GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Diver Watch – Turbo Tech & Deep Black
In at least one award last year the Zenith Striking 10th was voted best watch of 2010. The cool character was on many people's minds as it was a highlight of a reinvented brand. The irony of course was that as Zenith reinvented themselves and asked everyone to forget its recent past, they also asked people to recall Zenith's slightly more distant past as the brand was to "rediscover its roots." I really liked the El Primero Striking 10th Chronograph watch - but never really understood the name. This year the Striking 1oth is back, and now wears a Stratos suit of armor.
Using the same case style as the brand's other watches, the Pole Guardian comes in a few color versions and separates itself with the dial design. What you see is one of the most clever AM/PM indicators I have ever seen. It might not be the most minimalistic, but it is the most fun. The way it works is simple once you understand it. Attached to the hour hands are three connected gears. They turn with the time and are located at 12, 6, and 9 o'clock. On them are two numbers representing the time in that hour marker location for the time before or after noon.
Initially available for the Brazilian market, this "Emme" watch is from new brand Dwiss. Silly names I know, but it is a potentially inexpensive way to get a mechanical watch that pretty well resembles what a lot of people like in an Hublot or Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
Conservative sport watch brand Archimede does it again with the new SportTaucher (Sport Taucher) M watch. This diver is a rational man's friend with a sturdy German-made steel case, 300 meters of water resistance and a sapphire crystal. It doesn't aim to excite sot much as it does to simply perform - again, another Teutonic tool.
Left dial: Retrograde Date and Bi-Hemisphere Moon Phase
Over the last few years my interest and respect for Cartier has really grown. Sure, a lot of their timepieces are mass produced, but they have a penchant for good, lasting design. No doubt I am not a fan of all of their watches, but little escapes from their manufacture without being really good for at least some people. Good design - as I am learning more and more - is not easy. Designing something to look outstanding and really cool for 5 minutes is really not that hard. Executing a design that looks good each time you look at it, for years, isn't so easy. In this department, Cartier has succeeded for a long time. I find myself wondering what their secret is.