Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-01-20

RISTOLA Plongeur UTC 300M [PEDIGREE begins HERE]

INTRODUCING the PLONGEUR UTC 300M, the debut divers watch from RISTOLA, a new Swiss watch brand based right in the very heart of the Swiss watch-making territory of La Chaux-de-Fonds, where their neighbors include a veritable ‘’who’s who’’ of prestigious watch brands.

Ball Watch Co., Breitling, Corum, Eberhard & Co., Girard-Perreguax, JeanRichard and Tissot; even the water-resistance specialists, Roxer – all hail from La Chaux-de-Fonds, a city in the Neuchatel Canton of Switzerland.



PEDIGREE begins here

With such neighbors, surely RISTOLA would not be wanting for inspiration – however unlike those famous Swiss brands, RISTOLA don’t believe that it necessary to have a hundred years or more of history or big name brand ambassadors to succeed.



When they decided to create their own brand, they wanted to develop watches that adhere to the strictest Swiss horological standards - meaning precision tooling, perfect assembly and thorough testing.

Accuracy, durability, functionality, simplicity, extreme reliability, and COSC and ISO 6425 certification - all bundled into a single purposeful watch – this was the brief that was met by the PLONGEUR UTC.



LIMITED Edition

Introduced in a Limited Edition of just 300 pieces, the RISTOLA Plongeur UTC is a professional divers watch with a modern style created for the sporting professional who is looking for an everyday UTC-capable watch but also wants the credentials of an ISO certified diver.

The Plongeur UTC gives the individual the option of light to heavy water activities for work and recreation, while still offering a great classic look for the office and evenings at out or travelling abroad.



From your DESK to the DEEP

The Plongeur UTC’s 43mm Stainless steel case is driven by a Swiss made ETA automatic 2893-2 COSC Certified Chronometre movement with UTC (coordinated universal time) read via a fourth hand.

It uses dual time zones along with chronometre reliability and accuracy to give its wearer a sense of calm even under the most demanding of conditions.



For DIVING it is equipped with an automatic Helium Escape Valve, a domed anti-reflective Sapphire crystal, a lumed dial, a ceramic bezel, anti-magnetic and anti-shock resistant properties, a screw-down crown and caseback and 300 meters of water-resistance as stipulated for ISO 6425 certification for diving.

They come as standard with tapered Stainless steel divers bracelet



Whether you are traveling from New York to Geneva, are in the Baltic working in the oil and gas industry, diving along the Cote D’Azur or attending a classical concert in Vienna, the PLONGEUR UTC serves all - designed from the ground up to serve as an all-around premium performer.



Enduring QUALITY

RISTOLA watches are created for the discerning individual who appreciates the highest in quality and craftsmanship from a Swiss watch. From the surgical grade Stainless steel cases to the chronometre grade automatic movements, their Professional Series watches have been purpose-built to last a lifetime.

Quality is paramount and they achieve this by following the highest in Swiss watch making standards, as set by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH.



The PLONGEUR UTC’s full Retail PRICE will be 3249USD.

If all 300 units are sold - RISTOLA will introduce a new 3-hand diver for those that seek simplicity in a divers watch without UTC function.



SHIPPING times may vary and are subject to the production schedule of ETA (Our movement supplier), and the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) certification process and the ISO certification for dive watches.

Please follow the link HERE to reserve your Chronometre-grade PLONGEUR / UTC from RISTOLA.

http://www.ristolawatches.com/

MB&F Horological Machine Nº7 AQUAPOD

There’s something lurking down there in the deep – it’s a jellyfish-like creature – an horological, aquatic-time-machine called the HM7 Aquapod from MB&F.

However unlike actual jellyfish with their poisonous tentacles flailing about in the ocean currents –



its tentacles are neatly tucked away inside a 3-dimensional case made up of two massively domed Sapphire crystals on either side of a Grade 5 Titanium or 18K 5N+ Red Gold case band.



A cambered unidirectional ceramic bezel floats outside the main case, while dual crowns are located between the two structures: the one on the left is for winding the movement (if necessary) and the crown on the right is for time-setting.

The oversized crowns have been ergonomically designed for ease of use, even when manipulated with wet fingers.



The numerals and markers of the bezel were first laser-etched after which the engraved sections were filled with metalized Titanium. The whole ring was then polished to a high gloss.



When I said that the bezel of the Aquapod floats on top of its case – this wasn’t word-play – unlike a regular diver’s bezel that is attached to the watch case, it actually floats separately from the main case kind of like a life buoy.



Dimensions of the Aquapod’s 90-component case include a diameter of 53.8mm with a thickness of 21.3mm.



Water-resistance is limited to just 50 meters which means that, while it isn’t a true dive watch it is more than fit for active duty in the pool or tub – I mean you’d have to get it wet, right?



