March is always an exciting period for watch lovers as this is the month when Baselworld takes place. Two of the biggest announcements before Baselworld have got to be TAG Heuer’s new Modular Connected 45 smartwatch as well as Montblanc’s new Summit smartwatch. Is this a sign that the major Swiss watch brands are finally getting serious about smartwatches?
This month we also take a look at dive watches, particularly how they actually fare in real-world diving situations. To answer this, we go diving with some of the most popular dive watches on the market. Finally, we have the Seiko 6217-800/1, which is more simply known as the 62Mas or Seiko’s very first dive watch. Seiko is one of the most popular watch brands for dive watches, so let’s take a closer look at the watch that spawned a lineage of some of the world’s greatest dive watches.
1. TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch Aims To Be Eternal
TAG Heuer shows it is serious about smartwatches by launching its second-generation smartwatch called the Connected Modular 45. It features a modular construction, allowing owners to swap the watch head, lugs, and straps. The watch head can even be swapped for a mechanical one, allowing owners to choose between smartwatch and mechanical watch. Presumably, this also means that owners will be able to upgrade to a new smartwatch model when TAG Heuer releases its successor.
2. Casio G-Shock DW6900 With Forged Carbon Armour Case By Alvarae Watch Review
Alvarae is a company based in Hong Kong that specializes in manufacturing a wide range of carbon fiber and forged carbon products, and one of the things that they do is modify G-Shock watches with forged carbon cases. One of the G-Shock watches that they modify is the very popular DW6900. Modified G-Shocks are actually quite commonplace if you know where to look, but Alvare’s take is certainly very different, as the forged carbon case completely changes the look and feel of the watch.
3. Montblanc Summit Smartwatch Hands-On
Sinn is a Frankfurt-based manufacturer perhaps best known for their “instrument” watches; tough timepieces with generally German levels of over-engineering made to handle whatever the wearer can throw at them. In spite of this reputation, Sinn Watches On Sale Replica does, of course, release apparel watches, such as the 1800 S Damaszener or their lovely 1746 Porcelain collection. Last year’s 6200 Meisterbund I see rose gold was re-released in white gold with the Sinn 6200 WG Meisterbund I that we will have a look at here.Getting away from this watch for a little time to go over the brand’s history, Sinn was founded in 1961 in Frankfurt, Germany by pilot and flight instructor Helmut Sinn. The organization’s initial focus was the manufacture of cockpit clocks and aviation chronographs that were sold directly to the customer, bypassing retailers. In 1994 Helmut Sinn sold the firm to Lothar Schmidt, an engineer and former employee of International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Under Schmidt’s leadership, Sinn developed a reputation for over-engineered tough watches and would go on to supply watches for the German national police (GSG 9), the fire support, and specialist sailors and pilots.This heritage allows Sinn to occupy a comfortable niche in the German watch industry as a professional in professional watches, but bits such as the 6200 WG Meisterbund I and its rose gold sibling offer a well-decorated manufacture calibre from Uhren-Werke-Dresden (UWD) plus a precious metal instance engineered by Sächsische Uhrentechnologie GmbH (SUG).
Montblanc has just become the second major Swiss watch brand to offer a smartwatch. It’s called the Summit and it’s quite a big watch, measuring 46mm wide and 12.5mm thick. This allows it to have a fairly sizable 1.39-inch AMOLED display that serves up a display resolution of 400 x 400 pixels. It is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and runs Android 2.0. The Montblanc Summit comes in a variety of stainless steel cases with or without a black PVD finish, and there’s also a titanium version. Expectedly, Montblanc is offering customization options via additional straps and a dial creation service. You can check out the watch in greater detail here.
4. Jacob & Co. Astronomia Clarity & Black Watches Hands-On
If I had to come up with a list of the most outrageous watches in the world, Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia watch would definitely be on it. Just look at the thing – it is showmanship at its finest. The entire movement is made out of four arms. One is the dial, which tells the time; and at the opposite end of it is a multi-axis tourbillon. On the third arm, there’s a small globe that represents Earth and rotates every 24 hours, and opposite the globe is a one-karat, 288-facet “Jacob Cut” diamond that also spins. The entire movement is then placed in a watch case that is mostly made out of sapphire crystal, allowing its lucky owners full view of its functions. Now, there are new Jacob & Co. Astronomia Clarity and Astronomia Black versions, which are even more stunning takes on an already breathtaking watch.
5. Eterna Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition ‘Team aBlogtoWatch’ Watch Review
The Eterna Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition is already a very cool watch by itself. It is tough as nails and dripping with vintage swag. As its name tells you, it is based on a 1973 Eterna model, and what’s cool about that particular watch is that it was issued to the Israeli Defence Force. Anyhow, we decided to take the Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition watch and turn it into an even more special watch by customizing it with engravings to remind of the joys and suffering that we had at last year’s Baselworld. Watches are great for commemorating special occasions, and I can think of no better way to remember Baselworld 2016 than with these special watches.
6. TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Automatic Chronograph Compared To Carrera Heuer 01 Watch Review
The Carrera is possibly TAG Heuer’s most popular collection, and did you know that there are over 120 different Carrera models available now? That is just insane. Amongst them, however, the chronographs are the most popular. And of all the chronographs, the two that stand out for the majority of buyers is the Carrera 1887 and the Carrera Heuer 01. They have somewhat similar styles, similar movements, and are even priced quite closely. How do you choose? Let us help you.
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