Tag: chronograph

Thoughts On Watches and Wonders 2021. Forget Green Dials, Let’s Talk Rattrapante from Vacheron Constantin & Breitling!

Green dials. That’s all anyone can talk about after Watches and Wonders 2021. Yes, dials are important. Small differences can make a big difference in the market for a watch because the dial is the first thing that you see. But ultimately, dial color choices are about fashion. Green is now the new blue which was the new black which was the new white.

Hands-On Review – The Hemel Airfoil Chronograph

Like all of Hemel’s watches, the Airfoil foregoes superfluous – and often dubious – claims to being “Swiss Made,” or “Assembled in America,” or whatever Euro-centric claim so many smaller watch brands feel they can get away with. Hemels’ marketing materials and watch dials are refreshingly bereft of these shaky claims of single-origin manufacturing, which I’ve dubbed “Vintage Nationalism.”

Hands-On Review – Aquastar Deepstar Diver Chronograph

Why did I melt for this watch before even putting it on? Because the fit and finish of everything on this watch is incredibly high-end. I’m talking top-dollar Swiss brand high-end.

Curating The Collection – Allen Pares Back to Less Than 20 Core Watches

All activity on my personal watch collection has come to a grinding halt since I bought my two Cartier Tanks toward the end of 2020. Having invested in a stereo system and guitar stuff, both of which have been important for me during COVID isolation, my watch funds have been a bit tapped. But the… Read more »

E57 – Beyond The Dial’s Promise To Our Readers & Listeners

Greg knows his Star Wars, Speedmasters and NASA history inside out. Greg’s rebuttal to Allen’s deconstruction of “Grand American Space Narratives” via the Swiss watch industry opens up new ways of thinking about the Omega Speedmaster, humanity’s role in space, and much more.

E55 – Back To Earth With The Omega Speedmaster (with Greg Bedrosian)

Greg knows his Star Wars, Speedmasters and NASA history inside out. Greg’s rebuttal to Allen’s deconstruction of “Grand American Space Narratives” via the Swiss watch industry opens up new ways of thinking about the Omega Speedmaster, humanity’s role in space, and much more.

Hands-On Review – Zenith Chronomaster Sport (1/10th Second Chronograph)

The resultant CNC’d filigree appeals to my engineer’s eye just as much a haute horology movement does to my artist’s heart. Zenith’s caliber 3600 has that skeletonized-grey look of the Oris Pro-Pilot X and reminds me this is more like a Terminator movie than The Great Gatsby.

E54 – Drifting Through Space With The Omega Speedmaster

Allen finally takes on this horological masterpiece, which he’s never really felt anything for at all – perhaps until now. From musicological analysis of Phillip Glass’s minimalist music to deconstructing nationalist narratives, this episode doesn’t critique Omega’s branding of the Speedmaster as much as it critiques modern branding entirely.