Omega De ville watches
I was always a bit luke warm about the Tag Heuer Aquaracer watch line. The watches were always nice, but not quite nice enough to excite me. Without a big announcement these new Aquaracer Calibre 5 watches started to appear in stores. Not sure if they are in US stores though. Sources indicate some availability in Europe and Asia. So what about the look of the new line? Tag Heuer has taken the term "Professional" off this line, but they look more professional than the last line. For the first time that I know of, a helium escape valve has been added to the design making them appear much more Omega Seamaster-ish.
One of the new watches takes a case and covers it with vulcanized rubber, for one of the coolest looks of the new line. This style places a thin rubber coating on the surfaces of the watch. The look doesn't exactly make them appear "high-market" but it is functional, and protects the metal underneath. The Tiffany & Co. Mark T-57 had some watches that also experimented with use of vulcanized rubber. There is also the new bracelet/strap quick change feature. A clip on the watch makes these elements modular and easy to change. I like this a lot as depending on your mood or need, a diving watch needs to have a different strap. This is a great functional addition to the Aquatimer line.
CASIO AMERICA, INC., 570 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Dover, NJ 07801 973-361-5400 www.casiousa.com The G-Shock X Surfrider collaboration watch features the Surfrider Foundation logo in the backlight and name on the band, G-Shock’s legendary 200M water resistance & shock resistance, multi-function alarm with snooze, countdown timer, 1/100 Sec. Stopwatch and 29 city world time /29 zones."
The watch itself is a manually wound, 18k gold cased watch with a lot of character. Despite the twisted dimensions, it has an attractive legible face. The construction and design of the watch place it in the 1960s or 70s, maybe a bit earlier. The gold case with a black face and white Roman numeral hands is actually pretty swanky looking. In fact, this would be a cool watch if it was completely vertically eye-shaped. With its intentional disfigurements it is still interesting. I like how the crown even looks crushed up a bit. Something makes me want to suggest that this would be the perfect watch for the Elephant Man.