Dial designs are quite interesting. You can see that the layout of the 7751 has been reduced to make the display symmetrical. There are a few different dial displays - and each is both three dimensional and attractive. One version has a more retro dial that will appeal to some people as well. By the way, the watch is technically called the Grand Dome DT. Not sure what that DT stands for. Hmm. Most of the dials really excite me. They are really well done and I like the finishing, detailing, and the hands.
It all started with Gerald Genta whom I believe claimed that the design of the watch was inspired by a safari trip to Africa. Having recently passed away, Gerald Genta is considered to be one of the last generation's most important watch designers. He is most well known for his creation of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus watches. When he began his own brand, his design taste really started to mature.
I'm not a big fan of integrated bracelets, because they make it very difficult to wear a watch with any other strap. Though this might just be a negative for me. At the same time, an integrated bracelet does add a custom look to a watch. Having said that, from the look of the lugs on this Rado, a semi-custom strap should be doable. The case shape is a tribute to designs from the 1970's, and I'm still not sure what I think of it.
MTM designed the Falcon to be a large masculine watch. A piece like this has 44mm of width looking its largest. This is because of the very wide lug structure and actual cushion shape of the case. The case thankfully has a diver's style rotating bezel as well as a water resistance of 100 meters. I think it would have been cool to get the water resistance up to 200-300 meters, as well as make the light function work under water - that would have been cool. The crystal is anti-reflective (AR) coated sapphire.
Being BR 01 watches, each of these comes in a 46mm wide square steel case with a PVD black coating. The crystals are sapphire and they come with both a black rubber and canvas strap. Inside the watches are modified Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movements. Though it would seem to make sense that the BR 01 Altimeter has an ETA 2896 given that it has a big date complication. Regardless, the series number indicates it as being in the BR 01-92 collection. It doesn't really matter I guess as the movements are inherently very similar. Each of the BR 01 Horizon, Altimeter, and Turn Coordinator watches are limited to 999 pieces and should be a serious consideration if you are a fan of the BR 01 watch range.
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin with carbon insert at 9 o'clock
This was one of the more interesting products I saw at SIHH 2012 and I don't even know if Girard-Perregaux is going to market it that much. The piece is sort of half-new, half-existing, but you can of course call it a new model. A few years ago Girard-Perregaux was one of the brands making Ferrari-branded timepieces. At the time they had a gold watch called the Scuderia Ferrari Foudroyante Rattrapante. The Ferrari name departs and the watch gets a totally new dial for 2012. I don't know how many of these watches will be around, but I really want one.
Playing with the watch is endlessly fun, and reading it with precision is quite possible. The dial of course is an interesting mesh work of mechanics. Harry Winston chose to go with an interesting and almost industrial style of finishing for the movement on the front of the watch. It almost looks like something in an Hublot watch, and offers a youthful and fresh look to the watch that is not stuffy in demeanor.
With the new SpidoSpeed Gold, Linde Werdelin has taken the hugely complex case design of the original SpidoSpeed and then produced the entire 32 piece case in 18k gold. The precious metal exterior is then satin finished and ready to be worn. Linde Werdelin has managed to preserve what made the original SpidoSpeed so great: lightness; an avant-garde case design; and a sophisticated but rough-and-tumble demeanor which begs to be worn on a wrist. Weighing in at a reasonable 126g and measuring 44 mm across and only 15mm tall, the SpidoSpeed Gold will be comfy for most wrists and capable of fitting under most cuffs.
With the latest James Bond film "Skyfall" hitting US theaters on November 9th, 2012 Omega has announced a new limited edition model to tie in with the 23rd installment in the franchise. This is distinct from the Omega 50th anniversary of James Bond 007 movies watch. The announcement of the new Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M "Skyfall" Limited Edition confirms that Daniel Craig will again wear a Seamaster PO as he reprises his role as 007. This is despite online rumors that Bond might have traded his famous diver for an Aqua Terra model. Planned for release in Autumn of this year, the Omega Skyfall Limited Edition is essentially a special version of the 42mm Planet Ocean we have showed you in the past and features 600 meters of water resistance, an Omega in-house 8507 Co-axial movement, and a matte black ceramic bezel with a chromium nitride dive scale. Not to be confused with a base 42mm Planet Ocean (ref 18.104.22.168.01.001), the Skyfall LE adds some MI6 flare by replacing the seven o'clock marker with the "007" logo, a signed 007 clasp, a black rotor (visible via a display case back), and a grid-textured dial. The Skyfall LE will come packaged in a special presentation case and the entire production run will be limited to 5007 units.
