The discussion above was designed to explain Apple's evolving research and developments that make the release of an iWatch something that is a matter of "when," and not "if." Naysayers are likely too focused on Apple's current line-up of products and attempt to place an iWatch into an existing product family. They also focus too much on the past failures of other brands. People looking ahead will realize that the success of connected smartwatches like the Pebble and others are a sign that there is serious market interest in a smartwatch - even if it currently serves to merely be a secondary phone screen on your wrist. How an iWatch will evolve beyond the existing functions of a phone is difficult to predict.
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You can view the movement through the rear of the watch which is nice. I like the little "ribbon" across the movement honoring the collection going back to 1956. On the wrist the design is traditional and attractive. Retro lovers will fawn over the design with its mix of elegance and function - as was common at the time. By this I mean the use of lume in the hands and the relative thickness of the bezel that said "this isn't a dress watch!" Though of course it looks dressy by today's standards.
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This striking expression of ‘auto-horology’ is offered as lot number 56.
Dial Anthracite, sunray satinated, indexes individually applied, date at 3 o’clock.
MSJ: I'm a small time collector and a big time enthusiast, which is really only that way around due to finances. I love the design aspect, and the story behind each piece, but the guts of the watch are equally as important. That's the best part!
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Reading the watch is pretty straight forward, though the unconventional hands mean that it's probably a good idea for me to add a diagram depicting exactly what does what:
Since the day of CAD tools and simulations developing a watch movement can be 99% digital with a handful of prototypes (at the final stages of development). It is not like the old days where you needed to have a master watch maker with 50 years of experience to hand draw and fabricate parts for a movement to realize it is flawed and start all over again.
I sat here pondering possible "bird" puns and idioms that might apply to an opening statement for discussing this extremely high-end and limited minute repeater automaton - and they all just felt really silly. No jokes need apply because this is a rather cool and serious timepiece by Jaquet Droz that allows you to use your imagination in making up your own nicknames for the Swiss brand's new "The Bird Repeater" timepiece.
Their site has a very good animation of the mechanism that's well worth checking out. It looks to be mesmerizing.
Yes, you oddly need to consult the top of the watch after the front of the watch to get the time. Hours first, then minutes. Though odd as it is, it isn't a big deal. The watch is actually quite interesting to look at from most angles. Romain Jerome will be the first to tell you that their products are mostly not for people with a dire need to know the time with accuracy always.
Featuring the same simple but reliable 7S26 automatic movement, this cheap Seiko was exalted by my fellow dive watch forum brethren as being THE Seiko diver to own as it represented huge value thanks to an excellent bracelet, good bezel action, and stupendously bright lume. Being a relatively cash-poor student at the time, I looked at this sub 0 Seiko diver with much excitement and soon took delivery of my very own SKX779 Black Monster.
So far 'so in-house,' and the problem begins when you want to sell your products to the public. For years, watch brands have built partnerships with retailers to develop a distribution network. Using a variety of ‘carrot and stick’ techniques they try to ensure that their products are sold in the ‘right’ way, displayed in the best part of the window and only next to ‘appropriate’ competitors.
With a thin bezel, sapphire crystal and display case back, the movement essentially becomes the anchor for the entire design and presence of the T-Complications Squelette. The movement is a Tissot decorated and prepared ETA 6497-1 hand wound movement that is a capable, if basic, timekeeper that has been used for decades by many manufacturers. Offering a three-hand time display with seconds on a sub dial at nine, the hands and hour markers are executed in steel blue and offer enough contrast against the brushed steel finishing on the movement to be legible.
Hours and minutes in the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
-Central chronograph hand
-60-minute counter at 6 o’clock
Day and month at 3 o’clock
Date indicator at 6 o’clock
I can say that this combination of durability and elegance in the case of these freshly released Edifice watches, could well be appealing for many - and when considering all the functions safely packaged into the cases, spiced up with splashes of dynamic colors, I imagine that many will find a piece that matches their expectations. The Edifice EQW-A1200 will be premium priced, but still under ,000. The similar digital analog models that will come to the US market are going to be less expensive than that. casio.com