MB&F will have the full press release available on their website which includes more technical information about how the MB&F MusicMachine 2 is constructed and why it is supposed to sound so good. The machine should sound amazing for its size, and offer a deep resonant sound for each of the sing song segments that it plays. Like the MusicMachine 1, the MB&F MusicMachine 2 plays parts of the Star Trek and Star Wars (main theme and Imperial March) themes. It also plays segments of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, The Rolling Stones' Angie, and Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash.
Spring Drive movements have the smoothest sweeping seconds hands you'll probably ever see, as they glide in one continual motion rather than tick. You get a similar effect in watches with the Bulova Precisionist/Accutron II movement that also have sweeping seconds hands - though the Precisionst is purely quartz. In addition to the time and date, the 9R66 automatic movement also has a GMT function. I fell in love with watches that contained this movement when I first learned about the steel version of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT (well, there are a few of them, actually), known as the SBGE001. This was Seiko's advanced answer to the Rolex GMT-Master and included a rotating 24 hour indicator bezel as part of the 43.5mm wide case. I believe that measurement includes the crown. The case is 14.7mm thick.
"The report of my death was an exaggeration" (the proper quote of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens) might equally apply to Motor City, USA, as Detroit is very much alive these days. Its biggest fans may well be those who stuck with their home town during the lean years and are now proudly enjoying its reemergence as a major American city and economic center. In that vein, we today feature Darakjian Jewelers, which has served the Detroit area since 1964 and has been offering watches to their customers since 1976. About a year ago, this family business moved into their new location in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, Michigan.
The dial is in bronze, which has a fascinating hue and texture to it – judging from the images it is reminiscent of "salmon dials" that we have been seeing from other brands. A more questionable – albeit arguably "artsy" – design element is the large seal that takes up a considerable portion of the dial. It is there as a tribute to one of two principles that ran through Filliou's work – and here I do apologize if those more familiar with his career find that my understanding is not entirely correct.
This is a question I ask myself often, as the placement of an in-house made movement in a watch is not always a good or desirable thing. In fact, movements are at the heart of a great irony or contradiction of being a watch lover. For example, when you get a watch, you want something that is accurate and reliable. Arguably the most accurate and reliable watches are quartz-powered. So why, then, are we so obsessed with mechanical movements? Another, more complex, irony is that many of the "sourced" watch movements that companies buy from major suppliers are very good. Often much better and more reliable or serviceable than in-house made movements. So why is it that practical people still want movements which are in-house made?
The single watch winder is available in seven different colors, including the obligatory black and white options, as well as green, blue, red, orange, and yellow. I received the green one and found that, while it worked beautifully with the wood surfaces and the primarily grey and beige colors of my office's interior, I will say that keeping the glossy green cover of the winder clean from dust and finger prints proved to be quite challenging. The fact of the matter is, however, that this lovely little box received such a prominent space next to my desk that I felt obliged to try and keep it clean.
What is different about the Garmin fenix 3 over the Garmin epix aside from design is the lack of mapping features, but the addition of a larger "Chroma" color display that Garmin claims is good enough to be read in direct sunlight. It doesn't have a touch screen, but that is probably not a deal breaker. In a lot of ways, the Garmin fenix 3 is like the Garmin epix with a lot of activity features, GPS, an altimeter, barometer, and compass, smartwatch connectivity, as well as the ability to download apps the Garmin Connect IQ app store. What does John Biggs like about the Garmin fenix 3? As someone I know is interested in fitness wearables and sports watches, John is mostly interested in the fact that Garmin may have finally designed a watch you "can wear with a suit."
With this article, we are launching a new series of articles dedicated to watch movements. In this irregular series, we will be looking at calibers that we consider to be historically important, technically challenging and unique, or just quite simply fascinating. Today, we begin with a very close and detailed look at the movement beating inside the brand new MB&F HM6 Space Pirate. We need to point out that in this series, all our attention will be dedicated to the movement (which we will always look at uncased, and not through a sapphire case back), and we will not go into a detailed discussion related to the concept behind the watch in question – as you will always be able to (re-)acquaint yourselves with it in our original hands-on articles. Without further ado, let's dive head first into the amazing world of MB&F movements and, more specifically, that of the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate.
