In commemoration of Singapore’s 50th year of independence, Ball has released a special limited edition watch based on its very popular Fireman Night Train model called the Fireman Night Train SG50 Limited Edition. There are a few interesting thing about this watch for Ball fans. Firstly, this is the first time Ball has used micro gas tubes arranged to form letters of the alphabet; secondly, this watch also holds the record for most number of micro gas tubes used in a Ball Watch. If these details intrigue you, then hit the link below for an in-depth review of the watch.
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Tomorrow on May 2, 2015, world boxing champions Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will fight in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand - and you know the luxury industry will be there too. Hublot's tenacity in working with a range of sports that the more conservative Swiss watch industry has traditionally shunned continues to pay off, and today, Hublot gifted a unique watch to Floyd Mayweather and also announced that the champ will be wearing the Hublot logo on his trunks during the fight - apparently, the first time Mayweather has ever worn a company image or name in such a way.
Visually, what makes the Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio PAM604 unique is the lovely engraving all over the case and crown. This is really where the artistic value of the watch shines - but more on that in a moment. The Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio PAM604 really begins with the brand's seminal case and dial design from the mid 1930s that it produced for timepieces in collaboration with Rolex. To this day, the Radiomir case is incredibly attractive, and personally, still my favorite Panerai case offering.
A lot of that consumer resentment is founded in logic and in some way is amplified when things appear on the outside to be "excessive." Many people reason that "even if I save up for an Apple Watch Edition in gold, Apple will still release a new version of the Apple Watch down the road and I'll be pressured to upgrade like everyone else." The sentiment is that the Apple Watch Edition is a bad value, because it is likely to be an investment that does not appreciate or sustain. Frankly, that is beside the point when it comes to the Apple Watch Edition's primary demographic, but let's talk about this for a bit.
After delving into watches more and understanding the intricacies of haute horology, I am now drawn to more complicated and slimmer watches. If I were to be asked to name my 'grails' I would rank them as follows:
Grand Seiko GMT for an everyday modern watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak for an everyday classic watch
Harry Winston Opus 3 for the ultimate in watch making
Ulysse Nardin Freak for the ultimate dress watch.
HYT is one of the most exciting brands to pop onto the haute horology scene in recent years and that is mainly because of the brand’s unique selling proposition of using liquid to tell time. The new HYT H4 is essentially a mashup of the brand’s previous watches. It is an H1 with a skeletonized movement inside the case of a HYT Skull. Regardless of the elements that make up the H4, it has a special red-colored liquid and a high-tech 3DTP carbon case and just looks cool, in our books.
Unless you have been living under a huge rock, chances are you would have heard that Apple recently had an event where they announced more details, including pricing and availability, about their new Apple Watch. This is the first all-new Apple device since the iPad and it is expected to fly off shelves when it is finally released next month. Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch and its price is in the link below.
In December 2014 we held one of our major holiday giveaways of a Tudor Heritage Chrono watch sponsored by TrueFacet. We had an aBlogtoWatch review of the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue watch here. The giveaway winner was David M., and he was nice enough to follow up with this watch winner review:
The gold-toned hands, matching the tan color lume, sandwiched between the black dial planes makes for an extremely classic look. Especially when the dial is wonderfully symmetrical with just the hour and minute hands. This is the dress equivalent of a sports watch. Panerai even uses their plexiglass crystal versus sapphire - which, while more delicate, is traditional, and does add a certain warmth absent from the pure clarity of sapphire crystals.
The Frédéric Jouvenot Sîn watch enters that extremely limited group of independent timepieces that try and find new ways to animate and display astronomical indications. To do that, it takes inspiration from none less than Sîn, the Mesopotamian god of the moon. Let's take a look at some of the key details of this unusual piece, which will debut at Baselworld 2015.
As mentioned above, the watch, conceived as a limited edition of 11 pieces, was to be a round timepiece with a hand-wound movement featuring hours, minutes, and seconds indications, and a one-minute tourbillon. While the approach is meant to be relatively pure, its result is nonetheless a complex-looking watch with a complicated dial that proudly showcases a variety of design elements and finishing techniques.
