Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio PAM604 Limited Edition Engraved Watch Hands-On
I have to admit I was hoping the Heuer 01 would be more closely related to the still-on-hold in-house made and designed TAG Heuer caliber CH 80 – but we will have to wait for that into the future. It does feel a bit “marketing-ish” to make a new movement name out of what is essentially an 1887 in new clothing. I get it, but it doesn’t feel as satisfying as it should, However, the result is an impressive and highly wearable concept that offers so much of what people like about skeletonized versions of the Hublot Big Bang at a fraction of the price. For that reason, I think the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 will sell very well.
I've always been a fan of the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art collection aesthetic. I never dreamed of asking for anything more in mechanical terms. I took them as objects of beauty, as examples of several decorative arts working in harmony. As long they could tell the time, I never worried too much about the calibre. With this collection, however, Vacheron Constantin have not only pushed the boat out, they've given it such a mighty shove it might never make it back to port.
At three o'clock, there is a window indicating the day by way of its appropriate planetary sign. In antiquity, the seven moving objects visible in the sky (the Moon, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) were all given a symbol, which came to be associated with a day of the week (the Moon for Monday, the Sun for Sunday, etc.). This is a weird thing to look at, but once you get your head around the unfamiliar symbols, it's actually a pretty clever addition. Unlike a date indicator, this complication will never need adjusting as long as the watch is kept wound. It has the longevity of a perpetual calendar without the bank-balance-busting movement. Bizarre but brilliant, from the Russian maestro.
As I am writing about the Casio Pro Trek PRW-3500 I am asking myself, "how could Casio make this a cool smartwatch?" I think that it is possible for Casio to add useful smartwatch functionality, while at the same time, allowing a Pro Trek to maintain its reliable "go anywhere" spirit that it gets from not needing to have its time set or needing a charge.
They want contemporary modern technology that is nevertheless a lifestyle indicator. They want cool traditional watches in an accessibly-priced package, they want a brand which participates in things which are relevant to them, and they don’t want a brand that tells them what to get but rather gives them choices. It is entirely possible that I am reading a bit deep into what Jean-Claude Biver is doing at TAG Heuer, but after meeting with him, seeing the new for 2015 TAG Heuer products and exploring their upcoming partnership and event plans, this all seems rather clear to me.
Zodiac offers a range of Zodiac Heritage Sea Wolf models, and each contains an in-house made automatic mechanical movement. Retail price for the Zodiac Heritage Sea Wolf ZO9250 watch is ,195 and one lucky entrant will win one this month.
Jean-Claude Biver: Today’s policy is to bring TAGHeuer back to its core business and back to basics. We have been and are still marketing leader in our core price segment, but have in the past spend a lot of creativity, innovation, and large part of the collection in our "upper segment price range." We have now decided not to give up this "upper price segment," but at the same time, devote more innovation, more creativity, and more references in the core price segment. Together with this "back to basics" strategy, we have decided to align our international price strategy, which has lead us to reduce prices in certain countries and increase prices in others. We believe it has become urgent today to have a unified (ex tax) international price list. It has not been difficult to make such a decision, because it is a very healthy and dynamic decision for the brand.
Early during the Baselworld 2015 show TAG Heuer announced a partnership with Intel and Google on an upcoming smartwatch that will come toward the end of 2015. Now, towards the end of the show, TAG Heuer has allowed us to share news about their very competitively priced Swiss tourbillon timepiece based on the new Carrera 01 collection with its aggressive sport styling that will have a 45mm wide case produced from steel and titanium. In my opinion, Jean-Claude Biver intends for the Carrera 01 to be a sort of "baby Hublot" for those keen on the modern "open work" styling of many Hublot Big Bang watches, but without the budget for one. The TAG Heuer Carrera 01 will be priced at 4,900 Swiss Francs and the tourbillon version will be priced at 10,000 Swiss Francs more.
Montblanc created their own complication that builds upon a base automatic movement with date (a Selitta SW200) to add a second hour hand, jumping ability for the local hour hand and a 24-hour (am/pm) indication. The movement, dubbed the MB 29.19, uses 34 jewels, runs at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The date is tied to the local hour hand, and the minutes and seconds measure are not affected when the local hour is changed. Additionally, the home hour hand can be hidden below the local hand when not in use.
So, even though the Apple Watch offers a refined experience when you use its available features, not all of those features are as fully fleshed out as I would like – which makes me eagerly await future versions. I do however appreciate that Apple did not include functionality that wasn't ready for prime time and that isn't very reliable.