Everyone wants to get in on smart watches and the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing is one of the more interesting smart watches we have seen. Michael Bastian is an American designer who has spent time in labels such as Tiffany & Co. and Polo Ralph Lauren, so he clearly knows a thing or two about watch design. In fact, the MB Chronowing even looks like a cross between an IWC Ingenieur and Hublot Classic Fusion. Whether this is a good thing or not, we leave up to you. But looks aside, how does it hold up? Ariel offers his thoughts.
Some watch brands, however, might feel differently, and there are bound to be some conflicts between rights holders and smartwatch dial makers. There are two legitimate complaints that I can foresee a major watch brand having in regard to creating smartwatch versions of their watch dials - whether they create it or someone else does in an unofficial manner. In fact, I've spoken to several brands about this, and while some are bullish about the idea of having their dials on digital screens, others feel that doing so might diminish the value of their brands. Their concern, first and foremost, is that a flat digital version of their dials will never come close to looking like the "real thing," and that consumer might never understand what they are missing. More practically, I think their second concern is a bit more valid. It is that unofficial "replicas" of their dials in digital form might not be "perfect," and will confuse people when it comes to knowing what their dials actually look like or how their watches perform.
While an iPhone can live without an Apple Watch, all Apple Watches must have a host iPhone. None of this is because Apple is trying to make extra money by selling people two products: it is because the technology does not yet exist to allow for smartwatches to seriously live on their own and offer all the functionality of a phone and then some (yes, there are "stand alone" smartwatches, but in my experiences, none of them are particularly good or highly recommended by critics). However, that doesn't mean that the Apple Watch cannot be away from your phone for periods of time.
Jaquet Droz will produce the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme watch in both 18k red gold and white gold versions, as well as in both 39mm wide and 43mm wide cases. The thickness of each version is virtually the same at just over 12mm. Jaquet Droz is popular in many Asian markets, which is why the 39mm wide version is available in addition to the existing 43mm wide version. Given the starkness of the dial I find that the larger size of the case offers a nice statement on the wrist. It is really nice to wear a Jaquet Droz if you appreciate their penchant for dial cleanliness.
Believe it or not, I am not Simon Cowell, Tom Cruise, Jay-Z, or Tom Brady (all Veyron owners). Indeed, I lead an average existence that would make for a truly unwatchable episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous. I've never been on a private jet, my friends are not titans of industry and I don't have a foreign bank account. All of this is not to say that I don't lead a rich and fulfilling life, but rather to illustrate just how absurd it is that I got to drive a Bugatti Veyron.
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon case is a modest 38.5mm wide, and here, in solid platinum. It is joined to a black alligator strap and should wear quite nicely for most people. I particularly enjoy how the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1's off-centered dial has aged. I am personally not a huge fan of many asymmetrical watches, but this is among the exceptions. One of the things I like is the clarity and simplicity of the dial for the time itself, which is made just a bit more interesting with the also off-centered subsidiary seconds dial inside of it.