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Mr. Biver is also proud of just how important the Ferrari relationship is for Hublot watch sales. I've mentioned on a few occasions that I think the Big Bang Ferrari watches are the best Big Bang watches Hublot has ever produced. They also represent 10-20% of the brand's overall sales profits - a huge number considering Hublot's vast collection of models and styles. Even the futuristic looking Hublot MP-05 La Ferrari watch (now in four versions and priced over 0,000) is selling well. Further, it is reported that Ferrari owners are apparently gobbling up the limited edition Big Bang Ferrari models with gusto. Something that was not as true with Ferrari's former relationships with Girard-Perregaux and Panerai. Whatever you feel about Hublot, you have to give them credit for making a historically unsound car+watch relationship finally work for both parties involved.
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Chronopassion: Richard Mille, Hublot, MB&F, Urwerk, Audemars Piguet, and most of the other brands that most people have never, or barely, heard of, such as Fiona Kruger, Valbray, Greubel Forsey, Mazzuoli, Strom, etc.
Pricing for the Geak II should come in around 9. Of course, this is crowd-funding, which means the project has reduced pricing as an incentive to get backers to sign up. The campaign ends on December 11, with delivery anticipated for sometime in January of 2015. While I am still not quite convinced that a smart watch is for me, I am interested to hear from you if this is a project you end up backing – and especially once you have it on your wrist. igeak.com
Breitling mixes and matches both polished and brushed surfaces on the metal, but as is their norm, much of the Colt case itself is in polished steel. Over the dial is a domed AR-coated (on both sides) sapphire crystal and the cases are water resistant to 200 meters - which is probably good enough for most consumers. There is a functional simplicity to the dials which are certainly busy enough to qualify as being in the Breitling family, but they aren't overly messy. The Breitling Colt watch dials have pretty good contrast and a lot of lume on the hands and hour markers, which make them feel like very functional tool-style watches.
The HUB 8001 movement is very nice to look at and feels its value, with modern yet traditional finishing and a lot of interesting things to look at. When people complain to me that Hublot is just a high-end fashion brand, I share with them stuff like this. Sure it doesn't make Hublot suddenly conservative and justified in its many sometimes spurious relationships, but it does show a more "watch nerd friendly" side to the brand.
I chose this specific watch (shown) from a more recent auction as it looks great on a NATO strap (which I think Victor prefers) and the Tiffany dial is a neat anomaly in Rolex history.
Aside from the cutout for the date window and the slightly raised Orient logo, the Orient Flight dial is mostly flat. Normally I don't like this, but the lume-painted numerals further add some height to the dial which helps it from looking cheap. In fact, this is one of the least cheap-looking cheap pilot-style watches I've come across yet. You certainly get some of that Japanese character on the watch as well in things like the "Water Resist" term on the dial. Orient actually knows that isn't the best English, but they maintain the phrase because they feel it is aesthetically balanced given its symmetry.
Kari Voutilainen: I am first and foremost a watchmaker. I also have a watch company in which we are making our own in-house movements, as well as dials and hands. My production is extremely exclusive and I will keep it this way. My relation is good with watch industry - actually we are part of it - but we are very independent. This is because we don’t have suppliers - we do everything by ourselves.
However, flexibility is not a hallmark of the collector trade scene. Trades between individuals are more dependent upon finding perfect one-for-one matches than when individuals trade with dealers. Between end-users who plan to keep watches after the trade, the purchasing power of either owner’s proposed trade watch can be reduced to a go/no-go in which the match must be exact. Often, multi-watch trades and partial cash trades are out of the question, too risky, or too contentious to negotiate.
The black strap combines leather and textile in very cool way. It is one of those things which is easy to miss, but once you notice it and understand that it isn't a simple off-the-shelf item you can get from most watch stores, you begin to understand why people like to experience a boutique brand such as this. You can buy a big brand watch anywhere, but there is something genuinely cool about the less straight-forward process of getting a Maurice de Mauriac watch.
Swatch designed the rear of the Sistem51 to look fun and interesting with various decorative patterns. The automatic rotor is actually transparent which allows for a better view through the clear plastic caseback of the watches. The movements offer the time with central seconds and a date indicator window.
As I mentioned, there is also a quartz-driven option in the lineup, which shows that Christopher Ward is keeping a commitment to offering their style at affordable price points. Here, the Christopher Ward C60 Trident 300 is powered by a Ronda 515 movement, and hits at a starting price of 5. Along with the movement change, there are some other differences. Rather than a ceramic bezel, it is equipped with the aluminum that the C60 Trident has worn all along. You also have a lower WR rating (300m is still pretty adequate), and the differences in the dial I mentioned above. Here, as with the non-limited edition mechanicals, you have a choice in case size of either 38mm or 42mm.
746 components inside a 52 millimeter wide, perfectly round case in red gold: this is the Montblanc Metamorphosis II in one sentence. As the name and those whopping figures suggest, there is a lot more going on, however – especially since we are talking about not one, but two watches here – so let us give this new-for-2014 piece the attention it deserves. The Montblanc Metamorphosis II watch follows its first transforming predecessor, the Montblanc Metamorphosis from 2010 (which we debuted here).
Prior to the Geneva watch trade show SIHH 2015, watch and luxury goods maker Montblanc has announced it is stepping into the smartwatch market – well, at least the smart wearables market. The upcoming Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed collection of timepieces will have an optional strap called the e-Strap (product reference 113827) – perhaps the first smart connected wearable from an established luxury company. The e-Strap features a high-end leather strap that has a carbon fiber texture to it that Montblanc calls "Extreme Montblanc Leather" and is produced by them in Florence, Italy. At the bottom, sitting under your wrist is an electronic module made from DLC (diamond like carbon) coated steel or in gray steel. Apparently, there are a few color and size options.
Given the base watch's modern design I really never could have envisioned this new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm (aBlogtoWatch hands-on debut here) fully covered in diamonds. In pictures, it is easy to tell the 44mm wide version from the smaller 42mm wide version because of the more elaborate and angular chronograph pushers (versus simple and round pushers on the smaller case).