In the video Biver gives us a few hints about the future of Hublot. Namely "manufacture." We know that Hublot is gonna get its own movements to go inside of its watches already with price points as though they already do have their own movements. So in maybe 3-5 years we will start to see something new from Hublot. All that bangin' Big Bang success has been able to fund some serious expansion and deserved ambition by Mr. Biver. He also talks about some of the peripheral things that they haven collaborated on. Like the Hublot bicycle or skis. I have a feeling that these products are only branded Hublot, without and of their design, which is probably good. Why then, is it fair for him to talk about them like they are Hublot products. What the hell Biver, you talk about them however you like, I still like the watches!
See the Pro-Hunter Military Single Red DeepSea Rolex Watch available on James List here.
The short of it is that aBlogtoRead.com will be experiencing more down time this weekend. 48 hours max, on and off. So wish me luck, and know that all of this will be cleared up soon. I won't stop until it is back at 110%. I'll be back with more watch love so very soon.
The stye of the lugs represents Angular Momentum's new Time Gallery style case, and looks interesting on a dive watch. Really helps add heft to the case which slightly reminds me of those popular large Russian style diver watches. Adding to the tool-like composure of the watch is the brand and bezel retaining screw. The crown of the watch is meant to look like a valve release - nightly reminiscent of dive tools. It is steel and coated in something called lemon gold for the brass tone. Makes me think of plumbing. You then have a round screw on the bezel which is used to secure the bezel down and prevent accidental turning. Both this screw and crown have intentionally been created in a larger than life size to help emphasize the tool like nature of the watch.
The grade 316L stainless steel case is going to be a large 50mm wide and 100 meters water resistant. The crystal on both sides will be sapphire and "super" anti-reflective coated on the dial for nice glare-free viewing (a must). LUM-TEC's MDV (maximum darkness visibility) lume just keeps getting better. The Lumzilla comes with the newest generation LUM-TEC MDV GX luminant on the hands and dial. You can tell how richly the luminant has been applied. The cases is also available in a black PVD coated version.
One of Longio's specialties is making actual tourbillon movement. The ultra complex mechanical wonders that are a right of passage in themselves to be able and manufacture. They offer tourbillon movement based watches starting at about ,600. A price that blows away European offerings. No, I don't think that Longio's tourbillon movements are as good as what you can get from the Swiss, but how much does that matter for what is essentially a novelty movement. No one argues that a tourbillon is useful - they are merely fun to watch. And for a more reasonable price, you can get one too from Longio. I discussed their 1000 meter tourbillon diving watch here.
While the layout of the site is not great - not bad, but could use some tweaking - it's also progressive to see them featuring e-commerce already on this new line. It's a smart way for a brand to be accessible, but still exert control over their own brand and pricing strategy. And with their retail prices fluctuating between 0-0, it's definitely a line that will be appeal to - and be attainable - to many more brand loyalists.
You can see the imagery of the ship, island with palm trees and water recreated faithfully in the watch. Of course it is all meticulously hand engraved in solid gold. More impressive is the rear of the watch where you can see the also hand engraved movement plate and rotor again in 18k gold. Really awe inspiring if you ask me. The movement is interesting in function. First, the hour hand is jumping. Meaning it always displays the precise hour, as opposed to being between hours. There is also another unique feature to the Tempusvivendi movements that is not obvious to the eye. A pusher in the crown makes the hands jump to their "non temporal position." Meaning that the jump back to position seen in the picture so that they appear just like the coat of arms. Another sign that this watch is art and for a serious Qatar lover.
There is a good chance that you got a new watch this holiday season (at least I hope you did). Maybe a loved one got you that new timepiece, or you broke down and gifted yourself (likely the best idea). We often get really excited about our new watches, but with the new addition to our collection, we find ourselves without a place to put it, and more importantly a way to conveniently wind that new automatic watch.
For the case of the watch, Linde Werdelin took their existing Biformeter case, did it in titanium and skeletonize it. Case skeletonization is rare to see, and the SpidoLite is the first time I have seen such extensive skeletonization done, not to mention it is the first time it was done with a titanium case to my knowledge. The case still retains the ability to have one of Linde Werdelin's Instruments attach to it, but has a wild "cut-out" look. Titanium is much harder to work with than steel, so it is interesting just what Linde Werdelin was able to do. As such, you can really see how much of the watch case there were able to cut away but make it work. It retain the same shape as the standard Linde Werdelin case, but literally looks like a skeleton. The case alone is very light, but doesn't feel fragile, and has some heft because of the steel based movement inside of it. The case is cut in a very fine manner. There are some sharper edges if you places your fingers along some of the edges, but nothing major. The style and work that went into the case is such a clear sign of the times. It is a very "now" watch, and for the very "now" person that is a good thing. Years from now people will look to the case and think to themselves just how cool it was that someone had the guts to pull it off. The SpidoLite has an older 1970's automatic mechanical movement. This goes to the love of vintage stuff, while also giving you the assurance of modern goods.
If you'd like to get a Moana Pacific watch, try not to wait too long as this is a limited edition watch of just 500 total piece and just 100 with the Ancient Kauri wood in the caseback of the watch.
I am proud to announce that I am now the watch editor for the prestigious luxury lifestyle magazine, Haute Living. The magazine is unique for having a series of regional editions which include Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Miami. There is of course, also a national edition of the magazine. I will writing about a few watches in issue. Those articles will be republished on Haute Living's blog located here. I hope to bring a more interesting and conversational tone to the discussion of luxury watches in "print" arena, with a focus on topics for dedicated watch lovers, and those fresh to the passion.