Category: Hands-On Reviews

Hands-On Review – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 37mm Frosted Gold

The Skinny Diameter: 37mmThickness: 10mmMovement: Calibre 3132 In-house automaticWater Resistance: 50 MPrice: $118,700 Small But Mighty I have always looked at the watches in my collection as snapshots of different periods of my life, not to mark any special occasion, but rather as highlights of my impulsive personality. You’d expect to find evidence of purchase… Read more »

Hands-on Review – Tudor Black Bay Bronze

reviewed here is my favorite of them all. It’s so murky. The slate gray is so flipping good and it’s a color that will not be found on a modern Rolex. Dare to be born!

Hands-On Review – The Brew Metric – Retro Dial

Brew Metric Retro

The Skinny Diameter: 36 mm Lug to lug: 41.5 mm Thickness: 10.75 mm Water Resistance: 50 M Movement: Hybrid VK68 Meca-Quartz Chronograph (Seiko) Price: $395 What’s Hot at Brew? Brew is a well-known microbrand founded in 2015 by designer Jonathan Ferrer. Industrial espresso machines provided the curious inspiration for this coffee-themed watch brand. Microbrands, while… Read more »

Hands-on Review – WMT Royal Marine Subdiver MKII Limited

WMT appears to have a great pulse on the most desirable homages. WMT watches pay tribute to some of the most expensive and rare vintage watches, primarily Rolexes. WMT seems to have mastered the balance of desirability, respecting the original, and making the watches slightly their own. That’s unusual. 

Hands-On Review – Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Hebdomadaire

The Skinny Dimensions: 42.3 x 32.1 x 11.7mm Material: 18ct Rose Gold Water Resistance: 30m Movement: Cal. PF110, Date, Power Reserve Strap: Hermès Leather, 18ct Rose Gold Clasp Price: $34,800 First Impressions The Kalpa Hebdomadaire immediately felt upmarket. There’s no doubt. Once I got past the gold, I couldn’t wait to get the dial under… Read more »

Hands-On Review – The Valjoux Lemania Soccer Watch

The Skinny Diameter:  40 mm Thickness:  14.8 mm Lug to Lug:  43 mm Movement:  Lemania 5100 The Oxymoronic Watch? None other than legendary watch collector Chuck Maddox coined the term “Valjoux Lemania” to describe this watch. Issued by the Lemania brand in 1993, it commemorated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Valle de… Read more »

Hands-On Review – Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph

The Skinny 40mm x 13.6mm ETA-based Calibre L895 with proprietary chronograph module $3000 Some Context Longines makes around 1.2-million watches a year, and the Heritage Collection from which this chrono derives makes up only a small percentage of that annual output. And yet, for the past ten years or so Longines has been re-issuing (and… Read more »

Collector Guide – Breitling Navitimer Slide Rule Instructions

By Gary Bedrosian and Greg Bedrosian Beyond The Dial is pleased to welcome mathematician, aerospace enthusiast, and physicist, Gary Bedrosian, PhD to assist the watch enthusiast community with a deep dive into the slide rule instructions for the Breitling Navaitimer. Gary also happens to be my father and it was truly special to collaborate with… Read more »

Hands-on Review-King Seiko KSK Re-creation (SJE083)

The Skinny Diameter: 38.1 mm Thickness: 11.4 mm Accuracy: +15 to -10 seconds per day Lug to Lug: 44.7 mm Water Resistance: 50 M Movement: Caliber 6L35 (automatic with 45 hour power reserve, hand winding, hacking seconds, date, 26 jewels, 28,800 vph) Price: $3,300 Limited to: 3,000 As An Owner… King Seiko needs no introduction… Read more »