The Porsche Design Timepiece Number 1 and Porsche Design Chronograph Titanium Limited edition each feature 42mm wide titanium cases, with the former being PVD-black coated. Each is offered in a bead-blasted finish with gives them a neat looking industrial "tool watch" feel. With just 50 meters of water resistance these aren't super sport watches, but I have a feeling that number will get better in the future. There is a sapphire crystal over the caseback with a view of the movement as well as an AR-coated crystal (coated on both sides) over the dial. Note that the rear crystal is tinted black to give the movement a dark looking finish.
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Another important implication of something such as this, goes back to the notion that Apple and other smartwatch companies are keen to enter the luxury and fashion worlds as much as possible. A huge concern of Apple, is to offer enough Apple Watch variety, so that people don't feel as though they are all wearing similar items. At the top of the consumer ladder, customers are really focused on exclusivity. So, the idea of having an item "no one else has" is really important. An emerging smartwatch customization industry could deliver that, allowing people to enjoy the best of modern technology, with the status of luxury items they are used to enjoying. Companies such as Bamford and Project X already cater to people who want Rolex watches, but who want ones that have unique appearances.
We will begin with a unique clock that Breguet built for one his many very special clients: the No. 2655 Carriage Clock – or travel clock – was made for Caroline Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, and sold to her on the 18th of March 1812. Between 1808 and 1814, Caroline Bonaparte was one of Breguet's most important clients – for obvious reasons – and this had been reflected in the timepieces that she had consigned and received from some of the greatest watchmakers of the era.
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The leather strap was nice enough, I felt, and has a nice "crinkled" texture to it that makes it look a bit more worn-in. For me, personally, the canvas straps are the most intriguing. These actually have a nice weight to them. Unlike some other straps like these that you may have run across, the edges are completely finished (and rolled over to the leather backing). What this means, aside from having a sturdy strap, is you will not get the frayed edges you sometimes see when you have just got canvas applied on top of leather. Now, for some watches, that is a good look (and, full disclosure, I have got a strap like that that I particularly like). In this particular usage, you are going to get a textile strap that looks polished and complete, for the life of the watch.
One of Jackie's favorite things to do is to complain about designers who dress a car in "dirty underwear." This often repeated term is meant to characterize elements such as mirrors and bumpers, that while necessary can easily ruin the purity of a car's design if not done "cleanly." In Jackie's own words, he remarks, "I like women's underwear" (I smirk), "I just don't like dirty underwear, you get it?" What Jackie is trying to say is that attractive underwear can augment the form of something otherwise beautiful underneath. However, if the thing meant to augment is ugly, then it quickly detracts from the object as a whole. Jackie's tastes are quite resolutely British in that regard (classic). He likes a nicely designed car and there is no problem if is it a bit bold or creative. Having said that, if there is something about the design of a car or watch that calls too much attention to itself individually (as opposed to the whole), it is a mistake - and as an example he points to too tall roof lines or unattractive lights that simply don't go with the greater aesthetic of the car.
It brings me great pleasure to review the OWC MilSub MS-5517 watch – especially after I've been following the trials and tribulations of brand creator Dan Fock for several years. Hailing from Australia, Mr. Fock's regular newsletters would describe in intense detail everything that was going on in the development of his watches, as well as the setbacks in his personal life. The entertaining series includes frustrating accounts of dealing with Asian parts suppliers, as well as sickness in the family, natural disasters, and financial turmoil. One such tale involved a dispute with a larger company about the name "Orange Watch Comapny" that resulted in Fock having to permanently change the name of the brand to just "OWC." While this MilSub MS-5517 isn't the first OWC watch, nor it is the first OWC watch we've discussed on aBlogtoWatch, it is the first one I personally have been able to experience - and I have to say that, for the money, it ain't half bad.
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For SIHH 2015, IWC has drawn upon its rich history to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser with a new limited edition model - the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition 75th Anniversary. This stunningly beautiful and vintage-inspired Portugieser offers not only IWC's requisite 8-day power reserve but also your choice of rose gold or steel.
