The watch is presented on a matching blue satin strap, accentuating the dial colors. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vouz Ivy Minute Repeater is my ideal women's watch: cutting-edge complications, stunning elegance, and quite a moody motif (think biting cold wind beneath a moonless night-blue sky blowing without compassion on snow dusted ivy leaves). It is a timepiece that has it all. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater will be limited to 88 pieces – a relateively large number for such a highly complicated and arguably niche offering – with the price coming in at around 0,000. jaeger-lecoultre.com
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Earlier this year, we posted a detailed article about a visit we had paid previously (article here), so now we will focus a bit more on the processes related to the making of the Felix watch, as well as on how this new offering fits into the brand's present lineup – and the market itself.
If you don't know what a flyback chronograph is, the answer is very simple. Whereas in a traditional chronograph, you need to first stop the running chronograph before resetting it, with a flyback chronograph you can hit the reset pusher while the chronograph is running to start it again. I have yet to be in a situation where this is necessary, but I'm not timing races or whatnot. All movements in the 880P movement family have a flyback complication, but the 883P sheds the automatic rotor, as it is manually wound, and about a millimeter of thickness in the process. The in-house made movement is comprised of a lean 240 parts, operating at 3Hz (21,600 bph), and has a power reserve of 50 hours.
The dial of the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph is truly lovely. At its core, this isn't a new design, but it does have some novel design features as well as finishing. The subsidiary dials are easy to read and offer a high-contrast between hand and dial color. The raised hour markers are applied with SuperLumiNova lume, and more is in the hands. What I love about the hour markers and hands is how well they contrast with the mostly opaline dial. While polished, they aren't in natural steel or black, but a sort of dark gray that makes them dark enough to contrast with the dial, yet still have a little polished glimmer. I think Chopard got not only the finishes down well, but also the colors. This type of attention to detail doesn't happen by accident.
So, why does this particular watch matter? It is because of the promised battery life which is 3-4 days with moderate usage. "Big deal," you may say, but once we consider that most presently available Android Wear watches offer (often less than) a day of "power reserve," and that the watch packs a 320x320 pixel, color LCD display, that 3-4 day promise sounds a lot better. How did they manage to do that? Well, along with the color LCD, they also managed to slip in an e-Ink display, which I imagine greatly contributes to the ability to conserve battery. I was tempted to think that – when the LCD was in use – this was another Android Wear piece of kit.
All three of the watches share the same movement, which is the in-house produced and designed Patek Philippe caliber CH 29-535 PS Q. Manually-wound, the movement features 65 hours of power reserve and would be perfect if it has a power reserve indicator (say, on the rear of the movement). Even without the utility of a power reserve indicator, the CH 29-535 PS Q is a very lovely mechanism that is thankfully viewable through the rear sapphire crystal window on the back of the watch.
Swatch Irony collection timepieces have a huge amount of variety and tend to be the slightly higher-end Swatch models, as they use some metal in the cases – most of these watches, for example, have aluminum and plastic cases. These models further focus on futuristic design, which I think is pretty cool. Given the "XLite" name, it is also safe to say that the Swatch Irony XLite collection timepieces aren't at all heavy on the wrist.
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Finally, we take a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into manufacturing a Hublot Big Bang case. While they may look simple on the outside, making a Big Bang case is anything but that, and learning more about it has deepened my appreciation for the brand. We then turn our attention to another highly underrated but impressive brand, Seiko, to learn more about their manufacturing processes and also their highly revered Grand Seiko watches.
If the dial of the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT looks a bit different than most Ball watches, that is because it is. While the hour markers look like those you typically see on Ball watches - meaning they are made using tritium gas tubes - what is different is how they are applied. Rather than sit on top of the dial, they are set flush with the dial. This offers a new type of look for Ball and was done so that the GMT hand can move while being placed low on the dial. While the GMT hand has a familiar Rolex Explorer look, it doesn't use tritium gas tubes. In fact, the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT watch is among the few Ball timepieces that has SuperLuminova on the dial in addition to tritium gas tubes. That means the GMT hand can look more traditional, but isn't going to be as visible in the dark.
We will begin with a unique clock that Breguet built for one his many very special clients: the No. 2655 Carriage Clock – or travel clock – was made for Caroline Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, and sold to her on the 18th of March 1812. Between 1808 and 1814, Caroline Bonaparte was one of Breguet's most important clients – for obvious reasons – and this had been reflected in the timepieces that she had consigned and received from some of the greatest watchmakers of the era.
My wrist shot for the Nomos Tetra. My wrist is around seven inches.
What do you know! As different as John and I are, the last watches we each bought were the same. We are now (once again) Omega brothers, each rocking a Speedmaster Mk II. We discuss the interesting world of watch auctions and try to dispel some of the myth and magic that can get in the way of a good experience. We also discuss the rather odd Ralf Tech "Torpedo" and an Artya watch with real tobacco inside.
Collection Overview from Christopher Ward
- C60 Trident COSC – Limited Edition (42mm) is available as a worldwide limited edition of just 300 pieces and features Christopher Ward’s in-house movement, Calibre SH21, at the heart of this chronometer version.
- C60 Trident Pro 600 (38mm and 42mm) - meticulously upgraded in every part of this most iconic of action timepieces and water tightness has been radically improved to achieve depths of up to 600 metres (2000 ft) - twice that of its famous predecessor.
- C60 Trident GMT 600 (38mm and 42mm) Combining quality, reliability and style a dualtime automatic watch with the supremely accurate and robust ETA 2893-2 automatic movement beating at its core.
- C60 Trident 300 (38mm and 42mm) - The entry point into the Trident collection and the perfect expression of Christopher Ward’s ambition ‘to make premium quality watches available to everyone’. The rugged uni-directional bezel is constructed of aviation grade aluminium and this model is watertight to 300 metres / 1000 feet.
Both versions feature a white/silver tone dial, simple in layout and free of unnecessary clutter. Arabic numerals sit at the four main points (3,6,9, and 12), while simple stick markers fill in the remaining eight positions. A subtle chapter ring encircles the outer rim of the dial, while the brand’s name and “Mechanique” are printed just below the 12 o’clock position. The markers and hands on the steel version are rhodium plated, and plated in gold on the red gold version.
On the surface of it, most of these specs will be familiar to us - sapphire crystals with AR coating, 100m water resistance rating, and an outer timing bezel, for starters. When we get into the functionality, though, we see some new twists. First up, let's have a look at the chronograph. It's of the 12-hour variety, but it accomplishes this via a single register (at 9 o'clock) that tracks both the minutes and hours (via two hands, of course).
Looking for a last-minute gift guide to help you choose a watch for a friend or loved one? Then keep on walkin', 'cause this ain't that. There are watches and "gifts" in this article, but this isn't a "gift guide" where we just show you some watch stars from this year, and tell you what we think you should buy. We feel that's not actually entirely realistic and rarely helpful in real life. Instead, we decided it might be fun to do a "Fantasy" Secret Santa this year, with all our team members, and do a real-life, real-watches (meaning relatively accessible), real people (with fantasy money), watch "gifting" exchange, and see what happens. Our hope is to provide anecdotal insight into the thought process, some wisdom about watches (and gifting), and perhaps some entertainment.
Of course, the lack of website progress viewability is certainly not a major fault. Why is it something that I look for? Well, for one, it is functionality that I am used to from my current everyday tracker. It gives me a quick way to dive into the details of the previous day (particularly the sleep tracking). It also fits well with my usage, as I am at the computer all day (and where the tracker automatically syncs).