The HM7 Aquapod’s jellyfish inspired case is starkly contrasted by its inner-horological prowess coming from an MB&F in-house flying tourbillon regulating the power generated by its tentacle-like automatic winding rotor - transforming it into the display of time.




The winding rotor’s tentacles are crafted from a solid block of Titanium; their very three-dimensional nature makes machining and finishing extremely challenging. Underneath the tentacles, a platinum mass ensures powerful and efficient winding.



Like many jellyfish, the HM7 glows in the dark. It glows where you would expect it to – on the hour and minute numerals –



but also around the inside of the movement, to light up that flying tourbillon at night… and in addition, along the tentacle-like winding rotor so that its operation, too, can be appreciated in the dark.



Because the Aquapod’s tentacles lack the actual ability to latch onto your wrist – it is equipped with an aircraft-grade rubber bracelet moulded in Fluorocarbon FKM 70 Shore an elastomer with folding buckle in either Grade 5 Titanium of Red Gold.



The HM7 Aquapod launches with 33 pieces in Grade 5 Titanium with a blue bezel, and 66 pieces in 18K 5N+ Red Gold with a black bezel.



The MB&F HM7 Aquapod brings a little magic and theater back into to the dive watch sector. 

Our otherwise dusty little corner of the watch industry is seldom treated to such brilliance. What do you think – pretty special, eh?!

MB&F HM7 Aquapod

Something new from the mad labs of MB&F - their foray into the aquatic world of divers watches -



The Horological Machine Nº7 Aquapod is inspired by the jellyfish and comes in a stunning Grade 5 Titanium or Red Gold case.



Water-resistance is just 50 meters but don't let that distract you from what is one of the most marvelous aquatic wristwatches we've ever witnessed!

PANERAI Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG TECH™

See PANERAI’s first ever BMG-TECH™ constructed Professional Diver in motion.



The new Submersible boasts a case constructed from a space-age material known as BMG Tec!



The watch AKA PAM00692 was unveiled, this week at SIHH 2017 as part of SIX new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic models – all powered by Panerai’s in-house 9010 caliber.

2017-01-18

CLERC Hydroscaph CENTRAL Chronograph NEW Editions

CLERC have created three breathtaking new editions of their flagship divers model, the Hydroscaph Central Chronograph.

These three new Hydroscaph Central Chronos will likely have us wanting to reach for the scuba gear and perhaps even becoming a little green with envy!



Introducing the Hydroscaph Central Chronograph, Yellow Sub, Blue Carbon and Green Envy Editions with their –

500 meter water-resistant, High-density Steel or black ADLC-treated High-density Steel cases that consist of 103 components and are fitted with:



crown-activated, locking rotational divers bezels, glare-proofed Sapphire crystal and case-backs with twin Sapphire apertures designed for spying on their –

CLERC exclusive C608-2 Calibers with 51 jewels, 28’800 vib/h, and 44-hour power reserves – the functions of which include: Central Chronograph, Hours, Minutes, Sub-Seconds and date.



Each of their dials are with their own distinctly colored sub-seconds and minute hands - whether that be the submarine yellow of the Sub Yellow, the sporty blue of the Carbon Blue (also with stunning blue carbon fiber bezel) or the Mantis Green of the Green Envy.

In addition they all have - a central chronograph minutes and seconds hands, central hours and minutes hands, sub-seconds at 9 o’clock and a date window at 6 o’clock.



The Hydroscaph Central Chronograph, Yellow Sub, Blue Carbon and Green Envy Editions are presented with their own color-coded Vulcanized rubber divers straps, or water-resistant leather on rubber straps with folding clasps.

Mine's the Yellow Sub – how about you???

2017-01-17

PANERAI Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH™ 3 Days AUTOMATIC 47MM PAM00692

Introducing PANERAI’s first ever BMG-TECH™ constructed Professional Diver, unveiled, today at SIHH 2017 as part of SIX new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic models – all powered by Panerai’s in-house 9010 caliber. Of the 6 new Submersibles –

one is in BRONZO Ref.PAM00671, released as part of the Special Editions collection, one is in ACCIAO (steel) Ref. PAM00682, one is in ORO ROSSO (rose gold) Ref. PAM00684, two are in TITANIO Ref. PAM01305 and Ref. PAM01389 which is also anti-magnetic resistant, and the last one is in a new a brand-new space-age material called BMG-TECH™ Ref. PAM00692.



Of the 6 new Luminor Submersibles 1950 3 Days Automatics – this has to be the stand out model – the Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH™ 3 Days Auto 47MM Ref. PAM00692
And that isn’t just for its stunning blue dial because as far as divers watches are concerned blue is definitely the new black or is that orange – anyway, it’s bang on trend.



The reason that this new Submersible will possibly make more than a few waves and have watch geeks reaching for the Kleenex is owing to its BMG-TECH™ case developed by Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee – it has an invisible but revolutionary innovation that has something to do with Zirconium (a clue taken from the caseback).



