Welcome, every person, to the preliminary spherical of March Mania 2021, right here on Fratello. Are you a watch maniac like we’re? In that case, you’re positive to like our month-long function. 96 watches reviewed final yr line up for a battle royale like nothing that’s gone earlier than. We want your votes. We would like your feedback. Assist us resolve the champion and share in its glory! Let the video games start…
On this spherical, your job is easy: vote on your favourite watch. Under you can find a number of 12 timepieces that we lined right here on Fratello all through 2020. Why not refresh your reminiscence by clicking the hyperlinks and studying these eruditely penned odes to wrist-wear? When you’ve made your choice, vote utilizing the ballot type under. Each vote counts as a result of solely the highest eight will make it by way of to the following spherical.
Login to your Fratello profile and drop us a comment. Who did you vote for and why? What’s your prediction for the later rounds? Will the Omega Speedmaster 321 triumph as soon as once more… Who is aware of? You resolve!
Omega Seamaster 300 “Spectre”
Reminiscing of one other longstanding competitors is the Seamaster 300 “Spectre” version reference 126.96.36.199.01.zero01. Sure, throughout our Bond mini-series on Sunday Morning Showdown, this silver-screen legend overcame the brand new Bond Diver 300M from the eagerly anticipated No Time To Die. Fratello member, Dario, summed it up in his touch upon that article:
“The brand new 12-hour bezel design was becoming for a globetrotter as Bond. Lacking the 12 on the dial was a tribute to the Huge Triangle fashions. And the Lolipop seconds hand, which is particularly common with collectors, offers the watch an additional classic look. Via all these adjustments, each look on the Spectre brings again reminiscences of Omega’s historical past in addition to James Bond. For me, the Omega Seamaster 300 ‘Spectre’ shouldn’t be solely the last word Bond watch but in addition the last word Seamaster.” — Dario
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
One other Showdown victor from our anti-magnetism fisticuff, and once more, it was my selection that gained the combat. I do know I’m not modest right here, however let’s say I’m a sore winner. As I exalted the Milgauss with feverish ardour within the SMS final yr, I’ve cherry-picked two nice reader feedback from that article:
“I really like the Milgauss for being the quirky, rebellious cousin inside the extra conservative Rolex household. The Milgauss is that man who wears a cool inexperienced go well with and orange loafers with out socks to a summer season backyard get together whereas everybody else is wearing white.” — Marc Schmitz
Improbable description, Marc, and I can already image that sort of particular person. The “GV” is an acronym for Glace Verte, or Inexperienced Ice en Anglais, which describes the very good green-tinted sapphire crystal on the Milgauss. Mixed with the zirconium blue (Z-blue) dial and orange lightning seconds hand, it’s a gloriously potent concoction. Paul put it so effectively in his remark that I needed to embrace this right here:
“I imply, to start with, that beautiful and one way or the other scientific-looking inexperienced crystal of the Milgauss clinches all of it by itself. It’s simply so…nifty! Nevertheless it most likely wouldn’t work so awesomely effectively with out the remainder of the colour palette — that wealthy however not-too-dark, blue sunburst, and the intense orange accents. The entire thing is simply contemporary and alive.” — Paul
Grand Seiko SBGN005
Sure, one other Sunday Morning Showdown contestant, however this Grand Seiko quartz GMT was not a winner, not like the earlier two. Unceremoniously, it was overwhelmed by the Rolex Explorer II within the first GMT wars — by a mere 72 votes. Within the follow-up GMT Wars Half Deux, I seen the votes had swung in favor of the Grand Seiko whereas solely now tying the polls at 50-50.
I nonetheless really feel the 9F86 motion inside the SBGN005 was short-changed at a shot at victory. Combining the independently adjustable hour hand, in any other case often called a “true” GMT, was no straightforward feat with a exact ticking seconds hand. However much more difficult was the moment date change alongside the shifting GMT hand. On high of that’s an accuracy assure of ten seconds per yr. Whoever says there isn’t any master-craftmanship in quartz wants to grasp this caliber conundrum took 25 years to beat. All inside a chrome steel case that some might say is spinoff of the Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570. However then once more, the Explorer II design is spinoff of the Glycine Airman.
Fears Brunswick Salmon
My first watch on this listing from a hands-on overview is the Fears Brunswick Salmon. This little diddy was an absolute peach to put on when accompanying me on vacation adorning in December. The copper tones stand out, however trying nearer is the ending sorts’ variance from the primary dial to the subsidiary seconds. This Salmon is the most effective addition to the Brunswick vary to date together with the vintage-style cushion case and supple Bristol leather-based strap.
Vertex Bronze 75
Marking the 75th event of VE day final yr was the very good-looking Vertex Bronze 75. Basically mimicking the M100 (primarily based on one of many unique Soiled Dozen watches), the Bronze 75 adjustments tack by using bronze as a case materials. This creates a watch that patinas over time with a singular character. For me, it was an opportunity to recollect my late grandfather and his contribution as an RAF navigator on a Lancaster bomber through the Second World Warfare. It was additionally my most extended publicity to bronze watches, which finally led me to acquire an Oris two-tone bronze Sixty-5.
Oris Aquis Calibre 400
Final summer season within the UK, the federal government eased restrictions in order that non-essential retailers may open. This allowed me to go to considered one of my favourite watch retailers in London, the Oris Boutique on South Molton Road. I used to be welcomed to expertise a digital look contained in the motion of the brand new Calibre 400 with an Oculus VR headset. I used to be impressed and shortly purchased my very own Oculus Quest 2 headset. The animated mechanism was additionally excellent, however I may solely spend a slither of time with the shop’s precise watch.
