The demand for a particular luxury timepiece is often more closely connected to current brand or model popularity, than, say sheer quality or value. Today, I review a watch that is part of an underdog collection within a very popular category, namely “integrated bracelet sport lifestyle watches” (often in steel — though this is not a steel watch). It is dominated by models such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus. One model family that is very much a modern and historic member of integrated bracelet sports lifestyle watches is Swiss Girard-Perregaux. Today on aBlogtoWatch, I check out a less-discussed member of this family: the Girard-Perregaux Laureato. This particular model is an exotic option, produced from titanium and 18k pink gold.
Japan’s Seiko watches are on a roll and a slew of new watches for 2020 have something from just about all watch-lovers, whether their timepiece budget is a few hundred dollars or a few thousand. Today, I look at the Seiko Prospex “King Samurai” SRPE35 and SRPE37 watches that build upon the popular Seiko Prospex Samurai collection. The “King” part of the name implies a few welcome upgrades to the core watches, including a ceramic bezel insert, sapphire crystal, and new more attractive, textured dial.
Not long ago, I looked at some sister watches of the King Samurai with the Seiko Prospex King Turtle (aBlogtoWatch review here). Those Prospex Turtle watches got the same “King” treatment, including new crystals, bezel inserts, and fancy dial options. Now, fans of Seiko’s distinctive Samurai-style diver’s watch case have reason to celebrate. That said, aside from a different style, the Seiko King Turtle and King Samurai are more or less similar watches at similar price points. So which you choose if you are into these models is more or less entirely about personal taste.
To celebrate and support its ongoing relationship with the MotoGP motorcycle racing series, Swiss Tissot continues its tradition of making regular limited-edition watches within its longstanding T-Race collection. Today. I look at one of the most recent versions, which is the limited edition of 3,333 pieces Tissot T-Race MotoGP 2020 Automatic Chronograph reference T115.427.27.057.00.
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