Each watch will come as part of a nice collectors set. Here is what the auction winner of each set will get (apparently the band itself chose these items):
Black hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium/white gold custom designed deployment buckle attached to articulated lugs
At almost 51mm wide in a retro styled steel (also available in gold) case, the watch has a very demanding presence. Not sure how I feel about the super large crown and pushers guard, but it does give the watch a more durable look. The combo of mirror polish and brushed finishing is refined. Not sure about the exact movement - but I think it is a base ETA. Chronograph Suisse calls it thier "Calibre 26 automatic." My money is on it being an ETA 2894.
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The aviator inspired calfskin leather strap is black and custom made for the MB&F. It really does complete the theme of the watch which starts with A-10 airplanes. The finish on the case is a combo of polished and satin finished sections. You can tell that the polishing was very difficult. MB&F informed me that their case finishers laughed at them when they said they wanted satin finish on the case. It has to do with the tiny spaces that need to be polished and the size of the satin finishing brush. Somehow there were able to get it done, and I have a feeling they will continue to perfect the process. It is nice to know that this watch isn't just some limited edition - but rather a new permanent part of the MB&F timepiece family. Though the brand will only make about 2 of them a month. The waiting list for one is already many, many months long, even with its price tag of 8,000. Even at that entry-level Ferrari cost, knowing the competition, the HM4 Thunderbolt seems like a good deal.
Fun watches for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics from Swiss Swatch. These seasonal watches are pretty neat - for the occasion. Here is a mini review of the trio. Each has a function aside from being Olympics related, that is except the "Sporty Friends" watch, which has an image of the Vancouver Olympics cartoon mascots. Back to that in a moment. By the way, this month I am giving one of each of these watches away on Luxist.com. Once a week until they are all handed out. To enter you can look for the giveaway posts here at my Luxist page.
Please enjoy the original article below by established watch writer Meehna Goldsmith. From magazines to the freer writing form of the web, she is a knowledgeable watch junkie who knows high-end pieces. She contributes to publications such as Robb Report, International Watch, Watch Journal and Pink Magazine. You can visit her on her website www.meehnagoldsmith.com. I first wrote about the Jellyfish line from Nubeo here, with some hands-on images.
So the real question for many, is how practical is it to wear a watch like this daily? Well the really depends on who you are. You have to remember that this is a precious object. Not only are MB&F timepieces expensive luxury times, but there aren't that many of them. If you damage them, servicing them isn't cheap. So you want to make sure you aren't wearing them in instances where they can get damaged. That is at least a concern for me. On the other hand, reading the time isn't that tough. It sure looks it at first, but I got used to telling the time via the linear style cylinder indicators rather easily. This was especially true for the minutes. There is no darkness visibility, but in decent light you don't need to stress to hard to read the time. Really. And this is coming from someone who is a picky bastard when it comes to legibility.
-Case round, made of steel, with a fluted middle. Diameter 39 mm.
-Rounded lugs. Bidirectional rotating bezel. Water -resistant to 10 bar (100 metres).
-Solid caseback engraved with the official Naval Aviation centenary emblem.
-Dial matt black. Luminous hands and numerals. Chapter ring with Arabic numerals.
-Movement self-winding chronograph with flyback function.
-Numbered and signed BREGUET Cal. 581. 13 ¼ lignes. 25 jewels. 48- hour power reserve. Annular balance. Swiss straight -line lever escapement.
-Strap hand-sewn calfskin leather.
Here is some hands-on treatment of my favorite Greubel Forsey watch. I was happy to spend some wrist time with the Double Tourbillon Technique timepiece last month. About half a million dollars was on my wrist (retail is about 0,000), and it felt pretty darn good. I wrote about this watch on Luxist a while ago when it was originally announced and then again on Haute Living here. And now I will write about it for a third time. I pretty much can't get enough of it I suppose. For more technical details about the watch you can refer to those articles. I want to share with you what it is like to spend time with the watch, not just "crunch the numbers," so to say.
For Panerai collectors the PAM339 will feel like a good investment. It looks really cool, is done in a cool material, has an in-house made movement, and is a limited edition (of 1,000 1,500 pieces). Though the watch does cost about ,000. If the budget is up your alley, and you want a fresh feeling Panerai with a classic look - this should make for an excellent choice.
