In steel, the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid has very much the same personality as the gold model, but in a slightly more discreet yet equally visually fascinating manner. What will motivate many people about the watch is of course its more accessible price. I will never refer to a watch priced at over ,000 as being affordable. I prefer to take the lead of PR professionals in my industry and simply stick with "more accessible," and it does not conceal the fact we are still talking about luxury items.
Without the NFC chip, the watch is available in four colours - blue, silver/gray, bronze, and anthracite. If you go for the Concept, though, it is only available in bronze for now. The dials match the color and finish of the case, which kind of looks like rough-sandblasting but is a feature of the Motor-Lac coating that gives the cases a distinctive hue, texture, and sheen. Bulgari's engineers have been pretty creative here, and borrowed the idea from the coating used to protect the complicated functional components of motor cars, hence the name.
The IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer case back provides an interesting conversation point. Rather than a glass back exposing the movement, IWC have chosen to decorate the glass with a 'map' of the world time zones (it's as if you're looking down on the Earth from directly above the North Pole. Given the modular and therefore somewhat unremarkable appearance of the calibre 35370, IWC may have hidden it deliberately. I don't mind this so much, because as attractive as I find the IWC 35370, this case back is at least something different. It's a bit cutesy, perhaps, but then, I like novelty as long as it's well executed. From the looks of things, it is at least a sharp and striking image. I also like the scalloped grooves, cut into the edge of the case back so that the case back opener can engage.
Well, more established brands are sometimes cocksure of their ability to roll with the punches. They are able to lean on their heritage or argue that their latest effort is justified by some obscure reference to their brand's ideologies. Small, independent firms founded in the last decade do not have that kind of luxury. Reputation is earned by the excellent execution of achievable goals, and everything counts.
At a glance, the Bovet Recital 12 and Recital 15 watch models are very similar. The case is the same 42mm wide style, though the Bovet Recital 15 is a bit thicker, due to the extra complication of the jumping hour and retrograde minute functions. In truth, I think it was very strange from a marketing perspective for Bovet to release both of the watches during the same year, and for the numbers in their names to also be so far apart. Though, that is sort of how Bovet works, being independently owned and operated. So they can do whatever they want.
The Olio Model 1 smartwatch will initially ship as a limited edition of 1000 pieces with half of those being in steel and the other half being in black-coated steel. Available for pre-order now, the Olio Model 1 Steel Collection will start at 5 and the Olio Model 1 Black Collection will start at 5. oliodevices.com
When the Richemont Group purchased Roger Dubuis in the early 2000s, it was (in part) their manufacturing capacity and skills that Richemont wanted. As unique as Roger Dubuis can come across at times, they are still a reputable true manufacture of watches - many of which bear the prestigious Geneva Seal. In fact, Richemont's purchase of Roger Dubuis proved a blessing in many ways, because immediately prior to that, the brands' watches had a reputation for not being reliable, as production problems resulted in some poorly made components that broke. At least, that issue is a thing of the brand's interesting and short history.
When you think of watch-related cufflinks, you probably think of the ones that use salvaged vintage movements, generally in rectangular shapes. While those are interesting in their own right, what we have with the Baz Persaud Horological Cuff Links is something that is a good deal more elegant and refined. For starters, lets talk material. The cufflinks themselves are made of solid sterling silver, and then plated with either white rhodium (to match the finish of many white gold watches) or rose gold. How do we get to the designs they are producing? Well, that is a bit more of a time-consuming process.
There is nothing amazingly unique about the dial of the Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours. It is in white enamel with typical brand-style Roman numerals and skeletonized "leaf-style" hands. The hands are long enough, which is good, and the legibility is reasonably good. Something about the gold version's hand clashing with the black hour markers makes the platinum version with its 18k white gold hands feel like a better match for the dial. In my opinion, a dial like this could benefit from black oxidized gold hands which would make for an extremely elegant monochromatic dial only interrupted by the brass in the movement gears seen through the tourbillon window.
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 Watch
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 Watch
The movement in the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere is called the Angelus A100, and it is, of course, exclusive to Angelus produced by La Joux-Perret. Arnold & Son's penchant for dead-beat seconds hands that tick versus sweep make an appearance here. Since the watch more-or-less looks like something born of the era when electronic watches began, it sort of makes sense in an ironic sort of way for this mechanical movement to have a ticking seconds hand that is a nod to quartz timekeeping technology. The movement is hand-wound with a power reserve of 90 hours between two mainspring barrels. Thankfully, there is a "linear" power reserve indicator which is viewable from one of the windows on the lower side of the case.
