Category: Hands-On Reviews

Hands-On Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds

The Skinny Diameter: 40mm Thickness: 12.25mm Movement: HMC 200 Water Resistance: 12 ATM (120m) Price: $21900 We first saw the Streamliner case in January 2020 when it housed the limited edition Flyback Chronograph. With a name inspired by the streamlined locomotives from the 30s and 40s, the design was a divergence from Moser’s normal style… Read more »

Hands-On Oris Hangang Limited Edition Aquis

The Skinny 43.5mm pointer date with small seconds and rotating timing bezel $2800 International Efforts to Restore Waterways When Oris began making limited editions that supported restoration of waterways and reef systems, it seemed as if they would – like so many other companies – kind of stick with one or two of these mission-based… Read more »

Hands-On Tutima Patria 6601-02 Dual Time

The Skinny Diameter: 43mm Thickness: 11.2mm Movement: Tutima Caliber 619 Water Resistance: 100m Price: $19,500 Ask a watch enthusiast to name the most famous watchmaker in Glashütte, and that honour would likely be bestowed on A. Lange & Söhne. Or, maybe Glashütte Original. Or, if you like your watches modern, perhaps Nomos. I doubt many… Read more »

Hands-On Everest Bands – Summer Swap-out

I always thought that the Everest tie-in with Rolex was silly. That bit of marketing seemed like something from the Mad Men era. Turning Sir Edmund Hillary’s summiting Mount Everest into a half-page magazine advertisement that failed to resonate with me personally. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “Everest” as the highest point: climax, apex. Ok, that’s… Read more »

Hands-On Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT

The Skinny Diameter: 42mm Thickness: 11.5mm Movement: PF044 (In-House) Water Resistance: 100m Price: $24,900 as tested As an engineer with a passion for watches and how they are made, for me one of the most intriguing aspects of the Parmigiani story is how a relatively small manufacturer became one of the most vertically integrated in… Read more »

Hands-On Hublot’s $5200 Smart Watch

The Skinny 42mm Wear OS digital module $5200 (titanium) $5800 (ceramic) It’s a Computer Existentially speaking, whether a computer-watch is a watch at all is a divisive question. My personal take: computer-watches are watches only in that they tell the time and fit on your wrist. Otherwise, I consider these devices computers. When Hodinkee put… Read more »

Hands-On Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition Aquis in Steel

The Skinny 43.5mm GMT complication with rotating 24-hour bezel $2800 Objectively Speaking by Allen Farmelo A friend and editor at Fortune Magazine, Daniel Bentley, frequently asks me a rather helpful question when it comes to evaluating products: Does the thing do what it set out to do, and, if so, how well? You’d be amazed… Read more »

Hands-On Alpina Seastrong Gyre Made From Upcycled Ocean Plastics

The Skinny 44mm AL-525 movement, based on Sellita’s SW-200 Case made from upcycled ocean plastics $1595 (with $100 going to support The National Parks) SCUBA & Mountains About six years ago I bought my first Alpina, and I was struck with how nice the watch was, despite its low price point. I’ve come to believe… Read more »

Hands-On Moser & Cie. Venturer Small Seconds Concept in Arctic Blue

The Skinny 42.8mm Solid Gold Case Manual-wind HMC 327 in-house movement $25,500 A Magical Dial Two women have gasped upon seeing this watch. A third woman said, “Whoh, let me see that,” and her husband said, “Wow, that’s really something.” Typically my watches, which are mostly steel tool affairs, don’t illicit much reaction from women… Read more »