"Aesthetically and in suppleness and comfort, it resembles a rubber strap, while its resistance is comparable to that of a metal bracelet. The bracelet attaches to the watch case and the Oysterlock safety clasp by a flexible titanium and nickel alloy metal blade. The blade is overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer which is particularly resistant to environmental effects, very durable and perfectly inert for the wearer of the watch. For enhanced comfort, the inside of the Oysterflex bracelet is equipped with a patented longitudinal cushion system that stabilizes the watch on the wrist. The bracelet is fitted with an 18 ct Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening."
I say that to comment on the fact that the market for watches like this is complicated and highly competitive. For me, Oris is all about making great sports watches. aBlogtoWatch's Matt Diehl recently reviewed the Oris John Coltrane, which is another dress watch alluding to a side of Oris I don't personally pay much attention to. This is why it is good to offer a diversity of opinion on the site, because what might not interest me might be right up your alley. For some people, the Oris 110 Years Limited Edition might be perfect.
Hamilton Powell: Ever since I was a kid, I can remember my dad wearing a classic Rolex Datejust. I was always fascinated with it. Unique/interesting watches come through our door every day – so I feel as though my watch passion is always evolving.
Now, back to the watch. On the wrist, the 108g Detroit Watch Company Pride of Detroit Aviator wears a bit larger, due to the 44mm diameter as well as 12mm height. In some ways, you could think of how it wears in terms of a dive watch, more than in regards to how an aviator watch would normally wear. In other words, this is a bold yet subtly styled watch that does not disappear on the wrist. Speaking of styling, take a look at the handset used. To my eyes, it is a cross between a sword-style and fountain pen nib, and gives something I have not seen before (it's a shame the lume strip does not fill the whole gap, though). On the seconds hand, you have the Olde English 'D' showing up, mirroring the one found at the top of the dial, kicking off the minimal text.
Matt Smith-Johnson: With the ZOT, it was the bright colours and Silberstein-esque design for sure… That watch had a huge impact on my life, as I’m a very visual person. Even if you look at the branding for Teenage Grandpa, or on my personal website, its influence on the colour scheme and overall appearance should be apparent.
As I said, the base Eterna Caliber 39 works as it is, no modifications are needed. Therefore, what you see above is the most basic version of all: the hand-wound iteration, with just a top plate with swirling stripes added for decoration and to cover up the excess space underneath.
ABTW: What would you tell watch lovers in other cities that watch lovers in Carmel like?
Yes, there is a power reserve indicator on the dial, and I find them extremely useful (if not downright necessary) on watches that are manually wound. What I am talking about, however, is the length of the power reserve, which totals about seven days. That is one full week of power reserve. Why was this important to me? Because I don't wear the same watch all the time and it was fantastic to leave the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar for a few days and come back to find that the power reserve indicator hand hadn't even dipped below the halfway mark.
Let me stop here for a moment and remind you that Bremont is an independently owned brand. They are not an internet-based startup, nor are they part of a large industry conglomerate. They are producing watches in serious volume at a level unparalleled by any other independent and are less than a decade old. They have a real footprint, with production facilities and brand boutiques (their first North American boutique is opening in New York City in April of 2015), and aren’t being funded or supported with the billions of dollars and resources available to nearly every other significant brand in their segment. Furthermore, they are telling their own story, without any heritage or history (manufactured or otherwise). This is an uphill battle, a tremendous undertaking, and in my opinion, Bremont is squarely on the path.
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.
Some readers on aBlogtoWatch often get irritated when I write about weird watches that don't suit their particular conservative tastes. No, the point of aBlogtoWatch isn't just to write about timepieces I think you'll want to buy all the time. Instead, we cover things that are exciting, buyable, notable, or otherwise discussion worthy. If I was reading this site and liked watches, I'd be pretty darn happy to be reading about the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watches because I find it is interesting and entertaining that they even exist. Watches are a hobby and a passion, and at the end of the day, a pleasant (and hopefully meaningful) distraction. To be entertained is part of that, so for those of you who are confused by the sometimes odd stuff I write about – I thank for you letting me share odd stuff with you.
I prefer F.P. Journe watches where the time is indicated in the center of the dial, as opposed to an off-centered indicator. So I am additionally happy that the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel was designed with the time in the center. The windows for the calendar indicators are logical and easy to see, but also symmetrical. All of this together makes the dial both attractive and useful. And on top of all that, the watch dial is still unique and interesting. The internal bezel plate that is screwed on the dial creates a distinctive look and separates the inner dial from the outer dial that has the hour indicators.
Really, disco ball? Well, that is what I am calling it. Jacob & Co. claims that the spherically cut diamond uses an exclusive cutting process debuted by Jacob & Co to cut a diamond with 288 facets. This round diamond is supposed to represent the moon - which makes me wonder what "night life" would be like on your planet if our moon was actually a large disco ball too. While the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon movement looks and sort of feels like it offers astronomical complications - it really only does so in concept. This is really a movement made for viewing pleasure, versus strict functionality - and in that, it succeeds.
Unlike some other athletes whose personalities form more "PR friendly" images for brand ambassadorships, folks like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are complicated people whose histories are not uncommon in the world of professional boxing. Nevertheless, both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are masters of the sweet science, and it will be interesting to see their fight, even into what is now the twilight of each boxer's career, now 38 years old and 36 years old, respectively.
To explain the reasoning behind that unusual name, we have to briefly discuss the interesting way Porsche Design used to operate. For the past four decades, the company had 15 to 20 year-long contracts with watch manufacturers – notably (after working for a few years with Orfina), with IWC between 1977 and 1997, and with Eterna between 1997 and 2012. When that collaboration with Eterna ended, Porsche Design decided to follow its own route and not go into another 15-20 year long licensing agreement with an external manufacturer.
If you like the look of the 2015 limited edition Grand Seiko 62GS case and want something a bit more interesting (or light weight), then you can opt for the Grand Seiko 62GS models with caliber 9R65 Spring Drive movements (mechanical watch with a special quartz regulation system for enhanced accuracy) with 72 hours of power reserve. These are extremely pleasant on the wrist in the 40mm-wide titanium cases and add a power reserve indicator to the dial, thanks to the movement. Accuracy goes up to a deviation of about one second or less per day. For these Grand Seiko 62GS Spring Drive watches, you can opt for the SBGA125 with textured cream dial or the SBGA127 with the metallic blue dial.
In the case of the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph, less is certainly more. The aesthetic is clean and direct. Single black lines to mark the hours and minutes, while parallel lines mark the even hours. The three sub-dials are decorated with tall, slim Arabic numerals and are located towards the centre of the dial at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. Unusually, the 9 o'clock sub-dial is actually a GMT dial, not an hour counter as one might expect.
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The left hand side of the highly asymmetrical Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 6 dial is, of course, dominated by the triple-axis tourbillon, hidden under what appears to be a bulbous sapphire crystal and an arched bridge securing the entire mechanism. It's a speedy beast too: the innermost carriage that contains the balance wheel and escapement pinion has a 45-second rotation cycle, the intermediate carriage has a 75-second rotation cycle, while the outer carriage takes 300 seconds to make a full rotation. The least common multiple of those figures is 900, which means that it takes as much as 15 minutes for the balance wheel to return to its original position. In other words, the balance wheel takes up the same position only four times every hour.