This isn't just the official timepiece for 24: Live Another Day, but a watch that will be featured in the show, as well as one that people will be able to buy starting in the summer of 2014. What makes the 24: Live Another Day CTU watch interesting is that Fox Studios commissioned a totally original item and it isn't from a major brand. This makes a lot of sense for a television series so involved in tracking time, and it is cool to see the producers engage in such efforts. In fact, if you haven't watched 24 before, you should know that each season is designed to more or less track the events of a single day in real-time.
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Rather amusingly (and not uncommon for Japanese brands) the official name of the watch is the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT Diver's... It just ends there. Diver's watch? Well "Diver's watch" presumably, but it is amusing the the title ends with a possessive noun rather than indicating what this item is meant to be for a diver. Personally, I would have just called it the "Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT 200m Diver," but what do I know about the complex intricacies of watch nomenclature?
For 2014, Breva has released their second watch with the Genie 02 Terra. It sports a mechanical altimeter that like the brand's first watch - the Genie 01 - uses a specially developed aneroid capsule to indicate this information using air pressure. Hands-on, the Breva timepieces are certainly cool, and we take a look at prototype of the Genie 02 Terra and get to know the brand a bit better.
2013 and 2014 saw the release of additional new Seiko Astron models. The modern Seiko Astron was released in 2012 and debuted by aBlogtoWatch here. The Astron is probably the most full-featured and convenient timepiece that connects to GPS satellites in order to automatically update the time and location (time zone) of the wristwatch. Solar powered and feature rich, it is one of today's ultimate travel watches. This reference SAST100 version of the Astron is a limited edition piece for 2013, and dedicated to the founder of Seiko watches, Mr. Kintaro Hattori. Some of these design ideas made it to the 2014 Seiko Astron models (debuted here).
The case itself is uniquely detailed with a cool-looking sapphire crystal that sits over the entire case acting as the bezel. Acting like a cap, the sapphire crystal allows for a very dynamic view into the dial. Even though it is curved, Girard-Perregaux ensures that it has the right amount of AR coating so it is not marred with glare and reflected light. If there is any company that understands how to properly use sapphire crystals it is GP, for sure.
Gray and gold was very 'in' several years ago when titanium started to become a really popular metal in luxury watches. Brands seemed to like mixing titanium with 18k rose gold, almost in an ironic manner offering a watch with a very lightweight metal next to a rather heavy one. I suppose they equalized each other and all those watches weighed the same as steel? In this case LeBron's watch is mostly 18k pink gold with a titanium bezel... more »
Jacques Fournier: At a young age, I was spending a lot of time looking at luxury timepieces in watch boutiques in Geneva or anywhere I would go. I had only one goal, to find a very unique one which would totally overdo all the other ones, and save up and buy it. In the early 90s this was still haunting me, so I designed a few watches and shared visuals on the net. A Private Label watch design studio in Le Locle Switzerland asked me to design for them, and said I had a very interesting and unique approach in creating timepieces, which was inspiring to them.
Omega X-33 watch lovers will rejoice to know that for 2014, Omega is releasing a brand new version of the X-33 called the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33. You can now insert relevant Luke Skywalker and other related Star Wars references. This is an interesting move as just two years ago in 2012 Omega released what was supposed to be the modern X-33 with the Speedmaster Z-33 (reviewed here). Nevertheless, the cult favorite X-33 is back with a new and updated model.
Were it not for Shatner's involvement in this particular model, this is a watch that would still, definitely, make me take notice. You can't help but have your eye caught by the interestingly shaped case (officially, it measures in at 45mm). What makes this particular case more of a technical feat isn't readily apparent - the domed sapphire crystal. As you might imagine, combining that case shape with a domed sapphire was no small feat - and it's something I'm looking forward to checking out in person one day.
As most ébauche workshops have gathered under the virtual roof of Ébauches SA, the companies assembling and selling complete watches saw the benefits of such a move as well and so they began looking for a way to join their forces. Soon enough, in 1930, the group SSIH was established by the merger of the houses Louis Brandt, Omega and Tissot. In 1932 they were accompanied by Lemania, now enabling the group to create chronographs.
Topper Fine Jewelers operates a single store in Burlingame, California. Burlingame is just south of the SFO airport and about halfway between Palo Alto and San Francisco.
When you see the word "wind" do you think of moving air or what you do to your watches? Well, its both in the Windy City of Chicago which is home to Geneva Seal, a watch store which has served the mid-western metropolis since 2002. But the Geneva Seal story began over 35 years ago when this family business founded a diamond wholesale operation (they still have a diamond buying office in Chicago to this day).
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For many years, since I was a teenager, when strolling at malls, I've always make a point of stopping by the watches section of jewelries in order to admire fine timepieces. Over time, I've come to know the characteristic style of a handful of brands and track some fads as they came and went. All along, I just considered myself a watch aficionado much like car aficionados, who admire certain cars from afar, either because they cannot afford them or have other priorities, but never really meaning to buy the objects of their affection.
Of course, the irony in these Romain Jerome 1969 Heavy Metal watches is that the mechanical movements contained within do not use any silicon parts. Speaking of which, they are the Romain Jerome Swiss-Made caliber RJ003-A automatic movements (by La Joux-Perret). Silicon is rather used for the dial as a sheet of cut silicon crystal. Romain Jerome colors the silicon in a few forms, but the blue dials are perhaps the closest to what people tend to associate with the element.
TFJ: Downtown Burlingame is known for its shopping (both independent, family-owned businesses like Topper’s and chains like Bannana Republic, Apple, Kate Spade, etc.) and has a wide selection of fantastic restaurants. However, we are located in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula and there is a wide range of things to do relatively close by, ranging from touring all the iconic San Francisco sites, enjoying the beauty of Marin County across the Golden Gate bridge, taking a day trip to the Napa Valley wine country, walking on the beach in Half Moon Bay (30 minutes away), and even skiing at Squaw Valley (less than four hours away).
At the six o'clock position, there is a window showing a flying tourbillon. On the top of the case is a pusher which, if I recall correctly, can be used to change the hour in one hour increments. The watch has no visible crown, but rather two small fold-out crowns on the rear of the case. One crown is for setting the time while the other is for winding the movement. Do check out the previous article that discuss more about the Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 watch with additional pictures and tech specs.
The Vicenterra GMT-3 Volume 2 is amazing in that it allows us to have a unique view on the planet that we live on, depicting this heart-warmingly beautiful celestial body as a tiny rotating globe. Its proprietary movement module couples this rather unusual display with a GMT subdial, a day-night indicator, and also a retrograde date – all the while remaining easily legible. And although it is certainly not cheap, when compared to other offerings with similar features, the Vicenterra GMT-3 Volume 2 retains a relatively moderate price point. Let's discover the details of this quite unusual package.
ABTW: What was your first grail watch, that one piece you believed would be an apex of your collection at the time?
[Update: July 8, 2014 - While we value the quality of their product, in light of recent events, aBlogtoWatch will no longer cover RGM products and cannot endorse RGM as a company. - Ed. ] What's This?
I like to revisit the work of Maurice de Mauriac from time to time to check out what watch designer Daniel Dreifuss is doing in Zurich. His small shop is like Lego land for watch people, where you can visit and customize a pretty darn nice looking watch with his help. Though you only get that if you travel to Zurich; for everyone else there are his "collections" of watches that you can order. Today let's look at one of the Maurice de Mauriac Chronograph Modern Le Mans timepieces.