The lack of a colorful and higher resolution LCD display and a likely more limited number of sensors will also help the battery last much longer – although Swatch is known to have been working on developing new sensor and battery technologies (along with other ones), also allowing them to help future Swatch Touch Zero One owners have their watch run for longer on the same non-chargeable battery.
Speaking of the rotating bezel - operating the bezel on the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta is a pleasure, as it turns and clicks with wonderful tactile feedback and sound. A close look at the bezel as well as other parts of the case and dial reveals how nicely printed the markers are in their bright colors.
Welcome back to an aBlogtoWatch original series, where we discuss important stores that sell watches all over the world. Each store we profile has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to. Whether you buy watches from brick and mortar retailers or prefer to buy watches online, these are the stores that help shape our watch culture around the globe. There is a long list of stores to cover, but if there is a retail location in your favorite city that we simply can’t miss, let us know in the comments below.
Victor Marks: I had many watches as a child, digitals with E.T. on the dial, a CASIO, a few double timezone watches, and a Mickey Mouse by Lorus my mother gave me, which I still have. I was fascinated with my father's watches, which were really his father's watches. Then, for a long while, I didn't wear a watch at all. I bought a Swatch Irony skeletonized automatic in 1999, and wore that until it was stolen in Las Vegas.
Thompson and Sarpaneva first met last year at SalonQP in London, and the two quickly decided to work on a new project together. That project became the Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights, named after that fabulous looking natural light display in the sky that is predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions - such as those from which the various parties involved in the Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights watch hail.
Speaking of centuries' worth of history, a certain Jardon & Stedmann in fact found a solution for this issue as early as 1800, when they designed and manufactured a pocket watch of oval shape that had a unique set of hands that would track the shape of the dial. An ingenious solution that requires around a hundred different components, and hands that were as light as we can make them today with state-of-the-art technology. We visited a selection of manufacturing facilities of Parmigiani in 2013, and in their restoration department, we saw and filmed the original pocket watch from some 200 years ago. Parmigiani restored it in 1997, and as they told us, it was this pocket watch that inspired them to design the Ovale Pantographe – watch the first half of the video above to see the original in action!
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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends February 27, 2015
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BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends February 27, 2015
While the Bugatti automobiles created in the years between the wars were some of the most successful race cars of the time, few of them remain today, mainly due to low production and also due to the factory being mostly destroyed during the second great war. The Bugatti company itself survived, but never again reached the heights it knew in its earlier years.
Tritium or micro gas tubes are used by a handful of brands in their watches to improve the night time legibility of their watches. Unlike regular luminescent materials, these tiny gas tubes contain mildly radioactive materials that are self-illuminating. This gives them two crucial advantage: a) they do not need to be “charged” and b) their brightness only diminishes after years. And if you were ever curious about how these micro gas tubes are made and assembled, we have a behind the scenes look at MB Microtec, which claims to be the sole supplier to any and all brands that use micro gas tubes in their watches.
Nick and Giles obtained expert tutelage from engineers and watchmakers from England, Switzerland, and abroad to develop and help realize their vision of a timepiece collection using high-end components and a unique design. With production initially starting with their atelier in Switzerland, they structured their brand from the early days to move toward assembly, and eventually, manufacture in the United Kingdom.
The Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watches are like those Victorian houses in San Francisco - designed to shock the senses and offer a visual experience most people have never imagined having before. Calling these watches ugly isn't fair because it implies that someone actually considered that they might be beautiful in the first place. Descriptions of visual attractiveness almost don't apply to a watch like this because, by design, they are so totally devoid of traditional notions of aesthetic value. Moving past the topic of whether the Zymosis Lockdown is attractive by traditional standards... I find myself amazed by the watch for its sheer bravado and courageous defiance of all manners of horological normality. This is weirdness incarnate - and for that, I kind of love it.
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:
The Zymosis Lockdown collection is broken down into four models (I'm sorry, "strains," as the company call them) which include the T1W1 (red and yellow), T1W2 (brown and gold tone), T1W3 (purple and green), and T1W4 (blue and red). My feeling is that these watches are produced more like small models than watches, meaning that the various elements are painted by hand versus coated - at least, that is the impression I got from the image Time Warp Creations offered with the parts and the paint brush.
On to the watch - last year, Alpina launched the Alpiner 4 GMT, which uses a Sellita SW200 movement with a custom Alpina module to offer proper jumping local hour hand GMT functionality. This year, they've continued their growth of the Alpiner 4 line with the Alpina Alpiner 4 Flyback Chronograph. For those of you new to the Alpiner 4 concept, it is a sort of relaunch of a series of priorities first exemplified by Alpina in the late 30's. The four pillars of the Alpiner 4 models are 1) anti-magnetism, 2) water resistance, 3) shock resistance, and 4) the use of non-rusting steel for the case - all great areas on which to focus when designing a sport watch.