Well most ETA movement arrive in various grades. Take for instance this caliber 6498-2. There is a basic version, and maybe a few until you get to the top. The highest level one uses the best parts and is nicely decorated. All this decoration ends up making the same movement much better, and multiplies the time production significantly. The second you are unsure about this you need just flip over the watch and admire the movement through the large decorated sapphire caseback window. You can in the image the blued screws and Cotes de Geneva polishing on the surfaces.
Unlike most skeletonized watches the dial is really easy to read. Panerai made sure that all the necessary markers are there and with bright lume applied to them. As such, there is no real part of the skeletonization that makes it difficult to read. You can tell from the images of the watch that I am wearing that it is a good looking timepiece with lots of utility. Note that is a pre-production model that I handled a lot so there are lots of finger smudges on the front and rear of the watch.
The functional and almost military look of the watch that is hinted at in the case become clear when you see the dial. While it does have some fashion-forward elements, the dial is a good look at what a modern diver watch should look like. I do think it needs more lume though. There is the very large 12, 6, and 9 o'clock markers and hands that are bathed with lume (hopefully SuperLumiNova), and enough on the rotating inner bezel, but I am not sure if there is enough, or any lume on the rest of the main dial hour markers. The hands are different shapes which is important in a diver's watch. This was made popular by the Rolex Submariner, but many diving watches don't do this.
The case of the BR-03s, as probably most Bell & Ross enthusiasts already know, is a 42mm square. Very few people have tried on a BR-03 and found it to be too large on their wrists. As can be imagined, this is not the case for the 46mm BR-01 watches. This is probably the main reason why the BR-03s were introduced in the first place. The case is bulky, but still pretty low profile with a thickness just under 10mm. The lugs are slightly curved allowing the strap to fit more snugly on the wrist. All around the BR-03 92 is a very comfortable watch, and thanks to its "genuine military specifications" is perfect for every day use either at the office or at the beach.
The dial of the watch is the part that will attract women the most. It is mother of pearl, with various heart shapes on the dial that are lightly applied. You then have fun looking Arabic numerals in a rose gold tone that have been applied, as well as the open heart window into the movement. The chapter ring assists with legibility and the hands are nicely shaped and luminant covered. I would have like the chapter ring to not overlap on the numerals as it does a bit, but this is part of the design. Plus, I would have liked the open heart window on the dial to be a total heart shape - as right now it is an upside down tear drop shape while the rest of the hear is in rose gold tone. For women who don't know a lot about mechanical watches the allure of the automatic movement peeking through the windows is a great touch adding a lot of emotional value to the timepiece. It is certainly more interesting than a standard quartz movement. Currently, all Orient automatic watch movements are automatic rotor winding only - not hand wound. Just something to know. Also, water resistance is 50 meters, so you things like washing hands, etc... won't hurt the watch. Not really for any water sports though.
From a features perspective the watch does a lot. Instead of going into it here, I will simply point you to the list below.
Pictures: Pictures of the BR-01 93 at the store from front, and sides; watch on Dino's wrist, the dial in the dark, official picture from Bell & Ross.
One the rear of the watch is the most important phrase. There is engraved "For Black Belt Only," apparently in rose gold. To me, it is a lot like those cheesy hats that remark "I am number 1." At least here it is hidden on the back. If there was ever a watch that was based on emotion, it is this. I don't know how many black belts there are in the world, but if you see someone with this watch, ask them to prove it to you. I suppose the alternative is wearing your black belt on the exterior of your clothes all the time. So to the kick-ass nation out there, get yourself one of these watches. Cause if you went through all the work of getting a black belt, you want people to know! Price for this watch actually isn't too bad given Arpa's track record. You can "apply" to get one for the retail price of 3,000 Swiss Francs.
I really had no idea what to expect from the voting. All I did was write up a brand profile for each of the watch makers and allow the public to choose what they thought the top luxury watch brand was. In recent years, each of the brands had received accolades and awards for being top luxury brands. It would be interesting to see what my readers on Luxist.com where going to choose.
Remember those polished metal bars on the left side of the watch? According to Snyper those will be used in the future for mounting optional modules. At first I had no idea what these things might be (like a compass or second watch?), but then I learned what it is for. The first module will be a laser that attached on the side. See images for the concept. This will be available soon. Ruchonnet indicated that in time he would like to release a second module that is a telemeter and possibly a infrared heat monitor. Why? Well basically when "scoping" out ladies at a club you can see how far away they are and their body heat. All part of womanizing science.
This is one of the most ambitious Corum watches in years. Limited to just a few pieces, this tour de force of watch complications and the base Admiral's Cup watch design will be released in the first half of next year. The totally new movement features a tourbillon as well as a minute repeater (interestingly activated by twisting the entire bezel). The watch features three sapphire crystals. One is smoked and placed as the watch dial through which you can view the movement. Read more about the Corum Admiral's Cup Minute Repeater Tourbillon watch in my article here at Haute Living.
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The debate over how to reduce the damages from replica watches has been raging on for a while. There is no way to stop the watch replica market, but their might be an easier way to determine which watches are fake. Plus, such technology could be used to identify and mark watches with much greater precision. That is exactly what Winwatch intends to do with their development of small RFID (radio frequency ID) tags that it will place inside of watch crystals. In fact, they see three major areas that such crystals will have. Those being, countering the counterfeit watch market, improving the manufacturing and supply chain process, as well as providing an ability to provide far superior customer support. They certainly have a good point is the special new crystal can be seamlessly integrated into the existing method of watch manufacturing.
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