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Linde Werdelin Oktopus Tattoo (Live Pics)
by Kyle Stults on November 21, 2013

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Tattoo Cover Art

This new piece recently unveiled by Linde Werdelin features a rose gold case that has been intricately tattooed engraved with an octopus.  Long time Perpetuelle readers and LW fans already know that this is the brand’s second “tattoo” piece (remember the original Oktopus Tattoo?), and like the last one no level of detail has been spared.  However, this time the watch also features LW’s in-house moon-phase complication further adding to its appeal (I’ve long been a fan of LW’s special moonphase, as discussed earlier this year); on this particular piece, however, the various moon phases are hand-drawn for a very nice visual effect.  It is nice to see Linde Werdelin continue to evolve the Oktopus collection over time, with this latest iteration reflecting a solid combination of ornamental design and a robust craftsmanship. Hands-on pics/pricing/more info below.
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Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Dive Watch
by Kyle Stults on October 14, 2013

Carl F Bucherer Logo

Carl F Bucherer ScubaTec Dive Watches

I just got word of this great new addition to Carl F. Bucherer’s lineup: the ScubaTec.  As the manufacture celebrates its 125th anniversary this year we have already seen the brand introduce its own in-house tourbillon and now this.  This is Bucherer’s first dive watch and I must say it is a great looking a well spec’d 3-hand dive watch.  As a brand known largely for its refined, contemporary, and sophisticated dress watches and travel timers, watch enthusiasts will find this to be a a great addition to the CFB family.

A closer look, on the click

Alpina 300 Extreme Diver Orange
by Kyle Stults on August 01, 2013

ALPINA 300 Extreme Diver 300 Orange

This month Alpina officially launched its Extreme Diver 300 Orange range, featuring one automatic and one mid-size quartz model.  These watches are a color-based extension of the Extreme Diver range which my colleague James Bond introduced you to early last year.  As the name implies, the Extreme Diver 300 Orange is water resistant to a depth of 300m/1000ft.   The case is stainless steel, 44mm for the automatic and 38mm for the mid-size quartz.
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Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red
by Kyle Stults on July 01, 2013

First look…

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red on side

Here’s an early preview of a watch that Linde Werdelin will officially unveil this coming Thursday, July 4.  The new Double Date Titanium Red features bold red detailing on the titanium-colored dial, with an equally bold matching red rubber strap (a black textile strap is also available).  It joins the growing Oktopus II family as the third such Okto II to be executed in titanium (the other two Ti models are yellow (I reviewed one this time last year) and blue).
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Omega Seamaster 300m Diver “ETNZ” Limited Edition
by Kyle Stults on June 27, 2013

Omega and ETNZ logo

OMEGA Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition


Yesterday in San Francisco, OMEGA unveiled the new Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition timepiece at a special event with Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper (and Omega Ambassador) Dean Barker. Designed to commemorate the 34th America’s Cup and celebrate OMEGA’s partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand (“ETNZ”), the new timepiece features a 44mm stainless steel case with matte black ceramic bezel ring, and is powered by the Omega co-axial calibre 3330 with regatta timing capability (indicated at 3 o’clock) — and a great red and black color set.
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Rolex Ref 1665 “Single-Red” Sea-Dweller Sells for $383,000
by Kyle Stults on June 10, 2013

Single-Red, Single-Owner, Missing Bezel ?!?!…

1967 Rolex Ref 1665 Single-Red Sea-Dweller Sothebys

Today was Sotheby’s “Important Watch and Clocks” sale in New York. Although a bit light on high-dollar pedigree, it was a strong auction for the lots that did go up, save for a few (see ‘Other lots of note’ below). Of the 258 lots offered, about 95% went above the estimated range — some significantly so.

The top lots, both at $461,000, were a Patek Ref 5013P minute repeater perpetual calendar and a diamond-set white gold Chopard L.U.C tourbillon (pre-sale est. $100-$150,000), but perhaps more headline-worthy was a 1967 Rolex Ref 1665 “Single-Red” Sea-Dweller which sold for a whopping $383,000. The pre-sale estimate on this piece was a mere $60,000-$80,000, but it seems that collector’s could not resist the provenance of this piece. And who could blame them — this Single-Red Sea-Dweller was also “Single-Owner” (since 1967), the property of a an accomplished American Navy diver. The “original owner” status along with the relative rarity of the Single-Red Sea-Dweller in all its ‘character’ made this piece highly coveted — a superb collector’s catch in today’s world of high-dollar collecting. Never mind that the bezel is missing, bid it up!

