Derek Dier: Mad Men gave me the free reign to do that, but mostly they don’t tell you a thing, the prop-master just takes care of it. Mad Men was a special thing, I even went down to the set and painted a watch dial to match a specific Mary Kay Pink. I even paid my own way, I just wanted this to be completely correct. I think Hollywood has to start realizing that there is a huge industry out there, and people like you guys and other bloggers are paying attention.
There is a saying that goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” In the world of horology, we could tweak that a little, and say, “If you can afford it, make it yourself.” This is certainly true in the case of François-Paul Journe, who famously made his own tourbillon watch when he was young, since he figured that he could not afford one. Following in Journe’s footsteps (somewhat), is a young engineering student called Karel, who fell in love with the Urwerk UR-202, but found its astronomical price tag to be a major hurdle to ownership (Karel, you are not alone in this). And so he decided to do the next best thing: put his engineering skills to use, and create a Urwerk UR-202 homage. The results, as I’m sure you will agree, are pretty good.
Many thanks to everyone at Chopard and Porsche Motorsport for the chance to take in a true endurance race and experience the cars and the watches first hand. chopard.com
In addition to the retrograde seconds hand, the other main advancement with the Breguet Tradition 7097 Automatique Seconde Rétrograde in comparison to the 7047 is the inclusion of automatic winding. As yet, no images of the case back have been published, but regardless of its styling, its presence elevates the functionality of this model to a level untouched by its predecessors. Even without the auto-weight influence, the watch boasts a 50 hour power reserve, which is more than adequate for such dressy piece. All this technical complexity is made complete by a unique finishing that, although is not unique to Breguet, is seldom seen even on high-end watches.
The winder comes with a remote control that allows for setting it up without having to open the large, wood and glass door that hides the main section of the box. Behind the glass is a rather large, white on blue digital display that allows for setting up the two winding motors separately. It is easy to use, highly legible, and definitely does not feel as cheap as similar small screens often do on other appliances. One gets to choose the winding rotation, the TPD (with an additional 1950 setting beyond those seen on the Barrington Single Watch Winder), as well as a motor selector and an LED on/off setting.
In the round-up article about the 2013 Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, Ariel concluded that not only have Asian manufacturers been upping their game when it came to quickly adapting to the latest market trends, but they have also been shifting towards making their own products tailored to their own taste and culture – rather than exclusively supplying to external companies and replicating their proven designs. Hot topics of 2013 included the rise of the more affordable – and more restrainedly styled – smartwatch as well as the rise (but not necessarily shine) of Chinese-made tourbillon watches.Read more ›
There are a number of solid reasons why I have not considered getting a watch winder before. In no particular order, these included price, reliability, build quality, functionality and value. There are some cheap and (not-so) cheerful eBay solutions – with infamous reliability issues – while at the other end of the spectrum, one has the several hundred to several thousand dollar segment – an amount many would rather spend on watches themselves. And yet, despite all that, I was looking forward to giving the Barrington Single Watch Winder and Double Watch Winder a shot, as they promised to get right most basic requirements. As we will see, while they are not without their minor faults, they do offer a highly recommendable option for those looking for a decorative and useful new winder in the value-segment.
The original version of the Nomos Worldtimer provided a stunning expansion of the brand’s original design mandate. While the majority of the Nomos models reflect a minimal, Bauhaus-influenced aesthetic, the Nomos Worldtimer displayed a more complex, varied, somewhat more whimsical look that fit its complication as a world timer (showing the local time in two places simultaneously, from a choice of 24 global time zones). The original version had real presence on the wrist, with its play of various visual planes on the dial’s white expanse and a healthy 40mm case diameter (definitely on the bigger side measured by typical Nomos watch sizes).
Shreve, Crump & Low: Boston is a city known for it’s esteemed history. Whether you were born and raised here, or it became an adopted city after attending college, we are all very proud of our city. Must do activities include seeing our sports teams (Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, Patriots) and walking the Freedom Trail (a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States). Things to see include Fenway Park (America’s oldest baseball stadium), Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market and Public Garden. Then cross over to Cambridge to visit the prestigious universities. Be sure to enjoy seafood from numerous great restaurants such as B&G Oysters, Sorellina and Mistral.Read more ›
Keeping the philosophy of continuing to use original antique and vintage dials with the pocket watch movements was a challenge in this new design. The 12 size pocket watch movements were produced between 1895 and 1930, then, in the 1930’s, the wristwatch came into popularity, and most men stopped wearing the pocket watch - kind of like making the transition to a smart phone, it’s hard to ever go back to a regular mobile phone. However, in the beginning stages of the introduction of the 12 size movement, the hunter case design was very popular. The hunters Case watch had a cover, and by pressing the crown it hinged open the cover to read the time. Since these were worn in the vest pocket, the crown was always at 3 o’clock, making it easier to read when holding in the hand and looking down at the time.
