My Veyron was all sorts of blue. The exterior was mostly clear-coated carbon fiber with a blue highlight in the weave, and the lower stance of the car was finished in Bugatti racing blue. Likewise, the interior was replete with blue leather and matching blue carbon fiber trim. Make no mistake, regardless of color, the Bugatti Veyron looks extreme, rather vulgar, and bloody expensive.
Wait, didn’t the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 watch come out when the brand “re-launched” in 1994? Yeah, and for the brand’s most basic yet iconic watch, little has changed in over 20 years. For 2015, A. Lange & Söhne revisits the Lange 1 not with major design changes, but with a freshened-up movement that is fully in-house, including an A. Lange & Söhne produced hair spring. The dial of the 2015 Lange 1 offers a few of the modern touches A. lange & Söhne has recently given to the Lange 1 collection. At 38.5mm wide, the Lange 1 is modestly sized, and there is the larger Grande Lange 1 as well. We appreciate that A. Lange & Söhne is putting a lot of effort into strengthening their core collection models as well as ensuring that even at their beginning prices consumers are getting the most bang for their buck when wanting to enjoy this premiere German luxury watch brand. Price is 29,800 Euros in 18k rose or yellow gold and 42,300 Euros in platinum. alange-soehne.com
Apart from the Apple Watch, we also check out another “smart” watch, albeit a more traditional one, in the form of Casio’s MRG-G1000. Find out why it is called the ultimate G-Shock in our hands-on article. Other new watches we checked out recently include Zenith’s very vintage-looking Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903, Cartier’s new Calibre Diver, and a personal favorite of mine, the Audemars Piguet “Jumbo” Ref. 15202. We also take a look at three interesting watches from independent brands Sarpaneva, Speake-Marin, and Habring2. Finally, we end off by looking at how American watch buyers’ tastes and buying habits have changed over the past two decades
Above the entire hour indication system is a running seconds hand. This has "ticks" – it advances once every second, as opposed to 6-8 times per second – due to the dead beat seconds complication in this mechanical movement. No one is doing more dead beat seconds hand complications today than Arnold & Son, and it is interesting to see it applied here. Of course, even though the seconds hand ticks, this is a purely mechanical watch – and the dial design really takes the wandering hours concept into modern times with the view of the finely finished movement parts on the dial. This is all part of the in-house made Arnold & Son caliber A&S6018 automatic movement that operates at 4Hz with about 50 hours of power reserve.
In essence, the George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch made for a wonderful and pristine way of carrying on his heritage, and here's why. Staying with the front's aesthetics for a moment longer, before turning to the movement's technicalities, the dial is unmistakably Daniels, as the proportions, the sizes, diameters, patterns, and the layout of the different elements are all superhumanly perfect – contradicting the fact that they have all been crafted by hand, using only traditional equipment. The subtle triangular layout of the centers of the three sub-dials, the off-centered position of the main dial, the featherweight balance and lightness of the front all are trademarks of a Daniels watch – and proof of his engineering genius.
Given my appreciation of Ernie's work as well as the spirited and intelligent community voice on Watchuseek.com, I was of course slightly concerned to hear that Ernie sold the site and would be transferring not only the ownership but also the management of Watchuseek to a new party, and a corporate party on top of that. VerticalScope is a company that I was not previously familiar with, so I wanted to get on the phone with them to hear about who they were, and what their plans for Watchuseek.com would be. It turned out that VerticalScope is based in Canada, and has under its umbrella about 1,200 niche enthusiast forums that cover all types of verticals, including watches. Other smaller forums like WatchFreeks.com & WatchTalkForums.info were apparently already owned by VerticalScope. Formerly independent, I didn't even realize that those other properties had been sold. Now, the big boy on the block Watchuseek.com would be under the control of VerticalScope.
The new for 2015 Swatch Sistem51 SUTR401 (pink case with blue dial), Sistem51 SUTG400 (green case with green and orange dial), Sistem51 SUTB402 (black case with white dial), Sistem51 SUTS402 (blue case with black dial), and Sistem51 SUTM400 (cream case with black dial) watches offer a nice new range of styles which add to the appeal of the Sistem51 family. The watches will continue to be priced at 0 in the United States and will be available for sale in Swatch stores and via their website starting February 23rd, 2015. store.swatch.com
According to Kairos, the T-band will have a battery that will deliver somewhere between 190 and 250mAh of power. This is said to power the device from between 3 to 10 days - which is rather impressive. More interesting is an accessory that might go with the T-band that many watch lovers will find appealing. Kairos teased a new hybrid watch winder and charger for their hybrid smartwatches. The device is meant to rotate a watch so that the automatic mechanical movement can wind while at the same time charging the battery. If this special winder is made for the T-band, then users can wind their automatic watches while charging the T-band - which again would be another clever move from their engineers.
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It is interesting to see the 13mm thick nut-style case, which mixes a sense of industrial refinement with a familiar shape. The case is in polished and brushed titanium or in black coated titanium and 49.6mm wide at its widest point and 43mm wide when measured from flat area to flat area. A look around the periphery of the dial allows you to see the nut-style screw threading which has been faithfully reproduced on the flange ring around the watch face. Even the crown is a matching hex nut. Given the inherent flexibility of the design, there are, of course, various versions of the Greco Hexagonal Nut timepiece available.
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In the face of marketing complexity, the watch industry has a secret weapon. One of the biggest assets of the watch industry is the existence of serious watch collectors. Few industries have such a developed, well-funded, outspoken, and sophisticated base of consumers who are passionate about their products. Watch collectors are an extremely valuable asset, not only because they represent people who do not need to be convinced to buy watches, but because they are able to offer meaningful feedback that can help brands monitor their own marketing initiatives, product development, and outward-facing personalities. Watch collectors may be anything from finicky to verbose, but they are a group that any watch brand can rely on to be knowledgeable and responsive – as well as likely buyers.
The internals remain unchanged from the inaugural Nomos Lux line, with the 2014 Nomos Lux models using the same high-end in-house DUW 2002 hand wound movement. With twin barrels offering 84 hours of power reserve, 23 jewels, and 21,600 vph, this handmade and hand-finished movement exhibits the best of the best from Nomos. Finishing details include a 3/4 plate finished with a sunbeam pattern, hand polished and screwed gold chatons, a hand-engraved balance cock and swan neck fine adjustment (see above). Nomos movements always look good, but the Nomos Lux (and the Nomos Lambda) are undoubtedly a cut above.
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Say hello to the Nevo smartwatch, a minimalist smart device that the creators claim is the world's first minimalist watch with a Swiss movement that includes both activity tracking and fitness features, as well as phone notifications. Perhaps the closest design competitor would be the Withings Activité smartwatch that is also minimalist in design with an analog dial. What also makes these two watches similar is that neither is yet available for purchase, so we can add them to the quickly growing roster of "might be around someday," yet otherwise exciting connected wearable devices. The Withings was announced in around June of 2014 and, as of recently, didn't have a specific time frame for production, as far as I know. According to Nevo, however, their watch is currently in final testing and will "ship worldwide in early 2015."
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Inside the Parmigaini Bugatti Mythe is the in-house made caliber PF370 manually wound movement with 10 days of power reserve and 314 parts. It operates at 3Hz, and is pretty fascinating to observe in the case. The case wears more comfortably than you might imagine, but is nevertheless an oddity given its sideways reading style and unique design. For the Bugatti Mythe Parmigiani has produced the case in 18k rose gold with some black sections in ruthenium. The case is 32.4mm wide, 52.5mm long, and 18.6mm tall off the wrist.