If ever you grow tired of the dial view, the backside of a Duometre is never a disappointment, allowing a clear view of both barrels and the beautifully finished german silver bridges. The two barrels work independently, with one barrel powering the Spherotourbillon and the other managing timekeeping and the moon phase.
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Some likely reasons for the lowered popularity of the Movado Museum Dial watch in the early 2000s was the fact that it went against emerging tastes. For one thing, it was a small diameter dress-style watch at a time when most men were beginning to gravitate toward larger, sportier watches. Also, most Movado Museum Dial watches contained quartz movements at a time when more and more watch lovers were focusing on mechanical watches. Over the years, Movado experimented with larger diameter Museum Dial watches, sport versions, and even mechanical versions - none with the success of the classic models from the 1990s, which succeeded because of the simple, quartz-based offerings and under ,000 price points.
I’ll be the first to admit that the Glashütte Original Senator Observer is not a traditional sport watch, but it is a classy sport-inspired watch, and I think it ticks off a lot of the right boxes for a gorgeous yet not-too-dressy daily wear. That is especially the case if you opt for the Glashütte Original Senator Observer on the available steel metal bracelet. In fact, the Glashütte Original Senator Observer – like some other Glashütte Original watches - is inspired by naval observation clocks and the style and legibility thereof. A few years ago, you may recall another Glashütte Original watch with this same caliber 100-14 movement that had a white dial with blued-steel hands. Now, the brand has offered something totally different with a black dial, and I love it.
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The Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 can be best described as a Ball Fireman Night Train DLC with a custom dial. We will go into details of the dial later, but what a dial it is! The case comes in a very modern size of 45mm, offers a water resistance rating of 100 meters, and has a very nice DLC (diamond-like carbon) finish, which makes the watch case more resistant to scratches and wear. The finishing is done so well that it almost looks as if it has a ceramic case.
Cutting straight to the chase here, what about that clever slider that is used to engage the chronograph? We found it easy enough to operate, and the operation itself is intuitive if you think about what the normal pushers do – the top pusher would start/stop, so you slide up. Conversely, the bottom pusher resets, so you slide down. In other words, you move the slide towards where a pusher would be located for the function you want. We were also pleased to note that the slide has a small tritium tube inserted, something that was not present in the original PR shots.
Olio calls this latter service "Olio Assist," and it is a learning system based in the cloud that the watch and your phone interacts with on a constant basis. How might this system work? Jacobs presents an example to me that someone wearing an Olio might be traveling and at a meeting only to have the weather change and it start to rain. The system would take into consideration the local weather data and your current position away from normal transportation and ask "would you like for me to order you an Uber?" Thus, the learning engine would learn that you use Uber and that you probably don't want to walk in the rain, thus proactively prompting a suggestion that it order an Uber car - and then actually doing so.
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When fully primed, the mechanism strikes on the hours, emitting a low tone, then the quarter hours in a combination of high and low tones, and also the minutes in a high tone. The 18 karat gold hammers, styled in homage to the early Girard-Perregaux bridges, are mounted on jeweled bearings to ensure a smooth transit. Everything about the case, its volumetric relationship with the calibre, the doming of the sapphire glass, and the materials used in the entire construction have been considered to minimize interference and deliver a crisp, well-amplified tune when the gongs strike.
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Many people were stunned and amazed when Apple finally confirmed that they were making Apple Watches with solid gold cases and that they will retail for as much as ,000. A lot of questions were raised, like how can they expect to sell something that would become obsolete in two years or less for so much. These are all valid questions, but are missing the point. The gold Apple Watch Edition is a very unique product for an atypical kind of customer. Let us explain why.
The main goal of the Urwerk HIS Infancy phase is to understand wearers' personal needs and habits in order to move to the next phase, which is the interactive phase between the Urwerk HIS and its owner.
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As the Zymosis Lockdown is a watch, it also needs to tell the time. I am rather disappointed in Time Warp Creations for failing to mention anything at all about the nature of the movement inside of these watches (on their desktop site). I actually just discovered that their mobile site has some totally different information and does indicate the movements in the watches which are Swiss ETA 955.112 quartz movements. So, this is a time-only watch, and the rest of the Zymosis dial is dedicated to "decorative" elements which help to complete whatever precise theme Time Warp Creations was going for.
