Bracelet, clasp and wetsuit extension. Machined and not stamped, solid stuff.
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rubber-clad screw-lock crown
Functions: Hour, minute, centre-stop-second, date, GMT 3 Time Zones 24 h display, calculator slide-rule, 60 minute countdown function
The case design is interesting and I think will look great on the wrist. It is surprisingly held-back design wise. My feeling is that MB&F was going more for elegance versus turn of the century futurism. This fact is again seen in the LM1's most visible feature, the double white watch dials with blued steel hand and Roman numerals. This is about as "classic" as you can get with a watch face - exactly what Busser was going for. While the minute hand is on the shorter side, MB&F does use a different style of hand for the hours - so legibility is fine. While the dials appear to be enamel, they are done in a fancy type of lacquer chosen for its quality appearance, and the fact that it will not crack over time like enamel. In honor of Breguet's original movements, the face of the LM1 behind the complications is done in a flat textured finish.
8 applied hour markers in 18K pink gold
Breguet gives the watch an 18k silvered gold dial (or in rhodium black) that is deeply engraved with a number of guilloche patterns. The light blue elements for the alarm ring are a nice touch, and most of the elements on the dial are applied. Without having to read the dial, it looks really pleasant. And now starts the confusion. I've mentioned that watch is an alarm. Mechanical it works well enough. Use one of the crowns on the right side of the case to set the blue tipped alarm hand, and then use the "wave" pusher to make sure the alarm is on or off. The sound is about as good as you can get from a mechanical alarm in a case of this size and design. Meaning it is not very loud - though most aren't really. The dial has a separate power reserve indicator for the alarm (though none for the rest of the functions). So you can be sure it has enough power. That indicator is not exactly a breeze to read. In bad light, forget about seeing the little hand in it. Worse is the tiny window for the alarm function indicator. The actual disc is so deep into the movement it is like looking into a pin hole. Without the right light or angle, you have basically no way of knowing whether the alarm is on or off. I doubt that many people who have this watch are going to use the alarm much. On the dark dialed version of the watch all these legibility and ergonomic problems are compounded.
The case is offered in either 18k rose or white gold and is 43.5mm wide. Going along with the sporty theme the watch case is satin finished - which is interesting actually. The dial has a mixture of finishes including perlage, sunburst, and Geneva stripes. There is a lot going on in the dial but I appreciate the easy to see hands and presence of lots of lume. This is a good example of decorate skeletonization where a movement is design from the ground up to be partially "open."
As such, Bovet's interpretation of the stylish sexiness that is Pininfarina's well-known reputation as being the designer for Ferrari was captured for the first time in the Bovet Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch - that helped celebrate 80 years of Pininfarina. I got to check out that watch a bit and look forward to writing about it soon. Now comes a new watch that is thankfully much more affordable, but retains the tenants of the Bovet Pininfarina design. This is the new for 2011 Cambiano - and is cool little number.
Crystal is AR coated sapphire, and said to be domed on both sides. Interesting... I wonder the effect that this has. I have probably seen it before but not realized that the crystal was "double domed." SuperLumiNova on the dial for darkness viewing completing the list of features you want in a serious performance piece. The French helicopter boys much has loved it (expect for that one guy who I am sure held on dearly to his digital watch - ugly but reliable right?). Inside this limited edition Oris watch is a ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. Oris hasn't indicated the amount in this limited edition. Why? Cause they probably don't know how many they want to make yet. So if demand is high, so will the numbers. Look for this watch soon in the ,000 - ,000 range.
Wireless communication is powered by the button-cell battery used in small devices and watches
How about Lot #19? A Breitling Genève "Top Time." (see hi-def pic) I’m a sucker for vintage retro models like this. 1970s funk? Check. Cushion case? Check. Baton hands? Check. Oval registers? Check. This lot is estimated at 1,300 USD - 1,700 USD, which seems amazingly low to me. Unless the pre-auction inspections determine the inside to be filled with rusty dust, I expect this Breitling to go for quite a bit more than that. I think new Navitimers list at several times that range. Collectors of 70s-era chronos should love this one!
List prices on the SVT-AT76 is 5, which is good for the quality you get. Tsovet recently introduced a mechanical version with an ETA 2892, and hopefully they'll do more mechanical watches in the future.
None of these watches are limited editions they though it is likely that they will not be super easy to find as well as not made forever. I think they are all pretty cool from a novelty standpoint, but the Lightning Flash spoke most to me. Plastic and 41mm wide, this watch is part of the "New Gent" collection. Inside, it has a Swiss ETA quartz movement. The dial is yellow in the black case with just the Swatch logo and black lighting hands. Like something from a comic book page, the straps are black and white lightning bolts (even the strap ring) and made from silicon.
Overall height: 5.70 mm
"Memento Mori" isn't a name that hasn't been used before, but a design like this is cool and unique. The watch case is literally shaped like a skull. This one has been hand-engraved in solid sterling silver (also the crown). Not sure of the size, but it does not look too small or too large. Interesting touches include the traditional style blued-steel hands and aviator style crown. That combo looks inspired from Peter Speake Marin if you ask me.
The SpidoLite was followed-up with the SpidoSpeed Chronograph – which is the where you might recognize the case design of the SpidoLite II to have originated from. Though I believe the SpidoLite II is a bit thinner at 15mm thick and 44mm wide. The case is does in titanium and will initially be offered in two versions. One version will be naked titanium while the other version will be in DLC coated anthracite titanium. The case is water resistant to 100 meters.
The case is in steel, and rose gold toned in part, as well as black toned - likely being done with ion plating (IP). The case is 43mm wide and has a "destro" (lefty) style layout with the crown and the chronograph pushers on the left side of the case (as opposed to the right side of the case). Case is water resistant to 50 meters and has a mineral crystal. It wears big, especially with the size being 49mm wide when taking the crown into consideration. It is also quite tall from lug tip to tip. The dial is Bell & Ross-esque in terms of the numerals, while the hands are more simple aviator black and white rods. There is some luminant on the dial as well on the hands and hour markers. The simple lines and textures of the case and dial are contrasted with the crown and pusher tubes which have a grated textured on them.