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Instead of a standard dashboard clock, the Bugatti Galibier will feature a removable Parmigiani tourbillon clock/watch. I actually had to rewrite part of this article before posting it as I just learned more about the watch Parmigiani released a bit more details about. Previously I thought that the tourbillon watch would be some type of modified Parmigiani Type 370. Bugatti wasn't being clear as to what Parmigiani watch it will be, but it turned out not to be the Parmigiani Bugatti Type 370 Centenaire watch. This timepiece has been around for a while (since 2004) and has always been connected with Bugatti. Seen here is the newest version that comes in gold or platinum and has an engraving pattern all over the same meant to look like the famous tightly woven metal of the Bugatti 'gravestone' looking grill.
Two models of the watch will see the light of day early in 2010. In the "suede brown" color and in the "PAN AM blue." I think my descriptions match the tones pretty well - certainly reminiscent of the times. While I mentioned that the new Silverstone models are modernized, Tag Heuer actually did a lot to ensure that it would be hard to tell the difference if you sat them side by side with the originals. Efforts were taken to ensure the dimensions where the same, and little things like the pushers stayed true to the original. The watch is unique for having the watch crown on the left side of the case, and the chronograph pushers on the right side of the case. I think some of the Monaco models did that as well. By the way, the "Silverstone" name refers to a racing circuit in England.
The automatic movement is the 2893 calibre from ETA, which gives the watch part of its name. It is a variant of the infamous 2892 and has 21 jewels, a power reserve of roughly 41 hours, and the usual incabloc anti-shock system. It is quite thin at 4,1mm, so the GMT Instrument remains about as thick as the basic BR-01 92. Because of its relatively low profile, this large square watch fits well on an average seven to eight inch wrist.
First of all, I am a big fan of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie watch and the accompanying set. I discussed it at length here when going over the announcement of the Hybris Mechanica. Once again, it is the current most complex watch in the world, comes in a limited edition of just 30 sets, and will cost over .5 million. Recently Jaeger-LeCoultre has unveiled the watch itself and the uber display box (the safe), they have also opened a dedicated website to showcase just what the Hybris Mechanica set is all about, focusing of course on the Grande Sonnerie. You can check out the site here. The site is very nice looking and gives you lots of nice little details about the watch that you'd otherwise miss by just looking at it. However, the site is not easy to navigate - another victim of form over function. Just look out for the easy to miss "X" button on the upper right hand corner when you want to go back to the previous page (welcome to a Flash-based nightmare). I am of the firm belief that watch companies will NEVER learn to make websites that they intend anyone to actually enjoyably use. And as I say this, I am speaking also directly to you people at Richemont Group (owner of Jaeger-LeCoultre)!
See this Richard Mille Automatic Extra Flat RM 016 watch in white gold on James List here.
Learn more about the Suunto Elementum Aqua Watch (and other Elementum models) at Suunto’s special dedicated Elementum website here.
I don't think that the popular Valjoux line of movements will stop being used, in fact I think they will be used quite a bit, but expect to see new Valgranges watches in many of the watches that will be coming out - already a good deal of watches have the Valgranges movements that have been out for a little while. Let's look over the new movements.
See this JG1060-20 watch at Jorg Gray here.
Now that Swarovski is branching out into watches, though, they seriously need to improve their website. They have such an enviable product, with great name recognition, that they need to position themselves more as a luxury item.
Lots of interesting little details highlight the nautical theme of the watch. The small seconds hand has a compass like style, and the gold colored hour and minute hands add to this theme. The distinctive style of the hands is also present in a compass like relief on the black face of the watch. One problem I noticed after using the watch for a few days is that the gold colored hands are hard to read on the black face in bright sunlight. There's also no lume whatsoever, so as far as legibility goes the watch doesn't score top points. Still, under normal conditions its perfectly fine and certainly not bad enough to be annoying. On the chapter ring is a tachymiler instead of a tachymeter. I'm guessing this ties in with nautical miles. On the back of the watch, you can see the balance wheel of the movement trough a little porthole. A map of the world's oceans finishes the nicely detailed steel back.
It goes without saying that a watch like this in made in a very high quality and hand made. The 39mm wide gold case is done in a beautiful mix of polishes. Price is high, very high, less that Mr. Prescher's most ornate creations in the Thomas Prescher line up that are in the half million dollar range. Those are admittedly more mechanically complex, and I hear that the Tempusvivendi Qatar watch is in the ,000 - ,000 range.
One of the things I talked about with the other Vulcain Diver X-Treme regarded the alarm. Well I am not sure if enhancements have been made or Vulcain is simply discussing it more openly, but the case of the new Automatic limited edition X-Treme is specially made in a few layers of metal to help enhance the sound of the alarm specifically so that it can be heard underwater. Basically they claim that the three layers of steel and titanium make it possible to hear the alarm underwater down to 100 meters. Not sure if there is a difference in acoustics in the water at 100 meters or 10 meters, but it s a pretty good thing to know about a diving watch with an alarm. Remember to SURFACE!