Christophe Claret – who has been producing some of the most complex watch movements for 20 years, for both himself and others – has long absorbed influences and embraced the march of technology to produce some of the most elaborate and boundary-pushing movements around.
HK: Yes, in my prior career as a corporate attorney of a global US law firm.
As Mr. Adams mentioned back when he first covered the M119 introduction, The M118, 119 and 120 series are the first in Marvin's Malton Cushion cases. The largest difference between the models is that the M118 is a chronograph movement, M119 is the automatic 3-hand with Arabic numerals on the face in wide availability, and M120 has stick (baton) markers in limited editions.
CW: I love the clarity of its design; it has such deceptively simple, clean lines and expresses the English aesthetic of watchmaking .... and I’m proud to see such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship from my hometown.
With that said I will add that the competitive bar for Citizen is not exactly raised very high, but the ability for people to forgive such a major brand for a device with a finicky Bluetooth experience is low. Citizen did their absolute best with the Proximity, but in the end it offers a small list of Bluetooth features mostly hampered by the watch and iPhone's often erratic ability to properly connect - or perhaps I just didn't look at the instructions carefully enough.
KK: "Take a few pictures, and I can share them with our viewers on Facebook. If SIHH is so exclusive, take us with you in pictures. Let us be a part of your experience. Let us in, bring us with you."
AA: "You don't know what it's like. Swiss internet is terrible, and mobile data is very expensive, I have two shows to cover by myself and Adi, and I have 44 meetings to get to. I just don't have extra time to sit around and upload stuff."
Prior to taking the Facebook page over for aBlogtoWatch, I had never posted a Facebook picture, except accidentally by phone in a pool hall, and I am often loathe to the seemingly endless stream of cat and baby photos, motivational quotes, Huffington Post articles and George Takei shares. Privacy concerns; time suck; People I know only from high school who I really hoped I’d never run into again, and to whom I wished my fate would remain always a mystery.
When I discussed the Korona K0 "Ruler of Water" dive watch (linked to above), the first reader comment on the post was "it's just not a Sarpaneva without the weirdo moon face." Perhaps Stepan Sarpaneva agreed with him a bit because this new K0 Wuoksi is the original K0 with a new type of moon phase indicator (including a strange looking face) in place of the inner rotating diver bezel.
I cannot say I’m fond of boutique watchmakers. Yes, they are undeniably affordable, but many of them simply rebrand cases and dials from OEM makers in China or some other part of Asia and pass it off as something of their own. Hexa, however, is quite different. For starters, the Hexa K500 has a case unlike any other I have seen, and on top of that, the luminescent material used on their watches are sourced from lume specialists, Lüm-tec. Check out our detailed review of their new K500 dive watch.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE MARVIN MALTON CUSHION COLLECTION
Much like our Editor-in-Chief Ariel, I’m a fan of the recently “revived” Baume & Mercier Capeland collection. The new Capeland models are clearly vintage inspired, and are really attractive. We recently reviewed the Capeland ref. 10068 which has a two chronograph registers and is powered by a Swiss Ja Loux-Perret caliber 8147-2. Movement aside, the highlight of this watch must be its snailed telemeter scale on the dial and the warm feeling the watch gives.
While black is a color that absorbs light, white is a color that reflects it. That means that unless you have extremely high-contrast matte-finished black elements, the dials are going to suffer when it comes to reading them in many lighting situations. Which brings me back to the Rolex and IWC models I just mentioned. What do these and this Porsche Design model all have in common? White dials with very crisp black elements that offer excellent contrast. They also go an important step further by offering luminant. So you basically have white dials, with white lume. The only way this is done correctly is by outlining the hands and hour numerals in black. And this is precisely what all three of these sport watches do. It sounds simple, but getting the colors, textures, and materials right requires a lot of patience and testing.
For the affordable manufacture suggested price of ,950, the RW Maestro Automatic Moon Phase (ref. 2849-STC-00659) makes for a nice classic dress watch. The dial alone makes it worthwhile. RW also makes another variation of the Maestro which is ref. 2839-STC-00659 that includes a black dial with moon phase and a version that also has a silver dial. Both have the moon complication at 10 o'clock and do not include the month nor the day subdials but instead a date subdial at 6 o'clock.
The term "Jubilee" (anniversary celebration) is conspicuously in the watch's name even though Jaeger-LeCoultre doesn't mention any specific anniversary around the piece's release. If there was to be an anniversary it would be of the 180th anniversary of the beginning of what is today Jaeger-LeCoultre back in 1833. That is as much as I can surmise. The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee will be a limited edition of course, as we slowly see production and possible variations over the years. What Jaeger-LeCoultre likes to do is take models like this and dress them up with diamonds in the years after the piece's initial release. I saw that with the Gyrotourbillon a lot, but actually not at all (or at least not too much) with Gyrotourbillon 2. While it is possible to place diamonds or other precious stones on most any timepiece, no matter how seemingly strange their placement, I do see the Gyrotourbillon 3 as a more "collector" oriented piece that seems to only have diamond-potential real estate on the case (thankfully not on the dial).
Necessary Data >Brand: Breitling >Model: Chronomat 44 GMT >Price: ,820 >Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes >Friend we'd recommend it to first: Someone with at least one professional vehicle license who wants a handsome daily wear. >Worst characteristic of watch: Hard to keep polished steel case 'mint' looking >Best characteristic of watch: Sensible all-around luxury watch that doesn't make you feel like a one percenter.
Second Of Happiness “SoH” Concept Watch
9 Commentsby Ariel Adams
Second Of Happiness “SoH” Concept Watch
Calibre TP 3W6A.3
Diameter: 37 mm
Height: 6.46 mm
Number of components: 392
Weight of smallest screw: 0.0009 grams
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Spring barrels: 2
Plates and bridges: Gold-plated brass, hand-engraved with guilloché
-Balance wheel: Copper-beryllium CuBe2
-Power reserve: Around 40 hours
-Functions: Minutes, jumping hours
No matter how many times I am fortunate enough to play with this watch I am still amused and enchanted by it. In this newest version it is even better. The design and skeletonization remind me a bit of Breguet aesthetics. I think many of you will find that as well. Called the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane, this is most certainly the finest of the Christophe Colomb models yet. Why? Well it has to do with how it looks and what goes in to it.
Aside from animation window and dial for the time, most of the face is decorated with a black clos du Paris texture. While ornate, the Cinema watch is still a masculine design and doesn't appear too "themed," aside from the large dedication plaque to Eadweard Muybridge right on the bezel. Another very interesting item just as we would expect from Konstantin Chaykin, and we look forward to seeing the Cinema watch in person soon. Price will be around 50,000 Euros.konstantin-chaykin.com
Above the tourbillon is an instant-jump, jumping hour indicator. Below is a retrograde minute counter. One the side of the case as well as on the movement is a power reserve indicator (I like that there are two for some reason). The manually wound movement has about six days of power reserve and nicely mixes traditional aesthetics with a modern feel. Of course there is some AK in the watch - which is the rear-plate of the movement. Fonderie 47 says that the darker metal piece of the movement uses metal from the destroyed guns. Apparently for each watch they sell they can fund the destruction of 1,000 AK-47 guns. How does that work exactly? The basic idea is that they exchange cash for guns literally buying them from the people of Africa (for your wearing pleasure).