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I like seeing the effect of the vertical brushing on the dial, it's a nice detail to enjoy.
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Without question, Christophe Claret produces some beautiful and engaging timepieces. Hands-on with the new for 2013 Kantharos just reinforces that. There is a certain magic to them that goes beyond the lusty appeal of traditional watches and into the heart-pounding "I want" of novel gadgets and tech toys. For me, that is really what Claret watches are - "mechanical tech toys." From the perspective of an onlooker who has never seen or handled these watches it is probably quite easy to either dismiss then as odd expensive designs, or something that merely looks good in pictures. Not true.
Hublot debuted the Big Bang Ferrari collection with two models at launch. There was the titanium version, as well as the Magic Gold version. For 2013 we get three new Big Bang Ferrari models and a bit more understanding of where the collection is going. With five limited edition models in the new Big Bang series, the collection is going strong and we got to talk to Mr. Biver himself about the relationship. Jean-Claude is no longer the CEO of Hublot (Mr. Guadalupe is now), but as the Chairman and thematic father of the brand, he knows Hublot better than anyone and is still the shining voice of the company.
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Let’s get this out of the way immediately - the Saxonia is, in short, a masterpiece of modern-classical German wristwatch design. Complementing the existing Saxonia collection is this all-new for 2013 Annual Calendar cased in platinum, released at SIHH this past January. The timepiece has been available in white and rose gold since 2010.
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It took a few years but Chinese brands are starting to follow my suggestions, though more than likely I was simply predicting the natural course of what was to happen. The only way to take a Chinese high-end watch seriously is if it is proud to be Chinese. One front runner in this is a new brand called The Chinese Timekeeper. Run by a European, the brand is working to promote a several thousand dollar range of watches which are entirely built in China with Chinese character. Though their prices are still a bit high compared to what you can get for a few thousand bucks.
Brands like IWC and Bell & Ross won't customize watches for you, but Maurice de Mauriac will. You can try to order online if they'll hear you out, but better yet, stroll into their shop in Zurich and find Daniel there (hopefully not busy). I swear that you'll have no trouble spending at least an hour or two looking through straps. Inside Chronograph Modern watches are decorated Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movements (visible through a sapphire crystal case back window), and I suggest you go for a colored crystal if you want something really interesting. Price is 4,500 Swiss Francs. mauricdemauriac.ch
So while on the one hand, having everything produced in-house means potentially higher quality, control, and precision, it also unfortunately translates into higher prices since the economy of scale that ETA can achieve is difficult to attain by one manufacturer. So simply said, in-house, likely means more expensive and, until proven, questionable quality. But does this have to always be the case? NOMOS, from the famous Glashütte region of Germany, is one of very few manufacturers breaking that trend with in-house movements and unique designs and style for a surprisingly affordable price while also providing excellent quality.
My comments on the watch however, only apply to the Southern Hemisphere version as this is the version under review.
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