In person and on wrist, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five feels great, and its 40mm width makes for a very agreeable and lightweight presence. As I normally associate the Oris name with large divers and modern masculine designs, this vintage-inspired piece is a welcome alternative. While I'll agree that the whole vintage re-issue trend is starting to run out of steam, that doesn't mean that there isn't room for success within the trend.
This month on aBlogtoWatch, we are offering the chance to win a Martenero Model II: Founder automatic watch by New York-based watch brand Martenero. The great news is that this is a customizable watch, where the lucky winner will be able to visit the Martenero website and customize their timepiece, being able to choose the Martenero Model II: Founder dial color, hands, and strap. The watch itself comes in a 42mm-wide (12.5mm thick) steel case with a large range of options and includes a Miyota caliber 821A automatic movement with a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback as well as a sapphire crystal over the dial. Price for the Martenero Model II: Founder is 5. Enter below for a chance to win one this month.
It isn't unusual to see new trends emerging on the back of current ones. In the days of small, delicate wristwatches, the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer would have been dismissed for its proportions. But in this age of behemoths, worldtimers are afforded the requisite dial space to breathe. This not only favors historical models from IWC, but also their latest globe-trotting tool.
An in-house movement with 228 components and custom complication aside, the thing that's really impressive about this particular model is the dial. As a watch maker, I have worked extensively on mother of pearl dials and can attest to their fragility: the slightest imperfection in the natural material can have catastrophic results, especially when the dial is cased up and under tension. According to the official website, the dial of the Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down contains a staggering 55 separate pieces of mother of pearl, carefully assembled by hand.
So, what watch does one wear to the Academy Awards as a first-time Oscar nominee? Admittedly, this was a new first-world problem for Tom Cross, who, as editor of the film Whiplash, recently received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Editing" - one of five Oscars Whiplash is up for this year. UPDATE: Tom Cross received the Academy Award (as well as Independent Spirit Award) for Film Editing for the movie Whiplash. This was a scenario Tom Cross did not anticipate when he started work on the labor-of-love indie drama. “We were just happy to find out we got in to Sundance,” explains Cross of Whiplash’s long, unexpected trajectory: first debuting at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, then becoming one of - if not the - most acclaimed films of the year.
What is the most interesting thing for me is the origin of the materials they choose, as well as how they like to discuss those materials. Over the last few years, it has become more and more faux pas to "merely" use carbon fiber. Instead, the most reputable watch makers need to go out there and find exotic or branded forms of carbon fiber and its many derivatives. This actually isn't too difficult, because so many companies around the world produce various forms of carbon fiber, ceramics, plastic, polymers, etc... as well as hybrids thereof. Carbotech as a company produces a range of materials which are often based much on carbon or carbon fibers, and also ceramics. Their products are mostly related to brakes, such as brake pads, rotors, and other related components. And now Carbotech can be found in your very own wearable watch - which, hopefully, will not stop on a dime.
The Project X DS7 Custom Paul Newman Rolex Daytona and the other, colorful variations (Project X DS4, DS5, DS6) are as though some of the pieces from our "Watch What-If" series became real. I mean, sure, there are some varieties and colors to be had, but with certain brands, you are just not likely to see something that is, shall we say, a bit wilder than the rest of the lineup. Rolex is a perfect example of this: despite the seemingly massive interest in newer designs, unless you head to some of the aftermarket customizers, you will not be able to get your hands on a lime green Submariner (and perhaps that is for good reason) or a "tribute," vintage-inspired Rolex straight from the company. The chaps over at Project X, an independent company providing customizations to original brand manufacturers' watches, have tackled a particular Rolex that we do not often see customized: the Rolex Daytona.
We are living in very different times, and ETA and Eterna are, in fact, two very different companies today – the former is owned by the Swatch Group while the latter, since mid-2012, belongs to Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited (formerly known as "China Haidian Holdings Limited"). What Eterna's watch collections have to offer is for another discussion, as we are here to dive deep into the intricacies of some of the most interesting watch movements out there – and so, without further ado, let's look at the Eterna Caliber 39, why it is important, and why it is so technically interesting.
