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Tissot Heritage 1973 Chronograph: There’s 2 ‘n a L.E.!

An equation reset So far we’ve seen the Visodate and the Petite seconde from the Tissot Heritage line and now, it’s time for the Tissot Heritage 1973 Chronograph Automatic. Apart from the second variation, there’s also a Limited Edition. That conveys more than just Tissot’s ties to the ‘70s motor-racing world! Presenting the trio A

Raymond Weil Reprise: Toccatas in subtle shades

Toccata: A baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style. The word has an Italian origin and literally means ‘to touch’. Raymond Weil’s influence upon the overall luxury horology cult and culture can be felt pleasantly, rather than heavily, without burdening the wrist too much.

Two brands lock horns to create two interesting movements

Bottom line: There’s nothing such as a movement that’s truly bad or uninteresting! What might make it seem so is often a simple lack of sufficient knowledge on the owners’ part. History vs. technicalities vs. reliability vs. aesthetics Apart from the above four mentioned, a movement can also be interesting for the implementation of a

A guide on affordable Swiss watches

An alternative way to say Or, how to avoid the ‘cheesy’ Swiss without gpng bankrupt; the title could have read this way! The idea is the same; we simply focus upon looking beyond glossy ads, shining glass and metal and sweet faces and help you to spend your hard-earned cash on a worthwhile Swiss timepiece.

Gonzo’s grumblings: What differentiates a great automatic from one that’s not?

An expensive automatic is not always a GREAT automatic. Gonzo tells us why. Like most of other readers who drop in here every now and then, I too enjoy and I’m glad that I have been well educated, often, by the information they provide from time to time, in forms of both queries and contradictions.

Why are some of the best mechanical watches so affordable?

This can’t be answered in binary. For affordability, here, doesn’t cut down their value for money. Let’s start with the similarities these affordable watches share. The common points All are quality products, providing excellent values. They all use in-house movements or stock movements manufactured by renowned movement manufacturers. E.g. ETA from the Swatch Group supplying

Mobile Link: Just why would you want it?

Simplifying a jargon In other words, it’s Bluetooth® communication. It helps a watch to link with a mobile phone running an app that gives you access to a watch’s various functions and settings. You don’t need to fumble with the buttons and crowns in the conventional way anymore. This comes as a great aid to

Limited Edition watches: Are they really worth the hype?

Amidst all that rush and trample of horology enthusiasts following upon every time a limited edition piece is released, Gonzo tries to find out if they are actually worth the hype. Why would a brand offer a limited edition watch? For collectors! Or, that’s what most of us love to believe. And it invariably sets

Another dose of Seiko Guidance

SEIKO ISN’T A BRAND IN ITS CONVENTIONAL SENSE. SO, IT NEEDS MORE THAN ONE PAGE. Strumming the Seiko chord In our last post only we mentioned Seiko higher end watches are as good as the Swiss albeit costing a whole lot lesser. Whether you are shelling out $500, $5000 or $50,000, Seiko will always have

A bit of a Seiko guidance

Seiko divers in a nutshell Seiko is consistently recommended for their quality and value and we all know there’s a reason – several reasons in fact – why – specifically Seiko only – holds the crown among excellent quality and value dive watches. There might be several other exorbitantly priced pieces around, fit to be

Orient Star Avant-Garde: Untraditional, dressy skeletons on rise!

After a long interval, Orient has presented a new skeleton model. Not just a semi- or an open-heart, but a fully-skeleton dial. The Avant-Garde is an upgraded version of the comparatively underappreciated Orient Star Modern Skeleton. The worst part first Other affordable watch brands could’ve hopped on this trend; but they didn’t. More watch intestines

Swatch: Exotic Luxury in Plastic, Silicone and Stainless Steel!

For Those Who Don’t Know Yet! SMH, the group which Tissot SA belonged to become the Swatch Group in 1998, in the hands of Ernst Thomke, Elmar Mock and Jacques Müller. Super-luxury brands like Breguet and Omega are also owned by Swatch. You Buy it Because… There are many brands to choose from. You may

Seiko Save the Ocean:  Great watches for a greater cause!

Seiko ‘Save the Ocean’ range deals with choppy seas and shark fins passing by! Often doesn’t go beyond Planning on purchasing your first mechanical watch reading reviews is just where it starts at. Most find it difficult criticizing; seldom do they find fault with the piece (or, pieces) under review. Unvarnished opinions are rare. Getting

Seiko 5: Steel going strong

Affordable, high-end watches kinda sound like oxymoron, till you face the relatively small and elegant Seiko 5! Seiko 5: A brief, unnecessary introduction There are countless numbers of models and designs falling under this value proposition range, comprising in-house, mechanical, automatic movements with undisputed pedigrees. They offer a day/date complication besides regular timekeeping; some bear

AVI-8: Taking a different flight

Aviation history and watches go almost hand in hand. Brands zero-in on some particular aspects; it makes the brand special. AVI-8 does the same thing; their specialty is in keeping the aircrafts’ designs intact which inspire their watches. The story behind AVI-8 AVI-8 reads as avi-ate i.e. Aviate. In simple words: Fly an aircraft. That’s