21 Blackjack tech specs from Christophe Claret:
Movement Mechanical self-winding movement, Calibre BLJ08, twin barrel, 50 components, 40 jewels and 7 double sets of ceramic ball bearings, frequency 28,800 v/h (4 Hz), power reserve of about 72 hours
Functions Hour, minute, three games: blackjack with bell, roulette and dice
Case White gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; pink gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; platinum and grade 5 black PVD titanium; grade 5 black PVD titanium, or grade 5 grey titanium. Diameter: 45 mm
Two side windows, one revealing the striking mechanism hammer and bell, the other a pair of dice
Titanium or titanium/gold crowns
Watertight to 3 atm
Dial Titanium and grey sapphire with a plaque decorated with casino-related motifs (card games, Las Vegas or Joker), or black onyx
Black PVD/ruby or gold/ceramic hands
For this new standard collection of 2011 ROO watches, AP offers an exhibition caseback through the sapphire crystal. There you can see the new Audemars Piguet calibre 3126/3840 automatic movement that has 60 hours of power reserve. It is based on the older calibre 3120 - but is better looking to be in line with today's more sophisticated movement designs that AP has been releasing. The movements are all hand decorated in Le Brassus and have 22k gold rotors that have been given a dark galvanic treatment.
I first want to say that this watch has intense lume. Any watch with a dial such as this mostly covered in luminant is going to glow like crazy. With dark hands and hour markers, the contrast is perfect, but done in exactly the opposite way most watches approach the use of lume being on the hands and hour markers alone. This is my first experience with just such a dial and I have to say that it can come in handy. It is also apparently part of the "pro" that makes this Dievas Vortex watch the Vortex Professional.
Strap & Buckle
Rate Frequency: 28,800 vph
Most Higher-End Watches Are Purchased By Educated Consumers
In 2002 after a bit of a break Omega came out with the Calibre 2600B. This movement improved upon the 2600A by having it be COSC Chronometer rated. Later in 2004 the Calibre 2600 was skeletonized for the Caliber 2633A Omega Central Chronometer Skeleton Tourbillon watch. Moving forward in 2007 Omega’s technology of today met its tourbillons by including the Co-Axial Escapement as part of the tourbillon. That step really helped thematically integrate the Central Tourbillon with the rest of the brand’s in-house made movements. That was the Caliber 2635A and was placed in a watch with an amusing name called the Omega Central Chronometer Co-Axial Tourbillon Chocolate (because of the dial). Last, as I am sure you can guess, Omega once again added a skeletonized look to the most modern Omega Central Chronometer Co-Axial Tourbillon watch with the Caliber 2636A for the longest named watch (these names just keep getting words added to them), the Omega Central Chronometer Co-Axial Skeleton Tourbillon watch.
It surprised me to learn that Longines has close to 100 years of history with horse racing. In fact, Longines has a lot of history altogether. Like many historic watch brands still alive today, Longines spent much of its life as a watch movement maker run by engineers. This is an interesting point because, according to long-standing Longines CEO Walter von Kanel (who has been at the brand for over 40 years), a major difference between watch brands of today and those of yesterday is who ran the show.
The Lido first came out last year in a quartz version, still available and a fine choice for gifts and those not afflicted with the mechanical movement obsession. The C20 model sports the ETA 2836, a solid and impeccable workhorse that's easy to like. Hacking, handwinding, quickset day and date, 38 hour power reserve, topped with a signed screw-down crown.
Orbita prefers to use batteries for the system rather than a wall plug. I personally would have preferred both options, but Orbita makes a compelling case for the batteries. Like most Orbita battery powered units, the Avanit 3 runs off special lithium ion cells. Orbita even white labels them and sells them to you when you need replacement. According to Orbita the four batteries in the Avanti 3 are good for 5 years of power. While the batteries aren't drug store cheap, they aren't a big expense to get every five years. Problem is that they aren't drug store available either. While there is probably a store in your area that has compatible batteries, when they do run out you'll need to specially order them from Orbita or hunt around for them while your watches aren't being wound. I wonder if you can run the winder off of standard D cells? I will have to ask Orbita about that. The batteries are placed in the rear of the unit. While the back of the Avanti 3 isn't unattractive, it isn't meant to be displayed - so you'll need to put the Avanti 3 against a wall. I would just get two of them and place them back-to-back!
I was dismayed back earlier this year when I got the highly acclaimed "Watch Your Time" supplement to the New York Times. The full-color supplement was on watches, and presented articles from some of our industry's most renowned print writers. On the cover of the supplement was the term "Special Advertising Section" (or maybe it was "advertorial"). That little statement on the cover told the whole story, or more or less told anyone that what is on the inside is paid-for-copy. Where is the beef people?
Material Polished and satin-brushed 18K white gold Satin-brushed caseband in Zalium®
The Octa Sport watch case is a healthy (for F.P. Journe) 42mm wide. You'll notice that there are rubber bumpers on the side to protect the aluminum case. In addition to the rubber strap, there is an aluminum bracelet option - which also has rubber bumpers. Maybe FP Journe should just have a version in all black coated with vulcanized rubber? That would seem to solve the aluminum problem, and probably make the Octa Sport look more "sportive." Does anyone in the US even use that word? Look out for this delicate super-light F.P. Journe watch soon. Price for the Octa Sport is ,790 on a rubber strap and ,050 on the aluminum bracelet.
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