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This past Memorial Day weekend I attended an event hosted by Maurice Lacroix at the SwissWatch expo in Las Vegas. You can read about my experience here. At this event I was very impressed by the watches presented by Maurice Lacroix. Previously, I didn't have much experience with their watches in person so this opportunity was eye-opening when it comes to the quality and craftsmanship they offer. I left Las Vegas with a new attitude toward the brand and a desire to add one of their watches to my collection. Luckily, I didn't have to wait too long because I was selected as the raffle winner from the event and awarded my very own Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronograph Retro!
Photo by Brian
The "watch life", it's an interesting concept. The idea that a group of people can come together, both around the world and around the internet, with nothing more in common(at least initially) than a fascination with watches. These small technical marvels elicit such unbridled passion from people of all walks of life and backgrounds. If you attend any watch event you are sure to find people, from almost every ethnic and socioeconomic demographic, that can instantly have an in-depth conversation about their shared affinity.
Watches are very complicated little machines. Unless you really take the time to learn about them its tough to understand the difference between a watch movement that is designed and produced in-house versus a movement that was purchased from a third party. I explain both sides of the argument in my post over on Horology Trader - In-house vs. Third Party Movements.
Frederique Constant is an independent watch manufacture that released its first watches back in 1992. You may not be familiar with the brand as they have had limited distribution in the US but, that is starting to change and for good reason. Frederique Constant offers a line a classically styles watches that tend to lean to the dress watch side of the spectrum. The Manufacture Slimline is, I think, their best execution of value and elegance.
As I mentioned in my first post about Baselworld this year, I wasn't on the bandwagon to welcome Tudor back to the US when they returned in 2013. Now that I have had the opportunity to see their entire collection, I'm singing a different tune.
This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to join Maurice Lacroix and TimeZone.com at the SwissWatch fair in Las Vegas. I received the invitation to this event on Sunday May 25th at 9:45pm, five days before I was to leave. Luckily, I have an amazing and supportive wife who shares my passion for watches and she was excited for me. So, off I went!
Continuing with the heritage trend, Longines has introduced the Heritage Diver and Heritage Diver Chronograph. These pieces are re-issued diver's watches from the 1970s. This is apparent from the 70s era cushion shaped stainless steel case, that features a brushed sunburst finish on the top with polished sides, and sharp angles on the dial elements.
The hands and hour markers are grey rhodium plated and inlayed with Super-LumiNova. The case is 43mm wide with a screw-down crown, bezel and case back. All of this helps contribute to the watch's 300m water resistance rating. Both models are equipped with a rotating inner flange, to mark your time during a dive (or anything else that requires timing), that is controlled by the crown at 10 o'clock on the chronograph or 2 o'clock on the time-only piece. The case on the time-only watch is 14.4mm thick and the chronograph adds another millimeter to come in at 15.4mm thick.
As many people can attest, if you have in-depth knowledge about a given subject you will often have friends and family come to you for advice on said field. This could be about cars, technology, investments or, of course, watches. Since I have been asked "what watch should I buy?" a few times recently I thought I'd put a few ideas out there. The first thing I always ask about in response is budget. So, today, I will start at the beginning.
I think it's important to let you know that these are my honest personal opinions. I have not been approached by any of the below manufacturers and do not receive compensation of any kind based on these recommendations.
I've posted about my admiration towards Nomos several times so I'll simply say that, dollar for dollar, you cannot beat what they are doing over in Glashutte. Love their watches.
Now, back to business. The Nomos Ahoi was originally released at Baselworld in 2013 and there were some mixed reviews. Mostly because this was Nomos's first dive watch and it didn't deliver much in the "traditional expectations" of a dive watch. Nonetheless it was still a very nice piece. This year, Nomos has introduced a new version called the Ahoi Atlantik that really jumped out to me. Granted this is just a new colorway but it hits in all the right places.
This model is very similar to the much loved Nomos Tangomat with a few feature additions. They added super luminova on the hour and minute hands as well as the hour indexes for better visibility in low light as well as a red small seconds hand. The crown is a screw-down crown with raised protection to aid in increasing the water resistance to 200m.