To cater to the South-East Asian markets where the brand is really picking up, HYT have set up a subsidiary in Singapore with its own service center.
For the last couple of years, Cartier has stepped up its game and started to equip its watches with in-house manufactured movements. Its venture into the world of proprietary movements started with super complicated calibers – like the Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal or the ID and ID2 watches. Those were followed up by a number of – relatively speaking – more accessible watches including those equipped with chronograph or simple date calibers. The Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph serves as a bridge between the manufacture's ultra high-end – and basically unobtainable – haute horlogerie pieces and its more regular collections. Let's see how this blend works out.
After offering a view of the detent escapement, constant force mechanism, hammers, and gongs, there isn't much left of an actual dial on the Bulgari L'Ammiraglio del Tempo's face. Though there is just enough of one to make you realize this is in fact a watch even if the dial on the Bulgari L'Ammiraglio del Tempo looks like an horological version of the Phantom of the Opera's mask. I won't even comment much on the too-short hands, which aren't particularly legible. Let's just say, people who wear the Bulgari L'Ammiraglio del Tempo watch probably aren't doing so for an at-a-glance-readable timepiece.
The wearing experience of the MB&F HM6 watch is similar to that of the HM4 watch (hands-on here). Both of these timepieces have similar articulating lugs so that the watch wears more comfortable as it wraps around your wrist, and the strap designs are similar. I'd say, while the MB&F HM6 has the potential of looking strange on your wrist, it doesn't wear uncomfortably. Part of that is aided by the timepieces surprising lightness. It really does feel as though it should be heavier, but the light weight is certainly welcome.