The Bulova Sea King Automatic 96B226 watch will be produced as a limited edition of 500 pieces with a very fair price of ,595. bulova.com
The rationale behind the addition of the oil temperature gauge is that oil is very susceptible to temperature fluctuation, which can cause expansion (heat) or contraction (less heat). The Ressence Type 3 uses seven specialized bellows to facilitate the oil's reaction to external temperature. Now, for the new Ressence Type 3, Ressence added a mechanical thermal gauge to indicate the optimal running temperature for the oil. The 0.5 millimeter bi-metal spiral is mounted 0.1 mm under the discs to capture the slightest temperature changes inside the oil, which can range from -5 C to 55 C (23F to 131F).
Using discs to indicate the time is a time-honored albeit niche approach to adding design variety to a timepiece. Technically speaking, the production process involves replacing traditional watch hands with spinning discs. It isn't that simple, as there are a lot of tweaks that need to be made in order to account for the heavier weight of discs and new issues of friction, but fundamentally, these types of watches indicate time in the same way. All that is different is how the time is read - and it does take a little bit of getting to used to, I will admit.
Likewise, today, many tech pundits are complaining that smartwatches are an answer to a question no one was asking. I disagree. I feel that consumers have been wanting to wear technology and make technology a more personal part of their daily routines. Mobile phones have become indispensable for most people, but they still act like extra appendages that people don't know what to do with. Simply observe a crowd of people, and notice how many are awkwardly walking around with their phones in their hands versus in a pocket or bag. Communication technology is meant to be accessible all the time and reserved for occasional use. As we use connected devices for more and more purposes, the notion that they are supposed to sit waiting hidden away from view will becoming increasingly archaic. It's only logical that devices become something you wear - even if we need to take baby steps to get there.
Despite its large size the Bulova Sea King Automatic isn't too heavy, given the titanium case, and it wears comfortable on the strap. Bulova includes an extension strap making it easy to put the watch over a diving suit. The case uses an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial which helps a lot with legibility. The timepiece very much looks as though it is ready and eager to submerge to depths of 1000 meters, even though anyone taking one down that deep is unlikely, to say the least. Though, I will say that the best diving watches are those which look to be perpetually ready for action.
With this system, the time can be read pretty much as precisely as on a traditional analog dial. Like I said, it takes bit of getting used to, but it's pretty simple, once you get the hang of it. I tend to find most watch faces that use discs versus hands to be unattractive and boring. Most of them promote the mere novelty that they use discs versus hands and leave the creativity there. Thankfully, SevenFriday didn't do that, and the entire design of the SevenFriday M-Series dial uses a series of interesting elements and layers. For one of the first times I can recall, I've found a disc-based watch dial that I feel is truly interesting and cool to look at.
Every once in a while, someone does have a go at it – meaning, they find a specialist who can work with such tolerances. Notable examples from the past include the Richard Mille RM056, the MB&F HM2, and the Cecil Purnell Mirage. Cartier also had a go at creating a completely transparent case with the Cartier ID Two, although that actually was made from Ceramyst, a transparent ceramic – having used such a high-tech material instead of sapphire crystal goes to show just how difficult sapphire crystal is to work with. There may be a few others out there in existence, but these prove the point of just how few-and-far-between sapphire-cased watches are.
The Sedna Black adds some extra pop to the dark looks using 18k Sedna Gold components and two small, but noticeable splashes of red. Specifically, the bezel is now in brushed 18k Sedna Gold with a matt ceramic ring inlay and matt chromium nitride tachymeter scale, while the hands and applied indexes are also in Sedna Gold. This proprietary gold alloy of palladium, copper, and at least 75% of gold, is proprietary to Omega: Sedna Gold was specially developed in an attempt to make normal red gold more durable and hence more beautiful in the long run.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on March 31, 2015 for the winner to be chosen at random. A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non-US entrants may apply based on sponsor's policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor's inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner, you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.
The first of the new Tambour éVolution timepieces is the Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution GMT in Black, which is 43mm wide and water resistant to 100 meters (well, they are all water resistant to 100 meters). With the cleanest dial of the bunch, this timepiece contains the automatic caliber LV71 (not in-house made) movement (operating at 4Hz with 42 hours of power reserve) which has two time zones with a day/night indicator for the second time zone and the date. I don't consider this a true GMT, because it (like the other models here) doesn't indicate one of the time zones in 24-hour format, but rather uses a second 12-hour hand. This is similar, but just makes for a "two-time-zone watch." Basically, you have two hour hands, with each representing a different time zone. As a basic travel watch, the Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution GMT in Black is modernly cooly with a welcome black with red accent color tone. With this collection, the Tambour éVolution very much feels like Louis Vuitton's version of the Montblanc Timewalker (which is most certainly less expensive).
With a list price of 50, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five offers a lot of charm for the money, especially when you consider the comparable competition of the Longines Legend Diver, which has a similar appeal (though vastly different design), a similar movement, but retails for 00. With a solid design, reliable movement and a wrist presence unlike anything else from Oris, it looks like they've got a hit on their hands. We don't get to see a lot of truly appealing sub-00 watches at Baselworld, so it was a treat to have a few minutes with the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, a true dive watch blast from the past. oris.ch
What happened half-a-year ago was that Bremont announced a limited edition of six time-only watches, inspired by the famous Jaguar E-Type race car – so much so that, in fact, the watch was designed to be sold to the future owners of the six .6 million re-production E-Types that Jaguar created last year. The dial design was largely inspired by the tachometer (or rev-counter) of the E-Type, as the watch featured similar fonts and red-zone between 3 and 4 o'clock.
All those features together are nice and good, and the experience is surprisingly refined given what you get with most of the watch-industry related apps out there. Govberg's Danny Govberg mentioned bringing aboard a new development team and finally subscribing to the business axiom I'd like to believe I helped set in motion - "when working on a project related to watches, it is best to have everyone involved actually love watches."
Now, we did inquire as to how, precisely, the mechanical thermometer works within the watch. Unfortunately, we were not able to ferret out any details from the brand, nor were we about to open up the case to go on a treasure hunt. If I had to hazard a guess, it likely involves something involving a bi-metal strip that expands and contracts in response to the temperature (i.e. like what was found in the old mercury-capsule thermostats).