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The North Pointer is a nice no-nonsense watch. The moniker "professional" is apt, as this is a handsome watch fit for function. A Limited Edition Richard Sachs edition (only 20 pieces at about ,500 each) is also available. Richard Sachs makes hand-built bicycles in Connecticut, and is highly applauded as a master bike maker. With a snug fitting rubber strap and easy to read dial, the RGM North Pointer makes a fitting cycling watch. Let's look a bit at the design of the dial. You'll notice it separated in to three concentric circles. The outermost circle serves to indicate minutes, then the middle ring is for the hours, and finally, the center ring serves to indicate the hours for the 24 hour GMT hand. This visual separation really assists with legibility, as do the large diving watch like hands. The watch also has a the date and an out of the way minimalist seconds hand. Overall the design reminds me a lot of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and Aqualung watches.
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Xemex Offroad 60 Minute 2 Dial Black And White
Time Remaining: 20h 14m
This particular XE 5000 model features a complex perlage polishing on the steel face. This type of polishing has been common on high-end machinery for well over 100 years, and in some realms is a lost art. While this type of polishing is no longer technically needed, it still looks pretty cool. You'll see this on the dashboards of some high-end sports cars like the Spyker as well. Best of all, despite the impressive dial, it does not distract the view of the hands and hour indicators that are surprisingly conspicuous. A testament to the talent of Mr. Kulling of Xemex. Having owned a Xemex watch, I can easily say that the large arrow hours hand looks great, and the linear minutes hand is assertive and clear.
Swiss and German watch makers are a bit more protective of their craft and will mostly rely on "local" suppliers for everything. As such, there is a price to be deemed "Swiss Made." And that is really where you see the niche industries blossom. You have companies that just make watch cases, or hands, or do special engraving, or dials, or bezels. Then you get to the movements themselves. The "brand" typically puts the movements together and places them in the watches (the assembly phase), but the pieces that go inside the movements come from all over the place. Even if a movement "kit" is purchased from ETA, many of the smaller elements come from specialized industries. Parts like the mainspring, shock absorption elements, rotor, and others are sometimes sourced from highly specialized companies. If all you make is automatic mechanical watch rotors, you likely do it very well, and you'll be in high demand. Bid now
Swiss and German watch makers are a bit more protective of their craft and will mostly rely on "local" suppliers for everything. As such, there is a price to be deemed "Swiss Made." And that is really where you see the niche industries blossom. You have companies that just make watch cases, or hands, or do special engraving, or dials, or bezels. Then you get to the movements themselves. The "brand" typically puts the movements together and places them in the watches (the assembly phase), but the pieces that go inside the movements come from all over the place. Even if a movement "kit" is purchased from ETA, many of the smaller elements come from specialized industries. Parts like the mainspring, shock absorption elements, rotor, and others are sometimes sourced from highly specialized companies. If all you make is automatic mechanical watch rotors, you likely do it very well, and you'll be in high demand.
Dievas Focal 500 Meter Professional Dive Watch 6Steel Case Sapphire Crystal
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 12m
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DIEVAS Vintage 3646 Unitas Movement Hand Wind Watch
Time Remaining: 5d 17h 30m
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Dievas Focal 500m Dive Watch with Scratch Resistant 6 Steel Case
Time Remaining: 5d 17h 30m
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Dievas Maya 1888 Version 1
Time Remaining: 12d 2h 7m
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Aside from the watch, there is the unit that serves as both the watch winder and clock. This structure is beautifully crafted, and you can really see where the steampunk influence comes into place. Exposed gears, both decorative and functional reveal themselves among a series of gauges and knobs. The Trilogie can be either plugged in or connected to a power source via USB. It is really a mix of electronics and mechanics. The clock is part of Erwin Sattler's Nautis series and is a regulator just like the wrist watch. Funny enough, the Nautis clock is not that much larger than the wrist watch, put probably enough to to be useful. Again, this is going to be mostly a super ultra showpiece.
