March is always an exciting period for watch lovers as this is the month when Baselworld takes place. Two of the biggest announcements before Baselworld have got to be TAG Heuer’s new Modular Connected 45 smartwatch as well as Montblanc’s new Summit smartwatch. Is this a sign that the major Swiss watch brands are finally getting serious about smartwatches?
This month we also take a look at dive watches, particularly how they actually fare in real-world diving situations. To answer this, we go diving with some of the most popular dive watches on the market. Finally, we have the Seiko 6217-800/1, which is more simply known as the 62Mas or Seiko’s very first dive watch. Seiko is one of the most popular watch brands for dive watches, so let’s take a closer look at the watch that spawned a lineage of some of the world’s greatest dive watches.
1. TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch Aims To Be Eternal
It is worth noting that although ISO (International Standardization Organization) criteria are internationally-recognized, DIN (the Deutsches Institut für Normung, or “German Institute for Standardization”) standards are just national, though they are both designed around standards which govern a rigorous baseline for security, quality assurance, and environmental security, across both private and public industry. For example: an ISO-certified Seiko with “Diver” or “Scuba” on the dial has been systematically tested to exceed 125% of its asserted water immunity, has been analyzed to withstand thermal shock (30°C for about 10 minutes, then 5°C for 10 minutes and rear), carries strong, luminous visual cues about the dial and hands, and is paired with a completely graduated, unidirectional timing bezel using demarcations for many 60 minutes.Sinn’s new DIN 8330 watches have been tested along similar lines (200m water resistance, functionality in temperatures spanning –45°C around +80°C, etc.), but the scope of watches which can chase this certificate was broadened to include granite watches — that is an integral differentiator between DIN and TESTAF. A new evaluation was also developed specifically for DIN 8330, which subjects the watches to repeated, prolonged air pressure adjustments which mimic the gaps between pressures in sea level and people within a pressurized cockpit.
TAG Heuer shows it is serious about smartwatches by launching its second-generation smartwatch called the Connected Modular 45. It features a modular construction, allowing owners to swap the watch head, lugs, and straps. The watch head can even be swapped for a mechanical one, allowing owners to choose between smartwatch and mechanical watch. Presumably, this also means that owners will be able to upgrade to a new smartwatch model when TAG Heuer releases its successor.
2. Casio G-Shock DW6900 With Forged Carbon Armour Case By Alvarae Watch Review
Alvarae is a company based in Hong Kong that specializes in manufacturing a wide range of carbon fiber and forged carbon products, and one of the things that they do is modify G-Shock watches with forged carbon cases. One of the G-Shock watches that they modify is the very popular DW6900. Modified G-Shocks are actually quite commonplace if you know where to look, but Alvare’s take is certainly very different, as the forged carbon case completely changes the look and feel of the watch.
3. Montblanc Summit Smartwatch Hands-On
Montblanc has just become the second major Swiss watch brand to offer a smartwatch. It’s called the Summit and it’s quite a big watch, measuring 46mm wide and 12.5mm thick. This allows it to have a fairly sizable 1.39-inch AMOLED display that serves up a display resolution of 400 x 400 pixels. It is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and runs Android 2.0. The Montblanc Summit comes in a variety of stainless steel cases with or without a black PVD finish, and there’s also a titanium version. Expectedly, Montblanc is offering customization options via additional straps and a dial creation service. You can check out the watch in greater detail here.
4. Jacob & Co. Astronomia Clarity & Black Watches Hands-On
If I had to come up with a list of the most outrageous watches in the world, Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia watch would definitely be on it. Just look at the thing – it is showmanship at its finest. The entire movement is made out of four arms. One is the dial, which tells the time; and at the opposite end of it is a multi-axis tourbillon. On the third arm, there’s a small globe that represents Earth and rotates every 24 hours, and opposite the globe is a one-karat, 288-facet “Jacob Cut” diamond that also spins. The entire movement is then placed in a watch case that is mostly made out of sapphire crystal, allowing its lucky owners full view of its functions. Now, there are new Jacob & Co. Astronomia Clarity and Astronomia Black versions, which are even more stunning takes on an already breathtaking watch.
5. Eterna Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition ‘Team aBlogtoWatch’ Watch Review
The Eterna Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition is already a very cool watch by itself. It is tough as nails and dripping with vintage swag. As its name tells you, it is based on a 1973 Eterna model, and what’s cool about that particular watch is that it was issued to the Israeli Defence Force. Anyhow, we decided to take the Heritage Super KonTiki 1973 Limited Edition watch and turn it into an even more special watch by customizing it with engravings to remind of the joys and suffering that we had at last year’s Baselworld. Watches are great for commemorating special occasions, and I can think of no better way to remember Baselworld 2016 than with these special watches.
6. TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Automatic Chronograph Compared To Carrera Heuer 01 Watch Review
The Carrera is possibly TAG Heuer’s most popular collection, and did you know that there are over 120 different Carrera models available now? That is just insane. Amongst them, however, the chronographs are the most popular. And of all the chronographs, the two that stand out for the majority of buyers is the Carrera 1887 and the Carrera Heuer 01. They have somewhat similar styles, similar movements, and are even priced quite closely. How do you choose? Let us help you.
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