The black color-coated steel case is actually made nicely. Smooth lines are only broken up by a black-colored Swarovski crystal cabochon in the crown. Then you of course have the bezel - which is lined with a ring of pyramid-shaped spikes. Perfect to go with that spiked dog collar style necklace you've been looking to wear. The back of the watch has an engraved caseback with the Rock Candy and Chouette logos. You also get the number of the watch in the limited edition of pieces.
The Atlas Dome models are about the only new pieces from the partnership that speak to me at all. Of course, these are based on the previous Atlas collection, so there isn't too much creativity going on. The women's watches in the new collection are often too girly or described as "cocktail watches." Meaning that they have cheeky designs are aren't meant for serious occasions? What happened to Tiffany being the brand you could wear on your wedding?
Not coincidental at all is how legible the watch is. A lot of the time brands make silly homage watches like this that fail to be useful as daily wears - not here. Oris stays true to its ideals as a watchmaker, so the 43.5mm wide steel case has a very legible design, properly sized nickle needle hands with SuperLumiNova luminant, and a very easy to read chronograph.
One of the coolest watches of the last few years didn't see its proper level of greatness because it was too expensive. At over 0,000 (retailed at about 78,000 euros) the Porsche Design Indicator remained a beautiful and fundamentally superior design that you could only appreciate from a distance. Eterna, who makes all the watches for Porsche Design, still makes 2-4 of the Indicator watches per a year, but on request only. The watch is limited to 50 pieces, so eventually they will be all out. Let's take a quick peak at this watch. You can also get them online, with a few available costing in the 0,000 range. Original retail was at least ,000 more than that.
Then you have the EasyDiver Chronograph version with feels more like older EasyDiver watches, but is still really interesting and fun to wear. Black, orange, and steel tone are all given justice as they play together with a watch that is about as bold in design as you could comfortably wear on a regular basis. The steel case is also 46mm wide, 300m water resistant, and in steel. One thing I really love about the watch is inside of it. The Roger Dubuis made Caliber RD 78 automatic chronograph movement is a real good looker. Once again, you can click that link for details about it at Roger Dubuis' website. The movement reminds me of older chronograph movements where a lot of the gears aren't hidden behind plates or bridges. Yet, the movement is still an automatic. This is due to it having a micro-rotor for the automatic winding (placed under a neat looking skeletonized bridge that is shaped like a Celtic cross). The chronograph features a column wheel adjuster inside the movements, as well as also having the Seal of Geneva. I love how instead of having a series of blued screws, they have just one large blued steel screw as a testament to the aesthetic.
Time & Gems likes to work with pre-owned Rolex watches as a way of breathing life back into them. I think both the Daytona "Black Gold" and the Submariner "Black" gold came out nicely. It would also look good to a GMT Master II in this style.
Listening to John on the phone, it sounds like he won’t choose a preferred language. His abrupt but friendly conversations with colleagues sound as though they are a mixture of phrases, languages, and personal innuendos. The sharp reputation John has must be in the ends to his means. Otherwise his presence is almost sage-like.
While not aimed at the ultra elite watch lover who drinks morning coffee while reading the technical specs of their newest mechanical watch movement, Ernst Benz makes a very competent timepieces that is unfortunately sometimes elusive in appeal until you get your hands on one. With about 4000-5000 watches a year, the brand isn't unattainable, but certainly not pedestrian - much like John Varvatos. These special limited edition models for the fashion designer are available exclusively at his boutique stores (where you can get other Ernst Benz pieces as well). Price is about ,800.
Dievas Classico Blue Watch
5 Commentsby Ariel Adams
Dievas Classico Blue Watch
At 43mm wide and not too thick at 13mm wide, the watch isn't small, but is certainly smaller than the biggy divers that we are all familiar with as of late. For me, the watch is a perfect mix of being large enough, but not being at all unwieldy. The steel case here is PVD black coated. You can tell that most of the case was brushed underneath the coating. There are more-or-less no sharp edges on the case at all. Running your finger over it is actually pleasing. Because the smooth texture of the coating combined with the many surfaces of the watch allow you to know exactly what you are touching without even looking. Which brings me to the rotating diver's bezel. At first I though it looked too rounded. Not sharp and precision cut like many of the much more expensive dive watches out there. The second you touch and use the bezel, you understand the concept. The bezel is not only easy to grip and read (even though it all black), but it does not cut into your fingers. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Dive watches for example have beautiful looking bezels, but some of them are so sharply milled that you could actually cut yourself on them if you were too aggressive or scratched up against them harshly. The C600 though has a very pleasing to touch and use rotating bezel. It might look a bit funny, but it works real well.
The watch dial on the Chapter One Round has most literally been 'rounded out.' It has a more mainstream look to it now, that comes with being easier to read. Lume on the hands make them contrast with the dial better, and the match with the hour markers. These replace Roman numeral hour markers on the original. While not as grand looking, the Chapter One Round's dial is easier to read. Which includes the time as well as the other functions, such as the date, GMT hand, and the mono-pusher chronograph. Don't forget the exposed tourbillon on the dial either. If the dial feels a tad lacking in emotion, the watch case certainly does not. You see designers Christophe Claret and Peter Speake-Marin really shine here. To me, the design looks like a real melding of both of their personalities. I think the aluminum cylinder rollers for the moon phase and day of the week were integrated very nicely. Exaggerated angles and robust looking features all over the case give it a proud look. It is also curved to fit over your wrist.
Here it is people, the latest and greatest watch from MB&F. Hands-on and in the flesh with the Horological Machine Number 4 - the Thunderbolt. What a kick-ass little machine it is. Well 'little' in the scheme of things only, it isn't exactly shy on the wrist. But that is OK, I like my statements bold, and this watch certainly is lays on the cool thick. Get the full story on the HM4 here, where I wrote about it when announcing it to the world.
Rotation 1 turn in 80sec
Balancing By special Pininfarina screw
Tourbillon bridges Stainless steel, block polished, drawn flanks, chamfered and polished by hand, sinks polished by hand, fine-brushed underneath
Cage bridge Stainless steel, block polished, chamfered and polished by hand on both sides
Cage wheel Stainless steel, circular-grained, chamfered and polished by hand on both sides
Balance Inertia: 9.80mg/cm2
Arms in a figure of 8 shape within a 0 (evoking the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina)
Rim and 4 special Pininfarina screws in CuBé treated in blue Pininfarina
Total weight 0.48g
If you need just one reason to be interested in Spring Drive based movements it is the concept of "the best of both worlds." The technical interest and emotion of a mechanical watch, and the accuracy of a quartz movement. Spring Drive is as accurate as standard quartz movements (approx. +/- 15 seconds a month). Seiko advertises accuracy within one second per a day. Using the watch I found it to be at least this accurate, if not more accurate. The smooth gliding hand, incredibly complex to engineer movement, and a reasonable power reserve make it hard to resist wanting one. Plus, Spring Drive movements are made in Japan and hand assembled by some of Seiko's best. There is little or nothing available from Europe with this level of quality and "human treatment" for these prices.