Further research and miniaturizing of the Duoplan resulted in the development of the Calibre 101. If I were to describe the personality of the movement, I’d say it’s coquettish, complicated and yet completely reliable and extremely desirable. Yep, a perfect engine for a ladies watch. It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that the Calibre 101 is a watch fit for a queen. In fact, Elizabeth II looped one round her royal wrist on her coronation day in 1953.
If you are a car lover and feel inclined to build your own car one day due to the fact that nothing out there is a specific example of what you want, you are pretty much out of luck (unless you have a spare billion bucks siting around). However, in the watch world, a person with a vision for a specifically styled watch is only limited by their ambition and tenacity. Given a wealth of those two characteristic floating around among watch lovers, it should come as no surprise that there are a fair number of small, indy brands out there that represent these "custom watches." But don't get me wrong, it isn't easy to start your own watch brand. In fact, it is often an expensive and frustrating exercise. Those are come out in the end with a salable product should be congratulated!
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It has been a very interesting journey so far with Magrette. I first reviewed about their Regattare Kupe's Voyage limited edition watch here about a year and half ago, and today I am reviewing their new limited edition Kia Kaha. In just that short time the brand has come a long way from having a good product, to an even better product. It has been fascinating to see brand's product evolve. The Kia Kaha has numerous improvements over older models in terms of refinement and utility. Not that older Magrette watches suffer from significant problems, but rather that customers continue to get more and more for their money. The Kia Kaha shares the same basic theme which makes Magrette watches what they are - a simple, good looking case and dial, combined with beautiful hand-engraved Maori style art.
Number of components
Complete movement 514
Tourbillon cage 70
Big date 75
Number of jewels 62
Power reserve 80 hours minimum
Frequency 21,600 Ah (3Hz)
All components are developed, manufactured and decorated by Dimier 1738 according to criteria defined by the Fleurier Quality Foundation.
An interesting regional perspective on fake watch ownership, follow up on Pebble Beach and Parmigiani, and John get's keen on liquid metal - and I invent the "Omega Liquid Ocean Watch."
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This watch isn't real... yet. But it likely will be. VicenTerra has an interesting offer for the first 100 people who put down money for one of these interesting GMT-3 watches. If they pre-order, it will cost them only 5,000 Swiss Francs as opposed to the anticipated retail price of 15,000 Swiss Francs. The catch of course is that 100 people need to ante up, and when it comes to watches, we never know just how long it will take for something to reach production - though it usually does.VicenTerra doesn't even have a website yet (that I could find), though they do have a Facebook page here (where you can get more details, etc...).If you are really sold on the brand... they will even sell you stock in the company...
In addition to sharing with you an article I wrote for AskMen.com about the cool IWC Da Vinci Ceramic Chronograph watch, I wanted to share images I took of the watch. It is probably the first IWC Da Vinci watch that I could see myself wearing. The automatic movement is the same as the one used in the new IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph watch, but the style is totally different. Who would have thought that IWC would have dreamed up a use for ceramic in their typically high-brow Da Vinci collection. A sporty Da Vinci you ask? Well yes, here it is. The unusually shaped tonneau steel case sandwiches black ceramic segments, and there is the pretty cool coated, woven fabric strap. The dial is quite three dimension with lots of areas of interesting and textures. The chronograph is for a full 12 hours, as the upper dial has two hands and is used for the minute and hours. Finishing is great on the piece, and it is such an usual watch in terms of style that people won't know what this wild IWC is. The price is ,600.
Such is the difficulty in working on the Calibre 101 that only a handful of watchmakers have fully mastered the techniques required. What I really like about the Calibre 101 is that by necessity each part has to be tailor-made and adjusted, making each one of the movements a handcrafted piece unique. And, though the movement isn’t a limited edition in the strictest sense, the production is certainly limited, with only 50 able to be made each year.
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