The aBlogtoWatch team will once again attend the invitation-only event in Switzerland to bring you lots of hands-on coverage and video of the latest and greatest watches for 2014. We once again invite you to follow us, as we meet with your favorite watch makers and share coverage both here on the aBlogtoWatch website as well as on the aBlogtoWatch Facebook page, Instagram feed, as well as our YouTube channel. You can also check out SIHH 2014 tagged content on aBlogtoWatch, as well as all current and historic SIHH-related content tagged here.
Please be mindful of the fact that not all ,000 watches are created equally. At the ,000 - ,000 range you see this fact even more as watches in this range tend to wildly range in the features and materials they offer. ,000 can get you a solid gold watch from one make or another brands' entry-level steel watch. One isn't necessarily better than the other and one needs to take a closer look at the overall features, movement, and personality of the brand. There is a tool I developed some time ago that I call the "Rolex Submariner test" (that I further explained here). It is a way of measuring the relative industry value of a watch based on a gold standard (the Rolex Submariner).
4. The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 "London" Watch Movement
This sapphire bridge not only secures the mainspring and the center wheel, but also lends a "floating" look to the movement. Having handled a few pieces from other brands with sapphire elements in their movements (like the Ulysse Nardin 4-Gong Sapphire Tourbillon or the Maitres du Temps Chapter One Round transparence), the real treat of this scarcely used component is that unless it reflects some direct light source, it tends to become practically invisible, genuinely fooling the observers' eyes into seeing the movement's parts as if they were floating weightlessly.
Armin Strom has set a stride over the last few years with a core theme that seems to work for them. I use the term "contemporary" to describe their timepieces because while they are modern, they aren't futuristic, nor are they at all retro in their execution. I personally find it refreshing to find companies able to make watches that in my opinion very much fit in with "today" as opposed to the past or future. Speaking of today, right now I'd like to check out the Armin Strom Gravity Fire ref. RG12-GF.90 watch.
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Now, in late 2013 Chanel adds a new character to the J12 collection with the J12 Moonphase. The added moon phase complication is being debuted in a range of models that span from a classic white J12, to a Chromatic model, and even a totally jewel encrusted limited edition model (actually two of them). Though for now, the J12 Moonphase will be available exclusively in the 38mm wide size. Let's take a look at the new J12 Moonphase which offers a bit more than just a new complication.
There isn't any point just reiterating what we said last year about the Breguet 7727 once again. Though our pictures are better this time around. It is interesting on a personal level to see how my photography continues to improve as I test new equipment and techniques to take pictures of watches. In a studio setting it can be tricky to capture watches properly, but at trade shows where time, lighting, and space are limited, I take it as a real triumph when things go well. At the same time, we keep learning and investing in new things to perfect the process. We feel that sharing with people, a life-like vision of the watches they want to see, is important. Artsy images are great, but for us it is important to convey a real sense of what watches look like in the real world to the aBlogtoWatch audience.
In our two-part manufacture visit article, I had plenty of space to elaborate on what makes Parmigiani unique, but if I had to summarize it in just a few words, I would say it is the fact that they have as complex a system of manufacture as just about any of the big names in the industry, while remaining a niche brand, producing less than 6,000 really high-quality watches per year. Consequently, Parmigiani's charm is in that it is not the go-to brand to any newcomer watch enthusiast. Conversely, it takes some time to become acquainted with it and to understand the importance and potential of a vertically integrated manufacture, as well as what and how much that adds to the value of a watch. With the Tonda Metro collection, Parmigiani wants to diversify its current portfolio with a new line of watches that speaks for a wider range of potential customers, by offering a less stringent design language at a more affordable price - compared to its other Tonda, Kalpa or Pershing pieces, that is.
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The watch itself, on the other hand, is a relatively heavy one, coming in at 6.1 oz. This, combined with the 48mm case (stainless steel) made for a watch that wasn't the most comfortable to wear, at least on my 7.25" wrist. Once I got a little more used to the heft, it worked well enough in daily wear, though it wasn't nearly as unobtrusive as some of the heavier divers I've gotten accustomed to. I think this is due primarily to the case size.
Pebble has four pushers, one on the left side and three on the right. Top and bottom right are up/down, or other actions as noted on-screen (call answer/hangup, FF and REW for the music player) and center right is an action or select button. Top left is a BACK button. The menu structure is very easy to use, and the whole experience feels very consistent and friendly. The only time you press a button and aren’t sure what the result will be is when cycling through watch faces which can be done using all buttons except the center right action button.
Features & Uses
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Jacques Fournier: It would be totally exclusive, maybe only one piece in existence. It would be ultra high-tech and be very light weight. I would not ever want to take it off my wrist: I imagine it as the perfect fashion accessory for men. Functionally it would be uncomplicated and highly reliable. You would be able to wear it for brutal sports, space tourism, or eating out without feeling it is inappropriate. You could combine the colors yourself to make it totally your own, and simply. It will not need any maintenance, not wear out, and never fail. I am sure you can figure our why it would appeal to me...
John Patterson doesn't neatly fit the profile of someone who would go to the effort to make an atomic clock-based wristwatch. While he is technically a scientist, he is equally a recluse and an iconoclast. For the last many years he has lived on the isolated Hawaiian island of Kauai. In the 2000s he began a watch brand called Bathys, which quickly gained popularity offering a slick Hawaiian surfer-style dive watch in a big case. It hit its high-point in 2008 or so until a range of factors sent the brand into relative silence due to everything from the poor economy or Patterson's own personal life.
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This year Ulysse Nardin changes the name of its Freak Diavolo watch to the "Freak Phantom." I can't say why that is, but I suspect it has to do with conservative types who take issue with the fact that a watch is called "devil." That is the watch industry for you... What else has changed? Well the Diavolo was previously offered only in 18k white gold, and now we have it in 18k rose gold. Still probably one of the coolest tourbillon watches available when you want something that's not standard fare.
1. Explaining What's Wrong With The Watch Industry In 2014
Sure when you think of Silicon Valley, what immediately comes to mind is the unsurpassed tradition of electronics and software innovation and we love that as well. The majority of the guys in this part of the world drive hybrids and increasingly EVs. You can hardly drive ten miles without seeing a Tesla or Nissan Leaf around here. So you'd think that guys here would be wearing fancy quartz watches, or one of the so-called "smartwatches", or worst, nothing at all and use their smartphone. However, from my own experience attending watch-related events and the small sampling of guests attending this event, I can say that "geeks" here are like most guys who will never loose the passion that comes with listening to a roaring V8 or V12 engine even if their day-to-day ride is electric. So once introduced to real mechanical watches, I'd venture to say that, likewise, guys in the Bay area quickly get what the watch collecting passion is all about and become WIS (watch idiot savant.)
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