To measure 1/10 of a second accuracy, you simply need start the chronograph and pay attention to the subdial at 6 o'clock. For the first 30 seconds it will spin quickly, and then stop. No worries when it stops, because when you stop the chronograph, the hand will move to one of the positions (1-10). Read that number and you get the fractional measurement. For example, if the large red seconds hand is at "15" seconds on the main dial, and the dial at 6 o'clock is pointing at "4," you've just measured 15.4 seconds. Cool right? Now if you measure times longer than 30 minutes, the subdial at 6 o'clock that once told you the fractional part of the seconds, is not used to measure the hours (up to 10). Make sense? It is just that simple, and I think it clever that the Ronda movement have this dual role for the subdial at 6 o'clock.
Coincidentally I am writing this review while in Switzerland. The mecca for all things watch. Being here has helped me really understand the Magellan 1521 watch. One way to look at parts of Switzerland (especially the airport) is that it is like a huge mosaic for watch ads. Brands that you'd never think would have their own billboard are prominently displayed as though they were selling laundry detergent. And I don't think I saw one ad for a watch that would go for under ,000. So how is all this relevant? Because as a maker of fine watches, what you really need to do is do something different in order to be noticed. That, or your brand needs to mean something very special. As such, Magellan watches are one satisfying way of doing something different with watches. The best part, is that the quality with these timepieces is also very high.
Powering the watch is an automatic Swiss ETA 2893-2 viewable through the case back. The movement is not particularly decorated in this case, but it is not necessary in this application. The 2893-2 movement is the preferred movement when a GMT complication is needed. The GMT (24 hour) hand can be independently adjusted to act as a second timezone. In this watch, the crown is placed at the top of the watch to prevent damage to the watch crown, and from uncomfortably jabbing into the wearer's wrist; a nice touch.
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The Tag Heuer Silverstone was a model from the 1970s that a good deal of Tag Heuer watch enthusiasts have been asking for Tag Heuer to remake. The model is back, but as a limited edition. With re-issues of lines such as the Monaco, it was only a matter of time before this side-sided square watch got a modern treatment. It is not a re-release as the watch has been updated and modernized, and it is not a retro inspired as it is closer to a re-issue being very accurate to the original. This is a bona fine throwback watch model for those who miss that era - brown colors and all (I don't know why car makers at the time thought brown was a nice color for car interiors). The Silverstone watch is also part of Tag Heuer's 150th anniversary collection of items.
Owner specified customization is a big part of the watch. The 42.5mm wide case is available in yellow, red, or white gold, or platinum. Further, an interesting area of customization are the jewels that make up the power reserve indicator. They can be diamonds, rubies, or sapphires, in at least a couple different cuts. Other customizable elements of the watch may also exist.
Although the collection is pretty cool, it will appeal to mostly a niche audience of mostly existing Pierre DeRoche watch lovers. I do feel that while there are three different pieces in the collection, they are too similar to each other. Mr. von Koeding could have easily mixed it up a bit giving each version of the Dare watch collection its own style and personality. The movement inside the watch is a Dupois Depraz mechanical automatic, and the case is done in stainless steel. An interesting timepiece with a mixture of luxury and contemporary urban art.
Rolex isn't too keen on their watches being modified, but I am sure they love the ideas that Project X gives them. They have an odd protectionist sentiment about their timepieces. Preferring that you should want only what they offer - which while spectacular, is limited. Given the sheer popularity of Rolex watches, it comes with no surprise that wanting to make a "Rolex watch your own" is an expected desire given the options seemingly available. Say you want a Rolex watch in all black, with a different color dial, or perhaps a sapphire case back? Maybe your wishes are for something more grandiose with complex engravings or designs on the watch? Well Rolex has no ear for you, but Project X Designs does. The hidden efforts behind their pieces involve a determined Rolex company that keeps making their watches harder and harder to modify. Project X Designs can be seen as one of Rolex's biggest fans, faithfully preserving the brand's high quality image.