Based on the design of an antique clock, the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid is easily one of my favorite high-end watches of 2013. For 2014, Arnold & Son added a steel version of the Time Pyramid to the collection, offering a more affordable and still very cool model to compliment this 18k red gold ref. 1TPAR.S01A.C125A version of the Time Pyramid. Now, I bring you a more long-term review of the Time Pyramid, after getting to live with this beauty on my wrist for a while.
ABTW: What are some of the watch brands you are known for carrying? If you could pick a watch brand or model that epitomizes the culture or style of Birmingham what would it be?
As I was completely broke after these two purchases, I decided to decline the purchase because my travel budget was ruined. This escapement model had been lying in the shop for years, and I kept thinking about it, even after I was back at home. I ended up changing my mind and called to the shop, but it had been sold the day after my visit. So now, If I find something, I won’t let it go. This is still bothering me after all these years.
Let's begin by reminding you that the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing, like most other smartwatches, must be paired with a phone. This is done by downloading the Chronowing software to your iPhone or Android-based phone. Using Bluetooth, the software is how your phone communicates with the smartwatch device. The software is also used for some of the basic settings for the watch - and currently, the settings are very basic. You are limited to things like rearranging the sequence of screens, and indicating what types of information are available at a glance. For instance, there are world time clocks, weather information, and a stock ticker. Though, you'll need to indicate what cities or stocks you want the watch to display/track via the app on your phone.
Reversing wheels are an ingenious design to allow the rotor to wind the barrel when it turns in either direction, but if these are even slightly worn or damaged, then the extra drag they create may actually impede the rotor, and as a result, affect the power in the mainspring and then the time keeping. When they are working well and efficiently, they are remarkably effective, and this emphasizes the importance of regular maintenance and servicing of your watch. Your watch may still be working, and the rotor may still be turning, but it may not be running as efficiently as it possibly could and may actually be impeding the movement from functioning properly.
And while that does seem like a total overkill for someone not that into the world of competitive sailing, this web of collaborations does result in a surprisingly restrained, yet sporty-looking chronograph that arguably makes a lot more sense than the sponsorship-frenzy behind it. The watch dedicated to the event is the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer,” a limited edition of just 1,000 pieces.
>Brand: Uniform Wares
>Model: 351 Series 351/RG-01
>Price: £530 (about 0) with VAT
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Sometimes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Design lover fascinated by a simple timepiece which has been curated by obsessive designers and priced under ,000.
>Best characteristic of watch: Hodgepodge of design elements remarkably comes together for something very attractive and eye catching.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Too much glare on sapphire crystal. Thicker PVD coating on steel case might slightly enhance look. Confusing price segment.
ABTW: What drew you to this particular watch?
But let's not rush so far ahead in time: the first of the book's five chapters is titled "The Watchmaker" and, after a short introduction to the history of Swiss watchmaking, it details the more important dates in Kari's life and career, starting from his birth in 1962 through his application to the highly regarded WOSTEP school of watchmaking in 1989, until 2002, when he finally set up shop in Môtiers, following a few years of working with Parmigiani Fleurier and teaching at WOSTEP.
Like yellow, pink gold doesn’t work in combination with every dial, with every case design, or with every type of matched apparel. So much is dependent on the overall package, and in this case, its paired material. While I am a fan of the concept of two-tone watches in general, I am certainly not a universal fan, and I can think of more poorly executed two-tone timepieces than ones I would go out and buy to wear. But those I do appreciate I truly love, so much so that I bought myself one recently (a 1969 Reference 1625 Rolex Turn-O-Graph on Jubilee).
The body of the 2211 Wristlight is anodized aluminum – which was primarily necessary as the piece measures in at 61 by 51 millimeters and is 28 millimeters thick. That is huge even by today's standards, and had this gargantuan piece been crafted from steel, no strap could have kept it secured on the wrist. With the aluminum body, it weighs a more manageable 143 grams, although that still is the weight of one of the largest smartphones strapped to your wrist. Anyhow, the use of anodized aluminum is interesting, as it is often criticized for its reportedly compromised durability. Apparently, it is just hard enough to be incorporated in an item intended to be used by professionals.