Watches of this nature aren't for everyone. So if you don't like it, that is OK, but others of you will love it. Priced at just under 0, and coming in limited editions of just 400 pieces for each color, the watches make unique gifts or interesting additions to your collection. For the artistic person in your life that many not be a traditional watch lover, an i-toc is also not a bad idea. Plus, I have to say that the watches are comfy, light, and unobtrusive, something a bit different than the many much larger watches I have.
The movement for the watch is the Richard Mille Caliber RM 005-S. It is an automatic, has a power reserve of 55 hours (double barrels), adjustable geometry winding of the movement via the rotor, time and date, and made mostly of titanium and white gold with some PVD black coated surfaces. You might be curious as to what this "adjustable winding geometry" is all about. It is sort of gimmicky, and I am not totally sure who it is operated, but here is the idea. The automatic rotor can have an adjusted tension in terms of how much efforts is needed to turn it. Thus, you can wind the watch "properly" whether you are sitting at a desk or wildly swinging your arm while playing golf. I am not sure whether the movement detects it of if the user manually adjusts the winding geometry. Other watches with this complication rely on the user to manually change the settings.
Here is a really nifty new Tag Heuer model I just came by. I haven't seen it anywhere else but at The Watch Gallery who always has the most recent Tag Heuer watches. In the not so distant past I praised the good looks of the new Tag Heuer Formula 1 Grande Date watch. It wasn't too tough to predict that a chronograph version was right around the corner, and here it is. But it seems to have dispensed with the "big date" part. The watch still shows the date though. Instead of the previous Swiss quartz movement, Tag Heuer has given the new Formula 1 Chronograph watches is newer Calibre S movement. The movement is a sophisticated quartz movement that transforms the watch dial totally into a chronograph. Operating it has the watch hands alter position to be used for counting the chronograph hours, seconds and minute. The two retrograde dials are used to measure 1/10 and 1/100 of a second times for the ultra precise chronograph mechanism. This is probably the best way to have such a precise chronograph complication without getting a digital watch. Once you are over with using the chronograph function, the watch reverts to "telling the time mode." In time telling mode the chronograph retrograde dials are used to indicate the date (cool right?)
I have had a few new watch reviews on AskMen.com but did not mention them as I wrote about those watches already on aBlogtoRead.com. Here however is one that I did not blog already here. Click on the article to read it, but there are a few interesting things about this Gerald Genta Gefica Blue Note watch. The "Blue Note" just refers to the colors and the fact that it is part of a limited edition. I love the classic manner in which Gerald Genta does a jumping hour with retrograde minutes and the styling of the case is impressive and different. Really a success as stepping outside the mold and still being able to look like a mature design. Plus, the case is make out of bronze, that is really rare for a watch. That also means the case will oxidize over time - which Gerald Genta says is intended.
Andre Checa recently displayed this watch at the Belles Montres ("Beautiful Watches?" Wow... creative name there) expo in France recently. The watch was a piece unique (of course), meaning that only one was made. I wish I had the name for it. I personally would call it "Turd Vert." The case is meant to be a... well rock, and the strap is meant to be covered in "grass," which is actually green-colored mink fur. Nice and animal friendly there. Way to take a nature inspired watch, and effectively make it anti-nature. Some might even call this watch a "crime against nature!" Or at least against good taste. How does Christophe Claret himself feel to have a movement of his inside this eye-sore.