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The Oris Aquis 39.5: Sized just right for many

We’ve recently gushed about the Tudor Black Bay 58, which is a new soon-to-be release under-40mm version of their popular vintage-inspired dive watch. Oris, a brand we unabashedly love, also introduced a smaller version of their flagship entry-level diver the Oris Aquis Date. The Oris Aquis 39.5 is a return to the 40mm case size range for this model (after a brief discontinuation), and it sure looked and felt great when we got to try them on first hand at the Oris booth at Baselworld 2018.

39.5 mm to the left, 43.5 mm version to the right

For most guys, the 40-39mm sized case for a dive watch works well. After all, the Rolex Submariner has been this size since the dawn of its existence. This size doesn’t look puny on a big wrist and doesn’t look massive on a small wrist. And if you have an average sized wrist, the 40mm-ish sport watch case size looks just right for modern times.

When we spoke to Oris’ media reps, they confirmed that the company does pay attention to customer feedback very closely and the smaller Aquis was a response to requests for a smaller sized version. Oris’ motto is “Real watches for real people,” which is a philosophy that has really translated into Oris’ product line. Nothing is very flashy, and their designs are, for the most part, very original across their lineup.

At a quick glance, the Aquis Date doesn’t look that far from other classic divers. Upon closer inspection one notices a circular case shape with a proprietary lugs to bracelet/band interface. The bracelet is incredible for a sub-$2,000 watch and the entire watch feels very solid and ready to take on some rough usage (should you choose).

What we’ve always liked about the Aquis line is that it offers modern bells and whistles without excess. The scratch-proof ceramic bezel insert, dependable Selita SW 200-1 base movement with 38-hour power reserve, and 300 meter water resistance rating has this watch inline with other divers that aim to be “professional standard.” Available in a beautiful blue sunburst as well as traditional black dial (in either matte or glossy), the Oris Aquis Date 39.5 is a strong contender is the sub-40mm diver category.



The Rado Tradition 1965: A quirky remake on a unique square watch

When it comes to square watches, you probably know for sure if you can pull them off. There’s a certain iconic image of the banker wearing Cartier Tank that comes to mind when it comes to square watches. It’s a sleek look if you rock one with confidence. If you pick up the new limited edition Rado Tradition 1965, you are definitely an individual that isn’t into following the crowd.

A distinguished watch with an edge

One watch the really stood out among all the watches we saw at Baselworld 2018 was the Tradition 1965 by Rado. The design is intended to evoke the Manhattan skyline and and certain conjures images of 1960s modernism in architecture. The Tradition 1965 is based on Rado’s Manhattan (pictured below), which was one of the first water-resistant square watches. Vintage models remain favorites for Rado collectors.

Not only is it a square watch, it’s square done in landscape format, meaning the horizontal dimensions are significantly longer that the vertical case dimensions. Technically, all the watches in this genre, for the most part, are rectangles, but we aren’t here to nitpick.

The Rado Manhattan stood out for its unique design elements.

For 2018, Rado’s reinvention of the Manhattan, the 1965 XL (blue dial) is distinguished by its PVD coated titanium case, which, of course, means it’s very light for a watch of its size (at 44mm wide). It’s powered by a ETA C07.621 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve.

(photo courtesy Rado)

The 1965 M case (35 mm wide) is steel and powered with an ETA 2671. Both versions are a limited release of 1,965 pieces each.

(photo courtesy Rado)

Price: $1,950 for the M (brown strap), $2,350 for the XL (blue dial).

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What’s in a roll? A watch roll, that is.

Everest Watch Roll

It seems anecdotally that you’re either a watch roll person or you aren’t. Pop into a major watch forums, and you’ll read posts asking other watch lovers: Which watches should I bring with me on my trip?

Typically, the answers will go something like: a Seiko SKX007 for the beach, an Explorer for daily activities and an Omega De Ville for a nice dinner out. It’s a watch collector’s fantasy to have a different watch for a different setting. In comes the watch roll, a nice case for travel that can protect your prized wrist accessories through airport security and look good when it’s unveiled inside of your teak interior ocean-front suite.

And then there’s the watch collector who just brings his G-Shock for his travels because it costs very little to replace and can tell you the time in any timezone much better than any mechanical GMT watch. Mr. G-Shock still needs a watch roll!  We’re here to convince this guy or gal that bringing more than one watch with you is the way to go. Worried about loss? That’s what watch insurance is for.

Open watch roll Everest

Store up to three watches with the Everest Watch Roll

The Everest Watch Roll offers a new take on the watch roll

We introduced the Everest Watch Roll because we saw an opportunity to improve on an existing product in the marketplace. Don’t get us wrong. There are many fine watch rolls for different styles and tastes. Our friends at Worn and Wound have a beautiful version made of waxed canvas with Horween leather trim for $150. Italian luxury house Bottega Veneta offers theirs in the brand’s signature leather weave for $900.

Worn and Wound watch roll

Waxed canvas watch roll

Bottega Veneta watch roll

The watch roll from Italian luxury house Bottega Veneta

Ours sits somewhere in between and is really suitable for Mr. G-Shock because it works wonderfully for at-home storage because of its flat base. It also has refined looks that matches well with modern interiors, which makes Mrs. G-Shock happy.

Maximum protection and accessibility

Of course, we think ours is a handsome looking piece with a fine leather exterior, but we also are very proud of our unique Rail Sliding System that lets each of the three watch pillows slide in and out of the case without compromising the structural core of the roll. The three compartments float inside of the roll, allowing for maximum protection. Ours goes for $375 and comes in either Saddle Tan or Navy. Both have contrasting interiors made of our plush proprietary material that protects your prized watches.

Of course we have an interest in enabling you to justify purchasing a watch roll. You’ve invested so much time, energy and money to cultivate your watch collection. Give your favorite material items a home they deserve. And, yes, the entire family, well at least your immediate watch family, deserves to share in your travel experiences.