Brown Safe remains a family-operated company with Frederick still at the helm, and his children and their family overseeing much of the operation. Their headquarters has an interesting vibe which in a strange way sums up the company. Bodyguards and motion sensing cameras greet you at the entrance, but they also have a "creativity room" stocked with LEGOs. There is a sort of start-up mentality in the air, which isn't something I would have expected from a company responsible for the serious task of securing much of our country's physical secrets and most valuable goods.
On the sides of the case are protruding black strips that are actually pushers. That is a cool design feature if I ever saw one. On the left of the case, the entire section is pressed to adjust the GMT hand, while on the right of the case the upper and lower strips are used to control the chronograph. I rather enjoyed that. Inside the watch is a Dubois Depraz modified Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement. The DD module adds a 12 hour chronograph, and GMT hand at 12 o'clock. There is also a date window at 6 o'clock.
Calling it luxury isn't fair. This is just the price of quality measuring instruments if Richard Mille has anything to say about it. The good news is that it (likely) won't cost you more than the plane it is intended to help navigate. Offered right now in a titanium case, it won't weigh that much either. The dive-style watch was a good model to build the E6-B on as it previously had a rotating bezel - which was modified into the slide-rule mechanism.
While Patek Philippe is typically considered a traditional watch brand in poise and style, innovation is a must for them as it is for any modern company. It makes me wonder what new Patek Philippe watches will look like 100 years from now. This one is most certainly Bauhaus design aesthetic inspired, which furthers the concept of "form always follows function" and throws in a little healthy minimalism without overdoing it. The design of the dial is utterly pure, with an extreme focus on legibility, proportions, and proper contrast. Decorative embellishing is not the point of the piece. The beauty of the dial is real, and exists as an extension of how properly it performs its intended functions. The 5235 is also called the Annual Calendar Regulator - for reasons which shouldn't require any special explanation. What does require some discussion is the movement which makes it all happen.
Detailing and finishing on the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain is extremely impressive, but should be given the price and pedigree of the brand. Greubel Forsey will make just 33 pieces with this special blue dial and the price is about 0,000.
Swatch Touch Watch Review
Wrist Time Reviews
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Swatch Touch Watch Review
The Touch Time is a digital watch that offers a series of features including an alarm, stopwatch, reminders, world time, calendar, calculator and moon-phase which are all controlled via a touch screen interface. Unlike other recent and very popular Kickstarter projects, Touch Time is not a "Smart watch" as it does not connect to your smartphone, nor does it need to be consistently recharged as power is sourced by a conventional lithium cell battery.
UPDATE: So Hublot was kind enough to clear some of the confusion around what seems to be competing contract agreements with Ferrari and watch makers. Hublot has a larger more robust contact agreement to participate with Ferrari in all sorts of events and products, and make watches associated with most any of them. According to Hublot, they are a partner with Ferrari in whatever they do. As Mr. Biver of Hublot personally stated, "they are married." According to the breadth of the agreement it does seem that way. As for Movado on the other hand, they have a limited licensing agreement to make 1,500 Euro and under watches with only Ferrari branding on them (no Movado branding on the dial). The Movado Ferrari watches are going to be much more mass produced and sold in some of the Ferrari stores (that sell lifestyle products and not cars), and in some Ferrari dealerships/garages.
Christopher Ward C60 Trident NATO Watch Honors James Bond
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Christopher Ward C60 Trident NATO Watch Honors James Bond
Seiko once again pulls out a version of their EPD e-ink display watch for the last piece in this limited set of Star Wars watches. The Seiko Star Wars R2-D2 (ref. SDGA005) watch is yet another limited edition version of this watch. I last discussed how Seiko released a version of their EPD watch for Golgo 13, and previously offered a hands-on experience with this very cool Seiko e-ink display watch here. This neat timepiece is both solar powered and atomic clock controlled, but uses Seiko's high resolution active matrix EPD e-ink display. The dial features a number of screens that offer various views of the movie along with the time. Probably perfect for an R2-D2 watch, and the nerdiest of the lot. Not necessarily nerdy because of the design, but more because it will have a character like R2-D2 on the dial all the time. It will be limited to 1000 pieces.
Each of the three models will have a range of initial styles. There are 28 non-limited versions of the Ball for BMW watches to begin with. I say that with the anticipation that more models and special editions will come as the relationship develops. Ball and BMW haven't exactly mentioned where the watches will be sold. However, they have noted that the watches will be available through a "network of exclusive dealers." That likely means customers can buy Ball for BMW watches at some Ball watch dealers and some BMW car dealers.