To begin with, we should note that the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair is the world's largest fair of its kind, with over 750 exhibitors and 19,000 visitors – which is all the more impressive when we consider that there is only one public day, and the other four days are reserved for exhibitors, buyers (meaning watch manufacturers and wholesalers), and the media. In other words, this fair is tailored to bring small and large quantity buyers from around the world – yes, with innumerable Swiss participants included – to do business, find suppliers of parts, or even complete watches, branded to their requirements. But there is nothing new there, as Hong Kong and China have for long been the nest for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and private label companies – companies which are fully capable of assembling watches of your own design, with varying limitations, of course, and printing your own brand name on the dial and packaging, as well as just about everything else you may want. You just have to take care of marketing and distribution.Read more ›
The track is evidence that FakeWatchBusta has now fully penetrated the consciousness of the hip-hop celebs it puts on blast - everyone from hardcore rappers Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, and Jadakiss to singer Sean Kingston - for wearing particularly awful replicas of timepieces from luxury titans like Rolex and Audemars Piguet.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on September 30, 2014 for the winner to be chosen at random. A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non-US entrants may apply based on sponsor's policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor's inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner, you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.
Westime: A wide range! Oversize luxury sports watches are very popular, as well as more conservative, traditional styles. And of course, we attract collectors who are looking for really unusual timepieces they haven’t seen anywhere else before, and even from watchmakers they haven’t heard of yet.Read more ›
Introducing A New Swiss-Made Automatic Diver’s Watch For Men That Is Big On Performance And Not On Your Wallet
Around the planet, in Hong Kong, watch ads litter the streets, buses, and billboards. It is difficult to travel more than a few steps in any commercial area and remove yourself from a line-of-sight view with a poster or sign marketing a watch maker – often with a regional or international celebrity wearing the product. In a dark, dirty, and ill-smelling alley behind the main thoroughfare, the walls are lined with evenly spaced posters for some of the world's top luxury watch makers.
One thing I would really like to see in the app functionality is the ability to have some customization in the items you see on the screen of the watch at any given time. There are bits and pieces of info on various screens that I want to see, and none that I really want as my home screen. For instance, I would like to see the time, weather prediction (with temperature), and sunset time on a single screen. It would all fit, but the watch doesn't give me the ability to do that. At least, not yet.
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Available in either brushed or PVD black coated steel, the new Formula 1 watches take a new step in design compared the outgoing generation's models. The case is now tonneau-shaped and the dial looks very little like the last few generation Formula 1 models. TAG Heuer's historic Autavia models had similar case shapes, and I suppose one could suggest that TAG Heuer designed the new Formula 1 in its honor.
While the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim red gold model carries an obvious premium due to the precious metal content, the fact that you could buy one for less than the cost of JLC’s steel model is impressive. And ,200ish is just plain ridiculous. This watch not only looks the part, but it is the part. Basically, I think everyone should have one. Like, everyone. This is an obvious choice for a tuxedo watch, perfect for weddings and other formal occasions. Even if you only strapped it on once or twice a year, it would still be a brilliant piece to add to any collection – at exceptional value. montblanc.com
What is new about this particular release is that the case that is 38.5 millimeter wide and just a hair over 10 millimeter thick, in this instance, is in white gold – thus far, it had been available in platinum and pink gold. The A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual (310.026 E) in white gold is priced at ,200. alange-soehne.com
Beyond the lack of CAD programs, there are dozens of other reasons why it took Zenith seven years to come up with the El Primero – the same amount of time it took Patek to develop the Grandmaster Chime... The major challenges included lack of space – the automatic winding and all its wheels and support bridges, as well as the chronograph with its wheels, cams, and bridges, as well as the base movement with the date indication were to be crammed into a seemingly impossibly small space. This was topped with Zenith's stubbornness to get the hugely challenging 5Hz speed out of the movement to make it the most accurate chronograph wristwatch ever made. Last but not least, the movement was designed from the ground up to be a fully integrated, inseparable whole.Read more ›
Of course, the watch comes standard on a matching Grand Seiko titanium bracelet, but I've seen people put timepieces like this on straps. There are a lot of interesting color options that would go well with this watch actually. Having said that, I am pretty sure that I would keep mine on the bracelet. From a durability and sports standpoint, even though the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 has the look of a dive-style watch it isn't exactly one. However, with 200 meters of water resistance, it is among the more durable Grand Seiko models, as most have 100 meters of water resistance. Seiko wants to make sure that you can go swimming in pretty much any Grand Seiko model, but I like that while you may not be able to rely on this Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT as a professional diving tool, you could (if you wanted to) take it recreational diving. Then again, why do that, when Seiko has NO shortage of great dive watches such as the Marinemaster collection.
Aside from the – usually valid – complaints that many smart watches look simply like a miniature slab with a watch strap attached, there is another major drawback that the current crop of smart watches has had， and that is battery life – or the lack thereof. The one exception to this has been Pebble, with the power-sipping e-ink display that it utilizes. While it does save battery life, it hardly has the flashy looks that we are expecting now from the Apple Watch and Android Wear. The Geak II looks to straddle that divide.
Most men with six and a half to seven seven inch wrists who would pick the short strap on a watch like the Tangente, will be picking the regular length strap on a watch such as the Nomos Tetra. The short strap is perfect for a woman with a six inch wrist.Read more ›
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I found the watch to be eminently readable at a glance, with some rather nice details to be found for those who actually are acquainted with diving. Oh, and yes, this can be used easily as a dive watch, as it carries a 200 meter water resistance rating, complete with the screw-down crown and AR-coated (on the underside) sapphire crystal.
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