Even though I am going to briefly go over the features in the "Space Module," I am not going to spend a lot of time focusing on its utility in space. I haven't been in space, and I think it is a conversation best left for Halda to have with existing space travelers. I am, however, going to suggest that the concept of such a module and how it works should be studied by smartwatch makers looking to understand how to combine their technology with the existing expectations of watch wearers. The Space Module begins with a high-end quartz regulation system and proprietary software (that looks to be updateable). In addition to offering various pieces of information related to the time, there are some sensors in the module, such as a g-force meter and a light sensor. Here is a full list of the Space Module features from Halda:
The man "Roger Dubuis" is still around but was not with his eponymously named brand for a long time. He sold the company to investors who later sold it to Richemont. A few years ago, the Roger Dubuis company hired back the man to serve a mostly ceremonial role within the company - but one that does at least appear to have Mr. Dubuis act, in a sense, as the shepherd of the company he started. The Roger Dubuis Hommage collection of watches are nearest to his original designs.
Mickey Nolan: For me, the best thing Omega have done is the Aqua Terra with the Co-Axial caliber 8508. It’s full of silicon parts and non-ferromagnetic parts, so it doesn’t rely on an anti-magnetic case like the Rolex Milgauss. It’s 15 times more resistant to magnetism than the Milgauss.
In steel, the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid has very much the same personality as the gold model, but in a slightly more discreet yet equally visually fascinating manner. What will motivate many people about the watch is of course its more accessible price. I will never refer to a watch priced at over ,000 as being affordable. I prefer to take the lead of PR professionals in my industry and simply stick with "more accessible," and it does not conceal the fact we are still talking about luxury items.
Apple isn't going to win the smartwatch fight because the Apple Watch is capable of doing things its competitors can't do - even when it is clear that the Apple Watch does something unique or better than the rest. Apple is going to win the smartwatch fight by producing a product that busy, image-conscious, and of-average-technical-education consumers are going to want and feel is approachable.
A typical project of his begins its life as a base ETA 6497 or 6498 movement as they are most comfortable for his type of work. These movements also allow him to create much more complex work with layered images resulting in a beautiful and three-dimensional piece of art. He begins by planning out and sketching everything from the dial and main plate to the crown wheel and drum barrel. The movement is then stripped down to its bare bones where each component is then engraved and skeletonized individually. The components are then hand polished one by one, and plated in either rhodium, nickel, or occasionally, gold. The movement is then meticulously reassembled and tested to ensure everything runs smoothly.
You can't ignore the depth of this dial – for me, and I am sure I am not alone with this, a multi-levelled dial can really make a watch stand out. A common criticism of dials of this nature is that they are too modern. Traditional techniques result in a much more 2D effect, but with the Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch we see an example of how both camps can be satisfied. Sure, it's not going to be to everyone's taste, but it is a good attempt at establishing a common ground.
Founded in 1860 as Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG in St-Imier, Switzerland, by Edouard Heuer, the watch maker soon made a name for itself manufacturing chronographs. One of its greatest inventions, the oscillating pinion, is still widely used today, and it went on to make many other groundbreaking and historically important chronographs. From 1962 to 1982, Heuer was run by Jack Heuer, the great-grandson of Edouard Heuer. However, Jack Heuer was forced to give up the company under tragic circumstances in 1982. The modern name of TAG Heuer came about after the TAG Group acquired a majority stake in the company in 1985. Today, the company is owned by LVMH, who also owns other watch brands like Hublot, Zenith, and Bulgari.
What I've since learned is just how deeply Apple invested into researching the traditional watch world and innovating in dozens of places that have nothing to do with with the Apple Watch's functionality or software. I'm talking about things like the tool-less steel bracelet, the magnetic straps, the metals and materials themselves, and the way you change straps. Apple has more-or-less said "we don't know why the watch industry didn't do many of these things first." That not only implies that Apple exerted substantial time and resources when developing the Apple Watch, but also that they have been closely researching the traditional watch industry - a fact that Ive and other top Apple executives have stressed for a while.
The Yacht-Master has always existed in an interesting place within Rolex's sport watch family. When it first debuted, it was meant to be a more high-end lifestyle type of sport watch compared to the more utilitarian Submariner or GMT-Master. The Yacht-Master was never meant to be a professional diving watch or something for pilots. If anything, it was meant to be a watch for people who sail on or own yachts. That means there is a degree of activity to their life and some water resistance is necessary, but so is style and status. So what does all that mean for the rather radically new Rolex Yacht-Master that nevertheless very much lives within the larger current generation Rolex Yacht-Master family
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For 2015, and to mark the 150th anniversary of Zenith, the manufacture has just announced the Zenith Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II. It's very similar to the Grand Voyage from 2013, but it is still worth going over what makes this watch so special. Since there is so much going on with this watch, let’s begin with the case. Case size is 45mm and is 18k rose gold. It is 14.8mm thick, but this actually varies up to 21.8mm thanks to the sapphire dome which houses the Gravity Control system. Despite the large sapphire dome, and contrary to expectations, the Zenith Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II wears quite well once you get used to it. The only thing we would note is that it can be easy to bump the sapphire dome into things if you are not careful.
