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Porsche Design is one of my favorite watch brands. Yes, that list might be long, but there is a good reason for these guys to be on it. First of all they have a history of trying to make nice modern watches. There aren't too many brands out there that I can suggest who have a history of doing that (well). Porsche Design has also been an innovator in terms of design and materials. Last, Porsche Design knows who to work with to make the best watches. In the past it was brands like IWC and Orfina, and for the last long while it has been Eterna.

Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic movement that is viewable through the sapphire display back window. I like that it is an automatic and that it has about 70 hours of power reserve. While not something I would wear daily (I certainly don't dress well enough for that), I do quite like this new Midnight Big Date watch from Harry Winston. Price is about ,000.

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I get asked this question a lot so I figured I would simply layout a number of the reasons why watches are expensive in an article. There is a threshold issues though - and that is between "expensive" and "overpriced." Those two items are not mutually exclusive, and are different.

Movement diameter:                 36.00 mm

A strong argument could be made that we live in a Golden Age of mechanical watches now. We have the ultra-high-end brands such as MB&F, Patek, Lange, De Bethune, etc. We have independents such as Roger Smith, Parmigiani, Peter Speake-Marin, Kari Voutilainen, Richard Mille, and F.P. Journe. And this is all in addition to the usual suspects like Rolex, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and dozens of others. But for those without deep pockets there are still other options. A fan of mechanical watches can pick-up a Russian Vostok automatic for well under 0. And there are a seemingly limitless number of Seiko Diver options under 0 and Seiko 5 options for under . And don't forget, the Vostok and Seiko (don't forget Orient) automatics are true in-house movements, something that many of the mid-tier Swiss brands can only claim with their fingers crossed behind their backs and a wink.

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There's no way to do this collection justice without mentioning the Bernhard Lederer Gagarin Tourbillon (lot #4). It's over-the-top, extremely cool, and guaranteed to get scraped on every door jam you walk past. But you won't care. The theme is a commemoration of Yuri Gagarin's famous trip. The movement of course is a tourbillon that seems to hang precariously over the rest of the dial, and is visible through a magnifying glass. The ring holding the magnifying glass is intended to be reminiscent of the hatch on the Vostok-1 spacecraft. [Oh, and the video is not to be missed.] Imagine if someone took the famous Rolex cyclops window and got carried away with it. On to the tourbillon itself. This is the fun part; the tourbillon rotates not twice an hour, not every sixty minutes, it rotates once every 108 minutes! Why? Because, Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth in 108 minutes. Clever. 😉 The details: manual wind, three mainspring barrels, and 35 jewels. The "Wish Price" for this item is EUR 200,000 - 300,000.

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Both AP and Hublot are pushing to see more consumer eyes focus on their brands. The goal for each is as much attention as possible in the American market. The US has long been a perplexing place for watch brands to set a major foothold in, but both Audemars Piguet and Hublot have done admirable jobs of gaining high levels of awareness and customer adoption here in the US. The outcome of these mutual efforts is to have high-end Swiss brands become an increasingly large part of people's focus in the US - a region that for the last few decades has had less awareness of high-end watch brands than many other parts of the world.

While consumer ignorance is the cornerstone of Westernized retail, it doesn't have to be an issue if you know better when investing in a good timepiece. Trust me, there are brands out there that feel the concept of grossly misrepresenting the costs of making a watch a reflected in the price to the consumer is repugnant.

Tech specs from Harry Winston:

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A white minute ring around the dial gives the watch a more purposeful sport look while the hands are totally retro inspired. However, the hands tend to blend into the face in some lighting situations. But, overall, the dial is a handsome and fashionable "green" look. In this instance, I don't even mind the "open" date window.

On the wrist this model is 41mm wide in a brushed steel case. I love the inset red lacquer in the crown where the "M" logo is. That is a nice stylized touch. The watch case is water resistant to 30 meters. A bit low for a watch with "sport" in the name. Adding a screw down crown could easily have increase that to 50-100 meters I believe. The watch actually wears smaller than 41mm because the widest part of the case is in the middle. You'll notice that the bezel rounds in a bit, helping to create the illusion that the watch wears smaller than it is.

Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph

Currently only offered in platinum, Ludovic wears a prototype he has been testing for a some time. The finishing is off and the movement isn't as nicely decorated. Like many watch makers, he is beta testing his own product. The watch is likely in steel and not platinum at this point. These are practical guys we are talking about, who don't often splurge on themselves.

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Buckle: 18kt red gold 5N or 18kt white gold tongue buckle

Sapphires
Number: 93 / Carat (Approx.): 1.14

The Seacraft GMT contains a pretty unique movement that is new this year from Soprod. As Perrelet is in the same group as Soprod, all are Soprod movements specially decorated for Perrelet. The three-hand automatic has a P-261 movement, the GMT has a P-281 movement, and the Chronograph has a P-271 movement (all of automatic, of course). The GMT movement has a date wheel and a small GMT hand that is centrally mounted. The pushers on the side of the case are for advancing the GMT hand back and forth. It is possible that one of the pushers is actually to adjust the date - I don't recall 100%, but you get the idea. There is also a little porthole near 9 o'clock that is a day/night indicator.

Wearing the Ulysse Nardin Royal Blue Tourbillon, I forget the numbers behind the name. It is a wildly expensive timepiece that is so far out of most people’s reach — the price no longer matters. Diamonds and sapphires cover the 950 platinum watch case that comes with a manually wound movement made mostly from sapphire crystal, and carries a price tag of ,000,000. “Pretty nice” I remark as I model it on my wrist. See the video below as taken by John Biggs, with whom I do the HourTime Show podcast. You can hear me at the ending asking for the price.

Functionally speaking the Klepcys has an automatic movement that has a few neat retrograde hands. You get the time, date, and moon phase. The time and date use sorta of hybrid retrograde hands. A retrograde hand is used to display one digit, while a flipping indicator (similar to Urwerk's stuff) is used to show another one for the date. There is a traditional seconds disc, and then a minutes disc that "follows" the hour hand (but also moves). If you are totally confused then just look at the video.

Fullspot claims that the watches are designed and manufactured in Italy. I doubt the movements are though. While the basic watches are cool enough, the brand just released a line of Disney licensed watches. The collection of five O Clock Disney watches have either Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, or Goofy on the dials. Apparently Fullspot has a hit with the O Clock as they have been extremely popular.



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