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8/2/17 4:08 PM

The water resistance printed on the case back of a watch is often a source of confusion for many watch wearers. The common misconception is the depth printed is the literal depth a watch can go to, i.e., a watch with a 50m resistance can go up to 50m deep. This really isn’t the case. What a water resistance rating means is that the watch is able to withstand 50m worth of pressure.

As a general guideline, watches with 30m or 50m water resistance can be exposed to light splashes of water while washing hands. Watches with 100m water resistance, ideally with a screw-down crown, can be used for recreational swimming. Watches with 200m water resistance can be used for recreational diving; while watches used for professional diving should be rated to 300m or more.

How does this relate to Singapore’s weather, you ask? Well, rain or shine pretty much sums up Singapore’s climate but the unpredictability of the climate poses a conundrum for us folks when we dress for the day. As we witnessed the mercury rise mercilessly towards the end of July and the start of August, that dry spell came to an abrupt end as the heavens opened and lashed rain upon us, to the extent that some of us wished for the blazing sun again.

At times, these drastic climate changes occur in a single day. What if we’re ever caught dead in a torrential rain while wearing a watch with less than adequate water resistance? Is it able to hold up to such conditions? We picked out a few watches with 100m water resistance that we feel is well suited to face Singapore’s tropical weather head on. Why 100m? Because we’re kia si, aka better be safe than sorry! 

Schaumburg Urbanic 2

With a clean, unobtrusive dial combined with a beefy sports case, a modern sports watch is how we’d describe the Urbanic 2. Its monochromatic colour is a smart option that allows you to easily wear it to the gym, the office and finally a poolside party seamlessly. With its more-than-adequate water resistance, you needn’t be too worried in case you’re thrown into the pool as part of the party shenanigans.

Zeppelin Night Cruise

The Night Cruise by Zeppelin is aptly named for its all-black sporty design, which incidentally is one of the most popular styles in the watch market. Hints of red and white accents for the hand, day and power reserve indicators offer maximum legibility. With a water resistance of 100m and a rubber strap, it’s clearly a watch designed to take on both wet and dry weather with ease.

Junkers Tante

If you recall our previous piece on watches that could fit just about all occasions, the Tante is one that would easily fit into that category. However, since we only wanted to highlight 3 watches back then, the Tante was reserved for another time i.e., now. A beautiful corrugated dial design, a slim case profile and modest case diameter makes it an ideal everyday watch. But what seals the deal really, is the sapphire crystal and a 100m water resistance that is sure to withstand more than just a drizzle.

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Ever wished you had a watch that you could wear to all (if not most) occasions – work, parties, formal events or everything else in between? While sartorial rules have blurred over the years, you might not want to be caught dead wearing an overly chunky watch to a boardroom meeting, lest you stand out for the wrong reasons.

Fret not though; we’re here to help with three watch selections. The three watches we’ve picked measure 40mm in diameter and are cased in stainless steel, versatile enough for just about any occasion.

Corniche Heritage 40 Visage No. 2

The Visage is unmistakably formal looking, thanks to its sharp dauphine hands and slim profile. The Visage definitely looks the part when worn under a sleek suit for the office or boardroom meetings. However, don’t be afraid to dress it down. The applied Arabic numerals has a sort of playful tone that brings down the formality by just a notch, making it a good option for smart casual outfits as well. Its neutral grey ensemble is versatile enough to match most colours in your #OOTD. 

March LA.B AM1 Forest

The AM1 Forest by French makers March LA.B is perhaps the watch you could wear to all occasions. The watch is rated to 100 meters of water resistance so go ahead and have drinks in the swimming pool at the beach bar, wearing the AM1 Forest on your wrist. Its dark green coloured dial and steel bracelet makes it a fail-safe option when matching with various outfits for work, play, or formal events. The watchcase is a far cry from the usual watchcases with its multi faceted design, making it an excellent conversation starter at dour meetings.

