Conversely, the similarly priced Junghans Max Bill model authentically exudes the same sort of ‘50s-‘60s Bauhaus vibe, but its Miyota movement is not as distinguished as the Selitta in my opinion, and the strap isn't in the same league (although it does have a wonderful sapphire caseback). Another possibility, IWC’s entry-level Portofino, costs a few thousand more than the Oris Coltrane, but with similar self-winding three-hander guts and look. NOMOS offers an authentic, if sometimes divisive "International Style" design, along with innovative in-house movements - but at a couple big bills more than the Oris, and certainly without any jazz! Among the Oris John Coltrane's small but distinguished cadre of jazz-themed peers, I absolutely adore the Vulcain Herbie Hancock special edition, with its staggeringly beautiful dial; but with its famous in-house “Cricket” movement and precious-material options, the Vulcain ends up (deservedly) at another whole price-point jump - or two - more. If I could, I’d simply have both and start a jazz-oriented micro-collection among my watches!
The newest set of Sprindrift Racing watches are an interesting lot, and consist of two Zenith El Primero Stratos Sprindrift Racing timepieces. Each offers a unique combination of the Stratos-style case and the open-dial associated with some other Zenith watches. This is the all-black ref. 75.2060.4061/21.R573 "phantom model" in a DLC-coated steel case. The other version of the Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing is the ref. 86.2060.4061/21.R573 which has a two-tone titanium and 18k rose gold case.
This is undeniably cool, and something that is rather fun to play around with. Unfortunately, it has the side effect of encouraging a rather large-looking case on the dial side. The truth of the matter is that it only measures in at 42mm. What makes it seem overly large is that the dial itself is fairly small, as there is one of the widest chapter rings I have ever seen surrounding the dial.
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Today, we are with Omega in Geneva as they announce another interesting step forward: Omega will start working together with METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology to supply its Co-Axial Master Chronometer with a very stringent and comprehensive certification and, perhaps more important, to create a new and highly complex standard of watch certification that will be offered to other, even non-Swatch Group brands.
Inside the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S is a Swiss Made Sellita SW200 automatic mechanical movement that offers the time and the date symmetrically on the dial. Retail price for the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver is ,400, and this month, one lucky person will win one by entering below.
Several years ago, a company called Slyde (hands-on review here) was a bit ahead of its time in offering a luxury digital watch designed to have swappable "engines." These were essentially skins that allowed you to have a custom look to the various available screens which offers functionality like the time, calendars, world time indicators, etc... The promise by Slyde was that in a single device, you could have a rich assortment of variety in the way time was displayed, but not be bogged down by traditional considerations of the limitations of a mechanical watch. With the advent of the smartwatch era, the promise of Slyde will now become much more mainstream. People can explore the wonderful diversity of watch dials on an inexpensive device and switch at will without any major complexity or cost.
In a typical Girard-Perregaux system, the bridges on the tourbillon cage are produced in their typical "three bridges" style with arrow-tipped bridge ends. Even in this micro-space, Girard-Perregaux is keen on infusing a sense of brand DNA. All of this is part of the caliber GP09300-0001 movement, a new mechanism dedicated to the Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon. The movement is manually wound with 52 hours of power reserve. It operates at a frequency of 3Hz (21,600 bph) and is made up of 317 parts.
Everyone is understandably excited about the Apple Watch. It is, after all, the first all-new product from Apple since the iPad. And from what we have seen so far, it looks pretty nifty. I know what some of you might think of such watches, but I think credit must be given where it is due, and amongst all the smart watches out there, Apple’s seem to be the most considered and well thought out. Our Editor-In-Chief Ariel finally had the chance to spend some time with the watch, and here are his thoughts about the Apple Watch.
Saying this, we have also noticed that mechanical watches without automatic rotors can be more stable with their timekeeping, and it got us thinking for reasons why this may be. To pinpoint reasons to consider, we will look at the parts of an automatic watch movement that a basic mechanical watch does not have.
Returning to Kevin Rose as a watch lover, you can really tell a lot about him by the watches that he likes to wear. The Ressence Type One watch is a good example; highly technical, modern, analog, and most importantly... very much under the radar. The Ressence looks like a real life futuristic cartoon watch. It also happens to be amazingly well detailed and exclusive. Like other watch lovers, Rose also felt the allure of Panerai. He is a Radiomir guy, and his black ceramic coated PAM 384 combines the legibility of the brand with a stealthy black case and the convenience of eight days of power reserve. Rose comments on how he particularly likes that he can go for a few days without wearing it, and it is still wound.
Personally, I find Néry's signature timepiece one of the most beautiful and distinctive divers out there, with its stunning ocean-blue dial and intriguing bezel integration; some serious anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal, rugged, yet well finished steel casing, 300 meters of water resistance, and a chronograph function to measure the free diver's precious remaining moments of breath register this as a serious tool for divers. It also has Ball's trademark 5,000 Gs of shock resistance - actually a more necessary feature than one might think for diving (protecting above and beyond more than most dive watches do, taking into account the considerable impact a timepiece endures when a diver hits the water). And yes, it has a helluva lot of wrist presence, as does the award-winning Diver Worldtime, which boasts a dazzlingly postmodern yet timeless design from current star watch designer (and possible next Gerald Genta) Magali Métrailler.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is once again stepping into some familiar territory with another addition to their historically-inspired Reverso collection. You would think I would get bored with these, but you’d be wrong. Launched in the early 1930s, the Reverso was originally conceived as a sports watch, featuring a unique reversible case design that allowed the wearer to protect the dial while utilizing it on the (Polo!) field. Today, the Reverso is a pillar of wristwatch design, and a steadfast collection in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s lineup.
While it is a quirky dial it does a lot of things well, and for the Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec edition, Montblanc changed up the dial a bit with additional enhancements that focus on simplicity. Anyone who felt the original Nicolas Rieussec watches were too busy looking might really get a kick out of the Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec models.
A. Lange & Söhne is quickly earning more and more acclaim around the world from collectors and the media. For a long time, it has remained a sort of "enthusiast's secret," given their low production numbers and relatively under-the-radar marketing tactics. My hope is that as demand for A. Lange & Söhne watches increases, they do not mess with their highly effective formula for producing wonderfully made and designed traditional mechanical watches. In my opinion, as long as they remain ultimate grail watches for the most sophisticated collectors, the brand will continue to have the prestige it deserves. The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst ref. 704.048F will be limited to just 20 pieces and priced at 1,700. alange-soehne.com
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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends October 24, 2014
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Model: New Irony Alu Chrono
Dial: Blue with white and silver-colored designs, date window at 3 o’clock
Case: Aluminum with translucent blue plastic insert, blue pushers and crown
Bezel: Aluminum bezel
Bracelet: Adjustable aluminum bracelet with blue plastic insert in the sides of the links
The centerpiece of all Tradition pieces is of course the inside-out layout, wherein nearly all essential components of the movement are visible on the dial side. Specifically, on display are the mainspring barrel (in the very center), the bridges and wheels of the going train (running on the periphery from 9 to 5 o'clock), as well as of course the large balance wheel with the Breguet-curve spring.
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Enough with the dreaming – lets get back to the reality. The reality of wearing a watch like the Devon Works Tread 2 Shining is that it is eminently wearable. Yes, there's no doubting that it is not a petite watch, but if you have spent time with modern dive watches, the size is pretty easy to adapt to. Just be prepared to show the watch off – even for people who are not in to watches, they recognize something different in it, and kicking the belts into motion (using the aforementioned "sleep" mode) really makes eyes light up.