Reading the time is quite easy, and various models of the Tread 2 are available with different color steel cases and numeral colors printed on the belts. Size-wise the case is 38mm wide by 42mm tall and it is tonneau-shaped. Not a small watch at all, it does feel petite next to the much larger Tread 1. The case is also a totally new design. Feeling futuristic in a bit of a 1980's modernism manner, you'll find that a lot of high-end Swiss watch brands are also offering watches that focus on this era's design aesthetic in 2012.Read more ›
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As a former materials science guy, 'plasma coated ceramic' is descriptive but unspecific. Equivalent to 'polymer coated metal.' Plasma is just a state of matter, kind of like an excited gas, and ceramic is a whole class of materials too. Given Rado's long experience with exotic materials, I expect this to be super durable, but I also wonder what it is!Read more ›
The internal rotating bezel is operated via the left crown. It does not screw down and the bezel rotates smoothly without clicks. Functional types should prefer a rotating bezel with distinct notches, but it is fine this way for most purposes. Engineering a unique clicking system (like Bremont did with Roto-Click) would just increase the price of the watch a lot.
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Trains also needed to be on time. Brands like Ball and Hamilton like to discuss their heritage in making "railroad" watches that were used to reliably keep trains running on schedule. Aside from train tracks, the second most important type of fixture in a station are the clocks. Time is inherently linked to train stations, and checking your watch to make sure you don't miss your train is part of the experience.
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Ceramics also have very high strength but with one big defect. That strength only comes under compression. Under compression, they can bear very high loads, strengths ranging 1000 to 4000 MPa. Titanium, that we consider as very strong material, only has 1000 MPa. 4000 MPa is unheard of in any metal. However that’s only in compression. In tension (think flexability) the strength of ceramic falls as much as 15 times, which makes them useless for many applications. Metals on the other hand have very little differences between their tensile and compressive strengths. This ceramic "Achilles Heel" is mainly due to the low ductility and toughness of ceramics. They just break when you hit them hard. If only they had been tougher, they could have been the best materials in the world for almost all applications. This low toughness means you should protect your ceramic watch from impacts, or it can shatter. This is why old stone structures are made with many arches, the arch makes sure the loads are compressive in the nature.
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Inside the watches are Swiss automatic Concepto movements. These are most certainly unique pieces for a highly exclusive pool of collectors. Are you one of them? You'll have to have been very into video game history or very wealthy. It helps if you are both. Personally I prefer the PAC-MAN watches to the RJ Space Invader pieces. I think the dials are more interesting and the character rich eyes of the ghosts bring a friendly quality to the piece. Further, PAC-MAN as a character is just as popular as the memorable game play. I have seen them hands-on and they are quite cool on the wrist. The presentation box will surprise you.
There are two primary ways to make use of the GMT feature. First, with the bezel marker set to 12 o'clock, change the GMT to point to the current Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is the same as the timezone in London. Change the hour hands and set it to the current timezone. With the Rolex GMT-Master II this is done easily as the minutes move with the GMT hand when the crown (unscrewed) is pulled two positions and the hours hand moves by itself when the crown is in the first position.
The no socks thing is very European, and personally I hate to see socks with moccasins, loafers or other casual slip on shoes. These are quite obviously Louis Vuitton, though Jorn did say that the initials actually stood for "Linde Verdelin" -__-Read more ›
Now comes the issue of Swiss-Made. The requirements for this label are likely to soon become a lot more strict. The rules really depend on where you are. As far as I understand for example, the rule to have something labeled Swiss Made in the United States is actually different than the rule in Switzerland. I don't actually know if the Corsaro fits the requirements, but I suspect much of it is produced in China. Lots of Swiss brands have parts produced in China - there is nothing new with that. According to Gevril this watch is produced by them in Switzerland. That likely means a bit of assembly. I have reservations about the source of the movement.
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Ball watches are all about being higher-end timepieces that use tritium gas tubes. This model offers something a bit special. Tritium gas tubes are typically round and thin. Here however, the tubes used for the hour markers are wide and flatter. This look fantastic and results in some extreme legibility. We used a UV light on the dial to make it glow in the light to see what it might look like at night. It is quite impressive and those who want some serious night vision should check out Ball models such as this. Ball would have likely used these fatter tubes in the hands, but I have a feeling that there was a weight issue (movements can only support hands up to a certain weight and the tubes are, relatively speaking, heavy). So for most likely that reason, the hands use the more standard gas tubes.
As an example of the Swordfish Booster collection, there are few models more unique than the Iris. It carries a bit of a premium price over its siblings due to the case. My understanding is that producing the iridescent case is less than a perfect science. That means many cases come out of the process with uneven colors and a blotchy look. The unpredictable and less than industrial technique adds time to the production of these watches and rarity to their availability. No doubt enough watch lovers will find that valuable. Price is ,500 for this reference 2SWBB.B39L Graham Swordfish Booster Iris watch.
With black and white dial versions, and red, green, or blue trim - your desire for a primary color accented watch is likely going to be satisfied. Image-conscious types with some taste will find these pieces fun for less than serious days. The G-Timeless is available on a steel bracelet or colorful NATO-strap. Prices are between 0 - ,150.
Reading the watch is done via the hour and minute hands on the right dial and the seconds on the left. The deep view into the movement is nice, but the legibility could have been improved if the Richard Mille included a full set of hour markers, not just some of them. For their size, the hands are rather easy to see, and both the hands and hour markers have applied lume. If anything saves this watch it is the view into the movement.
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Inside the watch is a Japanese Seiko automatic movement. Vostok Europe uses the Caliber NH25A from Seiko Instruments. This movement is rather durable and hardy, and includes the date. However, it isn't the most accurate movement around a lot of the time. Seiko themselves rate the movement as being off by as much as 30 seconds a day. This is usually a liberal estimate, but even at 15 seconds a day accuracy you'll still need to reset the time once a week or so. Also, the Seiko NH25A doesn't manually wind (only via the rotor), which can be annoying. I think the Anchar would be much improved with a higher-grade Japanese movement inside of it. I think it would be an appreciated upgrade by the watch lover community for Vostok Europe to consider.
Typically known for their race car aesthetic themed watches, French BRM (Bernard Richard Manufacture) has recently announced a new collection of watches that are meant to pay tribute to historic bomber planes. These new "Bombers" watches are pretty swanky - with a unique look that does feel plane inspired and celebrates the colorfulness of the unique brand.
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