You no doubt have been reading a few articles on here about female watches and thought to yourselves that the tone doesn't quite sound like me. Hopefully at that point you noticed that the author of the blog article was not me, but rather the newest addition to aBlogtoRead.com; who will regularly be commenting on the watch world in addition to myself. So please welcome Molly McDermott, who is here to bring a different perspective to watch appreciation.
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"Everything must go! Deals! Deals! Deals! Robert Lighton has be committed due to criminally insane deep discounting! For legal reasons we can't stop the sale so take advantage of it right now for the accountants burn down the store for the insurance money! [readers, please take all that in jest as it was intended] Yes, I can hear it now... the silly commercials, and marketing copy that gets you excited about the sales, and all the rest of the hoopla. That applies to most sales, but sometimes you get something really good. This is one of those times.
Watchmakers and performers of the arts are stylists. In order to survive, both need to embrace constant stylization and refinement. Refinement allows people to see something old in a new light. And by doing this, younger generations will be quicker to embrace watches…and opera.
The newest AskMen.com watch review by me is up. This time it is on an unusual suspect, a TW Steel watch - a maker whose claim to fame is being in the business of 'big watches' (literally). The TW 1 model is part of the "Canteen" collection. It was not until I was almost done with the review that I realized the reason for the name. It has to do with the protective diver's crown. Read and you'll see if you still don't get it. Being so used to what the crown is actually for, it took me a while to realize it. Goes to show that the people in marketing at TW Steel are either not big watch aficionados, of can think outside the box really well.
Most women know Hello Kitty. Love or hate, this is a brand that has some significance in your past - and maybe now your future. Whether it was branded across your lunchbox or pencils or t-shirts, Hello Kitty represented youthful idealism and happiness.
The winder accepts watches small and large. It could probably comfortable fit a watch of 50mm wide with a max of about a 25mm wide strap or bracelet. When you turn the winder on, it does not spin continuously as this is not necessary. Rather, it spins for one hour, rests for three hours, and then spins again. This is to prevent over-winding of a watch. Very basic, and will satisfy the needs of most watches.
Credit to film's cinematographer here.
What is different about this Hamilton Seaview Automatic Diver watch? I thought about this question for a little while before writing anything down. I know I have seen the nautical almost art deco themed font used for the numbering before. The font is sort of an amalgamation of everything ocean-worthy and futuristic from 1920 -1970. Gently shaded, the large applied number totally make the watch. Without them it would be just another passable for forgettable Hamilton watch. The watch is pretty big too at 46mm wide, and the relatively small numbers on the rotating diver's bezel don't help the large wrist footprint. But that is OK, you want a nice looking watch like this to standout.
The particular model show's full title is Atelier DeMonaco Carree d'Or Black Pearl Grand Tourbillon XP watch, but you can just call it the Carree d'Or, or Black Pearl for short (Europeans and their titles...). Grand Tourbillon XP refers to the movement, which is really interesting. The tourbillon cage is perfectly balanced and features a titanium inner frame. The tourbillon bridge is transparent and is a sapphire crystal. Thus creating the floating movement look. The movement also has a silicuim escape wheel and lever. The movement is almost entirely visible, and you can see right through the watch via the lower part of the face. The dial of the watch features faceted gold indexes, while the dial is made of mother of pearl and onyx. Of course the movement is also an automatic which is nice. Overall, just a great looking movement.
People associate professional instruments with IWC watches. The Aquatimer series was always for the serious enthusiast. The new line has models that almost look cartoony in some angles, and the sheer range of colors available seems to miss the point of why people chose IWC Aquatimer watches over competitor offerings. Looking at the large hands, and bight yellows, oranges, blues, and other colors, I kept thinking to myself where I had seen this before. All over Japanese dive watches of course. These looks are usually typified by watches in a much lower range, not the price points at which IWC prides itself (,000 plus). I can't say what type of success IWC will have with the new watches, and it is possible they will be a strong commercial success. Further, this commentary isn't solely in regard to the marketing images. You can see this in the video and other images of the watches. Decide for yourself the resulting looks of the new line.
See Frederique Constant watches on Amazon here.
Frederique Constant Mens Vintage Rally Automatic Leather Watch FC 303WGH5B4
Time Remaining: 40m
Buy It Now for only: ,052.00
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Frederique Constant Mens Vintage Rally Silver Dial Automatic Watch FC303WGH5B6
Time Remaining: 57m
Buy It Now for only: 9.00
Buy It Now
Frederique Constant Art Deco Mini Ladies Watch MSRP 2050 No Box
Time Remaining: 1h 25m
Keep checking www.zenith-watches.com for updates, surely to be posted as the year closes.
Here's a profile of a man who is an aficionado of watches, an accomplished American Bass-Baritone opera-star, and a rising star on Broadway.
Aside from the eye catching face, I think you’ll agree that the case of the watch is very sleek and well integrated. The rubber strap integrated perfectly with the long curved lugs, and I like how the crown fits flush with the case when not in use. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the entire 44mm wide watch case is tapered a bit to resemble an entire jet engine structure.
See Piaget watches on Amazon here.
This is my first Skagen watch. I felt as though this was necessary to say, because for me, this brand is ubiquitous, but I've never owned one. While this sentiment should come as a delight to Skagen’s marketing department, it means that as a watch lover, I consider Skagen to be one of the most well known brands out there. The first day I wore this super thin watch on my hand, I began to see lots of other Skagen watches on people’s wrists. There has got to be a good reason for that. In fact, even the people I talk with who I don't consider to be watch lovers, still know the Skagen name. "That Danish watch brand right?"
See Perrelet watches on eBay here.
An impressive video perhaps, but to my mind somewhat at odds with my own impressions of Audemars Piguet. A company founded in 1875 and which revels in its history and traditions. Indeed the Company has always taken pride in the fact that every timepiece manufactured in-house is still made using the old-fashioned hand-made techniques. Their home web page in fact has 3 videos depicting various facets of the Company and each has an “in-house” style which is more traditional shall I say, and certainly more in keeping with the Company I know. The new video to me is alluding more to an automated assembly line in the motor industry!
The recently announced Perrelet Turbine watch (that I discussed here) has proved extremely popular, which is a good thing because this new video sheds more light upon this impressive timepiece. You get not only a great view of the watch in action, but a good understanding of how the double rotor system is engineered. Seeing the watch in the video in operation allows me to appreciate this desirable timepiece all the more.