As we neared our dive site the waves grew larger and the current stronger. This was my second day of diving and the boat crew felt the conditions were too strong to moor on a wreck. Instead, we would be drift diving. The boat would attempt to hold a position up-current from a series of wrecks and, using the current for transport, we would try and visit as many sites possible before our air supplies forced our ascent.
The matte black color and texture of the Rolex Yacht-Master bezel is echoed on the dial - which again is very rarely matte on a modern Rolex sports watch. This makes for a cool look that is both a bit more legible and aggressive looking than the slightly glossy Rolex Oyster sport watches we are used to. Of course, with the 116655 Rolex Yacht-Master the hands and hour markers are in 18k Everose gold and polished - which gives the watch that real "Rolex character." It also happens to look nothing like all currently available Rolex Oyster sport watches - not to mention other Rolex Yacht-Master timepieces. For this reason alone, I think watch lovers will take keen interest in the Rolex Yacht-Master 116655.
Olio was first introduced to me in a conversation with a venture capitalist who said, "there is someone I want you to meet who is working on a high-end smartwatch up in San Francisco." As soon as I learned that said individual was near Silicon Valley and not in Switzerland, I was immediately intrigued. The definition of "high-end smartwatch" in California certainly differs from what it means in Geneva. I'd venture a guess that the former implies some proficient level of functionality and engineering, whereas the latter all to frequently implies a chic design with gold, and sometimes diamonds. So my mind was open and all I knew was that someone would eventually be reaching out to me from a company call Olio.
The point of all this? Despite the centuries-old history of watchmaking, having intelligently designed and sized hands remains a challenge for some brands – you know who you are – even when it comes to ordinarily shaped (i.e. round) watches: the hands are often much too small, failing to reach their respective tracks on the periphery of the dial. When it comes to oval or square shaped watches, however, the challenge is exponentially greater, as when one designs the hands to be just long enough for the shorter side, they are still too small for the longer end – and when done vice versa, the hands are too long for the narrower part.
The Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta Les Voiles de St. Barth Limited Edition watch will only be available for sale in the Americas, which includes North America, South America, and the Caribbean. Unlike some of the more niche-appeal regatta watches out there the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta is a relatively straight-forward timepiece with versatile use. Rather than a dedicated countdown timer style chronograph popular among some regatta watches, the Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta has a traditional chronograph, but one that happens to measure up to 24 hours. Actually, that is not entirely correct, because while the chronograph is operating, there is a way to use it as a countdown timer as well. This is via a clever design of the right subdial which operates at the chronograph minutes tracker. Rather than a hand it uses a disc. Read the outside of the chrono minutes subdial and you read minutes counting up until 60. Read the inside disc and you'll read the minutes counting down.
Jaeger-LeCoultre doesn't stop there! Let me next talk about a "hidden" complication which is the stop seconds feature (hacking seconds) designed to make it easy to set the time precisely. Pulling out the crown of the movement resets the seconds indicator disc but allows the minute hand to continue moving. The idea is to allow you to set the time as precisely as you can without having to wait. Most people don't even know that the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 has a seconds hand reset feature. The dial also contains a date window located at 3 o'clock - which is useful but the least "interesting feature."
There is a modern design to the Tudor North Flag that I like. It is as though they combined the modern feel of the Tudor Pelagos with the retro military feel of the Tudor Ranger (seen in the hands on the dial). While none of the design elements of the Tudor North Flag are inherently original, it is a nice design curation by Tudor. We don't have all the tech specs yet, but the case is 40mm wide in steel. The North Flag name is part of a North Pole theme and surviving in cold temperatures... probably a good idea for those who have had to live New York or otherwise on the north east coast of the US this winter.
Zenith are making the most of their 150th anniversary, and the Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition is the latest celebratory piece to be revealed by the brand. Although the marketing material focuses on Zenith's entire history, the truth is that the Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition pays homage to a development made 46 years ago when Zenith released the world's first integrated chronograph calibre.