The Hurricane name is based on the famous single engine British fighter plane that was part of the RAF (Royal Airforce). You can see one of them here. A sprightly little thing, en masse they were deadly in the skies with the right mental muscle in the cockpit. If they flew today, at least a few of them would want to strap on one of these bad-boys. At 47mm wide in a black DLC coated steel case, this is a pretty darn impressive watch. 200 meters water resistant, sapphire crystal, and COSC Chronometer certified Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 movement inside. It has a rotating navigational bezel with an attached inner slide-rule.
1 minute constant force device, patented No EP 1528443
Digital indication of hours and minutes
Time adjustment via crown in position 2
Pallets escapement with 15 tooth escape wheel
Two position crown
Sub-second at 6h00
Power reserve at 12h00
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The little "SMT" indicator on the dial is for turning on and off day light saving time by the way. The other area is part of the manual sync functions for the atomic clock synchronization. Otherwise the dials are pretty clean, and with the large hand and applied hour numerals (both coated with luminant) this is a very legible, sensible looking high-function timepiece!
Because he himself doesn’t like to feel caged, Felix allows his staff freedom to do their job in their own way and on their own time. There are no set starting hours at his atelier and no punch clock. People come and go on their own schedule and there is even a guy who likes to come in on Saturdays. As long as you get your job done, Felix is cool with your method. Sounds like a great boss to me!
Replica Breguet REINE DE NAPLES Watches
It goes without saying that Seiko makes their own movements. Literally all components of the watch are made by Seiko as they are 100% vertically integrated. This is even applied to making balance springs (Seiko's patented SPRON brand) and growing their own quartz crystals for their quartz movements (they have a special facility to grow synthetic quartz crystals from "seed" crystals. Which are then harvested from a complex "quartz crystal" incubator as I call it). Actually one of the only things that Seiko needs to procure are raw synthetic sapphire crystals. These are then cut, shaped, polished, and finished by Seiko for use on their watch crystals. In a time where people are concerned with quality and the location of where a high-end good is manufactured, it is a reassuring thought for me to know that the Seiko Ananta line of watches it totally made by master watch makers in Japan, by a Japanese company. I feel the same level of comfort when I see that my Japanese camera is made in Japan, and not somewhere else.
The 900 S name means "900 Schwartz," which is "black" in German. The "S" label on an Sinn watch means that it is a black version of a timepiece that is also available in a non black version. I just get so much more excited about the 900 S rather than the 900. The watch has a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 movement, but it has a GMT module on it. Thus the watch has a GMT hand. It also has an internal rotating diver's bezel - but in this instance Sinn calls it a pilot bezel. That might mean it rotates in both directions, and as you can see, each number in the 60 minute scale is printed out. Makes for a neat look. The hands and markers on the dial are easy to read and lack nonsense - they are also applied with a bunch of lume. On the back of the watch case, engraved in the caseback are various measurement conversion tables - a nice functional use of the caseback for quick and rough conversions.
This technical complex and sophisticated Breguet did not impress me as it should have. Of course, as a whole the watch is impressive, but as a higher-end Breguet watch the new design direction taken here is a step in the wrong direction in my opinion. Part of me thinks that the "smoothing over" of the design of the watch and the movement decoration is too modern for this timepiece. What is wrong with the "old way" Breguet? Really I don't want Breguet to be a "youthful" brand anymore than I want octogenarians listening to gangster rap ('heard that!'). While the watch is clearly a Breguet and highly appealing technically, it just looks too much like it borrowed lessons from Maurice Lacroix rather than Abraham-Louis. Two things that the watch has that I like are the tourbillon and a fusee and chain style power transfer from the mainspring to the watch. Then you have the sandpaper black like texture on the brides, the unsophisticated way the domed crystal attaches to the case, and the 'too plain to be showcased' movement that takes center stage next to the watch dial.
Few can deny the layout and style is attractive. It displays a welcome symmetry, and the colors of steel and black are enhanced with a dash of red that suits most any timepiece when applied. Together these elements suggest the dashboard of a classic car or perhaps of a plane. The exact origins aren't the point, but rather that it leads you to consider other romantic mechanical items. In this regard the Mo14 succeed. It certainly has an air of mechanica to it and a manly inspired demeanor. Aside from this pictured Mo14-14 version of the watch with the perlage face, there are actually two other versions of the timepiece with other styles that are also interesting.