As stated above, the little details about this watch are what make it a pleasure to look at. Notice the small face designed into the moonphase, which itself is gold plated. This is a commonly used feature in luxury watches, and represents that while measurements are important, one should take time in stride and not focus on limits of time, but more on the elapsing of time. The dial of the watch is crafted in what is called "Japanese Rose Wood." A special lacquering technique used to create a reddish brown that sparkles as though it contained small stars. This slightly cosmic look goes with the stars in the moonphase indicator and is reminiscent that our calendars and time telling itself base themselves on the skies and Earth movement through the cosmos.
Omega has the rare privilege of selling true classics. And while I am not the biggest fan of all their watches, the Swatch Group owned brand has their share of laudable designs. Today I am speaking of the Speedmaster series of watches. There are experts on this watches; those fans who are familiar with the many iterations and fascinating history of the "Moon watch." I am not one of those people, but I can tell you what I know. The Omega Speedmaster was chosen by NASA for it astronauts in the late 1960s for the Moon missions. The design is pure legibility, and the watch has a easy to use chronograph. The thin white hands on the matte black face provide exceptional clarity. And the watch itself was made to endure the high g-forces of space rocket travel, as well as low and gravity free environments. Since then the Speedmaster has remained in production and has been released in countless variations, styles, and editions.
It's been a while since I covered new work from one of my favorite watch and clock artists; Olga Narozhna (click to visit her site). I wrote an at length article about her here. Among her many fine efforts, she offers really interesting steampunk watch creations, that if you are lucky, she sells on eBay. For the initiated, steampunk is a design style that melds industrial revolution era technology aesthetic, Victorian era design cues, and a hefty dose of Jules Verne science fiction wonder.
The biggest difference of course is the watch case, which is shaped differently in the Japanese version, and slightly smaller. The world model is a slightly larger watch, but some considered it too large. Personally, I love the size, but 45mm for some people over does it. The nature of the Japanese case makes it smaller and more "traditionally" round in size. You'll notice the world model is a bit more of tonneau shape (even though the dial is round), further it is comprised of two highly polished pieces of steel. In contrast with the uniquely organic shape of the world Grand Complication, the Japanese version features beefy lugs on a wide smooth bezel. These two seemingly similar watches thus have a multitude of differences when you take a close look.
With full knowledge of their audience, Bell & Ross offers a line of BR-02 models, even some in pink gold. The PVD model offer on this eBay auction is ideal, and a perfect blend of style and function. While typically well over ,500, this particular eBay auction begins at just ,800. An excellent deal for this watch.
See the previous aBlogtoRead.com article on the Linde Werdelin Land Instrument here.
Due to the fact that the RSW uses discs with digital characters (the numbers) combined with their analog rotation results in what is a hybrid approach, that I have called "Digilog." No doubt this term is trademarked elsewhere, but the idea is clear. What I like is that RSW was able to combine the attraction of an analog watch, with the legibility of a digital watch. At least in theory that is the case. To tell the time displayed on the discs where they intersect with the broad white indicator line at the lower section of the watch. The outer disc reads the hours, then middle disc reads the minutes, and the smallest inner disc with minimal markers displays the seconds.
Fit and finish on Citizen Campanola watches bests many Swiss watches at double or triple the costs. Being the highest line for Citizen, they take great pride in all Campanola watches. These aren't even made by the same workers, as special hand-selected artisans and watch masters construct and finish each Citizen Campanola by hand.
"You see this watch? This watch costs more than your car." Alec Baldwin proclaims this confidently in the movie version of Glengarry Glen Ross (see clip here on YouTube; excellent performance). It's a powerful line. If you wear a DeWitt WX-1, you can similarly proclaim to most of America, a related yet enhanced version of this statement. "You see this watch? This watch costs more than your house." Thats right, the 33 WX-1 watches made are priced at 400,000 Euros each, which is about 0,000. A price far above the average home value in America. Which goes to a question that many have asked me, "why is the watch so expensive?" Or better stated "what makes the watch worth so much money." It is a price meant for an audience. It is unclear who is paying this price, but I am sure some do. The watch has no precious gems, and while it does contain some gold, thats not really were the value is. I explain the number of skilled hours of labor put in to both developing and constructing the watch as a hint to its value. I explain the uniqueness of the design, and undecipherable (for most) complication of the internal components. People are swayed. They just didn't get it, yet somehow I did, though it was difficult to explain.
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