In addition to having an open view of the movement on the dial, much of the face is done with a machine engraving-like decorative design. It looks very nice and fits the overall theme of the Nicolas Rieussec collection very well. One of the things that I've noticed about the Nicolas Rieussec collection is that it is one of the most uniquely designed timepieces that you can wear daily. That means it is comfortable and convenient enough for full-time use on your wrist, but has a very distinctive and unique design at the same time. It is still pricey though, but not outrageous for the features and feature-rich in-house movement. In steel, the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Open Hometime is priced at 10,690 Euros and 26,500 Euros in 18k red gold.
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Yacht racing has a pretty small following in the USA, so if you've not kept up, this is a good year to check out the changes due much in part to Larry Ellison with whom TAG Heuer works in their support of Team Oracle USA. The boats used to look like this one from 2007 - monohull, sails , carbon fiber construction:
Since beginning to produce watches under his own name, he has continued to push boundaries with creations that allow the owner to play baccarat and black jack, or that merge movements with their traditional enemy - magnets - to tell the time with floating ball-bearings.
What the SoH watch lacks in legibility it makes up for in personality. However, to get an idea of what the Second of Happiness watch is like to tell the time, Mathilde set up a site with the SoH watch design that shows the current time here. Depending on when you visit that site, it seems as though the face of the watch changes. A principle feature of the SoH is that the dial can look like anything. It's designed to look good with a solid color face, one with a pattern, or even one that looks more like a face. For example, one version Mathilde designed has a smile-shaped opening at the bottom of the dial that looks like a mouth. It also doubles as a slight view of the mechanism.
>Model: RAD Black
>Would reviewer personally wear it: If I went back into radiation work, I'd buy one before I started the first day.
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: A radiation worker, or anyone obsessed with their immediate environmental conditions.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Size.
>Best characteristic of watch: Stealth Geiger counter for those who need one, in a tough and durable watch.
Oliver Ike (OI): I discovered the POD style of the Australian designer Marc Newson when I was working during my studies in the design furniture market. Nobody knew him, not even in the design trade in Europe. I saw the first publication of his work and was intrigued by the way he could read details. Mr. Teruo Kurosaki, the Japanese design pope (who also spotted Philippe Starck), discovered Newson and made him famous in Japan - and introduced him to Giulio Cappellini in Europe. I fell immediately in love with his design style that has something very Japanese about it.
Ask any serious watch collector and they will generally include the Speedmaster on their list of all-time favorite watches for a number of reasons. For the truly obsessed, the Speedmaster Professional model to collect is the calibre .321 from 1967 –the exact model worn during the Apollo 11 mission. However, the immediate successor to this model is what we’re talking about here, and they began production in 1968. Visually, the .321 and .861 calibres are nearly identical, so unless you get obsessive you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart.
>Model: Extreme Diver
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: Someone looking for a solid Swiss diver with a timeless look and fair price tag.
>Best characteristic of watch: Great overall presentation for the money.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Open date window isn't universally a good design choice.
Available to start in only 18k white or pink gold, you know the Génie 01 is designed exclusively for predicting the weather at formal or executive events. Try going hiking with it and the park ranger will stop you for being over-dressed. We live in a society with rules, and if you just start ignoring them, all hell could break loose. At 44.7mm wide, Breva designed the watch to fit comfortably on most wrists. ProTrek owners have to still deal with the rigors of 50mm. Though I have a feeling Casio produces a much lighter timepiece. I seriously want to take the two watches out in the field to road test them. That would probably make for the single greatest comparison article I’ve ever produced. The ultimate test between tradition and technology.
It used to be, that the smaller and thinner the watch was, the "better" it was because the movement needed to be finer and more miniaturized. True enough, the smaller space you work with the more clever you need to be about engineering. At the same time the more complex a movement its the larger it needs to be. Generally speaking, quartz movements are smaller that mechanical movements and can this fit in smaller, thinner cases. Just because a case is large doesn't mean it has a good movement or is high quality. Today there are many cases that are large for fashion reasons and contain relatively small movements inside of them.
00 limit: I'm looking at two watches for my next purchases: 1) Victorinox Swiss Army Watch, Women's Chronograph White Leather Strap 241511 (LOVE the LUME on Victorinox watches) and 2) Frederique Constant Women's FC-235AS1S5 Slim Line Dark Brown Leather Strap Watch for a daily wear.
RGM: It was a Patek 3970 back in the 1980s. I did get one used that needed work, I repaired it and sold it back in the early 90's.
Start with the “we.” Many years ago — long before I could truly appreciate a Girard-Perregaux, or anything that remotely approached its standards of craftsmanship — I coined a phrase: “Because style never goes out of fashion.” Redundant? A little. Cheeky? Of course. But no sentiment better captures the essence of Girard-Perregaux, a brand that has been in style for over 220 years — and has never gone out of fashion.
It’s arguable that when it comes to luxury watches, a vintage example is even more desirable – much as a vintage Jaguar will always trump the latest model when it comes to exuding taste and class when you pull up to your next Red Carpet affair. The Cartier Tank is truly an icon of horological design, and while the layman might not notice that the piece your sporting is decades-old, you’ll know…and that’s half the appeal!
The case of each Nordic Seasons watch is 44mm wide in mostly Damascus steel. This includes the middle barrel, bezel, and crown. The dial is also obviously in Damascus steel. Oddly, the picture GoS gave me of the movement reveals a stock Swiss ETA UNITAS 6498 without the special Damascus steel bridges that GoS produces. The tech specs indicate that the Winter watches do in fact come with the the GoS bridges over the 6498 manually wound movement that was tweaked by Soprod for accuracy and quality. A picture from the caseback of the Nordic Seasons Autumn is below for reference on what the movement should look like. Wait, now that I look closely I think that the UNITAS 6498 with the Damascus steel bridges is an option. Odd to have options on a piece that is so limited as is. Oh, and look for an upcoming totally in-house made GoS movement with lots of Damascus goodness.
Tudor strictly doesn't need to discuss their relationship with Rolex, but what good would it do salespeople to keep silent on that? It is like if you are running for political office and your brother is the President. You personally might not state that in a speech, but you can be damn sure that everyone speaking on your behalf will. Tudor salespeople discuss the Rolex connection because it helps a larger audience of people appreciate the quality of the watches (which is very good), and because not offering the Rolex relationship detail doesn't do any good.
Ultimately, my take is that there's no point in having an-house movement if the watch does not look aesthetically pleasing enough to make you want to wear it.
The new addition, the Clifton GMT, adds the useful dual timezone complication to the family that so far had consisted of time only and complete calender pieces. Basically, if you've withheld buying a Clifton on the basis of not having a piece useful enough for your worldwide travels, then your excuse has vanished.