Delving deeper into the watch (aside from lack of brand awareness), there are lots of recognizable elements to the Praesto's watch, namely the designer. I found it also ironic that the American man who designed the Modern Fliegerurhr (aviator watch) is someone that I've worked with in the past. His name is Russ Schwenkler and he is a talented graphic designer and artist who has a thing for watches and high performance machines such as cars or motorcycles. To my knowledge this is the first watch that he designed that has been produced. To sum up the design you needn't look further than the name. "Modern Aviator" is exactly what the watch design is. Look at some classic aviator watches and you can see how Russ spruced them up a bit. The addition of the stencil font for the hours, the skeletonized hands, and balance of items of the face feel fresh and modern - but still an aviator.
The watch contains a Japanese Miyota 8125 automatic mechanical movement that offers hand-winding. I feel it is always necessary to indicate that with Japanese automatics. I recall the first Japanese automatic watch I got years ago. I though it was broken because it would not hand wind. Then I realized that it just wasn't designed to hand-wind like every automatic Swiss movement. Thus, when I see movements such as the Miyota 8125 used, I want to point out that this is one of the nicer Japanese automatics out there. Magrette could have used a Swiss movement, but that just would have made the price appreciably jump. This way the watch, even with all its upgrades and nice features, the watch stays affordable. Like all Magrette watches, the Moana Pacific Diver is part of a limited edition - here of just 500 pieces. The brand from New Zealand continues to impress me as they move forward with quality and design, and staying true to the personality and laid-back spirit that makes their watches so easy to own. I do highly recommend the Moana Pacific Diver if you are looking for a capable sport watch that has an attractive style and good story. I mean just saying the watch is from a New Zealand company is often enough to get people interested I am finding. Keep it up Magrette! Price for the Magrette Moana Pacific Diver is 5 plus shipping.
Sinn was pretty quiet this year at Baselworld 2010. I walked into their booth proudly wearing a Sinn watch myself to find not a soul that spoke English. Really Sinn? Actually, I can't be too surprised, the competent watch maker is a ghost in the United States. With just one authorized dealer (only online), Sinn watches aren't exactly common 'round these parts. But that shouldn't be the case. 2010 didn't have any super exciting new Sinn models that herald in a new era of "superman watch," but there area few interesting pieces. One is the U200 - which is a 'big boy's watch" for smaller wrists. And then there is this unique Sinn 142 St II GZ. An obfuscatory and odd name for a pretty interesting watch. In addition to the Dubois Depraz Calibre 2070 (base ETA 2892-A2) automatic movement its chronograph, synced 24 hour hand, and date, the watch has the first "tide bezel" I've ever seen.
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Panerai doesn't even call their material ceramic really, but rather "Composite." Why? Not sure, there must be some sneaky marketing decision. One of the reasons likely has to do with the fact that Panerai uses a different type of ceramic. It is very light, and stated to be much harder than standard ceramics. The hardness is a little bit harder that standard zirconia ceramics, and way harder than steel. In terms of weight, Panerai Composite weighs less than titanium, and just a bit more than aluminum. In fact, the material is said to be a ceramic based on aluminum - but much harder. In reality while wearing the watch, the lightness makes itself clear. The watch doesn't feel like it weights much at all, the opposite of the standard Panerai watch feel. At 47mm wide, the PAM339 Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni (8 Day) watch isn't small, and again, it is very light.
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