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Artur Akmaev began his journey studying the art of jewelry design, taking classes on hand engraving and attaining a degree as a Jeweler. It wasn’t until his continued education at the University of Applied Arts in Moscow that his passion for watches and watchmaking quickly grew. His early work began on a robust Russian movement known as the Poljot 3105, as part of a project that was created for his personal enjoyment – and that fueled what would soon become a long line of beautifully crafted pieces.

Last year, Biver also stated that TAG Heuer would focus on the entry-level market in the 1,500 to 3000 Swiss francs range, where it has historically been a leader. Accordingly, he canned the CH80 movement and therefore the Carrera CH80, the watch intended to house it that was eagerly anticipated by fans of the brand.

I've had the pleasure of seeing the original in person, and it is nothing short of fascinating. In typical JLC fashion, the added moon phase complication is accurate to within one day every 3887 years and the disc is made from lapis lazuli. 

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Personally, I often prefer more formal timepieces to land in the 36mm-39mm range. This model, though, proves among the most successful executions of a dress-style watch at such a scale. Its refreshing to have a larger size as such an appealing option, with a hefty serving of unexpected wrist presence. The original used a different crown - a kind of stylized carved Deco-style sunburst/flower - that exuded more personality, as opposed to the standard Piaget signed crown here; I definitely prefer the former. But the biggest difference between the original and the current version lies in the choice of mechanism.

Last December during Art Basel 2014, I had a chance to meet and take some photographs of Serena Williams. She was visiting the Audemars Piguet VIP booth at the show, and is a newer ambassador of the brand. What struck me then was how passionate and into watches she seemed. With her recent win at the Australian Open, her 19th grand slam single title, Serena Williams continues her assaults at the record books and further cementing her place as the most dominant player in the past two decades and making a case, arguably, to be considered the best who has ever lived (men or women).

I am also someone who happens to like the Hublot Big Bang, but probably can’t see myself spending ,000 or more on one as I don’t fall into that buyer income demographic. I am, however, really intrigued by something that is a fraction of the price and seems to offer a similar experience. I think a lot of other people are going to be as well. The 2015 reference CAR2A1Z.FT6044 TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 watch will be available soon at a price of 4,900 Swiss Francs.

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In our debut post of the Rolex Yacht-Master 116655, I more or less laid out the technical details of what Rolex has presented for us in 2015, and now, after some hands-on time with the new Rolex Yacht-Master, I am going to fill in some details and other insights after Rolex explained what this new watch is all about.

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On the dial side, further complications can be easily mounted onto the base, these – to give a few examples – can be the date displayed on disc, the date displayed by a central hand, second timezone displayed on a sub-dial or by a central hand. All this has already provided us with a large number of options, allowing brands to easily create many models with small variations, meeting a larger variety of customer requirements.

It clearly works as the matt grey dial and the gold indices and hands make for some stellar contrast – something the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black deliberately lacks. If the face of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Sedna Black looks highly familiar to you, that is with good reason: it looks much the same as last year's Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Edition (hands-on here), featuring the same color combination and matt dial with all marks (except the gold indices) in relief, achieved with laser-ablation technology. You can read more about the dial in our hands-on article linked to above.

One of my favorite details is the set of hands on this piece: the feuille-style hands as well as the skeletonized and beveled seconds hand are all made by hand. Hand polishing makes for the three-dimensionally curved shape of the central hands that widen up and narrow down in a way only the human eye and hand can replicate; while the seconds hand features a skeletonized counterweight with beveling and polishing on both its outer and inner edges.

Mickey Nolan: Definitely Rolex. Ha! No. I mean, both brands produce excellent movements. What I like about them compared to most other brands is that they’re relatively straightforward to work on, and they’re reliable, you know. The movements have their differences, but as far as durability and quality goes, it’s a tough one to call.

Sean Wai: I don't believe so. I think that things happen for a reason and that life is all about timing and circumstance. If I do start getting that feeling of regret, then maybe I'll just have to work harder to try to design something similar!

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When I first started writing about watches back in 2007, it was the high-point of what I'll call the "independent watch renaissance" - a time when luxury consumer enthusiasm and willingness to try new things prompted an unprecedented explosion of investment into small high-end watch brands. That period didn't last very long, however, because when the economy sank, so did consumer spending on new, untested brands. MCT originally began in 2009, but later changed ownership. Later, under new ownership and with stable funding, MCT continued its life by releasing the Sequential One S110 watch. A year later, the MCT Sequential Two S200 watch (hands-on here) was released. For 2015, the Frequential One adds a new element to the promising brand.

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Jean-Claude Biver: Consumers will enjoy the new collection which is made of very interesting innovations as well as quite competitive prices. All the novelties, including our "in-house" Automatic Chronographe Tourbillon COSC, or the latest "in-house" V4 Phantom (All Black in carbon), or the new "in-house" Carrera Heuer 01 (with our latest re-designed 1887 movement) have all been positioned quite aggressively, thanks to the reorganization and reorientation of our industry which comprises case manufacture, dial manufacture, and movement manufacture. I strongly believe that we will meet the expectations of our customers who will all enjoy the very best and unbeatable price relation for the quality offered!

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As you can see the Oysterflex strap is not rubber but meant to feel like it with more longevity and a fit like a bracelet with the metal interior. Of course Rolex will likely make Oysterflex straps/bracelets available on other Rolex models in the future (though what models and when we don't know), for now if you want one you'll need to get the new for 2015 Yacht-Master in the 37mm wide or 40mm wide Oyster case (water resistant to 100 meters). Third-party rubber straps for Rolex sport watches have been available for a while and now you get something from Rolex. We can't wait to try it on.

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The Bulova Bellecombe's steel case is offered in a series of styles, including this two-tone model which mixes polished steel with a rose gold tone. This particular ref. 65R164 Bulova Bellecombe has 42 diamonds on the case and dial - according to Bulova, are all set by hand - which is nice in a watch at this price point. I happen to think that it is a welcome feature to have diamond hour markers in a women's watch, along with helping legibility. This newer Bulova Bellecombe's dial is easy to read, but I think it might have benefited from luminant on the hands for darkness viewing. Over the dial is a sapphire crystal.