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The full name of the PAM604 is Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio. For those who aren't familiar with Italian, "acciaio" simply translates into steel - which is the case material. I really don't know why this term needed to be added to the name of the watch, but perhaps there is a reason I am not familiar with - though it does seem a bit unnecessary.
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For Baselworld 2015, Chopard continues to release new sport watches with in-house made movements. The newest Mille Miglia collection watch to contain an in-house made Chopard movement is this pretty Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control with the new caliber 01.08-C automatic movement. This is actually part of the larger new "Mille Miglia GTS" (GTS standard for Grand Turismo Sport) family of watches that will include the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Automatic (three-hand), Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control, and the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Chronograph.
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The art of engraving and enamel work has a rich heritage in the craft of watchmaking. The amalgamation of art and engineering has allowed mechanical watches to withstand the accusations of being obsolete by proving to the world that there is much more to watchmaking than keeping the time. The Quartz Crisis of the '70s and '80s led to a lack of demand for refined mechanical timepieces, a direct consequence of which was the forced closure of many of the Swiss watch industry's engraving and enamel art schools in Geneva. With very few options left, the skill of a master engraver and enamel painter became highly prized amongst many companies.Read more ›
Finishing on the HMC 341 is pretty good, and I like details like the gold chatons around the large-sized synthetic ruby jewels. The movement surface as seen through the rear of the case is also where the leap year indicator for the perpetual calendar complication is located. I particularly like this choice of placement since this is a necessary element of a perpetual calendar, but not something that you need to look at on a regular basis. In fact, most other perpetual calendar watches go to some lengths to "hide" the leap year indicator so that it isn't obtrusive to the overall design. Placing this indicator on the back of the watch is just one of the many little things that feels quite sensible about H. Moser & Cie.'s design sense.Read more ›
The Rolex Day-Date 40 features a range of new dials with thin, laser-etched motifs, applied over a traditional sun-ray finish. Seen above is the version with the "deconstructed Roman numerals," with numerous hand-applied pieces making up the individual numerals. The laser etching appears to be as sharp and and defined as one would expect to see from Rolex, but if you want one of these new unique dials, you will have to get the Rolex Day-Date 40 as they are exclusive to this release.
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So, how do these tubes work exactly? The glass tubes are first internally coated with phosphor powder, then filled with tritium gas (an isotope of hydrogen gas), and last, are laser sealed, locking the gas inside. When the phosphor powder coating on the inner surface of the tube is exposed to electrons from the tritium gas, the phosphor is excited to emit light in different colors. It is this process that creates the light that we see coming from the tubes, and it is thanks to this chemical process that the tubes glow for over 20 years continuously, without requiring an external power supply, sunlight, or in fact, any maintenance.
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4. All About The 18k Gold Apple Watch Edition
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The watch is surprisingly comfortable on the wrist, with its heft reminding you of its presence as it tucks out from underneath your cuff. Admittedly, my experience with white gold has been less than fantastic. As the softest precious metal, white gold does not hold up to any sort of abuse well, so my preference here would be for platinum. Regardless, with a great design that pairs a great size with hallmark historical design traits, this is not the kind of dress watch you forget you’re wearing, and in my book it is a winner.
The new LW07 movement was developed in collaboration between Linde Werdelin and movement maker Chronode SA. The LW07 is an automatic 4Hz movement with a 42-hour power reserve and 20 jewels. Unlike the LW04 seen in past versions of the Linde Werdelin Spidolite, the LW07 uses a central seconds hand that opens up a large section of the dial for a more expansive view.Read more ›
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.
The last time we visited a mechanical Citizen was with the Signature Grand Touring Sport (hands-on here). The Signature Grand Touring Sport had a three-hand automatic, and in the Citizen Signature Grand Classic, we have a brand new automatic movement with the caliber 9184. Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback on the rear of the steel case, the 9184 automatic movement operates at 4Hz with a 40 hour power reserve and offers the time, synchronized 24-hour hand (that acts as an AM/PM indicator), and my favorite complication, a power reserve indicator. It is a bit rare to find power reserve indicators on automatic watches, but you have one here at a pretty nice price.
It was not all that long ago when we brought you word of Ball's new creation that mixes up how we are used to interacting with a chronograph. That earlier article was based only on the PR materials (and photographs) that were made available. Today, we are able to bring you hands-on impressions (and photographs) of the Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph.Read more ›