On the wrist, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver feels like a solid watch and is lighter in weight than the steel version. The attached rubber strap is fantastic, but should be for the price. Inside the watch is the same Audemars Piguet Calibre 3120 automatic movement. Not sure about the price but it is over ,000.
The sale includes some interesting vintage Rolex watches to bid on. These include a rare Rolex military pocket watch as well as some Datejust models from the 1950s. The Luxury Timepiece Event will run in the Fashion Vault until 8:00am on September 17th, when the auctions end. Check out the Rolex and other watch auctions which are part of the event here.
The G-Timeless Sport is a dive style watch with 100 meters of water resistance. That is just enough for the "Sport" part of the name to apply. The case is in steel being 44m wide, and there is a PVD black version as well. As a diver style piece it does have a rotating timing bezel and easy to read dial, as well as an AR coated sapphire crystal. Plus, according to Gucci the colored hour markers and hands are done in colored SuperLumiNova.
The WW1 Heure Sautante timepieces don't inherently need to be in precious metal cases, but it helps Bell & Ross define the collection and concept. There is a simplicity to the designs that really asserts some of the minimalistic values the brand has. These are hard timepieces not to like, as they look striking on the wrist. Inside the watches are base ETA automatic movements which have been decorated and augmented with special jumping hour modules. These modules offer the time with instant-jumping hour and a power reserve indicator. There is a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback on the rear of the watch. And the cases are water resistant to 50 meters.
Jaquet Droz was Swiss from around La-Chaux-de-Fonds. Most of his work took place in the late 1700s to the early 1800s. Despite a lot of success, I believe it was actually the French Revolution and activity of Napoleon which removed a lot of clients and income streams for the Jaquet Droz company (that was being run by his family at the time).
While the open dials are very cool, the Pulsion's full design potential is restrained by the hands. They are far from legible and not quite long enough. The good news is that a quick fix can remedy this problem. Step one is that Roger Dubuis should (in my opinion), make the minute hand a bit longer and then fill in the skeletonized parts with lume (just as in the tips, but extend it to the lower section as well). In CAD designs where contrasts are high, skeletonized hands tend to look cool. On actually-built dials they more often than not blend into the background and end up disappearing. Like I said, fill in the unnecessary gaps and you have vastly improved dial that is exactly what the Pulsion wants.
The piece we are checking out is in titanium coated with black DLC. There is a non-coated titanium version, as well as an all 18k pink gold and 18k pink gold mixed with black version. These four models will launch the brand and apparently have their first few batches of productions sold to retailers who will sell HYT watches all over the world.
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Seiko once again pulls out a version of their EPD e-ink display watch for the last piece in this limited set of Star Wars watches. The Seiko Star Wars R2-D2 (ref. SDGA005) watch is yet another limited edition version of this watch. I last discussed how Seiko released a version of their EPD watch for Golgo 13, and previously offered a hands-on experience with this very cool Seiko e-ink display watch here. This neat timepiece is both solar powered and atomic clock controlled, but uses Seiko's high resolution active matrix EPD e-ink display. The dial features a number of screens that offer various views of the movie along with the time. Probably perfect for an R2-D2 watch, and the nerdiest of the lot. Not necessarily nerdy because of the design, but more because it will have a character like R2-D2 on the dial all the time. It will be limited to 1000 pieces.
A new limited edition version of the Hamilton Ventura XXL watch will be worn by major characters in the new Men In Black III (3) movie that will open this month. I believe that previous Men In Black (MIB) movies also featured other versions of the famous Ventura watch. This newest version is the Ventura XXL model in polished steel, and it is a limited edition.
Along with its timezone flexibility, the Bremont ALT1-WT is also an automatic chronograph with a traditional two-pusher layout and sub dials for 30 minutes (top), running seconds (left, 9 o'clock) and 12 hours (bottom). I really love this layout as it groups the Bremont nameplate and date in a way that seems balanced with the otherwise asymmetrical sub dial design. The date window retains the trapezoidal shape which was first seen on the C-17 model in reference to the shape of a C-17's aircraft heads up display.
