So what is it that makes looking at these Chinese themed Ernst Benz Chronoscope watches so pleasant? Well for one we all seem to love red and black. Be it red with black trim, or black with red trim, it always looks cool. You could take a 30 dollar Casio and make it black with red trim; instantly cool. Then, you have something us Westerners are not used to; Chinese numerals. No, I can't read them, but based on their location, I can guess they number 1 through 12. Actually, the "8" is distinct as it indicated "08" for the year of the Olympics. And, as many of you know, 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
There are few things as sweet as getting a newly restored vintage watch. You get the pleasure of nostalgia, along with that special sense of personal touch from a master restorer's handiwork. It is a good thing as Martha Stewart would say. Bob Thayer is in the business of repairing, restoring, and modifying all types of watches, with a bit of a specialty on Seiko watches. He has something special for sale which I thought would interest you. This watch is one of the Seiko Bell-Matics. A mechanical alarm watch that was extremely popular "back in the day." They are no longer made, and while these watches can be found, so few are in good condition. In Bob's capable hands, you get a stunning vintage watch ready for daily duty - with a loud alarm. The watch is available restored, for 5. Here is a intro into the watch by Bob:
The Marc Ecko Master of Possibilities watches begins with what is essentially a good idea; the ability for the user to change the look of the watch. And 12 options is a nice touch, all in a gaudy box. But merely having a lot of options alone is not enough. Those options needs to have at least a few good choices. These options defy class and refinement. The metal work is equally cheap. Notice the inexpensive chroming on the watch and the bezels. You see, real chroming is a special chemical polish that gives metal a high gloss. It is a time consuming and rewarding ordeal. Cheap chroming takes cheap steel, and coats in in further cheap materials. The result is a "chrome-looking" appearance that is satisfactory to a 4 year old, or a bird that is attracted to shiny objects. The crafting on the Master of Possibilities watches is pretty lame, even for fashion watch standards. But lets say I am wrong, and the polish is world class, you then just have the world class ugly designs to deal with.
I finally decided that I wanted to write about a calendar watch for New Year's day, but I didn't know what watch to talk about. Calendar watches come in thousands of forms, and have been around practically since the time clocks have been around. There are a few highly complex calendar watches that actually do indicate the year, but none of those suited my tastes at this time. I finally decided on writing about one of the most elegant, "love it or hate it" calendar watches out there made by the boutique watch brand De Bethune. I really like the brand even though they put as much effort as is possible to keep their watches priced well outside the watch, or car buying budgets of the majority of people.
One of the best parts of many Temption watches are the color variations offered. As you can see, the red theme is prevalent in this particular Temption CGK204. The same watch is offered in black, yellow, and I believe blue. Further, it is offered with white or black faces. The watch itself is about 43mm wide not including the crown. Temption makes extremely high quality steel cases with jeweled cabochons (in the crown and pushers) matched to the color trim, on the case. This is a really cool cosmetic features that Temption applies to most of their watches.
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This special ring rotor, in addition to looking great, provides the best of both worlds, allowing for a great unobstructed view of the movement, along with having the immense convenience of an automatic winding movement. Nice work Carl. F. Bucherer. Oh, and by the way, remember how I said that worked with Techniques Horlogères Appliquées to development the movement? Apparently Carl F. Bucherer was so impressed with them, they just bought up the 17 person company. Look for the CFB A1000 automatic movement to appear in Carl F. Bucherer watches soon.
You could argue that the level of detail in the IWC decoration is above that of the Patek Philippe. You'd be correct, but they repersent different styles. The 150 IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Squelette watches (50 in Platinum, 50 in rose gold, 50 in white gold) will (or were) be given to Jochen Benzinger whose shop hand machines each watch meticulously with special "engine tuners." While the 44mm Portuguese case remains clean and solid, Benzinger goes to work on every square millimeter of the movement with an impressive level of detail and attention. The decorations seems to frame the flying tourbillon, and the small subdials for the date and seconds. Turn the watch over, and you'll notice a typical Benzinger style decorated rotor with the IWC logo painstakenly applied to the a gold section on the rotor.
A. Lange & Sohne has a boutique store in Dresden, located in the heart of the old sector. While you'd never know it as a new visitor to Dresden, the majority of the historical buildings are only now viewable again. 1945 was a bad year for Dresden during the war, with much of it being bombed or burned. Almost immediately after the war, and during communist rule, the rebuilding slowly took effect. It was not until after German reunification that the restoration process in Dresden got much more serious. A. Lange & Sohne is a name you can find all over Dresden, especially in the Green Vault museum located near the boutique in what used to be the royal home. What you will find in Dresden is a dynamic mix of medieval architecture and personality that combines Gothic buildings with the more festive style of the 18th century.
The newest Elemental is the "Hard Black" and shares most of its features with the previous Linde Werdelin Elemental watches save for the new case material. Getting on the DLC bandwagon (that I predicted would occur) with other fine watch brands, Linde Werdelin likes what DLC can offer. Again, DLC stands for "diamond like carbon" and is a coating on metal that makes it crazy hard, and crazy scratch resistant. This might explain why this new watch is called "Hard Black." The nature of DLC makes for a glossy black/dark gray colored case which is increasingly refined in its look. The earliest DLC watches found a home on Japanese watches such as Casio (the MR-G). These were excellent G-Shock type watches, but sometimes the DLC coating was a bit too glossy for my tastes. The newer iterations of DLC are getting better and better.
From the single button on each side of the strap, to the sand blasted case, the Archimede Pilot H watch is certainly nice. The crown is easy to operate, and the sapphire crystal on the front and back add to the longevity of the watch. Size is 42mm wide. Price is right as well at about 0-0. One is available on eBay at the time of this writing.
The Temption Cameo and Fortis Square are both (approximately) 39mm wide and high - steel - square-cased watches with round dials. Each primarily arrives with dark brown leather straps, and have dark against white colored faces. Each has a shaped rear on the watch case to better fit to your wrist. Each contains a Swiss ETA automatic mechanical movement with a sapphire crystal caseback window (an ETA 2892-2 in the Cameo, and an ETA 2836-2 in the Square, though a chronograph or GMT version of the Square is also available with other movements). Both have a retail price between ,500- ,000. Both are functionality focused with a stylistic edge. In my book that makes these two watches competitors.