A new strategy?

Times have been hard for some regions when it comes to watch aficionados. The feeling of having to pay more for less has been predominant for some time. When looking back one can’t forget that for the current price of a non-complicated watch one could get a mid-level complication not long ago. With that in mind it is more and more difficult to commit to purchases let alone to keep the passion alive has become an endeavor even for brands.

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Yet as with all crisis there is always something emerging that can, at least, mitigate the decline for one’s passion. Because of that a few small, almost garage startups have seen the light. Amongst them one has been catching our attention considerably, CREPAS/Tactico. Amongst their latest offerings, under the CTVS &Co. banner, there is a “small” batch production of 50 sets of two watches that are stunning value for money and very limited availability. A very rare combination these days. The first piece carries a Technotime 5-day manual wind movement and the second piece in the same watch case has an automatic ETA GMT. Both the same but very different. Both straps are made to measure by artisans. One in Spain for leather and the nylon strap in the UK. The price for the set is 2,080€ (tax not included), a real bargain if you ask me. This considering a sapphire bezel on the manual wind, antimagnetic properties for both, tailor-made nylon strap and not forgetting the exclusivity of only being 50 in the world. The prototypes are sensational as you can see, yet the final minor retouches with a more convex sapphire cristal, fully beveled watch case and thinner bezel edge will result in a watch to behold.

Delivery is ahead of schedule and expected in March instead of May. More info here…

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The back of the “ALPHA” has a sapphire glass insert with Super LumiNova. The functionality of this is in case you leave your watch face down at night you will be able to spot it immediately should you need your watch…

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For those interested contact CREPAS/Tactico directly.

NOTE: It is important to mention that, I myself am the proud owner of  a set and am eagerly awaiting for its arrival.

Omega “Z-33 Spacemaster”

It has been quite some time since rumours about a successor to the X-33. The long awaited successor was preceded by a torrent of speculations coupled with fanatic’s wishes that generated numerous headlines in the “Speedmaster” community. I wanted to review this piece sooner but did not add it to my personal “Space” collection until very recently.

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Personally I was taken by the design and more specifically the hi-contrast LCD screen that emulates the 70′s LED watches. Sorry, I am a romantic at heart.

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NOTE: We have, and will in the future, deliberately skip any references as to the “chronometrical” aspect of the tested watch/es. The reason being that such test are futile, misleading and either unfair to the brand or the owner. Should a “particular” watch be deficient in its function that does not mean that all are. The same is true the other way around; if one performs flawlessly that does not mean that they ALL perform flawlessly. However, references about known issues with specific movements or a faulty after-sales service will NOT be left out.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • Nice Box!
  • Boy, this one is thick! Very thick, way too thick… Better when on the wrist though
  • Stunning visibility. The contrast of the LCD is so high that it resembles the LEDs from the 70′s. Love that look!
  • Oversize push-buttons and great grip on the crown
  • WOW! No kidding, this “thing” is LOUD!!!

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Laurent Ferrier “Galet Micro-Rotor”

There are few watches that can convey a sense of elegance and sobriety like the Laurent Ferrier “Galet Micro-Rotor”. It is harmonious as a Vivaldi concert, smooth yet tempered, simple but magnificently complex. This is what “Haute Horlogerie” should be about.

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This is a timepiece that says it all once you take a closer look. A perfect match for discretion in turbulent times.

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NOTE: We have, and will in the future, deliberately skip any references as to the “chronometrical” aspect of the tested watch/es. The reason being that such test are futile, misleading and either unfair to the brand or the owner. Should a “particular” watch be deficient in its function that does not mean that all are. The same is true the other way around; if one performs flawlessly that does not mean that they ALL perform flawlessly. However, references about known issues with specific movements or a faulty after-sales service will NOT be left out.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • Feels like silk to the touch. Smooooooth…
  • Incredibly elegant dial. Impeccable finish
  • Exquisite movement finish
  • Elegant yet not too overdone packaging
  • Simply beautiful
  • The inside of the strap is lined with suede. Gives the strap a superior feel
  • Wish it was a “bit” wider

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SWATCH “Black Lacquered”

Because of our current crisis (Europe/US) many have toned down the “real-estate” on their wrist. Especially in the public sector or large companies with severe cutback it is not the best of ideas to showoff “important” pieces like the one reviewed just recently. Often I am asked: What is the most politically correct watch? My answer is unquestionably; Swatch.

What better excuse to review an ultra “cheap” piece right after an ultra “expensive” piece. Today we will be looking at the SWATCH “Black Lacquer”.

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It has been a long, looooong time since I bought my last Swatch. In fact, I am counting and it is about 20 years since that last purchase. If I am not mistaken it was a pirate version with a “Jolly Roger” on it. I should still have it somewhere still in the original box if I am not mistaken. Anyway, back to our latest piece…

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NOTE: We have, and will in the future, deliberately skip any references as to the “chronometrical” aspect of the tested watch/es. The reason being that such test are futile, misleading and either unfair to the brand or the owner. Should a “particular” watch be deficient in its function that does not mean that all are. The same is true the other way around; if one performs flawlessly that does not mean that they ALL perform flawlessly. However, references about known issues with specific movements or a faulty after-sales service will NOT be left out.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • Hmmm, interesting… feels somehow better than I remember. Looks like they have been “tweaking” the product over time while keeping the price as low as possible. Impressive.
  • The strap feels considerably more comfortable and durable that the ones I remember.
  • Packaging has not changed a bit! Still the same’ol slim plastic box. Feels familiar.
  • The plexi on the front appears to be more scratch resistant that older models.
  • The new larger 41mm size is a bull’s eye if you ask me. Much more in tune and compatible with the current times.
  • Boy… this one is going to be a bi.ch to photograph!

