The 42mm wide case (water resistant to 100 meters) is in steel with a black coating. I believe it is DLC, but Breitling does not make specific mention to DLC. They merely state that the case has a "highly resistant carbon-based treatment." So... AKA DLC? The case has that signature Breitling for Bentley look with the angular flanks and "clos du Paris" engraved bezel. In this more subdued size I think it looks better. Attached to the watch is a black rubber strap. Come to think of it I don't know why the watch has both the terms "Carbon" and "Midnight" in the title. They are both often used to mean something is dark or black. Perhaps they could have just stuck with one term to help identify the piece.
As a fashionable watch that is relatively versatile, the Glam Rock SoBe Tachymeter 44mm is actually a solid choice. It isn't a bad watch, it just isn't for dedicated watch snobs. It is however a pretty good wrist companion for a lot of other types of people - doing what it was designed to do rather well. I would have liked for the price to be a bit lower. The collection starts at under 0 for the steel-toned versions on a strap going up to over ,000 with a version that has a diamond-studded bezel. The yellow gold toned model on the bracelet retails for 5. At that price Glam Rock faces a lot of competition from brands that even offer Swiss mechanical watches. None look exactly like this model, but the competition is still fierce. The SoBe Tachymeter 44mm watch might not be for the hardcore wrist watch enthusiast, but it nevertheless a good looking and loud watch that is emotionally satisfying on a (at least my own) wrist. Visit the Glam Rock site here.
In Watch Anish style, I'd like to end with a typically overdressed wrist shot for you guys 🙂
Straps offer up a world of possibilities. The range of shades and tones on offer both from brands and custom makers allow you to follow themes from shirts, suits ties or socks. The current popularity of the NATO, available in a rainbow of regimental colours, takes this further, allowing you to match strap to watch and outfit at the same time.
Name: Histoire de Tourbillon 4
Patented Movement Caliber HW4501
Type: Mechanical, manual-winding, tri-axial tourbillon
Dimensions of movement
- Diameter: 40.40 mm
- Height: 17.30 mm
Number of components
- Complete movement: 345 components
- Tourbillon: 134 components
- Tourbillon weight: 1.57 gr
Number of jewels: 59
Power reserve: 50 hours
- Rapid rotating twin barrels in series (1 turn in 3.2 hours)
- One barrel equipped with a slipping spring to avoid excess tension
Balance wheel: Variable-inertia balance fitted with 18 gold adjustment screws
Alt. / hour: 21’600 (3Hz)
- Phillips curves
- Geneva-type stud
Main plate: Titanium, micro-blasted, hand-chamfered, PVD treated Bridges
- Titanium, polished, hand-chamfered, PVD treated
- Polished gold, hand-chamfered intermediate carriage bridge
- Internal carriage containing the balance spring and the escapement pinion rotating cycle of 45 seconds
- Intermediate carriage rotating cycle of 75 seconds
- External carriage rotating cycle of 300 seconds
- Carriage pillars in titanium, circular graining, PVD treated
It's the end of August and we take a close look at Panerai's new tourbillon pocket watch and also what some diehard Paneristis think about the direction the brand is taking. Elsewhere, we review IWC's very classy new Portuguese Chronograph Classic, Schofield's exquisite Signalman DLC and Chanel's very shiny J12 Chromatic. Lastly, we check out Ball's stealthy Engineer Hydrocarbon Black and Harry Winston's new watches for this year.
Ariel here. That is a good question Jason. I will respond that I really just decided to start blogging about watches back in 2007. The blog started as aBlogtoRead.com and later became aBlogtoWatch.com in 2012. It was my first website and my first experience blogging. I probably owned about 50 watches or so at that point as I got into watches in about 2001. I tend to not discuss my personal collection too much as we try to cover everything. I have a large range of timepieces, and there is little in terms of a theme aside from them being mostly newer sport watches. I really do this because I love watches in general as opposed to a narrow type of watch.
