TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Forged Carbon Bamford Edition Hands-On

While TAG Heuer has not shied away from taking its – well-deserved – spot in the new found vintage watch craze, it has, thankfully, not neglected the fact that not everyone gets excited by or wants to obtain items people half a century ago used to like. The latest and boldest TAG Heuer, apparently thought up in deep denial of the vintage watch trend, is the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Forged Carbon Bamford Edition… or whatever it is called, as TAG Heuer doesn’t identify the exact name of the product anywhere in their press release or on their website. Here’s a hands-on look at this, ehm, striking looking watch.

Here’s a hands-on look at this, ehm, striking looking watch.
Here’s a hands-on look at this, ehm, striking looking watch.

  replica Tag Heuer watches Without getting too philosophical, I think you’ll agree that most all aspects of our lives are as divided as they have not been for long – let it be politics, basic values, income, education, culture, or even watch taste. I won’t go down the route of discussing this in more detail, suffice it to say that I know there are people out there who will hate, and I do mean absolutely hate this watch with a passion – because one of the few things we have more of than division is hate, something so many have so much time and reserved energy for. Hating on it won’t make it go away, though, which I think is a good thing – and here’s why.

Hating on it won’t make it go away, though, which I think is a good thing – and here’s why.
Hating on it won’t make it go away, though, which I think is a good thing – and here’s why.

 best watches UK It’s either my sub-par memory again or it’s actually true, but I can’t recall a genuinely modern Monaco since the V4 – and that was far from affordable for most of us. While with its full square design and chronograph functionality the Monaco will always look more contemporary than many other watches, for long it has been absorbed in its vintage heritage – Gulf limited editions and ones mimicking the original’s look have been stealing the show lately. However, the V4 and some of the Caliber 36 models (anyone remember?) were genuinely hot-looking, modern things and – though I may well be in the minority here in WIS circles – I quite like this latest, forged carbon edition because at last it is something that makes for a modern take on this classic.

The square, albeit pre-Instagram-generation Monaco case, I think, looks fantastic in forged carbon. Its defined shape and sharp corners make for large, continuous surfaces where the random texture of its material can really be admired. Something to bear in mind, and I have tried to make the live images reflect this as much as possible, is that the material has a glossy, but not overly-shiny look to it in which the darker and brighter areas interchange in a more dull, less defined way when compared to regular carbon fiber. The transitions are smooth as forged carbon has a semi-glossy, semi-matte, murky look. You either like it or you don’t, but what can’t be argued against is the anti-allergenic material’s lightness and ability to disguise wear – it should look as new for long.

the anti-allergenic material’s lightness and ability to disguise wear – it should look as new for long.
the anti-allergenic material’s lightness and ability to disguise wear – it should look as new for long.

The 39mm wide case wears much larger than that figure would suggest and in that, this Bamford edition is like any other Monaco. The arrangement of the left-hand crown and right-hand pushers is in line with the traditional Monaco, while their black PVD steel choice of material is not. The forged carbon case acts like the forged carbon we have seen elsewhere – it reminded me of this, mind you, considerably less expensive Tempest Forged Carbon (reviewed here) – although I am sure it isn’t easy to carve the sharp corners and stubby lugs from this ultra-hard material.

Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch Watch Releases

2015 is certainly the year of the ceramic Speedmaster at Omega – and we aren’t complaining. This bright, white little number is the new Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon. In 2013, Omega released the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon (aBlogtoWatch review here) that was a surprise (and enduring) hit that put the newer Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph watch with the in-house made 9300 movement in an all black ceramic case. The Omega Dark Side Of The Moon was sporty, stealthy, and very sexy – quickly becoming “the” Omega to have, even for people who were not traditionally Omega fans.

Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch Watch Releases
Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch Watch Releases

So what was Omega replica watches going to do with this success? Look to more sides of the moon, of course. Last year in 2014, Omega released the plasma-gray ceramic version of the Speedmaster with the Omega Speedmaster Gray Side Of The Moon (hands-on here). Note that the Omega Speedmaster Gray Side Of The Moon was initially called the “Lunar Dust.” It naturally means that for 2015, we get the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon in white ceramic. It is cool enough that I don’t even think it matters that there isn’t really a “white” side of the moon. I would have preferred “Speedmaster Light Side Of The Moon.” Oh well, it doesn’t change this interesting, summery sport watch.

The Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph isn’t new to white ceramic, actually, but hopefully, the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon will do better than the last one. In 2012, Omega debuted a white version of the replica watches  uk Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph watch (hands-on here) that I understand was never commercially released. I really like that model, but agree that the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon that matches the white ceramic dial and bezel insert with a fully white zirconium oxide case does it even better. It is entirely possible that in 2012 the world simply wasn’t ready yet for a white Speedmaster. My understanding is that, since then, it has finally become cool to wear white men’s sports watches (which I’ve personally been saying is cool for over five years now – so, pat on the back, Ariel).

Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch Watch Releases
Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch Watch Releases

The Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch comes in the same 44.25mm-wide case size as the rest of the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph collection. The white ceramic face is fitted with 18k white gold hands and hour markers (over time, they end up looking better than steel). Unlike the 2012 white Speedmaster watch, the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon has some welcome bits of red on the dial – which is a minor, albeit welcome design choice that I like. Too much monochronism isn’t always good.

Inside the Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon is the in-house made Omega caliber 9300 automatic chronograph movement with a two register right subdial that allows it to track up to 12 hours with the chronograph between only two subdials. It has the date at 6 o’clock, and the beautifully decorated movement is visible through the bowl-style sapphire crystal caseback – one of the best executions of such in the business. Attached to the case is a white alligator strap with some red stitching in the lining. I certainly think this is a cool look, but with the three versions there may just be too much choice in the ceramic Omega Speedmaster collection, unless you have enough money to buy them all.

Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch Watch Releases
Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch Watch Releases

Sadly, it does not appear as though Omega has included Master Co-Axial anti-magnetic properties into the caliber 9300 movement family yet – something that we have been promised will happen by 2017. The Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon is a really good looking follow-up to the original Dark and Grey Side versions – a testament to the fact that the Speedmaster is one of the most versatile and aesthetically durable watches ever. Price for this reference 311.93.44.51.04.002 Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon watch is 10,800 Swiss Francs – the same as the “DSotM”.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark Edition XVIII ‘Laureus Sport For Good Foundation’

IWC replique montres a établi un partenariat avec la Fondation Laureus Sport for Good pour la 12e fois afin de lancer la montre «Laureus Sport for Good Foundation» de la marque du XVIIIe pilote de l’IWC. Annoncée lors des Laureus World Sports Awards 2018 à Monaco, l’édition limitée à 1500 exemplaires présente un boîtier en céramique noire avec le cadran bleu Sunburst de l’édition Laureus. Une veille de la CBI a été réalisée pour Laureus (une organisation caritative de sport dédiée à l’aide aux enfants défavorisés du monde entier) et c’est la suite de l’édition de l’année dernière, Da Vinci Chronograph.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark Edition XVIII ‘Laureus Sport For Good Foundation’Cette édition partage les mêmes dimensions que le modèle standard XVIII
IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark Edition XVIII ‘Laureus Sport For Good Foundation’Cette édition partage les mêmes dimensions que le modèle standard XVIII

replique montres pas cher IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark Edition XVIII ‘Laureus Sport For Good Foundation’Cette édition partage les mêmes dimensions que le modèle standard XVIII, un boîtier de 41 mm à une hauteur de 11 mm, avec une cosse de 51 mm. À l’intérieur du Mark XVIII se trouve le calibre IWC 35111, un mouvement automatique basé sur la Sellita SW300-1. En véritable état de veille, le mouvement est recouvert d’une enveloppe en fer qui le protège du magnétisme. Poursuivant leurs efforts pour utiliser la céramique dans leurs valises et suivant la tendance à la céramique en Suisse, IWC a choisi de présenter un boîtier en céramique noire sur cette édition spéciale, créant un look noir jais qui permet au cadran bleu de se démarquer de la céramique.

