Hands Faceted, polished and sandblasted hands
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In this week's gripping horological journey we talk about each wearing Graham watches - Ariel talks about the one he reviewed here - and John brings to the table the Graham he's been wearing all week. The correct pronunciation of the word, "Quixotic" is debated, along with Ariel's extra thumb as a topic other than watches that he can use to make new friends at parties. The brand new Seiko Orange Monster watch range, Lang & Heyne watches with mammoth movements (literally) made in Dresden, and also the affordable Citizen Scuba Fin watches. Should we start making watches out of poachers? And, there is no silicon in Rolex watches.
Water resistance: 30 meters/ 100 feet/ 3 ATM
Contributed by İlker Özcan, who is a professional Materials Engineer and owns a small R&D company (www.ndsgn.com).
Case : all stainless steel with IPG rosé plating, water resistent 5 ATM
Case back : see-through back secured by 6 screws
Glass : sapphire crystal on both sides
Date on sub-dial at 2 o’clock
In addition to the GMT complication the Rolex Sky-Dweller has an annual calendar system that Rolex calls their SAROS annual calendar. The mechanism offers the date and month. The date is easily seen under the magnifier lens on the sapphire crystal at 3 o'clock. The month is told via darkened rectangles located outside of the hour indicator ring. On these watches you can see that "8 o'clock" is filled in black. That means the current month would be August. Only at the end of February do you need to adjust the calendar. This is the best part of the complication in my opinion. SAROS is a very cool complication, and I think it could find a happy home in the majority of calendar augmented Rolex watches offered today.
Engineers and scientist have worked for years to make ceramics tougher. And one interesting solution is “Zirconia Toughened Alumina” and “Yttria Stabilized Zirconia.” It is a special class of ceramics. When the ceramic is breaking under stress, it microscopically swells at the crack and stops the crack from growing. Thus improving the toughness. Still, their toughness is low with respect to metals. If you had a watch made of such ceramics, they would be much more impact resistant than usual ceramics watches.
One of the top watches that I was excited to see at SIHH 2012 was the updated version of the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph. The original Datograph from quite a while ago was an awesome watch and one of Lange's best aside from their iconic Lange 1 range. It is one of the only Lange watches you could sort of call sporty, and it was I believe the only Lange watch with a black dial. Those high contrast chronograph subdials and that smoothly integrated chronograph along with the big date indicator made for a great look.
Flavor Flav did not believe me when I told him that the King Power Red Devil watch contained hour markers made with actual grass from Manchester United's stadium in the UK. However, upon being assured of the accuracy of my statement by those around me, I could see a sparkle in Flav's eye that told me there might be a high-end watch lover inside of him yet.
OPUS 12 tech specs from Harry Winston:
At the exclusive watch show SIHH, Cartier has one of the largest booths. A lot of their space is dimly lit with museum style showcases offering glimpses of items you probably won't see anywhere else. Given that the show is not open to the public, most people will never see these pieces at all. In the cases are a range of artistic and high-jewelry creations that the French brand has produced for the year. Some of these are piece uniques, some parts of limited editions, and some might not even be sold at all. Whatever the nature of the item, I am usually sure to find at least a few beautiful things.
The Ministry Chronograph dial is almost minimalist, but in a very elegant way. The design is good, offering key elements of style without going overboard. The dials of course are inspired by classic Dent pocket watches. This is essentially a sport watch in a sport jacket. The large, legible dial nevertheless has applied Roman numerals and easy to see hands. Hands which are traditional in style (and blued on the silver and cream dial versions).
At 43mm wide, with a thinner bezel, the Pontos S is a great size for most wrists. While the dial looks large, it won't sit massively as some fear with pieces 44mm and above. Plus, the case is thick enough to allow it to feel "less than puny." Dial design is downright elegant in its highly contemporary design approach. There is a dash of futurism in the design of the dial and pushers. How will the design age? Hard to say, you'll need to strap it on your wrist for a few months or years to find out.
While the case is just 40mm wide, the piece does sit a bit larger on the wrist due to the larger lugs and the prominent crown and pushers. The split second pusher is located in the crown itself for a cleaner look. As I state in the video, what I love about this watch are the retro looks and use of dauphine hands on a sports watch. You rarely see that and I think the dial is able to pull it off rather well. You also have applied hour markers and a very legible face. All it is missing is lume.
My favorite piece is the Seiko Golgo 13 Sea watch (Ref. SBBN023). This piece is based on one of the Marine Master (Marinemaster) Professional watches in the popular "tuna can" case. The 47mm wide steel case is black IP coated and water resistant to 300 meters. It is rated as a pro use saturation diver. All Seiko fans will recognize this design. The watch dial has red accents to look like gunsight crosshairs. Inside the watch is a Seiko quartz caliber 7C46 movement with a day/date function and a five year battery life. Everyone needs one of these Marine Masters in their collection. The Seiko Golgo 13 Sea watch is limited to 500 pieces and is priced at 126,000 Yen, making it the most expensive of all the limited edition Golgo 13 timepieces.
The writing instrument enthusiast community considers Montegrappa among the top marques in the world for what they do. Being Italian, and in the luxury sector, Montegrappa has branched out a bit. In addition to pens they now have cuff-links, watches, and fragrances. Mmm... the sweet scent of ink and aging celluloid for a romantic evening out. Now in a spray (actually, I am not sure if a spray is available).
It all started with Gerald Genta whom I believe claimed that the design of the watch was inspired by a safari trip to Africa. Having recently passed away, Gerald Genta is considered to be one of the last generation's most important watch designers. He is most well known for his creation of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus watches. When he began his own brand, his design taste really started to mature.
Limited edition 125 pieces
Materials are generally classified as Metals, Polymers, Ceramics, and Composites. Sometimes foams, etc... are added but these four classes are universally accepted. So ceramics are one of the three main classes, where composites are mixtures of these three.
With a few different dial options available, these steel-cased watches are 47mm wide (not counting the crown and pusher) and come in rubber straps. I like that the cases are mostly polished. The color schemes are all rather cool - though I think the version with British racing green will be the hardest to move outside of England. I am a bit partial to the blue and gold version myself. Classy isn't it? Yes, that is one of the adjectives above!