Before discussing the various pieces on the Duality collection, lets look at the overall design of the watches. A very modern and minimalist approach is taken with the case design. A lug-less construction places the reversible leather strap inside the case as part of the construction. Essentially, the watch is comprised of two 42.4mm wide watch cases sandwiched together, with crowns (one for each movement) at the 3:30 and 8:30 position. The cases are made of steel, and the leather straps are two-toned (light on one side, dark on the other). The faces feature finely cut or engraved metal dials and hands which display the designs and patterns are displayed. Each side of the watch has its own design, which extends to even the bezel. The "duality" of the watches is more than surface level, and has a deeper more symbolic component. There are four watches in the Duality watch line; the Exposed Concealed, Modern Classic, Decorative Informative, and Holiday Everyday. As you can see the models are named with opposite terms, and the style of the corresponding face is meant to match one of the terms. The two images above are of the Duality Modern Classic watch. You can tell that one side has a beautifully crafted modern minimalist watch face, while the opposite side has an engraved metal dial with classically styled Roman numerals and decoration. Each side hints enough at the themes, but overall still work together. That artistic dimension to these watches is clear, and the message that opposites can work together and find harmony is a more important message (especially in Israel where such sentiments are probably welcome).Read more ›
Zenith is an extraordinary brand with designs that transcend ages and tastes. To really set your dad or grad apart from the herd, Zenith's designs within the Class Collection are perfect, timeless, and definitely gender neutral. Offered in two sizes, 44mm and 40mm, there is a Class Open for everyone. With such a striking yet simple design, this is a watch that will carry your loved one through many phases of their lives, with the exquisite craftsmanship that Zenith is known and admired for to back it up.
G-Shock watches are known globally for their superior quality and we could not be more excited to be partnering with them,” said Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Marketing. “This limited edition collaboration is a great way to highlight 25-years of commitment to protecting our coastlines worldwide.”
You should know that this article was written over a period of time starting soon after visiting the Lange watch manufacture up to a couple of months later. Stretching it out has helped me mull over the important points of the trip, as I walked away quite impressed and inspired right after the visit. There is really no sufficient amount of words or pictures I could provide to describe how watches are made, not for mainstream watches, and certainly not for luxury watches. I asked easily over 100 questions that day. Though I had 100 more, and probably 1000 interesting points I never even thought to ask but were important. This was just a small snapshot in a world of craftsmanship that is truly rare in today's world. It is easily to complain about why we need such expensive watches when the world has so many other problems, but you would be missing the point. Is it true that certain luxury goods are simply expensive for the sake of being described "a luxury." This really isn't the case with Lange Uhren. They simply produce something at a very high quality that costs a lot to make. Basically this is what all real luxury items started out as - a maker of "the best" of something, not just a status symbol. So yes, it is true that the average price of a new A. Lange & Sohne watch is about 35,000 - 40,000 Euros. It is also true that in this humble watch lover's opinion, who can earnestly not even begin to think about affording one of these timepieces, I can honestly say the price is totally worth it. If you haven't had an opportunity to really appreciate an A. Lange & Sohne watch, even if you are familiar with the brand, I encourage you to take a close and intimate look the next time you are able to handle on of their purely German timepieces. Note that if you ask anyone at A. Lange & Sohne about how the watches or made, or to describe a feature of the watch, you are in store for a thorough and detail answer from people passionate about their brand (as they rightly should be).Read more ›
It gets a bit more time consuming after testing. I was told that once a watch has successfully been tested, the watch is then taken apart, and put back together. This is to ensure that no part of the watch was damaged or subjected to excessive stress during the testing. After the watch is reassembled (and tested again), it is finally ready for market. Though I am sure there are a ton of steps that I am missing. As I mentioned before. The typical cycle from start to market for an A. Lange & Sohne watch is 6-14 months. Considering the amount of time and labor spent on each watch, the price you'd need to spend on buying one of the watches seriously starts to feel like a bargain (think about it). What I have described to you is an simple overview - a merely abridged version of what goes on.
It's an attractive watch, and sits well on my 7.25" wrist:
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I've added an RSS read in the left column of aBlogtoRead.com. You can click there to read my latest articles on Examiner.com. Or you can visit my Men's Luxury Style page here. Checking out the RSS feed right here on aBlogtoRead.com might be best unless you already use a different RSS reader (just as Google Reader). This brings my regular online watch writing up to four sites that include aBlogtoRead.com, Luxist.com, AskMen.com, and now Examiner.com.
