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You'll notice that Vogard opted for a satinized versus brushed or polished finishing for the hands. Polished hands are usually the default for brands, and probably the worst choice 90% of the time. Why? Polished hands reflect light which causes blur and distortion. This is especially true because most hands are stamped and thus slightly rounded. When such hands are polished they are a legibility nightmare. Brushed hands are better, but it is difficult to get the finishing right in order to make them appear of a high quality.
Grenon's of Newport: The Guilded Age mansions built for the Vanderbilt, Astor and other well known families. They are spectacular. You can walk on the famous Cliff walk along the water to view the mansions and for lunch have a great lobster roll. Of course there is great seafood here!
6. TOP 10 Watches Of SIHH 2015
So far, we knew carbon as a material that was more or less exclusive to high-end brands – and their top of the line models at that – and we had no trouble accepting that. Just consider where else you find carbon used most frequently, and you will certainly see what we mean: we have been seeing airplane and finer car manufacturers incorporate this material in their products, and even when it was used by other industries, carbon fiber universally remained exclusive to premium products. With that in mind it is no wonder that we are hugely impressed by seeing it turn up out of the blue in a watch that is way into the sub-00 price segment.
Listen to "The Why Factor: Why Are Watches Enduring Status Symbols" on the BBC here.
Hublot will produce 200 pieces of the limited edition ref. 411.SX.1170.LR.WPT15 Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour watch in steel, and 100 pieces of the ref. 411.OX.1180.LR.WPT15 watch in 18k King gold (95% rose gold, 5% platinum). Prices are ,200 and ,900 respectively. hublot.com
Last year, I was pleasantly surprised by Graham’s Tourbillon Orrery watch. It featured a Christophe Claret-developed movement that has a tourbillon, but more importantly, shows the movement of the Moon, Earth and Mars around the Sun, which I thought was very cool and almost romantic.
- Tech Specs from JS Watch
- Swiss Made Mechanical movement with custom upgrades.
- 17 jewels, Custom decorations, Blue screws and Gold plated finish.
- Custom made beveled and polished 3/4 bridge with Côtes de Genève stripes and unique engraving decoration.
- Swan neck regulator.
- Glycudur screw balance.
- Perlage on main plate, engraved and gold plated balance bridge, sun polished wheels.
- Incabloc anti-shock protection and Nivarox hairspring.
- Swiss Made Mechanical movement with custom upgrades.
- Material: Surgical grade German Stainless Steel "316L".
- Diameter: 44mm, height 11.5mm.
- Surface finish: Highly polished.
- Curved Sapphire Crystal with multi anti reflective coating on the inside.
- See-through Sapphire Crystal back.
- Water-resistance: 50 meters.
- Lug with: 22mm.
- Hand engraved individual numbers
- Solid Sterling Silver dial.
- Antique Gold finish.
- Golden Roman numerals.
- Guilloched by hand with an extremely precise intricate design.
- Hands: Flame blued Breguet style hands.
- Handmade 22mm Ostrich, Ostrich leg or Genuine Alligator with JS Watch co. Reykjavik buckle or optional deployment clasp.
- Steel bracelet also available.
And while the official date for when the Apple Watch will first hit stores remains unknown, what we do know, is that that date will affect not just Apple's trademark stores in bare glass and metal, but also high-end fashion boutiques, just like colette. apple.com
What is new about this particular release is that the case that is 38.5 millimeter wide and just a hair over 10 millimeter thick, in this instance, is in white gold – thus far, it had been available in platinum and pink gold. The A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual (310.026 E) in white gold is priced at ,200. alange-soehne.com
We brought you the Fiona Kruger Skull Watch for Halloween, but with Halloween behind us, the Christmas season is upon us. Poor Thanksgiving gets gobbled up by the ever-earlier end of the year holidays. Just when you are sure the Swiss watch industry is uber serious, along comes the Swatch Holiday Twist watch. This holiday special watch for 2014 is a limited edition of 14,999 (no, not 15,000) watches. Limited Edition numbers for Swatch mean something different than they do for Mrs. Kruger. But that means that this watch for 0 is within reach of more than the "One Percenters" who might be picking up a Patek Philippe or A. Lange & Sohne as a stocking stuffer.
A common question I find myself asking is whether or not the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde watch collection is for dressy or casual attire - or both. It isn't exactly a dress watch with its burlier yet refined case, and it isn't a sport watch with its more elegant presentation and dial design (and only 30 meters of water resistance). The people I've seen wearing Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde watches in public tend to be independent thinkers with a stylish twist and often a deep love of watches. No matter how elegant or quirky a Jaquet Droz watch is, the brand is undeniably avant garde - which makes it rather unique among the Swatch Group brands.
Listen to the HourTime Watch Podcast episode 167 here.
One element that you might love or not love is the fact that some of the dial data is actually printed on the reverse of the sapphire crystal. This is actually welcome with the time zone reference city ring on the periphery of the dial, but not 100% welcome with the "NO RX OK" text over the logo (which itself is on the dial). This information is referred to when syncing up to the GPS satellites as the seconds hand often doubles as an indicator hand when in certain function modes. It is a minor quibble, but I wanted to mention it since so much of the dial is done so well.
Comprising 318 parts, the movement is 34.6 millimeters wide and 8.15 millimeters thick and runs at 3 Hertz (21,600 vibrations per hour). The hefty movement makes for an even larger case: 45 millimeters in diameter and 16.4 in thickness, the Rotonde de Cartier style case is as massive as it has ever been. By contrast, the Rotonde de Cartier "small complication" (debuted here) with a date and power reserve is 8.94 millimeters thick – fully cased. Done in 18k pink gold and featuring the trademark Cartier cabochon set into the crown, the Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph certainly isn't the most agile-looking iteration of the Rotonde – but that is the price to pay for such mechanical complexity and extensive power reserve.
Now, if you are familiar with the brand, you might know that 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of the brand being revived by Hans-Jürgen Mühle. Interestingly enough, it is also 145-year anniversary of when the brand was first founded by Robert Mühle. With this unique double-anniversary in the making, Mühle-Glashütte wanted to do something special.
We've seen a lot of unique solutions to sound issues over the last few years and non is far and away "the best." Some watches have gongs directly attached to the sapphire crystal and others have special resonance chambers. With the Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon, you have a relatively straight-forward solution, and that is to use carbon fiber as the case material. This isn't actually the first time Hublot has paired a minute repeater with a carbon fiber case, but I believe the previous model was with a King Power case and a movement that also included a chronograph. It looks much more elegant here with the Classic Fusion case.