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Welcome to the Scottish Watches Podcast – Episode 357! It’s been a week where British watchmaking power has been in full display with collaborations between Fears and Garrick and between Bremont and Bamford. The later gets a live unboxing in todays show. Also from these parts, Christopher Ward launched a new collection that takes inspiration from the most iconic diver and dive watch that made divers as popular as hey are today.
From Switzerland, Formex renews their Essence Leggera collection with a new 41mm size and continue to present extraordinary value especially for their case in this case, pun very much intended, which is extremely light, strong, hypoallergenic, anti-magnetic, and corrosion resistant. Dave spends some time in Switzerland and so has many tails to regale us with, including a space conspiracy.
Wrist check: Dave is wearing his new Oris Propilot X Calibre-400/01 Salmond dial He had a picture ready and even found a building to go with the watch. I’m liking this new Dave. Using a Victorinox Swiss army knife Rikki opens a package containing the… Bremont x Bamford s500 This collaboration (250 pieces) takes the 43mm x 16.5mm S500 Trip-Tick case, introduced in 2009 as Bremont’s first mechanical dive watch, water-resistant to 500m, and adds Bamford’s signature DLC ‘Jet’ black treatment from the case back, etched with the profile of the Supermarine S6B Schneider Trophy Seaplane (predecessor to the Spitfire), to the bezel.
The case is topped with a domed sapphire crystal and black ceramic bezel insert with raised polished numerals and markers. The sandwich California dial pops with the hour markers and numerals apertures giving way to the solid ‘California Blue’ Super-LumiNova disk beneath. The same lume is present in the arrow hands. This color combination is taken to the black sailcloth with light blue side stitch and Jet treated pin buckle. Powering this piece is the caliber 11 1/2’’ BE-36AE, modified to have a glucydur balance, anachron balance spring, nivaflex mainspring, and increased shock resistance from a modified automatic winding bridge. The watch is Chronometer rated to ISO 3159 standard. RRP: £3,995What we’ve been up to: On his travels to Switzerland Dave picked up the new Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date while catching up with his palls over there. Montblanc-1858-collection Alaska 1 titanium Prototype reference 5-003 from 1969 Pictures of the 10th anniversary of the #speedytuesday are coming soon:
Rikki went to the big boy Porsche shop in Glasgow and got himself the Cayman S 981.
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Rikki’s MAD 1 Red News: NEW Fears Garrick The piece comes with a Garrick case that’s been fully polished and given a curvaceous profile that makes it sit more elegantly on the wrist than the 42mm x 10mm dimensions suggest. The Old English White with paper-like matte white finish is adorned with Fears’ signature minute track, blued open-worked hands, and applied Arabic numerals of Fears’ exclusive Edwin style that have been diamond polished and coated in black gold. The Garrick hand-wound caliber UT-G04 provides the placement of the small seconds at 10 o’clock along with the black and red power reserve indicator at 2 o’clock, and of course, the in house free-sprung Trinity balance revealed through the aperture at 6 o’clock. Through the display case back we see that it features screwed and hand-polished chatons, hand frosting on the three-quarter plate, and black polished rhodium-plated bridges. It’s available to order today exclusively via Fears, retailing for £19,500 inc. VAT (£16,250 ex. VAT) with delivery commencing in December. 10-15 watches will be made every year. NEW Christopher Ward Aquitaine (Christopher Ward C65 Aquitaine Launch Watch Review)The line is named for the ancient Aquitaine region of southwestern France which was the birthplace of Jacques Cousteau. The Aquitaine line launches with six different models. All the watches use the signature Light-catcher™ case which is 41mm in diameter. It has been revised for improved water resistance of 200m and the lug tip to lug tip length has been reduced to 46.7mm. Every element of the watch has been revised and improved. The most obvious is the curved sapphire bezel. Sapphire allows a much broader range of colors than ceramic and Christopher Ward have made use of this with the C65 Automatic which comes with Seamoss Green, Marine Blue, and White sand dials with green or blue bezels. The colors are deep and lush and complement the diamond-polished hands. The C65 Aquitaine GMT is launched with a White Sand dial with a blue bezel and a blue-tipped GMT hand. Each of the Aquitaine watches has a date at 6 o’clock. The final watch in the range is a bronze, COSC-certified automatic. The bronze case compliments the Marine Blue dial perfectly. The Christopher Ward wordmark has been removed from the dial and is now engraved on the rotor. The Twin-Flags logo is applied at 12 o’clock and this will be the pattern for all Christopher Ward watches going forward. Unfortunately, as watches become more mainstream the chances of unwanted attention increases. As we’ve seen in the past week Amir khan got robbed at gunpoint in London for 71k watch and Charles Leclerc was robbed when posing for a group photo for 300k RM67. These are just two examples so remember to take safety precautions. Maybe give another listen to Scottish Watches Podcast #251 : Chatting With The Police – How To Avoid Getting Robbed On The Street, Defrauded and More NEW Formex Essence Leggera Available in the original 43mm size and a new smaller 41mm version. The case comes in under40g thanks to their proprietary carbon fiber composite making the Essence Leggera extremely light, strong, hypoallergenic, anti-magnetic, and corrosion-resistant. The new collection includes five dials that are different in looks but all ensure perfect legibility due to the contrast and finishing of hands and hour markers, which are deep filled with BGW9 Super-LumiNovalume. They are the Forged Carbon, Cool Grey, Electric Blue, Arctic White, and Mamba Green, starting at US$1,640.00. Powering them is the Sellita SW200-1 Automatic movement that’s been COSC certified. A wide array of straps are available and are equipped with their patented folding clasp that features a gradual fine adjustment system. Check out – Talking Seiko & Watches and Wonders with Scottish Watches William Wood and Saltire – The Collaboration Of A Watch Company and Motorbike Customiser for Charity Foosball Rapid Fire Questions with Francois-Henry and Max Büsser | Icon Vs Icon Episode 1 Foosball Rapid Fire Questions with Kevin O’Leary and H.E. Omar Al Olama | Icon Vs Icon Episode 2 Foosball Rapid Fire Questions with Mohammed Seddiqi and Wei Koh | Icon Vs Icon Episode 3
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