Having said all that I think the Maitres du Temps is a luxury watch made for a select few. Actually, I don’t need to say that, as that IS the case. It is not going to be a “design classic.” The watch is more akin to a luxury timepiece built for those of royal demeanor (as I seem to keep repeating, but it is true). You won’t see this watch in a ‘good watch design book’ 40 years from now. You are more likely to see it in a museum, or being auctioned for astronomical prices. Maitres du Temps is creating modern treasures for those worthy of passing down relics or ‘a legacy.’ There won’t be a collectors market, because there will be just a few collectors lucky and wealthy enough to own them. It is a watch for a different class of person. Not necessarily a better or more successful type, but those people to whom aristocracy is a status quo, and not just bygone status of another time, in a different world. Price for the Chapter Two watch will be less than the Chapter One as it is less complicated, and will be for ,000.
The rear of the watch has a metric to standard conversion chart of some basic units of measurement that you might be interested in. This might come in useful once in a while for you, but consider the purist who will use it frequently. The case of the 44mm wide is constructed out of tegimented steel that is much harder that normal steel. The case is also water resistant to 200 meters and can resist magnetic fields of up to 80,000 A/M. Not a magnetism expert, so I am going to assume that is enough to fend-off Magneto level magnetic fields.
Let's go back a step while I give you my take on Skagen watches. A lot of the time I wake up and want to wear a serious "show me the money" watch. That isn't about glitz, but rather about "I am going to go out and conquer the day!" Other days I want to be more subtle, look at my watch to get the time. That is a Skagen appropriate day. You'll find that most Skagen watches are gray. I feel that this helps them "blend" in, and a lot of the time that is what you want. Blending in isn't easy. It takes a smooth crisp design that works without effort. Skagen watches do this. They aren't a "show me" watch. They are a good go to watch when you just feel like being functional, and simple; qualities that are underrated a lot of the time.
Most women know Hello Kitty. Love or hate, this is a brand that has some significance in your past - and maybe now your future. Whether it was branded across your lunchbox or pencils or t-shirts, Hello Kitty represented youthful idealism and happiness.Read more ›
As I mentioned, the articles on Examiner.com will be different than what I write elsewhere, but will be geared more toward people who aren't as deeply involved as we all are in watches - though I hope to convert as many people as possible. One of my overall goals is to bring a love for watches back to Americans. Stroll down the street in any US city and you'll find legions of people wearing watches. Sure it isn't everyone, but at least half of the other men I see have a watch. This means that people are wearing watches, but unfortunately they aren't always nice watches. This doesn't just have to do with money, as there are tons of reasonably priced cool watches out there. I'd love to see more people place increased effort into discovering great watches as they are most likely going to wearing them each day. Keep an eye at my Examiner.com page as there will inevitably be things there you'd want to read about that I don't cover here.
The quartz chronograph movement is likely a Ronda, as Xemex has been known to use their movements in the past. The functionality is simple and straight forward, but it is the interesting design direction for Xemex that interests me. The entire watch is focused around the asymmetrical case, with a lot of it leaning toward the pushers. This concept is not new (though it is for Xemex). Asymmetrical cases like this have been showing up since the 1960s. In the 1980s, Seiko was playing with similar designs a lot. This watch features a lot of those ideas with the Xemex twist. Frankly, the design is not a Xemex as it could be. The logo, seconds hand, and hour markers are pretty iconically Xemex, but the rest isn’t. For instance, parts of the case and the main hands of the watch remind me more of Panerai than Xemex. Few companies other than Xemex can pull off this bold of a yellow face, which is also luminescent. The face is also available in white and black, in addition to the yellow. The strap is rubber with a steel deployment clasp.
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The dial is finished with a radial pattern, which is subtly done and quite pretty. As you change the angle, the reflections precess around the dial, yet the effect is not flashy or obtrusive. The hands are quite good, with minute and hour polished and sporting center stripes of white lume. The second hand is the sole color on the watch or dial, at a nice blued-steel color. It's almost certainly blue paint, but attractive nonetheless. Look at the hour markers - they're nicely faceted and quite well done:
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Suunto doesn't make just "watches," but rather "wrist-top computers." This new line of watches has been designed in partnership with the International Triathlon Union (ITU). That means the watches have been designed for some serious and specific training use. The traditional training watch was light weight, had some timing functions, and that is it. Later models enjoyed such functions like heart rate monitors, and other cool functions. But the Suunto t6c Red Arrow is light years ahead of the "past." The watch is part of an optional modular system of "Pods," which are units that are GPS devices, or others that fit on shoes, bicycles, etc.. .to help measure distance and cadence. In addition to all this available data, the t6c Red Arrow takes all this information together and has some clever software that not only logs and plots it for you, but helps to calculate calories burned, Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), and Training Benefit (which is a measurement of the aerobic benefit of a training session, on a one-to-five scale). Little else out there does this, and only just a few more of you are familiar with these scales to keep tabs on. However, it is quite important when you are a serious triathlon trainer, or other athletic professional. One of the best features of the watches are the customizable displays that give you optional information at a glance - be it the time, your speed, cadence, heart rate, etc... The benefit to you is being able to adapt accordingly with having second by second updated information.Read more ›