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None of that is to say that the watch has nothing for seasoned watch lovers. Anything but. This is no cheap trendy timepiece. RSW is a good watch maker and the Outland 3H represents that. The finish and quality of the watch are quite good, and the piece is as ergonomic as it is "fresh." Let's start by looking at the case. Large and square with bent ends that serve as lugs. The case is 44mm wide in steel with black PVD, and various version with either sand-blasted steel or rose gold mixed with the black. The lug sections each have a row of three large hex bolts that look strong and masculine. They are matched by three more under the watch. There are other screws all over the case, though not so many as to look cluttered. The industrial design of the watch is cosmetic, but feels rugged. It also helps gives the piece a very modern and aggressive look. The design idea seems to be that "watches in the future are more functional than decorative."
The goal of the Plastiki was always to give credibility to the concept that goods can be recycled for useful purposes such as building materials for ships. The innovative material that the Plastiki team developed for the boat are actually likely to see industrial application in the future. Because the boat reached its final destination intact, with a crew in good shape, the concept of having environmentally neutral vehicles is a reality. Perhaps a lofty concept in today's world, I think this idea will become more and more appealing in the coming decades. IWC of course is thrilled and lucky to be associated with this project, and IWC watches are often the subject of unique partnership opportunities.
This was one of the best new Baume & Mercier at SIHH 2010, and that really isn't saying much. The brand's return to "heritage" (wow, isn't that starting to sound REALLY cliche these days) has a release of "classic" looking watches. A term that is starting to get on my nerves these days. Like the watch industry is so confused as to what happened in the last 10 years they are just trying to erase is and start from scratch. The Classima Executives Magnum XXL is actually two watches - see my images from the show. Nothing wrong wit them, but they don't really excite me as much as Baume & Mercier would like for them too.Read more ›
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).
I must say that they have succeeded rather well bringing new fresh ideas to traditional design while still honoring it's roots. Giving traditional aviator watch a modern new look with out being out of place. For many, this will be a way of getting a boutique brand Aviator style watch with a Swiss movement for a price lower than you'd expect.
In contrast to the flatter toned dial, the chronograph subdials have a thin concentric circle pattern with a glossy finish. Hour and minute hands which are Luminox hallmarks in style, have tritium gas tubes applied in them. If for some reason you are new to tritium gas tubes, they are small tubes filled with a mildly radioactive (and safe) gas that glows without needing to be charged by the light for about 20-25 years. This makes all tritium gas tube watches ideal for night or darkness viewing. Though this does not apply to the chronograph function.Read more ›
See my article on the Ulysse Nardin Caprice Tiger watch at Haute Living here.
Platinum PT 950 69 pieces
White gold windows and blue hands
Rose gold 18K 68 pieces
Rose gold windows and hands
Experiences like this are rare, but not necessarily uncommon in the luxury watch. One brand that offers such an experience (even if it is via e-mail or the phone) is Maurice de Mauriac. Visit their website and you'll find a number of options for each of their collection. Perhaps too many options. The ideas is to show you that the watch you might get has a number of options - cosmetic and otherwise. Though if you want, you can still get one of their watches the "simplified way."Read more ›
Located at three o'clock is a power reserve indicator. The manually would movement hold up to 120 hours of power. That is a lot, and it is spread out through 4 mainspring barrels that are all stacked on top of one another. It looks like a large cylinder on the dial and can't be missed at between 10 and 11 o'clock on the dial. The whole thing spins when you wind the watch. There is constant movement going on the dial at all times. That mixed with the very high-grade finishing and polishing of the movement pieces makes it all very nice to constantly look at. You can also be sure that unlike some larger watches, the Double Tourbillon is very comfy to wear. Very ergonomic in design, with a well fitting padded black alligator strap. The deployment clasp is pretty neat as well. I like it when smaller indy watch makers take into consideration these elements of a watch as well.
