality has improved noticeably, as you most likely have realized.Read more ›
It is now February 2013, and I have in my hands, a Chinese tourbillon bought at the amazingly eye popping price of 399 GBP from Amazon UK.
As a steel watch, the Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT is among the more expensive Breitling watches, mainly because of its in-house made movement. When I first saw this piece it impressed me enough to be included in my list of top watches from Baselworld 2012 (see article here). After reviewing it I still feel that it is a very good watch and certainly worth the real estate space on your wrist. At around ,000 the competition is fierce for high-end sport watches. With a solid brand name and a good design, the Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT epitomizes what the brand is known best for (especially in the US). Price on the bracelet is ,820.
Tony W. from London, UK asks: