Linde Werdelin is one of our favorite watch manufacturers. We've talked about them many times, and even interviewed founders Morten and Jorn. The combination of progressive design and in-house technology (for their digital instruments) really speaks to us as watch lovers, gadget lovers, and product design lovers.
Recently, we had the chance to borrow Linde Werdelin's 3-Timer watch along with their Rock digital instrument, designed for skiers and hikers. We figured what better way to test out this luxurious sport watch and ski instrument then to take it on the slopes, so that's exactly what we did. We brought along the perfect compliment to a luxurious and sporty watch, a luxurious and sporty SUV, the Infiniti FX50S. Did we have fun? Take a look for yourselves.
The 3-Timer is the most versatile model in the LW lineup. While the Spidolite attracts the most attention (as it should), the Oktopus is a hard-core diving watch, and the One is a simple classic, the 3-Timer does everything the other models do while retaining a sophisticated overtone. The textured dial, the smaller indexes placed closer to the edge of the face, and the polished facets make this watch less on the sporty side and more on the luxury side of the equation, especially when compared to its Linde Werdelin brethren. However, by nature of simply being a Linde Werdelin, the 3-Timer is athletic.
As we mention in our video above, we consider these watches a reasonable alternative to the likes of such heavyweights as the AP Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus, despite the lack of an in-house movement. This watch isn't about the movement (which happens to be a great ETA 2893), it's about the overall package, a package that puts the 3-Timer at the top of our wish list.
The diving watch is one the most popular timepiece categories on earth. It's funny, because not too many people are divers, or even strive to be divers, and yet they have become icons of both affordable military function and less affordable military fuction. They have become iconic and almost dressy, and they have become veritable holy grails for collectors. Some diving watches are subtle and refined, others are....not, and double not.
Last year, we reviewed a diving watch by Enzo Mechana that we liked a lot, until we realized we could buy almost the very same watch with a Japanese automatic movement for less than half the price. Did the ETA movement warrant the almost $1000 price difference between the Deep Blue and Enzo? We didn't think so, which made the Deep Blue one of our favorite serious divers for the money.
Today, we'll revisit the affordable but capable diving watch category with a look at the Prometheus Ocean Diver. This watch, which retails for around $500 US, features a well-made case and also an ETA Swiss Automatic movement. Essentially, it does everything the Enzo Mechana does for less than half the price, and more than what the Deep Blue does for just about the same price. For more details, take a look at our video review below.
The CX Swiss Military 20,000FT Watch holds the Guiness Book of Records title for deep diving wristwatches. It overtook the Rolex DeepSea in early 2009 and we were lucky enough to get one sent to the office to play with. We knew it would be a little bit different than most unboxings, so we thought we'd record it.
A few months back, we introduced you to a man by the name of Daniel Dreifuss. Daniel is the designer and head watchmaker for Maurice de Mauriac Zurich, a boutique shop and the producer of some absolutely killer looking watches. He was gracious enough to send us one a Chronograph Modern in titanium for review, and we ended up liking it so much that we bought it. You now see a version of the same watch adorning our sponsors section.
Just recently, a friend and client of Maurice de Mauriac from Zurich happened to be in NYC, so we met him for a chat. Along with this client came the very first of MdM's 2010 collection, a new Chronograph Modern. We decided to take some snapshots of this new and improved Chronograph for you guys to see. We loved last year's model, so we were anxious to see how it would be improved. The changes are small and may not be noticable to the untrained eye, but they really are dramatic. We broke things down for you in a little video to help explain the differences.
Deep within the passageways of Grand Central Station in Manhattan sits a half-century old watch shop that has been passed down to three generations. In fact, only the legendary Oyster Bar pre-dates Central watch within the walls of Grand Central. Among watch enthusiasts it is regarded as one of the finest repair shops in the city, if not the country. Central Watch's watchmakers come from long, storied careers at many of the largest and most demanding timepiece manufacturers. If you're a fan of horology and in New York, this landmark is worth visiting. Now all you have to do is find it.