The Rado Hyperchrome XXL Court Collecion "Grass Court" is priced at ,300 on the rubber strap and ,600 with a ceramic bracelet. For that money, you get a beautifully integrated design – if that is your thing – comprising a case that is going to stand the tests of time remarkably well, a decorated movement with a no lesser reputation, and a rubber strap that is among the most comfortable, regardless the price point; although I'd be tempted to somehow get the watch with both the strap and the bracelet. rado.com
All Traser timepieces contain self-illuminating Tritium gas tubes on the hands and hour markers providing for unparallelled dial visibility in the dark. The Traser Classic Automatic Master has a slightly textured black dial and comes with a 46mm-wide steel case which is just 11mm thick. Over the dial is an AR-coated sapphire crystal, and the case is water resistant to 100 meters. Around the dial is a rotating diver's style timing bezel.
That would be, of course, the number 7 in red at, well, the 7 o'clock position. That would be in honor of Seven Marine, who builds the four motors that are mounted onto the back of the boat. The last specific branding change shows up on the solid links that appear on the rubber strap: one retains the UN logo, while the one that the wearer will most commonly see sports the Midnight Express logo. Speaking of the strap, what we were shown was a dark blue rubber with white racing straps, which looked rather sharp. While they were not presented here, there apparently will be a white rubber strap made available as well.
For 2015, Tiffany & Co. timepieces return, starting with the CT60 collection of watches which includes various models for both men and women. In the 1990s especially, Tiffany & Co. had some rather amazing as well as reasonably conservative timepieces with their own name on the dial, serving as a modern manifestation of their history of offering Tiffany & Co. branded timepieces - which dates to back before Patek Philippe was around. Tiffany & Co. is well known as a retailer of brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe (as well as some others over the years), but their own timepieces have always held their own. So if modern Tiffany & Co. watches have been around for a while, what about this collection marks a "return?"
In my opinion, some of the basic Terrascope and Aquascope models look the best. Not only do you get a coherent and versatile design (along with a pretty darn legible dial), but you also get what I think is the essence of the brand. In order to continually have new models JeanRichard plays with the basic concept and offers unique versions such as the (admittedly clever) JeanRichard Aquascope Hokusai collection that I debuted here. Click that link for a bit more background on the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The watch features the motif of a famous Hokusai woodblock carving titled "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa."
We agree that it is interesting to see all the new crowd-funded wrist watch projects that seem to pop up all the time, but our money would only ever go to those project owners who have already demonstrated the skill and ability to produce a watch, and if we are extremely patient and understanding when it comes to production timelines and what the eventual product is going to look like. While funding production is much less risk for business owners when using crowd-sourcing for any type of product, a lot of risk still exists and can be said to be passed right on to the consumer.
Panerai claims that a single artist must work for about a week to produce the decoration on the steel case - which is extra tough because the case is in fact in steel. Most metals which are engraved in the world of watch making are brass or 18k gold, because they are softer. The hardness of steel makes it more difficult to engrave and requires special tools. Such tools make for a less forgiving engraving experience, so the artists need to be very careful, because mistakes can mean they need to start over again.
This year, Uhrenfabrik Junghans has released eight new configurations for the Junghans Max Bill range. There are two ladies watches in bright, bold colors (blue and red) as favored by the late Swiss Maestro after whom the range is named, and a third ladies watch with a black dial and leather-backed felt strap. There is a new gents quartz watch, three new chronographs, and an automatic version as well, all with similarly clean and crisp dials that feature nicely weighted numerals and a respectful approach to space.
The design of the Romain Jerome Spacecraft case is thanks to another Swiss watch industry star - Mr. Eric Giroud. One of the best watch designers around today, Giroud applies his sense of refinement to otherwise highly original and often weird designs that make them work. If anything, Giroud is a master at making "strange" "acceptable." I say this with love, because something like the concept of the Romain Jerome Spacecraft watch in the hands of a lesser design could have easily spelled instant disaster for the outcome.
In late 2014, Citizen Watches opened up a flagship store in New York City located in Times Square on Broadway. It follows a trend of major companies who existed primarily in the wholesale business (selling watches mostly via third-party retailers such as department stores) to open up a few "mono-brand" boutiques in key markets in order to create special brand experiences for customers. As part of a new retail concept, Citizen asked aBlogtoWatch to work with them in creating a "blogger wall" at the new Citizen watches flagship store in NYC.
Speaking of manual labor, I had to ask Halvorson if the engravers ran into problems while decorating the cases and bracelets of these Rolex watches. Modern Rolex timepieces use a very hard form of steel which is an alloy called 904L. In addition to being very corrosion resistant 904L steel is very difficult to machine. Engravers typically like working with softer metals such as gold, silver, or brass. While I didn't have a chance to discuss it with the engravers, Blaine did respond that the engravers offered a lot of complaints about the difficulty of engraving each watch.
Assuming you aren't concerned about your pricey horological investment, you could also probably use the Urwerk UR-1001 Titan as an defensive or offensive weapon. Call is the "Zeit slap." So assuming you can get a UR-1001 would you want to wear it? That might be interesting given that the Zeit Device still contains features that Urwerk has never implemented into any of its other products.
Like most design success stories, the tale behind the Movado Museum Dial watch was not particularly glorious for Nathan George Horwitt himself. A deeply prolific designer, Horwitt spend most of his professional life producing designs that he attempted to sell to major companies. This was exactly the case with what eventually became known as the Movado Museum dial watch (and clock).
If we ignore the thermometer for a minute, you can plainly see that the watch is very much a dress watch, especially with the dark grey dial we had in for review (you can also get it with a white dial). The 39.5mm wide and 10.5mm thick case is made from 18k rose gold, and features a very high polish on it.
While the 2007 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M models had steel cases and bezels with a sapphire crystal insert, the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer watches have titanium cases and ceramic bezels. These details make for a huge difference in how these watches wear. The Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M has always been a huge watch, and now in titanium, it wears a lot lighter. It feels fantastic on the wrist despite the large case dimensions of 55mm wide and 48mm tall. In addition to the case being in titanium, so is the mesh metal bracelet and deployant, which is excellent news. This is the first titanium mesh metal bracelet I am aware of. Omega actually includes a rubber strap with each Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer in addition the bracelet - which is pretty nice, but at the same time, this is not an cheap watch.
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Again, Tom Cross found the balance between classic and modern ultimately what compelled him to this choice. “The minimal aesthetic both enhances the Art Deco elements, yet also makes the design even more timeless,” he said. “I’ve always found myself gravitating to that look, whether on vintage Omega Seamasters, Timex, or a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso – it’s such a mid-century hallmark. The Reverso just looks endlessly futuristic because of its classic lines and shape. And while the 1931 will of course go perfectly with a tuxedo, you can also wear it with a t-shirt, and it works. I’d wear this all the time.”
The Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 will be limited to just 1000 pieces, and Ball Watch Singapore will also donate for every piece sold to the Autism Resource Center (ARC) of Singapore, effectively earmarking S,000 in donations to the ARC. Price for the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 is S00 or roughly US55, depending on the exchange rate. ballwatch.com