The new Casio G-SHOCK GW-A1000-1ADF solar-powered timekeeper features the same Smart Access that we have recently seen on an all-analog Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T pilot's watch. Using a revolutionary five-motor drive and an electronic crown switch, the system makes operating the gadget's numerous functions as easy as it can possibly get without using touch-based interface. And with its radio controlled Multiband 6 system, this is also one of the most precise time measuring devices that money can potentially buy.
Although the annual trade fair in Basel is usually associated with fine (and often impressively expensive) mechanical watches, there is always a number of lower-priced models made by Japanese watchmaking giants that, while not looking particularly dressy or refined, bring to your wrist cutting-edge technologies that turn a modest quartz timekeeper into a miniature computer. The new Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T all-analog watch is one of these.
At the last trade show in Basel, the luxury sub-brand of the Japanese watchmaking giant has presented a pair of limited edition versions of their GMT model. Called Grand Seiko GMT 10th Anniversary Edition, the model with reference number SBGM029 looks the most impressive with its noble blue dial and striking yellow gold accents of the second time zone indicator and the predictably "GMT" inscription at six o'clock.
Gadgets / Japanese watches
The guys at TokyoFlash have recently unveiled a limited edition version of their long sold out Kisai Rogue Touch wrist watch. Called rather plainly Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch LED, the new timekeeper differs from the original only with the size of its case and the way it is attached to your, um, body.
Hands-on Review / Japanese watches
In my search for an inexpensive sporty timepiece with a digital-analog display, I have recently stumbled over this Casio Sea Pathfinder SPF-60D-7AVER watch. Now I feel compelled to share my impressions about this beater with you in this brief hands-on review article.
The Japanese watchmaking brand has recently introduced yet another member of its line of accurate and not particularly expensive pilot watches. Called Seiko Solar Pilot Alarm Chronograph (ref. SSC009), the new timekeeper offers a loud alarm, a Breitling-style slide rule, as well as a 60-minute chronograph accurate up to 1/5th of a second.
The recently introduced Citizen Eco-Drive Signature Perpetual Calendar diving watch (ref. BL1258-53L) has immediately sparked controversy among watch enthusiasts. The reason for the universal brouhaha was the decoration of the timekeeper's unidirectional rotating bezel that looks like it was blatantly ripped-off the well-known TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500M Calibre 5 diving watch.
Japanese watches / Quartz watches
Seiko's entry-level sub-brand has recently revealed a series of youth-oriented, sporty timepieces equipped with XXL-sized crown covers. The new Alba by Seiko Canteen AXHK21X quartz wrist watch was among them.