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Enter these establishments to be met with mostly sales goons. Like lurking sharks they circle looking for a bite. Enter their lair and reveal anything but and instant desire to buy, and be met with an attitude of the likes you'll prefer to swing a fist at. I've actually muttered before "You realize that in the event I was going to buy, I am not going to now, or ever from you."
The watch movement is made by the very well-respected Christophe Claret - a maker of highly complex and beautiful watch movement. This timepiece (that I am not sure if it has a name) has a beautifully skeletonized movement, that has a tourbillon, and just the time as functions (Claret rarely makes movements this "simple"). In addition to the high level of decoration, the inner bezel is lined with large diamonds. More diamonds can be found in other parts of the movement. Operating the manually would movement is done with a crown that looks like a piece of rock, sticking out of more rock.
Case material is all stainless steel and enjoys mostly a high polish finish around the watch. The face of the watch has a sandblasted look that fits nicely with the look of the e-ink display surface. I applaud Phosphor on this clever design point. The watch pushers (one on each side of the case) are integrated right into the case, and don't protrude at all. This gives the case a modern and seamless look. I don't say this lightly when I remark upon the fact that I feel as though Phosphor put more design attention into this case, than do people who sell watches at many times the price. The case is also water resistant to 50 meters, and the watch crystal is mineral glass - that while not as hardy or scratch resistant as sapphire crystal, is totally acceptable at this watch's very good price.
I have been fascinated with this Breguet watch model since I wrote an article on Luxist a while ago about how it was seen on the wrist of Russian president Dmitri Medvedev. By the way, the above image is from Antiquroum via this webpage here. You can blame Breuget for not having enough images of their watches floating around the internet. So you probably know that Breuget is the king of "old school" watch brands. The love of Swatch Group kingpin (Chairman) Nicolas Hayek, and founder way back when by the father of modern watch making. Abraham Louis Breguet himself. The brand keeps mulling forth with classic watch creations that refuse to modernize - and that is a good thing.
The Split Rock collection watches are pretty cool and feature as 12 hour chronograph complication all put into one three hand subsidiary dial. Pretty cool right? The pushers are located on the right and left side of the case in a unique fashion. I like how it looks, and it appears pretty easy to use, just don't mistake it for another watch face. The watch itself uses skeletonized orange-red hands and a subsidiary seconds hand at the top. The watch isn't exactly the epitome of easy to read, but this is for style, and you can make out the time. Plus, the orange stitching on the black crocodile strap is always a chic sporty touch.
This will be my first of several reviews on watches from the Marvin watch brand. In addition to sharing with you these interesting and attractive timepieces, I have an ulterior motive. You see, Marvin watches are not currently sold in the US. There is really no good reason for this, and I am trying to determine whether or not these watches would be in demand here in the States. I for one think that they would have a lot of appeal given their styling, construction quality, and fair prices. So, what do you think? Please comment and share your thoughts.
OK, so lets move away from titles and description to focus on the interesting movement and design. There is nothing wholly unique about the watch except for the really nice design and interesting manner of displaying the time in the way that it is. The design of the watch to me look like Porsche Design on steroids. Does anyone else see that? To read the time you just need to follow the red arrows. The larger dial is for the minutes, then the smaller is for the seconds, while the smallest that has two arrows and no real dial is for the seconds. It is not the more precise ot easiest watch in the world to read, but it gets the job done, and the red arrows are pretty nifty looking. For whatever reason, the gear that the GMT hour hand is connected to on the while gold version has a little Spiderman-esque web on it. You can see it in both the images of the front and back of the watch. A nifty feature of the movement is a quick adjust for the GMT hand in both hour directions. The right side of the watch is like a paddle switch. You can adjust the second hour hand in one hour increments either ahead or behind - which is useful and nice to have.
The last image has Daniel Roth and Peter Speake-Marin sitting at a table in a restaurant. While this no doubt occurred many times in a natural setting I am sure, here you have a film crew recording what became the Maitres du Temps Chapter Two watch corporate movie that can be viewed here. Notice the setting is in an actual restaurant. The challenge for the crew is to capture the personalities of the master watch makers as their "images" are a significant part of the Maitres du Temps watches. As I mentioned above, these aren't watches branded with these master watch makers in mind. Instead, the master watch makers are an actual part of the watch as they are the designers. I think it might be interesting to have (as a future component) the signatures of each of the master watch makers somewhere inside of the Maitres du Temps watches - something for them to consider to enhance the "master watch maker DNA" of the watch line (as there will be future "Chapters" in the Maitres du Temps watch collections).