Manually wound movements are often preferred in high luxury watches - especially those of distinct Germanic flavor. Why? Because the movements feel more traditional when they are manually wound, but more importantly, you can have an unobstructed view of the movement. A. Lange & Sohne makes all of their own movements. This includes the design, to the manufacture of tiny parts, to the decoration, to the intense assembly and testing. Because each watch spends so many hundreds of hours being detailed and finished, the brand needs you to see what it is that you are paying for. It begins to make a lot more sense why a watch cost's ,000 or more dollars when you know that it took 6-12 months to complete it by hand. Then when you see the movement and its beautiful, meticulous finishing and decor, you "get it." An automatic movement has so much of the movement covered with the oscillating rotor, that this becomes a bit of an issue. At least this is the idea. You can easily disagree with it.Read more ›
Owns a Linde Werdelin The One watch, in steel since November 25, 2009
Born in Egypt in 1972 and studied in the US
It has Miyota Movement inside (not sure which one) which is rather common choice for fashion brands, nothing special but gets the job done. It's cased inside this huge piece of metal which gives the watch rather common water resistance rating of 3atm (30 meters). So again nothing special. In all respects this watch has absolutely nothing peculiar about it, except the looks of it. Which is either fantastic or crap´tastic depending on your taste. For me it works, to my big surprise.Read more ›
Looking at the design you might think Omega Speedmaster mixed with Chanel or Bulgari. Actually, Storm is "borrowing" the exact dial design of a watch I previously wrote about - which is the Chronograph Suisse Mangusta Super Meccanica Stupenda watch. The Chronograph Suisse uses a different type of case, and is well... a chronograph, but you can easily see the similarity right? Storm chose a good design from a less-than-well-know brand, and helped make it more affordable. That watch from Chronograph Suisse isn't available for much under ,000. The Storm Caspa goes for just over 0. This practice of a less expensive brand using the design of a higher-end brand occurs daily in the watch industry and isn't really something anyone even turns their head for (and sometimes the opposite occurs as well!).
Domes and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.
Domes for indications: in aluminium, 0.58g
I also tried watches with leather straps and had similar problems. My Glycine Altus is on a narrow, shorter strap than the Stratoforte has. The tail doesn't extend too far, but the curve of the strap sticks out just enough so that there's friction against inside of the winder. I wouldn't want to use it like this as I'm sure it would eventually mark up the strap. Perhaps I could have tightened the strap a bit, but then I'd be using a hole I don't normally use and putting another crease on the strap. I might also run into the problem where the end of the strap would then stick out too far. [Ed. Note - Michael has big wrists!]
See Jaeger LeCoultre watches on eBay here.
The benefits of e-ink are easy too notice when you see the watch. The screen is very clear, has high contrast, sharp being 300dpi (dots per inch) here, and enjoys a very wide viewing angle (not so with LCD). With the LED lighting in the watch, you can see the screen at night as well. E-ink offers the ability to change any section on the screen. Meaning that you can show the time in different ways. Notice that this watch has three different styles to choose from (two of which can reserve the color tones). Though the possibilities are endless, and I am sure Seiko will offer more fun ways of displaying the time in the future. The menu and navigation of the watch feel more like basic mobile phone operating systems than watches. Graphical displays are easy to read, and the watch has five buttons used for all the functions. These graphics are a real benefit when it comes to the watch being easy to use, and user friendly. Overall, Seiko has really impressed me (again). Pushing forward with new technology and revolutionizing quartz watches (again).
It is called Tissot Reality, and is a method of using what is known as "augmented reality." The term applies to programs that create visuals over real-life images. Tissot has created a downloadable application that allows you to try out their entire T-Touch collection family of watches from home in your underwear. The system isn't perfect, but the first attempt is really cool. You need to download the software, print out then cut out the watch shaped strap for your wrist, and you must have a webcam. Finally, I can try out new watches in my underwear - dream come true.Read more ›
For 2010 Junghans is going to release three new models of the classic Max Bill watch. A manually wound version, an automatic, and a chronograph (called the Chronoscope). One thing that I am not sure about is the movements actually used. Each mechanical of course, but not sure who makes them - possibly ETA. The cases are in steel and the watch is attached to a mesh metal bracelet with a folding clasp. There is SuperLumiNova on the hands and some of the major hour markers as well.Read more ›
Alfred Dunhill himself was known for offering a lot of motoring accessories - so the brand's watches often have a high-end "car guy" feel to them. This watch is called the Wheel Watch Chronograph. It is part of a larger collection, but this one is a limited edition Chronograph model. You can search online for other Dunhill Wheel watch variants. I don't think any of them are made anymore.
It is possible to get good watch deals these day. But they don't always come to you. I would have never heard of Bianci watches had they not contacted me, and chances are most of you would have never heard of them without me sharing them with you. Actually, it allows me to mention something about the watch world - no one has ever totally indexed it. That means there is no definitive list of every watch brand. That would require each brand that pops up to (A) know of the list, and (B) take the time to be included on the list. So as it stands (and as it will stand for the conceivable future), discovering good watches can be a spontaneous adventure.Read more ›