Each year at Baselworld we like to sit with Omega watches CEO Stephen Urquhart to discuss the business, the brand, and overall what is new for 2013. This year Mr. Urquhart speaks with aBlogtoWatch about some interesting details regarding Omega's use of ceramic in their watches now and into the future, how features from the Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss anti-magnetic watch will make it into all Omega watches, and what he feels is the state of the timepiece industry. Overall a good conversation, and as always, feelings straight from the heart with a minimal level of PR gloss. Thanks again to Stephen and the overall team at Omega. omegawatches.com
This watch is still a concept, but it is a working one that could probably go into production soon (just don't expect it to come cheap). The unique thing about the MikroPendulumS is that it does away with hairsprings and instead uses magnetic pendulums to drive the watch's twin tourbillons. The movement is stunning to behold and it looks like an invisible force is powering the tourbillons.
>Model: T-Race Touch
>Would reviewer personally wear it: No, prefers other T-Touch models.
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: Someone in search of a multifunction watch that doesn't look like a graphing calculator
>Worst characteristic of watch: Plastic bezel and pushers
>Best characteristic of watch: Cheapest way to get your hands on a Tissot Touch type watch
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Dimensions (mm): 37*47*12,2
Materials: stainless steel
Finally, a helium release valve. This feature is strictly for professional divers who perform multiple dives in one day at saturation levels (also using oxygen/nitrogen mixtures to allow for longer dives) and thus need to enter decompression chambers at the end of their days. In these cases, the watch crystal may pop out unless the trapped helium has a way to escape. Working with COMEX, Rolex invented the automatic helium release valve we frequently now see in many dive watches.
It is pretty much common knowledge that products online are (at least today) less expensive that in many stores. But of course, that isn't always the case. You can also get used watches for less than new ones a lot. Again, this is obvious to most people. When it comes down to do it many really nice watch brands have priced themselves out of reach of normal people. That is just a fact. Having said that, there are some fantastic brands which are less expensive. So rather be upset over what you can't get right now, focus on the best of what you can afford and always keep that list around of what watches to buy if you get rich.
Gold Speedmaster Professional BA 145.022
Source: George Daniels Co-Axial Chronograph watch hands-on
Black has been done. We have PVD black, and DLC black, as well as black ceramic of course (and more black materials for cases). The black version of the Pontos S Extreme isn’t bad (and it is a limited edition), but if Maurice Lacroix is able to color the Powerlite material in unique ways, then black feels a bit like a missed opportunity. Blue on the other hand is quite cool.
While I wouldn't go as far as to call the Titanium Blue, Red, or Black Gold bargains, for those with the means they are interesting, distinct and very cool offerings from a noteworthy and innovative brand.
Romain Jerome's "DNA" watches have been inspired by fascinating events and achievements from human history, regardless of whether they happened on land, at sea or in the skies. What made the DNA watches famous is the fact that when making the case, the dial, or sometimes even the strap, they used materials closely related to these events. This made the stories feel much more tangible and helped to bring the concept to a more personal level. For the new "Tattoo-DNA" collection they spiced up this idea with a unique collaboration, as the brand worked together with Mo Coppoletta, founder of world-famous London-based tattoo studio The Family Business.