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Breitling's newest watch to come out of Basel this year is the Avenger Seawolf Chronograph. Combining the versatility and reliability of the Avenger line with the water resistance of the Seawolf, Breitling seems to be getting as serious about diving as they are about aviation.
We are lucky that Seiko spends as much time as they do in the lab dreaming up new movements. In fact, Seiko watches now come in at least five different movement flavors. You can get a traditional quartz movement, an automatic mechanical movement, a quartz Kinetic movement, a quartz Kinetic Direct Drive movement, and a quartz regulated Spring Drive mechanical movement. Seiko's dream seems to be combining the best of both worlds in terms of quartz and mechanical movements. Arguably the Spring Drive embodies this dream as it looks like an automatic mechanical movement, but has the accuracy of a quartz movement.
The Wearfone is the first watch phone for the masses. The bright OLED screen displayed has a traditional analog watch face as a default. It is unclear what the specific touch screen input method may be (keyboard on screen, etc...) but suffice it to say that you'll be able to make calls and SMS text message with the Wearfone. The designers indicate that the clock screen would be the default input screen for accessing functions of the phone, meaning that you'll probably have to use the tip of your finger or some stylus to input data and use the device.
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Citizen continues to sweeten the deal by giving the Chronomaster an unheard of (in the watch world) 10 year limited warranty on the watch and guarantees that parts for the watch will be available for the life of the watch. It is unclear how this warranty transfers to US customers, but the point is clear that Citizen is confident in its product and the Chronomaster line. A great addition to a collection or as your only watch, the Citizen Chronomaster is worth looking at for one to two thousand dollars.
The watch is actually a well finished diving watch with a lot going for it. It has been around for a few years, and the styling is quite cool in my opinion. Squares pattern the rubber strap, number indicators, and texture on the face. The lug styling is a likely source of inspiration for the Hublot Big Bang designers (at they look almost the same as on the Paul Picot that we designed before hand), but it is possible that another design pre-existed both the C-Type and the Big Bang. We all know how frequently "design flattery" shows up in the watch world.
I have precious few minutes to spend at the meeting at Shapur due to an appointment back at the office, so I wanted to make the most of it. While Mr. Halimi attended to other guests, I took notice of the other DeWitt watches presented. Chronographs, perpetual calendars, and tourbillons (or combinations thereof), where among the offerings. Also on display were the new DeWitt Tourbillon Force Constant and Night Chronograph in Rose Gold (wonderful for its "propeller" seconds subdial). The 15 or so watches represented a significant portion of the DeWitt watches that come to America each year. The brand typically produces about 1000 examples of its watches annually, most of which are not US bound. This was a rare opportunity to become acquainted with the brand by sampling so much of it.
It is worth noting that Virtual Ideas is based in Switzerland and is not limited to watch design only. It appears as though they offer a full industrial design shop, but watch design seems to be a specialty that they have. It is hard to say the type of work they do, and they are probably up there in price. You are probably going to have to help them along to get your idea just right. The good news is that they probably have a good concept of the available watch movements out there so that your watch will be at least somewhat based on a design that is possible to create without having to design a new movement.
Going back to the Diavolo watch case, there are other less noticeable, but impressive elements that would only become apparent if they did not exist. The lugs are slightly curved as to conform to the wrist, while the entire case has no sharp or uncomfortable edges. Despite this, the case retains a well constructed,, angular and crisp look. The sides of the case feature a very sporty matte finish, that immediately turns into a mirrored polish on other surfaces. This visually extends the size of the face while amplifying the shape and curvature. Together these features make for a good-looking comfortable watch, and you'd really only notice them if they did not exist. For example, you don't complain about a comfortable watch, it only becomes an issue when sharp edges dig into your arm. Comfort is just never going to be an issue with the Diavolo in my opinion, as it is ergonomically well designed.
I am typically not one for celebrity gossip. As far as I am concerned, celebrities, for the most part, are just like you and me, but less intelligent, with more money, and with lots more free time on their hands. But when you combine watches and celebrities I get a bit interested, if not for sheer voyeuristic intentions.
Bauhaus design is difficult to describe, but has German origination and is deeply focused on function. Though it resembles minimalism, it is not that strictly speaking. For me, it is more a minimalist version of art deco or art nouveau. The real display of Bauhaus aesthetic is on the face of the watch. The rest of it is more or less standard UTS fare, which is not bad by any means.
