Speaking of other watch brands, the look of the darker toned Masterpiece Gravity watch reminds me of the design language of Greubel Forsey, but with less extremism.
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Available in a more classically-inspired steel version or the more modern anthracite PVD, the Masterpiece Gravity is 43 mm wide and sports a domed sapphire crystal that acts like a magnifier for the edge of the dial. Visually, the combination of the animation provided by the active balance wheel and the static details of the skeletonized assortment, the colorful sub seconds display, and overall fine finishing makes for a very special piece from Maurice Lacroix.
Of course, that sort of naturally makes sense - the movies are a visual art, and while we enjoy knowing about the engineering of a watch, it's really the visual presentation and artistry of how a movement is showcased that really draws us in. In much the same way, I think this book will end up supporting the old "1000 words" analogy. I know for me, it's the most interesting book about the movie industry that I've run across. The Girard-Perregaux Mechanics of Dreams book is available now. girard-perregaux.com
The watch itself is a monster quite honestly, every bit a large pilot's watch. At 47mm it is not for the faint of wrist…and that is, unfortunately, me included with my 6.5 inch wrist. I can barely pull this sucker off, and it's only because my relatively tall height that it works overall. Looking at the watch on my wrist alone, it borders on dinner plate size at the right angle. But, after many days of nonstop wear I have found it wears incredibly nicely. The case is brushed 316L stainless, water resistant to 5ATM. The highly polished crown at 3:00 is emblazoned with a "U" for the brand's namesake. On the 9:00 side is a small engraved plate with watch number, in my case, 59 out of 100 total. The caseback has an incredibly cool engraving of the P-47 itself, and I find myself showing it off quite often to friends while feigning military jargon with lots of "niners" and "tangos" thrown in.
So why do I start with this inventory of my Garmin watches and devices for this post. Simply to say that, while not perfect, I think Garmin understands how to make watches suited for specific activities---I call them Activity-focused smartwatches. That's what makes me and many others come back for more.
This movement can allow timing down to 1/5 of a second. On the upper end of the scale, the right-side register can track up to 24 hours, meaning this could conceivably be used in an endurance race (the left register records the chrono minutes). Rounding out the readouts on the dial, you have the date display showing up at 6 o'clock (for the non-Elford models).
So, why CEO of Montblanc? Why now? Still today when many people think of Montblanc they imagine pens, and if you know their watches, clearly the Timewalker comes to mind. What else do they make?
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As a classic racing-inspired watch, the Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph dial makes good use of attractive, bold colors. These are used for the hands mostly, and help the dials be both legible and distinctive. From a fashion perspective, they are also interesting when trying to match them with the proper clothing. Overall, I find that each of the models gets high marks for legibility, even for the subdials.
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First, telling you a little bit about the brand is probably in order. Any time we run across a watch company we've not heard of before (especially one that produces in small volumes), we're tempted to think that they're "another" microbrand, without much in-house expertise of their own. To the contrary, Michelsen is the oldest Icelandic watch company, founded in 1909 by J. Frank Michelsen, the great-grandfather of the men running things today. At the helm is Frank Ú. Michelsen, a master watchmaker in his own right.; the elder brother, Robert, is a WOSTEP Certified Watchmaker, while younger brother Magnus (perhaps the visible face of the company) handles the marketing. In short–they're not some flash-in-the-pan company, and they've got great in-house expertise (if you'd like to know more about the brand, take a look here).
In an increasingly segmented industry, few watchmakers have the opportunity to create a watch from start to finish, and even less are able to follow its destiny. In our Manufacture, our watchmakers pursue their training and hone their skills by working with new, exclusive and technically innovative calibres. Each watchmaker is responsible for making a specific watch, from beginning to end, according to his professional affinities - and above all his technical sensitivity. This how a real watch should be made and we are only a very few still working like this. I cannot consider making watches any way otherwise.
Now that we are familiar with the basics of how the mechanical movement and the GPS chip function together, the key question is how successfully can all this technology be packed into a watch case that remains actually wearable? Well, the VCXO Ox One will come in a 46 millimeters wide and just 9 millimeters thick case, keeping the watch at the wearable side of things, especially once its complicated movement and the lack of a protruding crown is taken into consideration. It is said to be water resistant to 3 atmospheres, the equivalent of 30 meters, which is acceptable for a watch with such technological advancements and more elegant than sporty looks.
