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Ralph Lauren is quietly giving their Sporting Chronograph watches a small mechanical upgrade. I believe the first watch to get it is the Sporting Safari. In each of these watches is a Jaeger-LeCoultre made automatic chronograph movement that RL calls the caliber RL750. However, moving forward they will get the RL751/1. I believe the only difference worth mentioning is a bump in the power reserve to 65 hours (from 48 hours). Like I said, right now the Sporting Safari will get the RL751/1, and I believe the rest of the chronograph models will get it soon.
Urwerk is tired of your lazy ass sitting on the couch. That is why their small team in Switzerland has developed a brand new complication dedicated to getting you up and moving. This model UR-210 watch could quite possibly be the most expensive exercise timepiece ever developed. Anyway, I don't think it is recommended that you strenuously exercise while wearing it either.
To be honest, I got excited when the character Jesse (actor Aaron Paul) handed a box over to Walt (actor Bryan Cranston) as a gift for his 51st birthday. While it wasn't clear that the gift was a watch yet, I was pretty sure it was something like that based on the presentation box. Sitting in his car, Walt opens up the lid to reveal a Tag Heuer Monaco. He isn't sure what to make of it, no doubt. Until now, Walt's character has been wearing an inexpensive (but reliable) digital Casio watch. Fitting watch for his character? Not sure to be honest. But it is good enough for Steve McQueen (Monaco watch from Le Mans movie sold for about 0,000), and Stephen Colbert. I wonder where Jesse got the idea?
Hidden day/night: engraved and hand painted
Seiko Star Wars Stormtrooper SDGC011
- Steel case size: 41.7mm [outer diameter], 12.4mm [thickness]
- Movement: Caliber 6R21 automatic mechanical
- Accuracy: +25 seconds to -15 seconds difference per day
- Jewels: 29
- Sapphire crystal with hard coating
- Water resistant to 100 meters
- Limited edition of 500 watches
- Price 136,500 yen (U.S. about ,750)
The examples are countless, but a good example is with Piaget. The Ralph Lauren Slim Classic timepieces each use movements made by Piaget for Ralph Lauren. Piaget started as a watch movement maker. Selling their their products to others who would put them in their own cases. It was not until the 1940s I believe that there was ever a Piaget watch. Today Ralph Lauren recalls that tradition. They design the watch and then work with a respected high-end watch movement maker to outfit them with movements. It makes sense to me, and I appreciate the transparency. To be honest it even helps me feel more comfortable about the value proposition than if Ralph Lauren attempted to make their own movements.
Clasp: deployant buckle in satin-finished black PVD titanium with carbon insert (Titanium) or satin-finished titanium with carbon insert (Magic Gold)
For me, this is a stellar watch that might have never got the attention it deserved back a few years ago when the previous version was released. For people with a trained sense of taste and understanding of horology, this will make a great timepiece. Price is a very reasonable 13,200 Swiss Francs.
"Oh, hello carbon fiber. Yeah, I haven't seen you in a while. I know you used to hang out here a lot, but over the last few years ceramic has been stealing a lot of the attention. We didn't always get along when you were popular, but you did have your moments." This carbon fiber-based Hublot watch almost feels like a blast from the rather recent past. With an almost all-carbon fiber case and bezel, there is a reason this watch is named the Hublot UNICO All Carbon.
Hunters can be subjected to a wide range of environmental extremes so I think a Sinn fits nicely into the hunter/woodsman ethos. They are tough, no-nonsense, reliable and legible timepieces that are not meant to be safe queens, I can think of few better watches for the active outdoors type. Many of the military-ready qualities which Sinn incorporates into their watches are also of value to hunters and anglers alike.
