Inside the watch is a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement which is basically the same as an ETA 2824. Marvin always tends to do straps rather well and the one on this Malton 160 Cushion is no different. It is a perforated leather, in green, with a red lining. When is a watch like this a good idea aside from St. Patrick's day? And when you want to be a frog prince? Green has been working its way back "in" and I think that you could pull this watch off in a number of casual occasions.
Armida regulates their watches before they ship, and the results are good. This one keeps time better than any watch I've seen, running under 1/2 second per day slow! Personally, unless you really want a beater, I'd recommend the ETA over the Miyota as the 8215 is less accurate and doesn't hack. The Miyota is, however, built to survive very rough treatment and years of no service.
Uniform Wares is certainly a watch brand worth looking into if the terms "modern, minimalist, contemporary, European, or understated" are terms you want associated with your wrist wear and overall look. Their watches have simple numeric names and very simple designs that at the same time don't skimp on style or detailing. For review here is the Uniform Wares 250 Series watch (specifically model reference # 251/SG-01).
In 2012 at Baselworld Hublot will be releasing a new collection of watches that utilize Magic Gold. I don't know how much it will cost compared to standard 18k gold, and whether or not Hublot will be replacing all of its current gold watches with Magic gold. I anticipate that it will have a premium associated with it for at least a few years. Wait until closer to March 2012 for more Hublot Magic Gold watch products.
Watch What-If: Bell & Ross BR01 Heritage
The watch itself has a 47mm wide steel case that has been all beat-up in true Artya fashion. Inside of it, is a Swiss automatic movement. The strap is said to be Kevlar. Overall, I like the watch, and the political comment is interesting. Though, it would have been cool to cut out numerals from the currency "if possible" and use them as the hour markers. Available on Artya's website, price for the watch is 5,900 Swiss Francs. Final message from Artya on the Bye Bye Euro watch - " Sarkozy, Berlusconi, Papandreou and Merkel are invited to buy one in order to remember their dreams." www.artya.com
HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 90
- microblasted and hand-drawn surfaces
The Sparc MGS is unique and fun. It also looks like a decent daily wear for those who are techies with good taste. I overall am happy to see Ventura's return and look forward to all that will come next. Price for the Ventura Sparc MGS is said to be about ,500 when it is available soon.
- Calibre B01 / Patented "Upside Down"
- Complication developed by Ludovic Ballouard
- Manual winding
- Power reserve / Approximately 40 hours
- Balance frequency / 21,600 bph/3hz.
- Number of jewels / 51
- Number of components / 228 (movement only)
- Diameter / 35mm/15.5 lignes
The 2011 Royal Oak Offshore isn't just about dial changes, but it is also about case and material changes, as well as a new movement. The case is still 44mm wide, but now comes in either steel, 18k pink gold, or Audemars Piguet's forged carbon (yay!). The bezels are all ceramic, with brushed tops and polished sides. Ceramic not only looks cool for the bezels, but is also durable and highly scratch resistant offering people the longevity they should expect out of such a high-end watch. I don't think Audemars Piguet will ever return to steel bezels for any of its ROO watches.