The image above gives us a look at the other side of the watch. Immediately noticeable is the presence of a button, residing exactly where the crown is usually located. This button serves no other purpose then winding the automatic movement, and as such, it cannot be used to set the time. Our first thought upon seeing this rather unusual feature concerned the setting of the time when GPS reception is not available—like at a time when the watch is used indoors, at a location where there is no reception, or in an unlikely post-apocalyptic scenario.
Aside from a feature set including Bremont's first flyback chronograph and a GMT complication, the Codebreaker serves as a tribute to Bletchley Park, home to Britain's WWII code-breaking force. Bletchley Park had a profound impact on the outcome of WWII and thanks to great minds like Alan Turing and successfully decrypted code from the German Enigma and Lorenz machines. Each Bremont Codebreaker incorporates actual artifacts from Bletchley Park, such as the serial number which is taken from a punch card used to process information during the war. Furthermore, the Codebreaker's winding rotor incorporates metal from an actual German Enigma machine and the crown is capped with a pine insert taken from the floor of Bletchley Park's famed Hut 6. The mere fact that a watch like the Codebreaker even exists is wild and it may be the absolute coolest way to own a piece of WWII history. Price is ,500.
H. Moser & Cie Nomad Dual Time
In September 2013 I returned to Hong Kong and once again spent time with Kentex at the Watch & Clock Fair. Finally I was able to sit down with the CEO and discuss more about the brand and see their newest pieces. I don't think Kentex quite knows how nice their watches are for the price. Brands I am more typically familiar with charge a lot more for this level of quality. I would easily put Kentex quality up there with Seiko and Citizen's best, if not even better. Kentex designs are much more restrained given that most of them are derivatives of Western-designed watches. While I can love me some Seiko, Citizen, and Orient all day long, I can often feel that their designs are fuddled in an attempt to add too much into each package. It is well established that the "less is more" design ethos is less refined in most Asian-designed watches - though that is merely an average, not the rule.
Like the previous Bathyscaphe, the distinctive rectangular hands on this one are filled with SuperLuminova as are the hour markers and the pearl inside the diamond shaped 60 minutes marker on the bezel. Just a clean execution of a simple diving watch dial. The only colored accent on this watch is the red tip of the chronograph hand which help contrast it with the rest of the dial and index markers.
Earlier this year, Alpina announced a new line of watches designed to echo the sporting philosophy of their roots. The new Alpiner collection joins their Startimer (pilot) and Seastrong (diver) lines and draws inspiration from legacy models and the brand's rekindled relationship with Alpinist lifestyles. Within the Alpiner collection there is a sportier subset consisting of a chronograph and a GMT, collectively known as the "Alpiner 4." The "4" title is in reference to what Alpina believes are the four essential elements of a sports watch - anti-magnetic, anti-shock, water-resistance and stainless steel. With a modern and well proportioned design along with a sports watch ideology and Alpina's expertise in producing a high-quality yet accessible watch, the Alpina Alpiner GMT 4 is deserving of a closer look.
Baume & Mercier has been releasing many interesting watches of late and their Capeland collection deserves a close look for anyone looking for something good-looking, dressy and relatively affordable. If you are a frequent traveler or find yourself having to monitor multiple timezones on a daily basis, the Capeland Worldtimer is a watch that you might want to consider.
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At 42mm wide by 48mm tall, the Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph watches wear modestly, due to the lugless tonneau-style case. That means this isn't a small watch, but is certainly not something that we would refer to as "large." Having said that, there is an enjoyable boldness to the design, which is aided by the prominent thickness of the case (11.5mm thick). The case is in steel and water resistant to 50 meters with a sapphire crystal over the dial.
Baselworld is the ideal place to see rare and interesting pieces that you won't likely find at your local authorized dealer. One such piece that we really enjoyed is the new Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity. Packing a considerable visual punch from an offset dial and fully exposed assortment, the Gravity offers a huge amount of charm and comes in two distinct versions showing two different expressions of a very cool design.