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I wondered what exactly he means by that – how should technology take the lead, and is this aspect of watchmaking more important than the visual element?

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Attached to the case is a very attractive looking black alligator strap. It is however thick and needs to be worn-in for it to sit properly without being stiff. The folding and locking deployant clasp is of a higher quality and complexity than you might expect. Inside the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme watch is their caliber 2660Q2 automatic movement with an almost three day power reserve. It is actually a base Frederic Piguet caliber 1150 (produced by the Swatch Group as well), which is at the heart of most all Jaquet Droz timepieces. You can see the movement visible through the sapphire exhibition caseback. It is not only a good movement but it is also well-finished.

First, consider that to most people (and fashion labels) a watch is an accessory. Just like sunglasses, wallets, belts, etc... Brands like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada all have accessories with their name on them that are proportionally much less expensive than their clothing. I think the idea is to offer customers a watch as being part of the brand without investing in the brand's more expensive clothing and show items. While not every woman can afford a Chanel dress, Chanel sunglasses are much more accessible. The same goes for make-up etc... Chanel however is among the brands with a rather pricey collection of watches. But as I've discussed above, that isn't the case universally. Luxury lifestyle brands seem to make calculated decisions on what products with their names on them are accessible, and which aren't.... and it is a formula I have to admit that I don't quite understand.

Hublot includes a feature on the watch first seen in the Big Bang Ferrari watches from last year. That is the new locking crown system. Similar to what is used on some Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor watches, rather than having a screw-down crown, it has a locked and unlocked position. Inside the watch is the Hublot caliber HUB 4248 automatic chronograph movement. This movement has a centrally mounted 48 minute chronograph, subsidiary seconds dial, and the date. It offers an acceptable feature set, while also providing a good view of the movement through the dial. 48 minutes of course is the length of a basketball game.

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The movement on this one is actually why I asked to review it. Introduced at BaselWorld this year, it's quite something.

As with any watch brand, it is crucial to not only focus on their flagship designs, such as Bremont's HMS Victory, but also on their "entry level" models. A brand's most modestly priced model must often be their most concentrated design. When planning a more expensive model, there is a latitude or buffer that does not exist under the constraints of creating a laser-focused introduction to one's brand.

Aside from looking interesting and showing you how fast the little hand moves, it doesn't do anything. You can't use it to measure anything, and it is simply there to indicate fractions of a second as you watch it. We like how it looks, but the jumping seconds hand is mostly cosmetic these days in mechanical watches.

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A bit difficult to read, in that the minute hand and GMT hand appear similar.

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No matter how many times I am fortunate enough to play with this watch I am still amused and enchanted by it. In this newest version it is even better. The design and skeletonization remind me a bit of Breguet aesthetics. I think many of you will find that as well. Called the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane, this is most certainly the finest of the Christophe Colomb models yet. Why? Well it has to do with how it looks and what goes in to it.

The DB16 Tourbillon Regulator's dial is all beauty. From the depth to the decoration, this is classic, yet unique. Blued Breguet style hands are graceful looking while the indicators are well laid out. Windows are placed for the month and day of the week, while a subsidiary date window sits below the moon phase dial (which also has a small window that acts as the leap year indicator). Extremely legible, this watch well-highlights its functions as well as decorative features. This is among the few 0,000 plus watches that simply 'want' to be worn on a daily basis.

So let's discuss the new dial - which is really what the Kendrick is all about. Xetum retains its smart looking vertically written logo, and offers a pleasantly symmetrical dial. The date window is black on black and not obtrusive so as not to disturb the symmetrical feel. On this black dial I like the white ring around the dial that connects with each of the hour markers. A separate distinct dot or Arabic numeral doubles the hour markers to increase legibility and add an additional style element. The dial feels minimalistic, mostly because of the fact that everything on it is rounded. The softening touch of all the curves is a primary reason for the dial's eye-pleasing appeal.

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For matte/satin finish bracelets use a small abrasive block to give back the grain of the watch. Something like Garyflex is perfect. This is a flexible polishing block and should be fine for home use. Go for the grey 120 grit as anything heaver will give a rough grain and anything lighter starts to highly polish the bracelet, rather than grain it. Be VERY careful with excess abrasive being left in the bracelet afterwards as this will undo all your hard work as it rubs and may damage the watch. Also be very careful not to satinize any areas that are polished as this makes life very difficult to rectify. By all means, use masking tape, but be careful it doesn't tear or wear through in places giving a ragged polished look. There are specific satin mops used in the industry and to get a straight grain is an art in itself. If this is done badly, the watch will look worse than before you started!

The Big Pilot watch is one of IWC's staple, namely the reference 5009 which comes in a steel case and is a tad bit smaller at 46mm wide. For 2012 IWC released the reference 5019 (IW501901) Big Pilot as part of the Top Gun collection of watches. This 5019 version is a bit larger at 48mm wide, which as far as I can tell is due to the case itself being a bit broader on the sides. The dials of the two watches are very similar. One thing that a lot of fans like is the new ceramic case for the Big Pilot - which was previously more or less seen in the chronograph versions. The color is not quite black, but closer to a dark gray and offered in a matte finish. It is rather handsome in a military sort of way - and the black look of the case goes well with the dial.

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Necessary Data
>Brand: Rolex
>Model: Submariner
>Price: ,500 - ,550 as reviewed
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: Anyone wanting an absolute classic, do anything, wear anywhere sports watch that can afford it.
>Best characteristic of watch: Has a design that has bared the test of time over and over again, and kept on improving.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Design has been copied countless times and has become in its own genre-defining way, generic.

Ariel, do you need to send back the watches you review? How long do they let you keep them for? Are you allowed to wear them around when they are sent to you for review?

Second, while I can again forgive Raymond Weil for sparsely decorating the movement, there is again less of an excuse for not decorating the rotor a bit more. An engraving of the RW logo would go a long way. Also, on my unit I found the rotor to be excessively noisy. It's not noisy to a point of being annoying, however, I can hear a tin noise if I spin the rotor. Not sure if this is due to lack of lubricant or that the rotor is touching the side of the case or that it is loose a bit, but it's definitely noisy. I plan to take it to the shop soon, before my two years warranty expires.

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