Additionally, the 01 movement has a quick date change feature as well as a hacking second. On top of this, you get almost three full days (70 hours) of power reserve. Well done Breitling, and welcome to the league of true timepiece manufactures.
These two balance springs alternate in their beat, and you need to look closely to see them. These are known as double direct impulse balance springs and they use a silicon lever in this movement. The idea is that they are meant to cancel out each other's errors to produce a more consistent timing in the movement. The rate of the movement is 21,600 vph, and it has a power reserve of three days. Decoratively, the Micro-Rotor's movement is gorgeous. Lots of fantastic polished, beveled edges, and an attention to detail you find only in top-grade movements.
Mark Kelly doesn't seem to have a formal relationship with Breitling, but he has a close one. It probably helps that he is a loyal Breitling fan. He doesn't just wear Breitling watches when around their executives. Pictures of Mr. Kelly often have him wearing one of his Breitlings, and as a pragmatist, why would he wear anything else? If the brand hasn't failed him before, why change? It isn't a viewpoint most watch lovers have in their interest to add variety to their lives, but I imagine Mark still sees most tools as items that can either fail or be relied on. Especially for a guy who can thank a lot of different types of machines for keeping him alive at various points in his career.
Thanks to our friends at IWC, I was fortunate to get my hands on one of the very first pieces available to review in the USA. As I attended events with it over the past few weeks, it received plenty of attention from fellow watch journos and enthusiasts alike. The design was universally praised– and most agreed that it was the highlight of the new Ingenieur collection. Although the price/movement debate came up frequently, most agreed that the value proposition weighed heavily in its favor. I know I don’t speak for just myself when I say we’d all love to see a version with an in-house movement in the near future, but are scared of what the price tag might look like on one. Right now this is the only “re-edition” 70’s Genta masterpiece available new for under (and in this case, well under) K, making it a real bargain.
Aside from looking good, and having a manufacture movement, this watch has the trademark flipping case, which is always a good conversation starter at parties. From that point, one can then begin the tale of the Reverso's beginnings as it relates to polo and the protection of the fragile watch crystal in the 1930's. Reverso is a high-end watch that while pricey, is still remarkably accessible. For what it can give you, an iconic design and a dress watch for life, there is no better bargain. Prices start at ,150. jaeger-lecoultre.com
Another new feature - at least in this model - is the bracelet. In fact this new (well, borrowed from the Grand Carrera collection) bracelet doesn't look at all like the "normal" Carrera bracelet with its mix of brushed and thin polished links. Is it better? That is a matter of taste. I feel that a lot of people are going to miss the look of the more traditional Carrera bracelet if TAG Heuer sticks with this one on all Carrera models. It is possible that TAG Heuer may come out with an updated or higher quality version of the outgoing bracelet - but they just haven't yet.
Necessary Data >Brand: Casio >Model: G-Shock GA200RG-1A >Price: 0 >Would reviewer personally wear it: Probably >Friend we'd recommend it to first: Younger guy who buys clothes exclusively because he things they are cool and likes the idea of a modern looking watch. >Best characteristic of watch: Good looks and a really impressive dial. Sized to be noticed. >Worst characteristic of watch: Style forces some legibility sacrifices, and darkness viewing isn't ideal.
As you may know, Tudor is making a return to the United States soon. And one watch that is bound to be making headlines is also its latest - the Heritage Chrono Blue. This was announced at Baselworld earlier this year and is one of my favorite watches from this year’s show. Sure, those hankering for a brand new design will diss the Heritage Chrono Blue as being nothing more than a reissue and rehash, but is it a crime to bring back a successful design? Especially one as good as this? Give it a break, man.
Want your Calibre 39 fix in a different flavor? Well, you can look to the Porsche Design P6752 WorldTraveler launched at the same time as the Royal Kontiki Two Time Zones.
You sort of either love or hate these watches. Some people say that Bell & Ross is messing with their tried and true formula of unambiguous military watch designs, and still others love the playfulness and designs of these pieces which are directly inspired by specific cockpit instruments. Last year for 2012 we covered the three new Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument watches here with the Turn Coordinator, Altimeter, and Horizon. Now we look at the 2013 BR 01 Airspeed, Heading Indicator, and Climb for 2013.
What Arpa really seems to want to do is make interesting watches, meet with clients, and make people "feel" something when they see his creations. He probably isn't the world's best business person, but has fared far better than most. In a nutshell he is more artist than watchmaker, and ironically that is rare, at least in the Swiss parts of the watch world. Geneva is his home, so there is a lot of him in the concept of Spero Lucem for sure... next »
Nautica NMX 1000 Solar Quartz Dive Watch
7 Commentsby Patrick Kansa
Nautica NMX 1000 Solar Quartz Dive Watch
When I moved to San Francisco in 2004 (later back to Los Angeles) all I seemed to see were people with white ear phones stuck in their ears. Those white earphones and cables were telltale signs that they were using an iPod. The message was that most people preferred Apple when it came to their portable music players. The branding for Apple was immense. They can do the same thing with an iWatch. Assuming the watch has a distinct enough design, people wearing it will also send a clear and conspicuous message that they are proudly using an Apple product.
In this article you get to see a few pieces in the DeMonaco Tourbillon collection which includes both the Tourbillon Carre (square) and Tourbillon Ronde (round). Each of the case styles comes with a few dial options that includes both Arabic and Roman numerals or baton hour markers, as well as case materials in both 18k rose and white gold. The cases are further produced from two materials, which includes 18k gold on the outside, with a titanium inner case. This is done as a means to make the watch stronger and lighter, as the generous proportions would make for a hefty load on the wrist if the cases were entirely in gold.
I like the idea of a sport watch that can stand up against the rigors of daily wrist duty and just as we have seen many brands start to employ ceramic in their watch designs, I believe that we will begin to see other brands develop similar hardness treatments for their sport watches. I think that manufacturers like Bremont, Sinn, and Damasko were simply ahead of the "hardness" curve.
Inside the watch is the Omega in-house made caliber 8605 automatic Co-Axial movement that uses a silicon balance spring. This is essentially the Omega 8500 movement with a GMT complication. You can see the movement (always a stunner) through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back window. The movement has a power reserve of 60 hours.