After all, I have enough mechanical watches (of my own design), so really how often do I dare get caught wearing someone else's mechanical watch? But quartz is another matter. We all have some, and sometimes they are still the watch of choice. For example, until recently, my "go to the movies watch" was a back-lit quartz piece. If you need a grab and go watch, quartz is hard to beat. And some features (timers, alarms, compass, temperature, etc.) can only be found on quartz watches (or mechanical ones starting at well above my pay grade). So there will always be a place for some quartz watches in my watch box.
In all instances, A. Lange & Söhne will craft the dials from solid silver and will decorate them with extensive guilloché engraving. Hidden behind the dial is the L901.0, hand-wound manufacture caliber in both the men's and the ladies' versions, featuring the brand's well-known German silver plates and hand-engraved balance cocks. The movement will provide an ample 72 hours of power reserve, thanks to its twin-barrel configuration and 3Hz rate – in short, everything is as one has come to expect from the Glashütte-based manufacture.
Good luck, and thanks to Seah Watches, the sponsor of the Astronomer watch giveaway here at aBlogtoWatch!
aBlogtoWatch first discussed the Ressence Type 1 watch here where our David spend a healthy amount of time discussing the construction of the case and movement, as well as the collection overall. We were jazzed about the Type 1 then, and after getting some hands-on with it, we feel that it is a very solid "entry-level" Ressence. The problem, of course, is that in the world of exclusive limited production timepieces, entry level still often means out of reach for most consumers.
One of the biggest things the smartwatch industry has been criticized for is more or less ignoring the watch industry's lessons about materials and design. Compared to a handsome steel Rolex sports watch, a plastic square-screened smartwatch looks like a cheap toy. And in a sense it is. All of a sudden, Apple totally upped the ante with smartwatches produced from steel, aluminum, and gold. The cases have ceramic casebacks, premium material straps and bracelets, and even sapphire crystals on most models such as the "Apple Watch" and "Apple Watch Edition." The "Apple Watch Sport" models will have lighter aluminum cases and Ion-X Glass crystals (which are presumably cheaper and more shatter resistant given that they are for more active purposes).Read more ›
Having said that, we've put together 7 ways to survive as a watch lover on a budget so that you can enjoy as many of the best watches possible for your hard earned money. It is possible to be a serious watch lover while also being relatively economical - and you don't even need to resort to becoming a watch blogger to do so! It will just take a bit more time and energy, but for many timepiece aficionados it will be more than worth it for the results.
- Mechanical movement
- Pellaton automatic winding
- Power reserve display
- Annual calendar with displays for the date, day and month
- Small hacking seconds at 9 o’clock
- Glucydur® beryllium alloy indexless balance with high-precision adjustment screws on balance rim
- Breguet spring
- See-through sapphire-glass back
- Rotor with 18-carat gold medallion
- Patented revolving satellite complication with wandering hour and three-dimensional retrograde minute hand; power reserve indicator; patented winding efficiency indicator
- Super-LumiNova treatment on markers, dials, indexes, hands, and satellites
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Lots of competition last month for a winner during our watch giveaway, but the lucky recipient of the Torgoen T32 Automatic is Dan B. from Atoka, Tennessee, USA. Congrats to him. Please head over to this month's aBlogtoWatch giveaway of a Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date Automatic watch.
ABTW: Given that, how has that First Grail informed the work that you're doing now?Read more ›
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I chose the Omega Seamaster 300 for Kenny because his analog tastes mirror my own; we value history, form-follows-function design, and our possessions are a true reflection of our tastes. As a man who prefers three pedals to two, and mechanical movements with analog displays to quart digital, I felt that Kenny would appreciate the heritage-inspired design of the Seamaster 300, a properly modernized version of the storied professional diver from Omega. In addition to its killer vintage looks, the Seamaster 300 features a number of contemporary design elements, including the ceramic outer bezel and the brilliant Co-Axial movement – features I believe would appeal to Kenny’s equal interest in modern technical gadgetry and horology.
Kenny Yeo Says:
At 42mm wide and 13mm thick, the five initial versions of the Ressence Type 1 each have a titanium case. Well the middle section and lugs are titanium, and technically speaking most of the visible case is actually two domed pieces of sapphire crystal. The lugs are quite nice, being "loop style," but not leaving a huge gap between the strap and the case. Little things like that show a dedicated concern for details that anyone spending ,000 on a watch should be receiving with their purchase.Read more ›
This is the CCCP Heritage ref. CP-7019-05 watch, and it comes from a brand called "CCCP Time," which - based out of Hong Kong - produces a range of USSR-era themed watches. Some of these watches contain quartz movements, and others contain mechanical movements. Of the mechanicals, some are Japanese, and some are historic mechanical movements produced in the USSR by the watch makers Slava. This CCCP Heritage watch is among the latter, and contains a restored Slava caliber 2427 automatic movement that the modern brand was able to acquire as part of what is an interesting story.
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Citizen is well known for their quartz watches, however, the Citizen company has a long history in horology dating back to 1924 producing pocket watches under the name Citizen but branded by Shokosha Watch Research Institute.
3. Bamford Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts
The L.U.C 03.07-L is a 4Hz movement with a 60-hour power reserve supported by 38 jewels and no less than 300 distinct parts. Very few brands offer an in-house chronograph, and the fact that the L.U.C 03.07-L carries the Geneva Seal speaks to its high level of finishing and decoration. Chopard designs the movement to have a gold toned base and sides, while the cams, which are nickel silver, are finished with a straight brushed pattern. The final result is stunningly beautiful, and even offers an open view of the column wheel, thanks to a cutaway in a nearby bridge.Read more ›
Wearability is not just about more ergonomic shapes and sheer performance: when it comes to wearable tech, a major issue was – and basically still is – battery life. While most mechanical watches have a power reserve of around 38-45 hours, and we never mind taking the few brief moments to wind them up every two days, when it comes to smartwatches, we know they have to spend hours hanging on a charging cable that would breathe new life into them. The new LG G Watch R smartwatch packs a 410 mAh hour battery, a negligible 10 mAh more than its predecessor. To give you a better idea of what one can expect, the 410 mAh figure is about 1/5 of the capacity of most modern smartphones; which does not sound that bad, but once we consider that there is a relatively large screen, a powerful processor and ceaseless wireless connectivity, all requiring constant power from the tiny battery, things soon start to look rather dim – quite literally.
To be honest, I am not sure if this is the Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 or perhaps the Art Piece 1.2, etc... There have been few more mysterious ultra luxury watches released from legitimate brands than the Art Piece collection from everyone's favorite metal finishing fanatics over in Switzerland. I am told that the first Art Piece watch was finally delivered this summer in 2014. This is after the watch's "debut" in 2012. What you see here hands-on isn't even a finished model, but rather a prototype.
Often times, watch companies refer to the movements they may later customize as, "Base Movements." Thus, we will use "Base Movement" as the term for what are essentially unmodified movements purchased from outside suppliers. These are either complete movements or kits (ebauches). This means that a company may be purchasing movements more-or-less ready and designed to be cased, or they may purchase movement kits, which their watchmakers must assemble before casing them in watches (though the latter practice without some type of customization is uncommon).Read more ›
From a design perspective, there is so much you can say HYT is pulling from – the HYT Skull makes me think of a whole universe of comic book, cartoon, and movie skulls and characters. I've just selected He-Man's Skeletor, the T-1000 Terminator, and of course The Punisher's skull logo. Those who decide to get an HYT Skull watch will of course make their own associations with the skulls which the HYT Skull watch dial reminds them of. In my opinion, HYT wanted to make a futuristic skull-style watch that one could associate with the look of Marvel's Iron Man; that means the skull is less about skeletons and more about the "bad-assery" of skulls, masks, and armor.
Good luck, and thanks to Claude Bernard, the sponsor of the Chronograph Automatic watch giveaway here at aBlogtoWatch!
It is funny to think that with the materials and design of these Junghans Force Mega Solar watches, you would be hard-pressed to know that these were quartz watches. Well, aside from that LCD date display, of course. Many times, when we talk about atomic-solar watches, they are very much in the rugged/outdoors/chock-full-of-plastic category. Here, Junghans has gone in a much more reserved direction, with a few sportier models mixed in – but no plastic in sight.Read more ›