What is the most accurate position for my watch (say one with a 7750 movement) to rest in? And why? Say I was going to take it off but wanted it to be as accurate as possible when i picked it back up. Does this differ much in non-tourbillon watches, say 7750 to a 2824?
When brands sell their watches, they often keep careful records about what serial numbers are going where. If a brand sees a watch being sold online at a discount and they can determine what the serial number is, then the dealer they originally sold it to can get in trouble because they are likely breaching a contractual duty not to "off load" the watches into the gray market.
As far as Bovet dials go this Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 is rather simple actually. You have just Roman numeral hour markers, hands, a subsidiary seconds dial, and a power reserve indicator. Each of these elements is useful, and I am happy that Bovet decided to not cut a hole in the dial for a date window. The applied gold indicators are attractive, but in certain lighting they can blur, damaging legibility. This is because they are rounded versus using a more flat style of finishing and polishing.
JM: I have a strong affinity for Art deco period watches, especially the rectangular ones. I believe the period represents the highest standard in taste and design. Historically, the period is anchored in between the Victorian/belle époque style and the birth of industrial design, giving it a unique style and substance.
Speaking of other watch brands, the look of the darker toned Masterpiece Gravity watch reminds me of the design language of Greubel Forsey, but with less extremism.
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Given that de Saint-Exupéry was an adventurer and a pilot, it only makes sense that the watches being introduced are of the aviator style. Of the two models introduced, the Pilot's Watch Mark XVII Edition “Le Petit Prince” (ref. IW326506) is the less complex. Driven by the 30110 calibre, it features a 41mm case (only 11mm thick - which is quite nice for an automatic) in stainless steel.
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The dial of this Terrascope Aluminum model features blued aluminum hour markers with a burnt orange color of luminant. Legibility is good given the high-contrast, and one's ability to appreciate the design is going to stem from being able to relate with the assortment of colors. Like all other Terrascope watches, the Terrascope Aluminum comes in a 44mm wide case that is 12.6mm thick and water resistant to 100 meters.
According to Nicholas, the current 3D printing offerings available to him were not quite able to print the parts he needed. Thus, he built his own custom 3D printer to produce parts with the tolerances and quality he needed for the Tourbillon 1000%. Of course, there are still limitations that he is excited to see develop and improve over the next few years. Currently, he must contend with nozzle sizes that are still only so small, parts that would break if they were smaller, and platter sizes that are only for parts to be produced so large. So in a real way, the technology available to most 3D printing enthusiasts still limits size on both the large and small end, as well as the precision of parts made.
Speaking of the dial, that is where the "Handwerkskunst" comes into play. The dial is crafted from solid white gold and is treated to both tremblage and relief engraving decorations that create a beautifully textured dial that doesn't seem to overpower any other element of the watch. It is easy to go overboard on engraving but the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst incorporates this element in a reserved and classic manner.
When it comes to affordable watches with some interesting styling, Christopher Ward has been on the radar for most of us, and new for the brand is the Christopher Ward 65 Classic. One of the first watches I came into contact with from them was their excellent C60 Trident GMT. Given that history, I was rather intrigued to see their new iteration in that lineup, the C65 Trident Classic.
The brand itself dates back to 1805, but was acquired by the Dixi Mechanique Group during the Quartz Crisis. It was later revived in 2005 and one of its earliest and most notable pieces was its simply named Perpetual Calendar watch, which we had covered some time ago in 2010.
As October comes to a close, we check out new watches from Girard Perregaux, Harry Winston, Panerai and Nomos; find out what is revered watchmaker Francois-Paul Journe’s grail watch; learn more about Seiko; and talk to J.J. Redick of the L.A. Clippers about watch collecting.
Rolex is a universe of its own: respected; admired; valued; and known across the globe. Sometimes I sit back and think about all that Rolex is and does and find it hard to believe that at the end of the day, they just make watches. Rolex does just make watches and their timepieces have taken on a role beyond that of mere timekeeper. Having said that, the reason a "Rolex is a Rolex" is because they are good watches and tell pretty good time. It's taken me over a decade to fully appreciate the brand, and it will probably take longer before I learn everything I'd like to know about them.
Why are there so many brands that follow this formula? Well, it really has to do with popularity of the military/diver-style beater watch. Brands like Traser and Luminox made the "several hundred dollar tritium-lit military watch" a timepiece of choice for many men who want something durable and functional for daily wear. The military-esque angle makes for a good macho appeal, while the rest is about having a reliable timepiece that doesn't bore you to death each time you look at it. Let's just say that people like watches like this for a lot of the same reasons they wear boots more often than they actually need to.
A Reader's Speedmaster Professional Pre Moon 145.012