The Calibre 400 winds and units with a satisfying and reassuring ratchet click on.
In a while, I spent some hands-on time with the Aquis Calibre 400 and compared it with my Aquis Great Barrier Reef III. I nonetheless love my GBR3 however curse the 38 hours of energy reserve. Not solely does the Calibre 400 improve this to 120 hours, however it winds and units so beautiful and crisp when squaring up towards the Sellita-propelled Aquis. It was a lot tougher to check the accuracy, and in all equity, the Sellita SW200-1 within the Aquis GBR3 is considered one of my most dependable timekeepers. However the anti-magnetism of the Calibre 400 offers me a lot larger peace of thoughts. I want the Aquis Calibre 400 dial wowed me because the Nice Barrier Reef III did.
Vacheron Constantin Abroad Perpetual Calendar Extremely-Skinny
When speaking about dials that not solely wowed me however positively blew my thoughts, I’ve to say this Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar. The Extremely-Skinny title is a little bit of a misnomer, because it felt no thinner than a high-end sports activities watch. However this Vacheron Caliber 1120 QPSQ is self-winding with one of many high echelons of issues, the Perpetual Calendar. But, the watch case nonetheless maintains a thickness of eight.10mm. It could not have been the costliest watch I went hands-on with, but the deep blue dial with hints of pink gold oozed ultra-luxury. Pairing with a full pink gold bracelet that’s interchangeable through a fast launch to a blue leather-based and rubber straps is a pastime that may not get outdated.
Breitling Chronomat B01 42 “Frecce Tricolori”
Now comes my private favourite on this listing. The Breitling Chronomat 42 “Frecce Tricolori.” I wrote up the initial announcement for the new-look Chronomat. Then got here the hands-on review, which additionally led to an look in Sunday Morning Showdown.
The Watch Annual
However maybe my proudest contribution was the above inclusion in The Watch Annual e book by Justin Hast. Under you’ll be able to see my passage from this e book:
“Launched in 1984, the unique Chronomat regarded like a prop from Rambo. The bullet crown, the gun-belt bracelet, and outstanding rider tabs on the bezel. This was a rugged, macho timepiece constructed for the wrists of muscle-bound motion stars of the last decade.
The brand new Breitling Chronomat B01 42 shouldn’t be a direct homage or a part of the ‘capsule’ assortment that recreates outdated Breitling watches. As an alternative, the Chronomat takes what it wants from the ’80s to revitalize a mannequin that had misplaced its core idea.
I additionally a lot most popular the tone-on-tone blue dial of the Frecce Tricolori version. I can think about the panda dials will probably be common, however it was the delicate reference to the 1983 Frecce Tricolori that kickstarted my love for the Chronomat within the first place.”
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grasp Management Chronograph ref. Q1538530
The JLC Grasp Management chronograph is likely one of the most clinically sensible designs from the Vallée de Joux. Sustaining a degree of restraint for a chronograph is a difficult job. Any slight alteration within the sub-dial spacing or scales can upset the rigorously balanced proportions. This MC Chrono is sadly not in manufacturing. Nonetheless, it made its approach into considered one of my Pre-Owned Picks alternatives of cool chronographs.
Seiko Diver SKX009
The Seiko SKX009 is likely one of the earliest watches I purchased, as an experiment on the time. In my teenagers, I already had a Seiko SND419P1, which I dearly beloved. However I discovered it was the time to dip my toes within the snapping turtle pond of mechanical watches. The SKX009 appeared the logical step as much as expertise stability wheel regulation. It was no less than eye-opening in justifying why watches from Rolex, Omega, and Breitling price as a lot as they do. With out hacking seconds or hand-winding and having lower than dependable accuracy, it no less than gave me the impetus to smash and bash it round it and take a look at its sturdiness.
Which is very like the therapy Robert Redford gave the watch within the stellar lost-at-sea film, All Is Misplaced (2013). I lined the watch in my rare by fulfilling watches in film collection.
Konstantin Chaykin Dracula
This Dracula model of the Wristmon by Konstantin Chaykin suffered my worst dad-joke in final yr’s Pre-Owned Picks Halloween special. Not lots of people received it both. The joke was:
“The Konstantin Chaykin Dracula has the most effective anti-reflective coating on the sapphire that cash should purchase.”
A trait of vampires is that their reflection doesn’t seem in mirrors; due to this fact, they’re anti-reflective. Anti-reflective coating, or AR-coating, is usually utilized to sapphire crystals. I do know, it’s lame, and the actual fact I needed to clarify it additional solely makes it extra embarrassing. Cool watch, although.
Blancpain Air Command
Final however not least is the Blancpain Air Command. I valiantly fought its case to no avail towards the Breguet Kind XXI. But nonetheless, I couldn’t shake its maintain on me. The straight-laced chronograph manages to bridge the hole between classic re-edition and luxurious fashion — props to the designers for infusing aviation themes inside the building. As an example, the rotor resembles the propeller on an plane.
So now it’s over to you! We would like your votes however we additionally wish to hear your ideas. Higher nonetheless, by sharing them with us, you’ll put your self within the operating to win both a LIC leather-based watch strap or (drum roll, please), the HAMILTON INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO. Sure, that’s proper, as Karina detailed in her post, we will be giving away one of Hamilton’s most popular models for one lucky commenter. How do you win? Touch upon the March Mania match as typically as you’ll be able to, participating with different readers, serving to to create a cheerful group environment. The most effective contribution will probably be handsomely rewarded, so what are you ready for? Let your voice be heard!