All this makes for a strong package – especially if one prefers the larger, 45mm wide size and the somewhat more crowded-looking dial – but that package comes at a price: The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic PAM572 in steel is ,600, while the PAM573 in red gold is priced at ,800. panerai.com
First and foremost, I want to thank Ariel Adams, the blog staff, and the Marvin Watch Company for this nice giveaway. Your efforts to coordinate these are truly appreciated. In particular, the reviews are enlightening and offer watch lovers to learn of brands and watches we might not be that familiar with. The giveaway contests always offer up a nice watch that a watch lover can truly appreciate.
The Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon Minute-Repeater brings little new to the table – in essence, it features complications that we have of course seen before. What sets it apart from the rest is the way it looks and, more important, the surprisingly high level of attention to detail that Bulgari expressed here. Sure, such super high-end timepieces are first and foremost supposed to work as "marketing halos," bringing the provenance of the brand in question to the greater masses, in an effort to legitimize its somewhat more accessible other offerings – like the Bulgari Octo, for example.
The case-back side of the movement is clearly dominated by the large, blued platinum winding rotor, which is half of the trademark battleaxe design we have grown accustomed to seeing on MB&F watches. Being made of .950 platinum, it is a heavy piece that surely provides enough momentum to wind this beast of a movement and the turbines linked to it. The rotor's design is also reminiscent of high-end alloys seen on cars, with its two spokes (with beveled and polished edges), the inner skeletonization and the circular center section. MB&F calls it iridescent green, though to me, it showed in more shades of blue than green – it is a beautiful piece of engineering, nonetheless.
Coming in at an asking price of €1,895 (VAT inclusive), or about US,500, the Pellikaan Timing Hendrik Lorentz is another great entry into the growing collection of Dutch watches. While the styling might seem a bit plain to some, I think the Pellikaan Timing Hendrik Lorentz is a design that works well in its own sharp, high-contrast way. Even if you do not know who Hendrik Lorentz is, this is, quite simply, a watch that will keep you on time. pellikaantiming.com
I ended up settling on a sizing that is a touch larger than I prefer, which allows it to slide down over the wrist bones. By removing one link, and substituting in a half-link, I was able to keep it above the wrist, which I prefer. This resulted in a fit that was just a touch too tight, especially as the day wore on (protip: if you see part of the case back imprinted on your wrist, the watch is too tight).
I'm relatively new to watch culture. It was only four years ago when I got my first watch as an adult. I've been drawn to watches initially for aesthetics, but since starting Wrist, have been learning more about watch culture and history. Now I can't get enough of them, and already have a long wish list of my favorite watches, as I'm sure you do too.
Interestingly, while Panerai opted to manufacture the patented (now trademarked) device protecting the crown and its lever in the same carbon material, the tang buckle is not, and is done instead in titanium. Likely a good choice due to the pressure and abuse such a buckle can take and the high consequences of any failures. Price for the PAM616 Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech watch will be in the ,000 - ,000 range.
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There are companies that produce movements in-house that they did not originally design, or that they perhaps only modified a bit. For many watch companies, the rules of patent law are on their side. Mechanical watch movement technology is often rather old, so when patents expire, many types of movements or parts of movements may be freely produced by anyone with the skill and machinery to do so. There are also a lot of companies that go to specialists to produce movements for them. Some smaller brands with the desire to have unique movements, often go to one supplier to design the movement, and another supplier to produce it. These movements are indeed unique and exclusive, but they are neither in-house made nor designed.
In honor of that connection, as well as the launch of Porsche's next generation race car, Chopard was using the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas to show off a new limited edition piece. The Chopard Superfast Chono Porsche 919 Edition is a special version of Chopard's Superfast chronograph that draws inspiration from the Porsche 919 Hybrid. This 45mm wide chronograph uses a 15.2 mm thick steel case with a rubber clad crown and pushers. The bezel is affixed with eight PVD black screws and offers a tachymeter scale befitting its racing inspiration. The dial design of this 12-hour chronograph is inspired by the Porsche Intelligent Design language of the 919. The nine o'clock sub dial carries the 919's name, and the dial features many red elements that reflect the red badging used for the LMP1 category. The case back is engraved with "Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport" and the watch is fitted to a tire-tread rubber strap with a stainless steel folding clasp.