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Greubel Forsey “GMT”

The world in my hands… It isn’t too often that you are faced with a piece that make your knees weak. Today I have butterflies in my belly. It is not everyday that one comes across a Greubel Forsey. Who would have thought that within such a short time since its birth Greubel Forsay would have achieved such a “mythical” status?

I must admit that I am not new to Greubel Forsey and am fortunate enough to have had the privilege to hold and examine up close all models except for the very first piece. It is the first time I am reviewing one of these pieces though. You must be warned that because of the unquestionable “superlative” nature and stratospheric price of this watch I will be a great deal more picky than usual. As the price rises in watches my tolerance for mistakes or lack of detail decreases exponentially. With pieces of this category mistakes and faults are simply unacceptable in my play book. As much as price sets exclusivity (not really…) so must the excellence of the piece.

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NOTE: We have, and will in the future, deliberately skip any references as to the “chronometrical” aspect of the tested watch/es. The reason being that such test are futile, misleading and either unfair to the brand or the owner. Should a “particular” watch be deficient in its function that does not mean that all are. The same is true the other way around; if one performs flawlessly that does not mean that they ALL perform flawlessly. However, references about known issues with specific movements or a faulty after-sales service will NOT be left out.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • No words… need a couple of minutes to breathe in deep, get a grip and set up the equipment for this photo shoot.
  • The depth of the dial almost makes you afraid of heights!
  • The Earth globe is something to behold. the view from the side, stunning.
  • The winding is a bit long. By that I mean than for a 3-days power reserve there is quite a lot of winding to do…
  • It feels like a tank. Very sturdy, compact and heavy.
  • Can’t stop looking at that globe… my hands are wet.
  • Surprising proportions considering there is a earth globe and a 25º angle – 24 seconds tourbillon inside the dial.

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Speake-Marin “CronotempVs II”

It has been two years now since the “CronotempVs I” club watch. At last the “CronotempVs II” is here! It is a Speake-Marin inspired on their “Spirit Pioneer” model and uses current “The Piccadilly” watch case and EROS.1 movement.

If you continue reading this review please know that I am completely biased. I have the privilege to be a CronotempVs club member and also have the fortune to own this watch. Inspire of that I will attempt to be as objective as possible when reviewing this piece.

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NOTE: We have, and will in the future, deliberately skip any references as to the “chronometrical” aspect of the tested watch/es. The reason being that such test are futile, misleading and either unfair to the brand or the owner. Should a “particular” watch be deficient in its function that does not mean that all are. The same is true the other way around, if one works that does not mean that they ALL work. However, references about known issues with specific movements or a faulty after-sales service will NOT be left out.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • It looks absolutely stunning! I don’t know how to describe it but the vintage/London/military look makes the design nothing short of unique
  • The 3D minute and hour indexes look simply spectacular
  • Good proportions. Many were afraid it would be to big or too small
  • The Lumi is a party! Spectacular night visibility
  • The blue rotor is hypnotizing
  • The new ardillon that matches the lugs and screws rocks!

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SPAM…

Dear Watch Enthusiasts, due to the increasing level of “spam” that is reaching our blog on a daily basis we are forced to close the “comment” section in the coming weeks. It is regretful that we have to do without this option since “The Watch Enthusiast” is primarily based on opinions, critiques and points of view of not only ourselves but from brands and most of all our customers. If we do not manage to find a solution to contain the “spam” avalanche in the coming weeks we will be forced to close the “comment” option on all the reviews and articles. The only way henceforth to voice your thoughts will be via direct eMail. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that this might cause our readers.

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Döttlling “Colosimo”

If there was an accessory cool-rating, this one would score 11 on a scale from 1 to 10. What a VERY cool rotor/safe to put your precious watch in. Döttling‘s “Colosimo” is not expensive, it is INSANELY expensive! But man is it cool… definitely an item that belongs in a Pink Panther movie with David Niven, Robert Wagner, Claudia Cardinale and Peter Sellers.

This is the first watch accessory that we review at TWE. We have had more in mind but never got around to it I guess. Because of this we have decided to add a different set of ratings for accessories. If you think they are wrong or something is missing please do not hesitate to comment. Expect more in the future.

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NOTE: We have, and will in the future, deliberately skip any references as to the “chronometrical” aspect of the tested watch/es. The reason being that such test are futile, misleading and either unfair to the brand or the owner. Should a “particular” watch be deficient in its function that does not mean that all are. The same is true the other way around, if one works that does not mean that they ALL work. However, references about known issues with specific movements or a faulty after-sales service will NOT be left out.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  • You have got to be kidding. With respect to its size this thing weighs a ton!!!
  • Stunning workmanship
  • The transport box in itself is a safe!
  • Man I wish I could afford this
  • The inside rotor is a Swiss Kubik. Good choice.
  • I have always loved old-style safe mechanisms. They are not practical but man the are cool.
  • The vault door looks like a miniature version of what you would find at FORT KNOX!

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