Without having tested the Olio smartwatch operating system in much detail, it is difficult to sum it up or discuss what it is like to live with it. More on that in the future... What I can talk about is the bigger picture of what Olio is trying to do with how users conceptualize interacting with the watch and making the best use out of the notification system.
Bremont had quite a few hot new pieces at Baselworld 2015, and while we've already shown you the new Boeing titanium GMT models, I wanted to share what I think is something of a sleeper hit among their new releases, the Bremont ALT1-ZT. The ZT is an update to the original ALT1-Z, an aviation inspired chronograph that was part of Bremont's original line up back in 2007. While the Bremont ALT1-ZT doesn't outright replace the Z, it does offer an entirely different spin that reflects Bremont's current design language and packs a really pleasing wrist presence.
The Rolex Sky-Dweller remains one of the interesting acquired tastes of the Rolex world toward the top-end of the brand (without including precious stones). If you are looking for a cool movement, large wearing size, and distinct sense of Rolex class, there aren't too many other ways to go. Prices for these Rolex Sky-Dweller watches are ,150 (18k yellow gold on a strap), ,550 (18k white gold on a strap), and ,850 (18k Everose on the bracelet). rolex.com
Price for the Urwerk UR-105 HIS watch is ,000 as well as a ,000 per month subscription fee. This fee is based on ongoing hardware and software maintenance and upgrades, and should really be justified in asking yourself, "how much would good human help actually cost?" When making that comparison, there is no contest that the Urwerk HIS is a good value. For future hardware upgrades to the watch, the price will be no more than ,000 (unless a totally new Urwerk HIS timepiece is introduced). urwerk.com
Much of the inspiration for their endeavor came from their late father, of whom Mr. Bremont also reminded them. A lover of all things mechanical, their father spent his free time tinkering with old clocks, cars, boats, and planes, a pastime that strongly influenced the brothers’ appreciation and aptitude for mechanical devices. Also a pilot, he was tragically killed in a crash during practice for an airshow, an accident that also seriously injured Nick. Seven years later, both Nick and Giles left their careers in finance to pursue the formation of Bremont in his memory.
Currently, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is available in a range of versions in steel as well as 18k rose gold. Of course, there is the neat bracelet option as well, which I happen to like, but the leather or rubber strap is more casual and sporty, offering a more simple fit. Dial colors are this lovely blue in the ref. 49150/B01A-9745 as seen here, as well as gray, black, and white. Additional colors will be available later in 2015, which will once again add some accents colors to the Overseas collection that have been missing from the main collection for a while. Perhaps they will be in anticipation of a future overall Overseas update?
To match, the hands are satin-finished with a titanium carbide coating and filled with anthracite grey SuperLuminova. The only color comes from the red of the exposed jewels. To complete the watch’s all black look, it is offered with a matte black alligator strap with a deployant buckle finished with black titanium carbide coating. If you like stealthy watches that fly under the radar, they don't get more "stealth" than this.
At "just" 46mm wide, the polished steel-cased Breitling Chronoliner is a typical size for the brand these days. In my opinion, with its modestly-sized lugs and lack of crown guard, the Breitling Chronoliner ought to wear boldly but comfortably. Given Breitling's current style and demographic, 46mm in case diameter seems to be their sweet spot. And here, it is mixed with a vintage-style case complete with plunger chronograph pushers. What might be more exciting for Breitling fans is the rotating bezel material.
The first "other" watch brand to be part of the MMT movement launch is Swiss Mondaine. Known for their Swiss Railways watches, Mondaine will launch The Mondaine Helvetica Smart Swiss Watch later this year in the 0 - ,000 price point. It will be interesting to see what other companies decide to experiment with MMT modules in the near future.
The Parmigiani Atalante Flyback Chronograph Bugatti watch is in the tradition of classic car racing watches with a tachymeter on the bezel and a flyback chronograph with an off centered 30 minutes counter on the dial. However, while the tachymeter is similar to other watches in the car racing style, that's also where the resemblance ends. The Parmigiani Atalante Flyback Chronograph Bugatti has a unique dial that is skeletonized to give it the look of a pre-war era Bugatti grill, under which one can admire the in-house movement along with rubies and the date wheel. The patented Parmigiani delta hands, which are filled with SuperLuminova, complete the sporty, yet refined and classy dial.
When Apple debuted the Apple Watch, the only pricing information they released was the starting price of the 38mm Apple Watch Sport which would be priced at 9. This led to wild speculation for months over what the full price range of the Apple Watch would be - especially when it came to the various 18k gold cased Apple Watch Edition models. I've speculated that the Apple Watch could be priced as high as ,000 in 18k gold with a full gold bracelet.
The clasp is secured with two push buttons that need to be pressed simultaneously to release it. While never failing to open, you do need to press both sides at once and about the same amount to release the buckle. This results in a folding clasp and buckle that is easy to operate yet provides a secure feeling on the wrist for what is overall a heavy watch due to the gold material. The total weight is just under 160 grams.
The second iteration adds automatic winding to the base, as the self-winding mechanism fits into that larger open space you saw a bit further above, between the crown mechanism (keyless works) and the balance wheel. Given how popular a regular automatic is going to be, it makes sense that this small complication pops into its designated space, making it easy and relatively cheap to install.
If you like the look of the fluted Rolex bezel, then you'll more than likely love the look of the Rolex Sky-Dweller. The precision milled and polished cases are immaculate, and detailing is intensely lovely. There is, of course, the "controversial" element of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, which is the dial design - something that people love or don't. I've never felt that the Rolex Sky-Dweller was an overly beautiful design, but I've since come to really respect it for its functional elements. The real issues for most people are the "open" GMT dial, as well as the skeletonized hands. The integration of the annual calendar continues to be clever as the month indicator is actually a window on the outside of the the respectively numbered hour indicator. Thus, a window filled in at 2 o'clock would mean it was February. The window filled in at 6 o'clock would be June, etc...
Kentex supplied both half-links and a micro adjust in the deployant to help you get a good fit with the bracelet. Common to many Japanese watches is the unfinished stamped metal deployant and diver's extension parts. These don't come with a high-end feel, but they are functional and the triple locking deployant feels stable enough. You do, however, get the "Asian rattle," as I call it from the bracelet, given the parts, which lock well enough, but rattle around a bit if you shake it. This is compared to say a Rolex Submariner that has a fluid moving bracelet, but one that the parts are so closely put together with tiny tolerances that there is no rattle. But of course, for the retail price of your standard Rolex Submariner you can buy about 11 Kentex Marineman Seahorse watches.