Normally, a concept like this would not really appeal to me, for much the same reason that I am generally not a fan of single-handed watches: I like to know the exact time that I am at, not some vague approximation. With this watch, it is something of a different beast. It adds an extra element of surprise to looking down at your watch to determine how much time has surprisingly slipped away – and you can also always have the accurate, two-hand indication when you need it.
Speaking of movements, the Zenith El Primero Stratos Sprindrift Racing watch contains the manufacture El Primero caliber 4061 automatic chronograph movement. What makes an El Primero an El Primero is its 5Hz (36,000 bph) operating frequency. This is above most other mechanical watches that operate at 4Hz (or less). The chronograph has a column-wheel transmission, while the movement has about 50 hours of power reserve.
That is about all there is to say about the Torgoen T32 dial – it's clean, it's legible, and there is not much to change in this sort of a style. Well, ok, perhaps there is. While the minute hand is appropriately sized, the hour hand comes off a bit undersized. I think here a simple widening of the hand a touch would do wonders for the look. Oh, yes, and one other thing – the date wheel over at 4 o'clock. Being as it is already inverted in comparison to the dial colors, it is surprising to see a white outline around the cutout. For my tastes, I would rather have a dark date wheel and no outline, allowing the date complication to fade away until it is needed.
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Fiona Krüger Skull Watch Hands-On
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Fiona Krüger Skull Watch Hands-On
One issue is the watch industry's very poor practice of how they define water resistance. Watches that are literally no more than "splash-resistant" are often labeled as "water-resistant" or "water resistant to 30 meters." Nothing in the watch industry is more misleading than a watch labeled with "30 meters of water resistance."
I got the Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Titanio (PAM 00564) from my Secret Santa, and it is uncannily close to a bull's eye for me. In fact, it was only in the past couple days that I had identified a very similar Panerai Luminor Marina as one I wanted to go try on. He knows when I'm sleeping, awake, and is monitoring my online searches? Anyway, nicely done, Secret Santa!
Network: 900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
Display: 2.0” Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
AP: Dual core 1.0 GHz
OS: Tizen based wearable platform
Audio: Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
Explaining all the design features of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 can take a lot of time. Jaeger-LeCoultre can be said to have "over-engineered" the watch, given all that it contains on both the outside and the inside. "Over-engineered" is not a term I use often, but when you take all that the watch has into consideration, it feels like an awful lot of work for only 500 timepieces, priced at well under 0,000 on top of that. If you are like me, and can appreciate a zealous pursuit of masculine complexity and a dedication to functionality, then the Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme Lab 2 will be a difficult watch to resist.
Based on the liquid-filled Ressence Type 3, the Ressence Type 1 is a watch unlike any other. Like the former, it looks thoroughly modern and yet elegant at the same time. And while there are notable differences between the two, the Type 1 carries over the Type 3’s slick-styled case that is sandwiched in sapphire crystal. It also lacks a crown, because time is adjusted using the caseback. Do not miss our hands-on with this piece to find out more about its unique looks and special way displaying time.
Intriguingly, when the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition debuted at Baselworld in 2013, it followed the baldly commemorative pattern of previous Jazz Collection releases, featuring an image of him playing saxophone etched onto its caseback. But with the watch’s actual release this past year, that caseback was replaced by a solid steel one dominated primarily by Oris’ shield-like logo. The only indication of the figure it's paying tribute to is in the name of the watch etched above it in a plain, Helvetica-style font.
A discreet Greubel Forsey watch? It can happen, and it did happen, with the new Tourbillon 24 Secondes Tourbillon Vision. This is the most basic looking Greubel Forsey timepiece ever, and it even comes with an actually totally round case without the brand’s typical “asymmetrique” bulges – well save for the tourbillon bubble on the caseback (which you can’t even actually feel while it is on the wrist). Of course, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision isn’t actually simple, as the dial uses a pantheon of complex construction techniques only a brand like Greubel Forsey would even consider putting so much effort into. The Vision uses a modified version of the existing 288-piece movement with an inclined tourbillon that rotates once each 24 seconds. The dial display only has the time with subsidiary seconds dial and a window shows a rather discreet view of the tourbillon which can be better viewed through the rear of the watch. At 43.5mm wide in 18k white gold for 2015, this limited edition of 22 pieces is a unique selection of design elements and masterful technique that shows the range collectors can expect from one of the most meticulous timepiece makers around. Price is north of 0,000. greubelforsey.com
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tradition Grand Complication
When I think of Bovet, I think of highly skeletonized and classically styled watches that seem to come from the past through a time machine. The Recital 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon Watch that we see here follows in Bovet’s rich tradition of skeletonized watches, and it even has a very classic looking case, but somehow, it looks more modern. Perhaps its in complex looking dial, which, by the way, can display the time in three time zones. Or maybe its because of the movement that is peeking from underneath, called the “Calibre Rising Star II,” which is finished in a very modern way.
The skeletonized dial version plays with the concept of the original Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater watch, but here without the hand-painted landscape dial showing a river, forest, and waterfall. The latter element doubles as the seconds indicator, as a slowly spinning disc attempts to mimic the flow of water. There is something a bit more appealing for me (the gearhead) about this partially skeletonized model. It isn't that I didn't like the original in its full glory - I did - but rather that this version of the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater mixes the mechanical art form Jaquet Droz is promoting in the watch, with just enough visuals to remind me of it on a regular basis. With the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater on my wrist, I consider a day wearing the watch around town and the possible ensuing conversations. If there was ever a convention for conversation piece watches,the Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater might dutifully act as their mascot.
More so, the 2014 Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel watches contain brand new movements which Jaquet Droz will use to help distinguish their timepieces. Jaquet Droz is part of the Swatch Group and received high-end movements from the group, but starting with this new collection, the movements will be much nicer with better specs and an improved visual aesthetic.
The limited edition of 300 pieces version of the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing has three differences from the standard model. First, as I mentioned above, it has a black-colored case. It also comes with a single strap in black produced from alligator, and the crystal over the dial is sapphire crystal versus mineral crystal. For this you pay and extra 0 - which might seem like a lot, but is pretty reasonable, given watch industry standards. All in all, looking at the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing purely from a design perspective, for the money, is ain't half bad looking, is pleasantly derivative, and the quality is something that will satisfy consumers familiar with watches at these price levels. So what about how it functions as a smartwatch?
Given that sidereal time is not especially useful and that tourbillons are just for ornamentation, this artistic and entertaining application exists for added drama and complexity, which I think it succeeds in providing. The tourbillon appears to float in the space between the dial and the crystal with its carriage, which is mounted only from the bottom and rendered in titanium to make it as light as possible.
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The beauty of most watches for men, is in their ability to make the wearer appear original, and full of character. You simply don't get that out of a piece of technology. Like I said, at least not yet. I remind you, this is thefirst Apple Watch, and things like design will evolve. Apple knows this, and they should be given a lot of credit for what they have done so far. The Apple Watch is really unlike anything they have done before. Those with an intimate knowledge of what it is like to get a company to produce something "new" for their own culture will appreciate what an ordeal it must have been at Apple and the many internal (and probably entertaining) debates.
Savoy Safes and Scatola del Tempo teamed up once again for the production of the Savoy Safe No. 3, a highly ornate modern watch safe that uses a circa 1800 vintage safe as an exterior. This is the ultimate way for antique lovers to combine an amazing historic safe with a watch winder, to keep their high-end timepieces wound and secure. It will go perfectly in their Spanish-style villa or secret underground lair. The question aficionados need to ask themselves is, at what point their timepiece collection merits a 5,000 house.