By contrast, the mind-boggling construction of the hands is a sight to behold and is a constant reminder of the engineering prowess that is present (and hard at work) in the Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe. And with that, we have arrived to a point where this seemingly straight-forward and yet, in many ways, greatly (and very positively!) surprising watch can be concluded: the Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe is an extremely niche product that, like most fascinating watches out there today, solved a problem no one really bothered to even consider – let alone solve at a price of such excessive effort and cost. For that, and for its wonderful overall design, I genuinely like the Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe – I just wish my wallet could say the same about the ,000 asking price for either the white gold or rose gold version. parmigiani.ch
While the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar watch is a stellar timepiece on most levels, I do find that some versions have legibility issues. In theory, the dial design of the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar is clean and super easy to read, but H. Moser & Cie uses some shiny surfaces and a domed sapphire crystal whose particular shape and AR-coating simply lend themselves to too much light reflection. More so, the polished hands and hour markers can easily get lost on the dial in various lighting situations. My hope is that the pictures I took of the M. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar cast it in a flattering light, but it can certainly benefit from some texture and finishing refinements to ensure better legibility.
That focus will mean that the watch is gathering information using its built-in sensors and sending that data to the app running on the phone, which in turn will compile and then digest the data. The functions include a "hit counter" that will not just count the amount of times the player has hit the ball during the game but will also be able to differentiate four different hits such as attack hits, low hits, high hits and high fives. The Power Hit counter will be able to measure the strength of the hit and in fact rate the player on a scale from 0 to 100, from beginner through amateur to professional.
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The result of that relationship was the never-available-for-retail-sale Hublot King Power WBC watch. One of those timepieces has been produced again and decorated with diamonds and emeralds for Mr. Mayweather. Earlier today, and before the bout with Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather took receipt of his one-of-a-kind Hublot King Power WBC Full Pave with Emeralds watch, quoting confirmation that he is a lover of high-end watches including Hublot, and that he looks forward to adding it to his already impressive collection.
Some big news for little watchmakers: it has been announced that Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest continuously operating watchmaking brand, will be sharing their wisdom with the next generation of horological heroes. On Saturday, April 25th, 2015, Vacheron Constantin will be holding a children's workshop at their New York boutique as part of Madison Avenue Watch Week. Young visitors will be encouraged to tap into 260 years of experience, have their questions answered and maybe even have their hearts set on the path towards a career in the industry.
I've tried to understand the source of the "Souverain" name, and from what I recall, it is a term that Francois-Paul himself simply liked and also liked how it sounded. With that said, the Souverain collection is inspired by 19th century pocket watches in wrist watch form, with F.P. Journe's own sense of style. The reason this model is called the Chronometre Souverain is because it is apparently inspired by old marine chronometer clocks whose purpose was to be accurate. F.P. Journe is sort of obsessed with accuracy (a trait I really hope most watchmakers harbor), and the in-house made calibre 1304 is one of many of his attempts at creating a very reliable and accurate mechanical movement.Read more ›
With a power reserve of 5 days, the hand-wound DB2019 calibre features titanium bridges, which again keep the weight down. The case, featuring integrated cone-shaped lugs, is white gold and features a solid white gold case back with linear power reserve indicator. Additionally, the case comes in at 11mm thick. When coupled with the flexible strap attachment, it is easy to imagine the De Bethune DBS Tourbillon sitting very easily on the wrist. The screw-down crown, located at twelve o'clock, is easily operated while the watch is being worn. It also looks like an actual crown, which is a cute and somewhat fitting touch for a watch that some could consider the new boss of its brand. It's not the most "out there" watch De Bethune have ever created, nor does it feature the most complications, nor the most applied elements. But with a classy, grown-up approach to design, it sets out its stall as a serious and self-assured addition to the range.
With that, the manufacturing process of the tritium gas tubes ends, as what is left is the assembly of the watch itself. As mentioned above, MB-Microtec's own brand is called Traser. With prices ranging from a few hundred to a bit over ,000, the watches are available in the tactical, sport, and elegant collections. My favorite line is that of the "tactical" timepieces, the Traser Special Force 100 that you see above comes with a titanium case and bracelet along with a NATO and a rubber strap and is priced at 0.Read more ›
To explain the reasoning behind that unusual name, we have to briefly discuss the interesting way Porsche Design used to operate. For the past four decades, the company had 15 to 20 year-long contracts with watch manufacturers – notably (after working for a few years with Orfina), with IWC between 1977 and 1997, and with Eterna between 1997 and 2012. When that collaboration with Eterna ended, Porsche Design decided to follow its own route and not go into another 15-20 year long licensing agreement with an external manufacturer.
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