The watch has an adjustable rubber strap that has a titanium end piece on one side - which has a good style and makes the giant watch wearable. You can see the U-Boat name engraving on the butterfly style deployment also in titanium. Again you see the U 1001 logo on the deployment as well - indicating U-Boat's desire to show you how many custom parts went into this limited edition collection of watches.
I don't intend to suggest the C600 is unattractive - far from it. But rather that its largely utility minded. Its composition and features are meant to suggest that it is capable of hard duty. The hands are almost whimsically large, and you don't often get that combination of lime green and black on a serious watch. Though the color differences are there for contrast, and you never (ever) lose sight of the hands when trying to read the watch.
I sat down with Yvan to have him show me the new collection of Volnatomic watches. Please note that these are prototypes, and it isn't clear which will reach production and what changes will be made. The collection is all in Volna's watch case style that is in PVD black steel and 46.5mm wide (and 50 meters water resistant). The bezels are interesting because the black and yellow colors (if applicable to the style) are really bold. They are designed to last as well - not merely being paint. They are actually a complex mixture between ceramic and I think either lacquer or enamel. Apparently they are a pain in the ass to make, but come out looking pretty good.
Bar none, my favorite new watch for 2010 from Eterna is this wonderful heritage re-release model of the classic Super KonTiki from 1973. While the new and older version of the watch have some differences, the character of the original classic remains (thankfully). I first wrote about the original Eterna Super KonTiki watch here, discussing how it was used by the famous IDF (Israeli Defense Force), and was a coveted collector's item. At that time I wondered if Eterna would ever revisit this model... and low and behold they did.
The entire case is curved a bit, which includes the front and rear sapphire crystals. Despite the curve, the front sapphire crystal has a nice amount of AR coating to reduce glare and make it easy to read. It is also water resistant to 30 meters. To match the brushed bezel on the face of the watch, the rear of the watch also has a brushed bezel on the rear exhibition window. The lugs on the case are pretty great. They are movable so that one end connects to the case, and the other to the black crocodile strap. This allows the larger sized case to fit better on most wrists.
Rolex Submariner & Daytona Black & Gold Modified Watches
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Rolex Submariner & Daytona Black & Gold Modified Watches
Speed is the chronograph mode, but is combined with a tachymeter scale to help you estimate speed. This is done by using two relative mile marker points (or other distance markers perhaps) in combo with the chronograph. Basically you measure the time it takes for you to go one mile, and a scale will tell you the speed digitally in the watch. I am sure this function can also be used as a normal chronograph.
This month I have for you a Pulsar by Seiko Men's Automatic watch. The specific model available for one lucky winner is the Ref. PS2004, which is the two-tone model (silver, gold tone) on the steel bracelet. This is the most expensive one of the mix, but I wanted you to see what the entire collection looks like. These watches are brand new for 2010, and features exclusive 21 jewel automatic movements. There is an "open heart" dial which has a window to the moving balance wheel in the movement. Not small at all, these watches are 44.9mm wide in a steel case that is water resistant to 330 feet. Bracelet is 20mm wide and in steel with a fold-over safety clasp, while the watch crystal is Seiko Hardlex. Dial has applied luminant on the hands for darkness viewing. The watch features a caseback window for an addition view into the movement.
The design of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 watch case is more science fiction that science - though the watch is designed to be worn on the most demanding of scientific expeditions. The case is 46.8mm wide and water resistant to 100 meters. The extremely complex construction has materials sandwiched between other materials, with some ceramic thrown in the mix. The design feels purposeful and reassuring it is quality. Indented areas on the side of the case add to the complexity of the design and a feeling that the watch is a serious device more complex than you ought to understand. The case is actually really light for its size - especially the titanium version. I love the look of it, and the ceramic bezel is a factor that will help reduce visual wear and tear (as ceramic is really hard to scratch). I just love the look of the case - it is masculine, feels sturdy, is totally unique, and gives the watch a fantastic character.
In addition to the rubber strap, the watches are available with a really nice (and not to heavy) steel metal bracelet. The bracelet speaks for itself as you can see it in the images. I can't tell which I prefer. If I had one of the watches I would want to go with both the rubber strap and steel bracelet, and switch them out as I saw fit. In all, the Bremont Supermarine 500 is a unique luxury dive watch, even though it has a plethora of competition. The brand does an excellent job of marketing its "active" character, and the unique British edge to the design is evident in most all of their watches. While the Supermarine 500 is not without its little quirks, it is a satisfying watch that you'll easily see yourself picking up to wear regularly. Price (at least in the UK) is about ,500 or so.
The watch case is actually about 51mm wide, but you'd never know that wearing it. It wears smaller actually, and doesn't look silly. The case architecture looks good. Large contrast color pushers are easy to find and press, and the style of the strap is actually press nice. The resin materials the case is make out of are better than usual. There is a soft, satin feeling to the plastic which is a step above what you might have been used to in the past. The strap connects via double pins for a secure buckling.
Aside from the R8 Mk.I, there are other Roland Iten belt buckles out there - and each comes in a limited edition. You'll need to go his site and learn about the other lines. There are a lot of important people who wear Roland Iten's items. One guy who likes most all of Roland's stuff is Sylvester Stallone. He pretty much always wears the belts. He is actually the first person to be wearing the R8 MkII if I am correct. The main innovation behind the R8 MkII over the MkI is how it treats belts. The MkII has a special pin system that dramatically reduces wear on the belt holes. This allows the precious leather belts to remain in good condition for much longer. This is based on a system with a pin that moves around in the hole much less, and is attached to an arm that moves with the belt.
Rotation 1 turn in 80sec
Balancing By special Pininfarina screw
Tourbillon bridges Stainless steel, block polished, drawn flanks, chamfered and polished by hand, sinks polished by hand, fine-brushed underneath
Cage bridge Stainless steel, block polished, chamfered and polished by hand on both sides
Cage wheel Stainless steel, circular-grained, chamfered and polished by hand on both sides
Balance Inertia: 9.80mg/cm2
Arms in a figure of 8 shape within a 0 (evoking the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina)
Rim and 4 special Pininfarina screws in CuBé treated in blue Pininfarina
Total weight 0.48g
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