While the H. Moser & Cie caliber HMC 341 is a traditionally flat movement, a curved sapphire crystal over the back of the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar's case gives it a rounded look. By the way, the crystal is curved in the interest of case wearing ergonomics. More so, the crystal causes light to play off the movement surface in a unique way, so looking at the movement in this H. Moser & Cie watch is going to be a unique experience among most timepieces you've probably played with.
The Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch case shape is quintessentially Arnold & Son and measures 43.5mm wide in 18k white gold. It is a very elegant design, with smooth, flowing lugs that affix to either a brown or black hand-stitched alligator strap – the choice is yours. The Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch is styled to match both colors well, which is a thoughtful touch that could well tip the scales for a potential purchaser. What this case does well is make its presence known without overbearing the main event. It is effectively a highly polished frame and it plays this role very well. It retains its own character thanks to the twin crowns (one at two and one at eight o'clock). Not only is their placement unusual (and totally functional), they are really beautifully fashioned things, featuring the proud logo of this historic brand. I'm a sucker for a good crown, and this one is up there as one of the best, in my opinion. Having two of them only makes it better and, for me, changes this case from boring to quietly cool.
But for that honesty, the sheer beauty of the material, the implied storm cloud that seems to hang over this Arthurian assembly, and the quality of the engraving, I rate this effort much higher than the first. It is a stylistic triumph and a much more reserved watch than the first. It is impressive how Roger Dubuis have evolved this watch so astutely. They have done away with the meretricious but recognisable table, placing trust in their fan-base to have cottoned-on to the concept by this point. Then they have replaced it with something far more technically impressive, but far more visually subdued. I mean, this is an incredibly expensive, and somewhat crazy watch, but can still be described as wearable because of its restrained colourway.
What does one do with their Watch Box information. You are supposed to have a nice visual view of your collection, and you can also use the app to easily submit your watch for sale, appraisal, or repair. These latter functions are potentially the most useful and how Govberg plans on making money. Its actually rather clever and makes a lot of sense.
I say that to comment on the fact that the market for watches like this is complicated and highly competitive. For me, Oris is all about making great sports watches. aBlogtoWatch's Matt Diehl recently reviewed the Oris John Coltrane, which is another dress watch alluding to a side of Oris I don't personally pay much attention to. This is why it is good to offer a diversity of opinion on the site, because what might not interest me might be right up your alley. For some people, the Oris 110 Years Limited Edition might be perfect.
Every year, Baselworld sees brands introduce hundreds if not thousands of new watches. Obviously, it is difficult for anyone to keep up with the deluge of these new releases. That is where Top 10 lists like ours come in handy. Here, we highlight 10 of the most noteworthy watches that we saw at Baselworld. Do you agree with our selection? We would like to hear your thoughts in the comments section.
As we neared our dive site the waves grew larger and the current stronger. This was my second day of diving and the boat crew felt the conditions were too strong to moor on a wreck. Instead, we would be drift diving. The boat would attempt to hold a position up-current from a series of wrecks and, using the current for transport, we would try and visit as many sites possible before our air supplies forced our ascent.
Among the more utilitarian new super luxury watches from Hublot debuting for 2015 is the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator that comes in either titanium or 18k King Gold. Why utilitarian, you ask? Well, in the most strict of senses, this ain't no tool watch, and at around 0,000, I wouldn't dare refer to it as practical. But with that said, it is straight-forward with a more-or-less clear definition of what it is supposed to be and a clear purpose in mind. What you have is a large-diameter tourbillon on the dial, a useful power reserve indicator - rendered in a new way for the brand - which makes sense with a manually-wound movement, and an impressive skeletonized movement designed for your viewing pleasure. You don't have to love the watch, but you have to admit this is an Hublot tourbillon that is very comfortable in its own skin.