So let's start with the message that Zenith were trying to deliver with the Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition. Last year, Zenith became the official timekeeper for five of the official motor car races organized by Peter Auto (a company, not an aptly named individual). Through their association with these prestigious races, Zenith hopes to reaffirm their three core values – authenticity, daring, and pleasure. Supposedly, this has been achieved by referencing the grit, glamour, and gut-churning speed associated with motor sports in the watch's aesthetic. Sometimes, when brands try and attach such emotive characteristics to a watch, it works brilliantly; sometimes, it feels a bit forced. In my opinion, the Tag Heuer Monaco is a great example of the former (for a classic example, check out this article, and for an avant-garde update of the watch, have a look at this recent release).
Does that mean the current Overseas models are lacking? No, actually. Aside from not having some of the trendier modern materials or fresh movements of some of the competition, the Overseas Chronograph is a well-sized, very comfortable, and highly legible classic design. Its distinctive qualities (such as the bezel) are matched with a contemporary case that melds refined beveled edges with a strong, masculine shape. The actual dimensions are 42mm wide and a reasonable 12.45mm thick.
Unlike the larger 44mm-wide LM1 or LM2 watches, the MB&F LM101 has a smaller case size of 40mm wide - making it still the smallest MB&F timepiece available. With that said, it doesn't wear too small because of the thickness of the case, which is 16mm, thanks to the impressively domed sapphire crystal over the dial. The elegant curves of the LM1 and LM2 case continue to look good when scaled down to this smaller size.
The matte black color and texture of the Rolex Yacht-Master bezel is echoed on the dial - which again is very rarely matte on a modern Rolex sports watch. This makes for a cool look that is both a bit more legible and aggressive looking than the slightly glossy Rolex Oyster sport watches we are used to. Of course, with the 116655 Rolex Yacht-Master the hands and hour markers are in 18k Everose gold and polished - which gives the watch that real "Rolex character." It also happens to look nothing like all currently available Rolex Oyster sport watches - not to mention other Rolex Yacht-Master timepieces. For this reason alone, I think watch lovers will take keen interest in the Rolex Yacht-Master 116655.
Of course, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas and Overseas Chronograph watches aren't cheap. They are Vacheron Constantin timepieces after all. Though at this level, comparing similarly "prestigious" brands and their steel sports offerings the Overseas is at least competitive. Retail price for this ref. 49150/B01A-9745 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph watch with the blue dial is ,500. vacheron-constantin.com
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Inside the Arnold & Son CTB Chronograph is the in-house made caliber A&S7103 automatic movement. The automatic rotor spins on ceramic ball bearings and it has a power reserve of about 50 hours, operating at 4Hz (28,800). The movement is further slightly dark gray in its finishing, which is attractive. Arnold & Son still lacks some of the extremely fine hand-finished look of some of its competitors, instead offering movements that are a bit more machine-decorated in look. But there is still a lot of hand finishing and, of course, assembly.
Jewelry Atelier: Because we are a vacation destination, our watch clients are coming from all over the world. I’d say our watch lovers encompass the entire range from well-rounded enthusiasts who delight in both boutique manufacturers as well as larger brands up through dyed-in-the-wool brand enthusiasts who only buy from one or two manufacturers.
Orlando Watch Co: Yes, our largest local event we sponsor is the Winter Park Concours d’Elegance. We have sponsored this exquisite luxury car show for the last 14 years, so locals and out-of-towners come to expect us at the show every year. We also host in-store watch events throughout the year.
Being white markers and hands on a black dial, legibility is great, and on wrist, the Bremont ALT1-ZT feels tough and capable but not brash. If the ALT1-Z and the ALT-1B are Bremont's most casual/sporty chronograph designs, and the ALT1-C/PW is about as dressy as any chronograph they offer, then the Bremont ALT1-ZT sits somewhere in between the two. It's classic without being dressy, and sporting without looking like a hardcore piece of military equipment.
That dial issue aside, this really does look to be a rather stunning watch. Dark blue is the predominant color, with white showing up on the outer edges, and an anthracite grey used for the raised continents on the world map. Oh, and do not overlook the white luminant used on the handset and pips on the dial - a nice addition, if you ask me.
In steel, the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid has very much the same personality as the gold model, but in a slightly more discreet yet equally visually fascinating manner. What will motivate many people about the watch is of course its more accessible price. I will never refer to a watch priced at over ,000 as being affordable. I prefer to take the lead of PR professionals in my industry and simply stick with "more accessible," and it does not conceal the fact we are still talking about luxury items.
What I expect to be more important from these new releases are the two stainless steel models with the blue dials. We so often see luxury watch brands reserve the arguably rarer (and for some: more beautiful) blue dials to precious metal versions, while steel options receive the more usual white or black dials. With the new PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve, Glashütte Original probably wants to cater to those who do not intend to pay the substantial markup that is present on most precious metal cased watches, but do want to get the eye-candy that these "galvanic blue" dials offer. That seems to be an intelligent decision and one that I feel should work out very well for them, given the relatively limited (albeit definitely existing) competition that is among high-end, blue-dialed watches in somewhat more affordable steel cases.
Let's start with the overall design: the Pebble Time is 20% thinner than the original, being a truly slim 9.5 millimeter thick. The case, available in black, white or red, is water resistant to an extent that it allows a quick swim or shower, and its metal bezel secures a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass – a manufacturer whose name may sound familiar from Android smartphones. The case has a slightly curved profile, made complete by stubby lugs that will allow the watch to look decent and wear comfortably even on very thin wrists. The lugs are now 22 millimeters apart – and the supplied straps come with a quick-release pin allowing for their easy, tool-free removal – so changing to aftermarket straps should now be easy.
But beyond mere variety, Nomos movements are excellently made and decorated. All Nomos movements are 6 position adjusted, a distinction shared by some of the most elite watch companies, namely Patek Philippe, Grand Seiko and Jaeger LeCoultre. This extensive adjustment makes the movement substantially more resistant to the influence of gravity. Furthermore, the movements are incredibly beautiful. This is due in part to Nomos’ appreciation of traditional German watchmaking, most notably the ¾ plate, Glashütte sunburst finish on various wheels, and blued screws. The result is a movement that looks as good as competitors that cost three or four times as much.
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
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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 Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Machine (also called the Zeit Device) is unchanged for the Titan. What Urwerk devised was a wearable module with an arm strap which allows you to wear the brand's first and still only non-round pocket watch like a wrist watch. A few years ago in 2011, it was hip for modern watch companies like Urwerk and Richard Mille to release wildly designed and extremely contemporary pocket watches. Part of the point was to not make them round. When I went hands-on with the Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Device here in 2012, I likened the shape to a large computer mouse. On the wrist, Urwerk's pocket watch feels decidedly more science fiction. The sides of the Urwerk UR-1001 Titan strap holding it into place like the locks on an ammo box.
Sean Wai: This is an interesting one, as I still tell people that I actually personally don't really like watches. Not the way most collectors like watches. However, my fascination has grown since I started the business about six years ago. For me, being a non-collector I am more interested in the myriad ways a watch can be constructed and designed.
So the concept of a watch based on the Knights of the Round Table is perfectly sound from a cultural and emotional perspective, but it's already been done, hasn't it? I was skeptical that Roger Dubuis could employ the same brief and come up with something that was going to look new. Well, they made three immediately noticeable changes that laid my fears to rest. I was a fan of the first Round Table watch. I thought it was a charming novelty. But the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II is a mature and magnificent follow up. And I think it is fantastic.