Watch Reviews

The Tangent by Nixon

by on Aug.12, 2014, under What's New

Nixon Tangent

Introducing The Tangent by Nixon

Designed for the salty dogBuilt to withstand daily life in the water, the new timepiece boasts analog tide functionality, housed within a hybrid construction of stainless steel and superior G10 materials. It features a 9 o’clock crown to avoid surfer’s wrist-bite, analog tide dial, hardened mineral crystal and custom machined, glass-reinforced thermoset epoxy laminate bezel.

The Nixon Tangent is available in black, all black and matte black/surplus now starting at $450 USD.
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Nixon Rubber 51-30

by on Nov.10, 2011, under Review, What's New

Nixon Rubber 51-30The next love child in a long line of 51-30′s, this Rubber is made to tickle the senses. This unique twist to the Tide, Chrono & PU is a creation of colorful silicone that is almost impossible not to notice on the wrist. This timepeice comes in four colors Black, White, Royal Blue and Shocking Pink, the same flare and variation as the Rubber Player line. The Rubber has the same dial, rotating bezel, 3 hand Swiss quartz movement, tide subdial that you’re used to on the other members of the 51-30 family. The look and feel is identical to the tide but a bit softer on the wrist and a tad bit more functional. When you’re rocking a fat 51mm chunk of stainless steel, the 51-30 Chrono isn’t exactly meant to look like a sportsman’s watch. Similar to the Rubber Player, no…exactly like the Rubber Player, this new and exciting watch comes with an injection molded silicone band. In addition, the silicone band is reinforced with stainless steel lugs to give you complete confidence in knowing that your silicone band won’t snap. If you’re in the market for a $400 watch that still looks like you can wear it while swimming then the new Nixon Rubber 51-30 is the one for you.

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Seiko Credor Minute Repeater

by on Apr.06, 2011, under Review, What's New

To catch your attention on this fine watch, only three of the Credor Spring Drive Minute Repeaters are going to be made each year with an extremely affordable price tag ;) of $400,000.

You don’t normally think of Japan as being known for Swiss movement or even manufacturing anything over the $1000 mark.  This one surprised me a bit but the shear rarity of such a watch with a limited run should command a higher bid.  Showcasing their micro drive talents,  Seiko started the Credor line back in 2006 and is moving up the high-end ladder.

“Spearheaded by Kenji Shiohara, the new Minute Repeater is designed and executed in a traditional Swiss style.  But, the hammers of the repeater are made from Myochin steel, the same steel used in Japanese wind chimes, producing an incredibly crisp sound.  In fact, the Myochin family has gone 52 generations producing steel, which equates to about 850 years of continual master blacksmith work.” – Hodinkee

There are two cases. The Seiko, you will see utilizes the decimal system and has  a few other interesting characteristics. the hour and minutes (ten and one) with the hammer and the gongs are in between the two cases.

In all this is a sick little watch. If you can give up buying that house you’ve been saving for go ahead and grab the Seiko Credor.

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Audemars Piguet Jump Hour Minute Repeater In Stainless Steel

by on Mar.18, 2011, under Review

Probably one of the sickest and cleanest watches i’ve seen. This thing has a little bit of old style flare but brings it into this century with its brushed steel and hard design. It kind of reminds me of the weight scale in my bathroom, only this is much smaller and I don’t get depressed when the numbers are accurate! The Audemars Piguet made a jumping hour minute repeater in a John Shaeffer case in steel….3 of them.

If you’re a heavy hitter who can drop some serious coin and really want your hands on this Audemars Piguet then I suggest you head over to the Antiquorum NY where they will be selling #1 of the lot of 3.

Pre sale estimate is at $27000 so I suggest you get your checkbook out and get to work. If I had a way to get this watch then I’d be all for it, just look at that thing! I bet the weight will sink you to the ocean floor, but wouldn’t that be a way to go? I wouldn’t mind death by this Audemars Piguet. Would you?Photo Credit: Paul Boutros / TimeZone

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Killer style meets the wood watch

by on Mar.10, 2011, under What's New

Ever see a watch that just caught the eye and you couldn’t look away without picking it up? Well check these out after you’ve hidden your credit card cause you’ll want one for sure. The guys over at MICA are crafting some definite gems. Clean designs, solid style and everything you didn’t think you would get from a hand crafted wood watch. Seriously good looking stuff!
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The Reverso is Almost 80, So Jaeger-LeCoultre Decided To Put It In A Museum…In Cyberspace!

by on Mar.09, 2011, under Review

A JLC Reverso Once Owned by King Edward VIIIIt’s not particularly groundbreaking for a watch brand to have a museum – indeed, if a brand reaches a certain age and level of prestige it’s practically de rigueur. A physical museum is a natural way for a brand to showcase the rare and beautiful things they may have hiding in their safes, and in performing this function, the museum serves a wonderful purpose to us watch fans. But this sort of museum has two main drawbacks; they’re often hidden away in the Swiss mountains, where only the truly dedicated have an opportunity to see them (not ideal in a marketing sense) and they are physically limited in what they can display.

