Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The T33 is designed in the fashion of the P51 Mustang with features of the cockpit. It's inspiration was drawn from the legendary plane itself and is a striking looking time piece. Like most torgoen watches it was designed with pilots in mind. Clear and easy to read hands and markers are designed to be readable in the blink of an eye. The numbers, hands and markers take design ques directly from the instruments found on the P51. The idea is to not only borrow from the design of the P51 but also recreate the ideal readability. The last thing you need to do while flying is to have to stare at your instruments. You need to be able to tell at an instant exactly wehat is going on. The same is true for the T33 "Mustang" Collection.
Other key features include a K1 Mineral Crystal, 100 meter water resistance, true 12 hour chronograph and luminous hands and markers for night visibility. It's a truly striking Swiss made watch at a very affordable price. The watch has great fit and finish front and back as do all the newer Torgoen watches of late. Torgoen is really stepping up their game and changes company wide have set them on a new path to deliver the best quality available. The T33 "Mustang" Collection is a perfect example of the new direction and the quality they can produce.
If you would like to see all 10 models together, visit Torgoen USA. TopFlight Watches is proud to be among the first to offer this watch here in the USA. Addition pictures, specs and pricing is also available as usual. If you have any questions, comments or concerns do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. Our "Watch Guys" are ready to help with anything you might need. Real experts are just a phone call away! You can reach us Toll Free at 1-888-243-6329 or shop online with us at TopFlight Watches, Time4Tritium and Gem of the Day.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Fast forward a few decades we see a ton of new version and improvements to the wrist watch. They made them better, smaller, more accurate and durable. First we saw the invention of the "automatic". This was the the same basic principal as the first mechanical watches but added a weighted pendulum that would rotate inside the watch case as the owner wore the watch. The rotation of the weight would "automatically" wind the main spring and keep the watch constantly running as long as the wearer remained active. This proved to be a major improvement in the overall design and remains the standard for mechanical watches even to this day. Almost all modern mechanical watches are automatic mechanical watches of some form or another and even the term "automatic" is often used to describe any mechanical watch by the uninitiated.
But soon came the dark days of mechanical watches with the invention of the modern battery powered quartz watch. These watches were no longer powered by a constantly unwinding spring but rather by a small replaceable battery. This provided a constant power supply for longer periods of time and even opened the door to more possibilities then would ever be possible in an "old fashioned" wind up watch. The technology increased almost as fast as companies could make watches. 1/100th stop watches, multi-time zones, multi-alarms, calculators, altimeters, depth gauges, atomic time, etc... Greater accuracy and dependability then was ever possible before. Watch would run better and longer without any required maintenance AND have more features than ever possible.
The automatic mechanical watch was in big trouble. Companies went out of business and factories shut down. The modern quartz watch was the future and the older antiquated technology was being left behind. But it wasn't the only thing left behind. Something was actually lost in the transition that no one at the time was considering. Everyone was so concentrated on making a better, stronger, more advanced watch that they lost sight of something very special. The heart of the watch itself. Modern quartz watches and very impressive things but they lack... should I say souls? As impressive as they are technologically speaking, on the inside they have very few moving parts and are controlled by circuit boards and micro computers. They are boring, dull and lifeless. No thought to beauty or design. All function and no form.
Fortunately people eventually started to notice. Watch collectors and watchmakers at first but eventually the general public as a whole. The automatic watch movement was helped by some big key player as well. People like Rolex and Breitling were heavily invested in high-end mechanical watches. They started to sell the beauty of the movement, the romance. The precision manufacturing and multi-jeweled movements. Hand crafted parts and exhibition cases to show off the raw beauty of the mechanical hearts.
Mechanical watches soon became seen more as wearable art. Beautiful pieces of functional precision. Something that was to be admired for it's achievement in engineering. They were elevated to a whole new level that they continue to enjoy even today. as even today, with all the advances made, an automatic mechanical watch will never be as accurate or dependable as a quartz watch. But owning an automatic mechanical watch is about so much more. It's about owning a piece of history, a piece of art. A precision instrument which can draw direction lines of history back to the very first personal timepieces. Modern mechanical automatic are better than ever before. More accurate and dependable but that is not what owning one is all about.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Featuring a solid black-ion finish and gradient orange to black sun burst dial, the Sharktooth Monster is one impressive watch to behold. It's roots trace back to the original Orange Monster and you can see the similarities in many aspect of this new model. First you will notice the case and bezel. While actually retooled they have a strong resemblance to the original.
What comes as no real surprise is the superior night time illumination. Now, it's no secret that we are big fans of Tritium watches here on The Watch Guys Blog. I personally own several and generally preach their superiority at every turn. But, like many things in life, there is always an exception. That exception would be the Seiko diver's watches. Generally speaking these are some of the best illuminating watches available anywhere in the world, at any price. I mean take a look at the image below. The effect is so bright you can use it like a flashlight and due to the fact that they apply such a generous portion of paint it can glow all night long.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Watch Guys are proud to introduce the all new Citizen Eco-Drive Navihawk A-T (citizen model JY8035-04E). Back with all the trimmings, this new model is once again one of Citizens top-of-the-line watches and comes jam packed with all of their modern tech. With Atomic Clock synchronization for superior accuracy, this radio-controlled timepiece displays digitally the time in 43 cities, and has a 99-minute countdown timer and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) display as well as 2 world Time Alarms, Analog/Digital Display and 180-Day power Reserve. Completely with a back-light for the digital display.
Basically, it's a Skyhawk A-T in new clothes but boy does it look good all dressed up! The Navihawk features an all black stainless steel case (black ion plating), with a deep embossed black polyurethane strap and orange accents on the dial. The overall effect is quite striking in person and give the watch a tougher look than it's Skyhawk brothers. The rotating bezel has a coin-edge finish on the outer ring and provides nice grip when using the E6B Bezel for calculations.
Overall fit and finish is also top notch and really should be seen to be appreciated. Everything from the buttons to the bezel to the case-back and nicely finished and feel good to the touch. Citizen really out did themselves once again. The Navihawk is a welcome edition to the Citizen watch brand and watch fans the world over.
For more information, pricing and ordering information on this model please visit our page at Topflight Watches. Or for the complete collection of Navihawk A-T's you can visit us here.