Low fat, high strength: Ti­ta­nium watches

The lyrics to the hit song Ti­ta­nium are not with­out some truth. Ti­ta­nium is highly val­ued for its strength and high re­sis­tance. But perhaps most of all, it is known for be­ing ex­tremely light. If you like big watches but with­out the as­so­ci­ated heft, watche

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IWC AQUATIMER AU­TO­MATIC 2000 IWC is one of the pi­o­neers of ti­ta­nium watches. In 1982, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Porsche De­sign, IWC re­leased the IWC Ocean 2000 watch - one of the first watches to be made out of ti­ta­nium. To­day, the Aquatimer Au­to­matic 2000 is that watch’s spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor, and like its fore­fa­ther, it fea­tures an all-ti­ta­nium case. De­spite its mas­sive di­men­sions – it still re­mains rel­a­tively light and com­fort­able to wear. It is also wa­ter re­sis­tant to a whop­ping 2,000 me­ters. Talk about over-engi­neer­ing.

OMEGA SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN 600 M CO- AX­IAL MAS­TER CHRONOME­TER CHRONO­GRAPH 45.5MM Mea­sur­ing 45.5mm wide, the OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Ax­ial Mas­ter Chronome­ter Chrono­graph is not a small watch. But be­cause the case, bracelet and even the dial is made out of ul­tra-light, Grade 5 ti­ta­nium, the watch feels

sur­pris­ingly light on the wrist. In­side beats Omega’s Mas­ter Chronome­ter­cer­ti­fied cal­iber 9900, which fea­tures a chrono­graph com­pli­ca­tion, is al­most

im­per­vi­ous to mag­netic forces, and has a power re­serve of 60 hours.

SCHAUM­BURG BULL­FROG CHRONO­GRAPH In­spired by one of the most fear­some crea­tures in the wa­ter, the Schaum­burg Bull­frog Chrono­graph is drip­ping with mas­culin­ity. Mea­sur­ing 42mm wide and up to 15mm thick, it’s as chunky as its name­sake and wa­ter re­sis­tant to 200 me­ters. Thanks to its ti­ta­nium case, the watch is re­mark­ably light de­spite its for­mi­da­ble di­men­sions. The watch also es­chews tra­di­tional chrono­graph dial ar­range­ments for a more pur­pose­ful sin­gle 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock. This makes it eas­ier to use the chrono­graph and read the elapsed min­utes.

PAN­ERAI LU­MI­NOR 1950 RE­GATTA OR­A­CLE TEAM USA 3 DAYS CHRONO FLY­BACK AU­TO­MATIC TI­TANIO PAM726 A ver­i­ta­ble mouth­ful, the Pan­erai Lu­mi­nor 1950 Re­gatta Or­a­cle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Fly­back Au­to­matic Ti­tanio fea­tures a 47mm wide ti­ta­nium case ex­e­cuted in the brand’s dis­tinc­tive Lu­mi­nor 1950 case style. In­side, the Pan­erai cal­iber P.9100/R of­fers a re­gatta count­down

com­pli­ca­tion as well as a chrono­graph func­tion with an added fly­back ca­pa­bil­ity, which al­lows the wearer to in­stantly re­set the chrono­graph and start tim­ing a new event with­out first stop­ping and man­u­ally re­set­ting the chrono­graph.

GRAND SEIKO SBGA059 The Grand Seiko SBGA059 is re­mark­able for a num­ber of rea­sons. The first is its ti­ta­nium case, which uses a spe­cially de­vel­oped ti­ta­nium al­loy that can achieve a shiny pol­ished fin­ish akin to stainless steel. The sec­ond is its spe­cial dial, which has been called ‘Snowflake’ by fans and is so called be­cause it re­sem­bles freshly fallen snow. The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind this unique dial is said to be the snow­capped land­scapes of the Ja­panese Alps in win­ter.

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