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More Astron GPS models. They've sold dozens of Astrons, very popular. That made sense to me, as the Astron GPS is expensive but a genuine innovation and fantastic for travel.Read more ›
The Coffe Tree (BLONDE): This tree grows quickly and is generally seen in parks and along city streets for ornamental purposes. When the branches are cut they are generally burned, but to avoid wasting the wood, WEWOOD turns it into watches.
A new, and most definitely welcome trend in modern horology is something Frederique Constant likes to call: "Accessible Luxury." What that meant during the past 20 or so years is the expansion of a new market of timepieces built to high-end quality and aesthetic standards and equipped with fine mechanical movements. The watch on review today is the FC-710MC4H6 Classics Manufacture and it was created with this very sentiment in mind. We are here to find out how it performs as an entry-piece into the world of high-end watchmaking and how successful it is at being the sensibly priced alternative to its much more expensive counterparts.
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Even as a kid I knew that reading the time digitally was likely a superior form of communicating the time precisely and quickly. There was no math involved and no ambiguity. Though you didn't see the date as a series of cycles and hands placed in different position. Time was just a cold hard number, relentlessly moving forward. When people senior to me used to refer to the time as being "a quarter to seven," I would wonder at why they didn't just say "6:45." It was because they learned to tell time exclusively on analog faces where time was more visual than numerical.
No doubt in light of the fact that ETA-made movements are harder than ever to get, Eterna has just announced that they have created a new movement, dubbed the Calibre 39, which is the result of a project that started in 2007. This is potentially a very important announcement for the industry as the Calibre 39 is designed to be both an alternative to many hard to get ETA movements, as well as a strong base caliber for lots of complications.
The thing I like about this dial is the vertical brushing. It changes in color and appearance as the light changes, and reminds me of other textured-dial watches like the Rolex Yachtmaster, an impression reinforced by the plain steel bezel.
I want to tell you about the Swatch Sistem51, a watch that I should not be excited by, but am, because of the way that it packages a bunch of features together, and is bound by such a fiercely disciplined philosophy for which I have nothing but admiration.
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The rather unique theme and the uncomplicated, yet arresting scene on the dial should provide enough food-for-thought and make up for the lack of any rare material melted into one of the components of this watch. Prices will be ,450 for any of the four models in the collection. Once again, you have a chance to make anchors a part of your day... romainjerome.com
If someone were to ask you what time it was and the analog dial above represented the picture on your watch, what would say? You could say it is just after noon, or half past 12. You might say that it is 12:30, or 'about' 12:30. Or you might not say anything at all and just show them your watch face for them to read in their own way. It fascinates me how reading the time comes in so many flavors. Most of them based on how we subjectively see the time.
The dial is recessed and a second smaller dial where the caliper moves contains markers for 1/5th second between any two second markers. The bezel is also polished steel with a black marked tachymetre that is done discretely, thereby, not distracting the users who may not care to measure speed.
It wasn't until I was 18 years old did I invest in my first analog watch. It was a quartz Citizen Promaster chronograph with a metallic red dial (and I've never seen another watch like it since). Moving up from a plastic Casio G-Shock to this steel timepiece made me feel extra sophisticated - though I could barely read the time at first. What reason did I have to be comfortable with analog dials? My computer, phone, car, and alarm clock were all digital. It seemed as though I pretty much bypassed the analog generation.Read more ›
I will freely admit that for my money, the Ulysse Nardin Freak is on a short list of circa 0,000 watches I'd buy. I did not feel this way at first. When the original Freak came out over a decade ago it was named as such for a good reason. Not only was the design totally unconventional, but the concept of a mechanical movement that used silicon (silicium) instead of metal parts was practically heretical. That was then, and today silicon is about as controversial as Swiss cheese to many brands who freely utilize the material in their mechanical watches. For 2013 Ulysse Nardin releases a new Freak called the Freak Cruiser - an heir to the original but upgraded in many ways. Let's take a look.
The design elements on the Tread 1 Steampunk are essentially "armor cladding" on the original case. This includes the bronze plates and screws. I first wrote about the Devon Tread 1 Steampunk watch here, showing renders of the design. You can see how the final version is slightly different, but not radically so. The "Frankenstein's Monster" neck screws are still there and very proud looking. Not too sharp to the touch actually. My favorite touches are the screw rivets all around the case and the patina which forms over the bronze surfaces. This patina continues to develop over time and changes the look of the watch slightly. Hardcore collectors love this stuff.
The limited edition watch's back plate is engraved with the 30th Anniversary logo designed by Brooklyn based graphic artist Eric Haze. The commemorative spirit is further enforced by the words "Since 1983" emblazoned on the strap keeper, an aluminum medallion and the custom packaging which features the same color scheme of the watch itself.Read more ›
Military pilots for example make very little money. That goes for most people in the military. We like to point out that all of these high-end timepieces made for military use aren't affordable by most people in the military. That is absolutely true, but what we don't know is that in order to make them accessible, many of these brands have special programs that offer the watches to select military personnel at discounted prices. These are not wildly cheap prices, nor are they open to anyone serving in the military. Brands select special squadrons or units, and often make unique watches with their logos, etc... Government lawyers frequently mull over the prices to ensure that they are fair (not too low), and then the guys we want wearing high-end military watches are given a chance to do so. Deals like those are highly coveted by pilots and military people, as they are not as common as they might sound. For everyone else, watches like those by Breitling become an item of desire that they aspire to someday own.
Right now the Omega Video Manuals section has instructions for Speedmaster, Seamaster, Constellation, and De Ville watch collections. More will come in the future for sure. The videos provide watch operation instructions that will cover all of the basics. Though more advanced needs will require additional advice. Omega knows that by hosting these videos on YouTube they will reach all the people searching Google for help on using their products. This will reach much more people than by simply hosting the videos on the Omega website. This is another excellent way brands can use the internet for customer service needs, as well as to gain trust and goodwill with existing and prospective customers.
The case is a large 52.5mm wide and 16.7mm thick. Tightly wrapping lugs help it look good on most all wrist sizes, and of course the watch is very light at just 80 grams. Durability is ever-present with the case being water resistant to 200 meters and being very shock and magnetic field resistant. A thick bezel is raised up and helps protect the crystal.
The Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 therefore, has retained the vintage vibe meant to highlight the design sensibilities that Jack Heuer himself pioneered. Almost everyone who I know who has seen this watch often remarks on how beautiful it is, and I am without exception. This is the modern retro chronograph to own, especially on the included calfskin strap with the red backing. I especially like the red chronograph seconds hand, that adds a sense of vitality and purpose to the fairly restrained bicompax chronograph dial in anthracite.Read more ›