Ergonomically, the Marcello C Nettuno 3 suffers in no areas. The crown is just the right size and easy to operate and unscrew, even though it protected by mini lugs on the case. I often unscrew the crown on my Nettuno 3 watches in order to manually wind the watch, even though they are automatics. I do this because I wear several watches in rotation, and want my Nettunos always ready if they are called for wearing duty. As I indicated before, the bracelet is very comfortable, and easy to adjust with the screwed links. The bracelet also features a diver's extension. This is a little extension that is meant to be used if you are wearing the watch over a diving suit. This is a diving watch of course, and it is fully capable of being used during dives with its 300 meter depth rating.
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Concord wanted to emphasize modernity in the C1's design. A "watch of the future", or something ahead of its time. Movement wise, there is nothing special or innovative. The Chronograph models feature what is essentially a glorified ETA Valjoux 7750, which is the ETA Valgranges A07.211. I fail to see what is advanced or modern about a complication which has been around in form for almost 40 years. This price point should demand something better inside the watch. The case of this watch comprised of two large pieces of metal sandwiched together. Not exactly elegant, or modern. Looking at a side angle of this watch, I see what reminds me a 1980s vision of futuristic design for garbage or dump trucks. Industrial looking without much flair. Little attention to intersecting lines or balance. The result is strong looking, but hardly "designer worthy." Not particularly astute to being a "haute" watch, a label Concord is surely throwing around.
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The steampunk universe just keeps getting richer, and it is best when the wares are combined with stories. You'll see well-crafted goods from Mr. A.R.M. delightfully presented on the SSOA website here. The nature of steampunk begs for stories to be written behind the creations. The SSOA is an experiment in art, design, and watch craft. Watches and clocks are connected with steampunk because the backbone of steampunk design is "clockwork." The pre-computer, infant-electrical concept that gears and pure machinery were king. It dives into the mystery that is the function of a clock, ands a little spice of magic and unknown possibility. To many people, the complication inserted into many watches might as well be magic.
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One of my favorite watches that I describe as the Japanese Rolex GMT Master II is available on eBay as lightly pre-owned. I discussed the Grand Seiko GMT Spring Drive watch here. These are a very limited edition, Japan-only watch, and seldom come to the US. In fact, this one is being sold from Singapore, but through eBay it might as well be next door to you (shipping is free). One of the best features of this watch that it shares with the new Rolex Submariner series is the ceramic bezel that will not scratch. This is often the first place on a nice watch to show wear, and use of a ceramic bezel precludes that. The numbers are inset withing the black ceramic compound.
Clinton: No expense has been spared here as the top models (all 42 of them because Clinton was the 42nd President) are in full platinum, the most expensive of all metals. Some of the models come in rose gold or in white gold, but leave those for the peasants. Currently, platinum prices are hovering around ,460.00 an ounce. Time to redo the bathroom with platinum tiles. The Clinton watch also has a crocodile strap, but this time dyed black instead of brown. Wonder if you can get Audemars Piguet to do a nice platinum strap, with a crocodile print of course.
In response to the confused looking (but nice) watch, Seiko has added a few models to the Velatura line, but did something interesting. Not all of them have a Kinetic Direct Drive movement. In back the diver watch shown here has a traditional automatic made by Seiko. The movement (Seiko 8R28 automatic) in the new Seiko SRQ001J, could most easily be compared to an ETA Valjoux 7750, in terms of functions. Oddly enough, this new automatic is only rated at 100m water resistance, while the two quartz models are rated at 200m resistance. Don't asky why, but 100m resistance is not considered a true divers watch, which 200m will cut it, and 300m is the standard. Take my word for it. The cost of the Velatura diver automatic will retail for about 2,500 Euros. This is serious watch territory, but other Velatura watches are still in the sub ,000 dollar range.
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Callanen International is the parent company behind many "branded" watches such as Nautica and Mark Ecko. Callanen is actually a subsidiary of Timex, but we can forgive then for that. What I like is that they are an American company, using rich design to see watches that aren't as boring as their Timex parents. Recently, they unveiled a new brand called Helix.