The top read articles of November feature an eclectic mix of watches from the entry-level to the very high-end, and from some of the biggest names in watchmaking to some of the most niche micro brands. From the very high-end, we have the somewhat controversial Patek Philippe 5170P and from what is possibly the very opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Modelo Uno U1 from an Italian micro brand called Unimatic.
From around the web, we take a look at two epic watches that might look simple on the outside, but that actually encompass the essence of good watchmaking – the Philippe Dufour Simplicity and the Credor Eichi II. Next, we visit China to take a look at independent watchmaker Tan Zehua, who has already designed four in-house movements and has also developed his very own escapement. Finally, we have a video showing the components of Tag Heuer’s Heuer 01 chronograph caliber.
1. Unimatic Modelo Uno U1 Watches for 2017
Unimatic burst onto the scene two years ago in 2015 with the Modelo Uno U1. The watch, lauded by watch lovers for its minimalistic design and functionality, sold out very quickly. Now, the Italian company is back at it again with the Modelo Uno U1 updated for 2017. The new for 2017 Modelo Uno U1 will come in no less than six color combinations, including a limited edition version that was made in collaboration with Italian retailer Luisaviaroma. But perhaps most importantly, just like its predecessor, these new for 2017 models still have the same handsome minimalistic design and are built to very high specifications.
Aesthetically, this opinion certainly is not boring. Just like a proper dive watch, the unidirectional bezel insert includes the very first 15-minutes in grey instead of black, although the mark actually line up with the indices — something you’d be surprised doesn’t occur as frequently as it should. The hobnail screw-down crown with realistically sized crown guards adds a nice touch that the first Samurai was lacking. The indices are beautifully completed, along with the sharp lines which pay homage to the first’s DNA put the little bow on the package. But the real stars of this series are the hands, which are upgraded to fit the contemporary landscape. I said previously that the boxy and right design was replaced with a cleaner, lustrous handset. Gone is the seconds hand with (what I believe) is an awkward lumed box to get a pointer, also contained is a thin, classy spear-tipped hand with a smaller luminescent indicator.Something this handset boasts that isn’t even in the more recent iterations of the Samurai is a polished handset. Personally, I love them. Besides water immunity, legibility is arguably the most crucial aspect of a dive watch, along with the thick, bold hands and indices make this one of the very used watches in my collection. During the afternoon, the Clou de Paris texture of the dial really makes the hands and indices pop up. The wash polished palms against the matte square textures only make it a lot easier to tell the time at any angle. With previous models having brushed palms, the polish on the SRPB51 seems far more defined.At nighttime, or at the dark, the lume is lasting and bright. I said a cave earlier. The very first place I took this view was on a hike over an Arizona mountain range, and the route led through a set of caves and streams and not once did the lume die out. In reality, the lume is so bright that you could vaguely make out the published text onto the dial. The spear-tipped second hand is lumed heavily enough that you are able to make out the sweep in the dark without needing to squint. In general, the update from the original and previous versions of the Samurai improve on all things legibility.
2. Seiko Presage Sakura Hubuki & Starlight ‘Cocktail Time’ Watches
The Seiko Cocktail Time collection of watches is a good place to start if you are looking for a dressier piece that doesn’t break the bank. It all started with the now legendary SARB065 Cocktail Time, which was available only in Japan. And early this year, Seiko introduced an entire range of Presage Cocktail Time watches with new colors that were based on the original SARB065. Needless to say, these watches were warmly received by collectors and Seiko fans. Now, joining this collection are four more new watches inspired by two Japanese cocktails called the Sakura Hubuki and Starlight.
3. Patek Philippe 5170P-001 In Platinum With Diamonds Watch Hands-On
Unveiled in 2015, the Patek Philippe 5170G with a black dial and large Breguet numerals is widely regarded as one of the best modern Pateks. This year, Patek Philippe updated that particular reference with the new 5170P. This new watch has a platinum case and one of the most wonderful blue dials that you will ever see. But it is also controversial because, in place of Breguet numeral hour markers, the Ref. 5170P has diamond markers. Would I have preferred applied Breguet numeral hour markers? For sure. But these diamond markers do look quite spiffy. For a more comprehensive look, hit the link below.
4. Shinola Lake Erie Monster – Brand’s First Mechanical Watch – Debuts Via Auction On StockX
Shinola makes some interesting looking watches. In particular, I’m quite fond of the 47mm Runwell, especially the no-date versions. However, I digress. The big news here is that they are debuting their first mechanical watch and it is called the Lake Erie Monster. As you might have already guessed from its name, it is a dive watch. It has a 43mm stainless case and it also has a rather generic dive watch kind of styling. More importantly, it is powered by a mechanical movement sourced from Ronda. Also worthy of mention is that it is launching on StockX, a stock market-style marketplace that warrants another post by itself.
5. IWC Portugieser Blue Dial Watches
Fans of blue dials and the IWC Portugieser watches will be happy to learn that IWC is introducing blue dial variants of two of their most popular Portugieser watches – the Portugieser Automatic and the Portugieser Chronograph. Blue has always been a hot favorite among watch lovers, so I guess it makes sense for IWC to introduce them to two of their most popular watches. The Portugieser Automatic and Chronograph are handsome watches in their own right and I think the blue dial variants will look absolutely smashing.
6. Features In Watches Worth Collecting According To Ariel Adams Part 2
aBlogtoWatch exists primarily to spread and share the love of watches. A lot of readers come to us to get news about the latest watches and also to learn more about watch collecting and what makes a good watch. In the second series of this post, our founder Ariel shares with us some of the things that he thinks modern watch collectors should be looking out for when purchasing their next piece.
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