ABTW: That is a pretty comprehensive list of watches you would peg as grails. Have you ever obtained any of them?
Inside the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic PAM616 is the Panerai in-house made Calibre P.9000 automatic movement with three days of power reserve operating at 4Hz. On the dial, you have the time with subsidiary seconds dial and the date. In addition to the aged lume color on the hands and hour markers, you get a new blue color on the dial meant to highlight the "modern" look of the Luminor Submersible Carbotech - and in a lot of ways, it succeeds. While I still personally find it difficult to take some of these modern construction compounds as bona fide luxury materials, I am intrigued by the stories behind them as well as the wearable conversation piece waiting for someone to ask about what your watch is made out of, allowing you to joyously explain.
The geometric crown is one of the signature elements that help make the Cartier Tank... that Tank. While not as bold a watch as say the Cartier Santos 100 (reviewed here), the Cartier Tank MC more than makes a case for itself as a modern dress watch. This version of the Tank MC is in steel, but in my opinion, where the Cartier Tank MC really comes alive is in the much more expensive 18k rose gold version that costs a whopping ,000 more. With that said, if you want the ultimate in iconic Cartier Tank-style watch in the Cartier Tank MC collection, you'll go for the ref. W5330001 in 18k rose gold on a brown alligator strap with a silvered dial.
Most all developments made to the 3255, we learned, were refinements both when it came to movement architecture as well as materials used – and these refinements did go a long way. The 3255 now has 70 hours power reserve – about 50% more than its predecessor – mainly achieved by a new escapement design as well as a new mainspring barrel whose walls are half as thick as before, allowing for the fitting of a larger mainspring – this latter development alone provides about 10 extra hours of power reserve.
Oster Jewelers: Denver is a city of extremes. We have a lot of sports and outdoors enthusiasts. It's no surprise that this crowd has really embraced Bremont, a watch "Tested beyond Endurance." Our clientele tends to favor functional, well-made timepieces which exude quality yet retain a more understated presence. We also have a fantastic core business community. Many top level executives live in Denver and travel for business. Our location in the center of America makes for an ideal base. The business client really appreciates the level of knowledge and education that we provide. Audemars Piguet is always a top choice for those with affluence and taste. It is especially appealing due to the excellence in technical quality combined with a luxury status that appeals to those who know, but it can still fly under the radar in other situations. The more conservative Denver client also appreciates the proven, timeless appeal of established leaders in Haute Horlogorie such as Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani Fleurier and Ulysse Nardin. On the other hand, Hublot holds tremendous appeal and is firmly established as one of our sports watch favorites.
Arnold & Son does offer their share of smaller watches, but their sweet-spot is about 44mm, the size of the Arnold & Son CTB Chronograph. The brand realizes that these are designs meant to be shown off, and I think they personally like the larger sizes on their own wrists. Though, if you want 40mm-wide watches, you can get them from the brand. Otherwise, the cases are pretty classic in proportions and handsome on the wrist.
Jack Ryan: The vast majority of our business is local. Tourists stick to the downtown area, or venture farther north at the Domain shopping center. One of the better-quality shopping centers, in terms of quality and brand recognition, is within a few miles of our store; but there is not a store in any of these areas that features the mix of horology that our store features. So we are really a “destination” store. “Tourist” traffic to us is the fellow who jumps off the plane from Fiji and comes to our store to purchase a Bremont watch, before he goes on to visit his local parents. We also do a substantial amount of mail and phone order watch sales.
12. PERPETUAL CALENDAR: Day, date, year, and week indicator.
Covered in Vanitas imagery, the Carpe Diem encourages you to consider death and your own mortality every time you glance at your wrist. There is a skull nestled amidst some fine gold engraving at seven thirty, and another at nine o'clock on the side of the case. Beyond the – very trendy – skull theme, there actually is some very intriguing, and arguably more refined mythology on display.