The case back will feature an 18k gold power reserve bridge that illustrates the Austrian base jumper, his capsule, and the Earth. These three elements are surrounded by statistics data of his fall, including its height and the fastest speed that he achieved – 28,969 meters and 1,357 km/h, respectively. The watch will be cased in DLC coated platinum, a highly unusual combination that we have very scarcely seen before in high-end watchmaking.
The Last Laugh, like the rest of the Mr. Jones Face Timers timepieces comes in a mid-sized 37mm wide case. The Mr. Jones Face Timers cases are steel with a black PVD coating, and each contains a quartz movement that indicates the time via discs. Not all of the watches display the time at the bottom of the dial, but most do. Actually, Mr. Jones Watches has a "live demo" of how the watches work via an animated demonstration that is linked to the time in your computer. You can check that out for a good way of seeing how the watches work and whether or not you feel as though you can even read the time.
I'm lucky enough to have owned a Rolex Submariner for over 10 years, and always admired its quality and style, and so, using my watch as reference, I had previously completed a project to model and 3D print a real size version of the watch. It was one of my first models uploaded to the 3D print model site: Thingiverse.com.
It also introduces a bit of a paradox for any potential owner, I feel. On one hand, if you are going for a MeisterSinger, you like the one-handed aesthetic and how it de-emphasizes absolute time dependency (given you are limited to reading the time with an accuracy of 5 minute increments, unless you opt for the jump-hours model). With the MeisterSinger Paleograph, you start off with that more relaxed attitude about time, and then add in some ability to track things down to the second (either via the central chrono seconds, or the small seconds at 9).
The event was done near the practice range of the famed Torrey Pines public course in San Diego, California. Accompanying Justin Rose was Matt Kemp, the long time LA Dodgers baseball player, who recently joined the San Diego Padres. As a self-proclaimed WIS (internet watch forum slang; Watch Idiot Savant) and Hublot fan, Matt was there to help introduce Justin Rose and help him win some money for his charity.
Sometimes I come across as being a major watch snob; and in effect, that is true. I am highly judgmental in how I evaluate timepieces from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. Sure taste is a matter of opinion, but within my set of opinions I am rather critical as to what I like and what I don't. Now having said that, a common misconception some people have is that I only like expensive watch watches. That isn't exactly the case.
I think HP's focus on these more simple smartwatch devices has some merit to it. While Google and Apple (and others) focus on very complicated devices with lovely screens, they are going to be hampered by the state of battery technology - which just isn't up to the task yet for the most advanced types of smartwatches. These more simple types of smartwatches which focus more on basic notifications are a lot more realistic and practical to develop on, for the time being. They also might have a lot more appeal to consumers who have yet to really understand how smartwatches can be incorporated into their lives.
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Indeed, the many things this watch does right simply lifts it above its competition. For one, I love that the date window is the same color as the dial – a detail so many similar watches skip; this nuance both makes the watch slightly dressier, and creates a more unified design expression. The hands are perfectly proportioned; they're also correctly curved slightly, so as to appear straight when looking at the domed crystal straight on. And where so often a timepiece uses its crystal as a mere transparent window to showcase the dial, the domed sapphire here is a statement: it fuses with the rounded geometry of its polished steel case and curved lugs to create a sculptural series of planes out of very minimal, basic formal elements. The thin, ridged bezel makes the case diameter’s 38mm wear slightly larger for a more contemporary feel, too, but the more vintage-style dress watch size also makes it ideal for fitting under a shirt’s cuff.
If you think about it, 30 meters is actually pretty deep. That is a recreational dive. No watch water resistant to 30 meters is actually rated to be submerged in water. So why then do so many watches even say 30 meters? It really has to do with how they are rated which is often with air pressure and not actually in water. The gentle seals are tested with the equivalent air pressure that being 30 meters under water would give. In the real world, these things are very different. Thus, 30 meters of water resistance quite literally does not mean your watch is resistant to being submerged down to 30 meters.
So, enough with my rant about vaporware watches and crowd-funding - what about this very attractive two-handed analog minimalist smartwatch that could easily look like just another modern dress watch? Well, the first giveaway that something unique is going on is the two pushers in addition to the crown. Watches with only the time have zero need for anything other than the crown. In some regards, the Nevo smartwatch is a sort of hybrid watch. It contains a traditional Swiss quartz movement that powers the time, as well as a totally different mechanism (with separate battery) that powers the notification functions and activity tracking. Assuming Nevo is able to fulfill their promises, the product sounds very exciting and a potentially very good use of the current state of technology.