Bremont Watches has announced a limited edition version of the MBII pilots watch for the British retailer The Watch Gallery. This new model, the MBII/TWG, sports a very handsome midnight blue case barrel (the standard MBII model offers either green, orange, or grey) and has been fitted with a sapphire display back that is similar to what is used on the new Bremont ALT1-WT World Timer.
Dial elements on the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down are crisp and of a very high quality. The hands are filled with lume (not common for the brand), and contrast is high for easy reading. I really don't quite understand what prevented Lange from having other black dialed watches. They got close with dark gray dials... but not quite black. Or am I forgetting something?
On the dial are the signature Shelby double racing stripes and of course the cobra. It just isn't Shelby without the cobra figurine. While I typically don't like shared dial branding, I think the David Yurman and Shelby names co-exist in a reasonable way on the dial. As an American car lover, it is pretty sweet. Cooler still is the strap. Now that is a clever piece of design. David Yurman continued the look of the cobra snake body into the rubber strap. How sweet is that? I really like this design element a lot actually - even though on paper it could sound cheesy.
Ending in about four days, buyers have over 100 vintage and pre-owned watches to bid on in the current Luxury Timepiece Event. Most of these are Rolex watches for both men and women. I understand that it is being supplied by BeckerTime (based in Texas). The sales includes both auctions to bid on and "Buy It Now" pieces. Rolex watch prices are going to be reasonable as they are market prices dictated by the auction demand.
The Santos 100 reference W2020009 (size large) case is in rose-gold and amorphous diamond-like carbon (aDLC) and offers the classic design with rose-gold recessed markers on a black dial. The rose-gold sword-shaped hours and minutes hands join a hair-thin, rose-gold seconds hand for an elegant look. The hours and minutes hands include a small layer of SuperLumiNova coating which makes the watch somewhat readable at night once light charged.
Sarpaneva will release three versions of the Korona K0 to start. The cases will be all steel, with some DLC black/gray application options on the case and dial, and of course the option of having some of that lovely blued steel. Most Sarpaneva watches have been typified by their grimacing moon face. The diver doesn't include that, but does have that cool skeletonized dial Sarpaneva is known for. These watches are made in extremely limited numbers, one at a time, by Mr. Sarpaneva himself.
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Central Watch sells new and vintage timepieces but the bulk of their business is still in the repair field. According to Mr. Kivel, about 85% of their business is fixing watches. That is a lot of watches as Kivel claims some days the stand takes in over 100 new pieces. This is fortunate because Central Watch is really good at what they do. I did some research and found that their claims of being one of the best places to get your watch repaired in New York City is backed up by a lot of people. In fact, they are probably one of the best watch repair operations in all of the United States. People come to Central Watch from all over the New York metro area, and they get mail shipments all the time. Central Watch has built a loyal following due to their skill and attention to detail.
In the end the Guardian is a fun watch. It takes itself seriously enough and is comfortable to wear. People who like the idea will surely find it and enjoy it. For the rest of you it will be a good talking point. "54mm?!!!" Each of these has a limited production run, and as an automatic the SISU Guardian is ,495 (5 for the similar Swiss quartz movement version).
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All versions of the Jules Verne Instrument III watch will be limited editions of 365 pieces. The case is 45.5mm wide and 16.5mm tall with wide 24mm spaced lugs. The case will come in steel, titanium, or a version with titanium and 18k rose gold. The bezel is cool and the watch looks nice on the wrist, but I would have liked for it to be a bit more complicated in construction more akin to the brand's other pieces. Though I do like the complicated look of the crown and monopusher for the chronograph.
On wrist, the GAF wears well as it rides low enough to fit under most cuffs and is actually quite light at only 87g as reviewed. The included grey leather strap is soft and nicely suits the color of the dial. Given its simple case, wide-set 22mm lugs and military aspirations, the GAF also looks good on a NATO style nylon strap. Uniq sells the GAF directly through their site for 0 USD and buyers can choose their preference of a black, grey, tan, or green dial. Each dial choice comes with a distinctly colored leather strap and the watch ships in a small wooden box that is reminiscent of an ammunition crate.
Cartier recently wowed watch nerds with the rather impressive Cartier ID Two concept watch. Those with the budget to even theoretically purchase one are likely to be disappointed that the ID Two (like the ID One watch) will never be for sale. However, at the same time Cartier announced the ID Two, it also announced the limited edition Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal watch that incorporates some of the technology and will be for sale.
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Boxing seems to be the sport flavor of choice for many watch brands in 2012. You know it is serious when Hublot gets into the game. Their focus now is on a limited edition set for the World Boxing Council (WBC). The game Hublot is playing is pretty interesting actually. Hublot will produce 12 unique King Power "Knockout" WBC watches. As I understand it, each will look unique and be associated with one of 12 "legendary" boxers.
This is mostly a matter of opinion as I don't have any local affinity to Georgia or their Armed Forces, as I am many thousands of miles away in western Canada. I suppose my regional equivalent is something like a Marathon SAR which often sports a maple leaf design (dubbed the MSAR) and has been said to be the watch worn by the Canadian Coast Guard. For me, that detail makes the Marathon MSAR more appealing and I can only assume the GAF would have the same effect for anyone with an affinity towards the Georgian Armed Forces, regional or otherwise.
In all, the case design melds well with the dial in a respectable and predictable manner. Ernst Benz isn't trying to pave new design roads, but is rather attempting to execute a comfortable design that you feel as though you have seen before. Plus, to do it in a polished manner that befits your expectation of a high-end timepiece. For the most part they succeed. If there was one improvement I would have suggested it would be to offer a more decorated 7751 movement for the price. With a name like "Officer," I want Ernst Benz to deliver a decorated 7751 complete with traditional polishing and blued screws to match the theme of the piece. A nicer automatic rotor would have been appreciated as well. Again, Ernst Benz didn't do anything wrong in this area, but it could have been just that much better.
More on the steampunk front! I am happy that this trend isn't waning away. Entry-level to super high-end watch makers are still dishing out pieces that look like retro futuristic artifacts. Perhaps not in the volume we would like, but we still get some good stuff. Louis Moinet has been doing steampunk Jules Verne homage watches for a few years. The newest one is this Jules Verne Instrument III timepiece.
For those that don't quite have a half million dollars (or more) just lying around, perhaps a limited edition of the RM032 Dive Chronograph will do? The new Richard Mille 032 Dark Diver Chronograph is packaged in a massive 50 x 17.8mm case so only those with a wrist to match their wallet should apply. The case is made of titanium which has been treated to a black DLC finish and matches nicely with the skeleton view of the RMAC2 chronograph movement. The RMAC2 is an automatically winding chronograph movement with flyback capability, an annual calendar, and a pinwheel-style running indicator which spins when the chronograph is active. In typical Richard Mille fashion, the movement is viewable from both the front and back of the watch via sapphire crystals and the movement itself makes up the majority of the dial.