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Zenith is mostly known as an in-house movement maker and producer of the famous El Primero family of high beat automatic movements that operate at 5 Hertz (36,000 beats per hour). The El Primero is a base for most of their chronographs and is also the base for a chronograph with a minute repeater in this very uncommon Caliber 4043 El Primero movement that I recall from a rare model back in 2009. The 4043 caliber is back in a much more attractive piece that gives new life to the movement and theme.
The nerd in me loves this, but is starting to realize that the Tread is no longer a nerd watch. With a smaller size and improved wearing experience, the Tread 2 opens up the concept to a whole new world of watch lovers that can enjoy the electro-mechanical belt system concept. Now with more color options as well.Read more ›
While Dzmitry Samal is French, the watches are said to be Swiss made. He does not claim that concrete is inherently a luxury material. He does however feel that their use in watches represents an urban fashion ideal, as well as concrete being a "modern, honest, and robust material." The watches are water resistant to 50 meters and the crystals are AR coated sapphire. At least I think it is sapphire. The Dzmitry Samal website seems to contradict itself on whether the crystal is sapphire or mineral glass. So who knows what it is? His website is attractive, but not very well written. I am very curious about the type of concrete used for the case, and the finishing used. I have a feeling it is well-polished and smooth to the touch versus overly porous and rough.
I am not a gambler but gaming can be fun. So fun that a lot of high-end watch brands have devised casino-themed timepieces that either suggest or directly emulate gaming. A popular example was the Girard-Perregaux Jackpot Tourbillon of several years ago. It had a tourbillon, actual slot machine, and cost over 0,000. More recently, Christophe Claret offered his extremely complicated 21 Blackjack watch with a roulette, dice, and blackjack game all in one timepiece. There have been watches that focus on everything from poker to simply being in a casino. This Bell & Ross BR01-92 Casino is all about roulette.
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Written by James Stacey
The legacy of Gerald Genta lives on now with even more Bulgari-ness. The original Gerald Genta Octo was a fascinating timepiece with a range of complicated movements. The "Octo" name referred to the eight-sided case, and unfortunately there are no tentacles related to this product. While certainly unique, I have to say that the Octo looks quite nice on the wrist. Bulgari continues with the now iconic case with a new watch simply called the Octo.
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The six color versions are truly a stroke of marketing genius as applied to timepieces. You see, the 1:Face watch ("changing the world 1:Face at a time.") isn't about just one charity, but six. The charity you want to benefit depends on the color you buy. Pink goes to breast cancer, red goes to AIDS, yellow goes to water, and so forth. 1:Face of course doesn't run it themselves, but rather gives a portion of each sale to a list of existing charities such NationBreastCancer.org, and CharityWater.org. The list of these actual charitable organizations are offered in an amusingly small font at the bottom of the 1:Face website. What I find interesting is that in companies such as this, there is virtually no accountability when it comes to the stated charitable cause. It is extremely rare for them to get audited by consumers to prove that monies are actually going to the charitable purpose mentioned. I am not suggesting that 1:Face is like that, but merely that the brand belongs to a huge category of companies attempting to market their goods from a "good cause" angle. Charity is big friggin' business these days. What amuses me the most are the salesy promoter types I have met who appear to be the biggest supporters of philanthropic missions. In the US alone the business of raising money for "charitable purposes" is worth billions. Consumers more often than not have no idea where their money is going. By the way, an excellent source for choosing charities, seeing where their money is going, and overall audits is GuideStar.org, as well as CharityNavigator.org.
The Santos line has many variations, however, they are all styled like the original. This includes a square case that is slightly curved on both sides which makes it fit effortlessly on the wrist. The dial has the signature Cartier Roman numerals, including the incorrect IIII at four o'clock - this allows the markers on the right to better symmetrically match the ones on the left.
MARCH LA.B currently makes four standard versions of the AM2. Each has a radically different color scheme. This is the AM2 Bordeaux (yup), and there is also the AM2 Black Automatic (they are all automatics), AM2 Boss Automatic (in a PVD black case), and the gold toned AM2 Memogold. To be honest, MARCH LA.B did a fine job with the lot of them. I think if the style suits you, and you can appreciate the thematic homage to muscle cars, you will enjoy this piece.Read more ›
Neither of these watches contain new movements, but they do both contain IWC in-house made movements. Borrowed from an existing Da Vinci model from a few years ago, the Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month watch contains a super slick movement called the IWC caliber 89800 automatic. You can see the neat looking plane-style automatic rotor through the caseback. With 68 hours of power reserve, the movement has a 12 hour chronograph and perpetual calendar indicator. The month and date are shown digitally on large indicators (big date, big month). There is a leap year indicator placed inside of the lower subsidiary seconds dial. The upper subdial contains two hands and is used for measuring both the elapsed chronograph minutes and hours.
When it comes to functionality, the watch does tell the time of course. The lights come up to display the time using two “painted” analog hands. Given the nature of the creation, the Eco-Drive Nova watch doesn’t even center them in the middle of the dial. The playful concept creation is a fun toy first, and a watch second. Citizen likely uses a special display combined with a type of fiber optic light source to create the impressive effect.Read more ›
The Type A-7 employs a 47mm stainless steel case that allows for a large and legible dial design that allowed pilots to easily and quickly check the time or chronograph. Additionally, the Type A-7 features an over sized crown and integrated monopusher chronograph control which means the 30 minute chronograph is simple to use (much like a stop watch) and the crown and pusher system can easily be used even when a pilot is wearing gloves.
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Touch screen watches today have two main purposes. First is to help watches achieve a more seamless look devoid of such utilitarian perturbances such as buttons and crowns. Frankly, I don't mind a few buttons and crowns, but then again I am not a chic Adobe Illustrator savvy designer. Second is to appeal to the touch-screen generation. All the iPhone, iPad, and other tableters out there just can't get enough of poking and prodding their way through product interfaces. So, watches need to follow suit to stay hip right? Well that is the idea at least.
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What should you say about yourself? It doesn't have to be anything fancy. At the very least try to add a comment to this post with:
On the wrist, these Baume & Mercier Capeland models are comfortable and easily attractive. While not the most original models in the world, they don't need to be justified to anyone. Detailing is very good and the case construction is solid. I like some of the little details such as the relief logo on the crown, and the style of the chronograph pushers. You get the feeling that Baume & Mercier really wanted to create a global retro sport watch with the newer Capeland collection, which they do pretty well. Plus, I think they did an admirable job offering a lot of color choices for all types of consumers.
The first thing I thought to myself when I saw these new watches from Buben & Zorweg was "that looks an awful lot like a Martin Braun." Low and behold, Martin Braun is the man behind the movements in these watches. The architecture looks a lot like some of his new stuff at his current brand Antoine Martin. You can see a hands-on look at the Antoine Martin Perpetual Calendar watch here. The movement in this One Perpetual Calendar piece is directly adopted from that piece.Read more ›
Inside the Ceramic XV watch is a Swiss ETA 2892-2 automatic movement. No frills, just a nice quality Swiss made automatic that shouldn't give you any problems. You'll see a conveniently integrated date indicator at 4:30 on the dial. Legibility is really good because of the prominent hour markers and large hands. Ball understood to brush the surface of the hands in a way that allows them to properly contrast with the slightly glossy dial. There is a flange ring around the dial with smaller markers on it. Some people aren't in love with the "railroad" tracks on the outer dial under the hour markers. I think it is tastefully decorative and it doesn't bother me. I think a more plain dial would not necessarily have helped the look of this watch. In a sense it looks like a revision of the classic Rolex Submariner look - but with Ball watch DNA.
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