The CFB A1000 does have two very cool innovations though. They are a special escapement shock absorption system, and a rotor for the automatic winding system that does not obstruct the view of the movement. The shock absorbing system is pretty cool. Two spring loaded arms hold the escapement in place. If the movement, and thus escapement experience a shock, the harsh movements will be absorbed through the arms, thus helping to protect the delicate escapement.
There are only a few thousand Tiffany & Co. Streamerica watches in circulation, and this one is in exception condition. I love the white glove treatment in the pictures. You can clearly see how beautifully crafted the case is in the images. Actually the watch is not too large, but almost midsized by today's standards. The case is just shy of 40mm wide, and less than 14mm thick. In addition to looking stellar, the case and bracelet are designed with comfort in mind. Having no sharp edges, but still looking crisp, the watch is comfortable to wear, but not cheap looking by any means. Sharp angles tend to be a sign of quality craftsmanship, but also can be uncomfortable if they dip into your skin. I've worn a Tiffany & Co. Streamerica and can attest to its ability to satisfy all wrist requirements.
The UF6 Diamond watches come on a textured rubber strap, which seems to be very in right now for many sports watches. Rubber straps come with a very secure feel which is probably the opposite of those old way too loose watch bracelets I hate seeing people wear. The watch is also large for a woman's watch at 42.5mm wide. Frankly speaking, if you are a man and you like this watch, you could easily get away with wearing it. It has enough aggressive design, is large enough, and probably looks at home on man's wrist. What hints at it being a woman's watch is the slightly slender profile and slight elegance in its look. Sort of like the commercial's used to go for Secret Deodorant, "strong enough for a man, but made for woman." That was almost emotionally difficult to actually reference for the obvious reason of cheesiness, but it felt applicable.
Do you really like Kobold watches, but can't quite stomach the prices? More than one person has realized that their impressive designs are popular enough to invest in some 'similar-look' brands. These aren't mere copy-cats, but rather totally respectable watch companies that are simply forming the look of their impressive watches to look like something for which there is a market Compare the Korsbek Ocean Explorer and Kobold Soarway Seal watches. Pretty similar right? Neither is "better looking," it is just a matter of taste.
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For the money, the LUM-TEC M3 is an excellent buy. I get more comments on my M3 than I do on many other, much more expensive watches; simply because it stands out and has a very unique presence to it. The included items in the packaging, AR coated sapphire crystal over the dial, high visibility lume, and impressive case polish are all items you'd never expect, and are happy to have for this kind of value. The M3 should be the first in a line of nice, wearable watch from LUM-TEC.
If you recall some older articles of mine, I didn't exactly speak to fondly of Antiquorum's totalitarian tactics behind their running of Timezone.com, which they own. The large luxury watch auctioneer has been around for a while focused on the buying and selling of uber luxury watches and people who feel comfortable writing blanks checks. They have some really nice watches of course, but take my word for it these people put the "snob" in "snobby."
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You'll notice that these three watches heavily feature the use of diamonds. Well women do like diamonds, but there is another reason. Not to sound remedial, but people like diamonds because they shine. The shine comes from light refracting off the various flat planes on the cut gem. When you are inspecting a diamond, you gently turn it in the light to admire its sparkle. Using this same concept, the designers of these three watches specifically places diamonds on the moving parts so as to enhance the sparkle factor. I do hope that "sparkle factor" now becomes an industry terms.
Why on Earth is this watch not officially sold in the US? I mean you can still get it online, but people need a watch like this to get them through the day, at least any walking parts. Frankly, I will all but forget how to stroll or pace without this watch. The Seiko Pullsee is technically a fitness watch, but really serves to do something that the Japanese love, give you extraneous information. An upgrade from the mere "Pedessa" model, the Pullsee relies of two basic sensors to tell you everything you need to know. It has a built in pedometer and rate-heart monitor. As an odograph, this watch literally measures walking. The pedometer is an internal sensor, while I believe the heart rate monitor is attached to the strap which would touch your wrist. In addition, it has a calendar, stop watch functions, calendar, and other functions you'd expect in a fitness watch.