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So you wanna build a watch? It is a common dream of enterprising watch lovers to simply posit "I just want to start my own watch brand." It actually isn't as hard as you might think. There is a universe of services, companies, and resources to help you when starting from scratch. In fact, aBlogtoRead.com contributing writer Paul Hubbard wrote a post on this very topic here. There you'll find information on actually making the watch, but more importantly is funding your project.
So what you have is a smooth, cylindrical shaped case, with screwed case back and unique lugs.
“Oil Change” indicator. The shortest time interval measured on the back is the 5-year “Oil Change” indicator at centre right, which alerts the user when a service is due after three years when the dial changes from white (years one to three) to red (years three to five). This is counter is reset to zero when the timepiece is serviced.
Piaget for me will always be a maker of high-end movements that focus on slim sizes and useful complications. Today's Piaget is inextricably connected to the word of high-fashion, beautiful items, and suave design. They don't strive to make watches for everyone, but their refinement and feeling of sophistication is enough to impress even the most demanding of connoisseurs. For me a Piaget watch is the quintessential timepiece to wear with a Tuxedo. So before I can acquire a Piaget, I should probably look into getting a tux.
Dedegumo states that the only part of the watch (other than the crystal) that is pre-made is the movement. Which are all Japanese Seiko quartz movements by the way. The rest are crafted out of brass, steel, copper, and aluminum. Using long straps of colorful leather, they make unique straps and their own buckles. It is all very cool and hip in a sort of organic, artisinal way. This is the country French bread of watches. These are gonna be quite trendy if I have any powers of prediction. I'd like to go into one and have them make me something cool.
Back from Baselworld 2011, we discuss some of the show highlights (and quirks). On list is the Harry Winston Opus Eleven (that John loves), and a few other watches such as the Porsche Design P'6520 Compass Heritage and new Omega Speedmaster pieces (that John needs to be school about).
Detailing is interesting on the watch. It is meant to look like a Lambo's speedometer - and in that supercar gauge look they more or less succeeded. The case design does feel clearly modern Lamborhini inspired. My favorite detail is the crown. Not only can you customize it with different styles, but it is mean to almost perfectly resemble the wheel design, complete with tire and visible disc brake. The renders look good at least.
Reference: 780-90 18 ct white gold
Reference: 786-90 18 ct rose gold
Movement: Caliber UN-78, 36 jewels
Power-Reserve: Approx. 70 h
Winding: Manual winding
Functions: Westminster Carillon Tourbillon Jaquemarts Minute Repeater Striking of hours, quarters and minutes Four different chimes (Mi-Do-Re-Sol)
Case: 18 ct rose gold or 18 ct white gold
Diameter: 44 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Dial: Man-made diamond dial
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Band: Alligator leather strap, with folding buckle
Limited Edition: 50 pieces in white gold and 50 pieces in rose gold
The place I visited was a smaller facility compared to the larger Manufacture Blancpain that was down the road. At the “HH manufacture” Blancpain produces its most complicated watches and also houses artisans that engrave and otherwise decorate their watches. I was most impressed by a friendly French woman who was their top master engraver. Recently awarded by the French government for her talents, she produces work that is quite literally incredible.
Omega’s goal is to drastically reduce its sale of quartz movement based watches in favor of mechanical ones — many of which Omega plans to produce themselves. For these products to do as well, they require a more mainstream adoption of the value proposition of a well-made mechanical movement versus a quartz one.
Here you can see the hex-keyed bar used to attach the bracelet. Helson includes a two-piece driver for changing straps: