ABTW: Do you serve mostly locals or tourists, or is it a good mix? Also, what percentage of your customers would you call "knowledgeable watch collectors?"
The Zenith El Primero Synopsis is an interesting offering in that, while it rids the El Primero of one of its key features, it also manages to refine the caliber in some interesting ways. A senior watchmaker of Zenith told me that the El Primero never previously offered a hacking function, simply due to the lack of space in the movement. Also, as per my understanding, most El Primero chronograph movements do not have silicon parts (there are but a handful of exceptions), while all Zenith El Primero Synopsis pieces come as standard with this upgrade.
It's the dial that really showcases the design ethos. It's a blackout dial, so it doesn't shout the time across the room, but the red-on-black scheme makes it surprisingly readable with a deliberate glance. The hands have a clean Deco vibe to them, the minute hand, especially, reminds me of the Chrysler Building (are you listening, Shinola?). The Minus-8 Layer is...layered, and they used the layers cleverly to pack a lot of information onto a very clean dial. The hour hand is tucked into the bottom layer with the date window, which I like at 8:00 very much, for some reason. Next layer up has hour numerals, font and double-digit format thoughtfully matching the date. Next up are baton marker for the hours or five minute increments, then the seconds markers, and on top, a narrow ring with 1/6 seconds hashmarks. That's a lot, but the center of the dial is very clean. The hands reach only to the most relevant information, but there's more if you look beyond, and a tasteful, stealthy logo keeps things minimal too.
In step with the De Bethune DB28 GS's sporty vibe, the DB2115 is protected by De Bethune's triple pare-chute shock absorbing system that orients the heart of the movement into a separate bridge that is supported by springs. Additionally, the De Bethune DB28 GS is water resistant to 100m (300ft) and boasts a screw-down crown.
ABTW: When did you first start getting interested in watches?
Swatch is a design machine and probably produces more new watches each than any other Swiss watch maker; and for 2015, we see the Swatch Irony XLite collection. Of course, Swatch's prolific design lab makes sense, since Swatch is a major money maker for the larger Swatch Group where the Swatch watch brand sits as the stable base. Because there are a lot of people around the world who buy Swatch watches, and because they make fun and affordable gifts, we like to cover them. Also, even high-end watch lovers like to get a Swatch every once in a while, given their fun designs. Swatch timepieces also have the unique benefit of being an inexpensive watch you can wear around watch snobs without them snickering at you.
With that said, the Garmin epix is still a smartwatch in the sense that it offers phone notification information and the ability to do simple things like control your phone's music player, etc... What ups the ante for the Garmin epix is really the Garmin Connect IQ app support which can offer cosmetic enhancements like new watch faces as well as additional widgets and data fields. The Garmin epix also sports a color touchscreen - but also has pushers on the sides of the case. This should prove to be a very interesting outdoors watch for a lot of people - with some interesting smartwatch features and an app store. Price of the Garmin epix is 9 - 9.
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Those latter models are what tend to be the lots that beat auction estimate values. Most auction lots fall within the conservative estimate values or come in below. So, not only are watches that can achieve million dollar prices rare, but most watch auction lots yield extremely predictable prices or come in under estimate.
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At first, it was just a school project, and something that had an unknown future when I wrote about it back in 2011 for the first time. We covered the watch because of the cool design, and genuine feeling of novelty. Fiona wanted to see if it is was feasible to produce a few to sell, and I encouraged her to do so. Apparently, the response to Krüger's Memento Mori (Memento Morieris) Skull watch was good enough that she felt comfortable going into a small, limited production. It was not until mid 2014 that Fiona Kruger would have a limited edition Memento Mori Skull watch to offer (covered here). Now, it is just called the Fiona Krüger Skull watch, and each Fiona Krüger Skull timepiece right now is limited to 12 pieces, offering various differences when it comes to cases and colors. The good news is that there are even more versions in various stages of development. While she can't claim that producing watches is her full-time work (right now), Fiona is certainly learning what it means to start an independent watch brand in our modern times.
