That the caliber 985 is an automatic is even more impressive. I love high-complication automatic watches and having the convenience of self-winding is in my opinion always worth having a rotor that partially blocks the movement. For this watch, the solid gold rotor happens to be an aesthetic item unto itself. Engraved into the 22k pink gold rotor is a motif of the medal Jaeger-LeCoultre received at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. This was the world's fair and that year it was held in Paris. It is one of a few world's fair events that Jaeger-LeCoultre as a brand receiving some distinction.
JK: My grandparents gave me a Seiko sports chronograph when I was in high school. I was immediately drawn to the instrument-style design and how all the different hands, sub-dials and markings blended together.
Most of you by now are familiar with JeanRichard's masculine and rugged looking sport watches such as the Terrascope or Aquascope. Those are pretty cool watches, but JeanRichard is also known for a softer side of more classically styled traditional watches. Currently, most of those exist in the 1681 collection.
Welcome back to an aBlogtoWatch original series, where we discuss important stores that sell watches all over the world. Each store we profile has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to. Whether you buy watches from brick and mortar retailers or prefer to buy watches online, these are the stores that help shape our watch culture around the globe. There is a long list of stores to cover, but if there is a retail location in your favorite city that we simply can’t miss, let us know in the comments below.
Where to buy watches in Sydney, Australia?
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The uniquely engraved dial and design made this Chronoswiss extra-special. I think at first glance many people felt it was something from Vacheron Constantin with a hand-made dial such as that which uses monkeys to portray the concept of "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil." Estimate price: 22,000 - 32,000 Euros. 2013 auction price: 42,000 Euros
Five years to be exact. Designers in the watch industry such as Ruchonnet are no doubt talented and inspired, but are often known for delivering "incomplete projects." What that means from a technical standpoint is that the Monaco V4 plan he gave to TAG Heuer was not for a working timepiece. Whatever credit is due him must be tempered with the notion that it was TAG Heuer itself that poured resources into the research and development necessary to get the automotive-themed movement to actually work. There was a serious plus side to this though, all the effort required to make the Monaco V4 a reality helped create a new high-end division at TAG Heuer.
The limited edition The Wright Brothers Runwell Bicycle is more limited and more expensive. I've actually been curious about their bikes. There are design elements (such as the seat) which hearken back to antique bikes similar to the ones that the Wright brothers themselves produced. The Wright Brothers Bicycle is limited to just 25 pieces. It isn't clear what the next Great American Series product will be or who it will honor, but I have a feeling that Shinola intends to produce at least one or two series of them each year. Prices for the Shinola The Wright Brothers Limited Edition watches is ,000 and the price for the bike is ,950. Pricey for a quartz watch, but who doesn't love the Wright Brothers? shinola.com
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La Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud Will Be New Luxury Watch Brand From Chopard In 2014
Geoffroy Ader, Sotheby’s Head of Watches for Europe, says of the watch: “This is the first time I can remember seeing a reference 6263 complete with guarantee and presentation case.”
The newest term in the dictionary of obscure Rolex vocabulary is "Z blue." Hidden among the buzz of the new Sea-Dweller and the white gold GMT-Master II, Rolex quietly added a new dial color for the estranged cousin within the Oyster line up, the Milgauss, with the new 2014 Rolex Milgauss Z Blue Dial 116400GV watch. The Milgauss name has been around since 1956 and the current version (ref 116400) was released in 2007. Sporting magnetic interference resistance up to 1000 gauss, the Milgauss was originally designed for engineers, technicians and scientists.
The Cylindrique Perpetuel is Jaeger-LeCoultre's complicated watchmaking at its finest. Based on a 42 by 13.1 mm platform in 18k pink gold with a silver toned dial, display case back, and a gorgeous layout that balances a flying tourbillon as well as a perpetual calendar display spread across three sub dials. The case is finished with its lugs and bezel polished and its flanks in satin.
This subject has a very colorful and dubious history. It started early in the 20th century, around 1910, when some companies began to use radium on watch dials and hands to create a “glow in the dark" effect. Radium is an almost pure white alkaline radioactive earth metal, and is found in nature in uranium ores. It was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie in 1898. What Marie Curie discovered was that a test tube of radium emitted a “fairy-like glow,” and she kept a vial next to her bedside as a kind of night light. She further discovered that the glow wasn’t coming from the radium itself, but from the ionization of the materials surrounding the radium, which when ionized, emit light (glows). The watch companies added materials to the radium paint which caused the materials to glow, thus lighting up the numbers and hands in the dark.
Inside of the Breguet 1646 dive watch is an A. Schild (AS) automatic mechanical movement, though it isn't clear which caliber reference number it is. The movement appears to be very basic and designed as a workhorse - which makes sense given the nature of this sporty dive watch. It is entirely likely that Breguet did not produce the No. 1646 as a commercial watch but rather as a commission piece for a particular commercial or private purpose. Though, Breguet to this day has records of the first No. 1646 buyer. The price paid for a Breguet No. 1646 dive watch in 1965 was 595 Francs. That was not at all cheap back then either. The Breguet No. 1646 will remain an incredibly rare dive watch and will of course be a sought after vintage sport watch for collectors. I am mostly interested to see when the Breguet of today produces a modern version of their Marine with the No. 1646's dial. breguet.com
Overall, that's what the watch speaks to me as. Yes, it's definitely a sport watch, there's no doubting that. But when you have dauphine hands (which, by the way, do have some lume on them) over the top of that jet black dial, it's pushing things to a more refined look; this is something that the 50m WR rating also belies. Add in the 3-link bracelet with it's outer polished links, and this is a piece that's definitely a "softer" sport watch.
Let's back up a moment. Why all the fuss about magnetism? Well mechanical watch movements are traditionally made of mostly metal, most of which is ferrous metal. That means they are susceptible to magnetic fields–which are actually more prevalent than people think. Magnetism can do two things to a watch movement, and both are things you want to avoid. Magnetism can first act to completely screw up the accuracy of a movement because the balance wheel is being effected by the force, ruining its operation. This means that interaction with magnetic fields can make the accuracy of a mechanical movement all but useless. Second, magnetic fields can cause the metal in your watch to become magnetized. This will destroy your watch movement until a watchmaker can demagnetize it (if even possible in the situation). As you can see, avoiding magnetism when it comes to a mechanical watch is usually a good idea.