In this week's gripping horological journey we talk about each wearing Graham watches - Ariel talks about the one he reviewed here - and John brings to the table the Graham he's been wearing all week. The correct pronunciation of the word, "Quixotic" is debated, along with Ariel's extra thumb as a topic other than watches that he can use to make new friends at parties. The brand new Seiko Orange Monster watch range, Lang & Heyne watches with mammoth movements (literally) made in Dresden, and also the affordable Citizen Scuba Fin watches. Should we start making watches out of poachers? And, there is no silicon in Rolex watches.
Cartier has pledged to produce 50 pieces in the limited edition Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal watch set. It is really an outstanding looking watch from most any angle. No word on price but I would be surprised at anything under 0,000. The better news is that it is proof Cartier is not all fluff, and their fancy high-tech research results will eventually make it into buyable watches. When tech like this will reach mainstream Cartier watches is another question altogether.
In addition to having a lot of whiz-bang features and an easy to love convenience, the Perpetual Chrono AT watch represents a type of Citizen watch in terms of quality that you might have not known was around. For instance, this watch has a sapphire crystal - something that until recently wasn't available on most Citizen watches that weren't in high-end categories. The crystal is further AR coated. The case is water resistant to 200 meters, and comes with a warning that only the service center should open it up!
The "full pave" (or totally diamond covered) watch in the United States is often a simple code for "I have too much money, and perhaps not as much taste." While jealousy might have something to do with those thoughts, it is true that simply covering something normal with diamonds is a less than difficult (albeit expensive) way of adding luxury. That would be ignoring a lot of the really nice diamond covered watches out there. Easy to make fun of and perhaps taboo to wear - the diamond covered luxury watch remains an extremely powerful force that is hard to resist if you can afford one. It is like buying a private island: it might be just too excessive to ever actually justify, but secretly you want one and all the stigma that comes with it. This is akin to walking around with a crown.
The design is unassuming and appears much like a generational leap forward from the Livestrong-style rubber wristband. Fitting, since Nike actually co-developed the now ubiquitous wristband with the Lance Armstrong Foundation. With rubber wristbands getting so popular over the years not a single person commented on it or asked what it was. This is a definite positive mark for the FuelBand designers as it is intended to be worn all day, every day, and as such looks equally at home in the boardroom as it does in the local bar. This variant is bigger and tougher-looking but has a lot more going on inside than a typical rubber wristband. Should you light the FuelBand up, it will definitely attract your inner geek as well as those around you.
The case is nicely made and well finished for the price with some additional visual interest coming from the four non-functional black screw heads fitted into the bezel. I think the GAF would have looked fine without these screws, but they certainly don't spoil the overall look. The dial design, on the other hand, is going to be a rather divisive aspect with "Especially made for the Georgian Armed Forces" prominently displayed on the dial in a position normally reserved for branding. I would have liked to see "Uniq" given more attention on the dial and the Georgian Armed Forced given less of the precious real estate or even moved to the case back. Georgia does have a rather smart looking flag that is also featured in the dial design.
Under the Richemont umbrella, brands like Ralph Lauren and Van Cleef & Arpels rely on proud movement maker Piaget for very slim movements – and there is nothing wrong with that. Van Cleef & Arpels knows what they do well, and instead of trying to reinvent the wheel or make up their own name for what is essentially a Piaget movement, they are correctly making it clear what is in these watches. The specific caliber is the in-house made (quite nicely made actually. You can check out an in-depth article inside Piaget’s movement manufacture here) Piaget 830 P manually wound movement that offers just the time in this piece.
We discuss what a driver's style watch is, and a limited edition Vacheron Constantin model for the American market, the Historiques American 1921 Boutique New York Watch.