La montre viendra également sur un bracelet en cuir de veau embossé, en noir bien sûr.
La montre viendra également sur un bracelet en cuir de veau embossé, en noir bien sûr.

La couronne en titane, qui n’est pas de couleur assortie ou revêtue de DLC, est en contradiction avec ce look noir de jais, et perturbe le style sombre de la montre. J’aurais aimé voir IWC tenter davantage de fusionner la couronne avec l’affaire plutôt que de la laisser telle quelle. Le fond du boîtier en titane est une gravure soumise à IWC dans le cadre de son concours de dessin annuel qu’ils accueillent avec la Fondation Laureus Sport for Good, avec pour thème «le temps d’être en bonne santé». La montre viendra également sur un bracelet en cuir de veau embossé, en noir bien sûr.

il est agréable de voir la communauté du luxe venir soutenir ce qui est légitimement une bonne cause. un pouce en l'air là-bas.
il est agréable de voir la communauté du luxe venir soutenir ce qui est légitimement une bonne cause. un pouce en l’air là-bas.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark Edition XVIII ‘Laureus Sport For Good Foundation’Les caisses en céramique ont certainement été «in» au cours des deux dernières années et il semble que IWC souhaite rester pertinente dans la course aux armements en céramique en Suisse. Je considère généralement ces collaborations à but non lucratif comme une opportunité de marketing pour la marque horlogère, plutôt que pour le bénéfice de la fondation, mais néanmoins, il est agréable de voir la communauté du luxe venir soutenir ce qui est légitimement une bonne cause. un pouce en l’air là-bas.

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Rolex replica watches has a dedicated foundry to develop high quality 18ct gold alloy. Different types of 18ct gold can be extracted by mixing different amounts of silver, copper, platinum or palladium: gold, pink gold or white gold. All raw materials are made of highly pure metal. Before the gold is formed, it must be carefully tested by the advanced equipment in the self-operated laboratory, and each process is meticulous. Since the beginning of the production, the pursuit of perfection is the consistent insistence of Rolex.

Since the beginning of the production, the pursuit of perfection is the consistent insistence of Rolex.
Since the beginning of the production, the pursuit of perfection is the consistent insistence of Rolex.

Blue dial
Model features
The Celini calendar-shaped radiant dial not only pays homage to the eternal rules of traditional watchmaking, but also reinterprets the essence of the watch in an elegant contemporary style. The long hour mark is divided into two by the minute track, and the minute track leans toward the center of the dial, close to the end of the pointer. Like all Rolex watches, the hour markers and the Rolex crown logo are made of 18ct gold.

 Like all Rolex watches, the hour markers and the Rolex crown logo are made of 18ct gold.
Like all Rolex watches, the hour markers and the Rolex crown logo are made of 18ct gold.

Leather strap
Model features
For the purest traditional style, the Celini calendar features a fish-lined alligator strap with stitched trim and an 18ct gold buckle that contrasts with the case gold.

The classic circular design with a diameter of 39 mm is the traditional symbol of the Celini calendar,
The classic circular design with a diameter of 39 mm is the traditional symbol of the Celini calendar,

Around the clock, full of elegance
Model features
The classic circular design with a diameter of 39 mm is the traditional symbol of the Celini calendar, while the detailed shell ear, polished finish, and double outer ring with a round outer ring and a triangular pit outer ring make the watch More unique. With simple and elegant lines, noble and magnificent materials, and exquisite and luxurious decoration, each detail conforms to the rules of watchmaking. On the one hand, it returns to the classical roots, on the other hand, it reinterprets the essence and perfect harmony in a modern way. With this extraordinary timepiece’s self-winding chronograph movement, the pointer shaped like a double-edged sword can operate accurately every minute, every second.

