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In it, Oris has paid tribute to many of jazz’s greatest artists – from Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, and even avant-garde fusion guitarist John McLaughlin. However, to be honest, despite my passion for this music, I haven’t always desired to acquire one of these models for my own collection. For one, I’ve sometimes found them a bit too illustrative and literal, more like a piece of memorabilia than something one might actually want to wear. Oris’ Miles Davis Limited Edition from 2001, for example, features a silhouette of Miles playing trumpet on its caseback along with his stylized signature; the tank-style case and rather garish deco-style hour numerals on the dial didn’t seem too great a fit for most contemporary tastes, either.
Martin Pulli: I am located in an historic walking district, which is gentrified ex-industrial. I see all kinds of folks from all over the country and locals too. Not too many of the upcoming generation of collectors are what I would classify as "knowledgeable" collectors. I think many would like to be, but the information they gather from little research jaunts via the internet is often misinformation or bad reviews from watch forums. I try to help educate whenever the opportunity is welcomed.
If you look at the 1 o'clock position, you will see that there is a column wheel hiding in plain sight. Of course, we more regularly see these in chronograph movements – so did they manage to hide a chronograph complication in here somehow? The answer is no, but there is a pusher in the crown via which the column wheel can be advanced, so as to initiate a rather unusual mechanism.
So let's talk about durability for a bit. At the time Victorinox Swiss Army first released the INOX, I was very curious what special features and materials they were using as part of this new durability mission for the watch. After some investigation, I didn't find anything out of the ordinary. The 43mm wide case is in steel, the crystal is sapphire, the case is water resistant to 200 meters, and inside the watch is a pretty standard Swiss Ronda quartz movement. So where was all this new found durability coming from?
For as much as I like this dial, I think there is room for improvement. My biggest complaint is, not counting the Hamilton logo, there are three different fonts used on the dial. In such a small space, I cannot help myself from picking up on this font issue. Hamilton is certainly not alone with the multi-font usage, but since Hamilton is part of Swatch, and Swatch owns ETA, then why can they not make their designs more uniform? My second complaint builds off of the first, and that is, why can't the colors between the silver dial and the day/date indicators better match? I'm sure it would add a slight expense, but making the colors/fonts more uniform would be a great way for the SWATCH Group to flex their supply line to create a superior product.
The HM5 (reviewed here) is one of my favorite Horological Machines. In addition to being amongst the most affordable (really not saying much), it is also amongst the most wearable. A driver's watch, in the traditional sense, allowed the wearer to read the time at a glance from the side of their watch, with their hands on a steering wheel. The concept is probably about 100 years old, in some form or another, and while it doesn't necessarily apply today, the idea is interesting. I am not sure when the wedge-style driver's watch came about, but the design has led to an interesting "wearing experience" that is probably at its apex with the Horological Machine No. 5 (originally nicknamed "On The Road Again").
This year, Roger Dubuis has started to use the “Spider” term to refer to the distinct design of their web-like, dark-colored skeletonized movements. What is important is the “Roger Dubuis” star-shape that is present in the design. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Automatic Skeleton is a big deal because the fashionably cool high-end design of their skeletonized movements is finally available without a tourbillon, and with an automatic micro-rotor. Available in black-colored titanium or 18k rose gold, this reasonably sized 42mm-wide Excalibur collection watch is wild and also legible, yet suitable for much more frequent wear than a delicate tourbillon. In our opinion, Roger Dubuis has hit a sweet spot opening up an interesting look to a whole new group of people not interested in going way over 0,000 for the novelty of something cool. Priced starting at ,900 in DLC black titanium to about ,000 in 18k rose gold – the Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton is finally a bit more wearable and consumer friendly. rogerdubuis.com
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Unless there is some hidden, 007-reminiscent gadget hiding under the dial, the BE-54AE movement – based on the ETA 7754 caliber – will offer the time, a 12 hour chronograph, the date, as well as a world time function, thanks to the added, centrally mounted second time-zone hand and the list of timezones on the rotating flange ring on the periphery of the dial.
In the end, I have to say, this is a watch I am very intrigued by. This is, first and foremost, due to the movement and its aforementioned micro-rotor. But I think it is also housed in a very sharp-looking three-hander that should appeal to a variety of folks. In gold, the Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital comes in at a price of 62700 SEK for the steel, and 148700 SEK for the gold version; that is, around ,650 and ,600, respectively. As always, only time will tell, but this may be the next best combination since peanut butter and chocolate. To my eyes, it is another very interesting option in the luxury watch segment. sjoosandstrom.se
Most people who know Stephane Greco recognize him as the owner of Rhodior - which is the name of his company. It is situated in the heart of the Plan-les-Ouates part of Geneva, which is also home to a series of big watch companies who have major facilities there, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Piaget, Frederique Constant, and more. By offering a desirable and highly specialized service, I have a feeling that Rhodior simply fell into success given its location and regular customer needs.
Finishing on the MB&F Starfleet Machine base and movement is very nice and thankfully varied. There is so much to look at and appreciate, and anyone interesting mechanical objects is going to like it. Some surfaces are polished and others are given a Cotes de Geneva striping. The numerals on the hour and minute indicator dome are iconic to MB&F, which helps people recognize the design as coming from them.
As to the rest of the watch, well, it is classic Ball. Under the AR-coated sapphire front, you have got a crisp black dial that remains legible through day and night, thanks to the 15 tritium gas tubes that need no external "charging." Also, in line with the standards of the brand's Engineer line, the Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph features sufficient resistance specs against shock and magnetism – up to 5,000 Gs and 4,800 A/m, respectively. The only "spec" where this new model is a bit of a disappointment is its water resistance rating at only 5 atmospheres, although we are guessing that is due to the unique slide mechanism.
For this episode, John and I predict what 2015 has in store for the world of watches. What will be popular? What will brands produce? And how might the current geo-economic climate effect the watch industry? We also laugh about poorly conceived names for watches and wasting the day shopping for watches online. Oh, and this crazy Confrerie Horlogere La Clef du Temps Tourbillon watch is mentioned along with some other crazy watches.
Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT Watch
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Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT Watch
Setting the Rotonde De Cartier Annual Calendar is done exclusively via the crown, and Cartier has designed the system to be as simple as possible. So, much like a standard date function, the crown on the Rotonde De Cartier Annual Calendar offers winding, time setting, and then date setting - all without relying on correctors.
More restrained, and yet technically very impressive watches, are of course also available on Amazon – watches like this IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater. Those less into watches may be surprised to learn what a minute repeater does – and the amazing ways it may affect your life – as Bob Jenkins experienced:
Benoit actually built a safe-like system into his booth, and shows us as the middle of the table folds out to reveal watches. We listen carefully as he explains what has been going on over the last year while vacuum cleaners operate in the background. Benoit, a native of Belgium who lives in Antwerp, explains to us the complexities of building a watch brand that uses very few of the parts that other watches do. Apparently, his novel timepiece ideas are a headache, but that hasn't stopped him from venturing forth on his life mission and into his third major collection that is confusingly named the Type 1.