2. CHRONOGRAPH: Timekeeping and split time presented down to an accuracy of 1/10th second.
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What I attempted to explain was that, while I did feel Romain Jerome watches were inherently expensive, and how not all of them appeal to me, I did appreciate the "point" of the brand. The one on my wrist at the time (from the Steampunk collection) simply made me happy to look at it. I enjoyed the style and quality of the case and was by no means wearing it for the rather rudimentary three-hand movement inside. While pretty much anyone who is a watch collector wears timepieces because they are art - it seems as though few of them understand or wish to admit that. In the context of the Romain Jerome Spacecraft and Romain Jerome Spacecraft Black, I can see how someone might wear it because of the movement.
With a watch like the Longines Avigation, you really are wearing something that has an understated simplicity. While the regular person on the street would not give the watch a second look, though, show it to those who are "in tune" with the watch world, and they will appreciate what is in play here.
By the end of the third day, it was covered in snow and ice and had already stopped sending rescue signals, and yet it was shown as one of the very few of Richard's connections to civilization. The picture above is from a scene where he, on his last day there, is shouting in anger into the vast nothingness of the Canadian Rockies, threatening his Top Gear colleagues who chose a rather comfortable pace when coming to his rescue. The watch – still there, strapped to the tree – reminded me of the volleyball famously called "Wilson" in Tom Hanks' Cast Away movie, where it was that item that became a partner and a link to the outer world – for the cast away Hanks.
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ABTW: Do you serve mostly locals or tourists, or is it a good mix? Also, what percentage of your customers would you call "knowledgeable watch collectors?"
One of my favorite independent watch makers, Mr. Kari Voutilainen, is coming out with at least one new watch this year, and it is the beautiful new Voutilainen GMR as a limited edition of just 12 pieces. The Voutilainen GMR (I believe it is named as such because it combines a GMT function with a power reserve indicator) is a gorgeous addition to the Voutilainen family, combining welcome and familiar aesthetics with a new dark dial which just hints at sportiness.
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For an extremely high-end watch, I am deeply enthused that the Hublot MP-12 Key Of Time watch has both an interesting case and movement. The case is produced from bead-blasted and then black PVD-coated titanium. I am not sure of the actual size, but given its unique dimensions I am not sure you could really use them to judge how the watch fits on your wrist. Of course, the watch is wider than it is tall, which helps, but it is also thick. With that said, it has an amazing integrated rubber strap which feels wonderfully comfortable. If you've worn a Hublot MP-12 Key Of Time watch before, you know how comfortable it is, if you haven't, then try it out sometime.
ABTW: As a business, do you sponsor or participate in any local events, watch-related or otherwise?
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Aside from the Bulgari Bulgari's blue dial which is new for 2015, Bulgari has added a blue-dialed version of their newer Bulgari Octo 38 in steel. Note that the blue dial color on the Bulgari Octo is exclusively available (at least in 2015) on the Bulgari Octo 38 and not the larger Octo. The Bulgari Octo 38 is a smaller version of the Bulgari Octo which is normally 41mm wide. I prefer the 41, but there is a lot to say for the Bulgari Octo 38 for those who like a more demure look on their wrist. Ironically enough, the Bulgari Bulgari and the Bulgari Octo are both Gerald Genta designs. In fact, most of the men's watch models at Bulgari today are Genta designs - which once again speaks to the lasting influence of the 20th century's greatest watch designer.
The result is a set of two hands which effortlessly get longer or shorter as they reach the further or closer parts of the oval shaped dial. Interestingly, the length of the hands is set in a way that under no circumstances can they be mistaken for one another – this could have been a problem at, say, 3 o'clock, when, had the hands taken up a visually similar length, the reading could be mistaken for 12:15. When the hour hand is at its longest and the minute hand is at its shortest setting, the minute hand still is considerably longer, making it easy to tell them apart at a glance. One of the reasons why I find the idea of pantograph hands so interesting – beyond them looking new and, dare I say, fun – is that every time I look at them I am inadvertently reminded of the countless little invisible details in their construction and execution.
Mounted to a comfy Horween Cordovan leather strap, the Nomos Minimatik has a lovely presence that is a mix of muted colors and refined (not stark) simplicity. I really like the use of color, the blue dots for the non-numbered markers, and the choice to go without a date display, which might have spoiled the symmetry of the dial design. As with most Nomos designs, you either get it or you don't. If you don't, you probably didn't read this far.
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