Junkers Bauhaus

As the name suggests, the Bauhaus is minimalistic by nature. Its retro design references and colour combination of silver and rose gold makes it the least formal looking of the lot. While it feels most at home when paired with casual shirts and denim or chino pants, you could still wear it for formal occasions with a simple trick. Depending on your outfit, a switch to a darker coloured strap would transform the Bauhaus to a dressy option for formal events. Its slim case allows it to slip under a cuff effortlessly as well.

To end, we would not recommend wearing the Visage or Bauhaus for sportier occasions due to the nature of the watchcase construction. The slim case profile of both watches and lower water resistance make them less robust, and more susceptible to damages caused by strong impacts and shocks. Well, we did say we’d recommend three watches for just about any – but not all – occasions this time!

Till next time…

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Brand Stories: Point Tec

7/8/15 12:36 PM

Over the course of the next few months, we will be revisiting the background of brands that we carry.  This mini series aims to give readers a brief insight into the brand history and design inspirations of key collections.

Kicking off the series are Zeppelin and Junkers under the Point Tec Group 

Point Tec 

Based in the picturesque village of Ismaning, Munich, Point Tec was founded by Wilhelm Birk in 1987.

In a short span of 28 years, Point Tec has established itself as one of the largest watch manufacturers in Germany. Its annual production tips the scale at 150,000 watches. 

Point Tec watches are proud to bear the tag “Made in Germany” with a focus on timeless watch designs mixed with traditional craftsmanship and technical sophistication. The result? Uniquely designed watches with an excellent price/performance ratio built with the highest product quality.

At Red Army Watches, we are proud to carry two of PointTec’s key brands: Junkers and Zeppelin. 

Junkers

Pilot watches with a twist – that is what Junkers watches are all about. A combination of military and utilitarian aesthetics, the Junkers brand draws inspiration from German engineer, Hugo Junkers (1859 – 1935), and his work.

Brand Highlights

The Iron Annie is perhaps the most significant design in the brand’s stable of models. The uniquely constructed dial mimics the corrugated sheet body of the legendary Junkers aeroplanes, accurately capturing the charm of the aeroplanes. What better way to pay tribute to the Junkers JU52?

The minimalistic styling of the Junkers Bauhaus represented Hugo Junkers’ love for the Bauhaus movement, which was evident in the aesthetics of his aeroplanes. Hugo played an important role in moving the famed Bauhaus Institute from Weimar to Dessau in 1925. Free from extraneous distractions, the watches are elegant enough to be used as a dress watch, yet simple enough to be an everyday watch.

The Hugo Junkers collection is a tribute to the man himself, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Hugo Junkers. The series is a representation of the pioneering spirit, innovation and enduring values Hugo Junkers demonstrated. The collection sees Pilot watches given subtle tweaks in aesthetics and design. Finely finished watchcases paired with domed crystals, powered by high quality movements – regardless of quartz or mechanical – are used in this collection. The results are watches made to the highest quality with the technical prowess for the modern watch wearer to take on the world with confidence.

Zeppelin

Inspired by the pioneering spirit of aeronautics engineer Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838 – 1917), Zeppelin watches are produced to mimic the innovations of the brand’s namesake. A strong dedication to detail and quality saw the brand slowly rising up the ranks to where it is today. 

Brand Highlights

The 100 Jahre Zeppelin pays tribute to the significant feat of 100 airships being built between the year 1900 and 1938. The collection is a combination of classic, elegant elements mixed with modern accents. Created to the exact same standards as the Hugo Junkers collection, the 100 Jahre Zeppelin incorporates some of the finest movements and materials at Point Tec’s disposal into the collection.

The Flatline distinguishes itself from the other vintage or retro styled Zeppelin collections by being the ultra modern collection. Recently updated in 2015, the Flatline features sleek and slim cases, paired with monochromatic hues that will surely appeal to the younger generation of watch lovers. 

LZ129 Hindenburg is named after the German commercial passenger carrying airship. Both airship and watch share a similar trait: a unique shape, unlike any other. The double domed shape of the watch, with its retro styling of the dial made the collection an instant hit.

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