It has Miyota Movement inside (not sure which one) which is rather common choice for fashion brands, nothing special but gets the job done. It's cased inside this huge piece of metal which gives the watch rather common water resistance rating of 3atm (30 meters). So again nothing special. In all respects this watch has absolutely nothing peculiar about it, except the looks of it. Which is either fantastic or crap´tastic depending on your taste. For me it works, to my big surprise.
In images of the watch the first thing you are likely to notice is the color brown. The watch case, dial, and strap are all brown. They look like aged leather, and the look is pretty good I must admit. The vintage style leather strap is cool and feels high quality with its medium brown tone and contrast stitching. Don't forget the matching brown, Panerai style buckle. According the Panerai, the color of the stitching was meant to match the color of the SuperLumiNova on the watch dial - a little detail that you'd probably need pointed out to you to notice, but the effect works in the watch's aesthetic favor.
What would really excite me is if Roland Iten ever got into the business of making watches. He has the skill and the vision, not to mention some amazing designs that feature the inventiveness of his other items. I got to check out some graphical representations of these Roland Iten concept watches, and they really impressed me. Soon Roland will also feature an impressive product that is part of a collaborative project with an important luxury car maker as well.
The blue bandit. It hits you, leaving you with a black and blue eye. This Bandido is blue, and only for the US. Franc Vila re-touches his FV Evos 8 Cobra to be in all black with bright, electric blue hands. The limited edition shares the rest of the Cobra characteristics from the carbon fiber elements on the case and custom automatic rotor on the movement. Limited to 88 pieces and ,000. Highway robbery? They don't call it a bandido for nothing.
-Crown at 3 h: setting of hours, minutes and date (day/night disc set with time)
-Push at 4h for setting earth globe, 24 positions (setting to do at 12h)
-Push at 8h for setting GMT
-Automatic rewinding or manual with crown at 3 h
We talk about a few bad developments at Baselworld 2010 (not all new watches are good!) Then, we cut into an interview that John had with the founder of RGM watches - the only mechanical watch maker in America that makes their own movements.
While it is hard to give proper credit, Linde Werdelin is the first luxury watch brand that I know of that employed the use of comics (ahem, graphic novels) to sell high-end timepieces. They still do that, and certainly are going to carry that idea into the future. UPDATE: I just learned that I had it wrong. Linde Werdelin might have been the first to disseminate marketing comic imagery online (that I know of), but Urwerk had published comic content as far back as 2008 (republished here - thanks Ian).
-REA GMT 3 Extra module developed by VicenTerra
-Gear profile in involute of circle style
-Shock resistance 5000 G, 21 rubies
-Basic movement ETA 2892 automatic
-Power reserve of 42 hours
-Diameter of display 31.80mm
All this shall be made clear in good time...
With time racing by at such a lighting pace in our modern world, the striking Reine de Naples is a subtle nudge to remind us of the passing hours. If you’d prefer to lose yourself in the moment, the watch provides that option too. A pushpiece at 2 o’clock sets and deactivates the strike function.
Winding-setting mechanism: Push function crown for winding or setting
Power reserve mechanism: Classic Breguet style by means of a cone moving up and down on the threaded barrel arbour
Indications: Hours and minutes in sub-dial at 2 o’clock, large seconds at 7 o’clock, power reserve, setting-winding indicator at 3 o’clock
If you like darker watches, the Classico Blue has a PVD black coated version in addition to the brushed steel model. Price is just a bit more for the sand-blasted PVD watch if you like it better. Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement. With a nicely architected case, 1000 meters of water resistance, and a Swiss automatic movement, the price for the Classico Blue watch is pretty fair. Prices start at 0 for the steel version with a leather strap (0 with the metal bracelet), up to 0 for the PVD version on a metal bracelet (0 in PVD on the leather strap). Both watches also come with an addition sports strap (probably rubber) with blue trim to match the dials. See where to buy below, and then tech specs below that. Oh, and the Classico Blue will be a limited edition model, but I am not sure of how many pieces.
See Bulgari watches on eBay here.
It is a good thing that Bulgari kept the Gerald Genta name of the dial (and even indicated the in-house made automatic GG7722, aka 7722, movement). I don't think this dual branding on the dial approach is going to last forever, but at least in the short-term, both names will be there. Why? Because consumers are going to get very confused, and because the Gerald Genta name still is worth something to people - often more than the Bulgari name. In fact, I suspect the name is there to help add value to the watch - more so than it would have in consumers' mind than just the Bulgari label.
The watch dial is in pilot watch style like I said. Complete with the triangle and two dots 12 o'clock hour indicator. MB&F used their special futuristic font for the Arabic hour numerals, and hands that feel familiar to the brand. The black dial is contrasted with white SuperLumiNova luminant on the hour markers and the hands.