One of four models in the collection, I chose the Jupiter to review. It reminds me of something you would see in the 70's; minimal lines coupled with a campy shade of green. The company website is clearly fashion-focused for the "responsible" city-dweller.
Parmigiani is perhaps most famous for its Bugatti watch, but beyond that, the brand actually has a very interesting, though brief, history. In this special feature, our contributor, David Bredan, spent six days with Parmigiani, learning more about their history and learning how they make watches. This is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most promising brands right now.
Electronic Movement: Movement by Halda Watch Co, caliber HR 2012-1 with a three axis accelerometer, a low power consumption microprocessor and a tailor made LCD display with LED backlight controlled by an automatic light sensor.
Harold F. from Mobile, Alabama, USA asks:
Source: aBlogtoWatch (Part 1), aBlogtoWatch (Part 2)
The humbly, yet implicatively titled Aviation collection possibly is the most widely recognized range of watches from Bell & Ross. With its debut in 2005 it not only helped to bring the brand to a much wider audience, but also to ultimately make watches inspired by aviation and instruments a more important trend in the watch world. The BR03 line of watches are part of the Aviation collection and today we are looking at a new and very limited piece called the BR03-51 GMT-TWG, sold exclusively by The Watch Gallery UK.
That makes sense, but Kelly does repeat that lowering costs is still a big part of the government's goal when it comes to the future of the space program. While he doesn't outright say it, I can tell that while he sees potential in private involvement aiding in innovation, there is also the problem of the profit motive. Will the lure of government contracts be enough? Will the bidding system result in simply getting the job done versus really pushing forward? It is hard to say. I've heard people say that if the government wanted to, it could bring back aerospace as a major employer and area of technological advancement in the United States by selectively funding research and those companies with the most promising projects. It has yet to be seen if that is what will happen. At the same time, companies such as those run by Elon Musk and Richard Branson which show promise and have the resources to actually build rockets that can go into space, are too few and far between at this point. Economically speaking, history has shown that if you want to push toward a very difficult goal and push the boundaries of what was thought possible, you need to (at least for the most part) eliminate the profit motive as a short-term goal. At least that is my opinion. Guys like Mark Kelly did amazing things, and I don't think he was in it to get rich. Well, at least rich enough to get a good watch.
Let's look at the headline features. It's a fully automated assembly-made mechanical movement composed of only 51 components, a 90 hour power reserve and a selling price of no more than 100 Swiss Francs. To those who go by other currencies, this translates into 105.50 USD, 81.20 Euro or 68.3 GBP.