Tissot gave this new Seastar a hell of a case making it 48mm wide in steel with some black in the bezel. I am also told that a blue PVD coated steel case will also be available. I look forward to checking that piece out. The case design is pretty intricate and there is an automatic helium release valve on the side of the case which is a nice feature to have. The case also has a sapphire crystal.
Casing-up diameter: 30.40 mm
As I just mentioned, these watches will be limited to 20 pieces only and available exclusively in the brand's new New York store. What happens if the boutique changes its location years from now? If that is the case then I think the watch will become even more of a collectible. It is almost amusing how the text on the back is vague. It is almost more fun this way than what you might expect such as "Limited Edition For America." Then you also have Vacheron Constantin's application of red, white, and blue on the dial -because you know, we like to honor the flag's colors in our wardrobe on a fairly regular basis.
There is also the Sportster Saguaro Meteorite version of the watch that has a really nice Gibeon meteorite dial. I first wrote about the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Meteorite watches here. Bovet claims the space stones that make up the dial are something like 4 billion years old - that is pretty cool. These are my favorite Sportster watches because I really like how the meteorite gives a sort of organic feel to the otherwise composed case and design. You can get various meteorite stone stains such as silver, black, and gold. All the Sportster Saguaro watches are 46mm wide in really chunky looking cases. Like I said, these cases feel like hefty canisters, holding precious innards. The cases are thick and highly polished with a wide bezel. Though the design doesn't feel massive because of the single lug style, it is a rather clever way of making a larger watch feel not as large.
Through the back of the movement you can see the 2251 movement and a special Linde Werdelin automatic rotor. For efficiency, the rotor has been mounted on ceramic ball bearings. Watches with ceramic ball bearings in the rotor mount have rotors that spin more smoothly and thus offer more efficient winding. In contrast to the vintage nature of the movement in the original SpidoLite, the SpidoLite II has a more modern caliber inside of it.
Swiss Watchmaking tradition allied with the latest in high-tech telephony
Looking for something classy, a dress watch to round out your collection of Tag Formula 1s and Chase-Durer watches? How about a real men’s Omega Constellation for under 0? It’s lot #238, here’s a pic of the dial, and don’t miss one of the best casebacks in watch history. Though be aware, the case is 36mm, which will seem diminutive if you’re a Paneristi.
At Basel 2011 while strolling through the AHCI area (where many of the indy watch makers display) I met watch maker Eva Leube and checked out her new piece called the Ari watch. The name was minorly ironic because she named it after her son named "Ari," and sometimes people call me "Ari" (although technically it isn't actually short for Ariel).
Option Folding clasp brushed for leather strap with FORTIS logo and “Limited Edition” engraved
"What can one say about the Lum-Tec Combat B15 that is not being said by those that are fortunate enough to own one? Possibly, that there are a couple unexpected perks that are not apparent from just the pictures seen on the web.
Partially openworked 22-carat gold oscillating weight with anthracite galvanic treatment
Down the road from the Saignelégier plant is a smaller facility that is also owned by Maurice Lacroix. It is called La Manufacture des Franches-Montagne, and this subsidiary company makes small parts not only for Mauric Lacroix, but for many other high-end (to extremely high-end) brands. This extremely sophisticated little place specializes in the manufacture of very complex little parts that require extreme precision. Using an array of special CNC machinery, many serious brands rely on the modern production capabilities at LMDFM to make certain parts of their watches that would be too difficult and expensive to do in-house. As the facility opened in the last few years, the LMDFM gave me a chance to check out some of the latest machinery (including some cool robots) being used in the watch industry to bring modernly designed watches to life.
The 50s President's Watch is 42mm wide but feels larger. It comes with a steel or 18k rose gold case and there are currently five models. I love the retro looking domed dials and sunburst polished faces. For a traditional styled watch this piece is still quite masculine. The hands and applied hour markers are strong looking and the neat integration between the alligator strap and the case is appreciated. There is an additional sense of strength in the texture engraved into the side of the crown. Like an old acrylic crystal, the sapphire is domed. To match the style of the Vulcain "V" logo, there is a metal section through the sapphire display caseback of the same shape.
My intent was to offer a very simple plug and play system that doesn't require any fussing around. The aBlogtoRead.com Watch Winder by Wolf Designs is based on their Cub Winder single watch winder system. You plug it in, put your watch on the cuff, and turn it on. The winder winds in both directions and requires no extra thought or settings. Perfect for the vast majority of automatic watches out there. Real easy - just how I like it.
Frederique Constant's newest watch with an in-house made movement is both useful and attractive. Building upon their core in-house automatic with an "open heart" display of the escapement, this newer model with the Caliber FC-938 automatic boasts the time with a second time zone in a subsidiary dial. Making for a good traveler's watch, the second time zone is displayed in a simple 12 hour format. AM/PM indication is preserved via a small day/night indicator located at 8 o'clock on the small dial.
One of his new(ish) watches is this Ventura Sparc MGS that is an evolution on Ventura's previous designs (Ventura V-Tec Sigma MGS, but to me it looks more like the V-Tec Alpha). It features a quartz movement with an automatic rotor that generates electricity similar to Seiko Kinetic watch movements. Though Ventura uses their own special movement that I believe has some more advanced features. MGS stands for "micro generation system" and apparently is quite nice. It has a power reserve of 45 days when fully charged and a 5 year standby time when the watch is "turned off."
For those who really want an easy to read second timezone, this GMT hand may be too small. For those who like having a dual time watch but don't want to be inundated with a fourth hand on the dial, this GMT design is a good option. I further like the placement of the date window (and the little frame around it). On the dial is a fair amount of SuperLumiNova (in blue) for excellent darkness viewing.
Based on the fact that Revelation hasn't released a lot of info on the watch case itself, I have a feeling the Revelation R-01 timepieces aren't quite ready for prime-time yet (does the dial really need to say "Revelation" on it twice?). They indicate a few versions that will be available though, being offering in black colored titanium, 18k gray gold, 18k pink gold with black gold elements, and in 18k yellow gold. Little clarification here for the model pricing, and each will be limited to just 15 pieces: