The dial is elegant and simple. While not to everyone's taste it is pure Blancpain elegance when one considers their more formal type of timepieces. The traditional leaf-style hands in gold bring it all together for a look that I think has a lot of appeal for those looking for a general purpose dress watch with a degree of brand-name actual watch maker prestige.
What this weird term "hour angle dial" actually means is that the hour hand rotates once in 24 hours, indicating the degrees of arc against the center circle divided into 360. The "minute" hand rotates once every 4 hours and is read against the scale of 60. The two second hands revolve every 4 minutes, showing the angular minutes. Consequently, the time shown on the watch as pictured, reads 332 8.5', translating into 22 hours, 8 minutes and 30 seconds, the very time that all watches show in books and catalogues. Measuring in at an immense 56mm in diameter, this piece was designed to be worn by pilots who would wear it on the outside of their flight suit. A truly unique and very interesting piece that was sold by Christie's on the 11th of May, 2009, for ,710,690.
14. Unique Extra Large Single Button Chronograph - ,240,000
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2013 sees two versions of this new titanium sport watch in 45mm wide cases. While this is the same year that IWC released a more formal 40mm wide version of the Ingenieur, for us this collection is still about large, cool looking sport watches. At 45mm wide and 16mm thick... this is that type of watch. Though in titanium it isn't too heavy, which is certainly a good thing. We also feel that the Ingenieur collection as a whole looks very nice in titanium's slightly more gray metal color mixed with the dark strap and bezel screws.
Urwerk is getting odder each year and perhaps that is a good thing. It isn't just their new products that I am referring to, but little things like how their press releases are written. For example, the document they shared with us press people on the new version of the UR-210, known as the URWERK UR-210Y Black Hawk, was penned in the first person. It begins "I am one of the latest creations to emerge from the URWERK atelier," and goes from there. Does this watch have a sense of self-realization?
For early 2014, Girard-Perregaux finally debuts the Chrono Hawk in steel on a bracelet. The design strongly hearkens back to the Laureato collection of watches from Girard-Perregaux that helped inspired the Chrono and Sea Hawk timepieces. Though, these modern watches are much larger at 44mm wide with wide lugs. The Chrono Hawk, with its long lugs always "wore large" and Girard-Perregaux promised an upgrade to the strap to allow it to wrap around one's wrist more comfortably. It is entirely possible that this issue has been addressed in the bracelet here assuming there is enough movement in the first link connected to the lugs.
As it is with the also new Romain Jerome 1969 collection, the Skylab has a somewhat new case for the brand. The 1969 collection pieces are a hair smaller at 43mm wide with a slightly different case (and are generally a bit more dressy), but the 44mm wide Romain Jerome Skylab case is still very wearable and mixes the boldness you come to expect from a Romain Jerome case in what feels like a slimmer package.
Archimede went for the CuSn8 alloy, which is 92% copper, and 8% tin. The large crown is also made of the same material, while the case back is made of stainless steel. While I suppose it may be possible to have a bronze case back, the steel there is actually a good choice, as it will help keep you from getting a nice green circle on your wrist (which can happen with bronze as it reacts with your perspiration). The bronze itself has no treatment applied, so it can develop that lovely patina as you wear it. Though, should you prefer to keep things on the shinier side, I'm told there are ways of polishing it with a cloth to keep the patina away. Or, if you prefer, there are a variety of options (some include Coca Cola, I believe) of speeding the aging process along.
Given the chance, is there a watch enthusiast who does not want to talk about his or her favorite watch? John Reardon was quick to mention that he too, has a special timepiece coming up for sale. Maintaining the suspense for as long as he could, he revealed a Patek Phillipe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, Reference 1518, in yellow gold with a pre-sale estimate of between 0,000-0,000. Another incredible specimen!
Unlike ultra-precise chronographs and exotic escapements that use magnets, the Monaco V4 was a rather straight forward proposition. The notion was to build a purely mechanical movement that looked like a car engine and that in some places would use belts as opposed to gears to transmit power. The development of the V4 also led to the development of the tiny belts that went into transmitting power. Much like car engine belts, they are rubber and metal reinforced, and just 0.07mm thin.
This is a good question and even though you've technically asked a few things, we are going to approach the issue of when, in a watch's product life-cycle, is it a good idea to put down your money. The best analogy of course is with cars. On the one hand you want to have the latest model with the best design and technology, but you also don't want to invest in a "unfinished concept" that will have the kinks worked out in years two, three, and four of its production cycle. It is very much the same with watches.
The days of rough riding in a Lamborghini are long gone. The Aventador is a two-faced machine that you could easily drive on your daily commute. In the right mode, the car is as smooth on the road as the most cushy of German luxury sedans, but when you want to push the revs you get an amazingly satisfying experience that launches you forward with a feeling of excitement but also safety. Never did I punch the gas and down-shift using the steering wheel paddles to pass a car in front of me and think "I am going to die or lose control if I don't really pay attention." The Aventador has a multitude of stability and control systems at work to keep the driving experience fun, but none that seems to take away from having a connected experience that makes the driver feel at one with the roaring engine sitting just a few inches behind their head.
President Bill Clinton, founder of Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation, visited Shinola in Detroit today. The Foundation has economic empowerment as a core mission, so the visit to Detroit makes sense. It doesn't hurt that Mr. Clinton is a major watch collector. Clinton wore a Timex Ironman and LIP watch while in office, but since has been seen wearing watches made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Panerai.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre follows one of the most traditional tricks in the book for making a conservative tool watch a bit more "sporty" by having it mostly all monochromatic save for a small dash of color - usually red. That red shows up in the crown (a bit) as well as the red chronograph seconds hand. This type of timepiece is a poster-child for how a small dash of color can work so well. Having said that I think a white versus red chronograph seconds hand would have worked equally well.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu Watch Hands-On
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu Watch Hands-On
So that means economic booms are attractive to luxury watch companies and they look all over the world to find them. Since starting aBlogtoWatch, I've seen this happen in the United States, Russia, Brazil, the Middle East, and of course, China and other parts of Asia. As one economic zone collapses (think Dubai), luxury brands such as watch makers pack their bags and head to the next fertile pasture. China was a pretty massively impressive feeding ground, and it is still very important. Actually, let me rephrases that, Chinese people are what is important, China itself is less important.