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So I think it is pretty cool that they managed to incorporate a central chronograph to the Turbine. The issue of course is that on a watch like this you can't have subdials (as they would look silly being blocked by the turbine), so Perrelet developed a special central chronograph that measures 60 minutes. The dial's central seconds hand is for the chronograph, and there is no dedicated seconds hand for the time. Minutes are counted on a moving sapphire crystal disc. Minutes are measured by looking at the red "MIN" arrow on the left of the dial. Not that the watch needed it, but there is also a tachymeter scale on the bezel. I also like that there is a date indicator window peeking through the blades at 6 o'clock.
The 42mm wide case (water resistant to 100 meters) is in steel with a black coating. I believe it is DLC, but Breitling does not make specific mention to DLC. They merely state that the case has a "highly resistant carbon-based treatment." So... AKA DLC? The case has that signature Breitling for Bentley look with the angular flanks and "clos du Paris" engraved bezel. In this more subdued size I think it looks better. Attached to the watch is a black rubber strap. Come to think of it I don't know why the watch has both the terms "Carbon" and "Midnight" in the title. They are both often used to mean something is dark or black. Perhaps they could have just stuck with one term to help identify the piece.
About the Feature Display:
The 2013 Feature Display will be Opera Series Clocks from the E. N. Welch Clock Company. Also called Patti Clocks, the clocks are named after operas. Robert Woodbridge Briggs from Lexington, Kentucky will bring his extensive collection of Opera Series Clocks, which are highly collectible, expensive timepieces with a great deal of interest among collectors.
China is the single largest importer of Swiss goods next to the European Union and the United States of America. Estimates put the trade value of bilateral trade between Switzerland and China at over billion. About 32% of that is Swiss watches. Chinese consumers have a great fondness for European luxury goods, including, to a large degree, watches. China is estimated to be the world's most important market for Swiss watches. Second is the United States. However, prior to the agreement, it was very expensive for Chinese consumers to purchase foreign watches in China due to import tariffs and other taxes. This helped fuel a huge "shopping tourism" culture whereby Chinese tourists would travel to places such as the United States, Europe, and other places where luxury goods such as watches could be purchased at prices far lower than they could find on mainland China.
When "Watch Radar" sent me an e-mail about their new iPhone app that is able to detect the name of a watch just by looking at the dial I was intrigued. Until now we've all had to read the name of a brand on a watch dial to know what it is - but no longer. Finally technology has come to the rescue. Using the camera on your iPhone, the Chinese made Watch Radar app takes a picture of the said watch and uses its whiz-bang technology to scan the internet and read the name for you. Wow! It even goes so far as to pull data from the net and give you some brand history. Now this is the future.
Minute repeaters are arguably the most romantic of all complications and in this edition's roundup, we listen to the enchanting chimes of nine Patek Philippe repeaters. We also check out Ball's prototype annual calendar watch; learn about 10 technically important watches; visit Montblanc's Villeret manufacture; and learn some tips about buying vintage Rolex watches.
The Memorigin is certainly a unique product and one that I like, but not always for logical reasons. What is logical is that if you want a tourbillon but simply can't afford a Swiss one, brands like Memorigin are a good place to look. But remember that affordable doesn't mean cheap. Memorigin isn't a copy-cat brand so you are getting a distinct unique character with them. The Military Tourbillon is further part of a limited edition of 300 pieces. Price is HKD ,800 (which is about ,500 USD). memorigin.com
Frederique Constant is a relatively young company amongst fine watch making corporations. It is clear that in 1988, when Peter and Aletta Stas set out to establish their own watch making brand from scratch, their main objective was to create timepieces of high-quality while adhering to reasonable prices. At the time, this had been a fresh idea and it helped create a powerful new market - but that of course, did not happen overnight. Beginning with 1992, during their first years in the business, they sold only a few hundred to a few thousand watches annually - but they were constantly reinforced by the market that they were headed the right way. Presently they manufacture about 120,000 watches annually, less than one-tenth of which is equipped with an in-house movement.
This piece unique model of the 5004 for Only Watch 2013 has some interesting features that you aren't likely to see on many higher-production Patek watches. One thing I really like is the dial. Produced from a solid piece of gold and hand-machine engraved, the dial has a fantastic textured checker board motif in black that mixes nicely with the applied 18k white gold Arabic numeral hour markers.