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Breguet officially launched the Classique Chronometrie ref. 7727 watch in 2012 and we have a full hands-on look with video (here). That was at Baselworld 2012 and we really liked it then. At Baselworld 2013 the 7727 was back, with a minor change on the dial, and available in both 18k rose gold and 18k white gold cases. What was different on the dial? Well everyone seemed to love the watch but really didn't like the "10Hz" text on the dial being printed in red. So Breguet redesigned it to be in a gray color that blends in with the guilloche engraved dial. Better now? I honestly didn't mind it being in red because I thought the label helped define the watch as a unique mixture of the past and present. Is it more elegant with the gray text? Yes. Problem solved everyone?
On wrist, the Officer Pro wears well and makes a convincing case for use in situations where you might not want to bring a mechanical watch, such as shock-prone sports, or in scenarios where it is critical that you're able to easily and quickly read the time in a variety of lighting environments.
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The 38mm wide case is in steel and the watch comes with various amounts of stones. The version you see here has diamonds on the hours markers and around the bezel. There is also a "full set" case which has 3.22 carats of diamonds and a white dial. It also happens to be matched to a black and white mink fur strap.
This isn't going to be a typical aBlogtoWatch review, because this is a watch I made myself. Given that little fact, and some added personalization, I have special feelings toward this Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase watch. So, what I will do in this review is discuss the timepiece itself and then some of the qualities that make it different from what you can buy. That more or less means you aren't going to be able to make one yourself, unless you are really, really lucky.
In Dresden, Moritz's good friend Adolph Lange (yes, the A. Lange) had established his facilities in Glashütte, and convinced Grossmann to stay in the area. Stay he did, creating things such as the Glashütte lathe, and various escapements and other movement improvements until his death in 1885. Grossmann is part of the history of German watchmaking and today his name is on the face of some gorgeous, wonderfully Germanic timepieces of a high pedigree.
This is the limited edition Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon watch collection. First there was the Memorigin Batman The Dark Knight Rises Tourbillon, the Memorigin Superman Tourbillon, and now we get a tourbillon-equipped watch with either Optimus Prime or Bumblebee.
One way to improve isochronism is by stacking the barrels in a way that they are "coupled." The 11 mainspring barrels in the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari are "series-coupled," designed to ensure a greater degree of consistency in the power as it is released overtime. Adding a tourbillon to this arrangement isn't about increasing accuracy, but more about luxury and adding mechanical art and complexity to an already complex movement. Viewing the movement in action is quite amazing, and examining the details of the 637 piece movement is extremely satisfying.
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch." In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we're speaking with Xavier Nolot, the CEO Audemars Piguet North America. For his First Grail, he went back to very beginning, calling out a lowly LCD-equipped watch as his first.
Moon phase indication is among the most famous, and most frequently re-interpreted features in the elusive group of poetic complications - and it just happens to be where the Terraluna truly excels. Exposed at the back of the 45.5 millimeter pink or white gold case, the orbital moon phase display shows the location of the moon relative to the earth and the sun – something Lange claims to be a world first in a wristwatch. Looking at this heavenly map of the skies one can quickly spot the earth and the moon, but the sun just seems to be missing from the equation. Well, that is because the sun is represented by the balance wheel - a truly ingenious idea to say the least!
UTS produces the cases for each of their watches in Germany, from German steel, and they aren't stamped but rather individually milled. They have a unique lug design and in many ways simply epitomize what a tool watch looks like. This, my friends, is the archetype of a utilitarian dive watch. The UTS 4000M Pacific Horizon Blue watch is 45mm wide and 17.5mm thick–it is water resistant to 4000 meters, after all. If you want a thinner UTS watch, they have those as well. Nevertheless, people seem to find the UTS 4000M uniquely wearable on a daily basis.
Alright, soapbox mode is now disengaged. For these particular models, Zenith has gone with methods of decorating the back of the watch that mirror and complement the complexity of the movement housed within. Over the past year, some finer methods we've not seen in watchmaking have been making a comeback in the luxury realm, turning the watches (commonly the dial) into miniature paintings.
In contrast to the main handset, I do really like the seconds and red GMT hands. I really like slender seconds hands that reach out to the outer edge of the dial, and this one has a slight flair on the balance end, making for a sharp design. In some ways, it's almost a hand destined for a dressier piece - which makes me wonder if the main handset was different in the initial designs for this watch. Confusingly, it's also the only hand that has any lume - which makes the lack of lume on the main handset that much more of a surprise. As to the GMT hand, it's also slender and unobtrusive, meaning you really only pick up on it when you're wanting to read the second time zone. This is done by a quick tilt of the wrist so you can see the 24-hour scale printed on the rehaut - small, but legible.
Many watch lovers are familiar with the fact that Rolex uses a type of steel that no one else uses. Stainless steel is not all the same. Steel comes in various types and grades... and most steel watches are made from a type of stainless steel called 316L. Today, all the steel in Rolex watches is made from 904L steel, and as far as we know, pretty much no one else does. Why?
As is usual, the staff at Tourbillon SF hosted what I could only note as a first class party. The champagne, rare red wine, and hot appetizers were flowing throughout the evening, and the place was packed. What was particularly impressive at this event was the number of true collectors who were present. Many of the attendees wore special Blancpain pieces such as a rare Carousel watch as well as a rare stainless steel Villeret, and not to mention the many Fifty Fathoms (new and vintage) since this was after all a celebration of the heritage of that iconic model.
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So are you able to identify all of the watches from just their hands? There might be one or two that is difficult to spot but you'll quickly feel silly for not knowing them at first glance if you look at our answer guide below. I think it is a testament to both big brand and boutique company design to see that a range of different watch companies are represented in this collection. While I would love to spend more time analyzing the hands and why they are distinct, I think the pictures speak louder than the words. What do you think? Are hands as important as we claim that they are? Are there models that should be in this list? What are some of your favorite watch hands?
It may be a bold statement, but I like to think about the brand Richard Mille as both the jester and the rocket scientist within the fictional realm of haute horlogerie. Since its launch in 2001, and especially during the last couple of years, it has not only dreamt big time and time again, bringing down at least some of the old-fashioned walls which older governors of fine watch making had built around themselves, but also had the know-how to back up those extremely bold ideas and realize them.