How is the iPhone 5 a lot like luxury watches? First, why compare the iPhone 5 to luxury watches? The iPhone has become the de facto phone of choice for people who can choose whatever phone they like. That doesn't necessarily mean they only have an iPhone, but it is uncommon to find consumers of high-end products who don't have an iPhone for daily use. No doubt Apple achieved this impressive market position with a slick user interface and useful product, but the design of the iPhone had a lot to do with it. Apple has succeeded where many others have not with a product that looks good to the eyes and feels good in the hands. It is also useful on a daily basis and tells people who see you with one a little bit about what your personality may be like. In a nutshell, the iPhone is a sexy tool - a concept invented by the watch industry. Let's see how Apple is following the lead of high-end watch makers when it came to designing and constructing the newest iPhone.
The watch cases fit the typical men's and women's Van Cleef & Arpels design aesthetic. One lug for women, two for men. The cases designs are elegant and serve to showcase these wonderful art creations so well. Though in the future I would like to see some new cases from the brand. Both watches are in 18k white gold and the cases are fitted with diamonds on the bezel and lugs. There are lovely mother-of-pearl cabochons in the crown. The result is a luxurious creation that focuses more on the art and effort versus the bling. For the amount of precious stones used on your typical Van Cleef & Arpels, this is a very elegant and down-to-earth brand.
Until now, most Burberry watches have been strictly fashion-friendly, mostly quartz watches with department store residences. The Britain introduces a mostly mechanical family with more serious cuts as an entry into the high-end. I can see Burberry having aspirations to join a legion of watch-toting fashion brands (in one form or another) to be more like Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Zegna, and others who have their name on pricey timepieces. Overall I actually like the look of these Britain timepieces and would wear most of them, but do feel that the pricing is rather optimistic.
The iconic Omega Speedmaster watch has a black dial with white hands and markers. Sure Omega has mixed it up over the years, but I believe that this is the very first all white Omega Speedmaster watch. Using the newer and larger Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Chronograph with the in-house made caliber 9300 movement family, the all white models will be offered in both steel and Orange gold (which I recently did a review of here).
These two platinum Royal Oak watches are pure Audemars Piguet DNA, and purely for enthusiasts. With just 40 pieces in each model (a low limited edition piece set for Audemars Piguet), it will be interesting to see the value these watches have in a decade or so.
Articulated front lug, compound rear lug
Live (when recorded that is) from Philadelphia John and I talk business and politics (watch politics). We cover the new MB&F MoonMachine, Buben & Zorweg, as well our new friend Tim.
Is it really that useless? de Grisogono would argue not. They would say that by cycling through complications you preserve more empty space on the dial and enhance the watch's beauty. Thankfully someone is starting to figure out how to use cool mechanical technology to enhance sex appeal. Perhaps this watch can help in the ongoing engineering challenge to develop the perfect mechanical mechanism that will help you get laid. I for one feel good knowing that engineers at de Grisogono (who no doubt are wearing floral pattern shirts) are hard at work on this and other important achievements.
For the dial, Rado chose a unique route. The watch face itself is petite at best, residing in the center of the dial with lots of empty space above and below it. While it is smaller in comparison to the rest of the dial, the watch face is legible and well done in Rado fashion. Note that the little Rado anchor logo actually moves around like a small rotor. Inside the watch is a rarely used movement which is the Swiss ETA 2094 automatic chronograph. Think of it as a smaller version of the 2894 chronograph. You can see the movement through the caseback window with a custom Rado automatic rotor.
This is a triple-date, also known as 'full calendar' for the inclusion of day, date and month. It's also a 12-hour chronograph and moonphase, all built on a nicely decorated ETA Valjoux 7751 movement.
All versions of the Jules Verne Instrument III watch will be limited editions of 365 pieces. The case is 45.5mm wide and 16.5mm tall with wide 24mm spaced lugs. The case will come in steel, titanium, or a version with titanium and 18k rose gold. The bezel is cool and the watch looks nice on the wrist, but I would have liked for it to be a bit more complicated in construction more akin to the brand's other pieces. Though I do like the complicated look of the crown and monopusher for the chronograph.
The Harry Winston Opus 12 case is 46mm wide with a smooth technical look that some will love and others might find a bit staid given how wild Opus watches have been in the past. All the details are satisfying, but you just don't see too many round Opus pieces these days. I would suggest that it likely grows on you at the least.
Chronograph: 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and central seconds