Girard-Perregaux is about to release a new version of the still new Chrono Hawk called the Hollywoodland. An unofficial homage to the movie making capital of the world, the Chrono Hawk Hollywoodland is the latest effort in the brand's focus on entering the world of Hollywood. In 2012 Girard-Perregaux announced that it was going to be a sponsor and founding supporter of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The museum is currently in construction and will stand as an important cinema museum here in Los Angeles.
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PR: This watch, though very plain to look at, had a beautiful movement - all gilt and blued screws. It was a Calibre 1268z.
To be honest, I never thought I'd actually make it to Konstantin Chakyin's manufacture in Russia. I've long since been fascinated by the high-end watchmaker hailing out of Moscow, but each time he invited me to come visit if I was in town, it never seemed like an actual reality. Well it turned out that I did make it to the manufacture, and I did just happen to be in town. As an American, traveling to Russia is a bit of an adventure. We are spoiled in the sense that we can fly pretty much anywhere we want without a visa, but that doesn't apply to places like Russia. I was happy I went and what I discovered about Konstantin Chaykin is interesting. I'll try to reveal some of it in discussing my hands-on experience with their newest watch, the Cinema.
The Bremont Wright Flyer will incorporate a small piece of the muslin fabric actually used on the wings of the 1903 Wright Flyer - the first successful powered airplane. The fabric will be encased in the spinning mass of the rotor, allowing you to carry around a physical token to the roots of manned flight. The original 1903 wing cloth is exceedingly rare and has been provided by the Wright family to only a select few, including Neil Armstrong who had a piece in his pocket when he walked on the moon.
The PRG270 employs the latest V3 Triple Sensor technology that not only improves the accuracy of its measurement, but also the speed at which the measurements are shown. The compass now shows a continuous reading for 60 seconds (up from 20 in previous models) and the time required to measure altitude has been shortened from five seconds to just one second and the altitude reading now boasts a resolution of one meter (down from the five in previous models). Finally, the PRG270 also sports an alarm that can signal a rapid rise or fall in barometric pressure, suggesting an imminent weather change.
And finally we have the PAM 563, which is a white dial version of last year’s PAM 510.
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The dial will likely be available in a few colors and here is shown in off-white with red accents and those clean black hands. I love the very straight-forward dial with the inner hour markers and outer minute markers. The small seconds dial balances with the date window and even though the M 29 Small Second is similar to the standard M 29, it offers a welcome additional flavor. Size on the wrist is a generous 42.4mm in width for the polished and brushed steel case. The substantial lugs and crown protectors give the watch a serious feel that allows it to look like a serious tool versus some skinny dress watch.
Once you get past all the new details and have another look at the watch, you'll see that it's instantly recognizable as Magrette. While the case shape is new, the alternating brushed and polished finishes are still present. Move your eye to the dial, and there's no doubt who the watch came from, with the bold double-digit cut-out numerals at the compass points (though it's worth noting that there are new lume pips showing up at the hours). The handset is also a familiar one, here color-matched to the chapter ring around the dial.
BY: I ended up buying the Omega about 2-3 years after I started working in New York. I could barely afford it, and, at the time, I actually had to spread the purchase across two credit cards. The Zenith was purchased less than a year later.
Another important question is to ask how La Chronometrie Ferdinand Berthoud watches will compare price-wise to Chopard watches? Even within Chopard there is a large price range between some of the more basic quartz watches and the higher-end L.U.C pieces with Chopard in-house made movements.
The first 100 "35 SQ" model Astrons were very expensive, costing about the same as a Toyota Corolla, 45,000 Yen or 50 at the time, and weren't particularly dependable with many having to be recalled. But the quartz genie was out of the bottle, and there was no going back. Today, most watches are quartz and are the most affordable and accurate watches available.
As a manufacture, Zenith does a fantastic job of balancing a fresh modern collection with selection of historically inspired timepieces, for which they have also received accolades. As a die-hard vintage watch fan, I am particularly fond of these lines, and there are a number of beautiful pieces to love from the Captain, Heritage, and Pilot’s collections. Still, it isn’t very often that a modern piece (even one with vintage inspiration) completely takes my breath away– but that is exactly what happened last month when the new El Primero 410 Triple Calendar was presented to me at the Zenith hospitality suite in Geneva.
Right off the bat, you can see that we've got quite the nice list of functionality, all enabled by the El Primero 4054 automatic movement. Zenith didn't just go for function however. They've created a rather striking timepiece around this movement. All of those functions are set into a silver-tone dial, with a guilloche treatment appearing in the center. This gives a nice bit of texture, and I'd say is a good alternative to a sunburst pattern in the dial.
In black ceramic, the Big Bang Aero Johnnie Walker House Limited Edition timepiece comes in a 44mm wide case and has a skeletonized Hublot HUB4214 automatic chronograph movement. Brown "whisky" tones are matched to the black on the pushers, crown, dial, and of course, strap (which is hornback alligator on a rubber lining). This Hublot. ref. 311.CI.1110.HR.JWB14 will be limited to just 25 pieces, and be available for sale exclusively in China. hublot.com
With this particular Casio G-Shock GWA1100, big and bold seems to be the name of the game. Along with the bright coloration, we've got a case that's just a hair under 54mm–definitely not a subtle piece. Should your wrist be up for this particular mission, though, you're going to get a cornucopia of functionality. My favorite of the feature set (which my own older Giez G-Shock has as well) is the solar power paired with the atomic time-sync. This is a great combo, as you've got a watch that's just going to keep on running and always be accurate.
Bovet also makes a 39mm wide version of the Amadeo Fleurier, but I don't think I would be interested in that model. Any smaller and the larger-than-life style design of the watch would be lost. At this size, the crown ribbon easily folds over as it wraps around my wrist and the entire person of the watch can be appreciated. I even began to enjoy the serpentine style hands on the dial that for so long I suspected might be distracting.