Now, I've spent some time relating this story for a very good reason, and that is, that this particular model, the Southern Hemisphere version, won't really be very easy to use as a world-timer if you've been familiar with other world timers before.
That may be true in the abstract, but people like Robbins are incredibly rare. The chances of you having a wallet or watch stolen that isn't bound tightly to you in anything but an incredibly thick crown of thieves is highly unlikely. You are actually more likely to simply lose your watch or wallet than have it stolen off your body. But that doesn't change how susceptible this guy makes us feel.
For less adventurous types, the standard Swatch New Gent collection comes in a more predictable assortment of colors, but the personality of the Random Ghost collection gives it a distinct appeal. Swatch's little tagline for the piece is "Take Your (Colorful) Chances," but we think there is no risk in not enjoying a watch like this. Price is . store.swatch.com
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Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony collection is what most people picture when they think of the brand’s products. Simple yet sophisticated, these aren’t just dress watches, but rather dress watches with just the right amount of masculinity in them. Vacheron Constantin accomplishes this by adding little details on the dial such as a lot of sharp angles, and an instrumental looking minute track. They may all look like small details, but taken together the design elements of the collection really do say “patrimony.”
The limited production MB&F Horological Machine No. 4 was nicknamed the Thunderbolt and combined the brand's love for aircraft and spacecraft. The titanium case was designed to look like two engine hulls, while the movement inside bared a striking resembled to ships from both the Star Wars and Star Trek universe. Read more on aBlogtoWatch here. mbandf.com
Rumors regarding new Apple products have lately proved to be extremely accurate. Since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple hasn't quite kept the iron curtain pulled so tight. When mass speculation revolves around a new product or service, it is often a matter of "when" rather than "if" it will be released. Even before the square version of the iPod Nano came out, people were speculating that Apple was designing a wristwatch. They clearly had it in mind when making a few watch dials available on the Nano, which was later upped to about 18 different dial choices. While Apple hasn't officially announced an upcoming "iWatch" or wrist watch product, people have been discussing its imminent release for quite some time.
The ship's clock style dial of the HMS Victory watch is benefited by black on white hands and a clear symmetrical look. The functions are built on top of a base Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. They modify the subsidiary seconds hand to be a 30 second retrograde hand and turn the date indicator into a retrograde hand as well. The resulting operations are both logical and attractive. Though, the module on top of the already thick 7750 make for a rather thick timepiece.
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Max here: Generally, investing in watches is a bad idea in my opinion. This is not to say that watches do not appreciate in value or that some watches from a few brands retain or exceed their retail value, it's simply that there are many other investment opportunity that are more predictable and of better value than timepieces.
In the story of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass”, the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland”, there’s a part in the story where Alice and the Red Queen are running away from a storm, and the wind is blowing so hard at them, that it’s keeping them in place as they run.
Be it space or spaceship, the watches below are some of the coolest modern watches which honor or make actual use of elements far from the Earth. Imaginative watchmakers use meteorite dials or design their cases and movements to look like spaceships. We love this stuff and as traditional as watchmaking is, these timepieces are directly inspired by science and science fiction. Oh, and we aren't including watches that track the motion of planets or the sky. Those are typically more related to calendar watches, and should be part of a distinct list.
With the exception of a couple of very minor detracting points and one moderate personal issue regarding the strap, the Casio Protrek PRG550-1A1 is a win. It delivers on what it promises to do and does it better than almost anything else, all at a price point which makes it almost unbeatable. Its only major competition may come from Casio’s own company in the form of the Casio G-Shock models, but with the focus of the Casio Pro Trek line on exploration, adventure, and sport; I don’t anticipate there's too much cannibalizing from each other. From my stance of only owning and wearing mechanical watches to becoming a convert to Casios and their tough, solar powered watches, I definitely plan on wearing the Casio anytime I need a dependable bulletproof watch, whether that is in the wilderness, or relaxing on the beach.
The movement inside is the Breitling Caliber 76, an officially certified chronometer by the COSC with thermocompensated SuperQuartz. Functions include a 12/24-hour analog and LCD digital display, battery end-of-life indicator, 1/100th second chronograph, timer, 2nd timezone and multilingual calendar.
Having said that, it is also nice to look at a clean gold case back, pop it open and then look at the movement and perhaps a little message on the inner caseback that you had Patek Philippe engrave to yourself like “look at you mister!” Patek Philippe is proud of the fact that when the case back is closed, it is virtually invisible from the sides – and that includes the hinge and the notch to open it. All in all, it is a pretty elegant system and a nice addition to round-out an otherwise great watch.
Hess built up Ball watches in the US over the last 10 years or so, but he wears a number of hats - including watch store owner. Hess knows the watch industry quite well, including its history. While Ball is a Swiss brand, its origins are totally American when it made accurate timepieces for the railroad. Come to think of it, the modern Ball watches haven't really done anything automotive until now. The BMW watches are their first foray into car-themed timepieces, and overall the watches are well done.