Jaeger LeCoultre has gone all Web 2.0 (something we love seeing in a big watch brand) and launched a virtual museum. This virtual museum is a celebration the most famous JLC of all, the Reverso, a watch which is about to become an octogenarian (we showed you the 80th anniversary model a few weeks back).

What makes the Reverso museum such a great resource and marketing tool is the accessibility of it, and the way in which it encourages Reverso owners to add their own images to a special gallery section (a clever incorporation of the ‘wristshots’ beloved by watch fans), and to ‘love’ particular watches from the exhibits, giving a JLC fans and Reverso owners an unusual and direct interaction with the brand (plus some probably quite useful data).

The Reverso museum is a useful resource, with a detailed timeline of models, owners or events in the watches long history,  making it a great way for fans to research particular models and an ideal way for the brand to showcase the watches illustrious owners and exploits in an accessible, intelligent and meaningful way.  We particularly like cycling through the timeline to see some of the Reverso’s more illustrious owners (Amelia Earhart, anyone?)

To access the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso virtual museum project you need to be a member of “LeClub” – which is free to join.

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A Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox from the Korean War: Here’s One You Don’t See Often

by on Mar.08, 2011, under Review

While Jaeger-LeCoultre has a rich history of watches connected to military service, vintage Memovox watches are generally perceived to have had a greater connection with the boardroom than the battlefield. However, currently for sale is an early Memovox that is engraved with: “Presented By Officers of 6160th M & S Group Japan 53.”

The seller states that this was from a United States Air Force Hospital Group involved with the Korean War. The Korean War ended with the Korean War Armistice Agreement in 1953, so it is possible that this watch may have been a gift commemorating the end of the war.

The lugs on this Memovox positively accent the dial and the watch appears to be in nice condition. For more information on this Memovox with ties to the Korean War, watches.com/detail.php?productId=231″ target=”_blank”>click here.


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A Breguet Hits eBay For Charity: Support The NY Philharmonic School Partnership Program

by on Mar.07, 2011, under Review

The Breguet 5157 Being Auctioned Off To Support The NY PhilharmonicBreguet recently re-upped their relationship with the New York Philharmonic.  To celebrate, they have donated one of their Classique watches (the 5157 in gold) to benefit the NYP’s School Partnership program.  The watch will be auctioned off via eBay with all proceeds going to the program.

The NY Philharmonic School Partnership Program “is geared to promote students’ creativity and understanding of music through the experience of symphonic music. Students study great musical works, attend live performances of the New York Philharmonic and compose music of their own; opportunities students may not otherwise receive. They develop focused listening skills, performance skills on recorder, musical literacy both symbolic and verbal, strategies for group work, knowledge of cultural history and a personal relationship to the art of music.”

The 5157 in yellow gold was selected for the charity auction because it is the very same watch worn by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert. It is a 38mm, ultra-thin watch with self-winding movement.  Retail on this watch is $16,200.

Bidding takes place just like it would on any traditional eBay auction, and it will close on January 15th at midnight.  The actual watch in question is available to preview at the brand new Breguet boutique at 711 Fifth Ave in NYC.

Click here for more details, and here to be taken to the eBay auction.  Get bidding people, it’s a great watch for a great cause!

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GasGasBones: An Interview With The Man Behind The Straps

by on Mar.06, 2011, under Review

Killer straps, love these things. They look refined yet so practical and durable. At Hodinkee, we usually talk about watches and not so much about straps. But watch geeks tend to be as obsessive and picky about their straps as they are about their timepieces. Bespoke strap makers can develop cult followings and though these craftsmen are usually working with leather, one man specializes in nylon Velcro tactical straps and has developed quite a reputation.

Carl Evans is the Englishman behind the GasGasBones straps, perhaps best known for his NASA-spec Speedmaster straps. But his work caught the eye of Bremont and now Carl’s straps accompany that company’s MBII watch.

I recently had a chance to ask Carl a few questions about his straps, how he got involved with Bremont… oh, and the story behind that name. Here’s the interview.


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Hublot Introduces A 38mm Watch That COULD Be Worn By A Man: Enter The Big Bang, Refined

by on Mar.05, 2011, under Review

Hublot has made a Big Bang at 38mm for while now, but all the variants were most certainly for women.  The dials were colorful, and the bezels were typically laden with sparkly things (sometimes even colorful sparkly things!). 

Hublot has just announced a 38mm Big Bang that not only could be worn by a man, but would actually look quite nice on a man.  Its technical name is the Hublot Big Bang 38mm Gold Ceramic.  The case is rose gold, the bezel is ceramic, and the dial is carbon fiber. 

This downsized Big Bang could be just what Hublot needs to bring in some new customers, the customers who have always liked the case design of the Bang but thought the 44mm+ size just a tad too ostentatious. 

This new release reminds us of the 37mm Royal Oak Offshore from Audemars Piguet, another unisex luxury sport watch in a similar price category. 

We’ll look to get some live shots of this smaller Bang soon.  Click here for details.

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