Inside of the watches is the Tag Heuer Calibre 16 - which is their decorated version of the Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph. While not extraordinarily different than the standard models, the colorful rings around the dial are fun and attractive, while the limited nature being only officially available in Japan offers a fun intrigue to the collection. Price of each is 420,000 Yen (which is about ,485 as of the time of writing).
Shock resistance: anticrash device of the balance wheel shaft
First of all, let me tell you that there is a watch giveaway in this podcast episode. You'll need to listen and then comment on the HourTimeShow.com website to enter for a chance to win.
Snap: stainless steel
The context of the event being in the Napa Valley was to connect the world of watches with the world of wine. I felt that this was a logical as well as interesting move by Lange. They don't sponsor any wineries or have official events here, though I've never been to a watch event that didn't have good wine being served. Timepiece makers tend to like to keep the conversation on watches, but Lange's people were more than happy to focus on the item of the area - the vino. That was great. They even taught us about German influences on wine making in the Napa Valley region. More interesting was the education on wine production itself. Similar to watches, the luxury is all in the details, and nothing wonderful can be mass produced. That and a good watch - like a good wine - can take a long time to develop and produce.
Accurate time information can be transmitted from a smartphone to the watch to ensure correct time
CRYSTAL: The Bethnic's sapphire crystal has an AR coating and is an impressive 3.8 mm thick (that's over an 1/8 of a inch to you and me).
The movement has a power reserve of 65 hours and is visible through the rear of the watch. I think it looks very nice and the functions are acceptable given the complexity of the liquid system as well as the price of the watch. This is going to be a cool watch to get some hands-on time with at Baselworld 2012. Price was surprisingly not uber-crazy. The HYT H1 in titanium will be priced at ,000. No word yet on the price in 18k red gold.
I predicted in 2010 that the Calibre would soon have a bracelet option and in 2011 Cartier offered one. For me, the watch was now complete. Cartier is known for rather nice bracelets so it was a shame to see a new sport watch on just a strap. That is the one I wanted to review and so I did.
To start with, Ochs and Junior breaks three of the commandments of Swiss watchmaking: The dials lack all branding, the prices are affordable and the advertising non-existent. These are emphatically not "luxury" watches intended to impress; even their casework is done mostly by hand with machining marks deliberately left in place. Hand shapes are as simple as can be, and the unique complications are all based on the tracteur ETA 2824. These are watches for people who love watches, full stop.
"American made," the term certainly doesn't mean what it used to. "American made" was once a source of pride and indication of quality and value. Since the industrial revolution the US has time and time again affirmed itself as the prime innovator of high technology, manufacturing efficiency, and innovation. People in America always wanted stuff that was made here, and unless a good was highly specialized, we would look to foreign-made goods with skepticism. Now in 2011 much of that has changed.
Coming in several versions this good-looking casual sport watch is just what they needed. It has a lot of good detailing without a wildly expensive price, and a style that is both distinctive and mainstream. The case of the Pontos S is 43mm wide in steel with alternating polished and brushed surfaces. It has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 200 meters.
PH: What's different about ochs und jr from other companies?
For 2011 the watch comes only in 18k rose gold in a 39mm wide Jules Audemars style case. The round case has a sort of bulbous shape with a polished bezel and back, with brushed sides. Inside the Moon-Phase Calendar is the in-house made AP calibre 2324/2825 automatic movement. Functions include an annual calendar with the day and date on dials, and a moon phase indicator. The time has the hour and minutes (no seconds). The layout is beautiful - featuring perfect symmetry and proportioned shapes. The subdials and moon phase indicator are enhanced by being slightly recessed, as well as outlined with a thin polished gold ring. Again, very elegant. Being just 8.8mm thick (the case) and an automatic, this is a fine watch meant for daily wear.
To wrap-up, while the last 8 months have seen some signs of a tentative economic recovery in the U.S. and Europe, the last few weeks have been less promising. Let’s hope that the recovery continues, and even if it doesn’t we’ll be left with a more good deals to snap-up; the Breitling described above is a fine example.
Aside from watch sales competition, the more visible fight between the two brands is with sponsorships and partnerships. Audemars Piguet and Hublot have each been rapidly gaining high-profile ambassadors and partnerships - especially in the US. This battle for visibility was first brought to my attention during the Alinghi team that competes in the America's Cup.
The awards are chosen by a panel picked by, well, I'm not entirely sure how one gets chosen to be on the panel of judges. I can imagine a Swiss castle with Pascal Raffy at the gate, and puffs of white and black smoke coming out of a chimney as candidates are chosen [Ed. note - sounds like a scene from a bad FOX TV reality dating or cooking show].
The first watch to use this complex vertical tourbillon based movement was a company called Horus that made a boat style watch out of it called the Ultramarinum. I believe Horus is now defunct. Then Mathias decided to use the movement in one of his own watches for the BNB Confrerie Horlogerie in a watch called the La Clef (with an "f") du Temps. I actually got to play with this incredible odd watch hands-on for myself. Mathias explained to me that it was designed using the look of the movie character Predator's head. Fair enough. BNB is not defunct. Mr. Buttet with his risk taking and creativity is now at Hublot running the movement making and designing arm. With Mr. Biver's guidance and the Hublot DNA, I think that Mathias finally found his groove.
Center stage on the watch dial is the movement. The time indicator part of the watch is all on the side. Claret always does an amazing job of showing off his manufacture's handiwork. Each of the movements are hand-assembled and decorated. The new movement is the caliber FLY11. It uses a sophisticated titanium curved base plate and contains a flying tourbillon. The tourbillon is further angled at 30 degree and is mounted on double ceramic bearings. You can see it generously displayed through a sapphire crystal window on the lower part of the watch. The movement contains 419 parts and has a power reserve of about 50 hours. There are two mainspring barrels for the movement - one for the escapement and one for the gear train. The more I look at this watch, the more it looks like a totally crazy carnival game that I don't understand.
You can consult the original article for more tech specs - but as you can see the design of the movement has changed. Most notably the placement of the escapement. It is now below the digital time indication. Also note that bridges that were originally intended to be carbon fiber are not specially polished black metal with a Cotes de Paris style finishing. The case and movement are absolutely killer with the time being easy to read on the discs that are framed by the orange rectangle. The 4N movement uses 4 discs to digitally tell the time in this manually wound mechanical movement that has a wonderful exposed quality to it.
This isn't Tag Heuer's first watch of this nature - but the nicest one. The first Tag Heuer analog/digital watch that I know of is one of its older Kirium F1 models. With the new generation of Formula 1 watches, Tag Heuer brought this concept back, and I think it did so very well. First of all, as an analog watch it works nicely. Easy to read hands, along with a small hour marker scale on the inside. There is also the newer titanium rotating bezel and crown. matching the black bezel and crown are black crown guards and a black strip on the left side of the case.