At three o'clock, there is a window indicating the day by way of its appropriate planetary sign. In antiquity, the seven moving objects visible in the sky (the Moon, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) were all given a symbol, which came to be associated with a day of the week (the Moon for Monday, the Sun for Sunday, etc.). This is a weird thing to look at, but once you get your head around the unfamiliar symbols, it's actually a pretty clever addition. Unlike a date indicator, this complication will never need adjusting as long as the watch is kept wound. It has the longevity of a perpetual calendar without the bank-balance-busting movement. Bizarre but brilliant, from the Russian maestro.
One factor that may determine the success of of the Bulgari Diagono Magnesium Concept is the price. When I first saw this watch and read about its function, I immediately imagined the price tag would knock my socks off. But then I discovered that the price with or without the NFC chip is ,600. I was very pleasantly surprised. Whether this excites you, as it did me, may well depend on how you feel about the marketing values of this watch. Very little is made of the self-winding mechanical movement that powers the watch (operating at 28,800 vph and boasting a power reserve of 42 hours) and gives it its soul. Instead, all the attention is given to the watch's intelligence. Time will tell how smart an idea that was. bulgari.com
Among the more utilitarian new super luxury watches from Hublot debuting for 2015 is the Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator that comes in either titanium or 18k King Gold. Why utilitarian, you ask? Well, in the most strict of senses, this ain't no tool watch, and at around 0,000, I wouldn't dare refer to it as practical. But with that said, it is straight-forward with a more-or-less clear definition of what it is supposed to be and a clear purpose in mind. What you have is a large-diameter tourbillon on the dial, a useful power reserve indicator - rendered in a new way for the brand - which makes sense with a manually-wound movement, and an impressive skeletonized movement designed for your viewing pleasure. You don't have to love the watch, but you have to admit this is an Hublot tourbillon that is very comfortable in its own skin.
Baselworld 2015 is happening in Basel, Switzerland, from March 18 - 26 and team aBlogtoWatch will be there checking out the newest watches from brands like Rolex, Omega, TAG Heuer, Zenith, Patek Philippe, Breitling, Bulova, and many, many more, from the biggest names to the cool independents.
In essence, if you have been a fan of the original Omega Speedmaster but would prefer to enjoy the benefits of the more modern mechanics – and slightly beefed up size – the new-for-2015 Omega Speedmaster '57 "Vintage" may very well be your absolute best option to date.
And now, more than twenty years after Max Bill's death, his legacy lives on through these watches. His ideals have been sensitively reworked in these latest offerings. The "Chronscope" is the chronograph of the range. The watch comes with either a white dial with black markers or a black dial with luminous yellow or green markings. Both dial colors are available on either a beige leather strap (on which the black dial has yellow lume), and the black dial with green lume is available on a Milanese bracelet as well. The watch uses the self-winding J880.2 movement, records the minutes (at 12 o'clock) and hours (at 6 o'clock), shows the day and date (at 3 o'clock), but not the running seconds, having been dropped in favour of symmetry. The case comes in at 40mm.
5Hz movements are going to be a bit more accurate over time compared to the more common 3Hz or 4Hz mechanical movements you'll find in most movements. Though, this is less of an issue these days, as the market has proved people are buying watches less for pure accuracy and more as a celebration of craftsmanship. Though, I do think it was interesting, to say the least, that Halda decided to go this route with the movements inside of the Mechanical Module for the Halda Space Discovery. It was able to avoid using a generic three-hand movement, while at the same time, offering something a bit exclusive for the limited edition watch.
For 2015, the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton is available in three different styles. There are two versions in 18k pink gold (one set with diamonds) as well as a really neat looking Excalibur Automatic Skeleton in a black DLC-coated titanium case. While the pink gold models are certainly the more straight forward “luxury watches,” the DLC black titanium model has a wonderful mysterious yet complicated look to it that is further complimented by the dark gray finishing of the movement bridges.
Hamilton Powell: As soon as I had the opportunity to buy it – I jumped on it. I had seen several Seafarers before purchasing this one. What drew me to this was that it was the only Seafarer (that I could find anyway) that had a running seconds hand. Not sure if this was a prototype or (more than likely) its previous owner simply requested the watch to have this feature. Either way – it makes it a one of a kind watch – which I like.
In fact, lots of enterprising people are going to crowd-funding sites to fund all types of products in droves now, because they appear to be extremely low risk ways of getting products funded. The dream is to get pre-orders for a watch so that you know there is a market for it. The logic goes that if the first batch is funded by interested people who've never seen the product, then you can produce more that additional people will want to buy after you sell your first run.
The dial is incredibly attractive too. With it’s black/grey/orange color scheme, plus the small seconds at 3 and the 45 minute totalizer at 9, you can see the homage to the older version. The chronograph hand stands out from the rest of the dial and allows for pretty accurate timing even at a glance. The lume on this is incredible as well, just look at it on those home-plate looking markers and on the hands: very cool.