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Breast made of an engraved quartz: 32.71K
This could easily be your first episode of HourTime ever. We talk about the basics of watch collecting as a hobby, as well as dive into what a well-rounded collection should be all about. It is just chalk-full of watch lover on watch lover action. A must hear battle of the wits for all.
Comparing the watch releases of SIHH 2010 and Baselworld 2010, I would have to say that for the most part I was more impressed with the releases at SIHH, and it was a significantly smaller show. Why that is I am not sure, but here is another one of the good things that I spotted. This isn't just another Panerai watch, but rather the PAM339 in a special ceramic case. While it doesn't surprise me to see Panerai going ceramic, it just sort of happened without notice.
The watch in steel, is 44mm wide with a Swiss (base ETA) OP II movement that is manually wound. I think this might be a Unitas. It has 50 hours of power reserve, and Panerai has them all COSC Chronometer certified. Water resistant to 300 meters, the watch has a sapphire crystal and a subsidiary seconds dial. Pretty standard stuff for entry level Panerai watches - which is what this is. At 1,500 units in the limited edition of the piece, these aren't exactly super special in the scheme of Panerai watches. The whole allure here seems to be the whole "Panerai + Fu" aspect of the watch. You are basically talking about a simple Panerai with the Fu character on the dial as the 6 o'clock indicator. So while enough people in China will love the watch, I don't feel as though it communicates a sincere level of Panerai "connecting" with the Chinese people. Panerai and other European brands need to stick with what they are good at, and simply market it well in China. Changing their image too much with permanently take away from the brand's character, and ultimately damage sales in China, and the world over. Price for the Panerai Luminor Marina PAM366 China edition watch is reportedly about ,400.
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Another little change from the original Dual Tow to the NightEagle is the style of the tourbillon. The bridge now has Claret's double C motif. Both watches are mechanically the same, but the NightEagle has enough cosmetic changes to make it different. I have a feeling the NightEagle will cost even more than the original - especially given the hard to make sapphire bridges in the dial. At the same time, the original is available with a gold case, while the NightEagle is in titanium. Either way, the prices are massive (in the half million dollar range), so if you are eager to get involved in getting one, ten thousand dollars here, or ten thousand dollars there isn't likely going to perturb you. For me, I was excited to meet Christophe Claret and check out his new cool toy.
The many dedicated people behind the project involve a company called Adventure Ecology and some highly dedicated sponsors. I don’t know if it is their sincere desire to work with positive projects that emphasize the values of the brand, or the charisma of project leader and Adventure Ecology founder David de Rothschild — but we are fortunate that projects like this get funded. Mr. de Rothschild has some laurels on his sleeve and past projects with the famous Swiss watch brand. He has climbed high and traveled to the coldest places on the Earth, and now his green message is taking to the seas. As you might expect, David is a character. Tall and slightly Jesus-like in appearance, he is well articulated in the details behind his projects. We spoke a bit about the details of the boat that floats via specially inflated 2 liter cola bottles, and he humored my more practical questions. What will you eat? Who will save you if the boat’s organic cashew nut glue decides it tastes good to sharks? Will anyone be following you? It is true that the vessel is experimental, but the people behind the project are well-seasoned and have thought in great detail about the journey. If sharks eat the boat (highly unlikely), they will not be followed by any ships, but will need to rely on their satellite phone for help who hopefully is only a day or two away. Oh, and the head on the ship makes an airplane lavatory feel luxurious.
This new limited edition watch from Charmex's CX Swiss Military Watch is the Hurricane, and is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain! For a neutral country, Switzerland has a lot of "military" stuff, and likes to commemorate battles. Why did I just realize how ironic that was? So, German failure in 1940 has given this Swiss company the ability to make a cool watch. If only they new how much defeat meant back then...
While lots of classic car lovers are familiar with Austin Healey and cars, like the 3000 (below) and the Sprite, I would say that a club that races the cars and are dedicated only to them is the very definition of Niche. The brand has been "no longer" for a long time and it is interesting to consider a dedicated group of people that year after year obsess over the same cars. Still they are a fun bunch of little roadsters that certainly help remind of a time back in the 1950s and 1960s when small sporty cars were a European specialty. While the special limited edition Frederique Constant Healey Chrono Automatic is made for the small club, there are going to 1,888 pieces available in each version. Meaning that the brand wants more than just a few people to pick this piece us. Good thing that the watch styling is handsome enough for plenty of people to get into them.
Before you even begin to ask yourself the question, this is a woman's watch. Sure a guy can wear it. Take away the pink hands, and you pretty much have a men's watch. With a large 45mm wide black case, spiky looking bezel, and chunky look, nothing say's "chick" about it. Then again, it does have pink hands. This watch is part punk rock watch for women, and part "I want to wear my boyfriend's stuff" look. No one can deny that Rock Candy's "The Beast" is a very masculine watch. Good for the woman who wants a tough exterior look and is happily swept away by 'big watch trend' that exists for ladies as well. Rock Candy is a Hong Kong based fashion brand - done by another brand called Chouette. I don't know much about the two, but I understand that in Hong Kong, they are sort of a big deal.
The Deep Hull 48 is in a 48mm wide titanium case, and is actually weighty for titanium. It is after all, a large watch. The case comes in either brushed titanium or in PVD black coated titanium. Both are limited editions, and I think there is a reason for that. In fact, Corum releases very few Admiral's Cup watches that aren't limited editions. I think it is because many of them are highly niche targeted or experiments. I would suggest that the Deep Hull is an experiment. Corum is testing the design, and I think they want to make a serious case for a Corum dive watch.
Headlining the collection is the new automatic model (with date). Not huge, but larger than classic standards are 38mmm wide. A very satisfying look with a nice modern feel and of course totally Max Bill. Then you have a slightly larger "Chronoscope" model at 40mm wide. This 12 hour chronograph (likely using a Valjoux 7750 movement or similar) dispenses with the seconds hand for a bi-compax look. The Chronoscope is also the most "instrument like" of the trio with full Arabic hour and minute numerals. This is really a beautiful model.
The design of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 watch case is more science fiction that science - though the watch is designed to be worn on the most demanding of scientific expeditions. The case is 46.8mm wide and water resistant to 100 meters. The extremely complex construction has materials sandwiched between other materials, with some ceramic thrown in the mix. The design feels purposeful and reassuring it is quality. Indented areas on the side of the case add to the complexity of the design and a feeling that the watch is a serious device more complex than you ought to understand. The case is actually really light for its size - especially the titanium version. I love the look of it, and the ceramic bezel is a factor that will help reduce visual wear and tear (as ceramic is really hard to scratch). I just love the look of the case - it is masculine, feels sturdy, is totally unique, and gives the watch a fantastic character.