This is one of the most military-looking Ball watches in quite some time. It is also a new DLC-coated piece, something that Ball doesn't release all that often. Say hello to the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black. While I like this piece a lot, it is more a conceptual remix of other Ball watches versus something totally new. New for 2013, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black is really a sister product to the new Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster - which itself is based on the Engineer Ceramic XV. Each of these watches share the same case, but there are dial and other differences.
Each year the Baselworld watch show begins with a set of simple rituals such as anticipating amazing new things from Rolex only to see an existing watch in a new color, and once again finding that Patek Philippe isn't going to make a futuristic looking timepiece. Among the necessary things to do when a new Baselworld show opens its doors is visit Harry Winston to see the new Opus watch. I've discussed most of the Opus pieces at length so another explanation of the history of the Harry Winston + independent watch maker Opus range founded by Max Busser isn't necessary. The idea was a personality driven collection of fresh, limited edition high-end pieces each year that emphasized spirited and extravagant design. Not really a money maker, Opus watches are less about income from their sale and more about media attention, gaining the potential to help people focus on the Harry Winston brand overall.
From a dial standpoint, Lange uses a familiar layout with three subsidiary registers – a monthly calendar at 3, day at 9, and sub-second & moonphase display at 6. Date readout sits directly below 12, with twin windows for the outsize date in traditional Lange fashion. Each of these registers is adjustable from micropushers located at 4, 8, 9, and 10. The dial plate itself is silver tone, which comes alive under the antireflective coating, bathing the dial with a slightly bluish hue in direct light. The hands are polished steel except for the subsidiary seconds register, which is blued, complementing the dial palette brilliantly.
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.
September began with Samsung announcing its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, we share our thoughts on the Gear as well as those of Om Malik, an experienced tech journalist. We check out a couple of new watches from Ulysse Nardin, MB&F, and Bamford and end off with a look at the top women's watches of this year and a visit to Parmigiani’s workshops in Switzerland.
As I would rather have no date than a date that clutters a dial, I think this is a fantastic decision and the dial of the MK1 looks great, with a tri-compax layout and a tachymeter scale on the chapter ring. The German-made case is fitted with a solid, military-style steel case back and the crown screws down to provide 100 meters of water resistance.