Then again, other smartwatches out there are just as complex, if not more so. Apple will no doubt continue to refine the Apple Watch over time with software updates as well as in subsequent versions. The Apple Watch isn't just an experiment, but, in my opinion, a permanent step in Apple's desire to dominate the wearable device space. Apple also seemed to miss an opportunity off the bat of making it easy for people to purchase several Apple Watches and use them together for one synchronized experience. Each Apple Watch is paired to your iPhone (which is where you download apps and control some of its functions). Each iPhone can only be paired with one Apple Watch at a time - which means you can't have an Apple Watch Sport for exercise and an Apple Watch on a steel bracelet for more formal attire. Apple says people should just swap out straps, but I think they are missing the real value of having a diverse set of fashionable products. Anyone who loves watches doesn't just have one, and I truly hope that in due course, Apple makes it comfortable to own more than one Apple Watch without having to own more than one iPhone.
Whatever your choice of dial is for the Project X Custom Rolex Daytona, you will need to put ,450 (£14,950 GBP) down on the barrel to pick up one of the 24 (of each color) that they have made available, or ,150 (£14,750) for one of the 28 pieces from the Project X DS7 Custom Paul Newman Rolex Daytona-inspired piece. projectxdesigns.com
In one sense, this trend might be a predictable outcome of how mechanical watches inherently need to adapt and conform with modern tastes, interests, and technology. On the other hand, some collectors complain that a focus on materials 1) doesn't actually make watches better or more durable in many instances, and 2) is a way of distracting from the fact that too many watch makers (not all) aren't innovating where they believe it counts - in the mechanical mechanisms which the movements contain within the watches. Debates among watch collectors are nothing new (and help impassion this colorful industry), and most agree that adding new things to the watch industry (whether welcome or not) is a good thing.
Bremont Watch Company was founded in Henley-On-Thames, Great Britain in 2002 by Nick and Giles English, brothers with a sincere love of modern engineering and vintage aviation, as well as a perfectly appropriate last name. The name Bremont – French in origin – comes from the familial name of a farmer who sheltered the brothers and their 1930s biplane after an emergency landing on his property in the late 1990s (it turned out that the elderly Mr. Bremont had been a wartime pilot) Thankful for his hospitality and kinship, the brothers named their startup watch company in his honor.
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Available in three or four different dial and strap color combinations, the Aquascope Hokusai in blue is perhaps the most appropriate given the subject matter. When I first saw this, I felt like it was a more playful way of doing waves on the dial of a dive watch, as made popular by brands such as Omega and Ulysse Nardin. The Aquascope is a dive watch after all, so producing a blue one with a wave-patterned dial is nothing strange. What is simply cool is using Hokusai's waves as a means of doing such. Such a concept makes it clear that at modern watch manufacturers you have traditional watch designers working in close collaboration with more modern thinking graphic designers and artists.
Because we are looking at a solid – and as I understand, entirely glowing – material that can be relatively freely cut and formed, the lume it provides is second to none. Forget about anything you have ever seen, as not even the thickest layer of paint could compete with what is a block of luminescent material that appears to emit the "Radar Green," "Aqua Blue," or "Purple Reign" glow from deep inside of it. After charging for just a few seconds with a UV lamp, the lume of the dial background, as well as the hands and indices run at full power, providing a glow that was visible even with ambient lighting on – although, of course, not as bright as when viewed in the dark.
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All three versions come on a solid 904L steel bracelet with a folding Oysterclasp and are priced from 5,400 CHF. In many ways, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual line is the most Rolex model in the modern Rolex line up. Just as there is something appealing in the pure and simple nature of vanilla ice cream, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual's design is basic, almost elemental. For someone who wants a remarkably well-made but entirely unassuming Rolex, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual offers something its more complicated and embellished siblings cannot - pure everyday Rolex. rolex.com
The Apple Watch Edition also comes with a special box that doubles as a charging station. There are two colors of the box which are blue and a soft, light gray. The boxes are meant to be used as a way to protect your Apple Watch Edition while charging it, or perhaps while traveling as well. There is a Lightning cord port in the back of the box. Apple also includes the standard magnetic charging dock and cable with the Apple Watch Edition - so it basically comes with two charging options, while other Apple Watch models only come with the one charger.
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It was interesting to see a watch – especially one with such a unique feature as the Breitling Emergency II has – playing a prominent role in the world's leading motoring show. It was not only a gadget but the device Clarkson and May tried to track down, and hence, in a way, the tool that saved Hammond's life – even though everyone knows that he had not actually been put at risk, of course.
