The trend of Swiss watch industry exports remained strong in August with growth close to the figure announced in July. Their value rose by 5.5% during the eighth month of the year to reach 1.5 billion francs. The cumulative figure for watch industry exports since January now stands at 13.8 billion francs (+9.5% against January-August 2017.Precious metal and bimetal watches reported higher than average growth. Products in steel also made a significant contribution to the overall increase in value, despite a weaker advance (+3.0%). Volumes were lower, especially for the Other metals and Other materials categories. Watches priced at less than 500 francs (export price) reported a significant downturn in August, in terms of both value (-10.2%) and number of pieces (-9.0%). Above the 500 francs mark, the value of exported timepieces rose by 7.7%.
The Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition is the second timepiece in a long-term partnership between the two companies.
The tie-up was announced in September 2016 with the unveiling of the El Primero special edition chronograph. This watch featured Range Rover branding on the dial, Fitted with the high-frequency El Primero 400B movement, the new El Primero Range Rover Special Edition chronograph features vintage-style pushers and a seconds hand detail redolent of the vehicle’s famous grille.
On the back of the watch stand the written Range Rover and Velar elegantly engraved on the oscillating weight and on the retaining ring of the transparent case back. The El Primero Velar is accompanied by a co-designed strap, made of sustainable rubber covered in Dark Gray calf leather, perforated with diamonds.
The leather of the strap is the same Scottish leather used for the acclaimed interiors of the Range Rover; the triple deployant buckle is made of titanium coated with diamond carbon (DLC).
The “First OMEGA Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition” was proudly launched at the brand’s “Museum Night” in Biel, Switzerland on July the 2nd.The new collection will be limited to only 18 watches – with each one housing an original 18’’’ CHRO calibre from 1913.
For the new 18 watches, the 18’’’ CHRO calibres were carefully selected from historic timepieces found in the vaults at the Omega museum. Each was then painstakingly refurbished (above) by master watchmakers at Omega’s
The movement is housed in a 47.5mm case with historically relevant wire-lugs and featuring an 18k Sedna gold crown and pusher. The white enamel dial features hollowed Arabic numerals, blued “Empire” hands and the same “military-favourite” design taken from 1913.
Each watch is delivered inside a custom handcrafted leather trunk. The box includes two additional leather straps in novonappa gold leather and burgundy leather, as well as unique strap-changing tools, loupe and a travel pouch.
Priced @ 120,000 Swiss Francs
Image Courtesy OMEGA
Nine major developers partnered with Casio to provide the selection of popular outdoors and sports app that can be found in the “Featured App” list. Some of these downloadable options include ViewRanger, Hole19 and Fishbrain.
Casio WSD-F20 has been tested against the MIL-STD-810G standard for temperature, pressure, shock & impact.The dual-layer display structure features superimposed monochrome and color LCDs. The time is always displayed on the monochrome LCD and measurement data and applications on the color LCD. Use of two LCDs for different purposes assures excellent visibility according to the content.
Your activity data is analysed to give you reports, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see how active you have been and to help you make improvements.You are awarded achievements for reaching goals, helping to encourage you and keep you motivated. Watchbazar likes the battery life as compared to the successor the WSD-F10, on a full charge: roughly 1 day for normal use (varies according to use); more than 30 days in Timekeeping Mode; recharges in 2 hrs. If you love the outdoors or enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking or hunting, the CASIO WSD-F20 PRO TREK is a must have.
Water resistant to 50 meters (5 bar),
Exports did better in June, as compared to previous months. Their value stood at 1.9 billion francs, equivalent to growth of 11.8% against June 2017. This result enabled watch industry exports to exceed the 10 billion francs mark in the first half (10.5 billion francs +10.5%); that had no longer been the case since 2015.
Several markets reported very strong growth in the month of June. Hong Kong (+39.2%), Japan (+31.8%), France (+40.9%), South Korea (+46.2%) and Thailand (+51.6%) posted particularly strong increases. The United States (+5.7%) and China (+4.1%) reported more modest growth, while the United Kingdom (-11.8%), Italy (-21.3%) and Spain (-11.8%) saw their situation worsen. On average, Europe remained relatively stable (+1.4%).
Bimetal watches made showed best gains.
It was May 1980 and PAC-MAN was born in Japan.It was created by game designer Tori Iwatani who was the chief developer for Namco Limited. Pac-Man is often credited with being a landmark in video game history and is among the most famous arcade games of all time.More than 350,000 Pac-Man arcade cabinets were sold worldwide,retailing at around $2400 each and totalling around $1 billion ($2.4 billion in 2011), within 18 months of release. By 1982, the game had sold 400,000 arcade machines worldwide and an estimated 7 billion coins had been inserted into Pac-Man machines. In addition, United States revenues from Pac-Man licensed products (games, T-shirts, pop songs, wastepaper baskets, etc.) exceeded $1 billion The game was estimated to have had 30 million active players across the United States in 1982.
Coming back to 2018 and to symbolise the great 1980s the year the arcade game was released RJ-Romain Jerome unveiled its third Pac-Man model in a collaboration with Bandai Namco Entertainment, Limited to only 80 pieces
The black dial with a mirror-polished finish is a good change from the earlier models. The well polished titanium bezel encircling it reveals a maze where PAC-MAN™ sets off on a race to chomp ghosts and hunt for cherries and Pac-Dots.
The game’s scene was depicted by crafting 27 components by hand which are separated into three levels shown on the dial. The blue aluminium that walls off the maze is sanded on the edges and polished on top. The raised walls were filled with black lacquer to heighten the 3D effect.Each applique was meticulously filled by hand with several different colours of lacquer. The brand’s monogram was given a satin finish and is framed at 12:00.
