Arnold & Son has always given credit to a British-made clock from circa 1830 as the inspiration for the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid watch collection. In fact, many of Arnold & Son's contemporary pieces are inspired by vintage clocks and pocket watches. This is not a new thing in the watch industry, but what is unique is just how skillfully Arnold & Son's head of design and development Sebastien Chaulmontet consistently arranges these inspirations into classic yet modern looking timepieces for today.
Technically, the Eterna Caliber 39 is hugely impressive because – as you surely have heard from engineers before – it is incomparably more difficult to make something simple than complicated. The fact that such movement components can be replaced as a whole with such ease is an incredible achievement – something that many brands will surely appreciate.
If Patek Philippe deserves praise in any one major area it is clarity. While not universally true with all of their timepieces, Patek Philippe does have a wonderful track record when it comes to designing very easy to read dials. In fact, Patek Philippe makes it look almost easy, which is a further virtue given the diversity of the dials they produce. Patek Philippe is also a master at making very complicated or cluttered dials look balanced and attractive where everything is easy to see.
The Bremont Jaguar MKII sports a chronograph, courtesy of the BE-50AE movement, which is based on the ETA 7750. Unlike the three-hand version, the chronograph is COSC certified. Displaying the running seconds at 9, the 30-minute counter for the chronograph at 3, and the date at 6, the Bremont Jaguar MKII offers a very clean, legible and, dare I say, handsome dial. The dial has good contrast between the properly sized hands and the Jag-dashboard-inspired numerals printed between 8 and 4. What, from the images, appears to be a large cap securing the three central hands is an interesting design element and one that I look forward to seeing "in the metal."
Likewise, today, many tech pundits are complaining that smartwatches are an answer to a question no one was asking. I disagree. I feel that consumers have been wanting to wear technology and make technology a more personal part of their daily routines. Mobile phones have become indispensable for most people, but they still act like extra appendages that people don't know what to do with. Simply observe a crowd of people, and notice how many are awkwardly walking around with their phones in their hands versus in a pocket or bag. Communication technology is meant to be accessible all the time and reserved for occasional use. As we use connected devices for more and more purposes, the notion that they are supposed to sit waiting hidden away from view will becoming increasingly archaic. It's only logical that devices become something you wear - even if we need to take baby steps to get there.
The DUW 3001 is just 3.2 mm thick, making it one of the thinner mass produced and chronometer grade automatic movements in the world. To achieve this thinness and accuracy, Nomos had to reduce their usual manufacturing tolerances by up to 50%. The DUW 3001, which was designed by Theodor Prenzel, places as many of the parts as possible between the base plate and the three-quarter plate, including Nomos' Swing System.
A year ago, Jean-Claude Biver, who heads LVMH’s watch brands, dismissed smart watches, saying that they would not stand the test of time, and that the brands under his watch would not make one. And now, the man just recently announced that TAG Heuer would release a smart watch to go up against the Apple Watch.
The hour, minute, and sub-dial hands are nicely bevelled and rhodium plated, while the chrono-seconds hand is covered with matching blue lacquer. The sub-dial hands in particular are pleasantly substantial and their proportions marry well with those of the hour and minute hands. By using a transparent disc to carry many of the apparently "floating" dial elements, Hublot have created an optical illusion you might find in a classic mystery watch.
In front of me lay the vast stretches of the pacific ocean as our small dive boat chugged out of Hawaii Kai and into the open waters of Maunalua Bay. This is my first time in Hawaii and, as a diver trained in the cold and dark waters of Vancouver, I've been looking forward to my first tropical dive with no small amount of anticipation. In preparation for my Hawaii diving I've brought most of my core diving gear (happily left the dry suit at home) and an ideal watch, the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN023 diver.
When the HM3 is on the wrist, the cones remain every bit as amazing as they were some seven years ago: it just never gets old how they work aesthetically when one moves one's hand around. The elevated cones and how they cover each other and the rest of the watch from some steeper viewing angles is a fascinating sight. Many brands out there put a lot of effort into creating dials that have a visible depth to them, and the reason for that is simple: flat, boring dials may look sleek and restrained in some instances, but more often than not, they tend to become boring after a while. By contrast, watches with depth to their dials and movements provide enough eye-candy to help the piece remain a visually interesting item to behold and appreciate – so what can we say about a watch with two cone-shaped titanium towers sticking out of it? To this day, it remains every bit as fascinating and unusual as it was when I first saw it – and just as showy and attention-grabbing as ever.