From my research, it looks like this one comes in at a price of around ,000, which places it firmly in the realm of ultra-luxury - but I'm OK with that. This is another one of those watches that is just plain fun to look at and think about. It's no surprise that over 30 months of design and prototyping went into creating this model, given the complexities of the case and the dual-rotor movement. It's watches like these that keep things fresh, and prove that there is still innovation occurring, especially in the independent brands. B.R.M.
There's been an amazing amount of rapid developments in smartwatches in the last couple of years or so. In addition to timekeeping and displaying alerts, smartwatches can measure physical activity, monitor pulse rates, skin temperatures and perspiration levels. This new level of intelligence already makes possible functions like pedometers, sleep analysis, calorie consumption and others. Sensors are cheap and trending cheaper, so more functions are on the way. We now have so-called 'personal analytics' which uses these sorts of measurements to let you track and improve health and fitness.
There is also the matter of the strap, which is going to be controversial, but fits the special "one-of-a-kind" nature of this watch. Calf leather with a weaved carbon fiber pattern top matched with red contrast stitching, it looks a lot like something you'd find on a much less expensive watch. That isn't to say that Patek hasn't chosen the best quality strap of this style, but it is something that has been rendered in inexpensive ways too often. Patek wants you to feel as though this is a sports watch, especially with that red seconds hand. In all, the color and textures are quite uncharacteristically Patek Philippe, which is probably the idea behind offering it for the upcoming charity auction.
I’d like to thank Casio and aBlogtoWatch for providing the amazing watch, and also for maintaining the best watch blog on the internet.
A few days ago, aBlogtoWatch (formerly aBlogtoRead) hit the 2,500 posts milestone. It was only about a year ago that we celebrated our 2,000 posts milestone - with that really cool graphic I so enjoyed. In the last year a lot has happened over here at aBlogtoWatch - it still feels funny using the new name as it is less than a month old at the time of writing this. During that time I have been interviewed in a lot of places, referenced in some major magazines and publications, and more or less sort of went mainstream. One reason aBlogtoRead as a name was retired was because the site for years now really hasn't been the niche watch lover blog for horologists only, but something a bit larger.
So far 'so in-house,' and the problem begins when you want to sell your products to the public. For years, watch brands have built partnerships with retailers to develop a distribution network. Using a variety of ‘carrot and stick’ techniques they try to ensure that their products are sold in the ‘right’ way, displayed in the best part of the window and only next to ‘appropriate’ competitors.
Seems that enough information has gotten out that I think Omega knows they have something really special to tease Omega fans everywhere. The new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is coming, and from the way things look, it's one pretty watch. The name says it all. The name, "Dark Side of the Moon," pretty much refers to the fact that this is a bold black watch that just looks simply stunning. See a full aBlogtoWatch Omega Speedmaster watch review here.
At about 41mm wide this isn't one of those small Swatch watches you are used to. When Swatch released the New Gent collection a few years ago I personally welcomed in a new era of cases sized for modern male preferences. The case is just under 10mm thick and like the strap, is produced in totally clear plastic. The fully viewable movement is cool enough, but with all those (random) colors, the design proves even more appealing. There is something very 1990s about this timepiece, in that colorful, cartoony sort of way.
On the wrist, the Rolex Submariner is a very comfort friendly watch. Rolex has had literally decades to improve the design. It feels so natural on your wrist and for a dive watch it doesn't have a very tall profile either. There is a good reason that many people choose the Rolex Submariner as a daily wear. Aside from being very comfortable, the Rolex Submariner has the added quality of looking good on most wrists. Plus, it has versatile style that seemingly works with everything from jeans and t-shirt to practically a tuxedo. Very few watches can claim that.
You'll notice that the fusee and chain assembly are very prominent and actually partially under the time dial. Thus, you'll get to notice it each time you read the time. In addition to being skeletonized, the assortment of the features on the dial is particularly convenient for visual appreciation. In my opinion, because Breguet has had more experience with these types of open movements and dials, their pieces are slightly better decorated and finished on the movement surfaces. That is to be expected, but the Christophe Colomb is nevertheless a very good achievement for Zenith featuring a beautiful set of features and visual balance.
For 2013 Bell & Ross will once again offer up a few new "Aviation Instrument" themed collection of watches based on the BR 01 (BR01) case. I believe this is the third or fourth year of doing so and it began with pieces like the BR 01 Compass and then the BR 01 Radar watch. The concept of the piece is to be even more directly "instrument" inspired even though the Bell & Ross BR 01 is called the "Instrument." Having said that, the standard BR 01 watches are straightforward standard watch dials while the Aviation Instrument collection are a bit more "interpretive."
