For me the watch is an impressive tour de force of the magic that gets so many of us interesting in mechanical watches - the type of item with a spirit that would inspire us to put up a poster of it up, the same way a child too young to drive hastily tapes a Ferrari poster to his wall. A item that remains most likely an unattainable dream, showing the world that we too, can appreciate those things in life which are finely engineered. And with the Gerald Genta Arena Metasonic watch that too is a reality. For it is part of a limited edition, of only 10 pieces which are painfully hand made and assembled. Coming with a lofty, fantasy-like price of 0,000. Even though that is less money that the .5 million Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica watch set, it feels less tangible and more of a story book relic.
There is also the high-end independent watch maker show known as the Geneva Time Exhibition, that I will be attending. Another load of great watch makers will be here including, but not limited to, Alain Silberstein, Linde Werdelin, HD3, Clerc, BRM, Marvin, Magellan, and Pierre DeRoche. I can't possibly check everything out by all the brands, but I will do my best to give you the largest overview possible.
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This was admittedly a tough watch to talk about. Unlike the Timex Classic Camper (), this Topman Smart Futurist Analogue watch is not a little beater watch dedicated to function, but rather a fashion watch with more fashion backwards relevance than anything else. As a watch, there was not too much to talk about. Case and quartz movement with quirky looks? Not much material there. Instead the piece is a commentary on the design, and what I think it all means. So check it out.
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I highly recommend going to the site and poking around there. You'll find details on all the sonnerie functions and chimes - as well as a bit more about not only how it works, but how to operate the functions as well. This is almost unprecedented as watch companies are notorious for giving you the goods visually without explaining anything. Their excuse? That the sales person will explain all that is necessary to the customer at the time of purchase. Does that really make sense these days? Especially when people are using the Internet more and more to research prospective purchases, not to mention make prospective purchases (also that many watch sales people are...ineffective). So it looks like Jaeger-LeCoultre has started to figure out how to do things - slowly, hopefully surely.
This is especially evident in the frog and the owl. Is there not something a bit Disney-esque about them? Then there is what you cannot see in the images, the "crazy seconds" eye of the latter two models or the flying...fly of the Chameleon model. If you aren't familiar with the watches, here is what that is. Inside the watches is an exclusive Girard Perregaux GP 4000 automatic movement that has a small disc for the subsidiary seconds as opposed to a hand. This disc is used as the left eye on the frog or the owl (and the fly) which means that the pupil will be seen to spin around - like a googly eye. I get a reminder of the animatronic characters on Disney Land rides that had such simple movements I recall enjoying being able to spot as a child while in a boat surrounded by water and theme music.
Written by Marco who sells Bell & Ross Watches at Matt Baily.
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Allow me to present you with another watch concept from Switzerland based Virtual Ideas, a design firm that creates watches for established watch companies (a lot of the time large companies rely on smaller, independent design firms when it comes to watch design. They then figure out how to produce it, market it, and then sell it). The first concept I shared with you (a while back) was the Pink Panther watch concept. The concept watch here is called "Big Time." You can see the thematic similarity to their previous concept design.
The view of the movement is beautiful - really. I mean look at all those parts. Almost gives me my faith back in humanity. We can accomplish amazing things! Just look at this watch. Some people will undoubtedly refer to the Arena Metasonic watch as ugly and so excessive that a buyer should be stoned. It is most certainly an unorthodox watch, but from an unorthodox brand. Not everyone is going to be taken by the style or design, but it is a watch that does not make any real mistakes, and is amazing for what it is (in my humble opinion). Even the strap material is strange - which is ostrich by the way. By the way, I should mention something about the watch case. It is quite a gizmo. The case is electronic and lots of moving parts. It starts with a fingerprint scanner. Place your finger on it, hope for the best, and then see the top opening to the sound of gears while a pedestal rises out of the case with lights around it (fog machine optional), having the watch sitting on the top there to greet you. Horus watches (another brand) also has a case like this (not sure if it has a fingerprint reader though).
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Then you have the Terranaut II and III watches. These are more simple three hand versions with automatic ETA 2824-2 movements inside. The different is the layout of the dial and the size. The Terranaut two has a special legible dial that really makes good use of the indicators for the "navigator" style look. The Terranaut II is a good 44mm wide, while the more traditional looking Terranaut III is just 40mm wide. With clearly styled aviator hands and dials these are good pilot watch homages with a good deal of style. The hour markers and hands are covered in a rich amount of SuperLumiNova for high function, and the crystals are all sapphire. The watches aren't all that water resistant with just 50m of water resistance, but I excepted more from "Nautische Instrumente" Muhle Glashutte. Not a bit deal though. The watches each come in wooden presentation boxes. Not sure about the price, but I would guess about ,000 - ,000.
Next for Seiko is working to share with people outside Japan what they have been doing for decades. While it may be late, Seiko has finally decided to share themselves with the world. You’ll be hearing more impressive things about Seiko, and more importantly, you’ll have access to some of these fantastic timepieces that mostly only Japan has been able up until now. The first step is the new Ananta line of luxury Seiko watches that will beat your expectations.
Watches of this nature aren't for everyone. So if you don't like it, that is OK, but others of you will love it. Priced at just under 0, and coming in limited editions of just 400 pieces for each color, the watches make unique gifts or interesting additions to your collection. For the artistic person in your life that many not be a traditional watch lover, an i-toc is also not a bad idea. Plus, I have to say that the watches are comfy, light, and unobtrusive, something a bit different than the many much larger watches I have.
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