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So, the real challenge for watch makers is to produce a timepiece that is both mechanically interesting as well as beautiful, if they want to seriously attract female luxury shoppers. While this task is easier for men's watches, it is difficult for women's watches. One major reason is size. Complicated mechanical watch movements today tend to be on the larger size - which often fit men's tastes, but can be too large for most women's wrists. Of course, watch makers can include specially sized complex movements for women's pieces, but it is very time consuming and expensive to design and produce completely unique movements. I should say at this point that the Christophe Claret Margot is one of the few high-end ladies watches that does have a unique movement made specially for it.
We have mentioned the unusual match between the movement's and the case's hue, so let's see some of the more intricate details of the latter. The titanium case is expectedly light, making the rather large and thick watch wear more comfortably than it would in steel or gold. The polishing on the sides and lugs is beautifully executed, giving a deep shine to these surfaces. Both sides have a brushed stripe that runs between, but does not extend to the slightly curved lugs. The lugs feature large screws in their sides, which may be misleading as the straps can be removed with spring loaded bars (although that is a tool-free process, as a little notch exposed on the inside of the strap lets one remove the strap easily). The large screws set in the lugs then serve no function, and while they do further extend the masculine appearance of the Mecanograph, I do wonder how these sleek lugs would appear with solid, polished sides.
It is my job to focus on how to blend different types of revenue generation areas together in a way that makes the aBlogtoWatch user feel comfortable, cognizant, and even perhaps excited about what we are doing. Transparency is sort of an important part of my philosophy toward business. I've always said (and perhaps idealistically so) that I only want to run my business in a way that if my grandmother (let's just assume I had living grandparents) audited my books, she would feel comfortable with what I am doing. Let's face it, grandmothers tend to be pretty reasonable people.Read more ›
What is in the middle? Well Seiko's famed Spring Drive movement family for one - which is the precise type of movement contained in this Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT watch. Inside this piece is the Seiko in-house made caliber 9R66 automatic Spring Drive movement that is powered by a spring but has a quartz regulator. I've spoken about Spring Drive in the past, and a new dedicated discussion isn't necessary. We've posted articles on it before, and Seiko also has a lot of good materials, if you aren't yet familiar with the concept. I like to think of it as the best of both worlds, when wanting the fascination and soul of a mechanical movement with the accuracy of a quartz movement.
With all this said, I have several duties set for visiting the 2014 show. First of all, I would like to connect the dots and see for myself whether this hugely impressive progress remains (both in terms of developing taste, as well as in providing much more affordable alternatives to what people actually want – including smartwatches, tourbillons, et cetera). It will be interesting to see where the Asian watch industry is in terms of refinement!
One estimate of the best efficiency we see today from the current system puts things at about 40% – among the very few concepts concerning the efficiency of mechanical movements is Cartier's sci-fi inspired ID Two. If there were a way to improve this, we would of course have dramatically increased power reserves, which in turn would make watches reliable and could likely make room for "heavier" complications. As it turns out, we could also expect improved accuracy as well.Read more ›
In 1913, Hungarian immigrant Jack Feldmar started a repair business fixing the broken, relinquished watches of Newark, New Jersey pawnshops. He repaired neglected timepieces for 15¢ apiece. When Jack’s wife became ill, the family relocated to Los Angeles, where Jack established his own shop downtown on 4th and Broadway and continued working with pawnshop owners.
You can see the sun indicator at 23:00 in the photos. So while the sky chart may add (considerably) to the visual complexity of the dial, it's a passive element, with the remaining displays kept on the outer edge of the dial, safely out of the tourbillon's path.Read more ›
JW: I always wanted an OMEGA "Bullhead" CHRONOGRAPH [hands-on here], Caliber OMEGA 930 manual winding, REF. 1460011. When they were running -4000, I was on the fence. Now they run -14K, and I missed the opportunity!Read more ›
Skeletonization is a two-step process, which begins with deconstructing and cutting away at the bridge structure of a movement, and then decorating what remains. For the Glashutte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition watch, Glashutte Original begins with the in-house made caliber 49-18 manually wound movement. This simple, time-only movement makes perfect sense, because it is simple, thin, and has plenty to cut-away, making for a skeletonized experience people want. The movement also operates at 28,800 bph (4Hz), and has a power reserve of 40 hours.Read more ›
Technology aside, the 919 Hybrid is a big deal because it marks Porsche's return to endurance racing. To make a long story as short as possible, despite winning the 24 hours of lemans with the 911 GT1, Porsche left factory racing in 1998 due to financial constraints. Porsche is part of the Volkswagen Auto Group, making it part of the same company that owns Audi. Porsche conspiracy theorists allege that Porsche left racing due to an agreement with Audi that allowed Porsche to use the Toureg as the base for their upcoming SUV. In turn, Audi would not have to compete with Porsche in endurance racing. Just four years later, Porsche would launch the Cayenne (which is indeed based on the Toureg). For Audi, prototype endurance racing heated up by 2000, with the R8 and later the R10 TDI dominating for years. With Porsche out of the way, their VAG sister brand had the space it needed to rack up an impressive series of wins within the sport. This is all noteworthy because from 1970 to 1998, Porsche had the most victories (16) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pillar event in endurance racing.