Actually the secret of this material lies not so much in its appearance – which is similar to that of Titanium only a darker grey in color but in its atomic structure, which provides a range of very useful qualities for divers watches: extreme resistance to wear, high strength and great lightness.



BMG-TECH™ is in fact harder and lighter than steel but what exactly is it? Okay you asked - it‘s a bulk metallic glass with a disordered atomic structure, obtained through a high-pressure injection process at a high temperature, followed by a cooling process lasting for only a few seconds, so that the atoms do not have enough time to become arranged in an ordered, regular structure - capisce?!



But WTF is Bulk Metallic Glass? I hear you ask! It is a material made from a special glass-like alloy consisting of Zirconium (told you!), Copper, Aluminum, Titanium and Nickel.
The alloy as mentioned above is subjected to a high-pressure injection process at a high temperature and then to a cooling process lasting for just a few seconds, so that the atoms do not have enough time to become arranged in an ordered, regular structure, as normally happens in crystals i.e. no time for crystallization to happen.



The revolutionary BMG-TECH™ material has been used for absolutely everything from the watch’s main case to all of its components such the bezel, case-back, crown and Panerai’s trademark crown-locking device. I have no idea on pricing but you might have to start saving your pennies, now!

PANERAI Luminor SUBMERSIBLE 1950 3 Days Automatic ACCIAIO 42MM PAM00682

Introducing PANERAI’s latest Steel Professional Diver, unveiled, today at SIHH 2017 as part of SIX new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic models – all powered by Panerai’s in-house 9010 caliber. Of the 6 new Submersibles –

one is in BRONZO Ref.PAM00671, released as part of the Special Editions collection, this one is in ACCIAO (steel) Ref. PAM00682, one is in ORO ROSSO (rose gold) Ref. PAM00684, two are in TITANIO Ref. PAM01305 and Ref. PAM01389 which is also anti-magnetic resistant, and the last one is in a new a brand-new space-age material called BMG-TECH™ Ref. PAM00692.



This is the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42MM AKA PAM00682 which is Panerai’s first 42mm in diameter diver. Its Luminor 1950 Stainless steel case is fitted with a unidirectional rotational bezel for calculating dive-time; while the lever device protecting the winding crown ensures water-tightness of the case to 300 meters.



The black dial has applied index markers, the date at 3 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. All the elements on the dial are clear, perfectly legible against the black background and the seconds hand is Panerai blue. The black rubber strap, closed by a trapezoid buckle made of the same material as the case, is both sporty and functional, and it co-ordinates perfectly with the appearance of the new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic watches.



It is powered by the P.9010 automatic caliber with a power reserve of three days, the time remaining being clearly visible through the sapphire crystal back and follow the classic Panerai Submersible design, with the Luminor 1950 case fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel for calculating the time of immersion and the lever device protecting the winding crown.



The black dial has applied index markers, the date at 3 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. All the elements on the dial are clear, perfectly legible against the black background and the seconds hand is Panerai blue. The black rubber strap, closed by a trapezoid buckle made of the same material as the case, is both sporty and functional, and it co-ordinates perfectly with the appearance of the new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic watches.

PANERAI Luminor SUBMERSIBLE 1950 3 Days Automatic ORO ROSSO 42MM PAM00684

Introducing PANERAI’s first ever solid Rose Gold Professional Diver, unveiled, today at SIHH 2017 as part of SIX new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic models – all powered by Panerai’s in-house 9010 caliber.



Of the 6 new Submersibles – one is in BRONZO Ref.PAM00671, released as part of the Special Editions collection, one is in ACCIAO (steel) Ref. PAM00682, one is in ORO ROSSO (rose gold) Ref. PAM00684, two are in TITANIO Ref. PAM01305 and Ref. PAM01389 which is also anti-magnetic resistant, and the last one is in a new a brand-new space-age material called BMG-TECH™ Ref. PAM00692.



This is the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso 42MM AKA PAM00684; as its name suggests it boasts a solid Rose Gold case measuring 42mm in diameter. This is topped with a tough scratch-resistant matte black ceramic bezel. Water-resistant is limited to a depth of 100 meters (10 bar).



It is supplied with the P.9010 automatic caliber with a power reserve of three days, the time remaining being clearly visible through the Sapphire crystal back following the classic Panerai Submersible design, with the Luminor 1950 case fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel for calculating the time of immersion and the lever device protecting the winding crown.



The black dial has applied index markers, the date at 3 o’clock and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. All the elements on the dial are clear, perfectly legible against the black background. The red gold model more sophisticated but with the same sports functionality, has a distinctive element which increases its strong character:

the rotating bezel has a matte black ceramic disc with stud markers which, in conjunction with the graduated scale, enable the time of immersion to be calculated. The red gold used by Panerai is an alloy which has a slightly higher percentage of copper than usual, giving the color a particular intensity, and a small amount of platinum which helps to prevent oxidation of the precious metal.