I've written about the Perrelet Turbine watch over the years and did a hands-on review of the Perrelet Turbine XL watch here. The high-end novelty watch continues to hold my attention. If you don't recall how it works, the Turbine is a play on the original Perrelet double rotor concept that has a second rotor on the dial which is connected to the rear rotor in the automatic movement. The turbine on the dial spins with the movement of your wrist. With enough inertia, it will spin pretty fast. Perrelet learned that by using large, bold hands as it does here - a high level of legibility can be maintained.
The steel case is water resistant to 200 meters and uses an AR coated mineral crystal. Mineral crystal is actually the officially mandated "military watch" crystal material because it chips versus shatters when damaged. Around the dial is a diver-style rotating timing bezel. The case is available in brushed or PVD black coated steel. This specific ref # 59824 model is newer with a "digicam" pixelated camouflage dial in the style of modern military fatigues. For me "digicam" actually means digital camera, not "digital camouflage" (which doesn't even make sense). While the hour indicators are a bit tougher to see on this dial versus the black dialed version (for example), legibility is still there in a big way.
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Written by James Stacey
In this article on watch case materials, we have decided to write about ceramics. Ceramics are possibly the least understood of the materials used in watches. Many watchmakers are nowadays using ceramics for their watch cases – which gained popularity with Rado. Now Chanel, Hublot, Omega, IWC, and many others produce watches with ceramic cases in full or in part.
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This version of the Citizen Perpetual Chrono AT is the reference AT4004-52E. It is 42mm wide and in a steel case with gold-toned accents. There are currently about eight versions of this watch. Each has a slightly different case color or style, and come on both bracelets and straps. The bracelet for this watch won't have the heft of a high-end Swiss bracelet, but is comfortable and attractive. I have often joked about strange looking bracelets from both Citizen and Seiko in the past - but stuff like this is conservative and comfortable in style and looks. The deployment clasp is clean and offers a nice push-button operation in a relatively flush clasp.
The G-Timeless Sport watch dials look like a collaboration between a traditional Rolex Submariner and a Gucci handbag. It does actually work in the end though the hands are too short - but not so short as to kill the design. I am pretty sure "Gucci Sport" is also a perfume collection. If not, then maybe it should be and could be part of the packaging. Think about it. You get a brand new G-Timeless Sport, and when you open the box you pull the timepiece out of a pool of Gucci Sport fragrance. Not only does the watch prove itself as a diver, but it retains the scent of Italian musk for at least a week or two. Now you're talking... They need to hire me over in product marketing.
Matt white or black dial with round or pyramid-shaped LumiNova index markers at all hour markers. Date indicator at 4.30
Like all legends, it is hard not to want one of these. Owning one will either have you entering a Bulgari boutique or finding one of the other older Gefica watches out there. I for one have had a soft place in my heart for the Gefica collection for years. The deep, functional, beautiful dial is lovely to look at - and the case is a work of art and intrigue unto itself. This is a real emotional watch, and a well-done one at that. The Bulgari GG Gefica Hunter GMT Moon Phase watch is part of a limited edition of just 199 pieces. Each is priced at 18,900 Swiss Francs. www.bulgari.com
Calculating a 15% tip (I know, I'm cheap) - just the tip amount in this case:
Little touches make the V3 watch what it is. Whether it is the great lume or neat sapphire glass tinting, it is the sense of effort that helps LUM-TEC watches remain popular. A good example is the strap. LUM-TEC could have just gone with a simple leather strap. Instead they created a unique quasi pilot watch strap with a rivet and interesting look to compliment the case (the watch also comes with a rubber strap). By all means, check out other V Series watches via LUM-TEC's website to see what else they have done with the design. Price for this non-limited edition piece is 5 and you can get it via LUM-TEC's website here.
If you know Perriard's work in the past you'll be familiar with his enthusiasm and design decisions. Futurism and "doing it differently" are factors that help motivate him. He speaks incredibly fast in French when explaining the watch, and in English shares the same level of insight and passion when showing off his toys. The H1 is an incredibly cool and unnecessary watch - the exact formula which breeds success in this industry when it comes to watches are this level. I first covered the HYT H1 here when I debuted it for the world.
How many brands needed to have a "Master" watch back then (and today I guess?). With all the Seamasters and GMT Masters being so popular, everyone seemed to want a "Master" in their collection. I am still looking for the "Tickmaster." The Marinemaster Vintage is meant to be a more or less specific re-issue of a classic Fortis piece from the 1970s. I think it was called the Marinemaster - sounds likely enough. According t0 Fortis they have been selling watches with the "Marinemaster" name since the 1940s.
To notify you that your phone has a new message or event, the seconds hand from the time moves over to one of the indicators on the inner flange ring of the dial. It stays there until you notice it, and that doesn't affect the time keeping. It is a simple and useful system that is likely combined with a slight vibration or beeping from the watch. It is an interesting way of having a watch live nicely with your phone. Watch brands today realize that in order to get many people to wear their products, watches either need to be more stylish than phones and/or somehow be used with phones. This is a step in that direction.
So what is this watch all about and why did Zenith feel the need to produce a watch that is almost 60mm wide? I thought the massively huge era of timepieces was on its way out, leaving room for just "nice big watches." Well it really has to do with the movement. I am typically immune from getting excited about brands that use rather ordinary vintage movements in new watches and try to make them seem exotic. Let me assure you that there is nothing exotic about most vintage NOS (new old stock) watch movements. Only a select few brands like Grieb & Bezinger for instance can really get me excited about old movements. However, in this case the movement Zenith used is an old-timer, but is actually something special.