Jochen Benzinger performs what is a lost art; the idea of taking the time to decorate the fruit of one's labor. In America especially, during the 19th and early 20th centuries, furniture makers would decorate their creations with patterns, carvings, and delicate attention to detail. Part of the idea was to differentiate themselves so that the consumer knew exactly who created the furniture piece. Today, watches, like furniture before them, are produced in an assembly line with less attention given to detail, and more to volume.Read more ›
People have been diving for probably thousands of years, but it really became a science in the 20th century, after lots of envisioning occurred in the 19th century. The first diving watch was a Rolex because of its water resistance (Rolex Oyster case), but divers, like all people needed a variety. IWC decided to release the Aquatimer in the late 1960s, perhaps a little late on the bandwagon, but the Aquatimer was a nice watch. With the IWC Vintage Aquatimer, IWC pays homage to the original Aquatimer while at the same time releasing a fully capable diving instrument.
Botta Watches are designed by Klaus Botta proudly displaying his namesake and made in Germany at Botta Design's manufacture in Pforzheim . Botta design watches should not be confused with watches designed by architect Mario Botta who produces designs for Mondaine. Botta Design, like other firms such as Porsche Design, is a design firm above all else, which is typically why watches from design firms are often far more aesthetically appealing. One experiences a slightly different style philosophy when a watch is designed by an architect/industrial designer versus a watch maker alone. There is no "better" watch design origin, but you get a different flavor to the watch. The serious collector has examples from both, and on terms of design watches, Botta are an excellent example. As such they have received multiple design awards such as the Red Dot award.
Another diving feature is the watch's rotating bezel with is a pleasure to turn offering 60 satisfying clicks. Some rotating bezels I have used seem flimsy and disjointed. The Nettuno 3 bezel smoothly, yet firmly moves in one direction around the face offering time measures of up to one hour. I usually use this to measure how much time I have left on a parking meter. I now prefer watches with rotating bezels, as the added functionality is welcome to almost any watch, detracts from the look of an empty bezel which is common.Read more ›