Calibre: A&S7103, Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, column- wheel, ceramic ball bearing, 31 jewels, diameter 30.4 mm, thickness 8.5 mm, power reserve 50 h (without chronograph), 28,800 vibrations/h
Months after SIHH 2014, and I am only now able to discuss my hands-on time with my favorite new IWC Aquatimer watch for this year. Out of all the new Aquatimer watches (it was year of the diver, after all, at IWC) the IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 ref. IW358002 (aka ref. 3580) is my top pick as a dive watch nerd. Based on the design of the iconic 1982 IWC Ocean 2000, the IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 incorporates some of the Ocean 2000's 80s sci-fi elements with the comforts of a modern watch.
For your reference you can check out our list of the top 10 watches of SIHH 2014 to recall the timepieces we felt were the most worth knowing about. We make it part of our coverage to provide aBlogtoWatch audience members with a list of what we feel is going to be of importance or worth your hard-earned income over the next few years. No "top list" is complete nor is it totally inclusive of everything that is cool. For that you'll need to participate in reading our coverage during the show and over the course of the year.
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Inside the watch is a movement based on the Swiss ETA Unitas, but is a fancy version that is skeletonized and uses a lot of custom components. It is actually pretty great looking and the richness of the colors is both impressive and fun to look at. It can be rather fun to watch the movement operate even through the dial of the watch as the bullet swings around with the spinning rotor. It may not be the most intellectual timepiece in the world, but there is a masculine charm to it in the same way people like cowboy boots, big hats, large guns, and tall pickup trucks. I am starting to think Yvan Arpa needs to move his operation to Texas.
Niklas Bergenstjerna comments that he liked to explore the intersection of watches as tools and art. He feels that strong, timeless designs make for fertile grounds to experiment on when it comes to design. For him, the mixture of materials and aesthetic design in the ceramic Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon made it an ideal piece to experiment with.
While you can't please everyone it is important to consider how people react to content, and more importantly, why it is that I choose what we cover. While we have an impressive roster of very talented writers (each of whom I am very proud to have at aBlogtoWatch), I ultimately decide the watches we cover. So how do I make these decisions and why? I think it really goes back to what I want to be reading myself. Yes, just like all watch lovers I make very picky, sometimes conservative purchase decisions. But to be honest I have little interest in only reading about those things that I can strictly afford or would buy as a prudent investment. I like to pretend I am in a world where watches don't cost me anything and I can consider wearing, if even for just one day, a remarkably avant garde creation that is by many accounts just plain "weird," and possibly impossibly extravagantly priced. aBlogtoWatch is about covering all the products you want to know exist and perhaps play with the notion of wearing on your wrist. At the same time we make it a priority to include all the stuff you'd buy if you are "most people." The trick is that we aren't going to tell you which is which. That is a very personal decision you have to make on your own. Though we try to give you the right tools to make such decisions.
Rob Caplan is a fourth generation watch retailer whose family owns Topper Fine Jewelers on the edge of Silicon Valley in Burlingame, California. Topper is an authorized dealer of OMEGA, Glashütte Original, Longines, Zenith, Ball, Bremont and other fine Swiss watch Brands.
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One of our favorite English watchmakers Roger Smith (Roger W. Smith) just announced that he has completed a watch commissioned by the British government for Prime Minister David Cameron's Legacy to the 2012 Olympics. Called the GREAT Britain, this is the latest in Roger Smith's series of bespoke timepieces produced on a made-to-order basis. The watch was commissioned by Conrad Bird, the Prime Minister's Director of Communications in 2012. Why? It was part of the Prime Minister's 2012 Olympic Games Legacy. Is Roger Smith late in delivering the watch at the end of 2013? No, in fact he is probably a bit early.