Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Flying Tourbillon

Corum Admirals Cup Legend 42 Flying Tourbillon

I just caught some details on this watch, will be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2015.  To celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015 Corum will present a flying tourbillon.  Though in the familiar Admiral’s Cup case style, the overall design seems to be lacking that certain something that makes the watch pleasing to the eye.

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Blancpain “Ocean Commitment” Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Ocean Committment

Well it’s been a big week (the new Patek Grandmaster Chime grand comp, and the similarly impressive Vacheron Constantin I showed you before that), but believe me there are many more watches in my queue to show you.  Like this one.  So let’s switch gears a bit and look at this new release from Blancpain.   It has a mouthful of a name — officially the “Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph” — and there’s a reason for that, as I will explain in more detail below.   But the other exciting there here is that this watch is yet another piece with Blancpain’s new high-frequency, in-house chronograph, the F385.  I really like this caliber.

Aesthetically, the Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Flyback is housed in a satin brushed gray ceramic case, with a ceramic crown and ceramic chronograph pushers and a unidirectional blue ceramic rotating bezel marked with liquidmetal indexes.  The blue color theme is carried over to the dial, which offers three subdials for the chronograph counters and small seconds display. On the back of the watch, the movement and winding rotor are visible through the clear case back. The winding this limited series bearing the logo for the Ocean Commitment.

This watch is beautifully designed and proportioned in every way.  And it is a limited, numbered edition of only 250 pieces, the first in a series of LE’s as part of the Ocean Commitment initiative.  More looks and det’s below.
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Hublot, Antikythera, the EXOSUIT, and the EXO4000

Hublot Oceanographic EXO4000 dive watch

In 1901, the “Antikythera” treasure was discovered in Greek waters, where the remains of what is probably the oldest “astronomical calculator” in the world were uncovered.  Hublot became involved with the Antikythera project in 2011 first by lending support to an exhibition at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, then by partnering a major project at the Archaeological Museum of Athens which created a special Antikythera room with a giant armoured, earthquake-resistant display case, manufactured in Switzerland to Hublot’s order, to showcase the remains of the mechanism.  And of course there is also Hublot’s wrist-sized recreation of the Antikythera mechanism, the Hublot “Tribute to Antikythera.”  Whether you like Hublot or not, you gotta admit that they are involved in some rather special projects, the Antikythera here is case in point.   Check out more, below.
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Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Octopus Watch Review

Romain Jerome Octopus #womw #yacht

While adventuring around the Bahamas this summer I brought along with me a Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Octopus.  The Octopus has been out a year or two now, but this was the first time I had a chance to lay hands on the watch.  Overall I found the Octopus to be a worthy island-exploring and water-going companion.  Below is a short video review I prepared…and a boat load of pics.  Enjoy!
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