Hublot claims that the new movement contains more parts than any other movement they have produced in the past. That is 637 parts in just the watch movement itself. Functionally, the movement offers the time and power reserve indicator, along with a tourbillon. Much of the complexity is of course in the design, but also to allow for the very long power reserve. That much power is produced by 11 mainspring barrels that are all coupled together. Imagine the time it takes to wind it. Interesting that synthetic rubies seem to be used as frictionless rollers over the barrels as they slowly move to reduce wear.
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.
The Altiplano Date takes this concept further with the in-house made Piaget 1205P automatic movement that adds a date complication. Now you have the world's thinnest automatic movement with date, in the thinnest case. The caliber 1205P is just 3mm thick and very beautiful with its fantastic finishing and gold micro-rotor. It is viewable through the sapphire display caseback on the Altiplano Date. Is adding a date wheel all that special? In truth no, but Piaget needs to slowly dole out these "world's thinnest" so your collection has something to crave. Offering this piece in a 40mm wide case versus 43mm gives people an additional reason to be interested.
Case: Stainless steel, 38mm
316L solid stainless steel case
Sapphire double dome crystal with AR04 anti reflective coating
Case back: Screwed down with K1 crystal exhibition window
5 ATM Dial: Blue
Curved dial with black velvet finish
Super white lumi
White printing Movement: Automatic
STP-1-11 Swiss Made Movement
Self winding Mechanical
Power Reserve: 46 h/Std/h
26 jewels Strap: Brown leather strap with buckle
20mm tapering to 18mm
“Sorry My Valentine’s Day Gift Sucked, Here’s A Watch:” Gift Guide
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“Sorry My Valentine’s Day Gift Sucked, Here’s A Watch:” Gift Guide
We recently introduced the N.O.A Ghost collection of watches for 2013 with a sneak peak shot of the skeletonized, skull-emblazoned dial. Now you get to see the full collection along with the sister Skell collection of timepieces. Let's get some initial confusion out of the way. First, the collections are pretty similar save for the skull on the dial, which one collection has, and the other doesn't. N.O.A was smart enough to realize that the Punisher-style logo on the face was good for some, but certainly not all customers.
It was finally in 2005, that I stumbled across a Casio shop in Tokyo that I found the one. It was the Casio PRO TREK PRG-70 in black and it was the answer to my prayers. Not only was it the most compact PRO TREK I could find, it had all the whizz-bang features of the first one, and also Tough Solar, meaning no more battery changes and no more worries.
You could say that it doesn't have to be done this way, yet one of the goals of Roger Smith is to bring back the level of quality that he first perceived in old English pocket watches that simply cannot be found in mass produced watches of today.
While the case is larger at 47mm wide and just over 18mm thick, it is extremely compact given the complexity of the movement. Minute repeaters themselves aren't that compact, but the addition of the dial automatons and the accompanying mechanics to make it work create many layers of complexity. Unfortunately much of that is hidden, save for viewing the fun computer animation model videos. On the rear of the watch, Jaquet Droz offers an exhibition caseback window were you can however see the minute repeater's gongs and hammers in action.
At the heart of this watch is the Seagull ST 2130 movement. The Seagull ST2130 movement is based on the ETA 2824-2 movement. It is so similar as to be 'parts interchangeable' with the ETA movement. I think this is a wise choice on the part of Prometheus. Checking the internet confirms the dependability and accuracy of this movement.
In truth the RM036 is a beauty on the wrist. I've never been a closeted fan of Mr. Mille's spirited contraptions that are a result of an "I wonder if I can produce this mentality." Richard Mille attempted to prove in the past that his tourbillon watches could withstand the types of forces that would destroy most tourbillon-based movements. How did he do that? By placing such watches on the wrists of race car drivers, tennis players, runners, and golfers. All to be worn in the heat of competition. So these athletes did, and the watch purportedly survived - but perhaps that wasn't enough for Richard Mille to get his point across. In development for a few years, Richard Mille has just released a watch with a mechanical g-force meter. Cool. but what will I do with it? Well what I did do with it is test the g-force meter.
The effect of less Chinese people traveling will have a huge global impact, especially in places such as the United States and Europe whose luxury shopping centers are said to heavily serve the needs of Chinese tourists. Often much more so than those of other tourists and local consumers. Available information claims that Chinese tourists spent about 2 billion dollars last year alone. The decision to enter into a free-trade agreement with China was likely a difficult decision for Switzerland, which is known to require a great deal of political consensus when passing such measures. The watch industry is clearly fearful of what will happen if exports to China continue to fall. It also means that other developing markets such as India, Brazil, and Malaysia aren't quite ready yet to take over as the new growth markets ripe for luxury consumption.
Most mechanical alarm watches have a buzzing style alarm system that is probably louder than the Sonata. That said, they aren't elegant noises. While the Sonata might not be enough to wake you up, it is a gentle reminder of other things. And if you use a mechanical watch to wake you up then you are missing out on the benefit of your mobile phone's much better alarm system. The hammer and gong system is similar to that on a minute repeater watch, only here it is used to alert you rather than for a minute repeater function.
So onto the watch itself. I love how it is both basic and quite complicated at the same time. It features something that is very rare (though not unheard of) being a centrally-mounted tourbillon. The tourbillon is a flying tourbillon and rotates once each three minutes. It has three hands which, one at a time, run across a seconds scale - for that indication. According to Glessing, the dial is thematically supposed to look a bit like the sight of an AK-47 gun.