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Note that what you see in the case cavity of the Jacob & Co. Astronomia is the entire JCEM01 manually-wound movement, and the planetary structure is literally sitting on the mainspring barrel. It is actually a motor barrel, and has been designed after some systems from historical American pocket watches. The four arms are all connected via a special differential system, and the system rotates around the dial fully once each 20 minutes. That is the first axis for the tourbillon.

Turning the watch around, we are greeted by an unusually shaped sapphire case back that provides an open view at the PF111 movement. The in-house caliber, unfortunately, does not give away any of the secrets of the pantograph mechanism. What you get instead is not a fancy arrangement of individual cocks (yes, those), but three larger bridges with curvy sides, covering up most of the going train and the two, series-coupled barrels which provide a total of 192 hours (8 days) of power reserve – which, by the way, you can keep track of on the power reserve display on the dial.

I mentioned that despite the larger size of the Aquascope case, it is rather comfortable on the wrist. Part of this is due to the broad, flat caseback as well as the not-too-chunky case thickness of 13.5mm. JeanRichard matches the JeanRichard Aquascope Hokusai with a blue rubber strap that has a vertical linear texturing and has a deployant clasp. JeanRichard themselves actually sells some rather interesting straps, so I wonder what else would go with this particular watch.

For 2015, Tiffany & Co. timepieces return, starting with the CT60 collection of watches which includes various models for both men and women. In the 1990s especially, Tiffany & Co. had some rather amazing as well as reasonably conservative timepieces with their own name on the dial, serving as a modern manifestation of their history of offering Tiffany & Co. branded timepieces - which dates to back before Patek Philippe was around. Tiffany & Co. is well known as a retailer of brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe (as well as some others over the years), but their own timepieces have always held their own. So if modern Tiffany & Co. watches have been around for a while, what about this collection marks a "return?"

Gerald Genta designed the Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet and a slew of similarly designed sports watches for other brands such as IWC and Patek Philippe. Vacheron Constantin's luxury sport watch was, rather, designed by the then very young Jorg Hysek. From the Vacheron Constantin 222, the Overseas was officially born. More on that via Vacheron Constantin's own forum here. Fast-forward to the modern era, and the Overseas watch as we know it is a product of a 2006 redesign.  I last covered the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Blue here in 2012, and return now with the rubber strap as well as some fancier photography.

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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends February 27, 2015

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Mr. Lambert makes it clear that Montblanc is a brand that appeals to both exclusive high-end collectors as well as aspirational and mainstream buyers looking for luxuries in their life. Montblanc isn't trying to take the smartwatch world by storm with the e-Strap, but is rather looking for ways some consumers may want to incorporate smart wearable tech into their lives. The Montblanc e-Strap, for example, is extremely non-committal; you can take it on and off your watch, and decide to use or not use it without much effort. Need the Montblanc e-Strap for your work day but want it off after hours? That isn't a problem and doesn't require watch aficionados and style lovers to have to divorce themselves from traditional timepieces - even if for small amounts of time.

For the price of the Halda Space Discovery, I think the case and bracelet could have been a bit better. They aren't bad, but given the timepiece's over ,000 price, I think there could have been a bit more work put into them. Yes, you receive some nice accessories and two modules, but with the quality put out there by the big names, as well as what you can get for even just a few hundred bucks these days, small-time luxury watch companies need to realize that the bar has been set high. On the plus side, the bracelet is decent looking, and the system for the how the modules attach makes for a snug, and coherent looking fit.

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Rado Hyperchrome XXL Court Collection 'Grass Court' Watch Hands-On Hands-On Rado Hyperchrome XXL Court Collection 'Grass Court' Watch Hands-On Hands-On The overall design is all about integration: every single element works well both aesthetically and functionally with the one it is supposed to go with. The most obvious proof for that is the way Rado managed to integrate the rubber strap into the case, which is one of the very best I have encountered. Speaking of the rubber strap, it has a genuinely high-quality feel to it, a real joy to put on and wear for extended periods. Wearing it while doing sports in the humid and hot environment was not a problem, as it never stuck to my skin or pulled the hair on my wrist. More generally speaking, the watch highlights extremely consistent edges and curves: aesthetically, everything is where you would want it to be, no matter how you are looking at it.

Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Hands-On Hands-On Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Missing from the 2014 Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 was a black version on a bracelet, which is added for 2015 with black DLC case on the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 black DLC bracelet model. The two initial limited edition models of the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 watch are the reference CC9000-51A (Super Titanium) limited to a totally of 3,000 pieces (1,300 will leave Japan), and the ref. CC9004-51E (black DLC Super Titanium) also limited to 3,000 pieces (1,700 pieces will leave Japan). Price will be ,400 when the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 watches hit stores in Fall 2015. citizenwatch.com

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch In Steel Hands-On

Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Watch In Steel Hands-On

This watch checks in with some very solid vital statistics. At 45.4mm-wide and 14mm-tall, the robust case is water resistant to 6 bar, thanks in part to a screw-down crown. You'll be able to see the display clearly, because IWC have fitted a convex sapphire crystal, finished with an anti-reflective coating on both sides.

My guess is that brands did not feel they actually had anything to compete with Apple’s product and simply preferred not to bring it up too much. Other than TAG Heuer’s smartwatch announcement, the new brand Vector soft-launched a new smartwatch concept, Bulgari announced a magnesium Diagono with an NFC chip built in that connects with an electronic locker app, Frederique Constant was extremely bullish on their MMT platform-based Horological Smartwatch, and several year old Kairos finally showed off some close-to-being-complete watches that combine mechanical movements with digital screens.

Keep up with our pre-, post-, and live Baselworld 2015 coverage here.

Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 Watch In Everose Gold With Black Ceramic Bezel For 2015

Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 Watch In Everose Gold With Black Ceramic Bezel For 2015

That's a good question that I'm sure many people have considered in the past and will continue to wonder in the future. So, why are the first 15-to-20 minutes on many dive watch bezels highlighted with a color separate from the rest of the timing scale? The irony is that many people who wear dive watches will not be able to appreciate the reason for these sometimes colored sections of rotating bezels on dive watches, because they do not dive. While many of us are among the ranks of "desk divers" who never take our dive watches underwater, it is a good idea to understand the functions of how most dive watches are meant to work.

He took me back to the shop and got the watch for me, a Silberstein-esque quartz that was matte black with bright neon hands and markers. I remember the lady at the watch counter saying, “why the heck are you buying a watch for this little kid? He doesn’t need it!” But my grandpa just said something like “Yeah well… He wants it all the same.” Truth be told, I couldn’t even read what time it was yet, I actually had little clue what the watch actually DID… But I really wanted the thing.

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Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On

Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On

There is impressive news for those obsessed with the idea behind the actual functionality of the tourbillon – which is to average out positional errors by constantly rotating (re-positioning) the balance wheel. And that is knowing that the balance wheel and spring of the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 6 are spinning as freely in space as Sandra Bullock was in the movie Gravity. The tourbillon assembly in itself is composed of 141 parts and weighs a mere 1.85 grams – and while that seems remarkably light, it is in fact a very heavy structure when you consider that it has to be stopped and set into motion six times every second, as the frequency of the balance wheels is 3 Hertz (21,600 vibrations per hour).

However, that is an ironically small complaint. In reality, the Konstantin Chaykin Carpe Diem is big because it has to be. Its custom calibre and literally unique time display insists upon it. The movement can be seen through a generous glass case back and is, somewhat surprisingly, tasteful and reserved in finish. Rather than feeling like the creator ran out of steam by the time he reached the back, it is a welcome respite from the eccentricity of the dial and the extensive engravings of the gold case.

Then, we’ll need to check the hairspring, it should be dead flat from every angle, and the coils should be exactly the same width apart. You see, it’s pinned in the middle at the collet and then it’s pinned at the outside, so you can actually manipulate it, because it has two points, but it’s a bit of a nightmare to do that - I’ve got one in there that looks like a bird's nest.

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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Single & Double Tourbillon Watches Hands-On

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Single & Double Tourbillon Watches Hands-On

My First Grail Watch: Hamilton Powell My First Grail Watch

The Vulcain Aviator Cricket alarm watch is a variant of last year's Vulcain Aviator Instrument that boasted a chronograph but lacked the alarm function. It's a pretty significant feature for most watches, but for Vulcain, the alarm complication is more than just an additional function: it is the foundation of the brand's longevity.

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Halda Space Discovery Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Apple places a new emphasis on medical research with ResearchKit, a software framework made specifically for this purpose. Using the HealthKit set of apps it turns the iPhone and Apple Watch into powerful diagnostic tools: basically, the iPhone and Apple Watch universe will contribute to collecting quantitative health data which is historically hard to get. While Apple concentrated on the iPhone's role in this system, it will be interesting to see how the apps in ResearchKit will find their ways onto the Apple Watch. In the long term, as the development unfolds, the watch and phone will be able to gather data throughout the day, providing data that is collected not once every few weeks or months, but once every second. This is unquestionably a bold new way of using the personal nature a wristwatch.

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