This particular model is the ref. 3051.5BB Cuervo y Sobrinos Torpedo Pirata Chrono Bronze with DLC Black. It is sometimes called the Torpedo Pirata Black Beard as well. The flamboyant nature of the brand is well-highlighted here, but is also subdued thanks to the all matte black color. It makes for an interesting sporty look, with a nicely legible dial filled with features.
What about the size of the Arnold & Son Golden Wheel case? It is 44mm wide available in 18k red gold for this debut limited edition version of the watch. Arnold & Son has been extending the lives of their new watches over a few years by releasing variations in different case materials and something with slightly different dial and movement finishing treatments. Regardless, I expect to see only limited amounts of the Arnold & Son Golden Wheel watch over time given their niche, yet profound, appeal to dedicated collectors. The ref. 1HVAR.M01A.C120A Arnold & Son Golden Wheel watch will be available as a limited edition of 125 pieces and will debut at Baselworld 2015. Price is ,950. arnoldandson.com
In addition to the 48mm wide GMT Breitling also produces the rather less expensive Navitimer World which comes in a 46mm wide case and has a chronograph/GMT complication. The difference is that the Navitimer World does not have an in-house made movement. It's Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750-based movement that has a different chronograph layout. Admittedly, the "tri-compax" layout of the Breitling caliber 04 movement is slightly more attractive. More so, the caliber 04 equipped models have a sapphire crystal window display caseback - which is still something uncommon for Breitling watches.
That circular part with the gold colored wheel displayed under the skeletonized bridge just by the two hammers is called the governor, and it is a key component of just about any repeater watch: in perfect harmony with its name, the governor's duty is to ensure that every single chime follows the previous in a timely manner, and that the individual chimes are not all over the place, ruining the musicality of the complication.
Derek Dier: Very rarely do I sell locally. In fact, only recently in the past year, people have discovered that I’m here. But 99% of my sales are scattered around the world, with the US being #1, then the UK, Asia, and the rest of the world.
Orient Watch USA's description of the Orient Flight watch is remarkably straight-forward and to the point. They claim that "the Flight Watch is Orient's take on the quintessential classic Pilot's piece," and that is immanently true. Aviation timepieces are second only to divers' watches in popularity when it comes to sport watches, and everyone needs at least one pilot-style watch in their collection. Unlike dive watches with a specific set of functions in mind, pilot watches are a bit more ambiguous in terms of what makes them "for pilots." Traditionally, a pilot really just needed a clear way to tell the time, and in some instances, a second time zone or chronograph complication was useful. Of course, pilot watches can be discovered with a whole universe of practical or "creative" features. Though, when it comes down to it, the most classic pilot watches simply indicated the time, and did so with ease.
Nevertheless, while it first and foremost is a creative watchmaker stretching its muscles once again, this time this extra complication has a more philosophical approach, where actual usefulness – in the more traditional sense of the word – gives way to something Swiss brands prefer to refer to as "poetic." And once we think of that way, a somewhat similar concept springs to mind: that of Hermès who, with the Le Temps Suspendu (article here), allowed the wearer to "suspend time" by snapping the hour and minute hands at the 12 o'clock position at a press of a button while the movement kept on tracking time – allowing the hands to display the correct time at any moment when the button was pushed again.
To be sure, it would have been a much cooler watch had there been some actual "DNA" from a Batmobile in the mix, but it seems that was not in the cards. As far as Batsymbol watches go, this one is pretty sweet. The dial itself calls to mind the "broken skyline" that was used in movie promotions, and the look of the watch when the luminant is going is plain cool (though, again, the fanboy in me wonders if a yellow tinted lume would not have been more appropriate).
aBlogtoWatch first discussed the Ressence Type 1 watch here where our David spend a healthy amount of time discussing the construction of the case and movement, as well as the collection overall. We were jazzed about the Type 1 then, and after getting some hands-on with it, we feel that it is a very solid "entry-level" Ressence. The problem, of course, is that in the world of exclusive limited production timepieces, entry level still often means out of reach for most consumers.
The next phase of Campanola's evolution is to add mechanical watches to their lineup, which should be pretty exciting news because the movements inside the Citizen Campanola "Mechanical Collection" watches will be Swiss, not Japanese. If you recall, a few years ago Citizen purchased the Swiss movement making firm La Joux-Perret (that owns the watch company Arnold & Son, and also produces a number of high-end movements for other brands). We have been wondering what Citizen planned to do with La Joux-Perret, as they have been relatively hands-off. Now we know that a new La Joux-Perret produced mechanical movement will be exclusively available in some Campanola watches.
And with that, we must note that brands that go to such lengths to develop a new product will always try to amortize the stratospheric development costs by releasing basically the same movement in different, new packaging: hence, after the first 55 pieces run of the original EMC is just about to be completed, the Urwerk EMC Black continues this electro-mechanical legacy of the brand. Price for one of the 55 numbered pieces of the Urwerk EMC Black watch is 118,000 Swiss Francs or about 6,000. urwerk.com
While the G-Shock MT-G watches have steel (polished or coated) cases, the Casio G-Shock MR-G has an all titanium case with not only a special treatment to make it extra-hard, but also DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. This coating is extremely though and is meant to add an impressive level of scratch-resistance, as well as adds the dark gray gunmetal finish to the overall aesthetic design of the product. The bracelet of course is also titanium, as is the caseback of the watch. Like other Casio G-Shock watches, the Casio G-Shock MR-G is water resistant to 200 meters.
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon case is a modest 38.5mm wide, and here, in solid platinum. It is joined to a black alligator strap and should wear quite nicely for most people. I particularly enjoy how the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1's off-centered dial has aged. I am personally not a huge fan of many asymmetrical watches, but this is among the exceptions. One of the things I like is the clarity and simplicity of the dial for the time itself, which is made just a bit more interesting with the also off-centered subsidiary seconds dial inside of it.
Kelly Rowland: I wasn't – until I thieved my friend's TW Steel! [LAUGHS] That's really what happened. I'd admired other people’s watches, but I still hadn't found one that was for me. Someone even bought me this really beautiful watch and I never wore it. And then I saw my friend’s TW Steel and said, “Wait, can I see that?” And then I never took it off!
ABTW: What was your first grail watch?
Today, the concept of a brand ambassador (no matter the industry) is rather straight forward and typically a business transaction whereby one company wants to leverage the popularity of a particular well-known individual. It wasn't (and to a small degree still isn't) always that way, and people like Jackie Stewart represent an older, more involved approach, where an ambassador is really an integral part of the company in the way a consultant is. Rolex doesn't even refer to their ambassadors by that name, but rather as "Testimonee," as though the term were a proper noun.
This past March we showed you a first look at a special limited edition watch from Hamilton called the Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition. This aviation gauge-inspired bullhead chronograph features the ability to be worn as a traditional wrist watch or to be detached from its lugs and strap so it can be mounted in a desktop display case that really completes the cockpit look and feel.