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Deep Sea Challenge: Explorer James Cameron Recounts Voyage to Bottom of the Sea (and the Rolex that went with him)
by Kyle Stults on June 01, 2013

Recommended Reading…

James Cameron by Mark Thiessen

Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic

In the June 2013 edition of National Geographic magazine, explorer James Cameron provides a first-person account of his unprecedented (well, I guess Piccard + Walsh did it in 1960 with a Rolex, too) voyage to the deepest known spot of the ocean, the Challenger Deep.  This is the first first person account of the mission that I am aware of, and it is well worth the read.   


rolex deepsea challenge watch

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I believe that Cameron’s mission will go down in the annals of history as one of the greatest exploration voyages ever undertaken by man, and I have great respect and admiration for extreme explorers such as Cameron (and Zenith-sponsored extreme explorer Felix Baumgartner (of Red Bull Stratos fame), who is also profiled in the issue).

In his multi-page, journal-style account, Cameron even mentions the Rolex Deepsea Challenge watch which accompanied him on the dive:

35,756 feet [deep]…Core sample safe on board, I take a moment to shoot a close-up of the Rolex Deepsea watch for the Swiss firm that has partnered with us on the expedition.  The watch, strapped to the manipulator arm, is still ticking, despite 16,300 pounds per square inch of pressure.  In 1960, as part of a U.S. Navy project, Lt. Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard dived in the massive bathyscaph Trieste to the same depth, the only other humans to ever do so.  They also brough a specially built Rolex, and it too withstood the pressure just fine…”


You can read Cameron’s account of the voyage  here at National Geographic>>>


Flashback to Perpetuelle’s coverage of the expedition, replete with multiple images in which I identified the Rolex affixed to the outside of Cameron’s explorer vessel: Rolex Deepsea Challenge:  Deepest Point On Earth

Also if interested, check out my 2010 hands-on encounter with the “original” Rolex Deep Sea Special:  Perpetuelle Special Report:  The Rolex Deep Sea Special (the Rolex taken by Jacques Piccard and Lt. Don Walsh to the bottom of Challenger Deep in 1960)

CLERC Hydroscaphe H1 Chronometer (Hands-On)
by Kyle Stults on May 02, 2013

Clerc Hydroscaphe H1 Chronometer Red Hand

Since I first learned about Clerc a few years ago I’ve been a fan of the brand.  I’ve reviewed a couple of the Geneva-based brand’s watches over the years (Hydroscaph Titanium 1000m and one soon to be published), and I’ve always been impressed with their quality and strong identity code.  Last week I finally had a chance to meet the man behind the brand, the fourth generation family man carrying on the Clerc legacy, Mr. Gerald Clerc.  Team Clerc was most generous to sit down with me and discuss their 2013 pieces.  Being a small brand, Clerc does not release a lot of new models, maybe one per year.
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Hublot Oceanographic 1000m Carbon (Hands-On)
by Kyle Stults on April 29, 2013

Views from Baselworld 2013…

For my Hublot friend in Canada, especially for you, enjoy.

Hublot Oceanographic 1000m Carbon

Hublot Oceanographic 1000m Carbon Watch

Hublot Oceanographic 1000m Carbon 2013

Hublot Oceanographic 1000m 2013

Hublot Oceanographic 1000m King Gold

Hublot Oceanographic 1000m Carbon Dial

As an aside, the “quick change” push-button strap system Hublot has developed is beyond compare.  Really impressive.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
by Kyle Stults on April 26, 2013

Baselworld 2013…

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe on StrapsCelebrating the 60th anniversary of the first diving piece, Blancpain this year presents the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaph.  Created in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms by Blancpain has become among the most famous diver’s watches.  The vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe presented in a 2013 includes men’s and women’s versions.  This is a very distinct and great looking watch, with some excellent strap pairings, and a ceramic bezel with graduated scale in Liquidmetal® (a high-tech metal that first popped up in the Omega SMPO in 2009, but has also been used in Breguet and now Blancpain — all Swatch Group brands).
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