Welcome back to our weekly installment, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this
weekÂ year were. Â Yes, that’s right – since this is our last edition of the year, I thought I’d cast a little wider net.
First off, let’s take a look at what some of our compatriots have been writing about this week. Â This time of year is certainly no stranger to seeing watch roundups posing as gift guides. Â What I’ve not seen until recently, though, is a roundup of roundups – which is precisely what this article over at WatchTime has for you. Â Pulling from a variety of different sources, you end up with 24 different watches you can consider, from such categories as “Top Watches Under $1000” and “Mechanical Watches Under $2000”. Â You’re likely not shopping for watch now, but it’s interesting to see what gets grouped together. Â And yes, the Seiko Monster does show up.
Over at my other watch-blogging home, aBlogtoWatch, Ariel Adams covers the latest crowd-funded watch from VincenTerra, the Luna. Â What drew me in with this watch are the very realistic globe and moon phase indicators present in the lower portion of the dial. Â Are they practical? Â Not in the least – but then again, if you’re looking at mechanical watches (rather than digital), some measure of practicality has gone out the window already. Â I think it just presents a unique look, and I can only imagine it would be quite fun to see these orbs in motion.
And finally, I’m tossing in a bonus item here (we’ve normally only got two from other sites), as it’s something I hadn’t heard of before, and I happen to really like the color blue. Â Over at WatchReport, they’ve got a writeup on the NOMOS Blaugold. Â Now, when I first saw the pictures, I just thought it meant it would be the blue dial housed in a white gold case – nice looking, to be sure, but not enough to get in this wrapup. Â However, reading the article further indicates that the blue dial is itself galvanized blue gold, and it’s housed in a stainless steel case. Â It’s an interesting use of gold, for sure.
Now, let’s turn our focus to our own pages. Â While there were a lot of popular posts from previous years that made it into top rankings, I wanted to limit things to just what appeared in 2013. Â To be fair to them, we’ll go in order of appearance. Â Showing up almost a year ago, we have our review of the Hamilton Khaki X-Patrol Auto Chrono. Â Overall, I liked the piece, but I wasn’t sure how practical (at least for me) the mechanical slide rule would be. Â All told, though, it’s a compelling chrono coming in at under $1800, with a price befitting the materials, movement, and finish.
Next on down the calendar, we’ve got a much more affordable watch – the HMT Pilot. Â This is a fun little watch (it’s only 35mm in diameter), and it’s coming in for a crazy affordable price – I picked this one up for right around $35 shipped. Â For that cash, you might expect a stripped down watch, and definitely not expect a mechanical. Â But this little manual wound watch definitely hits above it’s price point. Â While I don’t know that this is an everyday watch for me (given it’s smaller size), it’s worked quite nicely as a dressier piece to pair with a suit. Â You also get some great “old school” feel to the watch as well with the hand-painted luminous on the dial. Â All in all, this by far my most affordable purchase of the year.
Next up, we’ve got another Hamilton, this time the Intra-Matic Auto. Â This watch has a great vintage feel, with the front side being just about all-dial, thin hands and indices, and an overall thin package. Â Unlike a vintage find you might grab somewhere, though, this modern take is powered by the ETA 2892-2. Â For a watch under a grand, I think this is a wonderful option for the guy (or gal, I suppose) who’s looking for a classically-styled two-hander with date.
And last, but certainly not least, we’ve got one of my favorite new releases of the year – the Omega Speedmaster ’57. Â The Speedmaster lineup is one that I’ve been paying more attention this year, and I’ve begun to understand why people are so drawn to it and all of its iterations. Â For me, though, I wondered what it would look like with a white dial – and that’s what we got to see with the ’57. Â While you can still get the classic black dial / steel case, we had some other dial (white, blue) and case material (gold, titanium) thrown into the mix. Â Those elements aside, I just plain like the dial layout of the ’57 the best of what I’ve run across – it works well, and is logical. Â If you’d like to read a hands-on review of this model, I did one of those right here.
And that’ll wrap up this edition for this week (and year). Â Thanks again for reading along with us, and showing your interest in what we’re writing about. Â If there’s a brand or model you think we should feature, you can always drop me a line, and we can look into getting a review sample in, or at least writing up a news piece. Â I know what interests me, but I’m also curious to hear what you, our readers, would like to see more of.
Thanks again, and we’ll see you next year.