Artur Akmaev’s timepieces will run you around 00, however, since these are custom, one-of-a-kind pieces, prices will vary depending on complexity and desired amount of detail. This includes a Swiss ETA movement with plating, steel case, sapphire crystal, leather strap, and of course hand engraving work by Artur Akmaev. For those with inquiries or interest in a custom piece of their own, feel free to contact him directly via his email.
It took the Top Gear duo more than 3 days to reach Hammond – who, as can be seen in the show, didn't handle too well his isolation in the freezing cold Canadian wilderness. Nevertheless, the Breitling Emergency II watch was displayed multiple times throughout the film as it performed in line with expectations.
The 120-click bezel has a solid feel to it when it is being set, although I personally still think that 120 clicks are twice as many as I would need – the extra position between the 1-minute intervals seems a bit unnecessary. The feel and sound of the bezel when operated is nonetheless good. One of the issues I did soon encounter with the bezel (its lower half, to be specific) is that it makes a ticking sound every time it receives a slighter impact. I found that it is because the gap between the bezel and the case is ever so slightly larger than it should be and so when the bezel gets a small impact from above, it closes that gap and gets in contact with the case, which in turn, results in that sound.
Two technologies employed by Casio (and others such as Citizen and Seiko) helped the "set it and forget it" nature of many of their products. These are solar power generation (where available light – sunlight or otherwise – enters the dial and is used to charge the battery, as well as atomic clock radio signal reception. Taking these two technologies together, you have quartz-based watches that do not require battery changes and do not require time adjustments because the time is updated automatically. The more recent focus on creating watches that receive GPS signals to update the time automatically (or manually) is simply an extension of this theme.
Baselworld 2015 is happening in Basel, Switzerland, from March 18 - 26 and team aBlogtoWatch will be there checking out the newest watches from brands like Rolex, Omega, TAG Heuer, Zenith, Patek Philippe, Breitling, Bulova, and many, many more, from the biggest names to the cool independents.
At some point after the launch of the Bremont Boeing range, Bremont decided that offering titanium versions of the original Bremont Boeing Model 1 and Bremont Boeing Model 247 was unnecessary. Instead, they pivoted to use the titanium as the basis for two new models within the Boeing range. Now known as the Bremont Boeing Model 1 Ti-GMT and the Bremont Boeing Model 247 Ti-GMT, these new versions are instantly differentiated from the original Boeing models by their grey-tone dials and bright yellow GMT hands.
As I talked about when we first announced these 2015 ref. 116655 and 268655 Rolex Yacht-Master Everose and ceramic watches, it seems as though Rolex is both listening to its core enthusiast demographic and also respecting the heritage that makes Rolex... well, Rolex. That is a tough job and really what Rolex tries to do with care and attention each year. I think a lot of people are going to like this new black and gold Rolex Yacht-Master with its chic sporty look and novel strap. Let's hope that some of its features and style continue to trickle down to more Rolex timepieces in the future. The Rolex 268655 Yacht-Master is priced at 21,000 Swiss Francs and the Rolex 116655 Yacht-Master is priced at 23,800 Swiss Francs. rolex.com
These impressive feats have been achieved because of the way Piaget's design team has integrated all of the chronograph components into the movement rather than going for a modular construction that would have added height. The movement itself is an aesthetic treat. I love the gilded logo, engraved against a circular Geneva Wave pattern. The screw balance is on show, and there is just enough visible motion to entertain the eye without sacrificing the necessary rigidity of the bridges. Blued screws add a flash of color to proceedings, while bevelled edges catch the light brilliantly. One of the greatest challenges faced by watch designers is finding a way for the wearer to actively engage with his or her timepiece. Being able to see the effect of the pushers when actuated by exposing the polished column wheel is a really nice touch.
A watch designer's job is to create a relationship between the wearer and their watch. The new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II watch does this is a clever way. By decorating the dial with a culturally significant diorama, the wearer is not only comfortable with an image they have seen many times before, but they are also susceptible to its potential as an emotional trigger. With a single glance, a whole gamut of feeling can be released: Pride, passion, patriotism, for example. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II picks up where the first Round Table watch left off, moving the design brief in a new direction and elevating the craftsmanship to a new level.