This Week in Watches, we examine new offerings from Sinn, Grand Seiko, Magrette, Speake-Marin and the NYC-based strapmaker Suigeneric.
The Life Aquatic
If you’re like us, you have a long list of gear you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, along with bank accounts and eagle-eyed spouses, and your gadget desires remain unfulfilled. “Want This, Get This” presents a lust-worthy piece of gear along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. Today we examine the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 and the Magrette Moana Pacific Professional.
A workout for your fingers? Worth it
We’ve been watching New Zealand niche watchmaker Magrette since the 2008 release of their Panerai homage, the Regattare. Founder and designer Dion Wynyard McAsey based the brand on his love for watches, design background and passion for his home country. Since the company’s founding, he’s released a host of beautiful watches, many at affordable prices with the kind of quality that makes a name in this very competitive industry. One of his newest releases, the Moana Pacific Chronograph PVD, is a wonderful example of solid components, great design and affordability.
Affordable Diver Sophisticate
Earlier this year, we introduced you to the Magrette Regattare prior to its much anticipated release. Well, we were able to get our hands on one to see for ourselves if the horological fanfare was justified. More photos and the full review after the jump.
New Zealand based Magrette will release their latest timepiece, the Magrette Regattare ($545) this February featuring the company’s signature nautical style — its Panerai-ish design is not a coincidence. Highlights include a domed sapphire crystal, C3 Super Luminova hands and dial, and an internal rotating bezel for prevention of accidental adjustment after calculating remaining dive…
My love for Panerai timepieces knows no bounds. So I knew I’d be smitten with Magrette’s very (very) Panerai-esque timepiece, the new Regattare Valencia. The 44mm Regattare Valencia is an hommage to the New Zealand team participating in the America’s Cup. It’s a 21 jewel automatic timepiece with a 45 hour reserve and ‘Parashock’ shock…