I imagine that in time, NOMOS could offer a customization feature for the airport code ring such that a customer could chose different cities for each timezone since clearly while some international cities like NYC, LON, HKG, TYO, or SYD, are no-brainer choices for all, it might be useful for someone living in the Middle-East to have cities nearby listed instead for some timezones.
While wearability is an issue given the large 51mm case size, that likely won't deter professionals who have been relying on Breitling Emergency watches in the event they are caught in emergency situations and they need a beacon in order to be recused. I am not sure if the Emergency II will totally replace the original Emergency, but I suspect that it might. As the technology in the Emergency II timepiece is still new, the price is quite high at launch, being around ,000. breitling.com
This would likely be from old, brittle or even water damaged luminous paint. The only solution would be a new set of hands, a new dial or a dial restoration. New hands are usually covered in a regular service so if the hands are the priority, book it in for a service and you'll have a regulated, well-oiled movement, with bright new hands. Win win!
The term "mystery" (whether in English or French) as applied to a clock or watch means that some part of its mechanism or operation is hidden from the user. In this case it means that you can't immediately see how the hands are attached. Two watches in 2013 battle it out for your less than mystery dollars.
Independent watch maker Romain Gauthier (R. Gauthier) has just released a new high-end watch which at the same time we both really want and completely don't need. Oh, horology... you wicked maiden. I highly disagree with the name "Logical One." It implies that this watch errs on the side of prudence and sensibility. Which is most often not the case with beautiful high-end timepieces such as this. There is nothing logical about it. However, to give credence where credence is due, Mr. Gauthier comes from an engineering background and the basis of this watch is to logically improve a particular watch movement feature that I quite love. So let's check it out.
The RJ Day of the Dead watches will come in PVD black coated steel cases that are 46mm wide. These are the traditional Titanic DNA style cases with the X going through the dial into the bezel claws. On the dial are two possible Dia de los Muertos style painted skulls (apparently done by Swiss artists). The two versions are only slightly different with there being a cross on the forehead of one skull, and no cross on the forehead of the other version. I can understand that dual offering as some people are more or less desirous of religious symbolism on their timepieces or clothing.
The original Piaget Altiplano 43mm was marred by production problems. It took a long time to be produced and was never (to my knowledge) made in great numbers. It is still apparently a difficult watch to get today. It is difficult to guess why, but it goes without saying that mass producing mechanical watch movements is a truly horrific undertaking. The good news is that Piaget claims the production issues are solved in the sense that the Piaget Altiplano Date will not require nearly as long a wait and should begin to be available by the summer. That is good news as this is a great dress watch.
With 500m water resistance, this Magrette can stay on wrist for nearly any aquatic activity but the Tiki's lack of a countdown bezel excludes it from most sport or professional dive timing duties. Magrette is manufacturing an initial batch of 200 units for each color variation with the total production being limited to no more than 600 units per version. The Magrette Regattare Tiki is quite reasonably priced at 5 USD for either of the stainless models and 5 for the PVD Tiki (pre-orders are available). This sub 0 pricing makes the Regattare Tiki 0 - 0 less than most of its micro-brand competition and it is definitely worthy of your attention. The Magrette Regattare Tiki looks like a great deal on a sport/dive watch with solid styling, more-than-ample water resistance, and a solid automatic movement. magrette.com
Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon
It was in the early 1920s that the Gübelin family watch making business, established in 1854, recognized the need for a better understanding of the gems they set, due to the perfecting of a process which created synthetic gems, first used in 1902 with rubies. Fake gems were getting tougher to discern from the real ones, thereby threatening the stability of both the jewelry and watch industries. And so, the father of a future forefather of modern gemology and Eduard Jakob Gübelin's first son, Eduard Moritz Gübelin, took the reins of the company in 1919, established the first European gemology laboratory, and opened the watch company's first outlet in New York — where the city's first Diamond District was forming, and where Jay Gatsby might well have picked one of these up for Daisy. Today, the Gübelin Gem Lab is one of the world's most prestigious gemological laboratories and Gübelin continues as an upper-echelon luxury watch brand led by fifth-generation Thomas Gübelin. [Image credit: Lange Antique & Estate Jewelry] guebelin.ch gubelingemlab.ch
Internationally Omega is more than that. Lest we forget the Constellation and De Ville watch families. These two arms of Omega are decades old and represent a different, more formal side of the brand. Even if they do not represent what you are looking for in an Omega, they are worth being familiar with. In the US they don't have as much traction as the "masters," but they are still good watches. Let's take a look at one of the newer De Ville models - the freshly redone Co-Axial Chronograph.
In your estimation how many high-end dive watches get many actual, daily use miles in true ocean environments? How do they fare? My perceptions lead me to believe that regular divers wouldn't rock a K Clerc Hydroscaph to the "office" each day. I am friends with a former full-time scuba instructor, and from the income they earn are more likely to wear a Seiko Orange Monster (or even cheaper brand) since dive computers handle the work dive watches used to.