A broader case looks elegant as ever and still thin. Even though the Submariner is smaller at 40mm in size that most modern men's watches, it still holds it own quite well. A bold wrist look that you just can't beat. Don't forget that the case is water resistant to 300 meters in this "original" mainstream true diver's watch. The larger hands and indexes make the face easier to read and dare I say, more Rolexy. The case is not made of grade 316L steel, but rather the higher grade grade 904L steel that has all sorts of special chemical resistance abilities.
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor;
Girard-Perregaux oscillator and gear
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph.
22K blued rose gold battle-axe shaped ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating domes.
Number of jewels: 36 (all functional)
Number of components: 304
Variable-inertia with gold mean-time screws (10 mm diameter)
I had a rare opportunity to spend time with Mr. Biver on what I can only describe as a “bring your journalist to work day.” I fly to Switzerland, and travel to the Hublot headquarters outside of Geneva in Nyon. This is where the magic happens, and where so many watch industry eyes are permanently focused.
Interview with the watch maker from Parmigiani discussing the unveiling of the new Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport watch. Also talking about the upcoming Bvlgari Diagono X-Pro watch, and also the highly customizable Maurice de Mauriac Moon Chronograph.
Listen to HourTime Show watch podcast episode 37 here.
Roland Iten R8 Mk.II Luxury Belt Buckle Hands-On Exclusive
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Roland Iten R8 Mk.II Luxury Belt Buckle Hands-On Exclusive
Everything starts with the unique looking rectangular case. Here in steel with a polished finish all over expect for the brushed metal bezel. Size is 46mm tall, and 31.6mm wide. It is also 13.7mm thick. For a rectangular watch, that isn't too shabby. The large size is nice for me, especially as I find many of these watches too narrow. Plus, the flared lug structures help with the watch feeling larger. If steel isn't for you, there is rose gold version available.
High resolution active matrix EPD screens are used in other devices such as ebook readers like the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader. Seiko has successfully integrated this type of screen into a wrist watch. Not only that, but the watch performs many numerous functions. Those combined with the e-ink screen make this the digital watch to proudly wear this decade. When Seiko first showed me the watch, they were coy on when it might be released. Hinting that it was an early work in progress. The truth is that the Seiko Active Matrix EPD watches will be available by the end of 2010. OK, so let's go over the main things you'll are going to love about this watch. The movement is the Seiko caliber S770 quartz movement, has an active matrix EPD screen, and a solar cell. That is right, the watch receives power via a solar cell (not just sun light) - a first in an e-ink watch as far as I know. Like Casio Pathfinder watches, you can see the thin solar cell outlining the e-ink screen. This also gives the watch a cool retro look. The movement is also radio controlled. Meaning it receives signals from a local atomic clock. I am not sure how many bands the watch receives (four I think), but you are covered if you live in the US, Japan, and most of Europe. There you go - always accurate, never needs a battery, and has a very clear and easy to read screen.
Probably the most iconic of 666's current collection is the Under Pressure models. Based on the style of a pressure gauge, this is a weird, but oddly wonderful watch. Also 45mm wide in steel, the dial comes in metallic orange, gold, silver, or textured black, with an orange seconds hand an a negative LCD display for the time. The watch actually has two movements. One for the LCD based Swiss quartz movement, and another for the independent seconds hand that goes around the dial once each 30 seconds. The two movements aren't connected, and you can start and stop the central seconds hand by pulling the crown out. Weird? Totally, but it has a really fun appeal. Also comfy on a wide black leather strap in the lugless case that 666 likes to use. 9 each - a possible gotta-have for trendy types.
If the Hurricane is anything like the 20,000 Feet Diver - then it is going to be a winner. The integration of the chronograph subdials is clean, and I like the propeller style subsidiary seconds hand. It comes with a special nano-tech leather strap with a matching DLC coated buckle. The red stitching is a good touch. Would be an almost perfect aviator watch if it had larger hands, but that is just one man's opinion. Price isn't too bad for what you get at 1,995 Swiss Francs - and you should be able to order online from the CX Swiss Military Watch website soon. The Hurricane is limited to 200 pieces total, with 50 in each dial color. Look for them soon.
SwissKubiK did a good job with this watch winder, and it is even available in a number of styles and finished. Lots of colors and materials. The one I am reviewing is black and wrapped in calf leather. Prices for the SwissKubiK are high, but not unreasonable for a high-end Swiss made device. The units start at 5, with this leather wrapped version going for 5. I can't see anyone being disappoineted after getting one. Don't forget to check out all the decorative options to make it "yours."
Actually, I do know what "ww.tc" stands for (even though it is a silly set of characters for such a cool watch. It stands for "World Wide Time Control." This sounds like a device that a vintage era James Bond villain would have come up with, but the idea is sound. The idea is to be able and tell the time of any of the major world time zones right on the dial. This is done with a special type of rotating 24 hour disc and the labeling of the major reference cities around the periphery of the dial. System can also be used to tell which direction the sun is moving, and whether it is day or night time in cities. I say "major timezones" because we have something like 40 or more of them on Earth, but knowing 24 of them is what most people need.
The green, white, and red colors of the power reserve indicator disc are a subtle reminder that this new limited edition watch from Oris has something to do with Italy. The dive watch is actually made as a limited edition piece with the Col Moschin in mind. Col Moschin is the Italian special forces. The only one that they have I believe. They seem pretty bad-ass (duh), and are known for having a very arduous training regiment. Col Moschin is also known as the Italian 9th Parachute Assault Regiment (you can read more about them here). While most of the elements from the Oris Col Moschin limited edition watch are taken from other Oris dive models, there are a few unique elements that makes the watch worth looking at.