Inside the watch is the Frédérique Constant in-house FC-945 automatic movement which has a lot to appreciate. The movement has a nicely skeletonized automatic rotor which allows you to see the movement, and operates at 4Hz with a 42 hour power reserve. The "Heart Beat" part of the name comes from the fact that the dial has an open window looking at the oscillating balance wheel. From there, you can see some of the slightly more unique elements of the FC-945 movement, such as the parts in silicon such as the escapement wheel, lever, and double roller. I find it interesting that they didn't opt for a silicon balance spring (which are actually still controversial, given the opinions of various watch makers).
When it comes to watch straps, you have all manners of companies vying for your attention. You can get downright affordable ones that allow you to pick up a variety, or you can go the fully custom route, made out of some very high-end leathers. The ones we have today from Da Luca Straps try to strike a good balance between the price, materials, and quality offered.
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The see-through caseback gives away an ETA 7750 movement with a custom rotor – the king of modern workhorse chronograph calibers. With a past working relationship with Eterna, it would be interesting to see if Porsche Design would start equipping its watches with Eterna's new Caliber 39 (discussed in great detail here), as I feel the fly-back chronograph version of the Cal.39 would be a perfect match for the brand. A lesser known fact is that one of the key engineers and developers of the Cal.39, also then-CEO of Eterna before the Chinese take-over, Patrick Kury is now with Porsche Design. Whether that will help or in fact set back Porsche Design's use of the Caliber 39 is something we'll see in the future.
Technically, because the tourbillon moves around the entire dial each 20 minutes, it is a triple axis tourbillon. The other axis is the normal spinning you see from a tourbillon cage, as well as being spun in its connection arm. It sits opposite the dial for telling the time to help balance out the weight. The other two arms have a small hand-painted titanium representation of earth, and its opposite arm has a rotating disco ball that makes one full rotation each 60 seconds.
1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches New For 2015 Hands-On
I've always been a fan of the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art collection aesthetic. I never dreamed of asking for anything more in mechanical terms. I took them as objects of beauty, as examples of several decorative arts working in harmony. As long they could tell the time, I never worried too much about the calibre. With this collection, however, Vacheron Constantin have not only pushed the boat out, they've given it such a mighty shove it might never make it back to port.
Welcome to the second installment in our Movement Hands-On series, an irregular series of articles where we scrutinize and analyze unique and interesting calibers. In part one, we took a close look at the highly unusual movement of the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate here, and today, we continue with the work of another - although in some important ways very different - independent watchmaker.
Price and availability for IWC Connect are yet to be announced, but IWC promises more information in the coming months. Devices such as this are not particular unexpected at this point, as the traditional watch industry realizes that it must offer some answer to smartwatches such as the Apple Watch. Though, in some instances, it begs the question if the correct approach would simply be to make a strap where the module is actually an Apple Watch. I say this because my feeling is that traditional watch wearers will want to wear both a mechanical watch and something like an Apple Watch; and Swiss mechanical watchmakers are the first to admit they are not electronics or software makers. We might be pleasantly surprised with IWC Connect, and I look forward to sharing more as this story develops in the coming months. iwc.com
Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator Watch Hands-On
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Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator Watch Hands-On
The first practical advantage of being able to set two dials independently is that not all time zones are separated by one hour increments. There are some that need to be set to half past the hour and a couple that require a quarter-hour differential. The second cool feature – and one that is arguably much more useful – is that you can set one of the dials to 12:00 and use it as a 12-hour chronograph (with to-the-minute accuracy, as there is no seconds hand).
Last December during Art Basel 2014, I had a chance to meet and take some photographs of Serena Williams. She was visiting the Audemars Piguet VIP booth at the show, and is a newer ambassador of the brand. What struck me then was how passionate and into watches she seemed. With her recent win at the Australian Open, her 19th grand slam single title, Serena Williams continues her assaults at the record books and further cementing her place as the most dominant player in the past two decades and making a case, arguably, to be considered the best who has ever lived (men or women).
The F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain watch in 18k red gold with the "CS Traditional Dial" is priced at ,000. In platinum, it would be ,600. With the new gold dial, the F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain in 18k red gold is ,200 and ,800 in platinum. fpjourne.com
Before taking a look at these Baz Persaud Horological Cuff Links, I was familiar with the concept of lost wax casting, and the brand provides a rather detailed step-by-step explanation of the process. At the start, the new design is hand-carved from a block of wax. Around this wax carving, a plaster of paris mold is built in which the first (aka master) casting in silver is created. Once the silver has set, the plaster mold is broken, and they then set about cleaning up and polishing the master casting. From this, a rubber mold is made. This mold is then used to produce more wax castings which are then used to create the final cufflinks that you and I are able to buy.
6. Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights Watch Hands-On: Simply Incredible Lume
Each dial color has its own accent color that flanks the markers with blue accents on the grey dial, red accents on the red grape dial, and green accents on the blue dial. For a watch with such a reserved and non-embellished overall design, this pop of color is a welcome addition.
On the right hand side of the Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 6 dial, a karussel is exposed at the 1 o'clock position: this, quite obviously, is a device that rotates on a single-axis, making a full rotation in 30-seconds – visibly faster than your average one-minute tourbillon. The really interesting part is that the second time display – with the blue indices and skeletonized hands, situated under the karussel – is at first what it seems: a second time display that is linked to the karussel, and hence, through the crown in the right hand side of the case, can be set separately from the other indication.
This includes mostly brushed finishing to the cases and bracelet, as well as the hints of red color on the dial. You'll also notice that compared to many other Grand Seiko cases, the Grand Seiko SBGR and SBGX range has rather wide lugs and are a bit more thick overall due to the inclusion of the iron core. This helps them wear larger, despite the rather medium dimension of the case size which is just under 39mm (38.8mm wide to be exact). The lugs also happen to have an interesting and modern angular design to them. One area where the mechanical and high-end quartz versions of these watches differ is case thickness - by almost 5mm. Equipped with what is perhaps the most impressive high-end analog quartz movement around, the caliber 9F61-based SBGX family of watches are just 10.7mm thick, while the mechanical automatic Grand Seiko SBGR models contain an in-house made caliber 9S65 and have cases which are 15.3mm thick. That is a serious enough difference that they wear larger. Ideally for me, I would have a 40-41mm wide SBGX with the quartz movement and the slimmer profile. Both are good options though.
Fashionability seems to be a major element of the 2015 Eterna Super KonTiki watch that is available both in a more classic style as well as a mostly black with gold-tone trim version (that, by the way, is a limited edition). Various dial and case colors are matched with various strap choices as well. Given the presentation box, it appears that with each Super KonTiki watch, Eterna will supply three straps which include the steel Milanese-style bracelet, a leather strap, as well as a NATO-style strap. This shows Eterna's understanding of modern wearing trends, combining both colorful elements with a classic sports watch style. That understanding alone is probably going to lead to some sales.
Despite its substantial size and considerable weight, the Florijn Drie felt comfortable on the wrist with any of the three included straps installed. Overall, with its comfort, good legibility, and quality-looking and -feeling case, we can say that the Florijn Drie is a very impressive achievement for a brand that has just entered the market. The bezel and the brightness of the lume need some adjustment and additional attention, but once that has been done there really is nothing objectionable left with the Drie in terms of quality. Some design decisions, like the fully marked bezel or the cyclops may not be for some, but they do make the watch look a bit more unusual and help it stay away from looking bland, boring and off-the-shelf.