Archimede was able to get a few of these these movements, not sure how many though. The TOP movements also have Glucydur balance wheels, Nivarox mainsprings and hairsprings, and an Incabloc shock protection system. The movement is more accurate than the more basic versions, and has a longer power reserve of 50 hours. I mention this to show you how it is a bit more than a mere cosmetic upgrade. The rest of the specs should be the same as the standard Archimede Pilot XLH ("H" stands for handwinding). There aren't many of them, and the price is ,070 each.
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Server Migration Phase 2: aBlogtoRead.com Down For A Bit
I want you to consider something that I recently realized. Ever notice how lots of "new" brands focus on the "heritage" they bought from a long dead watch brand, or alternatively from some long dead watch maker? These brands use their own designers to emulate what was well known in the bast piggy-backing on that success. It is a good model. But the "new" brand is only as good as the current designers and the rest is just marketing. Then you have Maitres du Temps that does not try to create some fallacy of resurrecting a old brand. Instead, they rely on living legends who actually contribute to the watches. So the difference is that Maitres du Temps actually has watches designed by watch making masters rather than just having a brand or watch models named after them. It is an interesting point that I didn't consider in the past.
This limited edition comes in three dial colors, each with a funny name, "Black Volcano, Silver" (ok not such a funny name), and "Gun Stratus Blue." That last one probably yielded a product name marketing specialist employee of the month award right? Each watch will be limited to just 1000 pieces in each color. The black and silver dial models make total sense with the contrasting subdials and red hands for the chronograph dial and look good. Things get a little iffy with the blue dial version - that while nice, seems like an after-thought as matched to the black. I think that it would have looked better with a matching blue bezel, and maybe something else for the subdials. Say a lighter colored of metallic blue? Or something. It isn't a bad look, but it doesn't really look refined enough. Just my initial thoughts, you can feel free to disagree.
Part of me has a love/hate relationship with Audemars Piguet. I really enjoy many of their watches, although I don't think they are perfect. Some of their designs are so classic and still hip, and I find myself really liking some of the pieces. Then I think to myself how overpriced some of the stuff is, and how a lot of what the company is - epitomizes the snobby luxury watch culture that I personally reject. Anyhow, this is the Forged Carbon version of the Royal Oak Offshore watch. A neat bumble bee of a timepiece with a lot of stuff going on. Stealth-wealth exterior and a fancy manufacture made movement inside.
One thing that is interesting is that Rolex apparently hates these watches. I've been told that if you have a modified Rolex watch, never send it to Rolex for servicing (they might not exactly send it back the same - and with a "restoration" bill). Chew on that. Not such a big deal though as Rolex movements are famously easy to work with. I sometimes ask watch makers their favorite movements to repair or work on, and "Rolex" is often the answer.
Oh Tourneau, how far you've come from being the world's most important watch retailer to the equivalent of a fancy candy store. There was a time when your incredible deployment of watch stores was the most important place for a high end watch to be. Your large distribution of locations carries some of the best brands in the world. To bad it mostly only looks nice.
I see the choice of having two styles for each model interesting. It is as though Boucheron watches a crazy seconds watch, and a crazier seconds watch. The choice seems simple. The designers originally had a serious vision with a whole scene for the dial. Someone decided that the "scene" approach was too much, so there was a more sober model crafted for a more practical daily wear. The models with the dial design flowing onto the bezel captures the character and the environment. You can consider it one of those metaphors about being "outside of the box," but it is really a way of imbuing the most amount of character into the watch collection - the passion of the designer showing through. All made possible by the land of luxury where these things can be done because price is much less of an issue.
For one thing, you have a very clean exhibition of the tourbillon on the dial instead of looking through to your wrist between sandwiches of sapphire crystal, you see the tourbillon escapement on a plate of gold with perlage polishing. Classy and sensible. Then you have the watch dial that is smaller and off centered and a subsidiary "dead seconds" (I will get to that in a bit). Don't miss the power reserve indicator as well. The full name of the watch is the ridiculous sounding "F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain - Remontoir d’Egalité avec Seconde Morte," but I will spare you that title by not continually repeating it.
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The Olympics connection is not evident on all watches (at least on the face). Though I do suspect the casebacks will have some clear engraving with details on this. The models with the 3313 movement have colorful Olympics rings as the counterweight on the seconds hand. I've always thought this logo makes a very attractive touch on the dials. But remember that they will only be moving if you operated the chronograph. It would be neat to see them on a non-chronograph watch, as the centrally placed seconds hand to see the rings sweeping around the dial all the time.