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Platinum is rare and rare, and its silver-white color and shiny luster are particularly eye-catching. Platinum is one of the world’s highest and heaviest metals, with unique chemical and physical properties such as extreme corrosion resistance. Despite this, the texture of platinum is very soft, elastic and malleable, making the processing and polishing process extremely difficult, and only skilled personnel can control it. Rolex has consistently used 950 platinum, which contains 950 ‰ (thousandths of a percent) platinum, carefully cast by Rolex’s top metal craftsmen.

Rolex has consistently used 950 platinum, which contains 950 ‰ (thousandths of a percent) platinum, carefully cast by Rolex's top metal craftsmen.
Rolex has consistently used 950 platinum, which contains 950 ‰ (thousandths of a percent) platinum, carefully cast by Rolex’s top metal craftsmen.

Ice blue dial
Model features
The unique Rolex replica watch dial makes the watch easier to identify and easier to read. The hour markers are made of 18 ct gold that lasts for a long time. Rolex designs and manufactures each Rolex dial in its own factory. Most of the processes are carried out by hand and are perfect.

Headband strap
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The design, development and production of the Rolex straps and buckles, as well as the rigorous testing required to pass, are fully applied to advanced technology. Like other components of the watch, the strap and the buckle will also be checked by a person to ensure that the product is beautiful. The headgear strap is equipped with three rows of semi-circular links, specially designed for the type perpetual motion calendar type watch introduced in 1956. This strap is crafted from carefully selected precious metals for an elegant and comfortable fit.

 This strap is crafted from carefully selected precious metals for an elegant and comfortable fit.
This strap is crafted from carefully selected precious metals for an elegant and comfortable fit.

3255 movement

Model features
The Day of the Week Calendar 40 features a new generation of 3255 calibre developed entirely by Rolex, demonstrating exceptional precision timepieces. This self-winding mechanical movement is the pinnacle of watchmaking. This 14-issency calibre excels in precision, power reserve, shock and anti-magnetic performance, wearing comfort and reliability, and perfectly demonstrates Rolex’s superb technology.

The Day of the Week Calendar 40 features a new generation of 3255 calibre developed entirely by Rolex
The Day of the Week Calendar 40 features a new generation of 3255 calibre developed entirely by Rolex

MONDAY, LUNDI
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The week-old calendar watch, which was introduced in 1956, achieved a remarkable innovation: it was the world’s first watch with a calendar window and a full-write week on the dial. The calendar of the week is widely favored by multinational leaders, and the week is available in a variety of languages.

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Eternal rose gold
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In order to maintain the beauty of the watch, Rolex created 18ct eternal rose gold in its foundry and patented the pink alloy. Since its launch in 2005, 18ct Eternal Rose Gold has been used to make all Rolex replica watches in pink gold.

In order to maintain the beauty of the watch, Rolex created 18ct eternal rose gold in its foundry and patented the pink alloy.
In order to maintain the beauty of the watch, Rolex created 18ct eternal rose gold in its foundry and patented the pink alloy.

Chocolate dial
Model features
The unique Rolex watch dial makes the watch easier to identify and easier to read. The hour markers are made of 18 ct gold that lasts for a long time. Rolex designs and manufactures each Rolex dial in its own factory. Most of the processes are carried out by hand and are perfect.

Leather strap
Model features
The strap of the new week calendar watch combines comfortable, luxurious crocodile leather with the new 18ct gold crown buckle that is easy to use. This discount is easy to use and the strap length can be easily adjusted with a belt buckle.

The strap of the new week calendar watch combines comfortable
The strap of the new week calendar watch combines comfortable

3155 movement
Model features
Week Calendar Type 36 The 3155 self-winding mechanical movement, fully developed by Rolex, is equipped with a day and date dial unit. Like all Rolex constant-core cores, the 3155 calibre is also certified by the Swiss Official Accreditation Timepiece, which is awarded to precision watches that have passed the Swiss Precision Timepiece Test Center (COSC). This movement is constructed in the same way as all -type movements with unmatched reliability.

The calendar of the week is widely favored by multinational leaders, and the week is available in a variety of languages.
The calendar of the week is widely favored by multinational leaders, and the week is available in a variety of languages.

