Earlier this year, we brought you news of a fresh G-Shock release, which was Casio's – and in fact the world's – first wrist watch to incorporate a hybrid movement that would allow the watch to sync the exact time both through atomic clock radio signals and GPS satellites. Recently, Casio has announced three new models, all versions of the Casio OCW-G1000 models from the Casio Oceanus collection, which will receive the same novel hybrid movement that we saw make its debut in the G-Shock GPW-1000. This heavy-hitter combination of the more elegant Casio Oceanus line and the unique feature-set of the movement certainly is designed to be Casio's answer to Seiko's Astron Solar GPS watches (which we reviewed here).
ABTW: That is quite a life-changing event, and certainly puts a lot of sentimental value on the Ebel. I assume this is a watch you still have?
3. Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948 Watches Review
The Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue is currently the most high-performance dive watch that Rolex makes, as well as the largest in a thick (17.7mm) and broad (44mm wide) case. It comes on an Oyster-style bracelet and is made from 904L steel. The caseback of the watch is in titanium and it has a range of features that help offer the massive water resistance such as the Ring Lock System and the massive, 5 millimeter thick sapphire crystal over the dial.
The day prior to the event was reserved for teaching the participants the basics of the Apple Watch’s new software, as well as understanding some of its new hardware such as the taptic engine and heart rate sensor, and how it could open the door to a variety of new applications. The participants of this event were hobbyists and enthusiasts that spanned from the aforementioned graphic designers and programmers to project managers, all with a main goal of creating new and revolutionary applications for the Apple Watch. The event hosted people from all over, and for those unable to attend the event physically, a Google Hangout was created, giving anyone the opportunity to present their ideas and collaborate on projects through a live stream.
Ernie Romers: That was a long and slow process. I believe I was lucky, starting the site at a time when there weren’t many sites like Watchuseek focused on watches and the discussion of watches. The major force came in the last 5 years, but was built over the last 10 years. I started to realize the importance of Watchuseek when (finally) brands like Bell & Ross, Zenith, Ball, Tissot, Maurice Lacroix, MB&F, Bremont, Hamilton, etc. came on board.
About 3 years ago, I decided that the time had come for me to design and manufacture my own watch. I’d been collecting for more decades than I can remember, and I’m somewhat of a person of notoriety in the watch world. I’m a fourth generation watchmaker, had several high profile watch stores in California, and founded TimeZone.com, the first website dedicated to watches. I had also worked with a few well-known watch companies that created a limited edition watch series for TimeZone.com. So, this wasn’t my “first rodeo" of watches.
Following the end of the Second World War, Laco’s hand-winding models became much sought after and the development of their chronometer in 1957 put them well and truly at the forefront of the German watch industry. They rewrote horological history in 1961 with the Laco Electric. The first ever reliable electric timepiece to be produced in the world!
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Duometre lineup contains some of the brand’s most complicated and innovative watches. The Duometre or Dual-Wing concept is unique in that it has two distinct power sources: one for timekeeping, and the other powers the watch’s complications. As for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon, this Dual-Wing concept has allowed Jaeger-LeCoultre to create the world’s first tourbillon that is adjustable to the second using a small seconds flyback system that resets to zero. To further aid in timekeeping, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon has a multi-axis tourbillon and a special cylindrical balance spring. This is one mega watch that is well worth closer examination.
Frankly, this is a clever way of introducing some complexity and interest to a watch without it becoming something that looks like modern art (there is a time and place for those, but they generally are not well suited for everyday wear). Of course, with customization (and the work for synchronizing the ages) on a limited edition piece like this with 88 pieces ever being made, you can be sure that we are firmly in luxury territory here. Should you opt for the steel model, pricing starts at ,710 (€75.000), while the 18k gold case will command a starting price of 2,491 (€97.000).
Having said that, we've put together 7 ways to survive as a watch lover on a budget so that you can enjoy as many of the best watches possible for your hard earned money. It is possible to be a serious watch lover while also being relatively economical - and you don't even need to resort to becoming a watch blogger to do so! It will just take a bit more time and energy, but for many timepiece aficionados it will be more than worth it for the results.
As we know, the benefits of an automatic rotor are constant winding of the mainspring and – thanks to the higher average tension in the mainspring when the watch is being worn – more consistent power through the gear train. This means the watch should keep better time as you avoid the diminished amplitude and associated rate loss as the mainspring winds down. It is also convenient in our hectic lives, when we may forget to wind our watch each morning before setting off. As long as you are reasonably active and wear the watch frequently enough, it should always be running and keeping decent time.
The whole watch was printed in parts according to the PDF plans, and a really cheap (£4) battery powered Quartz clock movement was purchased via eBay - the irony of using that for a 'Rolex' does make me smile! So, in fact, the only parts not 3D printed are that actual clock mechanism and the perspex 'face glass' (desk top 3D printing can't as yet produce optically clear material - I'm sure that will evolve shortly).
Announced just this week at SIHH 2015, the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition 75th Anniversary is limited to 175 units in rose gold and 750 units in steel, with prices of 24,100 CHF and 11,500 CHF, respectively. While the 43 mm sizing is a bit on the large size, I would assume that it aligns nicely with IWC's market. Regardless of the size, the IWC Portugieser 75th Anniversary is a beautiful and charming nod to the history of one of IWC's most notable watch lines. iwc.com
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Watch New For SIHH 2015
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Watch New For SIHH 2015
The movement in the George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch more resembles that found in a pocket watch than a wristwatch, with its gilt nickel silver movement and large, strong bridges. The quality of finishing, while unusual in the field of modern wristwatch movements, is exceptional when one considers how even in color and gradient, the gilt is across all the plates, bridges, and surfaces. What stands out from the sea of dark gold colored bridges is the large four-arm balance wheel done in beryllium-copper with a free-sprung balance spring and adjustment screws – a system very similar to what is seen with Patek Philippe's Gyromax balance wheel, featured in, for example, Reference 5270 (hands-on here).
Available on a steel bracelet or leather strap (standard pin buckle) at a price of around ,700 (we are awaiting the official number), the Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph is definitely an extension of the innovation we have been seeing from the brand in the last year or so. And for chronograph fans, well, it is giving you a design you have never had before. ballwatchusa.com