The new caliber and its 230 components have been designed to be installed upside down, exposing the balance wheel, escape wheel and also the skeletonized mainspring barrel at the six o'clock. The time-only movement displays the hours, minutes and running seconds on the saphire sub-dial at the 7 o'clock position. While the Breva Genie 01 (hands-on here) featured a barometer and a weather forecast display on its dial, and the Breva Genie 02 (hands-on here) a similar looking mechanism and an altimeter indication, the Genie 03 has a comparably cleaner looking dial.
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Cindy Livingston: My first grail watch was a Chopard Happy Diamonds that I purchased for myself. I still think today, it is a beautifully designed timepiece.
Rolex went from sponsoring the "Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races" from 2001 to 2009 to creating the more official Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion series that, for 2014, included 15 race groups comprising 550 pre- and post-WWII cars. You can't help but constantly smile seeing the cars as well as the drivers having fun. This is perhaps the dirtiest some of these car owners get all year, with the dust blowing in their face. The Rolex name is everywhere on the track... and, of course, the winner also gets a Rolex watch.
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The silver sunburst dial is radiant, and the black roman numerals and deep red chronograph accents offer texture and color that helps to complete the look. With a maximum 12 hour measure and running seconds at six, take note of how each subdial gets its own layout that directly services the unit and resolution of each measure. Legibility is excellent and the dial layout seems thoughtful and detailed, without being pushy. A little detail that I always enjoy is when the hands for the chronograph are all of the same color, and one that differs from that of the hands used for the indication of the time. Here, the chronograph's hands are in a deep red color, while the hours, minutes and running seconds are indicated by gold hands.
However, what sets apart the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue from its previous incarnation is that the new model will now feature the in-house made caliber DUW 5201 – the company’s first automatic movement to feature the NOMOS swing system in-house made escapement. The original Nomos Worldtimer’s movement already had a most unique take on showing two time zones: pushing the watch’s “home button” caused an utterly smooth, graceful adjustment to the desired city’s current time. This complication proved mechanically sophisticated, novel, and quite simply a lot of fun to operate; once you got used to the system, readability was a breeze.
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Don't let me forget to mention that the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 case is also decently anti-magnetic (resistant to 60 gauss). Overall, you have a somewhat dressy, highly wearable, timeless sports watch, with all the detailing you could hope for in a light weight package that isn't that much more than the standard steel SBGE001 model. That said, neither of these watches is, strictly speaking, "cheap," but compared to most Swiss watches, you get a lot more bang for your buck. It isn't only the solid value proposition that gets me excited about this version of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT, because even at a few thousand more dollars, I would still be lusting after it. Ask me about modern watchmaking for today's detail snob, and I'll always show you a Grand Seiko as one of the examples.
Most of all, I admire how the Seiko Recraft “Mechanicals” don’t try to ape or mimic exactly an exact model from yesteryear and milk its nostalgic legacy appeal. Instead, I applaud Seiko for creating something new that retains much of the spirit and look of vintage, but tailored to today’s tastes: we're talking 40-hour-plus power reserves, 5atm water resistance - and best of all, a very current 43.5 mm case size that would not have been available on the pieces from that time that actually inspired these new watches. (Ariel audibly sighed in relief upon discovering the Seiko Recraft's healthy case dimensions...)
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Where things get more out of hand, however, is that this partnership is topped with "the spirit of generosity" – yes, that. You see, "the 12 collector ‘Chivalry’ watches will be auctioned exclusively for charities around the world," and while there certainly is nothing wrong with charity, it is difficult to recall such stockpiling of marketing moves into the re-release of one watch – likely because after a while this tends to steer the more purist watch enthusiast away, rather than towards the brand.
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Once all the teams had submitted their project, it was time to present, and with so many participants and teams, they were each given 2 minutes to discuss the app's usefulness, and then run a demonstration of the application. The three judges used the following criteria to rank all the applications: how innovative it was, and how fitting the overall design would be for the Apple Watch.
Some actually pointed out something to me what I've known for a while, but don't normally mention. Chopard is a master at branding, and when looking at the logo on the dial, you can tell. Chopard pretty much only uses this logo for their men's racing watch. Turn the watch over and look at the caseback to find Chopard's more typical logo in a cursive font. In order to promote the masculine racing theme of the collection, they even have a special logo to use for their own name on these watches.
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