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The watch is also very light. The resin strap connected to the steel and plastic case made it feel as though it were filled with air. The more substantial looking titanium version probably weight a bit more, but not by much. You can see how the case curves one the sides. While the back is flat, these curves help it lay sturdily on one's wrist. Casio Pathfinder watches have always enjoyed an outdoorsy though technical feel. Always a bit ahead of our times, and always very detailed. No simple lines or curves here. Casio has done a good job making sure a watch like this fits well this all things "active." Be it at the gym, on a boat, in a vehicle, on the trail, or walking in an urban area. For the rest of us, the timepiece is a "watch nerd's delight." The major downfall of course is that it is not a formal watch. So keep it with your active and casual outfits.
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And I personally am excited to see what Dior Horlogerie designs next. www.diorhorlogerie.com
Being a GMT watch, you can see the long thin GMT hand with an arrow at the end. The watch features a bi-directional 24 hour rotating bezel, which you use in combination with the GMT hand to tell the GMT time. The GMT hand can be synchronzied with the regular time (to see the standard time in GMT format), or can be independently set for a second timezone. You can rotating the bezel to offset the time that gives you the ability to track a third time zone. Thus, you have the "3-Timer" watch. Having an automatic ETA 2893-A2 movement inside, the GMT hand is adjusted in 1 hour increments only. Which is VERY nice to have. This makes it easy and quick to adjust the GMT hand accurately. The previous "2-Timer" watch has a diver's bezel instead of the GMT bezel, but otherwise the functional operation of the watches are similar. Still, the design differences make the 3-Timer it's own beast, and a step in the right direction for the energetic young brand.Read more ›
Formex is one of those brands I love to notice, but doesn't seem to get the public attention it deserves. Which is a shame given how nice some of their watches are. The mantra of Formex seems to be a melding of watch and race car technology. As such, the signature tech feature that is unique to Formex and found in each of their watches is a patented shock absorption system (they call it a suspension system). It is really simple actually, and nifty. The watch case itself is attached via a vertically gliding fastener to a plate.The plate contains the lugs to which the bracelet is attached. In the event of shock, the watch case is able to independently move a little bit up and down. It's just a cool little system to have.
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The Grand Ocean Automatic Chronograph features an Edox 012 movement (based on ETA A07.211 Valgranges). This movement is a bit of a mystery since it's not listed in the booklet that comes with the watch, nor on the Edox web site. As far as I can tell it's a variation of their 011 chronograph movement. With a 48mm case diameter and 17mm case height the watch is quite substantial. It's definitely bigger than what you would expect from looking at the pictures. The watch features a natural rubber bracelet and anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass. The case is constructed from black PVD with gold colored PVD details and a fixed gold colored PVD notched bezel. Water resistance is up to 100 meters. Being an automatic chronograph, the watch has the standard set of complications: automatic self-winding movement, a 12 hour chronograph and date display.Read more ›
This is not a technical article or about any new watch release. Instead, this is about a look - a good look, but a look that you don't need to be a watch lover to understand or appreciate. It isn't just a look, it is part of watch fashion psychology, and something that draws people some refer to as that "accessory on your wrist." In fact, the reason why I used the term "idiot's allure," to describe the concept is because someone who knows nothing about watches will be attracted to this type of design. I am using the Rolex Cosmograph Oyster Perpetual Daytona watch (last time I will use this ludicrously long name for the timepiece). Now, you aren't an idiot for liking these Rolex Daytona styles, but it doesn't take a special person "in the know" to appreciate the look. The only difference is that people like you and me perhaps enjoy these watches for different reasons.
A face like this is designed to be easy to read, which it is. That is what you need to remember if you think it appears to spartan. Another area that I am curious about experimentation is the size of the hands. I like the shape of the hands, but they could use a bit of a size increase to compliment the diameter of the dial. Still, they don't really negatively impact your ability to read the watch. I would have also liked to see lume on the dial or hands - but they again IWC doesn't do this most of the time either. From a style perspective, a watch like this is certainly a step up from analog Timex timepieces out there you saw being worn a lot. Also, the case is water resistant to 50 meters and the crystal is mineral.
This watch has been made to go down to the depths, which it surely does. I've taken mine down to 42m which it takes as a walk in the park as it should with a 200m WR rating. Large dial makes the watch easy to read even in perfect darkness since the lume is amazing and long lasting to my experience. But here lies the weak part of the watch as well. Since the bezel which looks stunning, thin and makes the watch appear elegant and balanced, is so thin that the lume tip is actually rather small one and out-shined by dial lume in darkness. So I wouldn't count on this watch as sole timing device under water, specially in situations where there's near perfect darkness.Read more ›
Archimede was able to get a few of these these movements, not sure how many though. The TOP movements also have Glucydur balance wheels, Nivarox mainsprings and hairsprings, and an Incabloc shock protection system. The movement is more accurate than the more basic versions, and has a longer power reserve of 50 hours. I mention this to show you how it is a bit more than a mere cosmetic upgrade. The rest of the specs should be the same as the standard Archimede Pilot XLH ("H" stands for handwinding). There aren't many of them, and the price is ,070 each.
When Avenir Chrono's people were telling me about their new Boss Premiere line of watches (seen here), they mentioned a host of celebrities who were known to wear or own the watches. The funny thing was that I'd never heard of all but one of the people they mentioned. This rather amused me. I was first curious as to what portion of the pop culture demographic they were referring to (later I learned it was mostly people in the hip hop community), and then I was curious as to just how "out of it" I am when it comes to pop culture. Granted, I don't keep up much with the hip hop crowd, and of course less as to what they are wearing. Maybe because they have a reputation for being on distasteful side of "bling" to often (i.e. most of the Jacob & Co. produces). But watches like this Avenir Chrono don't phase me that way. They are certainly a major step up from diamond gilded Casio G-Shock watches.
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.Read more ›
When John and I recently discussed these awards on HourTime (Episode 3), we mentioned that there should be some awards for affordable watches. They can still be luxury ones on the mix. How about up to ,000? You could have 3-4 categories (classy, sport, womens, complicated, etc...) and then do each of them for various price points. Up to 0, up to ,000, up to 00, up to ,000. That would work out well right? Not that I have a problem with events like the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve, but I think there is just too much nice stuff that they are leaving out.
How does the winder work? I discussed it in more detail when I reviewed the Sparta 1 Mini, but I will discuss again briefly. The system is really clever and uses very little power. While most watch winders are constantly using power when in motion, the Sparta 1 system sips power. The system is so efficient that is uses less power each month than a 75 watt light bulb would consume in a single day. A very "green" product indeed.
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The T-Series Automatic watches take the legibility and practicality that Timex is known for, and gives it a bit of a higher-end push. Style is contained in the functional, no nonsense exterior. While very characteristically Timex, they are rarities compared with what you see mostly in the US. Apparently the original T-Series watches were released in 2007, and these are the follow up watches. I think they are mostly for Europe though.Read more ›