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Rain or Shine...

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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The Human Touch

11/29/16 4:18 PM

The Human Touch

When we think of machine made watches, what comes to mind is the multitude of watch components manufactured consistently to perfection; or as close to perfection as possible. While these are totally acceptable and even welcomed in certain instances, there are some who may find these watches devoid of soul.

Handmade watches, on the other hand, are different. It has the soul and character of its maker and reflects the watchmaker’s creative process. What may seem like imperfections or inconsistencies are in fact variations inherent in a handmade item. No two pieces are made identical as a result.

Let’s take a closer look at three handmade watches from Red Army Watches’ collection.

Traveller by Schaumburg Watches

The Traveller is aptly named, thanks to the GMT counter at the 3 o’clock position. It allows the wearer to keep track of time in a different time zone. The watch dial is legible without superfluous details on the dial, something German watchmakers have understood and mastered.

Flipping the watch over is where the magic unfolds. The flinqué, perlage and engraved balance cork combine to form a stunning view of the beautifully hand decorated movement. Much of this is credited to master engraver Jochen Benzinger. Jochen specializes in the art of hand finishing, be it skeletonising, engraving or guilloché. He is part of the dynamic duo behind Grieb & Benzinger renowned for their luxury project watches. Schaumburg Watches and Benzinger have worked on a series of watches and this beauty here is one of them.

Carrara by Giuliano Mazzuoli

The case of the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara is made of Carrara marble, universally regarded as the most prestigious marble in the world. It was the very same marble Michelangelo used to create the stunning sculpture of David that proudly stands at the Galleria dell’Accademia of Florence – incidentally also where Mazzuoli hails from. Carrara marbles are characterised by the white color and dark gray veins of varying tones.

Each watchcase is handmade in Italy by master marble workers; first milled to the desired shape before being polished and buffed till it is soft and smooth to the touch. As no two blocks of marbles are the same, the resulting watchcases are unique.

ChronoGears by Itay Noy

The ChronoGears is one of Itay Noy’s latest creations, fresh from BaselWorld 2106. Apart from telling time traditionally through the hour, minutes and seconds hands, there are two ChronoGears that rotate around the dial clockwise and contains a central hand, the pointer. While one ChronoGear indicates 24 hours (am-pm) on the lower half of the dial, the second ChronoGear indicates 8 time situations – dawn, morning, noon, after noon, dusk, evening, midnight and night – on the upper half of the dial.

Itay Noy takes pride in the creation of his watches in Tel Aviv, Israel. He personally hand makes his watches, from the cutting of the hour indexes, to painting the watch dial or refining the watch movements. The ChronoGears is limited to 24 pieces worldwide; the plate depicting the serial number proudly sits at the bottom half of the dial.

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