Astronaut’s Knife – from survival to toolbox
The Spherotourbillon proved to be the go-to complication in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica collection, as this is the third – and last – piece equipped with it. This time around it is a piece not be worn on the wrist but rather in one's pocket, and the "issue" this creates is perhaps not even obvious at first. The entire Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica collection is about blending less obvious, or rather, less often exposed in-house abilities with some of the trademark models of the brand. The contradiction this offers is that of having a very classical design–as the base model of this piece dates back to 1928–and an exposed tourbillon, something that would not have been considered very classy a century ago. But we are living in a different time and age and it must be said that Jaeger-LeCoultre revealed the centerpiece of the watch in a very tasteful way by blending it into the design instead of highlighting it ostentatiously.
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Today in 2013 the Rolex Submariner is sized at 40mm wide, which is no larger than medium by most watch standards. The original 1953 Rolex Submariner was just 37mm wide. It was also water resistant to just 100 meters. Rolex quickly increased that to near 200 meters and today the Rolex Submariner is known by everyone to be water resistant to 300 meters. As a dive watch, the original Rolex Submariner has a rotating dive-style timing bezel as well as the iconic case shape that has more or less been represented by all the Rolex Submariner models that came after it.
This little fact is a good start to what is a more long term review of the Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture ref. FC-710MC4H4 watch. We actually received this watch in late 2012, and this will be the second review aBlogtoWatch has published on the Classics Manufacture (we did so first here back in 2013). So why another review? Well for one thing this model is slightly different, having a PVD rose gold case versus a polished steel case. I also have a non-standard strap on this one. If the retail models look like they have a slightly different deployant and strap, that is because they do. We can't claim that at aBlogtoWatch we never get to ask for custom stuff. But the real reason for a second review (in addition to the fact that I didn't write the first one) is that I think this watch has not only aged well, but continues to be a good buy 1-2 years after its release.