Last week (week 15 2019) saw our usual array of watches prices from a few hundred to a few thousand if not tens of thousands of pounds, it also saw its fair share of oddities like the MB&F + L’Epee 1839 Medusa. Not one for inclusion here but quite the table ornament.
First watch out that you can actually wear this week, sort of, was the Meccaniche Veloci Icon Mud Trilogy. If 49mm cases are your thing then this is your watch, and if you need to know 4 times zones then this is where the pass the parcel ends. I have not got the foggiest notion who is going to wear this, but clearly folk do as Meccaniche Veloci keep making them.
This one appears to be being worn with a bikers jacket so perhaps one for Rikki!
Something a bit more sensible now the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe Rose Gold. 18kt rose gold and a 40mm wrist presence I really like this watch. Parmigiani makes some cracking watches but they are an absolute dog, depreciation wise on the used market. The way the lugs are set makes this watch wear big for a 40mm but it gives it great stature and a big of wrist presence, which you would want if you spent 29,500 CHF on it new.
A couple of releases much further down the pricing spectrum now, from Victorinox the Swiss Army Field Force Collection and the Swiss Army Alliance Automatic. all pretty humdrum here from Victorinox a mish-mash selection of Chronographs and Time/date three-handers in Swiss Quartz for the Field Force and ETA 2892-2 for the Army Alliance all decent enough with a long battery life and they will be a tough as old nails and all only a few hundred Swiss Francs the stand out for me is probably the Field Force Day Date in White.
Now for something a bit special. The Longines HydroConquest Black Ceramic I have always struggled with just where Longines sits in the watch pantheon, there just always seems to me to be a better alternative to any particular model, but with this while there are obvious comparisons to some Breiling, Tudor and Tag Models that will similarly perform to this Longines, if this watch looks as good in real life as the pictures it will give them all a good run for their money.
Now it is Hamiltons turn with the Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Panda Blue, a pretty watch a good size (40mm) with 100m water resistance and those Panda looks but at 2,150 CHF it sits in a rather odd pricing slot, seeming quite expensive for what it is. Lovely watch though.
Now this little baby blue number took me by surprise. The Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Garage Italia. This looks gorgeous, if I had the serious wad of cash this 100 piece limited edition will need, would I consider it, mmmm, briefly, before coming to my senses, but that is still a good deal longer then I would normally give a Hublot. This partnership between Hublot and the Car Customizer Garage Italia is set to produce a good few more limited editions in time, maybe they will continue to grow on me.
Next up is a bit of surprising oddball the Oris Bucherer Blue Editions Divers 65 Chronograph i say oddball because of the price 3,950CHF does to me seem a bit out of step with the rest of the line for what is not noted as a limited edition. It is a great watch but if you wanted an Oris of this nature go for the Limited edition bronze Carl Brashear.
A nicely priced plain diver now from Mido the Mido x Red Bull Ocean Star Diver 600. This 75th-anniversary watch in partnership with Red Bull Cliff Diving (nutters) is a tank-toughh daily wearer that will not break the bank and wont break in daily use. 600m water resistant with a ton of SuperLuminova and ETA powered with great decoration and COSC-certified you wont do much better than this for $1700.
Finally, we have a brand I am not terribly familiar with and the Mauron Musy Armure MU03. A titanium bruiser at 44mm and with the USP of a gasket free water sealing system reliable to its full 300m rating, this watch looks quite the beast, back, and front.
It is a full in-house caliber and as you can see below comes marketed with its own OTT video. You can’t beat a Rock and Orchestral accompaniment trying to make the slow and steady process of watch manufacture exciting.
There is a clear winner this week for watch of the week and that is the Longines HydroConquest Black Ceramic. I will have to seek one of these out to see if it lives upto its press realse coverage on the wrist, i suspect it will
Tell us in the comments who gets your vote.
See you all next week.