I really like the implementation of the caseback window. There is a sapphire crystal over with a skull and crossbones shape in it that is over another rotating disc with the atomic symbol on it. That disc is attached to the automatic rotor and moves around creating a fun image to watch of moving black and yellow color under a skull shaped window. The watches are on comfy rubber straps - with yellow or black stitching (for style).
Margrette uses a polished steel crown that isn't black - which contributes to an unique look, and I think works well. The crown has an engraved Magrette logo in it. Magrette matches the look of the crown with polished, as opposed to black screws in the lugs to hope the strap in place. Of course, the caseback is also polished, as opposed to black steel. Lastly, Magrette uses a polished steel buckle on the strap. So there is lots of black and polished steel throughout the watch. This two-tone style suits the design well.
The new watch is called the 110 Torpedo because as the satellites turn, they are in a three formation just like missiles zipping along to their target. The movement wasn’t cased so I don’t know what the complete piece will look like yet. It definitely piqued my curiosity and gives me something to look forward to. I’ll give updates as I can cajole them from Felix. www.urwerk.com
As far as I know Rolex only offered (offers) the Daytona with a meteorite dial in an 18k white gold case - with nice looking red chronograph hands. Not sure if you can find them with the hour markers instead of the Roman Numerals. The case is 40mm wide - which is small to me these days. But For a Daytona I would sport the size with pleasure (especially with a cool meteorite dial). Here you can see it with a nice brown leather strap. Price is about ,000 - ,000, depending on where you can find it.
If you didn't get enough of the Bell & Ross BR01 Airborne you'll love the new Tourbillon Airborne. Check out some jewelry versions of it here. The skull in square shape adopts the BNB Concept made (from back when it was around) tourbillon movement used first in the Bell & Ross BR01 Tourbillon. The movement has a regulator style of telling the time, tourbillon, power reserve indicator and torque indicator. Check out the carbon fiber plates in the movement as seen on the back of the watch. Weird? Sure it is, but an interesting novelty from Bell & Ross, and limited to just 20 pieces - with a cost of 0,000 a pop.
- Diameter : 36.40 mm
- Thickness : 11.51 mm
Chrongraphe Suisse did a good job making the design feel retro, but at the same time contemporary. As you can see the various variations play with the look, and each is attractive. As for lume on the dial, there is a bit. Thin strips in the hands, and small dots of it around the periphery of the dial. Not idea for night viewing, but I have a feeling Chronograph Suisse is a bit more focuses on fashion that hardcore functionality. The case is water resistant to 200 meters, and the the crystal of course is sapphire. Also, you'll notice that depending on the version, some of the pieces have screw down pushers for the chronograph.
Patton also makes a non oil filled version of the watch called the Patton P42 Immersion. This model features more options (lots of straps), and a non-PVD black coated case. It is only water resistant to 300 meters, and is probably a better choice for most people unless you love the idea of having a pressurized, oil filled watch on your wrist. I have no idea what the size of the case is, as Patton for some reason never mentioned it. Though given the name of the watch, I would guess 42mm wide. The case has "claws" on each side in polished steel, and the Hyperbare has a PVD black coated steel case. Like I said, the Immersion model is all polished steel. There is an image of an Immersion model at the bottom of this post. Oh, and the crystals are sapphire (about 2.3mm thick).
As a watch, the One Hertz will have a 43mm wide steel case with a style that resembles the seminal Gronefeld watch. The classic looking lugs suddenly feel modern when combined with the very contemporary looking dial. I can't wait to see what that circular grain polish on the dials looks like when the watch is done. It also looks like the marker ring for the seconds dial is smoked sapphire. This will be one interesting (and rare) timepiece from Gronefeld. Like I said, only 12 pieces will be available of the limited edition One Hertz 1912 watch. It is a risky move for the young brand, as dead-beat second mechanisms seemed to die with the quartz movement crisis/revolution. But then again, people today are always looking for something different, and I find it hard to imagine that there aren't 12 loyal (and wealthy) watch lovers out there that are gonna get excited about this piece. Price is 29,500 euros (before taxes).
Case materials come in steel, titanium, and gold - but buyers can get them in platinum if they want. Diamond covered bezels are coming. Actually, there is a clean bezel option available as well, for customers who want a look devoid of text. The screws on the case are the same style as in the the car, and perlage polished steel dial matches the perlage polished steel dashboard. Chronograph pushers are copies of Spyker exhaust pipes - complete with the same text that is laser engraved (every so small) around the pusher openings. The openings have little mesh screens that are does in the same style as mesh screens over air intakes on the case. Note that the black version of the watch is matte PVD coated titanium, and the gold and steel models are polished throughout. The case is water resistant to 100 meters.
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Interview: John Simonian, Wrist Watch Entrepreneur, Owner of Westime Los Angeles
As you would expect, the movement is also solar (any light actually) powered ("Tough Solar"), and atomic clock radio controlled. Actually, being an analog watch might be of benefit to power generation. You can see that most of the dial is a photo-receptive solar panel - larger than the smaller ring used in the all digital screen models. Like other high-end pathfinder models, the watch can receive signals from your local atomic clock to sync to the correct time perfectly each day. This is actually one of the most complex functions in these phones, but you can set it to auto receive each night. I recommend looking through the instructions if you wish to fiddle with the "RC" (radio controlled) functions.
This could easily be your first episode of HourTime ever. We talk about the basics of watch collecting as a hobby, as well as dive into what a well-rounded collection should be all about. It is just chalk-full of watch lover on watch lover action. A must hear battle of the wits for all.
Model Bugatti Super Sport, 30-piece special edition.
The thick case is lighter than you might think given its titanium construction. It is 1000 meters water resistant (with automatic helium escape valve on the side of the case), as well as antimagnetic. The Col Moschin special forces needed a watch that would survive a high parachute fall straight into the watch without a hiccup, and the watch performed as intended. The sapphire crystal is AR coated on the inside making it easy to see the dial. Oris hit a sweet spot a few years ago with this dial design. Meaning it is attractive and very easy to read. The hands and hour markers have SuperLumiNova lume applied, and everything looks big enough without being too big. In addition to the date, the dial has that power reserve indicator that I mentioned along with another complication, a torque indicator for the movement. This is labeled as "Force," and functions to tell you how optimal the movement accuracy is. When a mainspring is either too tightly wound, or not wound enough, the power coming from it is different than in the mid range of being wound. This can affect the accuracy. Basically you want the watch wound enough, but not wound all the way for optimal timing accuracy. A torque indicator is a big gimmicky, more of a gadget-style information indicator. Though it is interesting to see the relative performance of your watch. You basically have all the information you need with the power reserve indicator. The "Force" indicator still is cool looking and doesn't take up much room. So all in all I think it is a nice addition.