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To explain, BaselWorld, which is the largest and most heavily attended watch show in the world, is dominated by the Swatch Group, which is the largest timepiece conglomerate in the industry. Swatch owns a significant portion of the exhibiting brands, giving it a clear “advantage” when it comes to exhibit space and brand presence. The LVMH Group (Louis Vuitton Möet Hennessey) also exhibits there, as does Rolex – which is of course the largest independent watch manufacture in the industry. In short, it is a full house of competing luxury brands, and the creation of SIHH was a way for a few of them to distinguish themselves and stand out to attendees to get undivided attention for their products. Today, SIHH is primarily a Richemont Group affair, and seeing as Richemont brands are primarily high end, it makes for a difference in presentation throughout the event. I should disclose that I haven’t personally attended BaselWorld, so I won’t make any further comparisons to it, but I will convey this: Richemont and their collaborative independents have gone to a lot of trouble to differentiate the SIHH experience from that of BaselWorld, and it is an extremely posh and luxurious atmosphere, which we will get into shortly.
Along with this star-disc moves the moon, meaning that upon looking at the display one can tell the moon's relative position to the sun and earth. Consequently, it is a new moon when the moon is "between" the earth and the sun, and as it rotates counter-clockwise it goes from waxing to full and then to waning moon - as pictured below. What is more is that there is a fixed 24-hour ring around the periphery of the star-disc, serving as a day and night indicator: as the earth disc rotates away from the "sun" - the balance wheel - one can easily read on which part of the Northern hemisphere is it day, or night.
When the time is right (usually in the early afternoon on the press-only day of Basel) Rolex opens up the case and pulls off the hoods–pretty much all at the same time–to reveal the new watches.
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Limited Edition of 11 pieces
Case: 18k red gold, 96 components, engraved One of 11;
Dimensions: 62 x 59 x 22 mm;
Movement: 558 components, 58 jewels, 1-minute tourbillon, 60 hours of power reserve, 21,600 A/h;
Functions: Hours, minutes, 60-minute chronograph, retrograde date, retrograde GMT, day of the week and patented precise moon phase displayed on separate rollers;
Dial: Laser-etched sapphire, circular grained appliqués, white Super-Luminova indices;
Hands: Faceted, diamond-cut hands, luminescent hour and minute hands;
Strap: Hand-sewn alligator with 18k gold deployant buckle
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Tangible or otherwise, the many qualities of a watch like this are what make so-called luxury watches worth knowing about. Yes, it costs 0,000 USD and is limited to just 20 units, but that likely only matters to the lucky few who will ever own one, right? debethune.ch
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You may be asking yourself, "what is an ExoTourbillon and what can it do for me?" Aside from making you feel younger and more virile, an ExoTourbillon is a unique and rare species of tourbillon found in the small Swiss mountain town of Villeret. There you'll find Montblanc's Villeret factory formerly known as Minerva. I've been there, and it is indeed a more unique high-end watch manufacture experience compared to most. How? Well less stuffy and formal than most, the former Minerva facility is in fact not only historic, but kept historic. In addition to some high-tech machines, they also have some interesting ones used to make watch parts in a very traditional way. It is a cool place for sure. Plus, traveling there may be your only opportunity to see one of these hard-to-find timepieces as only eight have been produced.
Oh yes, the date. What an odd item to be the source of controversy. Panerai integrates a date disc that matches the tones of the rest of the dial and I think overall makes the dial feel more useful. Though people do argue that the addition of the date window takes away from the overall elegance of the dial. I suppose everyone is right. The PAM512 doesn't have the date, as well as many other Panerai models. Like I said, each of these is a slight tweak meant to satisfy at least one super picky Panerai fan.
Roger Smith produces each watch by hand, by himself, in the most traditional of manners. He is THE protege of the famed English watchmaker George Daniels, and he lives and works on the Isle of Man located between the UK and Ireland. There is a several year waiting list for his watches and he produces two types of pieces. First are ones in his "Series" collection that are limited in production, but are produced in small numbers. Next are his more exclusive "Bespoke Series" watches that are completely unique to the client and made to order per the customer's specifications.