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The new LUM-TEC M3 watch glows orange during the day with its fantasy orange hue that scream "this is what time it is!" A character trait which I love in a watch. Under cover of darkness, LUM-TEC's special MDV (maximum darkness visibility) technology keeps its proprietary luminant glowing at an eerie ectoplasmic green that seems to come from some internal power source. It doesn't, and LUM-TEC really hit a home run with this stuff. What is so cool, is that they can seemingly make the dial colors vary and still keep the same bright lume with full effect underneath. The impressive 6 layered lume on LUM-TEC watches is a key attraction point for all the company's watches, and I'll tell you it is really nice to have.
So for these reasons, "have you ever worn a real watch" is a dumb question. And the response offered by Jaeger LeCoultre makes no sense. In fact, I can't determine if there is really a response at all. A question akin to some hallucinogenically derived postulate about existence itself that has about as much of a good answer as does something like "do we ever really live?" and "can enough money really ever buy a good advertising campaign?"Read more ›
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These watches are extremely hard to find, which is a shame. Temption doesn't even make 1000 watches a year, so they put their all in each on that is made. Like I said, the Cherubin is a bit like Temption's flagship model, and retails at over ,000. The one on eBay is over ,000 right now. You are likely going to pay between ,000 - ,000 for a new or good condition Cherubin watch.
In celebration of Minerva turning 150 years old, we have the Montblanc Grand Tourbillon Heures Mysterieuses (that is the most uncomfortable way of writing mysterious if English is your native tongue!). Inside is an in-house Minerva movement (of course) caliber MBM65.60 with a manual-wind 1 minute tourbillon (the tourbillon functions as the seconds counter and makes a full revolution each minute), 26 jewels beating at 18,000 bph, and with a power reserve of 50 hours. Not too shabby, and it is nice to look at. The tourbillon is pretty basic by today's standards, but the bridge is nice to look at and for me, functions as the bow-tie of this tuxedo look.
Details. So much of what we find appealing about watches goes beyond the case dimensions, the movement, the crystal, bracelet or strap and into the details of the watch. It is the details that matter to watch lovers, things like the hands, lume color, depth of the dial vs. the thickness of the crystal, the on-wrist weight of the watch. Is the movement noisy? if the watch has multiple functions are the simple to access and easy to read? Details, are what makes a watch unique, complete and set it apart in the market. Unlike functions, caliber or finish, details are what a lot of us pay for when buying a new watch.Read more ›
You know Woot.com right? It's the popular deal-a-day website which offers just one very good deal a day. If you miss it, there is no going back. Well, countless Woot.com competitors have popped up, often focusing on some market niche. Here though, is the watch version, and it is very well done. ChronoShark.com (just launched in December 2008) is the place to go for a super daily watch deal. It was started by the people who do DiamondShark.com (I am sure you can guess the idea is there too).
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The newest Ernst Benz Chronoscopes are a limited edition in recognition of the Olympic games being held in Beijing China. These watches are actually more a tribute to the city, than the games, which is a good thing. Perennial Olympics "official time keeper" Omega also has its limited edition 2008 Olympics watch (seen here) that makes particularly good use of the well known five ring design.
About two years ago I embarked on an intellectual conquest regarding the state of umbrella technology. Based upon the conclusion I had come to regarding the antiquity of most umbrella designs, I figured it was high time for something better. What I realized is that a simple thing like having a covering from the rain, is a dilemma that our brightest engineers seem to put little effort into. Honestly, the basic umbrella design has to be 250 years old. Other then new materials and some fancy springs, little has changed for 95% of the umbrellas available.Read more ›
Let's take a closer look at the dimensions and construction of the case. One thing that is hard to tell from just looking at the watch is that it is very thin for its features. At just 11mm thick, this is one of the thinnest "durable" watches around. While I don't mind a thicker watch, it is nice to know that the Two-Timer slides under sleeves with ease. The watch is long and wide, but not to an unreasonable extent. I have pretty small wrists and was always comfortable with its size of 50mm long and 30mm-46mm wide at its widest point. The dial itself is a perfect 40mm wide (with the bezel). Look at the side of the case and you'll notice two notched areas on each side. These are more than decorative and are design to accept the Land or Sea Instruments. These are computerized modules made by Linde Werdelin that are designed to clip onto the top of the watches. See the images for a red colored Land Instrument attached to the dial. The Land Instrument itself deserves another review, which it will receive.
