Edmond watches are designed by Jean-Pierre Edmond. A French industrial designer who started his career in the auto industry. Edmond is a genuinely good designer with creations that feel modern and well thought-out. While different in style, the watches contain enough design familiarity that they don't feel too contemporary and made for only design junkies. It is a modern watch intended for more mass market appeal.Read more ›
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I’m not here to try and convince anyone that vintage is better. If you look at it logically it doesn’t make sense at all — you will have far fewer headaches if you stick to new stuff with the backup of a manufacturer’s warranty and the support of a modern sales and service network. What I hope to have done is given a small glimpse of the passion I have for watches in general and how this has turned into a love of vintage pieces. I find it irritating when people dismiss vintage watch collecting out of hand. It takes a particular personality to enjoy vintage collecting. If you have that spark, run with it - if you don’t, then find your own niche. It’s a lot more fun to hunt down rare vintage items than it is walking into an authorize dealer and walking out with a watch. Loving vintage watches is all about passion — it can’t be rationalized or made logical. If you think about it, owning any high-end watch isn’t rational anyway. You can tell the time with your cell phone with perfect accuracy - why spend thousands on a device that tells time with obsolete and archaic technology? Why indeed.
Let's look at the HM3 Chocolate Frog. This is a brown PVD coated version of the HM3 Frog, which is a variant of the original HM3 that I first covered here. You can click on those links for more information on the HM3 Frog and the Chocolate Frog. Aside from being a nice looking watch in chocolate crown and gold, MB&F offered the limited edition of 10 pieces for sale through the enthusiast watch forum the PuristsPro. Something like this had never been done, a very high-end watch with a retail price of ,000 being sold exclusively through a non-retailer website. MB&F went straight to a place that had been good to it in the past, and offered a special piece direct to the consumer. MB&F was originally skeptical of the idea, believing that not many pieces would sell, but most have so far, and they haven't even been delivered yet. With the HM3 Chocolate Frog MB&F took a calculated gamble on experimenting with an alternative way of selling watches using the internet through fan-based communities and it succeeded.Read more ›
Luminosity is good but limited - the hands have a nice stripe of lume, and there are small dots at 3, 6, 9 and 12.
For the classic look of the watch the case size of 42mm wide is appropriate. Zenith will offer it in steel as well as 18k rose gold. The dial is guilloche machine engraved with applied hour indicators and properly sized hands. Zenith is really leading the market today with mainstream models that have hands the right length. The steel version has either a steel and blue or steel and gold dial. The watch has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 50 meters. Zenith offers it attached to a black or brown leather strap. Overall an attractive piece with a lot of inherent functionality, and the Ludwig Oechslin connection is just the icing on the cake for me.
There is a word that is thrown around a lot in the watch world that means the public takes a watch (or anything else for that matter) seriously. That word is legitimacy and I love to hear the French pronounce it. Cartier is what they call a legitimate brand. They have heaps of reputation, a solid history and plenty of important people who wear their products. Classic Cartier designs are also a great influence to their direct competitors. They really are the model of a solid luxury watch brand.
Being able to tour Nivarox and meet with their executives was a treat. Not only because few people have done it, but also because it represents the necessary core of the Swiss watch industry as we know it. Without Nivarox the Swiss watch making machine as we know it would collapse to a halt. This very important entity makes what drives most of the Swiss watches that you likely own. Even though they don't make parts you normally view with your eyes, without Nivarox the hands on your timepiece would hardly be worth watching.
As far as niche watches go, these are for very special collectors. I must say that having experienced Quinting watches hands-on, they are cool and well made - but also pricey given the lust most people have for mechanical watches, and given what quartz watches tend to go for. However, while these are quartz based movements, they are totally unique and no one else uses this patented technology. It is also one of the things that you can only do with electronic watches, which helps justify the use of the technology. You can see a few of these Quinting Chronograph Mysterious Quinting watches available at James List here.
As a collector's item a watch like this will certainly have appeal to some people, and not others. The detail involved as a Jewish cultural watch is interesting, and I think that all people can appreciate the technicality and in-house made movement. Price is not entirely unreasonable at about ,000 -,000, and you can see one available on James List here.Read more ›
I heard some interesting history which helps to explain at least part of why there are so many watch brands up here. The mostly agrarian culture (traditionally) didn’t have much to do during the long winters. So an indoor activity would have made the most sense. This area also has relatively easy to mine metal ore deposits which the people here have been using for a long time to make metal tools and things like musical instruments. One use for their tool making skills and available metal was watch production. So out here in the middle of nowhere, Switzerland, near the French border, is where a number of world-class watch brands are based. One of them is Jaeger-LeCoultre.
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With the watch comes a water-proof Pelican-style case. These cases are always great, but awful if you are trying to clear up space. You simply cannot throw these boxes away! They can be re-purposed for lots of uses and make for a great presentation. What amuses me is that when I opened the box there was a Luminox insert for a special limited edition version of the Deep Dive watch. This was for a different watch than the piece inside the case. It felt like Luminox was trying to advertise a different watch than the new one you just got. That was gave me a chuckle. Inside the Deep Dive Automatic is a Swiss ETA 2826-2 automatic movement. The 2826 is a variant of the popular 2824 movement but with a slightly different date ring (a bit larger in size). It certain feels good to have a mechanical Luminox watch with the same brand DNA as we are used to with the less expensive models. Price for the Deep Dive Automatic 1500 Series pieces is ,900. Steeper than many people expect for watch in the brand, but not at all unreasonable for what you get.
Not long ago Mathias was finally able to complete the Antikythera, miniaturizing the concept of the original into a wrist watch. And only Buttet's version actually tells the time and has a tourbillon. The man just LOVES tourbillons. It also runs by itself whereas the original needed to be hand-cranked. Hublot announced that no Antikythera movements will ever be sold. They anticipate making 3-4 of them and selling them (via auction) for charity. The sale of which I believe will benefit the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris (a really cool museum that focuses on the history of machines).
One of the nicest elements of the design is how the Italian calf-leather strap is fitted to case. This integrated look is always a bonus. The case is 45mm wide in steel and water resistant to 100 meters. Some models are polished while others are polished and then done in IP black. The crystal is one of those mineral glasses coated in sapphire. Different brands have different names for this, but the idea is to offer the scratch resistance of an all sapphire crystal in a less expensive watch.Read more ›
While most watch lovers and engendered to love Patek Philippe, not everyone finds a Patek watch they truly lust over. The Reference 5270 perpetual calendar chronograph is one of the pieces you can easily fawn over. Price when it arrives will be around 6,000. I don't expect them to be very easy to get, but if you are able to obtain one you will not be disappointed.
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Applied to the dial are the hour markers that are lume filled. I don't believe Montrek uses SuperLumiNova, but the lumed areas are large. The dial is carbon fiber which in this instance is a nice sporty touch. I think a matte dial would have made the face look a bit boring. I am also happy that the hands aren't really too short - as this is often an issue I worry about.
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It is possible the future versions of the 5270 watch will come in the future in other metals. For now the 18k white gold case is stunning with decorative flared lugs and a soft, rounded and polished bezel. Notice the brushed surfaces on the retro-style chronograph pushers. Inside the watch is a gorgeously designed and decorated in-house made Patek Philippe caliber CH29-535PSQ manually wound movement. Patek provides both a sapphire caseback window for the 5270, as well as a solid white gold back that can be personally engraved.
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