What then is a Swiss Made watch? According the official website of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) , a watch is considered Swiss, according to Swiss law if, 1) its movement is Swiss and, 2) its movement is cased up in Switzerland and; 3) the manufacturer carries out the final inspection in Switzerland.
MOVEMENT: Modified Soprod A10 calibre,
11.5 lines, 28800 vph (4 Hz)
Mechanical, automatic winding
The movement’s mainplate is modified to incorporate the phases of the moon (29,5 days).The function is situated at 12 o’clock where the sliding night sky covers or opens the face of the moon.
42-hour power reserve
Rhodium-plated, finished with perlage CASE: Stainless Steel, 46 mm in diameter, 11.2 mm thick
2.5 mm thick sapphire crystal with multi anti-reflection coating inside
Screw down crown
Water-resistant to 300 m DIAL:DLC or TiN coated stainless steel with Superluminova indexis MOON FACE: Copper, Bronze, Silver or Gold HANDS: Rhodium-plated with Superluminova STRAP: Rubber, Alligator or Frog Skin
A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Lumen Watch
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A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Lumen Watch
The time (analog & digital) was easy to setup as were some of the other features like, alarm (beeping & vibrating), timer, and stop watch. The LED light and strobe are two surprise features that I could see using in an emergency or under adverse conditions.
This documentary was one of the markers of a feeling that seemed to pervade this particular show. And it was self-evident in my conversations with a number of the brands present. This feeling, was a sense of an emergent British identify in watch-making, that had for various reasons been subverted by the mighty Swiss watch industry. Home grown brands like Bremont, Meridian, and Robert Loomes were those that embodied this movement, and for me, represented a renewed vigour by the local watch industry to reclaim their horological birthright.
Zen L. in Bangkok, Thailand asks:
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You probably know that Casio PRO TREKs are found on the wrists of people engaged in all manner of outdoor activities, on mountain trails, in deserted places or for everyday activities where risking a very expensive watch is not an option.
In contrast to the often minimalist look of other Piaget Black Tie watches, the Gouverneur is more busy in its approach. While it is not a 1950's era design, it does seem to have that era's hallmark fascination for sunburst displays and dauphine hands. It is actually a very retro design without feeling at all retro. You saw elements of this sunburst design in a more complex form in something like the Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon (which was a rather spectacular thing from a mechanical standpoint), as well as many other Emperador and Emperador Coussin models. While the Gouverneur has redundant markers on the dial, they are all there in the name of style, and I think they work best on the three-hand models. Those models seem to have the right mix of complexity and breathing room. By the way, the three-hand models contain Piaget's well regarded in-house made 800P automatic movement that is visible through the sapphire caseback window. Finishing on the movement is as always, pretty sexy and is has a power reserve of 80 hours (pretty good for a 4mm thick movement).
The case is executed in 18k white gold and measures 43.5 x 18mm, which is large but understandable given the movement within. One of the main elements of this new design is the case engraving which requires over 100 hours of careful attention to complete. Think about that, literally two and a half weeks of work to carve this case from a large chunk of white gold. The intricate design requires a true artist and even extends to the minute repeater lever and to the crowns, where the engraving helps to relay information on winding direction and crown function. The effect, while rather baroque, has some truly beautiful details and certainly provides the 6002 a distinctively different appeal when compared to the technically similar ref 5002.
Luminosity is measured in units called "lux." The standard for measuring lume is ISO 17514. The absolute minimum visible light is 1e-5 lux. You need instrument-grade hardware to measure that. Here's a plot showing 3 lume watches versus a tritium watch. Note that the tritium is constant at about 0.0004, and the lume is initially much brighter, crossing over around 200 to 5000 seconds later.
The Grande Seconde dial made the modern Jaquet Droz watch brand famous. Taken from an interesting 18th century pocket watch with a lovely figure eight style dial, the Grande Seconde wristwatch dial was not only visually appealing, but also resonated well with the Chinese consumer who has a penchant for the number "8." Today, the Grande Seconde dial is basically synonymous with the aged brand - even though the figure eight style dial was not a big part of the brand's true history.