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When it comes down to it, Bell & Ross is a very conservative designer. Which is not typical at all for the French. In essence, the BR01 Pro Titanium is a conservative and simple watch, but you'd not know it from a mere glance. This is an asset to the watch market, because it will help this watch have a lasting aesthetic, and that is most important when considering the engineering of an icon. Think of it as Bell & Ross always thinking ahead, even though the brand is young. The BR01-94 Pro Titanium chronograph will be cost about 8,000 Euros (retail, not street price) when it is released soon. I don't even want to think what that means in dollars right now. Judging actual prices and the minor discounts involved, I think you'll find with watch for about ,000 - ,500 soon.
Actually, Romain Jerome is doing quite well despite the economy, and I don't think it is because they are cooking the books. They know how to source good watches and put together interesting ideas. Successful high-end watch making is all about creating something that people want. The skill takes marketing savvy and product know-how. The 2008 sales income for Romain Jerome was 25 million Swiss Franks. That is three times higher than forecasts, and six times higher than 2007. At least 20% of the income is pure profit after expenses for the company. The challenge now for Yvan Arpa is sustain the growth, fulfilling the many watch orders, and keeping up with the demand for service and style from Romain Jerome.
The watch is pretty big at 45mm wide, 17mm high, and with a 24mm wide bracelet. I like those dimensions on such a technical and strong looking watch. The case itself is made by Germans, and is one of its best and most well milled features. The movement inside the watch is a work-horse ETA 2824-2 movement that will put up with just about anything. I love the bracelet with its many links that make for a comfortable fit attractive looks (look at the engineering on that diver's extension). The watch also comes with a rubber strap, one of the many included accessories that you get. This particular model available further comes with two different bezels, that you can change our yourself. One is black, and the other is steel toned.Read more ›
Enthusiasts such as us will always know a Campanola is a Citizen, and that is not a bad thing. I am sure this new branding method will increase sales and overall perception of the watch. For me, I don't need additional convincing, I know how much I like these watches.
To help you understand the full functionality of the Land Instrument, it is best to go over everything it does and what it comes with. Let's start with what is actually contained inside the instrument itself, and then move on to the included accessories which contain external sensors. Inside the land instrument is a 3 axis compass with a tilt sensor (this provides you with a compass as well as ascent and descent monitoring), and an atmospheric pressure sensor (for barometric pressure and altitude reading). There is also the internal low power consumption 16 bit RISC computer with 4Mb of storage that has wirelessly upgradeable software. While the storage might seem scant by today's device standards, this is plenty to store the log data for all the sensors. Then there are the external sensors. First is a carabiner clip with a temperature sensor built in. This accessory does two things rather cleverly. First, it serves as a connecting point for the Land Instrument itself. Meaning you attach the Land Instrument to the clip and it can hang off of a belt or bag. Second, the internal thermometer in the clip communicates wirelessly with the Land Instrument. Not having the temperature sensor in the Instrument itself is helpful because it allows you to get an accurate reading of the ambient temperature. If the sensor was included in the Land Instrument itself, it would potentially be influenced by your body heat (as is the case with virtually all other temperature reading watches). The other included sensor is a heart rate strap that goes around your chest. This also connects wirelessly to the Land Instrument and provides you with accurate heart rate data every 5 seconds.
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The allure of the watch is all in the message. Closed it says "Love," followed by "You" when the watch is opened. The cursive script of the two worlds meld together nicely. The best part is that each time she need to check the time, she reads the message, "Love You." Nothing expresses that statement better. For those who can afford it, this is a pretty darn perfect Valentines Day gift. Well over ,000.Read more ›