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HANDS-ON: The smartly-designed, value-packed Tissot PRS 516 Automatic Small Second

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One of the most surprising watches I’ve seen this year is the Tissot PRS 516 Triple Seconds. Tissot has taken their stalwart, sporty PRS and given it a smart makeover, and it does it at a very competitive price. At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that this watch is a chronograph, after all the PRS is a pretty sporty line. But look again and you’ll notice that the dial and lack of pushers doesn’t add up. Instead those three subdials all display running seconds, but in 20 second increments. So the first 20 seconds are displayed on the top right dial, the second 20 at the lower dial and so on. It doesn’t really add much in the way of functionality to the watch, but it’s a fun idea that’s been well implemented. Tissot has used the dial cut-outs to create a relatively subtle steering wheel shape, realised in a black, industrially brushed finish. The dial is remarkably balanced, with each ‘spoke’ of the dial displaying just the right amount of text. I’m particularly impressed by how the ‘PRS 516’ branding is perfectly balanced by the date aperture at five. The hands and floating indices provide a great counterpoint…

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EDITOR’S PICK: Win the sold out, bronze hotness that is the Oris Carl Brashear Divers Sixty-Five. Here’s why you want it…

Editor’s note: The Divers Sixty-Five has been a runaway hit for Oris. Now, in its second collection, it’s offered in two sizes, with an ever-increasing range of dial options (green being the latest). But the pride of place in this versatile and accessible collection goes to the bronze-cased Carl Brashear, a limited edition hit that’s completely sold out in Australia. But if you have your heart set on this bronze beauty, don’t give up hope yet, because we’re giving you the chance to win it, as in this actual watch, simply by taking part in our survey. What are you waiting for – get to it! The story in a second From the bright and shiny press pics, to the patinated reality, the bronze Carl Brashear from Oris is one of the buzziest watches released this year. We had thought, towards late 2015, that the watch world had reached peak bronze. The uncommon material, pioneered by Panerai and Anonimo seemed to be everywhere – from dive watches to pilots. Well, we got that one wrong. The bronze age continues unabated, with two premier dive watch releases: the bronze evolution of Tudor’s Black Bay, and this limited edition take on the Divers Sixty-Five,…

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HANDS-ON: Hello Sailor! Franck Muller takes to the high seas with the Yachting collection

The last time we had Franck Muller in the office it was a bold Vanguard clad in sinister black and red – a watch that was at once sporty and menacing. Today we’re looking at another take on their trademark curved shape, and while the case and dial layout are the similar to the Vanguard, the overall look and feel couldn’t be more different. The name gives the game away a little, but the Yachting watch offers a fresh nautical feel on the wrist. The marine allusions start with the dial, a shimmering navy blue that pairs well with the bright white Arabic hour markers. On top of that the centre of the dial displays a compass rose, a navigational motif that is picked up in the outer section of the dial (complete with lines of latitude and longitude), with bearings on the outermost section. If you were still on the fence about the world this watch lived in, the ‘yachting’ text at the bottom of the dial will seal the deal one way or another. There’s no denying that there’s quite a lot going on with this dial, and it won’t be for everyone. But it’s colourful and fun,…

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21.09.2016  |  Felix Scholz

WHY I WEAR: Breguet – Glenn and his Tradition GMT

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Some watches always get the double tap when they show up in our Instagram feed. One such model is Glenn’s (AKA @syn_chronus) ridiculously lovely Breguet Tradition GMT. Not only because it’s a stunning watch in its own right, but also for the fact that we simply don’t see too many out there. So we got in touch with Glenn to talk about the story about his watch, and find out why he wears Breguet. When did you first notice Breguet? I was in Hong Kong, where there’s essentially more watch stores than convenience stores. I saw a big poster for Breguet outside of a boutique. It showed a watch with this open dial – so crazy and complex– it was a Tradition. Seeing that poster got me hooked on the brand. Did you try a Breguet on that day? No I didn’t. Back then I wasn’t deep into watches, I had a Rolex Deepsea so I liked them, but not like I am now. I actually thought the Breguet was a tourbillon, so I wasn’t comfortable going into a boutique and asking to try it on. I mean, there was no way I was ever going to own a tourbillon! When…

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