Like other categories in the timepiece world, ultra-slim models either work on the wrist or they don’t. Although this is an obviously universal truth, it may be even more noteworthy on watches of this type. After all, there isn’t much of the watch to begin with, and if what there is doesn’t fit well, that’s pretty much all she wrote.Read more ›
Selecting a public setting to conduct a trade is a simple but smart security precaution, especially when the exchange involves carrying high-value goods to and from the meeting. Bring a friend or two for good measure. Popular restaurants, social clubs, and specialized watch enthusiast meet-ups such as Red Bar are good venues. The more watch-literate witnesses on hand, the better. If one’s proposed trading partner is a sincere enthusiast acting in good faith, he should be reassured by these measures. Any reluctance to deal in person, in the company of witnesses, or in an active public location should be viewed as a serious red flag and cause to reconsider.
Nonetheless, no matter how hidden these details may be, we are extremely happy that we got the chance to bring these to you and shed light on their stunning beauty and often mind-boggling functionality. This really is watchmaking at its finest, and in this new series, we will continue to bring you unique insight into the inner workings and hidden wonders of iconic watch movements. mbandf.com
ABTW: What are some of the watch brands you are known for carrying?
In addition to getting the basic 1-3 year warranty most timepieces come with, buying watches from authorized dealers as well as particular brand boutiques can come with extended warranties. It isn't uncommon for buyers of watches from high-end brand boutiques to receive warranties as long as 5 years in length. These warranties often cover just the movement or major defects, but depending on your relationship with the retailers, warranties can be extremely valuable. In the worst case scenario, a faulty timepiece can be completely replaced with a brand new one. Compare that with no warranties at gray market retailers, who also often have "no return" policies that can infuriate purchasers who receive problematic watches. Most brands further offer zero recourse to consumers who complain to them after having issues with gray market dealers.Read more ›
It also introduces a bit of a paradox for any potential owner, I feel. On one hand, if you are going for a MeisterSinger, you like the one-handed aesthetic and how it de-emphasizes absolute time dependency (given you are limited to reading the time with an accuracy of 5 minute increments, unless you opt for the jump-hours model). With the MeisterSinger Paleograph, you start off with that more relaxed attitude about time, and then add in some ability to track things down to the second (either via the central chrono seconds, or the small seconds at 9).
My wrist shot for a Tangente (35mm)
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Right away, I am thinking to myself, "how can I wear an Apple Watch, but not have to give up mechanical watches?" I think the solution is to simply "double wrist it" for a while. That means wearing a traditional watch on one wrist, and an Apple Watch on the other. I had thought about this previously when encountered with the prospect of an upcoming smartwatch that would appeal to the tech lover in me. It looks like 2015 will be the year Ariel Adams joins a smartwatch device to his daily routine. Hopefully, Apple has ensured that in addition to being pretty, the Apple Watch is able to put up with the rigors of life which traditional watches have more or less perfected long ago. As I've said before, Apple is not known for making highly durable devices, so the Apple Watch is going to be the ultimate test.
The case, true to much of Tudor's current line up, is fantastic. Crisp edges, mixed finishing, and beveled edges all combine to make one of the best cases at this price point. Additionally, both the crown and the bezel are very nicely executed. The bezel has almost no play, with a positive click and a grippy coin edge. The crown, which is signed with the Tudor rose, is large and easy to manage with an excellent feel and strong threading.Read more ›
aBlogtoWatch: Does the rest of your family collect Omega as a hobby, or is it just personal to you?
In an industry which has been quite obsessed with gimmicky complications and exotic metals/materials for years now, to have a watchmaker like Dufour making so simple and beautiful watches, where quality and craftmanship are priority, is fantastic.Read more ›
Olivier Audemars: Well, the bloggers are people that allow us to reach a segment of the population who are less affected by regular, traditional, media. This allows a deep dialog. And what we have observed more and more, is that many in the new generation believe less in what they read in the press or what they see on TV or other traditional media. What they believe in most is the opinions of their peers.
Fans all over the world were excited about Casio's most impressive G-Shock to date when it comes to blending style, functionality, and price. The Rangeman is the first G-Shock model to combine all three of the triple sensor functions of the Pro Trek collection into a G-Shock and I can attest to the fact that it is an amazing watch.
Once the latch/lever is open, you can turn the bezel in both directions, which advances the hour hand forward when turned clockwise, or turns the hour hand backwards when turned counterclockwise. The bezel is designed to click in one hour segments. Assuming you properly set the time at your current location, you use the reference cities on the bezel to know what timezone you are moving to. Alternatively, if you just know that where you are going is "five hours ahead" of where you started, you just need to turn the bezel five times.
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I have nothing bad to say about the black crocodile strap with red stitching which is available with the watch, but my preference is most always going to be with a metal bracelet, when one is offered. In this case, the steel bracelet, with a design common to other Ball watches, matches the modern look and feel of this sporty yet rather thin (for a Ball) GMT watch. Of course, when you step outside of the "conservative box" you know that often times designs will be polarizing - something that Ball knows only too well. With that said, I think the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT has appeal to not only typical Ball watch fans but also those who don't typically like the modern design of Ball's products. Another testament to the watch design work of Magali Metrailler. Price for the reference GM3090C-SAJ-BK and GM3090C-LLAJ-BK Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT watch is ,499. ballwatch.com
This long history began with watchmaker and silversmith John McFarlane who opened his shop across the street from Paul Revere in Boston’s historic Downtown Crossing. The company earned an innumerable amount of prestige in the jewelry industry throughout the greater part of the nineteenth century. In 1869, Shreve, Crump & Low was established due to the consolidation of firms containing great amounts of expertise in the industry, thus creating the foundation of the highest values that Shreve, Crump & Low strives to uphold to this day.Read more ›
What is perhaps even more interesting than all the "actual" watch dials people transform into faces for Android Wear devices are all the original ones. Dials come in both round and square variants (because smartwatches come with both round and square dials) and are either fantasy creations or unique dials which showcase the creative approach by a new generation of information display designers. This approach to creating a display meant to offer both information as well as emotion or lifestyle is nothing new, but being able to do so specifically for a watch face is still pretty novel. What I find interesting is how people adapt familiar things into displays for the time (and other data) borrowed from popular science fiction franchises, consumer products, sports teams, movies, and other items of importance in pop culture.
As an interesting side note, back in the '90s Porsche had even developed a very advanced 3.5 L V10 engine for Formula 1. When Porsche was cut from the Footwork F1 team, they adapted the engine for endurance racing, and by 1998, that V10 had found a home in Porsche's upcoming 9R3 LMP1 endurance race car. When their racing days were cancelled to focus on selling more road cars, that V10 was again repurposed, this time in the infamously un-hinged Carrera GT (Jalopnik's got the full scoop here).
Just to clarify, the version I have uploaded for 'Creative commons' use to Thingiverse.com has been "de-branded" to hopefully negate any copyright infringement issues, but i would be interested to know what Rolex would make of it, I'm hoping they would appreciate my personal project, and non-commercial desire to celebrate the history of their watch making excellence with a modern technology version of one of their iconic time pieces!