As a limited edition of 25 pieces (at least in this execution), the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere is a timepiece strictly for the ambitious watch collector. Housing an interesting and glorious mechanical movement, the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere features an avant-garde case that would look very much at home as a prop in a 1960s science fiction movie. The Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere really began with Angelus wanting to create something to showcase a "large tourbillon." As you can see, the wider than tall Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere case has a totally separate window for the very large and wonderful-to-view flying tourbillon mechanism that sits on its own arm extended from the rest of the movement.
The FC-945 movement offers the hours and minutes, synchronized 24-hour hand (which more-or-less acts as an AM/PM indicator), date dial, and moon phase indicator. It joins the very similar "cousin" movement which is the Frédérique Constant FC-942 in some other watches (with different dials). What is the difference between the FC-942 and the FC-945? The latter has the 24 hour indicator while the former doesn't and offers a bit more of a symmetrical layout for cleaner dials. For the time being, Frederique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat FC-942 watches also come with black versus silver-tone dials.
The Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator watch will be produced as two limited edition models - each produced as a set of 99 pieces. There is the reference 405.NX.0137.LR which is ,700 in titanium and the reference 405.OX.0138.LR which is 5,000 in 18k King Gold. hublot.com
Tom Cross has already built up a succinct collection of interesting timepieces – a beautiful ‘40s-era Lemania chronograph and ‘50s Omega dress watch, both family heirlooms; a Hamilton X-01, the fascinating limited-edition recreation of a futuristic timepiece from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (which will also be the subject of its own upcoming aBlogtoWatch article); for daily wear, he alternates a mil-spec quartz Marathon and Hamilton Thin-O-Matic on a quite cool, trés-‘70s, custom expansion bracelet. Still, nothing in Tom’s watch box reached the level of formality demanded by a televised awards show like the Academy Awards. To help Tom Cross with his award-season timepiece needs, aBlogtoWatch put him together with one of horology’s most revered and innovative manufactures, Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Sean Wai: I'm not a collector, so I don't actually feel an urge to own any of them. These watches serve as inspiration to me, and I always say that I only love watches that when I look at them, I can't answer for a fact that I can design something similar. So the allure to me is more in whether I can create something that rivals or compares favorably to these watches and maybe make them a little more accessible to other people. I suppose my answer here is a little different to what your average watch collector would say, and if I were to answer the question as is, it would be that I could afford the watch but did not get it.
One of the most exciting announcements for Oris watches last year in 2014 was the debut of their first (modern) in-house made movement known as the Calibre 110 (announced on aBlogtoWatch here). Until then, Oris hadn't produced an in-house movement since 1982, at which time, the company decided to only produce mechanical modules that would sit on top of movements produced by companies such as ETA. Since 1982, Oris has come under new ownership, so the Calibre 110 (named in honor of the 110th anniversary of the watch maker) is the first in-house made movements from Oris in this modern era. Let's check out the first timepiece to include it.
The protrusion on the left-hand side of the case is a 'sliding trigger' used to wind the striking mechanism. The minute repeater has its own barrel and the spring is wound when the sliding trigger is operated. This action can be seen on the dial, enabling the wearer to feel connected to the operation and maintenance of their watch. It's little touches like this – touches that encourage us to engage with our timepieces, to take the time to interact with them – that transform a watch from a tool into a friend. You have to wind the minute repeater barrel until it is fully charged, or the on/off switch won't be released. This is to prevent an erroneous acoustic emission.
So how does this movement work, and why is it worth getting excited about? It's a funny-looking calibre, displayed through an edge-to-edge glass back. It is at once simple and complex. At first glance, there appears to be very little happening. The progress of the central snail cam responsible for the sudden jump between hours is so incremental it cannot be noticed by the naked eye. The finish of the plates is relatively subdued, with Ballouard preferring to let the immediately identifiable design of his B01 movement (which shares its name with the in-house Breitling calibre) do the talking. The twelve Maltese Cross shapes mark the location of the hours on the flip-side. The most fun you will have with this movement is observing its operation when setting the time. But for all this plainness, I love it. From the back, it looks like a beautiful engine; from the front, I would say it is a work of art.
Originally schooled at the Irish Swiss Institute of Horology, Mickey accumulated thirteen years’ experience working for Omega, Cartier, and Watches of Switzerland. Now, sitting in his new state-of-the-art workshop in luxury goods retailer Xupes’ HQ, where he’s head of watchmaking, Mickey walks me through the ins and outs of servicing, and the fruits of a century of evolution at the world’s biggest watch brand.
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This is modern horology, and here is a review of the new HYT H4 Gotham timepiece. HYT produces only a few hundred watches per year (according to them, 450 pieces total in 2014), but for 2015, the brand is releasing 13 new models. That doesn't just include new colors and line extensions but totally new stuff like the recently announced HYT Skull, HYT H3, and this HYT H4. First for the new H4 model family is the black "3DTP" carbon cased HYT H4 Gotham.