While it would have been really cool to see a Benzinger engraved rotor on this watch, it instead has a Porsche Club of America logo on the sapphire caseback window of the watch. The colors alone make the watch sweet, buy the price is a bit steep at ,500. Still, for the limited nature of the watch and the price that Porsche Club of America members have, I know these will sell like mad. If you are a member, look for them starting in September.
3. An engraved in gold transcript of Greubel or Forsey's Sunday conversation with one of their mothers.
Go into one of the stores and you'll see a couple of Ernst Benz pieces in each. The star of the show are his limited edition pieces. Designed by him, with his name on the dials sharing space with Ernst Benz. The first thing you will notice is the post WWII vintage looks and the Gothic looking hour and minute hands. Carefully look at the details compared to other Chronoscope pieces and the differences become apparent. I love the gentle gradient on the dial, use of alternative colors of lume, and those kick ass hands. Ernst Benz hates short hands as much as I do. So the large 47mm wide case has hands that perfectly fit the dial - just one of many little details attended to given that Ernst Benz is owned and operated by a second generation watch maker.
Yes, there is a watch company named after the guy who started Chevrolet - the same GM Chevrolet car maker. American icon Chevrolet has Swiss origins. Louis-Joseph Chevrolet, was a Swiss race car driver that founded along with William Durant the Chevrolet Motor Car Company back in 1911. In just 6 short years it was bought by General Motors. They must have been doing something right!
Alfred Dunhill himself was known for offering a lot of motoring accessories - so the brand's watches often have a high-end "car guy" feel to them. This watch is called the Wheel Watch Chronograph. It is part of a larger collection, but this one is a limited edition Chronograph model. You can search online for other Dunhill Wheel watch variants. I don't think any of them are made anymore.
Calibre PF 372
Power reserve 10 days.
Two-plane movement. "Gold black"-coloured plates and bridges.
Height 15.96 mm, width 25.00 mm, length 37.01 mm.
Vibration 3 Hz - 21,600 vib./h.
CÃ´tes de Genève, perlage, polished and bevelled angles.
2 series-coupled barrels.
The most standard looking piece here is the 666 XXL Hand timepiece. Set in a large 45mm wide black steel case, the XXL Hand has a sloped flange ring and a simple to use dial. The layout here is the most traditional out of their pieces, but still interesting. Futuristic font with black and red accents looks nice on the dial. This is the most fashion-equse of the watches here. The design of the particular model I am showing you here reminds me of Porsche Design a bit. Do you see that? Other models come with different dials in metallic brown. I also like the spelled out hours. each is 9.
It is big and it goes down pretty deep. It is also the first real diver's watch from Corum that I can think of (aside from a few dive style Corum Bubble watches). This is the new for 2010 Admiral's Cup Deep Hull 48 watch from Corum, and it is rather interesting, though I have some thoughts on it overall. The Admiral's Cup line has been very good to the brand, and over the last few years Corum has been refining it a lot. More models, lots of variety, and a furtherance of making them look more manly as opposed to colorful (which was the classic look with all the colored flags). Today's Admiral's Cup watches share very little in common with the originals. Here, the flags are barely still there in monochromatic glory. The real standout features of an Admiral's Cup watch is its 12 sided case and bezel.
Plus, the Amortiser Rotor-Lock mechanism is said to protect the chronograph mechanism from damage in falls of up to 5.2 meters! The system was very difficult to engineer, and you won't find anything like elsewhere from a price at all close to the Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital watch. Aside from that, the watch is tested cold temperatures of minus 40 degrees, resistant to 100 meters under water, resistant to 7,500Gs of velocity force, and highly antimagnetic.
This was a tough article to write. I was asked to come up with five top watches from Baselworld 2010. You don't realize that walking around there for over a week you see thousands of watches. Well, here on AskMen.com is my list of five. Please realize that I did not intend this to be a competition, each of these watches is the top five, in no particular order. You can see that I choose watches that have good, restrained design, and that should be commercially a success. Baselworld 2010 was not about crazy expensive watches, but good solid designs that people will actually want to buy. So check it out and let me know what you think.
You'll notice that each of the tubes (MB&F calls them "pods") has a crown at the end of it. One crown is used for winding the watch, and the other is used for adjusting the time. Based on what tube the crown is placed, it should be obvious which one does what. The Thunderbolt has just two functions. It tells the time via hours and minutes, and has a power reserve indicator. Worn on the wrist, the two dials should be angled to the wear, making the watch easy to read without having to turn the wrist. This watch feels more like an instrument than any previous MB&F watch. It is really a fantastic machine.
Here we also see the timepiece worn by likely future US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Nominated by Obama, I believe she is currently going through the trials of being approved. I haven't really kept up to date on the progress of her approval, but I am interested in her watch. While no Supreme Court Justice that I can remember is know for being particularly lavish with their watches, I have a feeling that at least a few of them have some fancy watches underneath their robes. Us lawyers have a penchant for loving fine timepieces. As an educator, Kagan has a standard "nice watch." She is seen wearing her less-than-uncommon gold plated ladies Movado Museum piece on a leather strap. While the exact model number is going to be tough to detect as Movado frequently changes these watches even though they often look almost the same, we know the basic model. Click here for a listing on Amazon.com of this style Movado Museum watch for women. So what does a watch like this say about Elena? Well not too much actually. Worn by legions of people all over the world, this is sort of a nice watch for people who don't know better. The prudent Kagan perhaps isn't into the idea of luxury watches in her life. Either she has rejected the concept, or just hasn't discovered fine timepieces yet. The Movado Museum face is a watch that blends in better than a basic Seiko. People know it, but they are so common, it is hard to apply a character trait to anyone who might wear them. This is Movado's bread and butter, and likely a stepping stone timepiece to nicer things. At the same time, Kagan put the piece on for a formal photo shoot. She doesn't want attention called to her wrist, so wearing it might have been purely intentional.
Panerai doesn't even call their material ceramic really, but rather "Composite." Why? Not sure, there must be some sneaky marketing decision. One of the reasons likely has to do with the fact that Panerai uses a different type of ceramic. It is very light, and stated to be much harder than standard ceramics. The hardness is a little bit harder that standard zirconia ceramics, and way harder than steel. In terms of weight, Panerai Composite weighs less than titanium, and just a bit more than aluminum. In fact, the material is said to be a ceramic based on aluminum - but much harder. In reality while wearing the watch, the lightness makes itself clear. The watch doesn't feel like it weights much at all, the opposite of the standard Panerai watch feel. At 47mm wide, the PAM339 Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni (8 Day) watch isn't small, and again, it is very light.
I mention this as a prelude to the Marvin M014 watch as a means of explaining it. Gear heads out there might miss the point. In summation, the watch is a mechanically inspired watch that wishes to thematically mention its more expensive and possibly less sexy brethren. The M014 is housed in a polished and brushed steel candybar-like case with an perlage polished face and a few dials to tell the time. Almost like a regulator watch in appearance, the dials are there for the minutes, hours (on a disc), and the seconds below.
For the more avant garde, there is the Marvin Malton 160 Regulator and the Big Date. the Regulator uses a Dubois-Depraz Calibre 14070 manually wound movement. It is really for people who are fascinated by regulator watches, and those looking for something different. It is probably the best choice for people looking for an easily accessible, entry level mechanical regulator watch.