The watch don is friendly at his desk. His own office includes a conference table and toys. I recognize the wisdom of having company meetings in the room he feels most comfortable in, that is him. Soft in his tone and extremely congenial, my impressions of John all began before I met him. The watch industry is a small place, and its most important players are the subject of reputation and reference. Simonian is regarded as having an excellent eye for successful newcomers, as well being a businessman with enviable skills. Those unable to match his clever decision making and tactics are often most vocal about him. “Simonian is a shark, and the smartest person in the watch industry that I know of.”
Seeing a watch like this out of context is not always a good idea. Meaning that if you are the middle of big city looking for desk divers you might pass this one over. Be on a boat, or at a tropic beach resort and the timepiece grabs at you. It just has a very tropic beach instrument look to it. Maybe check out the watch on your laptop while sitting at a pool to see what I mean.
With a rich wearing experience that includes quality and good looks, Maurice de Mauriac offers a pleasant buying experience as well as the ability to really get the type of watch you like. But beware that you'll have lots of options to choose from when selecting a watch. For a unique experience, but pleasantly mainstream feeling look, it makes a lot of sense to give the brand a close look.
See a Rolex Daytona Meteorite dial watch on James List here.
The case is 40mm wide, which is a good size for a square watch - actually that makes it large. I can't tell whether I like the black rubber plate put over the lugs to hide the gap where the strap connects to the case. It is either a genius move, or looks cheap - hard to say. Really depends on how you look at it. It is dark enough not to stand out though. The case is in 18k pink gold. The dial is "flame orange" and uses orange garnet stones as the outer hour markers. Inside the watch is a highly decorated automatic movement with a micro rotor, that helps you view and appreciate the movement. Further, the chronograph complication uses a column wheel, which adds to the value. With the crocodile or rubber strap and titanium screws, I am pretty sure that this is in fact a sport watch, just with lots of Roger Dubuis upmarket "in your face" character. Note the matching orange stitching on the strap as well. Just a stunning piece in my opinion that will compliment an out-loud personality (like mine). Not sure about price, but in the over ,000 range more than likely. Certainly a lot cheaper than the newer version of this Kingsquare orange beast that has many more stones and a tourbillon.
You can't have an oil filled mechanical watch - at least no that I know of. So you are stuck with quartz, which isn't so bad. It does make changing the battery a pain in the ass though. When the battery dies, you need to send the watch back to Patton. Though, Patton has thoughtfully included a 10 year lithium ion battery in the watch. So battery changes aren't gonna be that frequent.
AP is on a boat! (by the way, the video below is the censored version - I realize that - erring on the side of caution here as our friends in Switzerland in the watch brand marketing departments sometimes have weaker constitutions than we do. The uncensored version of the video is here). Often times a watch doesn't assert itself well until it is in its "natural environment." That is not the case with the new AP ROO Diver (Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver) because it looks good pretty much everywhere. But if you want to see what the design is really all about, and meant for - then you will take it on a boat. The Royal Oak collection as a whole began with influence from boats. You have no idea how many watches began with boat windows or portholes. Hublot is basically an entire brand that started around this concept. The porthole is a cornerstone design element of so many luxury sport watches!
I'd be curious to know what the watch case itself is going to be make out of it. It is black and shiny, but these are just renders. Steel with an automotive grade paint job? That would be cool. When I met with Louis Chevrolet a few months ago the Driver 1911 was still just a concept, so they didn't even have prototypes. The oddly shaped case will be 55mm wide and 22mm tall. Like I said, the watch will have two movements. The second will be for the pistons and will be activated on command. This system has its own crown and power reserve indicator. It will also have some type of "rev counter" that shows how fast the pistons are turning. Gimmicky? Sure. But it will likely prove fun to play with. Both movements should be partially visible through the bottom of the watch. This odd little fellow is going to be an important piece for the brand as they are looking to grow. The Louis Chevrolet Driver 1911 watch will be available in a limited edition of only 100 piece.s Probably enough to suit demand. No matter how much I am weirded out by this watch, I can't wait to handle one.