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The Watch Wall of Want – May 2015

Most months I will post a top ten of the watches on my want list. It is a very personal list and generally will be of watches that I can actually aspire too. It is not a list I intend to tick off as life isn’t that kind and in truth it has been a long while now since I actually bought a watch, but if funds came available it would be something off this list. Each month the list will change slightly as desires and wants change, or as watches become unavailable and so on. So here is my list for May, with photos following.

1. Hamilton Ventura Elvis 80

2. Autodromo Stradale Grey Dial

3. Christopher Ward C70 Ascari Chronometer

4. Breitling Aerospace Evo – Grey edition.

5. Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase – blue edition.

6. Armani Grey faced Chronograph

7. Autodromo Prototipo – orange and silver edition.

8. Chopard Monaco Historique 2014 Edition Chronograph.

9. Hamilton Ladies Bagley Quartz

10. Rolex Milgauss Blue Face.

Now, have fun thinking what your top ten would be!


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Fraser Hart and Three Watches

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I went to Fraser Hart in Solihull earlier today and tried a few watches on. In truth I have my eye on a Breitling Aerospace Evo.  I have wanted this watch in its various version for well over 5 years. I remember vividly, seeing one on the wrist of a helicopter pilot at a heliport in the south of France. Grey faced on a black leather strap and I was literally in awe of it. I have tried it on several times over the years but never had the money to get one. I have now started saving in earnest for one. However, the latest version the Evo, has gone up in size a touch to 43mm, so I wanted to try one on again so that I would not be saving for something that turned out to disappoint on the wrist.

Today saw me in Solihull shopping with my Mum, so I took the opportunity to try it on in Fraser Hart. I also tried on, the blue faced Rolex Milgauss and an Armani grey faced chronograph.

The Breitling seen above and retailing at £3150, was all I hoped it would be and the slate grey dial, (or more correctly “Tungsten Gray” as Breitling call it) looks very classy indeed. Subtle, tasteful and a change from the er… “thunder black” dial. The titanium case and bracelet made it as light as a feather and very comfortable on. I loved it, as simple as that and so the saving continues.

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Next on the wrist was the Rolex Milgauss (yours for £5800). This to my eyes is a stunning watch. Blue faced with a green sapphire crystal which subtly enhances the blue dial and reveals itself as an ever changing ring on the edge of the dial. For me this is the best juxtaposition of dress watch elegance with sporty intent, I have seen on a watch. Appropriate then for just about all occasions. Oh and it fitted on my wrist beautifully. Sadly though at that price this is a watch I can only ever dream about.

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And then there was the Armani fashion watch. A quartz, mineral glassed, grey faced, grey leather strapped chronograph. A 40mm case and a suggested retail price of £179. The looks of this watch are frankly fantastic. Grey face on a grey strap works beautifully and frankly there are very few on line photos that do this watch justice. It really is a beauty and not being too big it wears elegantly on the wrist. I want one, but I must concentrate on the Aerospace fund first.

“Well Mum, which is your favourite in those three?”

” I don’t like the Breitling, it just looks dull, The Rolex is nice, but I really like the Armani – very elegant.”

So there you are, If you are a pensioner, just registering with Match.com, get yourself an Armani watch if you want to impress the ladies!


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Breitling B50 Cockpit

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I have to admit I’m a Breitling fanboy. I’m a sucker for their videos and all the machismo that is imbued in them. I really like their analogue / digital models too. The Aerospace is a winner with me and so is this beauty. The new Cockpit B50. Here is what Breitling say about it and I ain’t arguing – hey I’m a fanboy!

The ultimate pilot’s instrument

Breitling once again establishes itself as the partner of aviation by launching a new multifunction electronic chronograph equipped with an “in-house” analog and digital-display caliber – a brand-exclusive development. Designed to accompany aviators in all their missions, this Cockpit B50 innovates through its broad range of functions, its user friendliness as well as its ultra-legible display mode. The new instrument for pilots.

Equipped with a sturdy and light case in natural or black carbon-coated titanium, the Cockpit B50 chronograph flaunts a resolutely technical, powerful and masculine appearance – making it the archetypal authentic Breitling “Instrument for professionals”. It is however distinguished first and foremost by the performances and the functionality of its exclusive new Breitling Caliber B50: a SuperQuartz™ movement ten times more accurate than standard quartz and chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the highest benchmark in terms of reliability and precision.