Rolex GMT Alternative? I love the look / functionality of the Rolex GMT but don't really want to buy a Rolex and in particular as I hate the bulbous lens over the date window. Can you provide some alternatives that offer the same functionality (GMT hand, bi-directional bezel w. 24 hour scale), mechanical movement and quality that will last a lifetime?
Did you know that the 2014 Olympics are going to be held in Sochi, Russia? I sure didn't. Luckily Omega is producing a pair of limited edition watches for the upcoming winter games. The Sochi games will the 26th time that Omega has been the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games and to commemorate the 2014 Games, Omega will produce two limited edition Seamaster Planet Ocean models. The Planet Ocean Sochi 2014 limited edition models offer both a 46 mm men's version and a 37.5 mm ladies' version.
As it stands by itself, it is an interesting concept to divide the two versions into Northern and Southern Hemispheres. However, that I was given the Southern Hemisphere version without knowing anything about it, and facing the problems I did, really brings to light the fact that most world-timers are northern hemisphere-centric. I certainly did not know that, and if you want a world-timer with a different list of cities than every other, then this one should be right up there on your list.
Year after year my preferred watch is the last one we launch! Usually I wear the new models during several months in order to have my own feedback as a wearer, and also to collect other people (customers, friends, journalists. ..) comments as well. As you know I have also a sport background and I wear probably more frequently the TNT models rather than the other collections. Nevertheless the SplitRock collection and its amazing concentric chronograph will remain one of my preferred watches due to the fact that it’s the 1st movement we have developed (for launching the brand).
GasGasBones is Evans' full time gig and he produces each strap and a variety of watch-related accessories by hand from his workshop in Surrey, England. Amazingly, and more to the point of this article, Evans' has found the time to launch another brand, focusing on the obvious missing link in his watch strap and accessories world, a watch design to call his own.
That means that the previous 1966 Chronographs and the Integrated Chronograph each have the time, 30 minute chronograph and the date. Sure the movement is much more lovely on the Integrated Chronograph, but I don't feel that there is a clear winner. The previous version is also an automatic, which some prefer. Then again you need to understand Girard-Perregaux's motivation behind offering the new chronograph movement in this collection. It is a brand new caliber for them that they are trying to slowly integrate into their collection. At this point the brand is going through a transitional phase as they work to produce an increasing variety of in-house movements, so there is bound to be a bit of redundancy.
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Along with the extravagant case engraving, the 6002 Sky Moon Tourbillon boasts some truly amazing dial work. The base of the dial is made from gold that functions like a tray for both champlevé and cloisonné enameling, two different styles of enamel work that require a high degree of skill and a great deal of patience. The center of the dial features the cloisonné styling with the outer dial relying on the champlevé for all of the blue-colored elements. The hour markers are white gold and are inlaid over the enamel work and the shade of blue used for the dial is nothing short of stunning. While I am far from an expert in enameling techniques, I can appreciate the final product and the way in which the two different styles compliment each other. The rear dial also features intricately detailed enamel work to portray the northern sky and in the display for the moon phase.
This has been the second segment of a 2 parts interview with Maximilian Büsser of MB&F. I hope that this has provided a unique insight into the past, present, and future of one of modern watch making's most influential men, and most innovative, most creative brands. I am confident that modern horology would not be the same without his and his Friends' work and wish that we can keep on bringing you their latest and craziest creations for a long time!
While the 5004T is a strange Patek Philippe, it is nevertheless a very attractive watch. Its unusual nature will make it all that more desirable to collectors, and I anticipate an auction price of at least 700,000 Euros at the Only Watch auction in Monaco this September. UPDATE, with an auction estimate price of between 400,000 - 600,000 Euros, the Patek Philippe 5004T received 2,950,000 Euros at auction (about ,000,000). patek.com
Max here. I think the Oris Diver GMT (see: http://www.oris.ch/en/watches/oris-divers-gmt-date/01-668-7639-8454-07-4-24-34eb) maybe a great alternative that is on the low price point side. It has bi-directional bezel and GMT hand and good looks. I have seen and handled it in person at an AD, and I must say I was impressed, especially when you consider the price point: ~00.00.
Tudor strictly doesn't need to discuss their relationship with Rolex, but what good would it do salespeople to keep silent on that? It is like if you are running for political office and your brother is the President. You personally might not state that in a speech, but you can be damn sure that everyone speaking on your behalf will. Tudor salespeople discuss the Rolex connection because it helps a larger audience of people appreciate the quality of the watches (which is very good), and because not offering the Rolex relationship detail doesn't do any good.
Baselworld 2013: Welcome yet another Omega Speedmaster for you Omega fans out there, the Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph is a vision of the past with new guts. It seems several items to be unveiled at Baselworld were posted on Omega's site yesterday a bit prematurely and quickly taken down. We told you yesterday about the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, as we were able to grab some of that info before Omega pulled it from their site, and today we have enough info on another release from that "leak" - I went to that release page today, and in spite of getting George Clooney's face on the error page of the Omega website staring at me...
Marvin seems to favor leather bands, both stitched with an accent color (M120) and inner padding with a perforated cover (M119). Two of the M119 models are available with a brushed and polished steel bracelet.
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The movement in the Sinn U1 is the ubiquitous ETA 2824-2. Nothing fancy here and from my experience provides accurate performance as you would expect. However, one issue is that while the crown at 4 o'clock makes the case fit easily on my wrist, unscrewing the crown to change the date (position one) or the time (position two) with hacking seconds leaves some things to be desired.
Back to the watch at hand. The NEDU is a 42mm titanium diver that features Ball's signature H3 micro gas tubes for constant low-light illumination and is powered by a COSC certified ETA 7750 automatic chronograph movement. The 7750 offers hours, minutes, sub seconds, day and date along with a central seconds hand for the chronograph measure and a maximum resolution of 12 hours. A COSC 7750 is a rock-solid choice for a sports chronograph as the movement has proven to be reliable, capable of excellent accuracy, and generally cheap to repair or service (compared against in-house movements).
By the numbers: 45.0mm across, 12.75mm thick at center of crystal, 52.8mm lug to lug. 93g on the strap and a 6.7mm crown. Water resistant to 50m, non-screwdown crown.