Salvatore Ferragamo Watch
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Oris continues their classy "Complication" watch collection with the Artix. Easy on the eyes, and available with a six-link steel metal bracelet or leather strap. It is a graceful creation, and offers a decent mechanical annual calendar watch (with a symmetrical dial layout) at a reasonable price. With more and more watches like this coming out, I wonder what Oris' new direction in the States is going to be. I say this because Swiss Oris recently fully took over the US division. So we will just wait and see.
Two years after the original Vortex was released the Professional seeks to improve upon the tool-like nature and legibility of the watch. I think that for many people the original Vortex is going to be more of a "style" watch, but the Professional is just that - for more serious situations where durability and legibility are essential.
Compared to the original Movado went back to the first Museum Dial watch as the inspiration for the Bold collection - but this isn't the first time they did that. Many Museum Dials that you know of have dauphine style hands, but the original clock has these type of baton hands that fit the look of the face better. This is also the case with the "sun" at 12 o'clock. The original had a larger flat circle rather than the smaller shiny domed ones that popular most of the 1990s models.
The watch comes with your choice of metal bracelet or rubber strap. I am not sure of all the options, but there should be a fair number of varieties of this watch. Tissot likes big releases with lots of options, so I expect the Seastar 1000 Automatic Chronograph to be no different.
Gronefeld One Hertz Dune Watch
Welcome to aBlogtoRead.com's annual holiday season watch giveaway. Each month I offer a single watch for you to win, but this month you have a chance seven (lucky) chances to to win. The rules are exactly the same as any other month, but this month I will simply choose a winner for each of these seven watches. If you win, what you receive will be randomized - which makes things a bit more interesting.
This pocket watch was estimated to reach up to 0,000 at auction but ended up going for almost .8 million. The winner? Vacheron Constantin. Their museum won the bidding watch to add to their collection of historical pieces. Vacheron's own forum TheHourLounge.com has more details and images here (images of the watch are from there as well).
I want to make it clear that these watches derive power from more than just sun light. The Seiko "Solar" name can be a bit confusing, but the movements can generate power from all types of light. Of course, the brighter the light, the faster the batteries will change. Sun light will yield the best results.
Breguet Type XXI 3810 Titanium Watch Hands-On
Unlike some people out there I am not an expert of Rolex watch history or Rolex collecting. In fact, the high-prices that some Rolex watches fetch at auction make me chuckle. For a better historical observation of the Paul new Daytona I will defer to my friend Jake at RolexMagazine.com. He wrote a nice summary of the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona here.
Balance wheel: Bespoke 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials
Some vintage lovers will proclaim, loudly, that vintage was better than all this modern mass-produced junk. They pine for the good ol’ days where Swiss farmers finished wheels and cogs in their attics during the winter, using the finest tools wrapped in unicorn hair and only assembling components on the thighs of beautiful virgins, and say that modern mass production has nothing on good old-fashioned hand craftsmanship. I disagree. I work with watches on a daily basis and I have no delusions about vintage stuff. It is not better. Often times it is worse in terms of performance, reliability and finishing. For highly collectible pieces the price does not reflect the essential value of the piece, it only reflects the rarity. That isn’t to say that vintage is garbage, far from it. You can have a reliable, accurate daily watch that was made several decades ago. But in terms of finishing and an overall feel of quality, new stuff wins hands down. You need to realize this when collecting vintage — just because prices reach into the stratosphere doesn’t mean the item will be astonishingly well made. It usually isn’t the case.
While I have yet to see the final versions, I like how the Pontos S fits in the Maurice Lacroix product line-up. It is a solid design that actually mixes retro and modern looks smoothly. It is like a futuristic version of a retro sport watch. The name of the watch is just Pontos S, but I think it would have been good for them to include "Dive" or "Diver" in the name - as that is essentially what it is.
Indication with hands on discs and engravings
Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic Chronograph Watch
Dang it, I know the milsub genre, but I like having a date window. Some of use lose track. A grey or black rehaut would be nice too, or even print the minute markers there to clear more space on the dial.
Bremont Supermarine Descent 500
I can't afford the higher six figure price that Piaget respectfully requests in order to own one of these timepieces - but unlike many high-end watches that I don't feel are worth it, I would totally respect anyone who buys one of these. Just don't do something silly like engrave your daughter's face on the caseback (those guilty of that know who they are). piaget.com
Nivrel La Grande Manuelle X47 Watch Review
Overall the case size is good for most wrists - large but not overpowering. If the steel bracelet intimidates you there is a rubber strap as well. Though I personally feel that it looks pretty swanky on the multi-link PVD black steel bracelet. The detailing on the watch is overall good, and the features come across as useful rather than just for show. I always worry about pieces like this being more sport-esque than sporty.
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Marvin is one of the most interesting brands out there that common people can afford. This is in large part due to the brand's leadership - a spunky and creative woman named Cecile Maye. Her view of design is highly emotional which lends to theme and philosophy being one of the main driving forces behind the design. Plus talent, of course. On Marvin's current list of designer credits are the famed Jean-Francois Ruchonnet and Sebastian Perret, both of whom worked on the newer Marvin Malton 160 collection.
The "NS" part of the name has do to with Naoki Sakai, the well-know designer that worked with Seiko on this watch. Sakai as worked with Seiko (in 1989-1990 in the Seiko Asterisk) before as well as a series of other major brands. What fascinates me about the dial is the mixture of modern and classic elements, as well as symmetry and asymmetry. For example., look at the font used for the minutes - very classic. The design of the case, very modern. The hour indicators and hands are almost Omega Speedmaster Professional era classic, while the different looking sections of the dial is a modern though. You have complete symmetrical scales, but you have asymmetrical dials and design. See what I mean? Sakai makes it work, and I am not sure how he did it. The gunmetal color mixed with white and that bluish gray is also interesting. The only thing I would change about the dial is the hands - they are too short.