In front of the dome that indicates the hours and minutes is a jetting section that contains the balance wheel and escapement assembly. It makes for stunning visuals. Just in front of them are two "laser cannons" that constantly move. That is because the red-tipped black laser cannons are the seconds indicators - sort of. Each of them moves at the same time once per a second and like a retrograde hand they pop back to their original positions. So the visual is of two laser turrets constantly moving - which, yeah, is pretty cool.
Josh G. was the winner of our September 2014 Hamilton watch giveaway and has come back with this watch winner review - for that we thank him and recognize his passion for the art. Please see our current aBlogtoWatch giveaway for Maurice Lacroix Pontos S dive watch here.
The side skeletonization of the case is neat to look, at and I love the fact that when the inner case is popped, it locks into position. It feels like you are wearing some type of compass as a watch on your wrist. Again, is it strictly useful? Probably not, but it is incredibly well-engineered and great for what it is - which is exactly what we want in our luxury watch toys. I still wonder how much better this watch did as a Porsche Design versus Eterna watch. It speaks so much to the power of marketing in the watch industry that truly inspired timepieces can fail because the "wrong" brand released them.
Another important distinction is that COSC is an independent, privately owned company that has no shareholders – meaning that, technically, no brand should be able to gain any influence within the company – and it is audited and accredited by the Swiss service for accreditation. By contrast, METAS is an independent and neutral federal agency, which – in theory – means that the watches and movements it has verified have received a federal certification by the Swiss government. However, Omega has mentioned that even though the certification is offered by METAS, the testing will actually take place under Omega's roof in the interest of efficiency (and because at least as of now we don't believe METAS has a facility to test watches - unlike COSC in Geneva). METAS will however be certifying the equipment used to do all the certifying.
Christophe Claret Aventicum Watch With Mirascope Dial
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Christophe Claret Aventicum Watch With Mirascope Dial
At the time of publication, no one knows the identity of their Secret Santa, nor the reasons behind their Santa's choice. I'm on-the-fence about whether bribery is an option, but in most cases, I'll be taking these Secret Santa identities with me to my grave. Will it prove to be a team-building experience? Or will it drive us further apart than our home lands have already flung us?
During their first year (1947), Kirk Jewelers started selling Heuer (back before it was TAG Heuer) and included Omega shortly thereafter. These days, Kirk Jewelers is still run as a family business by Jeffery, his sister Allison, and Jeffery's wife Malena. They are the oldest Authorized Rolex and Patek Philippe retailer in South Florida. Allison and Jeffrey started their passion for fine Swiss timepieces early on, as they spent most of their childhood in the jewelry store.
Baselworld 2014 saw the release of an updated version of the cult-favorite Rolex Sea-Dweller. Nestled in between the Rolex Submariner and the Rolex Deepsea in terms of both performance and price, the new Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 was an exciting new watch for Rolex sport and dive watch lovers around the world.
Inside the 50th Anniversary Goldfinger watch is Omega's new Master Coaxial movement, which uses their highly anti-magnetic components. The movement is the Omega produced calibre 8501, which is a bit unique in this instance because it uses 18k yellow gold, versus red gold, for a movement bridge and the automatic rotor.
ABTW: What is Newport best known for? What do visitors have to do, see, or eat while there?
This 25th edition will once again host a total of 16 high-end watch and jewelry brands, including A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Greubel Forsey, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Vacheron Constantin. That, without a doubt, is an incredibly impressive collection of highly prestigious manufacturers, with each of them having a varying number of unseen novelties to present to the world and bring to the market this year.
Not everyone is in love with Blancpain's Villeret dress watch collection, but I have increasingly become a fan over the years. Blancpain made a conscious decision to make their dress watches appear just a bit different than most of what is on the market, so they employed leaf-style hands (often skeletonized) and a special font for the Roman numeral hour markers that is either a hit or miss with collectors. The dials are also white enamel - which is a step up from most others, which are lacquered white. While the hands are elegant, there is no lume and the skeletonization does have an effect on legibility. Having said that, most dress watches of this ilk aren't going to be as purely legible as simple-dialed sports watches, and the Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph isn't really any less legible than most of its competition. Certainly something easy to live with and rely upon.
Designer Jose Guizar posts weekly illustrations of windows he sees around New York City. They're beautiful illustrations, and he's able to pull out beauty from ordinary objects that are overlooked daily. His project got me thinking about other things that would be good to illustrate, and watches immediately came to mind. Movement and animation on the web has been an exciting subject for me to explore, so I thought that making the watches animated would be a perfect addition.
It is funny to think that with the materials and design of these Junghans Force Mega Solar watches, you would be hard-pressed to know that these were quartz watches. Well, aside from that LCD date display, of course. Many times, when we talk about atomic-solar watches, they are very much in the rugged/outdoors/chock-full-of-plastic category. Here, Junghans has gone in a much more reserved direction, with a few sportier models mixed in – but no plastic in sight.
Finally, at 7:30PM, I hopped into a cab and made my way to Chateau Marmont Hotel for the launch party. Walking into this historic venue was amazing, it felt very old-Hollywood and was something I would have never stumbled upon on my own. Getting there a bit early, I was able to talk to the Hublot representatives and get some 1-on-1 time with the pieces they brought. Having never seen the Hublot MP-05 in person, it was a sight to behold.
While the 59215 offers as much as nine days of power reserve, IWC has fitted a system to limit the output to eight days and ensure the accuracy of the movement doesn't suffer the dwindling torque curve of a tired mainspring.
I started aBlogtoWatch while living in San Francisco, being part of that community, and I modeled a lot of my own journalistic style after many of my favorite tech blogs. I don't think it is a coincidence that we at aBlogtoWatch enjoy being followed by Kevin Rose and many people just like him. In my opinion, the Silicon Valley audience is one the greatest customer bases for the modern watch industry that the watch industry is still more-or-less ignoring, when it comes to marketing and outreach. In addition to its focus on the nouveau riche and the fashion industry, I have strongly advised the watch industry to pay close attention to one of the most important areas of growth - the people in the Silicon Valley, as well as other tech hot spots around the US and the world.
- Manufactured by Les Artisans Boitiers
- Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5) titanium
- Dimensions: 49.5 mm x 52.3 mm x 20.4 mm
- Number of components: 80
- Water resistance: 30m / 90’ / 3atm
What at first appears to be a weird dial becomes remarkably legible, once you get used to it. The hour and minute hands aren't difficult to spot, and they are even coated with luminant for darkness reading of the dial. I can easily understand how someone new to the Ulysse Nardin Freak would be intimidated by the dial, but living with it for a few days really makes you understand how the name of the watch only describes a sort of surface-level impression of the overall design and concept. Let's be clear that the Freak family is weird, but a lot of what it does makes sense and is logical. There is nothing here that is so strange or illogical that it would keep movement lovers away. In fact, the entire concept of the watch being different, yet very functional, is why I so very like it.