While the Kia Kaha has a solid caseback, the Magrette Kaitiaki (meaning "guardian or protector") has a exhibition caseback with a sapphire crystal window. Here, you can see the Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement, with a Magrette style engraved rotor. Back when I learned about New Zealand based Magrette I urged them to offer watches with rotors hand-engraved using the wonderful Maori style. Now you can see how lovely the result is after they decided it was a good idea. The Kaitiaki has another special feature. Buyers will get their names engraved on the back of the watch.
Ball researched and developed a special function for the watch called the Amortiser. The allows you to lock the automatic rotor into place to prevent damage to it during high shock activity. To "amortize" the rotor, you need to take off the watch and physically twist the propeller shaped disc on the back of the watch. You can feel it lower a bit and lock down. This prevents the rotor from moving. To release it, you just twist the disc back the other way. Just don't forget to release it after your period of 'high shock' is over. The watch will still function when the rotor is secured off power from the mainspring, and you can still manually wind the watch if you like. This cool piece of technology is perfect for things you do everyday like:
Each of the Louis Moinet Jules Verne Instrument watches is available with either a black or silver dial and limited to 60 pieces. That means there are 240 of the limited edition watches available. I also hear that there are a few blue and Havana (tobacco brown) dials available in even more limited editions. Prices for the watch at about ,900 each - and pretty darn worth it if you have the means and the dreams.
Case is 43.5mm wide and in steel, with polished and satin surfaces. It does actually look quite nice, as does the dial - that would look good if they were to give it a bit more of a traditional looking watch face. There is also a fair amount of lume for actually reading the watch - which is good. Does a piece like this fit into Maurice Lacroix brand DNA? A bit, but many of their pieces go right outside the box.
In the US Roland Iten products are available at Westime.
Size and features of the PAG110C-3 are pretty much standard mid-range Pathfinder specs. Given the "niche" appeal of the green color, Casio didn't want to go out and throw in all the bells & whistles into this watch. As such, there are a few features you might want that are missing in this model, that you will have to finder in other Casio Pathfinder models. One example is being able to sync the watch with the atomic clock nearby via radio signals. The higher-end Pathfinder watches have this. Also, most of the newer Pathfinder models have some "plus" feature. Such as all the standard functions plus a tide chart for example. The Go Green watch has no lack of features, but won't beep happily when it is Earth Day or anything. It has the time, perpetual calendar, world time, alarms, stopwatch, countdown timer, compass, barometer, thermometer, and solar power generation with battery charge indicator. The backlight has a the auto illumination function as well, which is always cool (you can set the watch to have the backlight activate when you tilt your wrist toward you). So as you can see, each Pathfinder watch is pretty full featured as it is.
The watch case is a bit beefier as well and it has a solid looking rotating diver's bezel. One issue with the bezel is that it is on the harder side to turn (though it wears in a bit with usage), but at least is isn't loose and does not wiggle at all. The watch also has an upgraded crown that is larger, more precision cut, and has the Magrette logo in relief (as opposed to a simple laser cut). It looks better all around and again is a screw-in crown. There is also a new caseback cover that has a good quality look to its engraving and fits nicely. Overall I can say that the improvements here are all in the right direction. Plus, it all works together to give the Moana Pacific Diver a water resistance of 500 meters.
Seeing a watch like this out of context is not always a good idea. Meaning that if you are the middle of big city looking for desk divers you might pass this one over. Be on a boat, or at a tropic beach resort and the timepiece grabs at you. It just has a very tropic beach instrument look to it. Maybe check out the watch on your laptop while sitting at a pool to see what I mean.
The Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Calibre 1887 watch retails for about ,400. Maybe a bit pricey, but they will sell fast. The watch is really quite nice, and more than enough timepiece for most people. The movement works quite well, even if it isn't totally Tag Heuer in origin. You can get the watches now, but remember that in several months it will be face-lifted a bit.
Linde Werdelin The Perfect Five Characters: SpidoGirl
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Linde Werdelin The Perfect Five Characters: SpidoGirl
You can see that the strap is connected to a polished metal cradle. Without this segment the LUC Louis Ulysee is a pocket watch (not sure if it comes with a chain). Not only can you insert the watch into the cradle to make it a wrist watch, but this process is supposed to be incredible easy and fast. Alas. all you need to do is slide the watch into the cradle, and tighten the lock on the back of the watch. This should also create a snug, wiggle free fit. For added security you can loop a small buckle through the crown guard attaching it to the cradle in another way. The strap it self is in alligator.
[Ed. note - since I've seen Hamilton screw up designs before, I look closely at each new release to make sure they look 'proper.' This one is interesting, and actually feels retro in a fresh way. You'll have to love large applied metal numerals - and I sense the polish on them is "unique."]
The 30 minute chronograph almost looks to be there just for presentation, given how closely you need to check it out to read it. Of course it is useful, but the square subdials add an interesting and welcome complexity to the design. The Roman numerals looks pretty awesome if I may say, and they give gold a good name in a look like this. You can tell that Roger Dubuis wants you to think that this is a sport watch given the rubber coating on the crown and pushers. Quality is up to given ownership by Richemont of Roger Dubuis. Note that the watches in the images taken by me have protective plastic around them.