I found the Shinola display, and was immediately drawn to the Runwell 47mm with the black matte case and the natural-colored leather strap. As the salesman handed it to me, I was really shocked. I knew that the watch was 0.00 and truly expected to think "oh, that's cute." I say this because my tastes usually run four to six digits to the left of the decimal point. The watch was handed to me, and I was truly overwhelmed. I loved the size of the case (47mm), the weight, the dial, the strap, the buckle, the back, the lugs, the band... I was, as the English say "gobsmacked." I then decided to find the flaws. I stood with the very patient salesman for about seven minutes, examining every detail. What did I find? Considering the price, nothing really in my opinion. The only way to improve the watch was to swap out the quartz movement with an automatic one, but then it would not be a 0.00 watch. The case, quality design, and execution deserve an automatic movement. As I learned though, that is in the works!
Musician John Mayer has been very vocal about his passion for collecting watches. Not only has he shared with (and perhaps confused) many of his fans when post images the high-end timepieces from his collection via social media, but he has also participated with the watch industry and news media as a sort of celebrity watch expert. Now John Mayer is suing Robert Maron, a former friend and trusted colleague over what he claims is fraud and the repeated sale of counterfeit vintage Rolex timepieces.
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All of this comes at a time when my love for dive watches is high, but I am unsure about my feelings for very deep diving watches. The problem is that I am unable to really reconcile my appreciation of the technology of an ultra deep diver with their sheer practical futility. The IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is water resistant to 2000 meters, and it shows it with a chunky case and very thick sapphire crystal. The issue is that I can't really think of any circumstance where a human, even in some type of suit, can dive that deep.
Panerai has debuted two new (retro designed) Luminor 1950 pieces at SIHH 2014. We have already looked at the monopusher chronograph here, and now it's time to discuss the other offering from this range: the more restrained, two-hand only PAM557 Destro 3 Days which is essentially identical to the famed PAM372 model (reviewed here), but with a lefty crown layout.
Large, properly-sized hour and minutes hands along a track of bold lume-filled hour markers complete this wonderfully instrumental, yet attractive dial design. Girard-Perregaux offers the Sea Hawk Blue on both a blue rubber strap or a steel metal bracelet. I've tried them both on and I have to say that Girard-Perregaux has more than made up for any wearability issues the Hawk collection had upon its initial debut. These wear wonderfully on my mid to small-sized wrists.
As befits a watch with such an amazing movement, there is a sapphire display back, but the rear is arguably less exciting but no less intricate. There are three NAC-treated anthracite bridges which showcase Greubel Forsey’s expertise in hand-finishing. The bevels are mirror polished and there is straight-graining and snailed decoration on the mainspring barrel.
JeanRichard even dedicated one of the Terrascope Aluminum pieces as an award in the brand's support of the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown event in New York City. Steve Nash's foundation is designed to support children's causes and the "Showdown" is a soccer match make up of professional soccer and NBA basketball players (Steve Nash is currently a player on the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team). So there is a "kid connection" right there with the watch.
Hong Kong and by extension, China, are important markets for watches because they not only consume but also produce. For the second time, Ariel travels to the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair to find out more about the Asian watch industry and how it relates to and affects the traditional Swiss watch industry.
The Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Power Reserve Charles Vermot also has to be seen as a part of Zenith’s recent overhaul of its entire collection, as its tone has shifted from avant garde to neoclassical. Unlike the Chronomaster Open of the early 2000s, which featured layered cases and complicated guilloche, the tone is classical and understated. Like the 36,000 VPH which was introduced in 2010 and the other dial variations of the Chronomaster Power Reserve models which were introduced in 2011, the case design is based on the original El Primero chronograph from 1969. According to Roland, “When we reintroduced the Chronomaster Power Reserve in 2011, the design objective was to pair the open concept that was so identifiable with Zenith with our current interpretation of our best selling chronograph, the 36,000 VPH.”
The rollers are one of the reasons that the Chapter One models are so large. Produced mostly from aluminum, the rollers are an essential part of the collection's design DNA. They are used to indicate on the top of the watch, the moon phase, and at the bottom of the watch, the day of the week. Another unique trait in Chapter One watches (which I don't think exists in any other watch) are special safety levers in the pushers. Pushers are not something the Chapter One was has an deficit of. There are actually five of them all over the case.
So the end of the precious metal era of the 5960 picks up with the era of the high-end steel models. And what a way to introduce steel than with such a marvelous new dial. I am not always Patek Philippe's biggest fan but I offer praise where praise is due. Here we find a silvery opaline face with red accents and those marvelous black oxidized white gold hour markers and hands. I always take an opportunity to mention my appreciation of white-dialed sport watches. Patek gets it very right emphasizing both legibility and attractiveness.
2014 is the 4th anniversary of Madison Avenue Watch Week, and will feature special events and exhibitions at the participating boutiques, as well as product debuts and seminars. It is a great way to experience the newest luxury watches of 2014 from many of the world's top brands, from the comfort of Madison Avenue.
Casio designed the Casio G-Shock GPW1000 to fit within the brand's growing collection of purely analog G-Shock watches. We don't get technical data on the case dimensions or all of the features, but a quick look at the dial makes it clear that the watch includes many of the features we have some to expect Casio's newer and more stylish G-Shock fair that does not use LCD screens. Though it is interesting that on the dial "GPS" stands for "Global Positioning System" (and not satellite).