Different people buy watches for different reasons. I find that little fact very interesting. Fashion, function, formality, the list goes on... As a city dweller, I enjoy scoping out the types of watches people have on their wrists. It fascinates me as to what people choose. Especially the 30 under crowd who see watches more as fashion items, even though you see a lot of Rolex and Omegas. Each of these people will choose a watch that they can afford. So what "luxury" is will really depend on the person. As long as they want a "nice watch."
Last year's Transocean Chronograph came with Breitling's in-house Calibre 01 automatic movement. The three-hand Transocean from this year has their Calibre 01 automatic movement which I believe is a base ETA 2892. Prices for the Transocean watches range from about ,000 - ,000 and make for a very satisfying wearing experience.
Personally I love the size and would choose the BR 01 over a BR 03 any day of the week. Other equally educated people might say just the opposite. The steel case is PVD coated black and water resistant to 100 meters. The sapphire crystal is AR coated for viewing ease. More little touches like the grating texture on the screw-down crown with engraved Bell & Ross logo are welcome bits. The large flat watch sits very comfortably on the wrist, which also means that while it is large, it won't slide around.
Since they omit the usual case back specs, I'll tell you them here:
- 316L stainless steel case
- Water resistant to 100m (even with the non-screwdown crown)
- ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW200 (2824 clone) movement, also available in quartz
- SuperLuminova hands and indices
- List price 332 pounds UK for non-EC buyers, about 6 as of today.
For those like me who need a little art in their lives daily, you'll have no problem finding many watches that move you just like a masterpiece in paint.
The concept of the collection is "Les Voyages." In all there are maybe a dozen limited edition pieces - though a few seem to have differing names, the classification system confuses me a bit. Most come in something like sets of 22 pieces. There is one set that comes together as 4 pieces and retails for 5,000. This includes the four watches and a special presentation box that is a piece of art unto itself. Each year Van Cleef & Arpels makes boxes such as this. They very high quality and made from a combination of woods with inlays such as mother of pearl. The box has places for all four of the watches along with little windows to see them while the box is closed.
Looking at these pictures I've taken make me feel as though I did a good job with the photography. Though in reality I want to credit the watches as much as my camera. The design offers a lot of beautiful real estate for polish, generous curves angles, and compelling color contrasts. All the elements on the dial and movements are clear and visible. In fact, the whole concept of the dial is to bring the balance wheel to the front. Not only that, but the design of the movement has been able to separate the anchor and escapement wheel from the balance. There are right there on the dial like there were meant to be there all along. Seeing their constant movement is a pleasure, and something one cannot at all gleam from seeing still images of the Legacy Machines 1 watches.
Here are some nice looking and very inexpensive Italian watches from Fullspot. Certainly designer, certainly fashion-y, certainly the opposite of most of what you have in your collection. But actually quite fun. How cheap? Not really sure to be honest as there seems to be two prices. The brand's US site wants per watch, while the Fullspot's Italian site (both have e-commerce components) wants .35. With shipping I am not sure how much they are. So, it is either of the two.
Casing diameter: 26 mm
Dial indication: Central hours & minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock
The Elite movement is used in the lower-cost watches; chronographs have more parts and cost more. I quite the Elite Captain in gold:
Ferrari is notoriously picky in the items they allow to have their name on it. Cabestan originally didn't expect for the project to go through - but the design and base watch impressed the Ferrari people enough to green light the project. As you can see on the rear of the watch, it is limited to 60 pieces. That isn't very many watches and Cabestan reportedly doesn't even know who most of the owners are as most were sold through Ferrari to customers directly. I am pretty sure you needed to have a Ferrari car to even be considered to buy one of these. Price wise it is actually like having a Ferrari on your wrist.
Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 71 here.
While I anticipate there to be a range of Bulova Branson watches coming, the first is a rather sober limited edition traveler's watch. It is called the Bulova Accutron Sir Richard Branson Limited Edition watch and comes in a 46mm wide titanium case. Bulova isn't being very clear on what movement it has exactly, but it is a Swiss automatic with a GMT hand. Likely a 2893 if I had a guess. Bulova further COSC Chronometer certifies its. The watch also has an inner rotating bezel with a city indicator that can be used to tell the time all over the world in collaboration with the GMT hand (if the GMT has is set to synchronize with your local time). This makes for a rather decent traveler's watch (but it is hardly unique).
The belle of the ball is a Breguet silver carriage clock with 10 complications (grande sonnerie striking; petite sonnerie striking; alarm; perpetual calendar; days of the week; date; months; years, moon phases and equation of time), sold to the Marquise de Béthisy on May 6th, 1878. Only eleven Breguet clocks of this type are known to exist, and this is the most complicated example (lot #356), the only one with a quadruple digital perpetual calendar. Antiquorum estimates the final price for this piece to be CHF 150'000 - 200'000. I can easily see this clock hitting or beating that range. Fine complicated clocks appear to be exceedingly rare compared to wristwatches. And this clock’s feature list reads like a who’s who of high-end complications. The only downside? The luck high-bidder won’t be able to impress his friends by wearing it to dinner, peaking out from under a French cuff.
Possibly the most unique Dragon watches for collectors are going to be the fully decorated Piaget Protocole XXL Dragon watch with a dial and bezel that has one continuous dragon motif. On this pieces the dragon seems to be holding some type of diamond covered basket ball or something. There will also be interesting Altiplano Tourbillon Dragon Pocket watch. Likely a favorite among the style-conscious, the pocket watch will have a square case and tourbillon movement. On the dial side will just be a Chinese character for dragon and the tourbillon window. The bezel will be lined with two rows of diamonds. Turn the pocket watch over and you'll see a fully details caseback painted in grand feu enamel of a dragon cupping the tourbillon. Each of the above watches are in 18k rose or white gold and most models have diamonds (all of the pictured ones do). This is going to be an interesting year at Piaget boutiques and retailers in China.
For the last few years we have gotten a new Tissot T-Touch style watch each year. Last year it was the Tissot Sailing-Touch, and for 2011 it will be the Racing-Touch (Racing T-Touch). Here is a sneak peak as what Tissot's new T-Touch model will be all about.
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Buckle: Folding clasp in black PVD-coated steel
Date : Large date, retrograde three-dimensional tens, pivoting Precise guidance of the height of the tens hand with a ruby bearing Patent applied for.