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As a strap maker, I typically try to encourage people to try new things. For a watch with a black dial and a steel case, you could go with a black DLC buckle to compliment the dial, rather than simply matching the steel of the case. As for color... Push the boundaries! There are many delightful combinations to be had. If there is an accent color on the watch, you can either try to match it, or go bold and try a complimentary color.
The Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph comes in a red gold case and a matching brown alligator strap and is also water resistant to 30 meters. It will retail for 29,500CHF or ,600USD. blancpain.com
The caseback has the trademark double sapphire opening that provides an interesting look at the "exclusive C608 calibre." Clerc claims that the C608 automatic movement is not in-house but is exclusive to them. Indeed, the movement offers the more scarcely encountered "central chronograph" as its main complication: as opposed to traditional chronographs where the minutes are displayed on a subdial, with the Clerc Hydroscaph H140 Carbon Limited Edition Chronograph has two centrally mounted hands for the chronograph, one for the seconds and the other for the minutes of the stopwatch.
ABTW: What drew you to this particular watch?
Well, Orient dress watches may offer the best priced entry-level option out there – especially if you want something mechanical. A freestanding subsidiary of Seiko (but with its own history, heritage, and innovations), Orient is Japan’s largest producer of mechanical watches, and a true in-house manufacture. Everything on Orient’s watches – the case, the strap, and especially the robust movements – is created in-house, with typical Japanese quality control despite their affordable price point.
Already being very difficult to conceive and assemble, the minute repeater is a highly complex mechanism which serves an incredibly difficult function: being a mechanical read-out of time which can be initiated at any moment, "on demand." Nevertheless, AP, or rather its skunkworks called Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi (whom we have visited recently), has set out to redesign it in a way that, as per their claims, would hugely improve the acoustic qualities of this mechanism. Their acoustic research lab had worked together on the development and implementation of this new design with the EPFL polytechnic school of Lausanne (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) for a period of over three years. Okay, so it was difficult to make, we get it, but what does it actually do?
The dial is slightly domed and coupled with the domed sapphire crystal, giving the watch vintage vibes. For a classic looking dress watch, some may argue there is quite a lot going on on the dial, but overall it can still be described as clean. There’s a fairly large seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator for the hand-wound movement's massive 8 day reserve at 9 o’clock. The hours, minutes and seconds hands are gilt steel, whereas the hand for the power reserve indicator is blued steel.
AA: What about the same advice for people purchasing newer watches interested in value retention and possible future "high-value collectability?"
Thum turns the Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon watch over to its back and shows me the mainspring barrel which clearly has a different color metal used for its cap. "That is from the barrel of an AK-47. We melted down the metal and used it for parts like this." Part of the promise of the Fonderie 47 brand is that each product they sold would have some element produced from parts recovered from destroyed guns. There it was on the back of the watch, and part of me wanted to see more of the movement, or even the case, produced from the recycled gun metal.
Those chronographs seem to be the family from Vulcain’s history most related to the introduction of the Vulcain Aviator Instrument, which is powered by Vulcain’s caliber V-59 – its take on the Swiss ETA Valjoux 7753, a self-winding, hacking automatic with a 42 hour power reserve and a 28,880 bph heartbeat. The 7753, of course, is a slightly revised version of the 7750 movement family, which has its own unique differences. In addition to moving the minutes counter to three o' clock instead of the 12 position and the date’s quick-set feature converted into a button at ten o’clock (here operated by a wonderful key-like tool provided by Vulcain), the 7753 is more frequently tuned to high-end specs. Indeed, the Vulcain Aviator Instrument performed at near-chronometer levels, losing just a couple of seconds over the course of a week’s timings. As well, the chronograph functions – from the chronograph seconds hand to the twelve-hour and thirty-minute counters – worked with utter exactitude.
The steel-cased Apple Watch with its sapphire crystal will likely be the most durable version, but having said that, the very light-weight Apple Watch Sport in aluminum feels surprisingly solid as well. None of these devices use Gorilla Glass like other Apple products, and they are said to be designed with "impact" in mind. From a fit-and-finish standpoint, they are built excellently – in a manner far removed from other Apple products. While the Apple Watch no doubt feels like something from Apple, it exists in a totally new class, when it comes to use of materials as well as the overall concept of what it even is. There has never been an iPhone designed with a strap for you wrist, nor was it meant to look good with a suit. The Apple Watch was. The various bracelets and straps are not only clever, but really comfortable. The Milanese mesh metal bracelet is "infinitely adjustable" thanks to having a secure magnetic clasp, which is similar to the leather strap that also uses magnets. Unless competitors quickly step up their game, at launch, the Apple Watch could easily make other smartwatches appear primitive by comparison.
In conclusion, the Martenero Ace watch is an exceptionally nice and highly recommendable piece for those looking for a legible, more unique and customizable watch in the sub-0 range. Having worn the Martenero Ace for a couple of weeks, I found that it is a perfect companion for everyday life and a great to watch to wear on every occasion when one might not want to expose something more valuable to the elements. It quickly grew on me, thanks to its cool and more unique case design, splendid legibility, and correct size. Price of the Martenero Ace watch is 5. martenero.com
About 3 years ago, I decided that the time had come for me to design and manufacture my own watch. I’d been collecting for more decades than I can remember, and I’m somewhat of a person of notoriety in the watch world. I’m a fourth generation watchmaker, had several high profile watch stores in California, and founded TimeZone.com, the first website dedicated to watches. I had also worked with a few well-known watch companies that created a limited edition watch series for TimeZone.com. So, this wasn’t my “first rodeo" of watches.
Lots of pilot’s chronographs have 7750 engines, however; where the Vulcain flies high, however, in its finish and a dial design that seems eccentric at first, but is actually quite sophisticated. Compared to the usual suspects of Swiss watchmaking giants, Vulcain represents a more boutique marque, only producing somewhere in the range of 3,000 watches a year. That allows for an attention to detail with each watch that’s clear from the exquisite finishing on the nearly 45mm steel case – a play of polished, matte, and brushed surfaces that doesn’t take away from the Vulcain Aviator Instrument’s toughness, but feels more refined than one might expect. Also, it goes without saying that the Vulcain Aviator Instrument has a dial and movement layout that very much resemble the Graham Chronofighter II watch collection (reviewed here).
Benoit actually built a safe-like system into his booth, and shows us as the middle of the table folds out to reveal watches. We listen carefully as he explains what has been going on over the last year while vacuum cleaners operate in the background. Benoit, a native of Belgium who lives in Antwerp, explains to us the complexities of building a watch brand that uses very few of the parts that other watches do. Apparently, his novel timepiece ideas are a headache, but that hasn't stopped him from venturing forth on his life mission and into his third major collection that is confusingly named the Type 1.
To summarize, we will say that the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic PAM572 offers a number of interesting and relatively unique developments over its more prevalent siblings within the Radiomir line of Panerai watches. It offers the more modern-looking straight lugs, which are structurally integral to the middle section of the case, and pairs the slim design of the case with a new manufacture movement, the P.4000.
Buying Watches In Los Angeles, California: Feldmar Watch Co.
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Buying Watches In Los Angeles, California: Feldmar Watch Co.