2010 is the second year of Alpina being the official timekeeper for the storied 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida. The manufacturer celebrated this partnership with the production of a limited edition, two-timezone chronograph creatively called the 12 Hours of Sebring Automatic Chrono GMT. The watch is strongly influenced by style elements of race cars. This concept, unless overdone like in several AP Offshores, works fantastically. The sporty, yet subtle style and quality specs of this watch appealed to me when I first received the press release but playing with the actual timepiece at Baselworld 2010 was when I really got to appreciate it.
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This duo is known as the Ananta Double Retrograde Automatic, and the Ananta Multi-Hand Automatic. The watches have a more conservative and mainstream look than the very sporty Automatic Chronograph model or the Spring Drive models. This is "your dad's" Ananta watch. This is not a bad thing at all, and proves that the unique katana sword theme can lend it self to a more subdued look as well. Instead of the marker rich tachymeter scale on the bezel, these bezels are now polished and in black or brushed steel. Dials are either black or silvered, and the watches have either the steel bracelets (that I totally love), or black crocodile straps. It is a good time to remind you that the steel bracelets and crafted from an interesting style of cut and polished steel links with a lovely finish to them. The crocodile straps have push button deployment clasps. For more images of the steel bracelet you can check out the the link above to the Ananta Spring Drive article.
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It is no surprise that the movement is a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph automatic. The movement is nicely decorated with a few polishes such as perlage on the plate and concentric circular stripes on the signed rotor. Maurice de Mauriac also uses blue steel screws, and I think you can also order titanium screws. If you want, they will also use a solid gold rotor for extra money.
The collection will initially have a few pieces with a couple of different movements. In addition to the wild looking tourbillon, there is the Volnatomic Radioactive (Yellow and Black models pictured at the top), Volnatomic Crime Scene, Volnatomic Atomic Central (central seconds indicator in shape of atomic symbol), and possibly others when the final models are released. Each watch has a Swiss automatic movement - not sure which though, but I know that the Volnatomic has a Dubois Depraz movement with a big date and small seconds indicator. Also, the Volnatomic Tourbillon movement is made by Concepto.
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In addition to the alligator printed leather strap with steel deployment clasp, the watch is available with a steel bracelet. The leather strap offers a bit more of that "authentic vintage' feel. The dial tones are white and metallic grays. Almost monochromatic save for the red tip of the world time hand. Note the tapered date window that is taken directly from vintage Timex watches. TX even tapers the font of the date on the disc to match the shape of the case - a welcome detail.
So Spyker is very serious about their future, the future of Saab, and their watch collection. Unlike other types of "car watches" these aren't a co-branding exercise. The only logos you'll see on the watch are those of Spyker. Expressions d'Artistes International, and their partners, make the watches, and do a lot of part supplying for serious watch makers all over Europe. Quality is good, and the look and feel of the watches fit the Spyker look and experience well.
I quite like the strap actually. the crocodile leather is tapered a bit and it is on a nice fold over butterfly clasp. The deployment is well polished and closes comfortably around the wrist. The clasp is signed with an engraved Pierre DeRoche name and logo.Read more ›
Description BVL 312, mechanical self-winding chronograph caliber
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Here is some hands-on treatment of my favorite Greubel Forsey watch. I was happy to spend some wrist time with the Double Tourbillon Technique timepiece last month. About half a million dollars was on my wrist (retail is about 0,000), and it felt pretty darn good. I wrote about this watch on Luxist a while ago when it was originally announced and then again on Haute Living here. And now I will write about it for a third time. I pretty much can't get enough of it I suppose. For more technical details about the watch you can refer to those articles. I want to share with you what it is like to spend time with the watch, not just "crunch the numbers," so to say.
With a notable and respected third-party author, as well as a grand tale to tell, the IWC book served most of its purposes relatively well. But that alone wouldn’t get it a ton of attention outside the world of watch lovers and IWC aficionados. So IWC decided that it wanted to sex things up a bit, so that their new investment would get noticed by even more people, and further entice people to check it out that might not otherwise.Read more ›
While the boat has already proven a manufacturing success, the journey is really a symbolic denouement to the Plastiki’s birth. Proof that the concept works, and a way for David to enjoy the type of lifestyle he gravitates towards for at least another several months. The cheeky name of the Plastiki is in honor of the Kon-Tiki and its voyage from 1947 — Google that or David (as well as Adventure Ecology) for more information on them.
In addition to the alligator printed leather strap with steel deployment clasp, the watch is available with a steel bracelet. The leather strap offers a bit more of that "authentic vintage' feel. The dial tones are white and metallic grays. Almost monochromatic save for the red tip of the world time hand. Note the tapered date window that is taken directly from vintage Timex watches. TX even tapers the font of the date on the disc to match the shape of the case - a welcome detail.Read more ›