MONDAY, LUNDI
Model features
The week-old calendar watch, which was introduced in 1956, achieved a remarkable innovation: it was the world’s first watch with a calendar window and a full-write week on the dial. The calendar of the week is widely favored by multinational leaders, and the week is available in a variety of languages.

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18 CT GOLD
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By operating its own exclusive foundry, Rolex has the unrivalled ability to cast the highest quality 18 ct gold alloys. According to the proportion of silver, copper, platinum or palladium added, different types of 18 ct gold are obtained: yellow, pink or white. They are made with only the purest metals and meticulously inspected in an in-house laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment, before the gold is formed and shaped with the same painstaking attention to quality. Rolex’s commitment to excellence begins at the source.

the gold is formed and shaped with the same painstaking attention to quality. Rolex's commitment to excellence begins at the source.
the gold is formed and shaped with the same painstaking attention to quality. Rolex’s commitment to excellence begins at the source.

RHODIUM DIAL
Model features
The dial is the distinctive face of a Rolex replica watch, the feature most responsible for its identity and readability. Characterised by hour markers fashioned from 18 ct gold to prevent tarnishing, every Rolex dial is designed and manufactured in-house, largely by hand to ensure perfection.

The Pearlmaster bracelet is always fitted with a concealed Crownclasp.
The Pearlmaster bracelet is always fitted with a concealed Crownclasp.

PEARLMASTER BRACELET
Model features
The design, development and production of Rolex bracelets and clasps, as well as the stringent tests they face, involve advanced high technology. And, as with all the components of the watch, aesthetic controls by the human eye guarantee impeccable beauty. Both sensual and sophisticated, this solid gold bracelet with rounded five-piece links was created in 1992 for the launch of the Pearlmaster model. The Pearlmaster bracelet is always fitted with a concealed Crownclasp.

2235 MOVEMENT
Model features
This model is equipped with calibre 2235, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 2235 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests. Its architecture, in common with all Oyster watch movements, makes it singularly reliable.

Its architecture, in common with all Oyster watch movements, makes it singularly reliable.
Its architecture, in common with all Oyster watch movements, makes it singularly reliable.

THE CYCLOPS LENS
Model features
The Cyclops lens enhances the date aperture, magnifying the date display for easy reading. It is one of the most distinctive Rolex features, and one of the most recognisable.

Les Artisans De Genève Tribute To Rolex Daytona 6263 Watch

Les Artisans de Genève is a new company that focuses on recreating classic watches from the past, but updating and personalising them where they see fit. There is no doubt in my mind as to the quality of their work, or the qualifications of their artisans, but this is a novel practice that I imagine will divide the community down the middle. Using a base model from a brand’s current range, elements of the case, movement, and dial are modified or replaced in homage to an old, out-of-production model. Their first piece – Les Artisans de Genève Tribute to Rolex Daytona 6263 replica watches – takes inspiration from one of Rolex‘s most iconic models, but brings it back to life and up-to-date, in their own way.

This is the first watch from Les Artisans de Genève, and it is available with either a black or white dial.
This is the first watch from Les Artisans de Genève, and it is available with either a black or white dial.

This is the first watch from Les Artisans de Genève, and it is available with either a black or white dial. These watches, produced in seriously limited runs, start life as a Rolex Daytona 116520 before being transformed into a ticker from antiquity. Before I delve into the specifics of this watch and how these craftspeople have simultaneously changed and stayed true to the Rolex Daytona 6263 in the creation of this homage, I feel it would be beneficial to place this company in the wider context of watchmaking and ask whether we have seen anything like this before.

When I first read the press release, I thought I was looking at the proposal for a Swiss-based Bamford Watch Department, but that’s not the case at all. This company takes a different tack to the concept of customisation of a Rolex in the style of Bamford or Made Worn (this Rolex Milgauss by Made Worn is still my favourite Rolex ever). This is more like an homage, with a restoration to make the watch a contemporary piece. It kind of reminds me of ICON Automative and what they do with cars.

This is more like an homage, with a restoration to make the watch a contemporary piece.
This is more like an homage, with a restoration to make the watch a contemporary piece.

