Like all Angular Momentum watches, inside the timepiece is a Swiss automatic mechanical movement, and the watch has a 3mm thick sapphire crustal over the dial. Not sure about the water resistant, but the watch should be based on the Angular Momentum Dive-Tec/500 (that I wrote about) that has 500 meters of water resistance. The Freehand TEC/A13 is after all, a diving watch in theme.
I don't intend to suggest the C600 is unattractive - far from it. But rather that its largely utility minded. Its composition and features are meant to suggest that it is capable of hard duty. The hands are almost whimsically large, and you don't often get that combination of lime green and black on a serious watch. Though the color differences are there for contrast, and you never (ever) lose sight of the hands when trying to read the watch.
Finally a boat themed watch that people will be comfortable using on a boat. Since its inception long ago, the IWC Portuguese watch was meant as a nautical companion. As its popularity and luxury level grew, so did people's reluctance to subject their beautiful IWC Portuguese watches to the elements. For for 2010 IWC has released a more sporty, but no less luxurious form of the Portuguese watch known and the Yacht Club Chronograph. It is instantly recognizable as a Portuguese but clearly has a nice sporty elegance to it. Not aggressive in anyway, but tastefully functional - exactly the reason people prefer Portuguese watches. Differences between the standard Portuguese watches and the Yacht Club are subtle, but apparently. Notably are the colorations on the dial, the luminant on the hands, and of course the rubber straps. The case has also been beefed up a bit and there are now crown guards and redesigned chronograph pushers. Case size is 45.4mm wide (about 14.5mm thick) and it is water resistant to 60 meters.
Headlining the collection is the new automatic model (with date). Not huge, but larger than classic standards are 38mmm wide. A very satisfying look with a nice modern feel and of course totally Max Bill. Then you have a slightly larger "Chronoscope" model at 40mm wide. This 12 hour chronograph (likely using a Valjoux 7750 movement or similar) dispenses with the seconds hand for a bi-compax look. The Chronoscope is also the most "instrument like" of the trio with full Arabic hour and minute numerals. This is really a beautiful model.
-The hour and power-reserve indications at 3 o’clock are engraved on the main plate
I am guessing that the movement is a modified Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750. Here they have it with a power reserve indicator. They call it their caliber 577. Attached to it they have a special palladium alloy and titanium automatic rotor. It would be wrong to call the dial skeletonized - because it isn't really. Or is it? There is a back plate in either black or silver, and skeletonized elements over it. The result is OK, nothing sublime, but less than boring. To be people like me used to seeing much more sophisticated stuff, it isn't that specials, but to people newer in the watch world, Cvstos watches probably look really cool.
Beat rate: 28,800 half-beats per hour,
Large balance wheel with a moment of inertia of 1.5 mg cm2 and variable inertia screws,
Balance bridge: fixed to two support points, stud held by two screws,
Protection device for limitation of the hairspring movement,
Escapement made of amagnetic silicium (Calibre 781)
Before you even begin to ask yourself the question, this is a woman's watch. Sure a guy can wear it. Take away the pink hands, and you pretty much have a men's watch. With a large 45mm wide black case, spiky looking bezel, and chunky look, nothing say's "chick" about it. Then again, it does have pink hands. This watch is part punk rock watch for women, and part "I want to wear my boyfriend's stuff" look. No one can deny that Rock Candy's "The Beast" is a very masculine watch. Good for the woman who wants a tough exterior look and is happily swept away by 'big watch trend' that exists for ladies as well. Rock Candy is a Hong Kong based fashion brand - done by another brand called Chouette. I don't know much about the two, but I understand that in Hong Kong, they are sort of a big deal.
Linde Werdelin Continues the anticipation up to the release of their graphic novel series called The Perfect Five. Here below is a brand new video teaser/intro into the world of the Perfect Five. Don't worry if it is a little bit confusing at first - that is the point. It is a mystery. You can read more about what the the Perfect Five is all about here when I originally discussed it.
In the world of limited edition Panerai watches there are cool ones and boring ones. This is one of the really cool ones. I also love that they all (limited to 100 pieces) sold out within one hour of being released. This is the Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 358, and was specially made for the Parisian high-end watch store Chronopassion. The PAM 358 is a pretty crazy watch. Water resistant to 2500 meters (over 8,000 feet), the watch is shaped like a diving vessel with a large rounded bottom. It is known as a "destro" model, or lefty model, because the crown is on the left side of the watch. It is really thick as well - even by Panerai standard. The case is 47mm wide in titanium with a special rotating diver's bezel that is in steel. This is one of the most coveted, ultimate Panerai dive watches out there.
Tick tick tick... makes you think of a quartz watch right? WRONG! Well, at least in this case. This fancy little Dutchman is a dead-beat watch. No that the type of dead-beat that won't pay child support, but rather a mechanical watch with a ticking seconds hand. The hell you say!? Yes, it is true, quartz watches didn't invent the ticking hand. In fact, for a long time the dead-beat seconds hand has a unique use for certain watch owners, and was in itself a novel complication just like a regulator or anything else. I actually think it is very cool, and dead-beat second watches have the advantage of allowing you to know exactly when a second hits, as opposed to judging the progress of a sweeping seconds hand. However, (you know this however) dead-beat seconds watches are rare because no one watches them confused with a quartz timepiece! Trust me, you spend ,000 and up on a dead-beat second watch, and you don't want people thinking you have merely a very pretty quartz timepieces.
I like Bertolucci watches mostly, they are nicely made and designed. Often with quartz movements, but good lookers for the fashion crowd. Though these watches are a bit to 'mouthy' for my taste. What they have done is create a looped bridge over the dial and separated the sapphire crystal into two pieces. Hard to do that and get good watch resistance still - expensive as well. Bertolucci feels that their Giro line (which includes most of these watches) is "casual chic." Perhaps it is more "gaping maw chic?"
Going back to the bracelet, you'll notice the use of what looks like tons of screws to hold it together. Feels like Invicta wanted to make a statement on how "this bracelet does not use pins!" Most of the Pro Diver watches have the diver's helmet logo, which is found on the end-links of the bracelet, as well as on the caseback of the watch. At 200 meters water resistant, the watch is suitable for enough diving duty. Invicta uses a lume called "Tritnite," which is probably not as good as SuperLumiNova, but should do the trick. There is enough lume on the dial for it to work out well for night viewing.