I didn't speak very fondly of the last Zodiac watch I reviewed a while ago. That was the Zodiac ZMX 03, which just had too many design problems in my opinion. The situation is different with this Automatic Titanium watch (ZMX-04 ZO8510). The design here is well thought out, and all the pieces are in the right places. Best of all, the Zodiac designers figured out an effective solution to one of the biggest design problems I've been seeing on modern watches.
The interesting screws all over the case help emphasis the tool like function of the watch having more water resistance. I like both the rubber straps and metal bracelets equally. More than a few times playing with the watch I have been tempted to get it - very appealing watch when all the elements are taken together. The images you see are from TheWatchGallery.co.uk that is an authorized Tag Heuer watch dealer. They have been taking watches are photographing them in 360 degree angles - so you can see the watch from all side. These are images of the watches themselves. Not mere marketing shots. They have the whole line of Tag Heuer Aquaracer watches available, and you can visit the site to see the whole line and compare them.
The construction of the unit involves a shiny black case sitting on four legs. A mirror on top of which a raised circuit board is mounted, and the rest you can easily visually deduce. The Futura is very artistic in my mind. I wouldn't actually call it futuristic at all, but I suppose it is in comparison to some of the classic looking wood winder units. Instead it is a more "tech friendly" device, proud of its electronics. Thematically similar to a skeletonized watch, only here you have electronics and lights, as opposed to gears and springs. There are actually four blue LED lights on the board that are more or less decorative. they actually have various settings and can blink and different speeds. The point of the lights it to make the unit look more "spacey," and in that it succeeds. You'll feel like you are in a space ship with the Futura winder being on in a dark room. You can easily turn the lights off too. I had to do this as I keep my watches in my bedroom and the bright blue blinking lights made me feel like there was a police car in the room. Turning the lights off involved removing the power to the unit and restarting it to put it in settings mode. Not a big deal, but it did involve resetting the time. Still, I was very pleased that Orbita realized that it would be a feature people would want to have some control over - something I wishes the makers of my computer thought of as it seems to twirp and blink with various lights more often than R2-D2.
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Pictures: Two images of the Classico A925 with black dial and silver hour markers, and engraving on its side. Two images of the CA925 with a beige face and with see-through-back displaying the 7750 automatic movement.
The dial of the Diver X-Treme Automatic is very luxurious looking. Nicely applied hour markers in various colors (especially those metallic blue ones on the lighter dial color). The hands are large and clear. There is a nicely sloped chapter ring with the minutes on it and there are no superfluous markers on the dial even though there is a lot going on - a good mix between style and function. The hour markers and hands are further applied with SuperLumiNova as luminant which is good. I really like how the date window was inserted to make it look like part of the 6 o'clock hour marker - pretty smooth. Overall the dial is what I could expect from a quality diver watch costing in excess of ,000.
Price is on the higher side in my opinion, though it is competitive in comparable European diving watch. These custom models with the mother of pearl dials may carry a slight premium, but the standard models are about ,500 for the watch with the strap, and about ,200 for the 300 Pro Diver with the metal bracelet.Read more ›
The ease of use and elegance of the system is really what you are paying for. The motors in the Sparta systems have been thoroughly tested to last and last. Easy to use and easy to own there is little chance of you inadvertently breaking the system. I have even tested the Sparta 1 Tesla with my largest and heaviest watched and it performed perfectly. The Sparta 1 Tesla retails for 5. That is a full 0 more than then Sparta 1 Mini, and you get a more impressive looking housing as well as more flexible display options. Both are good depending on your needs, but for the more serious watches, you want a more serious "home" for it to live in while not on your wrist. Even though these prices aren't cheap theoretically speaking, they are bargains compared with much that is available from Europe, and Orbita is proudly USA made and reliable. Lots of people start with inferior Asian made watch winders by quickly graduate to the likes of Orbita once they realize the need and value.
Aside from different straps, the watches really differentiate themselves in terms of visual style. None of them look the same thanks to Swatch's desire to make all sorts of bezels, and hands, and wild looking dials for the watches. Some are easier to read than other, and each one has its own distinct character. Given that each is within of each other, the best one to get is which ever one you like the most.Read more ›
Like previous "most complicated watches" the Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie is very conservatively designed but still have some modern elements to it. The case of the watch is probably the most conservative element of the watch. It is attractive, but nothing special. The dial however has a nice cohesive look and is "unoffensive." I do like that Jaeger-LeCoultre took the bold step to have the dial partially skeletonized. Not that this is such a unique move as this has been a trend over the last few years for highly complex and exclusive watches, but Jaeger-LeCoultre chose to remove lots of real estate on the dial for more possible complications. 'Cause, let's be honest, how long is it before someone comes up with a 27 complication watch? I would have loved Jaeger-LeCoultre watch to just blow everyone away by having a 30 + complication watch. Ah, but they would never do that. Not in a second. Learning from computer hardware companies perhaps (slow jumps in processor speed as an example), they are much better off doing a 26 complication watch, then a 27 complication watch, then 28, and you can see how they will swoon collectors each time. Hey, they are a business too right? They can also say "Jaeger LeCoultre has released [X amount] of the most complex watches in the world - sequentially." Maybe they have that up their sleeve? Or getting to 26 complications was just that big of a pain.
You of course get that the "V4" name is meant to remind you of a car engine. So is the look of the movement as seen through the rear of the watch. The four turbine looking cylinders as the four corners of the movement are each the mainspring barrels. Together they hold 52 hours of power reserve for the watch. You'll notice that on the front and year of the watch there are a number of belts, just like in an engine. These transmission belts are cool to look at and replace many of the smaller gears that connect the larger gears. These are called pinions. The transmission belts are constructed in the same way as those in engines, just miniaturized. Meaning they still have a metal wire going through them for strength. And like those on engines, likely need to be replaced every... few 100,000 miles, or hours of operation in this instance (guessing on when they will need to be replaced, but you know they will be at some point).
This new type of atomic clock uses something called cold-atoms. This technology, combined with a micro-gravity environment will make for atomic clocks that are far more accurate than the ones on Earth or that previously were aboard moving satellites. It is part of a project called ACES (atomic clock exploration in space) and the clock is self is called the PHARAO (Projet d'Horloge Atomique par Refroidissement d'Atomes en Orbit). PHARAO will be placed aboard the ISS (international space station). Not only will it allow for hyper accurate synchronization with other atomic clocks, but it will also allow scientists to experiment and test some aspects of Einstein's relativity theory.Read more ›
The road to a quartz watch was about 10 years long. This was all part of the famed "Project 59A," a collaboration of Seiko's top engineering minds trying to figure out how to miniaturize a quartz movement down into a watch. In addition to space, power consumption was a major issue. Seiko already has been making a few working quartz clocks, but each was too large. Always the difficult matter of making things smaller. I was told that the real saving grace to the project was the IC innovation. "IC" standing for integrated circuit in this instance. This technology was smaller and consumed less power that its predecessors like the vacuum tube and transistor.
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