Matt Smith-Johnson: I would still like to find the exact ZOT watch I had as a child, and I am not sure if anything could replace the Rodania in my heart. However, a definite holy-grail watch for me would be the Urwerk UR-103, but it is out of my financial grasp at present. Hell, there are a few more watches I would love to have, but money aside, The ZOT and the RCAF connect with me in a way I’m not sure other watches can.
May the 4th be with you! Today on May 4th, 2015 (the sort-of-official Star Wars day), California-based Nixon watches has announced an upcoming line of official Star Wars watches. Nixon has mentioned to us that this is a relationship they've taken very seriously from a design perspective and wanted their Star Wars watches to be more than branding exercises where Star Wars names and logos are slapped on a dial. This means existing and new watches will be modified or created to merge Nixon design language with that of the rich Star Wars universe.Read more ›
Being a modern chronograph from a very capable brand, the Heritage Diver 1967 gets Longines' L688.2 automatic column wheel chronograph. While the L688.2 is produced by Swatch group sibling ETA (as the A08.231), its use is exclusive to Longines.
Dominating the dial and the overall appearance of the timepiece, a re-imagining of Cronos, the God of time, sits dejected atop the hour dial. One hand grasps the scythe that will cut you down when the hourglass, on which his other hand rests, finally runs out; and behind this morbid scene, we can see that the end has come for daylight too. A night sky of expertly blued steel, studded with eleven diamond stars, provides a stunning contrast between the 18k rose gold and sterling silver relief of the dial.
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I am not going to tell anyone to buy or not buy the Apple Watch Edition. Anyone interested in the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition fully understands the value proposition and what it means to buy an Apple product. The quality is excellent, and the experience is refined, but they will eventually feel inclined to upgrade. A lot of people have zero problems with this and are ready to put the Apple Watch Edition next to their other luxury products which they are already comfortable buying. What I don't anticipate is people stretching themselves to buy the gold Apple Watch Edition when they aren't people who normally buy gold things. This is the Apple Watch for the 1%, and that's all there is to it.
So what about actually reading the time? Well that is a good question, now isn't it? Looking at your wrist as you normally would forces you to mentally move the dial over 45 degrees to the left. With a full scale of Arabic hour markers, that isn't too difficult, but the time is literally on its side, as I mentioned above. Where the Tiffany & Co. East West proves useful is when your hands are out in front of you such as while driving or typing at a computer. From this perspective reading the time is actually easy... dare I say "easier" on the Tiffany & Co. East West as compared to "standard" analog watch dials.
Matt Smith-Johnson: With the ZOT, it was the bright colours and Silberstein-esque design for sure… That watch had a huge impact on my life, as I’m a very visual person. Even if you look at the branding for Teenage Grandpa, or on my personal website, its influence on the colour scheme and overall appearance should be apparent.Read more ›
The L’Epée manually-wound clock movement consists of 334 parts and operates at 2.5Hz (18,000). Even though it is a clock movement meant to be stationary, the balance wheel system has an Incabloc shock protection system, because MB&F assumes people will be moving around the clock a bit more than they might most other desk or table clocks. The long power reserve is stored in five mainspring barrels.
There are more facts out there about the history of the Museum Dial watch, and putting it all together is difficult, given some of the conflicting information that exists. Certain perspectives made Movado look worse than others, given the story of producing "unofficial watches," and understanding the motivations of all the parties at all times depends on the sources you look at. I don't want to portray any party as the winner or loser, but the reality is that by 1975, Movado had at least some official right to produce the watches. Then, in the early 1990s, production and sales of the Museum Dial watch really took off, and Nathan George Horwitt himself made relatively little money on what was his most famous design.
Orlando Watch Co: Our Orlando watch lovers love to collect & own a variety of unusual brands. They understand the watch world, like a good value, and respect brands that have history, collectability, and are well made.Read more ›
The first question you might ask is a simple one: why? Why would Ulysse Nardin want to create an official powerboat? The answer starts off pretty simply: just take a look at the Ulysse Nardin logo with its prominent anchor. This is a tribute to the history the brand has with marine chronometry – having been a prominent maker of highly accurate clocks is a history any brand would be proud to show off. Now, if you are a company that has an affinity for the sea, developing your own official boat just seems like a natural – although, more realistically speaking, perhaps a bit unlikely – step. And, if you are a luxury brand like Ulysse Nardin, well, then you end up creating something that befits your brand.
In a nutshell, what you have in a timepiece such as this Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours is a time-only dial with with an exposed one minute tourbillon in an automatic movement with 12 days of power reserve. There also happens to be a discreet power reserve indicator built into the rear of the pleasantly hand-engraved movement. Once again, Blancpain has been able to include a lot of appealing features in one more-or-less simple design - and for me, that in and of itself is worth taking note of. A timepiece like this under less refined direction could have been a design disaster.
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"The watch transmits for 24 hours, and then, that's it" – as Richard explains. In the footage, it is shown in greater detail how the Breitling Emergency II pins are operated and how the radio signal transmitting wires are pulled out from the side of the watch. Top Gear, despite the fact of it being a leading car show, scarcely bothers explaining car stuff in great technical detail – given their worldwide popularity, they clearly have to tone down on that a bit to keep their content enjoyable for the larger masses – so it was all the more surprising to see how Breitling could get Top Gear to bother illustrating what the Breitling Emergency II does and how it does it.
The Arnold & Son CTB Chronograph is a real watch nerd's watch, to the degree that explaining the functions to anyone other than to watch people, will result in a very short conversation. "Dude, want to check out my new watch? It has an automatic movement, a dead beat seconds hand, AND a chronograph all for under ,000!" It's funny, because as a seasoned watch guy, I get all excited about stuff like this but I must temper my feelings with the knowledge that most of the rest of the world believes me to have my priorities all mixed-up. It's okay, we all have our little fantasy worlds where we experience perfection that we find lacking in the real world.
Available in a black or a silver dial, the black feels sportier while the silver feels somewhat more classic. If you don't want the added weight of a steel bracelet, or simply prefer a strap, Alpina is also offering the Alpina Alpiner 4 Flyback Chronograph with a black alligator strap. With pricing starting at ,895 USD, the Alpina Alpiner 4 Flyback chronograph is priced aggressively and is only a bit more expensive than a base Omega Speedmaster, which is 42mm wide, uses a manually wound (non-flyback) chronograph movement and retails for around 00. For something closer in size to the Alpina, consider the Speedmaster Co-Axial chronograph at 44.25mm, which has a list price of 00.Read more ›