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The color scheme is consistent, at least: the open-heart dial reveals the balance wheel and the dial-side end stone, which offers a dot of red to proceedings, and the blued screws that hold the balance display frame also tie in quite nicely. The hour and minute hands are silver with blue stripes towards the centre before lume takes over. The seconds hand is scarlet and features a skeletonized star as a counterpoise. It's so in-your-face it kind of makes me smile. I actually like the way Zenith can get away with the star there because it is their default logo, but I doubt any of their designers were unaware of what it would look like (although the red/white/blue colour scheme is a nod to the French flag, the Zenith logo makes it look far more American). If you want to find an example of daring on this watch, maybe the thought that they'd get away with it should top the list.

The testing is done by Rolex's specially programmed high-technology equipment and an exclusive methodology that simulates the conditions in which a watch is actually worn. That likely includes the simulation of how the watch takes up countless different positions when worn on the wrist every day, how it is subjected to sudden moves, and also probably of how the watches remain stationary for 8-10 hours each day, when they are not worn.

In late 2014, TAG Heuer announced a reduction in its workforce and consolidation of its efforts focusing on some in-house movement production as well as using movements from third-party suppliers such as Swiss ETA (which it has been doing for a long time). TAG Heuer’s then CEO Stephane Linder was let go (he is now at Gucci, of all places), and without a strong leadership option, Jean-Claude Biver announced that he was stepping in. I fully anticipate his time as TAG Heuer CEO to be relatively short (perhaps a few years). His position at TAG Heuer was always meant to be temporary, and I think once he puts the brand in a good place, his intention is to hand over the reigns to those who will continue pushing the brand in the direction that he is now putting it.

With the iPhone, Apple learned that mainstream consumers are extremely interested in the design of their tech products, as well as a reliable user experience. The sheer volume of functionality as well as the competitive advantage of one product over another is slightly less important. Apple has already done an excellent job of creating desire for the brand overall, so its goal with the Apple Watch is to gently instill the notion that wearing an Apple Watch is fashionably sound.

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Now, for the differences: the odd one out has to be the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black, probably the most surprising model of the lot, with – and prepare for some darker-than-dark stuff here – a black case, black ceramic dial "mattened" with laser technology, blackened applied indices, and black Super-LumiNova on the indexes and two dots at 12. Given the dark theme and look of the original Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon (review here), Omega decided to take it all the way, making for one of the most impressive all-black high-end watches available today. The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black joins a slowly but steadily growing group of all black watches which, among many others, includes the Bell & Ross BR03-92, a number of different Hublot offerings (like this tourbillon minute repeater), or the Romain Jerome Batman DNA.

At the moment, the smoked sapphire Zeitwinkel 273° Saphir Fumé is the only version released; they do intend to introduce another version with a clear sapphire dial at Basel. While they are not a true limited-edition, the ,400 (13’500.00 CHF) Zeitwinkel 273° Saphir Fumé is restricted by the fact that they are assembled by hand, which will limit numbers to some degree. Should you want to put your order in now, though, you can place it for either version. For me, I am intrigued by what I see, and I am curious to see some more live pictures of the piece from Basel. zeitwinkel.ch

Although the supply of master engravers and enamel painters is not as substantial as it once was, there are still young enthusiasts in the field of watchmaking that understand the value and emotions evoked by a well decorated dial and movement. Artur Akmaev, a talented young artist from Russia has taken this passion for art and design and turned it into some beautifully handcrafted time pieces.

1. DUAL TIME: Two world times are shown simultaneously: Local time and any alternative World time. Full calendar function displaying current day, date, month, year, and week. Here it's also possible to read the battery status and current version of the software.

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That focus will mean that the watch is gathering information using its built-in sensors and sending that data to the app running on the phone, which in turn will compile and then digest the data. The functions include a "hit counter" that will not just count the amount of times the player has hit the ball during the game but will also be able to differentiate four different hits such as attack hits, low hits, high hits and high fives. The Power Hit counter will be able to measure the strength of the hit and in fact rate the player on a scale from 0 to 100, from beginner through amateur to professional.

With an expected price of around ,195, the Frédérique Constant Worldtimer is expected to be available sometime after its introduction at BaselWorld in March this year, perhaps as early as April. I find it to be a visually interesting take on a world time watch, and it of course continues the brand's trend of offering polished designs with in-house movements – which really is quite something, when you consider that they manage to maintain a rather affordable entry point for a Swiss luxury watch. While I personally could do without their choice of date display, this is ultimately a personal preference, and I am sure that some in-person wrist time may temper that opinion. frederique-constant.com

Glashütte Original Senator Observer Watch Hands-On

Glashütte Original Senator Observer Watch Hands-On

The mechanical movement inside of the HYT H3 watch is manually wound and will offer about 170 hours of power reserve. There is a power reserve indicator visible on the rear of the case on the movement. No doubt that this new HYT design will prove just as controversial as their past high-end watch releases, but, at the end of the day, will work to vulcanize the brand's many fans.

This is the Dodane Type 23 Quartz Chronograph, which I referenced earlier as a hotchpotch of Panerai/Breitling styling. And you know what? It looks great. This is a supremely legible, highly functional aviation watch. It's a quartz so will be super reliable in terms of timekeeping and maintenance. The simple two-handed design is clean and crisp. Although I probably still prefer the Dodane Type 23 Chronograph, I may be more inclined to buy this one because it offers something different at a price point I can get my head around: The Dodane Type 23 Quartz Chronograph retails at €3,550 in PVD.

