Just when we were beginning to think that the tourbillon was as played-out as a top 40 hit, Arnold & Son pulls us back in. After the success of last year's Baselworld release of the UTTE, Arnold and Son had set a high bar for this year's new model. With the recent announcement of the TEC1 Tourbillon Chronograph, I think we can consider that bar blown away. Part of their Royal collection, the TEC1 features a brand new in-house movement that combines a tourbillon, column wheel chronograph and automatic winding. With a beautiful and uncommon dial layout, the TEC1 offers huge amounts of complexity while maintaining the clean and elegant lines seen in Arnold & Son's HMS1 line.
So why have they fallen out of favor as of late? That's likely due to a few different reasons. For starters, they are notoriously difficult to adjust. You have to unbend tabs in the right places (without breaking them), and then reassemble it just so. Not something most people would be comfortable doing. Next, while they are comfortable, many people complain of the expansion links catching, snagging, and pulling arm hairs - which isn't the most pleasant feeling, as you may imagine.
I don't get to drive the Huracan unfortunately, but better yet, I get some time behind the wheel of an Aventador LP 700-4. This is Lamborghini's flagship car and contains a V12 engine that is naturally aspirated to make 700 horsepower. It also happens to have butterfly doors, four-wheel drive, and a driving personality that you will never come to expect.
An excellent example of an under-the-radar luxury timepiece, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu is the sort of watch that will get the attention of a true enthusiast or Jaeger collector. As if the Master Ultra Thin line was not impressive enough (being one of the thinnest manually wound watches in existence), this Grand Feu dial is exceeding complicated to produce, with delicate layers of enamel heated up to 900 C and laid by hand to lend a subtle but noteworthy artistry to the dial.
Since its establishment in 1995, Buben & Zorweg has transformed from a small firm producing packaging for high-end timepieces and jewelry into a manufacturer of watch winders, fine mechanical watches and - since 2008 - luxury safes as well. This time we are looking at the brand's latest safe called the Magnum, designed to be a solution for (nearly) all problems of the concerned watch collector.
Personally, I am rather excited by this because I've been waiting for a new X-33 for years. Omega has a need to work with current astronauts as well as historic ones to retain its image as the "space watch," and this is a way to do it. Omega claims that the watch will be certified by NASA to be used in their space missions in the near future, and that the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 has already been approved by the ESA (European Space Agency) for use in space and on the ISS. Further, Omega is said to have worked with astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy on the design of this watch.
No doubt many of you will note the visual similarity of the Gravity to the exposed balance wheel and colors on the Audemars Piguet Chronometer Jules Audemars watch (AP Escapement). Of course these watches are totally different, but the similarity (at least in the model with the blue and red tones) is probably at least somewhat intended.
Upon opening the parcel I found one of the most unique (no pun intended) boxes I've ever seen, which resembles a military ammunition crate. Included with the watch is a small booklet giving the history of Kartveli, his other design contributions past the P-47 and loads of detail about the actual airplane. The watch comes on a very nice leather strap with contrasting stitching, an engraved clasp and some cool grommets to further reinforce the military feel. Also included is a black nylon Zulu strap with stainless steel keepers for when you want to mix it up and go a bit more "tactical". You know, perhaps running around in the dark in your neighborhood.
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Omega plans to make all of their watches with in-house made movements "Master Co-Axial" by 2017. The debut watch with the technology was the Omega Seamaster 300 (hands-on). So now that you know all about Master Co-Axial, you can appreciate that these Seamaster Aqua Terra watches now include them. I am not sure if all Aqua Terra models will have Master Co-Axial, or just these debut models.