This isn't our first experience with SISU. I reviewed the slightly smaller 54mm wider SISU Guardian watch here. It turns out I liked the Guardian a lot. The sized proved to be an asset for what it was, and if you are into large timepieces, it was a sweet timepiece. Then again, not everyone loves large timepieces. If there is anything watch lovers cannot seem to agree on it is what size a watch should be. There are small watch guys, and large watch guys, and the battle between them seems to be persistent. Surveying comments on aBlogtoWatch for years, I can easily say that nothing comes close to the passion people have for what they feel is the right size for a watch. Newsflash people: there is no "right size." There are sizes that can be mass-sold to the mainstream. Sizes that look good on different types of wrists. And most importantly, a range of sizes each subjective person likes on their own wrist. If you like a 36mm wide watch, then that is cool. If you want to go 20mm larger to something about 55mm wide. Then don't fret. To each his own and to each his own watch. Why do you think so many timepieces are available? There is beauty in diversity.
At the height of his wealth, had Jay Gatsby given Daisy a watch in his efforts to impress and woo her, it might well have been a watch like this Art Deco style watch from Lucerne-based Gübelin. This watch has a platinum mesh band with two rows of three square step-cut diamonds, each separated by tiny, slender black onyx baguettes with matching diamond set buckle and an 18-jewel movement. The watch has a total diamond caret weight of 2.85. Diamond-framed rectangular and square faces with platinum, white or yellow gold mesh and bold geometric gem-traced shapes found in the bracelets and buckles were all the rage in the 1920s amongst those with established wealth, the Nouveau-Riche, victorious suffragettes, revered silent film stars, rebellious short-haired flappers and bootleggers' Molls, alike. In the 1920s, when a woman said she wanted a diamond watch, this is what she was talking about.
Case, dials and strap:
Case material: available in white gold (55 pieces) or 4N pink gold (55 pieces)
Dimensions: 44.7 mm x 15.6 mm
Number of components: 70
Winding setting crown at 9 o'clock, altitude and barometric pressure adjuster at 2 o'clock (altitude inner pusher, barometer exterior ring), air pressure equaliser at 4 o'clock
Crystals: sapphire crystal and display back treated with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Dials: smoked sapphire with galvanic growth text, numbers and markers
Altitude scale: available in metric or imperial measurements
Strap: hand stitched alligator strap with folding buckle to match case material.
Watcher resistance: 30m
Air equaliser with moisture-resisting osmosis membrane Teflon fabric around a gold rim
For navigation and weather prediction, a top choice has to be the Casio ProTrek (formerly known as Pathfinder) line of outdoors watches. Casio has refined its best-selling ProTrek models for years, producing top-notch sensor-laden watches that are also solar powered for long life. Suunto and other brands have similar features, but only Casio models feature light-powered quartz movements - a crucial asset in a post corner drugstore world. Pretty much any of these triple-sensor watches will suffice, but one good option is the PAG240T-7 which is among the titanium (versus mostly plastic) ProTrek models that will offer enhanced durability and a full bracelet. This isn't one of the models that syncs to the atomic clock - but that likely won't be in operation anyway unless the zombies learn how to operate complex scientific equipment.
While I am not typically a fan of dual-branded timepieces it works in this situation. Just having "John Varvatos" on the dial would clearly not work as Varvatos is not a watch maker. So the dual-branded approach makes it clear that the fashion brand hooked up with the watch brand, and because the pieces are sold in Varvatos boutiques, the product naming works rather well.
UPDATE: Please see the newly added gallery for additional photos including a few shots of two vintage pocket watches that JLC pulled from their own collection for this event. The first, is a gold model from 1930 called The Knife watch and shows that thin is not a new trend, nor is it a new concept to the designers at Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Knife is powered by the LeCoultre Calibre 145 (circa 1907) which is just 1.38mm thick and is still the thinnest movement in its category. The second is from 1934 and boasts a full perpetual calendar and a beautiful "Grand Feu" enamel dial. It was a real treat to see these in person and have them on hand while viewing a brand new model like the Master Ultra Thin Perpetual. jaeger-lecoultre.com
Limited Edition Of 30 Watch Straps For aBlogtoWatch By Teenage Grandpa
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Limited Edition Of 30 Watch Straps For aBlogtoWatch By Teenage Grandpa
A quick note for those who have never owned a Monster: be very careful sizing the bracelet as it features pin-and-collar fittings and there is a tiny metal collar used to secure the pin within each link. You don't want to lose that collar as a replacement will be a pain to source. I suggest sizing the bracelet over a large bowl or length of rolled tape to ensure none of the bits escape.