Christiaan Van Der Klaauw Planetarium Watch Available On James List
You'll notice the large "23" in the subsidiary seconds dial on the watch in black and white. This was the car's number in the race (seen on the hood). The chronograph subdials are in red against the bold black face. Porsche Design knows that the best hands for legibility are white on black... so they haven't messed with this formula. As a racing chronograph watch, it does have a tachymeter scale, but one that is pleasantly understated around the periphery of the dial. Up a bit from that is a minute and hour scale.
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SwissKubiK watch winders are all perfect squares (10cm x 10cm) for the single winders. Though the company does make units that are meant to wind multiple watches. They also offer grid-like units that allow for you to insert a number of winders. At the same time, the cubic nature of the winders makes them easy to be stacked neatly. SwissKubiK winders are made in Switzerland with all Swiss, and some French parts. My understanding is that the French parts mostly come from auto industry suppliers. This makes sense as the materials used in the winders has that high-grade feel.
Rating precision C.O.S.C with rating certificate
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Like a teenager, JCB loves his iPhone and Facebook. He spends a good deal of his day on his computer answering e-mails and is never apart from his phone. He honestly makes his job look easy and relaxed — sitting in a relatively unpretentious office with his wheat-field view smiling at the computer. While his job isn’t easy, he has it down to a system. He’s polished the art of running a watch brand, and the business as a whole. JCB makes sure Hublot isn’t a bloated company with lots of wastes space, time, and people. Carefully, Jean-Claude adds roles and employees when they are honestly needed, Hublot is a lean company which helps it be so agile, with highly active employees. No wonder boss Biver doesn’t need to babysit.
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Decoration Sand-blasted, drawn flanks, micro circular graining (1738 grains Ã˜ 1.50mm), chamfered and polished by hand, hand-polished sinks
Colour finish NAC
The winder is not overly large, yet I was very pleasantly surprised that it could hold my watches just fine. I have larger than normal wrists, 8.25-8.5" around and tend to wear larger watches. A good size for me is 46 mm, and I can go up to 52 mm without it looking too silly. Most of my automatics are between 46 and 48 mm.
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Roger Dubuis gave the watch a moronic name. I love the "EasyDiver" part (a la Easy Rider). I kid you not, they actually named it the "EasyDiver Hours, Minutes, and Small Seconds." And people wonder why I make fun of the watch industry. "Check out my cool new car...the Wheels, Engine, and Steering Wheel." Aside from a name you don't want to utter yourself, the entry level EasyDiver is a great timepiece. The cool character is accompanied by a beautiful in-house made automatic movement (more on that in a second), and is also a limited edition. Should totally be part of the brands permanent collection though, in my opinion. Actually all the new EasyDiver watches for 2010 are limited editions... wonder why that is.
Because he himself doesn’t like to feel caged, Felix allows his staff freedom to do their job in their own way and on their own time. There are no set starting hours at his atelier and no punch clock. People come and go on their own schedule and there is even a guy who likes to come in on Saturdays. As long as you get your job done, Felix is cool with your method. Sounds like a great boss to me!
Of course I am reminded of the "bumble bee" forged carbon Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch. Maybe it is just because of that bold yellow flange ring. Tutima is an excellent dial maker, not only in design, but quality. For the price, there are few brands that make dials so crisp and rich. Only brands like Sinn are competition for this style. The dial is matte black with white lume hour indicators and hands, with proper minute markers. I first thought that the hands were too short, and they sort of appear that way, but they aren't when trying to use the watch. Tutima might benefit from lengthening them just a tad bit, but there is no lack of easy reading here. The placement of the Arabic hour numerals on the flange ring is great. There are few other watches so keen on telling you the time. I have to praise the SuperLumiNova lume application for being so bright. Tutima properly has the day and date on black colored discs to match the dial. The handsome deep-set dial is further benefited from a properly AR coated sapphire crystal over the face.
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The majority of Porsche Design watches looked a bit ordinary to me, until I was actually able to handle them. They then make a very good case for themselves. I guess there really is something to the popularity of the this whole "Porsche Design" thing (you sense my sarcasm right?). The P6612 is a great example. The colors and design of the watch make such a good visual case for themselves when you see them. The design of the dial makes it so that it integrates seamlessly with the bezel, and the use of contrasting colors is impressive in execution. When it comes down to it, it is the quality in construction of Eterna (that makes all Porsche Design watches) that is much to thank.
JCB grabs his soft briefcase from car and we walk in Hublot. You see “Biverian” phrases on the windows where terms like “passion” and “fusion” pop out at you. He is really proud of the lobby. “Fusion” for Biver Is mantra, not just a marketing gimmick. At the Hublot headquarters fusion takes the form of combing the old and the new, as well as the classic and the modern. Half of the lobby is decorated in some type of Louis XIV revival style, while the other half is modern. Hublot branded items are seen in various places, as well as gifts to the brand. A Big Bang coffee table in wood that was so popular on the internet for a while is sitting there. Someone made it specially for JCB, and he loves to show the thing off, it is rather cool looking. The building is decorated with Hublot memorabilia as well as gifts to the brand. There are reminders everywhere of who the brand is associated with, and their appreciation to Mr. Biver. Notable for me is a signed guitar from Depeche Mode (Hublot created a one of a kind limited edition set of Big Bang watches with Depeche Mode album covers on it that were auctioned off for charity), as well as a massive (and I mean massive) Manchester United football (soccer) team book. That book was probably over 2 feet by 2 feet and weight over 50 pounds.
I am like the watch paparazzi sometimes. Look what I saw being worn on the wrist of Christophe Claret, the very man who created this watch, and the name on the dial. How cool is that. Master watch maker Christophe Claret waited until last year to put his name on a watch with the Dual Tow, an incredibly impressive luxury watch that I discussed here. The vast details that make this watch interesting I attempted to cover there. There is no point in my spending an hour discussing the complex features and technical merits of the Dual Tow. The watch is a monopusher chronograph with a complex planetary gear system (that you can see), a chime that goes along with pushing the button (using a hammer and gong), a tourbillon, and the time read on rubber belts. All in an amazing watch case fit for a king - and with the price that these custom made limited edition pieces go for, pretty much only fit for a king. The standard Dual Tow watches start via customization on a special website where you choose the look.
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