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Bulgari finally goes a bit more mainstream with their rare blue dial color that we've seen before as part of at least one limited edition model. For 2015, Bulgari will offer two steel watches with this lovely (and very difficult to photograph) new blue dial color. These two watches exist in the Bulgari Bulgari collection (the round case), as well as the Bulgari Octo - each model coming on either a bracelet or strap option. So why all the fuss about blue?
Why are they appearing in such droves nowadays? And are we looking at a market evolution, or at a bubble ready to burst?
As an amateur triathlete, I have been using Garmin watches for the past 10 years now, and the latest model I had a chance to test is the Garmin Fenix 2. My addiction to the sport reached a new high last year, when I completed my first full Ironman, that's 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles cycling, followed by 26.2 miles running (a full marathon).Read more ›
However, while the dial may look simple, its construction is anything but. Look closely, and you will see that the dial is also finely grained, while the hour markers are in fact rendered using polished pink gold. The dauphine hands have also been hand-finished, and are endowed with both polished and sandblasted finishings.Read more ›
Because of it being a totally independent light source, tritium gas tubes make for a reasonable alternative to lume paint. The reason for that is, as you know, "lume" needs to be charged by an external light source for it to then glow for around 10-12 hours before going completely dark once again – and remain like that until the next exposure to a strong source of light. By contrast, tritium tubes keep on glowing for years and years, all by themselves.
The Rolex Day-Date 40 is available in 950 platinum (Reference 228206), 18k Everose gold (Reference 228235), 18k yellow gold (Reference 228238), and 18k white gold (Reference 228239). Prices will be CHF59,600 for the Rolex Day-Date 40 Platinum, CHF35,800 for the Rolex Day-Date 40 Everose, CHF33,200 for the Rolex Day-Date 40 in yellow gold, and CHF35,800 for the white gold Rolex Day-Date 40. rolex.com
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Materials and construction are fantastic, and I think most people will be surprised at just how comfortable the Apple Watch is. Of course, ultimate comfort will depend on people choosing the correct strap/case combination that is right for them, but for me, the Apple Watch has really proven itself to be something that I'll be happy to wear for long periods of time.
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Carbon fiber and ceramic are perfect examples of materials that themselves have almost zero inherent value. You cannot sell your ceramic-cased watch to anyone for the value of the material. This represents a major shift in how some consumers value their high-end watches, where the "coolness" of borrowing materials and aesthetics from other high-end pursuits such as exotic car collecting marries into the notion of what a luxury watch should be. Suddenly, brands like Richard Mille (among a few select others) made it important to migrate industrial materials to watch making in order to help separate yourself from the pack.
Recommending or not recommending the aesthetic virtues or "wearability proposition" of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 is a futile discussion. Anyone who put down two and a half million dollars for a Patek Philippe watch isn't buying their first Patek Philippe. Most of them are regular collectors who will more than likely worry about the long term value of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 and will not subject it to too much wear or use. That is the destiny of many "collectible" Patek Philippe timepieces purchased: to remain in plastic wrap in their brown Patek Philippe boxes. So put aside what notions you have of some billionaire playboy strutting around with a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 showing off his "sexy sonnerie" to the ladies. Chances are that isn't going to happen much.Read more ›
The 43mm case sizing is carried over from the 2014 Bremont Boeing models, but the cases are now crafted from Boeing's Ti 6-4 aviation-grade titanium, with the familiar middle barrel treated to a DLC finish. The cases are both beautifully brushed with polished edges and the Bremont Boeing Model 1 Ti-GMT retains the distinctive crown guard design originally seen on the steel Bremont Boeing Model 1.
Let's focus on the movement for a moment, as it is the Blancpain in-house made caliber 242 automatic. Comprised of 243 parts, it operates at 4Hz (I believe) and has a massive 288 hours of power reserve. That is 12 days, which puts it in a unique zone between some of the fancier Vacheron Constantin 14 Day Tourbillon movements, as well at the more plentiful 7-10 day tourbillons out there. You also have a lot of typical Blancpain-style parts, such as the way some of the gears are skeletonized, the shape of the balance wheel, and the engraved designs.Read more ›
Matt Smith-Johnson: I would still like to find the exact ZOT watch I had as a child, and I am not sure if anything could replace the Rodania in my heart. However, a definite holy-grail watch for me would be the Urwerk UR-103, but it is out of my financial grasp at present. Hell, there are a few more watches I would love to have, but money aside, The ZOT and the RCAF connect with me in a way I’m not sure other watches can.
The self-winding Calibre 1120 AT features a dragging (or trailing) hour mechanism, that reveals the hour by way of a number that acts as the minute hand as it transits the rightmost edge of the enameled image from top to bottom. This is not only unusual in the wider field of watchmaking, but especially rare to see something of this nature from Vacheron – a brand that has tradition at its core. Most watches under the Métiers d’Art heading have been much simpler. A departure into the mechanically novel is a welcome one as far as I am concerned.Read more ›
Why is this important? Well, like I said above, we buy watches and are connected to them because of stories, and having basic data about when we bought watches and for how much is really useful to collectors. It would also be nice to have a place where we can store receipts, warranty cards, and other paper work such as letter of provenance, etc... So why not create a fully fledged service that watch collectors can easily access from any device and complete digital records that go with their watches. These records should also be easily transferable to other people who buy those watches, assuming they also use the service. Thus, when you purchase a timepiece from an individual owner, auction house, or dealer, all this wonderful information and history goes with it.
That focus will mean that the watch is gathering information using its built-in sensors and sending that data to the app running on the phone, which in turn will compile and then digest the data. The functions include a "hit counter" that will not just count the amount of times the player has hit the ball during the game but will also be able to differentiate four different hits such as attack hits, low hits, high hits and high fives. The Power Hit counter will be able to measure the strength of the hit and in fact rate the player on a scale from 0 to 100, from beginner through amateur to professional.Read more ›