Watchbazar feels the new PACMAN LEVEL III truly is a.great tribute to the game and in line with RJ brand’s playful spirit.
Nomos Glashütte brings us the Autobahn Neomatik 41 which is the result of a great partnership with Werner Aisslinger & Tina Bunyaprasit both being well know product / furniture designers from Germany.
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Autobahn takes its design concept from the German highway with the same name. The watch is truely speed / race inspired and comes equipped with the 41-millimeter stainless steel case with the new neomatik self-winding manufacture caliber DUW6101 which is water resistant upto 100 metres / 330 feet.
Watchbazar loves the thick curve of Super-LumiNova between the 8 and 4 o’clock, which brings to mind a dashboard speedometer.
The Autobahn is available in three dial variations: white silver-plated, sports gray and deep midnight blue. Each is priced at $4,800
Diving watches became popular in the 1920s but it wasn’t till 1926 when Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex filed a patent for the “Oyster Case” where the basic components were the screw down crown,caseback and bezel when all screwed together sealed the watch and made it water proof and from then on diving watches gained popularity and most premium watch companies were busy designing watches with diving in their mind.
Today Diving watches also commonly referred to as a Diver or a Dive watches are basically watches designed for underwater diving with more than 1.0 ATM which is equivalent to 100 meters or 330 feet and has water resistance of almost 200 to 300 meters or 660 to 980 feet.
Divers never go out of fashion and may be in todays times they are used less underwater than overwater. Watchbazar has listed here some of its favourite “Top Divers of 2018 “.
BREITLING SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE II B01 CHRONOGRAPH 44
The new updated Superocean is equipped with the new B01 movement running at 28,800vhp/4Hz and offering a 70 hours power reserve with an auto-centring system.Available in 3 colours Black, Blue and Silver topped with Convexed sapphire crystal with a double anti-reflective coating. Completed with black Aero Classic Rubber Strap w/pin buckle or the Ocean Classic stainless steel bracelets.
ROLEX DEEPSEA REF. 126660
The new Rolex Deepsea is equipped with calibre 3235, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex that uses the brand’s “Chronenergy” escapement which means it’s anti-magnetic and guaranteed accurate to within -/+2 seconds per day. The 44mm redesigned case of the Rolex Deepsea is also equipped with a helium escape valve, developed and patented by Rolex in 1967, which works to protect divers’ watches created for the deep.It allows excess pressure built up in the watch case to escape during a diver’s decompression phase in a hyperbaric chamber.
TUDOR BLACK BAY FIFTY-EIGHT 79030N
The Black Bay 58, named so because it takes a lot of its design cues from the first Tudor divers made in 1958.The latest Black Bay Fifty-Eight is equipped with a brand new sleek calibre MT5402 measuring just 39 mm across and 11.9 mm thick. Available with a matte black, gilt dial, and is available on a riveted bracelet, a fabric strap, or an aged leather strap.
Longines Legend Diver Black PVD
Inspired from its earlier models of the 1960s the new Longings Legend Diver Black PVD is powered by the new ETA A31.L01 (L888.) with upgraded power reserve, now 64 hours as compared to 38 hours with the old ETA 2824 .It features a black PVD-coated case and and black rubber strap in milanese look.Water resistance to 30 bar.
Seiko Prospex Diver 300m Hi-Beat SLA025
Seiko reworked the 1968 Hi-Beat Automatic Diver 300m Reference 6159-7001, transforming their best selling dive watch for a new timepiece known as the Prospex Diver 300m Hi-Beat SLA025.The new SLA025 has an 8L55 movement and the big change is the higher beat of 36,000 vs 28,800bph and an increased power reserve to 55 hours vs 50 hours. This diver specific movement is produced by the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in Morioka.The SLA025 is a limited edition of 1500 pieces.
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Blancpain introduced their first wristwatch with a flying tourbillon in 1989 now at Baselworld 2018 they reinterpreted the new “Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde”.The case, in 18kt red gold (non-limited, Limited Edition of 20 Pieces in Platinum), measures 42mm x 11mm. It has double sapphire crystals and it is water resistant to 30 meter and comes equipped with swiss manual-wind Blancpain in-house caliber 260MR(This movement is composed of 263 parts and 39 jewels), 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 144 hours. Bridges are adorned with guilloché pattern and the ratchet-wheel with beveled wheel-rim design.
This is the first time the jump hour and retrograde minute complications have been blended together by Blancpain.
Watchbazar loves the white ‘grand feu’ enamel dial which blends great with the figure eight dial configuration and with the flying tourbillon at 12 o’clock and retrograde minutes with jumping hours at 6 o’clock.
USD $148,800 18K red gold & $180,900 platinum.
TAG presented the fresh new version of its chronometer range at Baselworld 2018 which is a great blend of two of its famous complications a tourbillon and a chronograph.
TAG Heuer Carrera was born 55 years ago and TaG plans to sell only 155 watches to celebrate the great journey.The 45mm case is crafted in a midnight blue ceramic, with a ceramic bezel and lugs and the watch is complemented by a rubber-sewn black alligator strap with blue stitching.
The new Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer gets the “Tête de Vipère”certification awarded by the Besançon Observatory which highlights the precision and reliability of a timepiece, to obtain this certificate of excellence, each watch was subjected to a 16-day test protocol, in five positions and at three different temperatures this was applied to both the watch and movement. The Besançon Observatory has only certified 500 watches so far since 2006.