Man and his watch

We had the chance to speak briefly to the talented avant-garde watchmaker, Alexander Shorokhov, who makes his watches in Germany to the exacting standards of the German master watchmakers. We spoke about his brand, Alexander Shorokhoff and his thoughts about watchmaking thanks to local distributor and retailer, http://redarmywatches.com

Shorokhov and wife, AllaShorokhov and wife, Alla

  • Tell me about your watches: It’s the mix of Russian soul and expression and German quality that make our manufacture watches extraordinary.
  • Is it difficult to source for vintage movements in some of your watches?: Of course it is difficult due to high demand. I have special connections to find these movements.
  • Congratulations on passing a quarter of a century in making watches. Anything you would have done differently in hindsight?: I believe in moving step by step. I believe it is with this experience that I am able to make fantastic watches. I have to say I don’t want to have anything changed because of what I can do now. We have to build that base before we can move forward. Although I believe I could have been a fashion designer if I did not become a watchmaker.
  • Asians tend to be more concerned about brands when it comes to watches. How do you plan to overcome this when working with your retailers?: Of course the brand is important and lends confidence to the watch owners. Our target is all about people who respect themselves and trust their own style. I want my customers to choose the watches for themselves and want them to be leaders in thinking in their own groups. I believe in my watches.
  • Which of your collections do you think represent you better?: I am a creative person and I think my Avant-Garde collection is closer to my heart.
  • Do you have any messages for your Malaysian watch lovers?: Trust yourself. Buy what you feel is good. Don’t be pressed by advertising!

He also showcased some of his watches that highlight design features he is famous for (including some award winners).

Crossing
Crossing
Sixtythree
Sixtythree
Regulator
Regulator
Barbara
Barbara

And a highly complex and intricate Poljot International Globetrotter. Shorokhov is also responsible for this brand.

Poljot International Globetrotter
Poljot International Globetrotter
Poljot International Globetrotter
Poljot International Globetrotter

Please visit the local Red Army Watches boutique to view these watches first hand!

 

Just Right

Named after the Greek god who is the son and herald of Poseidon, ruler of the seas, the Orient Triton continues the proud tradition of the Japanese brand in producing high quality dive watches at reasonable prices. The new Triton slots itself in between the highly rated Orient Pro Saturation Diver and the ever popular Mako II and Ray watches. It also essentially replaces the M-Force range.

Orient Triton ORRA-EL0003B

Orient Triton ORRA-EL0002L

Orient Triton ORRA-EL0001B

All 3 Triton models showcase the brand’s ability to produce truly solid and robust dive-capable timepieces. The construction of the watch lends a lot of weight and it would be an understated to say that it has presence. With anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal, the watch offers great legibility with its thickly lumed markers and hands.

Thick lumed markers

The well-made bezel comes with a lovely matte insert and clicks distinctly at 120 clicks. For those seeking a watch to bring out to sea, the Triton is compliant with the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) for a Class 1 Diver watch.

Screw-down crown

120 click bezel JIS class 1 diver

Full specifications are as such:

  • Movement: Orient Caliber 40N5A automatic, hand-winding, hacking, date aperture with a power reserve of 40 hours and power reserve indicator.
  • Case: 43.4mm stainless steel with screw-down crown and 120 click bezel.
  • Dial: Black/blue.
  • Crystal: Sapphire.
  • Water resistance: 200m JIS class 1 diver watch.
  • Strap:  Stainless steel with double clasp.

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The Triton can be found in Malaysia at selected authorised A. D. Time retailers, Orient retailers and Solar Time branches. The ORRA-EL0001B and ORRA-EL0002L retail for RM2,311 whereas the ORRA-EL003B retails for RM2,500.

Nothing to hide

Orient Star DX02001C

Here is the magnificent Orient Star DX02001C (JDM model number WZ0031DX)! The Orient brand name is an old one, with its company being founded in 1901. Today it is owned by Seiko Epson Corporation and is a true manufacture of watches. The Orient Star range of watches are premium timepieces created by the brand and feature fine details and excellent workmanship typical of famous Japanese watchmakers.