There are other benefits to the concept, above-and-beyond simply tracking your fitness and sleep data. On a simple level, the watch will connect to your phone and always have the correct time, dates, and will change times fluidly as you travel between time zones. You don't need to activate a screen to read the watch, and most importantly, they look totally appropriate with a suit, or on a date. Is this the beginning of the "stealth smartwatch?" "You know it is smart, and all they need to know is that it looks sharp."
In 18k Everose gold the Yacht-Master case is uniquely matched to another new debut - the Rolex Oysterflex strap. Here is Rolex's own words to describe this cool new official Rolex bracelet alternative:
Those cover the "standard" style of straps that we looked at. What if you are looking for a B10 NATO-style strap that is a bit different from anything else you have seen? Well, then the Da Luca Straps Limited Edition USA NATO (5) may be more along the lines of what you are looking for. This one caught my eye due to the colors used.
The original ALT1-Z line up has seen many different dial colors, but all have stemmed from a military look crossed with elements of an aviation gauge cluster (see the split black/white seconds register at nine, meant to look like a horizon indicator). The original design is undoubtedly part of Bremont's early DNA, but many of the design's elements were seen only in the ALT1-Z range. After the introduction of the somewhat more buttoned-down ALT1-WT Worldtimer, and the success of the ALT1-C/PW, a more reserved iteration of Bremont's core GMT chronograph is easily understood.
When it comes to bang for buck, few can rival Seiko. And if you are looking for a can-do, rough and tumble traveling watch, the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN023 watch is tough to beat. First of all, there’s its tough case with its protective shroud and its water resistance rating of 200m. Then, there’s the fact that it has a “Kinetic” quartz movement which draws power from the movement of your wrist, which also means it can go for extended periods without requiring a change of batteries. Few watches offer as much value as this.
The overall design is all about integration: every single element works well both aesthetically and functionally with the one it is supposed to go with. The most obvious proof for that is the way Rado managed to integrate the rubber strap into the case, which is one of the very best I have encountered. Speaking of the rubber strap, it has a genuinely high-quality feel to it, a real joy to put on and wear for extended periods. Wearing it while doing sports in the humid and hot environment was not a problem, as it never stuck to my skin or pulled the hair on my wrist. More generally speaking, the watch highlights extremely consistent edges and curves: aesthetically, everything is where you would want it to be, no matter how you are looking at it.
The Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta Les Voiles de St. Barth Limited Edition watch will only be available for sale in the Americas, which includes North America, South America, and the Caribbean. Unlike some of the more niche-appeal regatta watches out there the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta is a relatively straight-forward timepiece with versatile use. Rather than a dedicated countdown timer style chronograph popular among some regatta watches, the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta has a traditional chronograph, but one that happens to measure up to 24 hours. Actually, that is not entirely correct, because while the chronograph is operating, there is a way to use it as a countdown timer as well. This is via a clever design of the right subdial which operates at the chronograph minutes tracker. Rather than a hand it uses a disc. Read the outside of the chrono minutes subdial and you read minutes counting up until 60. Read the inside disc and you'll read the minutes counting down.
What do the Apple Watch and the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate have in common? They are each recipients of Red Dot Design Awards 2015. On top of that, the Apple Watch and the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate are the only two timepieces in this current round of Red Dot awards to receive the elevated "Red Dot: Best of the Best" designations as part of the celebrated German Red Dot award organization. I've always been fond of the Red Dot awards and tend to agree with their jury's take on design, as they not only take the process exceedingly seriously, but they take into account form, as well as function.
Sean Wai: I'm not a collector, so I don't actually feel an urge to own any of them. These watches serve as inspiration to me, and I always say that I only love watches that when I look at them, I can't answer for a fact that I can design something similar. So the allure to me is more in whether I can create something that rivals or compares favorably to these watches and maybe make them a little more accessible to other people. I suppose my answer here is a little different to what your average watch collector would say, and if I were to answer the question as is, it would be that I could afford the watch but did not get it.
The design that is now so much a part of the Junghans brand, came from the mind of Max Bill, a Swiss architect, product designer, painter, sculptor, academic, and educator. In 1956, Bill collaborated with Junghans to launch the Max Bill Kitchen Clock. It was an instant classic and an enduring success. Further collaborations followed and a long, mutually beneficial relationship ensued.