Getting to the nitty-gritty… The original Rolex Daytona Big Red 6263, released in 1967, was powered by a Valjoux 75. That was a manual movement. This version features a modified 4130 base calibre, an automatic movement. Two major customisations have been made by Les Artisans de Genève to put their stamp on the project: a nicely decorated 22 carat gold rotor weight bearing their name has replaced the standard oscillator; additionally, a gold balance bridge has been installed, changing the overall appearance of the calibre.

The Rolex Daytona 6263, takes its “Big Red” nickname from the large, red Daytona that curves around the top of the six o’clock sub-dial, and this was essential for Les Artisans de Genève to get right. Reputedly, the team spent over two years researching its nuances, and the combined efforts of nine craftsman over a 78-hour period were required to assemble the dial. The dial and the updated hands (which are not identical to the original, but a nice evolution) offer exceptional legibility, and are the epitome of a racing chronograph when paired together.

 The sleek form is complemented by the bakelite bezel, which mirrors the fashions of 1970.
The sleek form is complemented by the bakelite bezel, which mirrors the fashions of 1970.

Other exterior modifications include the hand-made “push-pump” pusher pieces, which still guarantee water resistance to 100m, but also offer a smooth look and feel during operation. The sleek form is complemented by the bakelite bezel, which mirrors the fashions of 1970. These days, we’re used to seeing steel, aluminium, or ceramic as the main material for bezel inserts. This material gives a really vintage, authentic feel to the piece, and was worth the necromancy it must have taken to resurrect the almost forgotten skill of working bakelite into a luxury product.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King ref. 116900 40mm

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference comes from the 1950s (registered name in the 1940s). 116900 is one of the novelties of the Swiss brand in 2016. For those of us who know us, we once again shared our annual forecast, but imagine our surprise when we see this new, bigger Sky King! Two years ago, Rolex Air-King stood out from the series, and the pretty Rolex, unlike its short pause, came back – and the style is very new. We will be involved in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference. 116900.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference comes from the 1950s
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference comes from the 1950s

The original Rolex Air-King was designed in the 1950s and since then it is a model of aviation. Rolex has always played a vital role in the pioneering era of the aviation industry; for they accompanied the first ever flight over Mount Everest, which is more than 10,000 meters high. A year later, Oyster Perpetual was used as an onboard timer for a return flight from De Haviland Comet to London to Melbourne. The new 40mm Rolex  type permanent air king reference. 116900 pays tribute to the era of aviation revolution.

Clean dials and excellent readability remain key factors. But let’s not forget something very unusual; the soft iron inner shell around the movement gives the Rolex Air-King anti-magnetic properties – this is a function shared with Rolex Milgauss (even if Rolex did not mention Air-King in this Soft iron inner shell resistance…). It makes Air-King a suitable pilot watch: clear, sporty and resistant to aircraft cockpit environment (or modern life made with cell phones and magnets…)

The new 40mm Rolex type permanent air king reference. 116900 pays tribute to the era of aviation revolution.
The new 40mm Rolex type permanent air king reference. 116900 pays tribute to the era of aviation revolution.

The 40 mm diameter of the chassis is also a prominent feature of Air-King, which is larger than ever. Previously, the Rolex Air-King was a compact watch with a 34 mm case that was designed to be an entry-level alternative and more sporty than the traditional Oyster Perpetual. Divided in diameter, it shares its case with Oyster Perpetual 39, so we see the same structure, a smooth bezel, a satin polished flat surface, a satin finished bracelet, and a polished strap. The sturdy case back and screw-in crown provide a reference for this Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King. 116900 waterproof 100 meters.

 the Rolex Air-King was a compact watch with a 34 mm case that was designed to be an entry-level alternative and more sporty than the traditional Oyster Perpetual.
the Rolex Air-King was a compact watch with a 34 mm case that was designed to be an entry-level alternative and more sporty than the traditional Oyster Perpetual.