But if you are looking for a watch that copes well in poor light, perhaps the Dodane Type 23 Chronograph Yellow Dial Low-Light Level watch is for you. This PVD-coated chronograph features a minute counter at 9 o'clock and a running seconds hand at 3. The countdown rotating bezel is the same as it is on the Dodane Type 23 GMT Noire in style and color scheme, but the dial markings on the Dodane Type 23 Low-Light are in neon yellow. This kind of paint is 'excited by black light' and operates best with the kind of lighting used by pilots. The paint does not retain luminous charge, but does benefit from not having to have been charged for any length of time when exposed to the correct kind of light. This is a bold, bold look for a serious mechanical chronograph. It instantly conjurers images of a flashy Swatch Chrono, but is just about able to remain credible due to its uncompromising size and masculine case shape. At €4,530 it's a fair chunk of watch for your money. It is by far the most in-your-face of the five, but it is not my personal favorite.

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta 'Les Voiles De St. Barth' 2015 Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Unsurprisingly, the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés watches are a limited run. But in a world where 10 pieces is understandable, you might be surprised to hear that there will actually be 60 of these beauties made (20 of each design). When you consider the sheer number of craft skills present in the creation of this watch, that's pretty good going. Although it is likely many pieces will be spoken for by the time the watches start ticking, we will add exact pricing information for the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés once that information is made available. The watch is only available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques and the price for each watch is 9,000. vacheron-constantin.com

Project X Custom Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ Tribute & Other Colorful Variants

Project X Custom Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ Tribute & Other Colorful Variants

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To measure it, we use this machine that works by reading and timing the vibrations of the escapement. It’s like a heart rate monitor. Each swing of the balance wheel is one beat. A Rolex 3135 caliber runs at 28,800 beats or vibrations per hour. Each mechanical watch runs at a specific frequency according to its make up.

The new Rolex Day-Date 40 comes with an updated "President bracelet" design. The updates concern the integration of the bracelet to the case which has come to a point where it appears as though the bracelet and the case have been machined from the same block of metal. More importantly, Rolex now uses ceramic inserts to hold the links together, a notable development, as the use of ceramic will prevent the so-called "stretch" of the bracelet that can be seen on older Rolex bracelets which have been put through decades of wear. What might happen is that the metal inserts traditionally used get worn, making the links sit further apart from one another – because chances are that most of these watches will be worn for decades to come, and it is over time that the stretching of the bracelet becomes more noticeable, these ceramic inserts, Rolex says, will perform better at keeping the links of the bracelet as tight as they were when new. Furthermore, on the platinum bracelet, Rolex noted that the movement of the links could get somewhat limited because of the nature of the metal - but that is also said to be a thing of the past, thanks to the extremely hard surfaces of the ceramic inserts.

On the surface, the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision is the most simple-looking timepiece the brand has ever designed. What those of us who are familiar with the brand first notice is how the case is totally round, and how it sits with a much thinner profile on the wrist compared to the brands other offerings over the years. What makes this really ironic is not that Greubel Forsey designed a dressier watch, but what the design means for a brand so invested in the notion of showing off its mechanical inventions and finishing excellence. People shell out for Greubel Forsey products because they are meticulously well-engineered, and offer movement finishing and decoration that pretty much no one else in the world can match. So why suddenly a simple watch?

ABTW: It's always great to hear about someone obtaining their grail (and, in your case, almost re-obtaining an earlier grail). Since you now have your grail, is there another watch you are on the search for?

Prices for the new-for-2015 versions of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon slightly vary and are as follows:
– Black Black (Ref 311.92.44.51.01.005) 10'800 CHF, or around ,750;
– Sedna Black (Ref 311.63.44.51.06.001), 12,500 CHF or around ,435;
– Vintage Black (Ref 311.92.44.51.01.006) 10,800 CHF or around ,750;
– Pitch Black (Ref 311.92.44.51.01.004), 10,800 CHF or around ,750.

I say that to comment on the fact that the market for watches like this is complicated and highly competitive. For me, Oris is all about making great sports watches. aBlogtoWatch's Matt Diehl recently reviewed the Oris John Coltrane, which is another dress watch alluding to a side of Oris I don't personally pay much attention to. This is why it is good to offer a diversity of opinion on the site, because what might not interest me might be right up your alley. For some people, the Oris 110 Years Limited Edition might be perfect.

Tritium gas is what we might call "mildly radioactive." Its half life is 12.36 years – much, much less than the over 1600 years half life of radium, a highly radioactive material that had been used on watch dials and hands over half a century ago (you can read more about that on page 2 of our History of Dive Watches article here). While radioactivity, the way it behaves, and how it affects the human body is an extremely complicated topic, we will try and put it all into perspective.

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Retail prices for the Scuderia Ferrari watches start at 5 for the three-hand steel Formula Italia model. In the black-coated case, the Scuderia Ferrari Formula Italia three-hand is 5. The Scuderia Ferrari Formula Italia chronograph in steel is 5 going up to 5 for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula Italia chronograph in black-coated steel. The limited edition Scuderia Ferrari Formula Italia S watch leads the pack in price at 5. store.ferrari.com

Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel Watch For 2015 Hands-On

Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel Watch For 2015 Hands-On