So, enough with my rant about vaporware watches and crowd-funding - what about this very attractive two-handed analog minimalist smartwatch that could easily look like just another modern dress watch? Well, the first giveaway that something unique is going on is the two pushers in addition to the crown. Watches with only the time have zero need for anything other than the crown. In some regards, the Nevo smartwatch is a sort of hybrid watch. It contains a traditional Swiss quartz movement that powers the time, as well as a totally different mechanism (with separate battery) that powers the notification functions and activity tracking. Assuming Nevo is able to fulfill their promises, the product sounds very exciting and a potentially very good use of the current state of technology.
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In terms of functionality, Citizen seemed to want the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 to be simple. So while you don't get a lot of fancy dual time features or a chronograph, you do get a relatively clean dial. Having said that, there are actually enough functions in my opinion. When it comes to Citizen watches of this ilk, I actually prefer less functionality. The reason why is that Citizen is really good at making a "set and forget" type of watch - meaning the type of timepiece that after initially setting the date and time, you really don't need to worry about it as long as you keep the battery charged.
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So if you think about it, what George Bamford is suggesting is that the ultimate luxury is to combine what he believes is the world's most important watch company with a personalized wearing experience. He wants people to know he is wearing a Rolex, and he also wants them to know he isn't wearing a standard Rolex. For George, that is the goal of his products. And if you are like George, you'll probably find a lot to love in his timepieces.
Today, we are with Omega in Geneva as they announce another interesting step forward: Omega will start working together with METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology to supply its Co-Axial Master Chronometer with a very stringent and comprehensive certification and, perhaps more important, to create a new and highly complex standard of watch certification that will be offered to other, even non-Swatch Group brands.
The popping light blue base color of the dial really is highly unusual – it was my first encounter with a watch that featured this color – and yet it looks cool in the metal, without appearing to be trying too hard. For fans of historical motor racing, the color scheme may be familiar: Ernst Benz notes that the inspiration is coming from that industry, certainly referring to the famous Gulf painted Porsche 917K and others. This color palette of course may not be for everyone, but it sure is a nice design element that takes a few steps away from the traditional white, silver or black colored faces. In fact, this color is the centerpiece of this release that makes it special – and also what made me pick this one up from a box of at least a dozen other pieces.Read more ›
Once in place, the 124g watch fit snugly to my wrist. As the case is just over 13mm tall, and has no external protuberances, it slips very nicely under a shirt cuff – and back out again to check the time or, you know, just show off the design on your wrist. I have a co-worker who is a gearhead and is into watches, and this one definitely elicited a very positive reaction. As for myself, I rather enjoyed the novelty (and ingenuity) of how you interact with the movement.
Aloe Blacc: I don't have a sport watch yet. The Ingenieur is as sporty as I get; everything else is a dress watch. I thought about the racing watch, but I wasn't sure. I don't know if I have the right outfit for it! [laughs] And when I start yachting, I'll think about getting a Yacht Club. Actually, I think the sportiest I'll go is a pilot watch. In honor of my dad’s birthday, which is November 30th, I want to find a great way to surprise him. Therefore, I'll probably gift him the Pilot Watches for Father and Son double edition – they’re really nice. Hopefully, one day I'll have a son that I can leave my watches to. My Perpetual Calendar will be his one day; my wife has a few IWCs – a men’s Da Vinci and a Portuguese – that are definitely going to be heirlooms for my daughter! We're quite nascent in our celebrity status, so my wife was completely awestruck by the price of these watches. But once we started to learn more about IWC’s production, development, and history, she completely understood it.