It is watches like this that cause many people to totally overlook mechanical timepieces altogether. Brands like Citizen, Seiko, and Casio have been offering gadget-lovers watches with heaps of functions for years - functions that most mechanical watches could never dream of. Watches like this don't offer the same type of "haute horology" experience that mechanical watch lovers seek, but are an extremely important flavor of watch in the market. They take timepieces to their logical technical limits, and keep pushing the boundaries further and further.
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MOONMACHINE is based on a specially configured HM3 Frog and the moon complication was imagined, designed and created by Stepan Sarpaneva. It is available in three limited editions of 18 pieces each.
The Chronos Safe door doesn't try to hide its weight - though the ball and roller bearing hinges try to make up for it. Honestly, simply opening and closing the heavy Chronos door made me fear the very notion of trying to break it open. It is secured by a series of huge titanium bolts. The safe was specially engineered to be totally "unbendable." This is important as many safe crackers try to open safes by prying open the doors. The "chip carbide" material used in the door is harder than drill bits used to enter many other safes. I've never seen anything more solid than one of these.
This is the Junghans "Meister Handaufzeug" or "Master Handwinding," a retro and classic dress watch scheduled for release in July of 2012. Based on the ETA/Pesaux 7001 movement, it's rather slim at 7.3mm thick and 37.7mm wide. The design inspiration is a Junghans models from the 1930s, revamped to celebrate the brands' 150th anniversary. I think they did an admirable job. I really like the crown. Nicely sized for winding and tucked below the domed crystal.
We discuss how some Kobold watches will now be produced in Nepal by Sherpa people - and how much we want a Sherpa butler. Storm offers a low-cost version of the Corum Bridge watch with the Mekon. The Sarpaneva Korona K0 Diver is cool but with amusingly off marketing. Is the Pebble E-Paper watch on Kickstarter worth your investment?
Rather than a crown the Tread 2 offers a pusher and two way lever that allows you to adjust the time and access the features of the watch. Devon's engineer really improved the user experience with the Tread 2 making the watch more logical to operate and simple at the same time. It takes only a few minutes to fully grasp what it does and how to use it.
Inherently there isn't much new here because this is your standard King Power Chronograph watch. I discuss it because I think Usain is pretty cool and it is interesting to see many of the "reasons" for Hublot limited edition watches. What is different are the little touches that make it special for Mr. Bolt. What a damn good last name for a champion runner right? I've always thought that. According to Hublot, the strap is made from "exactly the same leather as the shoes he wore when he broke the world record in Beijing in 2008". To be honest I am not sure what that means. Is it leather from the exact same pair of shoes... or the same kind of shoes? The piece is a limited edition of 250 watches - so I have a feeling that more than one pair of shoes was sacrificed in the making of this collection.
The watch cases fit the typical men's and women's Van Cleef & Arpels design aesthetic. One lug for women, two for men. The cases designs are elegant and serve to showcase these wonderful art creations so well. Though in the future I would like to see some new cases from the brand. Both watches are in 18k white gold and the cases are fitted with diamonds on the bezel and lugs. There are lovely mother-of-pearl cabochons in the crown. The result is a luxurious creation that focuses more on the art and effort versus the bling. For the amount of precious stones used on your typical Van Cleef & Arpels, this is a very elegant and down-to-earth brand.
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
The lume-filled hands are large and easy to see. They are clearly aviator inspired, but not direct analogs of what you see all the time. It is true that they could be a bit longer, but there are weight issues that SISU needed to contend with given the size of the dial. There is a sporty hint of red as part of the second hand's counterweight. The overall proportions of the dial feel good and the design is unique, but at the same time very approachable. SISU offers a few dial variants for the Guardian. In addition to the silvered dial, there is a black dial, and one with a floating double indicator layer called the Eclipse (A3 model).
"First of all, sorry for the long wait for the review, I was very busy lately, and also wanted to spend some time with the watch so I could write an honest opinion about it. In the two months since I got the watch, I enjoyed it very much.
Rolex created the first Oyster Perpetual GMT watch in the 1950s for Pan Am pilots who wanted a quick way to check and know the time in different timezones. The classic design has gone through various refinements, but it remains pretty much the same today.
You recently got a first look at the new BMW by Ball watch collection here on aBlogtoWatch.com. There you learned that Swiss Ball watches was to be a major timepiece making partner of the Bavarian Motor Works car company. The details were a bit scant but you learned what the pieces were going to look like as well as that there wold be four version to start - one of them a limited edition.
I recall the first time that I saw the Executive Dual Time watch. I was visiting Ulysse Nardin at a watch trade show and saw some models I hadn't yet familiarized myself with being displayed. Clearly they were UN watches but they didn't really have that typical UN look many people associate with the brand. "Executive" in the name seemed to hint that UN wanted these watches to be aimed at business types looking for a solid daily wear. The construction was impressive and I couldn't get over that super legible dial - but did I like the watch?