Instead of using the typical subdials for minute counters, Panerai opted to use two central hands: one for the seconds and a blued steel for the minutes counter. The running seconds for both models is at 9 o'clock. And for the ceramic bezel model, PAM615, a subdial indicating the hour count is at 3 o'clock. The full titanium model, PAM614, instead houses a date window at 3 o'clock.
Sellers go into the process knowing that perhaps 10-20% of the final bid value will be taken by the auction house as a fee. There are a lot of good reasons for this, and the decision to sell something using an auction house is usually based on the notion that despite the fees, the auction house helped them get more money than by doing it themselves. However, most auction houses also collect buyer's fees (known as a "buyer's premium") - and these can be more tricky to comprehend.
The current tribute model to West Coast jazz great Chet Baker – the aptly-named Chet Baker Limited Edition (Reference 01 733 7591 4084-Set LS) – seems to follow this precedent, with its busy dial overwhelmed with musical notes as hour/second markers and Baker’s flowing script signature, as well as a neither-here-nor-there 40mm case size that doesn’t point it in either a modern or retro direction. But with the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition, I feel Oris has finally cracked the code. They've created a model that, in its sublime execution, both pays tribute to the essence of jazz and its titular inspiration – all the while creating a beautiful timepiece that even a non-jazz aficionado would be proud to wear. At the same time, the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition shows just how jazz can be a fitting inspiration for a timepiece when done right.
The Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute To Felix Baumgartner version will be limited to just 10 pieces and will depict Felix standing on the edge of the capsule of his balloon, right before he makes the jump. A large portion of the dial is in is in turquoise, representing the Earth in a more abstract way, while the upper section of the base of the dial shows the Milky Way in aventurine, as though it were viewed from the stratosphere. Time is displayed on the subdial at the top of the dial, which has a thin white line added to it between the 0 and 4 minutes positions, as a tribute to Felix's jump that lasted 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Running seconds are displayed at the 9 o'clock position, serving as an horology-themed – and rather odd-looking – geographic element; while remaining power reserve is indicated at 3 o'clock.
Like Tag Heuer, Panerai is also a brand that draws polarizing opinions – perhaps even more so than Tag Heuer. Fans of Panerai – who like to call themselves Paneristis – are fervent and not shy about professing their love for Panerai watches; whereas those who dislike the brand regard Panerai watches as little more than glorifed fashion watches. Personally, I belong to the former group, and while it is true that Panerai churns out watches that are more or less like each other, one cannot deny that both the Luminor and Radiomir cases have become modern day design-icons. However, Panerai recently released a couple of new watches based on their new Radiomir 1940 case, and here is one of them.
At 8.24mm thick, the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is going to feel very nice on the wrist, but not like you are wearing a wafer that is too delicate. The minimalist Altiplano case has a modern, yet traditional aesthetic to it, and the design of the dial happens to flatter the Piaget logo rather well. Or, alternatively, perhaps the Piaget logo happens to flatter the dial – which might otherwise be too minimalist for some people's tastes.
Like the idea of a Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 watch on this bracelet but want a slightly fancier model? Panerai currently offers a few other timepieces in the same family with this bracelet style that might be more up your alley. The first place people go is to the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio PAM342. This is essentially the same watch with a slightly brown dial and titanium case - which means it is going to be lighter and more comfortable. Going back to steel, there is also the Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic PAM329 (with a GMT hand complication) as well as the Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic PAM347 (that has both a GMT hand and a power reserve indicator).
For one, Apple shows a rather new and unusual way – for them, at least – to bring their latest product closer to what appears to be a key target demographic: the highly fashion-conscious consumer. While there is an ever-widening range of people relying on Apple products in their everyday lives, the company's latest and greatest gadgets are arguably most coveted by the more tech-savvy audience of the brand. However, the Apple Watch is a very new product in the company's life, and it offers relatively new functionality to the absolute majority of potential customers – as we feel safe in saying that the world is not at all accustomed to relying on a smartwatch and its complicated functionality.