This week your horological fix contains: Oris, Habring, Seiko, Roger Smith and more
By Chris Hall
Something to watch: the Habring2 Chrono-Felix
We’ve just spent a week with the Habring2 Chrono-Felix – a new monopusher from Habring2 that is quite simply a total charmer. You can watch the video review here – let us know what you think in the comments.
Something smaller: Oris shrinks the Divers Sixty-Five
It continues to be a case of “anything Tudor can do” for Oris and its Divers Sixty-Five. The watch, which I think we can fairly say now has transformed Oris in a few short years, can now be had in a 36mm variant. Unlike the Black Bay, with which comparisons are common, Oris has kept the dive bezel on its baby-sized version – how this will look in the metal is still unclear. There are 43 different references in the collection now, and while you could argue they all have a certain unisex appeal, this is the first to make a direct play to the female market.
Something to do: See Roger Smith at SalonQP
The master watchmaker from the Isle of Man will be in London on November 24th to deliver a talk on the state of haute horlogerie and the challenges it faces for the future. It promises to be an honest, heartfelt and fascinating insight into the world of high-end independent watchmaking from one of the world’s most skilful living watchmakers. Book your tickets here.
Something to seek out: Seiko “Dawn Grey” Editions
With no fanfare at all, some brilliant new Prospex models from Seiko have appeared: the “Dawn Grey” Samurai and Turtle. The name is something to do with dawn light over the ocean, apparently, but what’s important is that these cult favourites are only available on the European market. That’s right – after years of Japan-only limited editions, we get something of our own to be proud of. Priced at £399 and £470 for the Samurai and Turtle respectively, there are 2018 pieces of each. Even with that many on the market, expect these to be snapped up double-quick.
Something to avoid: blinged-up Apple Watches
Business Insider reported last week on the Brikk Apple Watches – gold and diamond-encrusted cases and bracelets for the Apple Watch 4, effectively. There are various levels of tastefulness to be had, ranging from rose gold link bracelets to fully-iced cases, taking the price tag from $28,995 to $228,995. Apparently the models are the result of five year’s of R&D, which is impressive when you consider Apple only launched its first watch four years ago. Meanwhile, CNN reports that Chinese students aged between 16 and 19 have been forced to work in Apple’s watch factories in China, doing excessive overtime and night shifts. You don’t get to be a trillion-dollar company without a few sharp practices it seems; Apple says it is investigating the claims, and has a zero-tolerance policy on violations of employment regulations.