3. Wait until the giveaway is over on February 28, 2013 for the winner to be chosen at random.
Some enthusiasts might scoff at the notion of high-end quartz watches, but if you need unrivaled timekeeping and multiple functions in a watch, quartz is still the way to go. The Omega Spacemaster Z-33 is the spiritual successor the X-33 which was discontinued years ago. Cased in grade 5 titanium, the Z-33 packs a whole lot of functions that would aid and delight astronauts and pilots alike. Here’s what we think of Omega’s latest high-end quartz watch.
Compared to other more elaborate Memorigin tourbillon watches, I wanted to review the Military Tourbillon the most because of its restrained simplicity. One of the reasons that European design is often much better than Chinese design is that Europeans have a better grasp of the "less can be more principle." A good example is that many Chinese tourbillon-based watches have day/night indicator discs on them. It isn't a useless complication, but it isn't a particularly pretty one. European watches for the most part don't have day/night indicator discs because they understand that aesthetically they don't add to a luxury product. This watch feels a bit more akin to that ethos, rather than the typical Chinese tendency to stick as much great stuff in the same package as possible.
While the watch is the thinnest automatic minute repeater around, it certainly isn't the smallest. The Piaget Emperador Coussin XL case is 48mm wide in 18k rose gold. The entire watch is just 9.4mm thin - pretty darn svelte for a minute repeater. While the dial is open, the minute repeater gongs and hammers are placed on the rear of the watch - but of course are still visible. Even though the minute repeater-based 1290P automatic movement is very compact, Piaget claims that the audio from the minute repeater is quite impressive at 65 decibels in volume. I don't really know what that translates into realistically, so I will have to check it out for myself at SIHH.
Towards the end of high school, I started to discover high-end watches. Little-by-little, I would see things in store windows while strolling through shopping malls or at the watch and jewelry area at Costco. I never went out of my way to look for nice watches, but became intrigued by a few that spoke to me. One of those was a Baume et Mercier Capeland. Back then, the Capeland was a sort of classy and elegant sports watch. There were even a few diver's versions. The modern case was beefy-looking, and I loved the sword-style hands. I wanted one really bad, but it was a few thousand bucks and way, way out of my financial reach at the time. I never got one of those original Capeland models, but I've always remembered them.