You have less than two days to enter for a chance to win your choice of Marvin Malton Cushion M119 watch here.
The original Bell & Ross BR 01 watch often had the term "Instrument" associated with it. Bell & Ross wanted to make it clear that the timepiece was based on aircraft cockpit instruments - especially the clock. Fair enough. Then a couple of years ago, Bell & Ross started taking the concept even further - making BR 01 watches with dials (that did tell the time) based on non-clock instruments. That started moving things in interesting directions.
Our model: Oliver Knowles wears a single breasted suit in Alfred Brown wool, tailored on Saville Row by Timothy Everest. Cufflinks are by Mulberry, tie by Drakes and shirt by Hawes and Curtis. Grey and blue always seem to go together pretty perfectly. The cuffs are tapered well and the blazer creates a good shaped silhouette from shoulder to waist, which accentuates a gentleman's physique. Someone once said a woman sees a man in a well tailored suit in the same way a man sees lingerie on a woman...some food for thought. Notice small details like the dimple at the top of the tie where it meets the knot...a lesson in the finer arts of male attire.
Over the dial is an AR coated sapphire crystal, which is nice. The case is only water resistant to 50 meters, which means it might be OK for a light swim. No i-Gucci diving for you. But i-Gucci hand washing is a-OK. It took a little while to warm up to me, but in the end I did enjoy the comfort and style of the watch on my wrist. Brand enthusiasts will love the engraved "Gucci" logo always welcoming them. Now what about using the watch?
For those that don't quite have a half million dollars (or more) just lying around, perhaps a limited edition of the RM032 Dive Chronograph will do? The new Richard Mille 032 Dark Diver Chronograph is packaged in a massive 50 x 17.8mm case so only those with a wrist to match their wallet should apply. The case is made of titanium which has been treated to a black DLC finish and matches nicely with the skeleton view of the RMAC2 chronograph movement. The RMAC2 is an automatically winding chronograph movement with flyback capability, an annual calendar, and a pinwheel-style running indicator which spins when the chronograph is active. In typical Richard Mille fashion, the movement is viewable from both the front and back of the watch via sapphire crystals and the movement itself makes up the majority of the dial.
Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic Hublot movement. The skeletonzied dial shows elements of the movement in action and the piece has a unique rotor for the King Power watches. Limited to 200 pieces each, the watch will come in a rather neat looking basketball style box and each piece will come with a Miami Heat team jersey signed by Udonis Haslem. Price is ,400.
Seiko will produce only 700 Ananta Automatic Chronograph Ref. SRQ013 (the reference number might be different in Japan) limited edition watches. Maybe a few dozen will come to the US in total. Price is ,700.
UPDATE: So Hublot was kind enough to clear some of the confusion around what seems to be competing contract agreements with Ferrari and watch makers. Hublot has a larger more robust contact agreement to participate with Ferrari in all sorts of events and products, and make watches associated with most any of them. According to Hublot, they are a partner with Ferrari in whatever they do. As Mr. Biver of Hublot personally stated, "they are married." According to the breadth of the agreement it does seem that way. As for Movado on the other hand, they have a limited licensing agreement to make 1,500 Euro and under watches with only Ferrari branding on them (no Movado branding on the dial). The Movado Ferrari watches are going to be much more mass produced and sold in some of the Ferrari stores (that sell lifestyle products and not cars), and in some Ferrari dealerships/garages.
Next you'll get a covert box that can be used to store anything you like. The box looks like a book and is made of wood. You can open it up and store your watch or other valuable goods. It also comes with the special US Agency coin. In addition to that you'll get a pair of American Optics USA made aviator sunglasses. Your choice of green or gray tint and they come with a security strap to keep them on your face. These are the same sunglasses that have been historically provided to countless US agency and military personnel. They retail for 9.00 each. Last, you'll get your choice of RFID blocked wallets. These special wallets shield against unwanted RFID reading devices. This is to protect your privacy and any personal information that may be contained on cards in your wallet that contain RFID chips. This includes some credit cards and ID badges - which can be remotely scanned by cheap RFID readers. Winner get's their choice of available wallet, which retail for each. Just enter below for a chance to win this bundle of cool stuff.
The M21's polished bezel is one of the more unique features and contrasts nicely with the brushed 316L stainless case. Modeled after car's chrome headlight surround, the bottom portion is steeply tapered and only slightly higher than the crystal while the upper half juts out further with less of a rake. There is some optical distortion at extreme angles from the domed sapphire crystal but this actually helps legibility as the far numerals appear to stand up somewhat. A five-point star sits at the end of the crown in reference to the grill of the Series I GAZ M21. Later models had a different grill without the star. The screw-on caseback is styled like hubcaps of the era and has the limited edition serial number engraved around the edge along with additional model information.
In this first article I have chosen to start with Titanium. Titanium has recently become very popular in high-end watches, and it is not without reason. For me, titanium is the best overall engineering metal ever! Is it however the best material for a watch case? Let’s take a look...
Thank you again Tissot and Cindy for the follow-up - enjoy the watch. Also thanks to everyone who enters the monthly watch giveaways here on aBlogtoRead.com.
Inside the Deep Ocean is a base Swiss ETA 2836 automatic GMT movement. With the bezel you can track three separate timezone with the watch. Attached to the Deep Ocean GMT is a steel bracelet, but Nivrel also includes a silicone strap and changing tool. Overall the attractive diver is a good value as well as good performer. Price is 899 Euros (about ,100 and available Nivrel's website), but you have a change to win one by entering below.
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).
Ending in about four days, buyers have over 100 vintage and pre-owned watches to bid on in the current Luxury Timepiece Event. Most of these are Rolex watches for both men and women. I understand that it is being supplied by BeckerTime (based in Texas). The sales includes both auctions to bid on and "Buy It Now" pieces. Rolex watch prices are going to be reasonable as they are market prices dictated by the auction demand.
Cushion watches are named as such because the shape of the case is supposed to look like a couch cushion. No one's had a better idea since they started calling them that. It is a good looking shape and done well in the Marvin Malton Cushion series. aBlogtoRead.com did a full review of the Marvin Malton Cushion watch here. This month you can enter for a chance to win a Marvin Malton Cushion M119 watch here on aBlogtoRead.com. The winner can have their choice of any of the four pictured M119 models. These pieces are 42mm wide in steel cases (some are PVD black coated) with leather straps and contemporary dials. Inside each piece is a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement. Fun watches with a retail price of ,580.