At 40mm wide, this is about as small a watch as you'd want to go to - though the proportions don't make the Column Wheel Chronograph feel small. First of all, the case is on the thicker side (which is typical of a chronograph) and the bezel is thin. On the wrist it looks well-sized and demure. Not too small, or too large. A sensible watch, like a good pair of black slacks.
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Inside the watch is a Swiss Sellita Sw 200 automatic movement (ETA 2824 basically) that has apparently been Teutonically modified by Muhle Glashutte. Changes includes a custom rotor and a "woodpecker neck regulation." Last I checked this was called "swan neck regulation." Are woodpeckers more German than swans? Is this a joke or an actually different movement part? I don't really know.
The idea is really when you get to a watch like a tourbillon reason loses a lot of meaning. Art is what makes sense and here Alain Silberstein is having fun (like he always does). Not everyone is a fan of his aesthetic - that is OK. I believe design aesthetics such as his are meant to be polarizing. In the Black Storm watch is a manually wound tourbillon based movement that I believe are exclusive to his pieces. He doesn't make the movements, but no one else has them.
Ralph Lauren watches have taken a lot of heat in the time since their announcement a few years ago. Yes, Ralph Lauren (RL) is a fashion brand, and yes they are pricey - but they have a lot of redeeming values. One of the things RL did right in their partnership with Richemont was not to BS the movements. They simply use movements (sometimes made specially for them), from established and respected movement makers such as Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and IWC. When asked what movement is contained one of their watches - they proudly tell you that they didn't make it, and who did.
In this episode we cover watches we love such as the Ressence and the new Spidospeed Chronograph from Linde Werdelin. We also discuss Baselworld 2011 and Greubel Forsey. Enjoy!
Most brands need to buy watch movements for their watches (but they can also modify or decorate them after buying them). But a few bucks for a quartz movement can't compare to the cost of a mechanical tourbillon movement. Mechanical movements come in dozens and dozens of styles, grades, and levels complication. Still, a basic Swiss automatic mechanical chronograph movement can cost about 0. This is compared to - (price varies of course) for a Japanese quartz chronograph movement. Imagine how much money more exotic mechanical movements cost?
If you know anything about the watch world, you know that skeletonized dials on timepieces are very popular. Such watches show an actual view into the movements. What Itay Noy wanted to do was offer a traditional dial that illustrated what the movement looked like in a monochromatic tone. It is an artful presentation on the skeletonization concept done in a unique way. At the same time. Itay Noy does actually offer skeletonized dial watches in their Netline collection. I offer some additional info and imagery on the Netline and X-Ray collection here.