For some people, the dial may be a little bit different than the usual Rolex products. Obviously, when the Rolex opened the window at the Basel Watch Fair 2016, not only did the new Daytona with a ceramic bezel produced some noise. This new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King reference. 116900 is another transcript. The numbers are inspired by military aviation timepieces and some explorer figures of the 1940s, which may seem strange at first glance.

OMEGA SPEEDMASTER DARK SIDE OF THE MOON APOLLO 8 WATCH

In a trustworthy place, when I see evidence of a big brand listening to customers, I value every strange and rare occasion. According to many of the brand’s loyal followers, some of Omega’s hot items, including the dark side of the awesome Moon series, are too wide and thick for their own benefit, forcing many people to put their purses in their pockets. I very much hope to buy watches at the store. Now, with the dark side of this Omega Speedmaster Planet Apollo 8, we see another rare occasion where the brand listens and brings us a warm new version, responding to their cries – even if it means a violation of the previous The self-imposed rule or violation violates the creative sacred glass ceiling so far. Behold, the thinnest and most wearable Omega DSotM does.

all the sub-dials as well as the main indications remain perfectly legible at all times.
all the sub-dials as well as the main indications remain perfectly legible at all times.

I said that Omega opposes some hardcore rules on Apollo 8, and I think that understanding these is more important than knowing the story of Apollo 8 from beginning to end. First, as we will see, movement choice plays an important role in making this Apollo 8 as specific as possible – Omega’s own movement choices are worth noting for two reasons. First, we rarely see one big brand transforming its “smaller” movement into one of its higher-positioned series; however, this is what happened here. The fancy endless high-tech coaxial automatic chronograph of other DSotM wristwatches was replaced by the new rotary movement of the 1861 manual winding movement – which will be described in detail later. Second, we see one of the major brands creatively tailoring one of its core actions. However, Omega really came out of its own way, making this calibre 1869 (here called) outstanding.

In addition to motion problems, Omega also demonstrated its capabilities – finally! – Get original ideas with the original Moonwatch look and make something, now it’s already here, let me ask “why not happen so soon?” I think we will agree that we think this is a very rare brand Get this freedom through the core product. To make things better, Omega has not only adopted the entire process, it has not made Speedmaster Apollo 8 a non-limited edition product. Yes, you see the truth: this is a cool new super fighter. Astonishingly, it is not a limited edition, but it can actually be bought in a boutique – because it is very successful, it is hard to believe It will not.

the black-white-yellow contrast means that you can actually read the time accurately.
the black-white-yellow contrast means that you can actually read the time accurately.

Into the chase here, reducing the thickness is obvious because it is awesome. This is very obvious and great. The previous version was rather hamburger, which was made up of their lame space age, black/gray/white ceramic Speedmaster atmosphere. The Speedmaster Apollo 8 serves as a very smart, creative and lovable middle ground between the DSotM series deficiencies and the romantic Moon/NASA story about the regular lunar watchers.

Do not misunderstand my point of view. The width is 44.25 mm. The width of the non-limited version of Apollo 8 is the same width as Omega’s moon-themed modern moon phase themed ceramics, but the final appearance and wearing are much smaller. Thanks to its significantly reduced thickness. This is due to Omega putting its complex coaxial movements aside – all of which are equipped with an automatic winding device – and replacing it with a customized version of the hand-wound calibre 1861 in the classic Moonwatch, and renamed this as “Moonified” in 1869 “variant.

The case is beautifully finished with sharp lines and alternating brushed and polished surfaces which, at last, can stand out more as they aren’t overwhelmed by the sheer size of the thing.
The case is beautifully finished with sharp lines and alternating brushed and polished surfaces which, at last, can stand out more as they aren’t overwhelmed by the sheer size of the thing.

The loss of a solid automatic winding structure means that the Omega Speedmaster Planet Apollo 8 dark case may be 2.5mm thinner than the previous DSotM watch, so it is only 13.8mm thick. Yes, it’s still great, but if you can see a few shots on it, it means that the watch can now finally be placed flat on its earrings because there is no dignity in the leather/canvas strap. The case should be able to do it.