BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Original

BALL fancies itself the G-SHOCK of mechanical watches. They reckon their timepieces are ideal for hurricanes hunters, big wave surfers, aviators piloting the world’s fastest airplane and first responders rescuing daredevils in daunting conditions. The BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Original has a relatively simple mission: provide an affordable alternative to the Rolex Submariner. Mission accomplished? On one level, no . . .

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Oris AquisPro Cal 400 Diver

In 1986, Finland’s Suunto Watches introduced the first dive computer: the SME-ML. At that moment, the traditional mechanical and quartz dive watch was doomed. Divers abandoned the genre for anything other than post-dive preening. Oris stayed the horological course, of course. The Swiss watchmaker has just unleashed the new Oris AquisPro Date Cal 400 for “professional” divers. It differs from standard Aquis models in several important ways . . .

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Audemars Piguet 15202ST Royal Oak RIP

“The 15202, aka ‘Jumbo,’ is the clearest contemporary connection back to the original Royal Oak in steel as conceived by watch design virtuoso GĂ©rald Genta,” HoDinkee asserts, correctly. And now the Audemars Piguet 15202ST is gone. Speaking on AP’s Social Club video feed (41:50), CEO Francois Bennahmias dropped the bomb . . .

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Sinn 105 Design Analysis

There are three reasons why Sinn’s carved out a special place in the traditional watch market. First, they’re German. The now-unified nation has a well-deserved reputation for precision instruments, from fine watches (A. Lange & Sohne) to luxury automobiles (Mercedes). Second, Sinn is a privately owned, independent watchmaker. They’re not chasing market share at the expense of quality. Third, Sinn has a distinct design philosophy. Their tool watches are easy to spot, easy to own. The Sinn 105 rests on this bedrock, but it’s not without its faults. But first, a little context . . .

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Which Watch to Dress for Success?

A man’s watch is usually his only form of jewelry. When a man wears a watch – any watch – he’s sending a message. His watch tells the world something about his taste, lifestyle, philosophy and income. Many people are oblivious to the message (at least consciously). Some pay close attention (e.g., readers of this website). To dress for success, to choose the right watch to project your status/excellence, consider basic psychology . . .

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