For now you can get the Otturatore watch in gold or gold. There are actually five different versions due to the various dial colors. Available in 18k rose or white gold, this piece begs to be in steel for a more affordable version, but that isn't going to happen this year (if ever). There might be a titanium version in the future but I wouldn't count on it. Those wanting this fun gadget will have to go for the gold, literally. The case is large and chunky, which helps account for the steep price given all the precious material. When I first wrote about the watch I more or less said the same thing about the size and amount of gold. It is about 45mm wide by about 50mm tall. At 16mm thick this is no innocent looking timepiece. Now that I have enjoyed some wrist time I can attest to the fact that it is wonderfully huge and heavy. It feels solid, and the quality is impressive.
Most watches with the 775x tend to run large, but the 160 is as svelte as I've seen, an amazing 38.5mm by 15.0mm to the top of the domed crystal. 20mm by 4.0mm non-tapering, five-link solid bracelet with butterfly deployant clasp, 6.7mm crown, a solid 192 grams with all of the links.
Case, Dial & Hands
The price is high but not surprisingly so and the GAF will need to wage war against incumbents like Seiko, Citizen, mid-range G-Shocks and even entry level Swiss options from Tissot and Hamilton. I like the size and weight of the GAF as well as its eccentric lime green second hand, but I find the dial design to be a bit too complicated for the watch to have a traditional military appeal. Even with that in mind, the GAF is limited to just 100 units and I don't think they will have much difficulty finding a Georgian wrist for each one.
The dial itself is a curious creation. It is made up of almost organic looking hexagons, each with smaller sections inside. These sections look almost like foam bubbles, and the light does reflect off nearby “cells.” The bluish-white light seems to come from behind the dial and moves around the entire face elegantly. Programmed routines in the watch have the lights moves around whimsically, beautifully, artistically, and likely very somewhat utilitarian.
PetStraps uses the highest quality parts and processes to ensure that your beloved PetStrap satisfies you completely. Most straps have an Italian leather or rubber liner on which the dead pet parts are glued. Everything is hand-made and each customer gets a personal guarantee that their passed-on pet gets treated with respect and dignity as they are transformed into wrist wear.
At first I didn’t like the look of the watch even though I liked the functionality. Then I started to play with the Pilot Doublematic and I put it on my wrist… at that point I was hooked. So many functions that are actually useful, great in-house made movement. And a price that feels appropriate.
On the wrist, the new size feels comfortable and appropriate. The concept feels better at 41mm and feels very medium, being not too large or too small. 39mm wide was personally too small for my tastes. You really get a feeling of depth when looking at the movement through the sapphire crystal caseback. If you aren't impressed with how Lange movements look, then you need a new hobby. The in-house made caliber L951.6 is an amazing thing that is very three-dimensional. It is hard to tell looking at it straight on, but with so many levels, the movement really feels like a city of springs and gears. The movement parts are all hand-decorated and finished.
Maurice de Mauriac has ventured outside of Europe as well to look for straps. Ideally you can visit the showroom in Zurich to see all the cool new stuff, but online ordering should be available as well. The straps are compatible with most watches - not just those from Maurice de Mauriac.
If you noticed, my hands-on images of the SpidoSpeed Black Diamond differ a little bit from the final version. Two differences I can spot are the color of the brand logo as well as the hour and minute hands. For the final version, the logo gets a dark application and the hour and minute hands are in blued steel. The rest of the hands retain that matte finished gray tone. I do agree with the changes and think that the blued hands go quite nicely with the black diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial.
One of my favorite Power Design Project watch models from the last few years that was actually produced is this Ref. SBPP003 (white dial) or SBP001 (black dial). It looks like a combo between a sport Seiko, Tag Heuer Carrera, and an Omega Speedmaster. It is quite thin at about 10mm thick, and 40mm wide (in steel).
Under the Richemont umbrella, brands like Ralph Lauren and Van Cleef & Arpels rely on proud movement maker Piaget for very slim movements – and there is nothing wrong with that. Van Cleef & Arpels knows what they do well, and instead of trying to reinvent the wheel or make up their own name for what is essentially a Piaget movement, they are correctly making it clear what is in these watches. The specific caliber is the in-house made (quite nicely made actually. You can check out an in-depth article inside Piaget’s movement manufacture here) Piaget 830 P manually wound movement that offers just the time in this piece.
The Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold is limited to only 100 units in its initial run, which will be available starting later this month. The base SpidoSpeed Steel carries a price tag of ,000 USD but, with gold being gold, the new SpidoSpeed Gold will carry a price tag of , 500 excluding VAT. I think that there is a considerable group of buyers (myself included) who shy away from gold watches because they are fearful of the flashy or even cheesy image that they may project while wearing a gold timepiece. I am a big fan of the original SpidoSpeed and this new gold version proves that when it's done correctly, gold can be a fitting platform for a modern and aggressively styled sport watch.
The first thing I learned is that Graham is a Swiss watch brand. I and others seemed to feel there was an English side to them. It is true that the name of the brand comes from the British clock maker George Graham who lived during the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 18th century. There are also some pieces with British racing green colors, and perhaps some other English flair. Nevertheless, the watch is totally Swiss straight outta La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Functions and displays:
- Central hour and minute display
- Small seconds at 9 o’clock
- 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and central sweep seconds hand
- Date window at 3 o’clock
- Tachometric scale
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On the dial you have shared Bulgari and Gerald Genta branding. According to Bulgari, watches like this are under the "Gerald Genta aesthetic collection." My suspicion is that in a few years, the Gerald Genta branding will be phased out on the Gefica and other models. Not that I don't want Bulgari to honor the origins of these watches, but to new consumers the multiple branding is no doubt going to be confusing at best. For instance, Bulgari's name is engraved in the titanium buckle, but "Gerald Genta" is still lightly engraved on the automatic rotor on the movement. For the time being you can still enjoy branding elements of both worlds.