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Movement: Automatic P-221, exclusive module
Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Vibrations per hour: 28’800 (4Hz)
Case: Ã˜ 42 mm
Case material: A1041/4: Stainless Steel
A3014/5: Pink gold (4N) 18ct
Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Dial A1041/4: Silvered white
Strap: Black alligator
Stainless steel deployment buckle
Public price: Steel A1041/4: CHF 8’200.— / Euro 5’900.— / US$ 8’275.—
Gold A3014/5: CHF 20’500.— / Euro 14’700.— / US$ 20’250.—
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Former Timex brand TX has turned into the Timex Intelligent Quartz collection. This is the Traveller World Time reference T2N614, and it comes in a 43mm wide black case with bracelet. Functions include time zones around the world with summer and winter time and Timex's Indiglo luminant. Retail price is 0.
Center stage on the watch dial is the movement. The time indicator part of the watch is all on the side. Claret always does an amazing job of showing off his manufacture's handiwork. Each of the movements are hand-assembled and decorated. The new movement is the caliber FLY11. It uses a sophisticated titanium curved base plate and contains a flying tourbillon. The tourbillon is further angled at 30 degree and is mounted on double ceramic bearings. You can see it generously displayed through a sapphire crystal window on the lower part of the watch. The movement contains 419 parts and has a power reserve of about 50 hours. There are two mainspring barrels for the movement - one for the escapement and one for the gear train. The more I look at this watch, the more it looks like a totally crazy carnival game that I don't understand.
Inside the RSW Diving Tool Camo watches is a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. Pretty standard, but fine. I think that the price of these watches is actually quite fair, and if you recall these Camo versions of the Diving Tool watches are limited edition pieces. According to RSW there will be 49 pieces for each dial - I don't know if that means 49 total, or 49 for the PVD versions, and PVD for the naked steel versions. The limited edition number of the collection is right on the dial. Note how the watch render below is a mistake because they use the Camo three-hand dial on an RSW Diving Tool Chronograph watch case.Read more ›
Anyhow, despite the excessively odd name (and scary looking pre-Cambrian fish), this watch is worth noticing as being a pretty excellent two time zone dive watch. Not a GMT exactly, but it has two time zones in 12 hour formats. This is good for people who like having two times at a glance, but aren't comfy reading time in a 24 hour format. The watch also has a big date function which I like. The only thing missing is a day/night indicator for the second time zone which is generally used to indicate whether it is AM or PM in the other zone. Not sure why that got left out.
Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic movement that is viewable through the sapphire display back window. I like that it is an automatic and that it has about 70 hours of power reserve. While not something I would wear daily (I certainly don't dress well enough for that), I do quite like this new Midnight Big Date watch from Harry Winston. Price is about ,000.
Thanks to Mark who was the lucky winner of the MARCH LA.B AM1 40 Automatic watch (giveaway post here). Here are some follow-up thoughts and images by him:Read more ›
The Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin is technically another "double record holder." That means it has the thinnest automatic skeletonized movement and the thinnest case for an automatic skeletonized watch. The Piaget in-house made Caliber 1200S is just 2.40mm thick while the entire case is just 5.34mm thick. This all makes for extremely wafer-like wrist wear.
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One of the most impressive elements of the case is the case back. Rounded and smooth, a series of pieces come together here for an underside that is virtually flush. This signals very careful engineering with components that have almost no tolerances. The bezel is also a thing of beauty. It involves machine cut steel and rubber, and is damn cool looking (the numerals are each individually cut and the rubber is there to help protect them). With a range of materials, the Jellyfish case actually follows the Hublot mantra of "fusion." In this 43mm wide case you'll find at least steel, rubber, and ceramic. According to Nubeo, the milling process for the case parts takes over 3 hours alone.
As a modern formal watch based on Tutima's history as an aviator watch brand, the Grand Classic Power Reserve is a compelling watch. It is hard to find this much heritage and quality in a watch at this price: ,900 on the bracelet and ,400 on the strap.
Knowing that vintage Longines watches that include their own movements are hot in the collector's market, I started to ask Mr. von Kanel if this surprised him. Especially since he has been at the brand since they were making their own movements and can quickly recall much of the brand's history. CEO's like him are very difficult to find as he really knows so much about his own brand. He ended up giving me a large book on Longines watch movements that contained each caliber they have ever made. I recommend checking that out for brand collectors.Read more ›
All the stores explained that even when a salesperson isn't as educated as they could be, passion and enthusiasm is an essential part of increasing consumer confidence. Topper explains how enthusiasm helps consumers want to hear more about the details of watches and the brands. Audemars Piguet explains how more and more customers are coming into their brand boutiques with high levels of information - which raises the education bar for the staff inside of retail stores.
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Mr. Ford has reportedly been on the board of Conservation International for a long time so I want to believe that good work is being done. Though for me, I want a bit more detail on where and how that percentage of watch profit that goes to the charity helps resolve the problem of how endangered frogs and shirtless children can get along better.Read more ›
Unlike the perfection and straight lines we tend to think of when it comes to much of Japanese design, these pieces draw on less mechanical aesthetics and focus more on inspiration from nature, age, history, as well as mystery. Anyone familiar with the steampunk look quickly associate these watch in to that genre.Read more ›
The popular Incursore collection from Glycine returns with a model II and model III. Relatively inexpensive, these watches comes with a few dial styles and with automatic or manually wound movements. Actually, the price of the pieces with a manually wound Unitas 6498 movement is the same as the watch with an automatic ETA 2824. So why would someone opt for a manually wound movement. Well, I guess some people prefer it... but really the only difference is a central seconds hand (in the automatic) versus a subsidiary seconds dial in the manually wound version. Oh, and the view through the watch's exhibition caseback is gonna be different.
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"Watch What-If" is a special column on aBlogtoRead.com that asks the playful question "what if an iconic watch you know and love was offered in a different style?" The idea embraces a good timepiece's core design and has fun by offering new colors and material concepts to stimulate your senses. These ideas may be provocative, artistic, or just plain silly. This is about fun, Photoshop, and the celebration of wrist watch design and experimentation. The original design we work off will always be at the bottom of the article. The designs are brought to life by Beau Hudspeth who does the artwork and concepting after he and I choose the models and styles to focus on. These special design experiments are extremely time consuming and labor intensive but we hope you enjoy the results. Ideas and comments are more than welcome. Enough response may even lead to a round two of design of the same watch - so please comment below. You are also encouraged to suggest watches that make it into the Watch What-If section here on aBlogtoRead.com.Read more ›