Originally incorporated under the name "Waterloo," the city of Austin, Texas, has been a place of change since its origin in the 1830s. State capital? High-tech center? Live music capital? Austin is many things to many people these days. As a spread-out metropolitan area, you don't find a concentration of watch stores in a single area like you do in New York City (or Waikiki in Honolulu, for that matter). So you have to embark on a "search and enjoy" mission to find watch retailers such as Jack Ryan Fine Jewelry + Timepieces, which opened the doors to their intimate watch boutique in West Lake Hills in 2012.
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But let's not get ahead of ourselves there, as it is far too easy to take movement designs as granted and jump straight to the manufacturing process. By contrast, it all starts with the cliché of a blank page of paper and an empty file in the design software: the movement's functions, exact layout, every wheel and pinion, and even most of the tools used to create them have to be conceived from scratch. It took me but a few seconds to type and share these facts with you, but they in fact refer to years of work in planning and execution.
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To celebrate Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, the company announced its most complicated watch ever. The .6 million Grandmaster Chime, which has a movement made up of 1366 parts, has 20 complications including grande and petite sonneries, minute repeater as well as a date repeater. The Grandmaster Chime was easily one of the most important watches of last year. And now, here’s our take on it after seeing it in the flesh.
I thought that I would then attend the watchmaking school for a year, and then make another attempt to get into the goldsmith school. That, of course, never happened. I now understand that watchmaking is much closer to my heart. But, as Vianney (Halter) says, "you never know!"
Welcome back to an aBlogtoWatch original series, where we discuss important stores that sell watches all over the world. Each store we profile has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to. Whether you buy watches from brick and mortar retailers or prefer to buy watches online, these are the stores that help shape our watch culture around the globe. There is a long list of stores to cover, but if there is a retail location in your favorite city that we simply can’t miss, let us know in the comments below.
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MB&F’s Legacy Machine series represents the company’s interpretation of classic watchmaking. And last year, MB&F introduced the “baby” of their Legacy Machine series, the LM101. The LM101, like all of MB&F’s other pieces, is instantly recognizable thanks to its unusual dial layout and bold design, and to update the model, MB&F has just released the new LM101 Frost. Why “Frost” you may ask, well that has to do with the special finish on the dial that these watches have. For a closer look at this special finish, hit the link below.
How do you feel about the power reserve indicator that is on the movement? It is very easy to miss, as its matching color makes it a bit of a complication chameleon. Nevertheless, the addition of a power reserve indicator is very much welcome, especially given the long power reserve of the movement. The icing on the cake is the attractive amount of hand-engraving all over the visible parts of the movement. The decoration style is subtle enough, without making the movement look like an expensive doily. Yet it also adds value to the watch's prestige overall.
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The movement inside is the automatic Seiko NH35, which features hand-winding, hacking and date indication and should provide around 42 hours of power reserve. It kept a surprising good +6 seconds per day on the wrist as I was wearing it for a number of days. Hand-winding feels and sounds fine and the DLC-coated and branded crown is easy to operate and screw back down.
Alongside the 2015 Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication, Jaeger-LeCoultre also announced a new version of their Duometre Spherotourbillon featuring a platinum case and a moon phase indicator - this is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon.
Alright, that's enough about the strap. One very great thing about a larger case like on the Longines Avigation is the fact that the dial can be larger as well. Combine that with the crisp white-on-black as we have here, and you have a very legible dial. This is helped along by the appropriately-sized handset (at least in terms of length, as the hands could, perhaps, be a touch wider) that stands out in stark contrast to the dial.
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The MMT Horological Smartwatch also has a "night mode" so that it can track your sleep activity and help measure your sleep quality and "efficiency." This is something that MotionX has a lot of experience with, as it provides the technology to a lot fitness tracking wearable devices. Press in the crown of the Horological Smartwatch, and the date indicator hand moves to the small moon symbol on the dial, which means you are in sleep mode. You can either wear the watch while sleeping, or put it under your pillow.
aBlogtoWatch first covered the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 watch here when it was first debuted in October 2014. aBlogtoWatch's David Bredan discussed at length how Patek Philippe bested itself by releasing their most complicated watch ever with 20 different complications and information displayed on both the front and rear of the watches. Watch lovers and collectors around the world eagerly awaited what Patek Philippe would announce for the momentous occasion that no watch brand would give up as an opportunity to produce some interesting timepieces.
But beyond mere variety, Nomos movements are excellently made and decorated. All Nomos movements are 6 position adjusted, a distinction shared by some of the most elite watch companies, namely Patek Philippe, Grand Seiko and Jaeger LeCoultre. This extensive adjustment makes the movement substantially more resistant to the influence of gravity. Furthermore, the movements are incredibly beautiful. This is due in part to Nomos’ appreciation of traditional German watchmaking, most notably the ¾ plate, Glashütte sunburst finish on various wheels, and blued screws. The result is a movement that looks as good as competitors that cost three or four times as much.
The Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch isn't petite either. Even though it might look like a women's watch in pictures, the case is 47.5mm wide and 58mm tall. Somewhere in there is an actual case for a watch movement and dial. This rectangular element is produced from 18k white gold and houses an exclusive to Jacob & Co. mechanical movement.
No word on the pricing at this point, but we will know more next week. Having said that, it is safe to say that the Tudor North Flag will cost more than current Tudor sport watches because of the movement but a bit less than Rolex watches. So I am guessing somewhere in the ,000 - ,000 range that will still make them a good value for a handsome adventure-style timepiece. tudorwatch.com
So what is it like to wear and use the Apple Watch? I haven't discussed that too much. As you probably know, the Apple watch has several types of input methods, including the touchscreen, crown, pusher, motion, and voice. Between talking to it, pushing it, swiping it, and moving it, there is a lot of potential in how you interact with it. Is the Apple Watch something which is as intuitive as an iPad? Not exactly. Given the size and features, the Apple Watch has a steeper learning curve than some people might like. That isn't to say the Apple Watch is complicated, but consumers will need some time to understand how it works. For example, tapping the screen is different than pressing the screen.
And despite the large modern sizing and finish, the case design, with its stepped bezel and lyre lugs, is actually more reminiscent of classic dress watches. The lyre lugs also make the watch deceptively comfortable to wear and more versatile, despite its large size. That said, it has good wrist presence, but it definitely wears a little smaller than most watches of its size. So if you typically shun 45mm watches because you find them too large, give the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 or the Ball Fireman Night Train DLC a go - you might be surprised.
Setting up the Apple Watch is pretty simple, but so are most other smartwatches. What is different here is that you are really connecting two things which are meant to live together in the same ecosystem (Apple Watch and iPhone). The effect of this is that you automatically get all the Apple Watch apps that are available for the apps you have on your phone installed on the watch. The Apple Watch can also by default mirror settings on your phone so that you don't need to set preferences or do things twice. Last, and perhaps most important, is that I noticed that the Bluetooth connection between the Apple Watch and my iPhone was incredible.
Why yes, that is the Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Machine (Device) pocket watch strapped to my wrist - glad you noticed. No, I didn't succumb to some strange Schwarzeneggerian large watch obsession and enter a path of no return whereby big pocket watches look better attached to your arm. This is the "Titan" and it is actually made by Urwerk as a way to strap their highly avant-garde (and totally kick-ass) Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Machine pocket watch to your wrist. Urwerk produced this baby a few years ago, and now for 2015, has decided it wants to let some of the world's most courageous watch collector's buy one. The Titan version will include a limited edition titanium version of the UR-1001 pocket watch as well as the strap module.
Maybe most people need to save up a bit to purchase a ,000 item, and some people need to save up to buy a ,000,000 item. Jacob & Co. is a brand whose top items are grail pieces for the types of people who can buy, but still need to consider million dollar watches. I’ll put it another way, royalty wear crowns and live in castles to communicate something about themselves - something about their power, prestige, and position in life. Doing so upsets people who don’t have crowns and castles, but those people still get point of those that have means.