This model is made extra special as it features a skeletonized movement which allows one to fully appreciate the workmanship of the watch. The watch is a true dress watch with its slim dimensions and hand-winding movement. We truly admire Orient and Orient Star for offering great manufactured timepieces that are value for money especially for the amount of work done in each watch. The watch also comes in steel and two tone versions.

Full specifications are as such:

  • Movement: Caliber 48E51, handwinding with hours, minutes, small seconds and power reserve indicator. Power reserve of 50 hours with hacking mechanism.
  • Case: 39mm gold plated steel case.
  • Dial: Skeletonized and finished.
  • Crystal: Sapphire with mineral display caseback.
  • Water resistance: 50m.
  • Strap: Croco leather strap with folding buckle.

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Orient Star watches are distributed by A. D. Time Sdn Bhd and can be found at their authorized retailers.

Dive Into The Blue

The ISO rated Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver first came to us last year with a black dial. This time around, a blue version with matching bezel and strap comes in the form of the Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver Blue. Coming with the same specifications, this means that the watch is a true ISO rated diver. We feel that the BR03 case is perfect for this rugged tool watch that has just the right attitude and appeal of that signature Bell & Ross cool factor. And the blue colour differentiates it somewhat from the multitude of other dive watches out there.

As with its black sibling, this watch is going to be very hot. It retails in Malaysia at MYR15,900 and the official boutiques are getting their stock as we type this. Expect authorized retailers to receive theirs soon after so make your bookings soon!

Full specifications are as such:

  • Movement: Caliber BR-CAL.302, automatic with hours, minutes, seconds and date.
  • Case: 42mm satin-polished steel with unidirectional rotating steel bezel with 60-minute scale and blue anodised aluminium insert.
  • Dial: Blue with metal applique skeleton Superluminova®-filled numerals and indices, and metal skeletonised Super-LumiNova®-filled hands.
  • Crystal: ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
  • Water resistance: 300m ISO rated.
  • Strap: Woven rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric with satin-polished steel pin.

BR03 Diver Blue
Solid is the new Diver Blue!

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The Aikon Automatic enters

We’re great fans of the popular Maurice Lacroix Aikon and we’re so happy that the the Automatic version is finally here! All this while, fans of Maurice Lacroix and of the Aikon have been hankering for an automatic version. And the brand has answered the calls by not only introducing the watch in automatic form but also an automatic chronograph version. Truly a wonderfully designed watch that’s fit for all times of the day! And best of all, it’s well priced for the quality that the watch represents! We understand that authorised retailers in Malaysia will be receiving their stock soon!

Meanwhile, just enjoy the case and dial of this fantastic timepiece that’s all sporty but can also be dressy at times!

The solid all-new Aikon Automatic

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Happy 20th Anniversary Caliber 9S!

The all-new Grand Seiko Caliber 9S 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Hi-beat 36000 SBGH267G has landed in Malaysia. It features an exceptional dial marked with the 1960s Daini Seikosha’s GS initials as well as a blue signed titanium/tungsten rotor.  You can obtain this at the new Seiko boutique in MidValley, Isetan Lot 10 as well as authorised Grand Seiko dealers. We expect it to sell out really soon as we hear that the numbers available in Malaysia are really small!

SBGH267G
The magnificent GS SBGH267G

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Sublime Purity

Pristine is the new H. Moser & Cie 3 hand watch, the hand-winding Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity. While the movement remains the same as the previous model, the watch now comes in 5N red gold and a rhodium plated characteristic fumé Moser dial that’s bound to catch attention as the watch wears large with its vast expanse of a dial that encompasses almost all of the 43mm diameter of the case. We took the chance to take the watch for a spin for a week and before we begin our report, here’s a photo shoot of this insanely mesmerizing watch!

Click here for the Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity Album

The specifications of the watch are as below and please look out for our hands-on experience in our social media accounts the following week!

Specifications

  • Case: 5N red gold, diameter 43 mm
  • Movement: In-house hand-wound calibre HMC 327
  • Frequency: 18,000 vph
  • Power reserve: 3 days
  • Hours and minutes, off-centre seconds hand, hacking seconds, power-reserve indicator.
  • Hand-stitched kudu strap and rose gold engraved pin buckle.