While it might be interesting to know the alignment of planets, it doesn't really do us any good above trivial knowledge. Planetarium watches are also notoriously difficult and complicated to adjust properly, and if your watch stops, chances are that you won't be qualified to reset all discs properly yourself. Because of this, most people with planetarium watches aren't even looking at anything accurate. Plus, even amateur astronomers would use more precise digital instruments to view this type of data if they really needed to know where to look for Saturn tonight.
Did you know that like Omega, Breguet makes use of Liquidmetal? The special technology was purchased by Omega (via the Swatch Group) a few years ago for the production of bezels and dials. In the case of the Classique La Musicale 7800, Liquidmetal is used inside of the watch to create a better resonance system for the musical alarm function. Liquidmetal is apparently used in the production of the metal membrane which works with a series of blades that create the music box-style function inside of the watch. The tune is Bach if you didn't notice.
That is a compliment that any young watch brand would like to have, and for the Ivresse, Badollet certainly deserves it.
A two-part question. If money were no object which single watch would each member of the aBlogtoWatch team own? If money were tight and you had only 00 to spend, which watch would you own?
Greubel Forsey produces many watches that are a close neighbor to million, proving themselves to be harsh mistresses. As unattainable as she is in this shiny black dress, this black titanium piece of horologia did steal my heart when spending just a few romantic moments together at SIHH 2013. Is it but a mere horological flirt? Perhaps my tastebuds should have never been exposed to this type of rich flavor? Am I doomed forever to see anything but the very top tier of timepieces as lust-worthy? I don't know. I still have a sensible side that gets excited about a new cool Casio watch, but that doesn't change the fact that nothing inside of me is absolutely repulsed at the idea that in some universes, spending the wealth required to purchase something like a Greubel Forsey watch, is acceptable.
The 42mm wide case is given wide lugs for an ample wrist stance. The size feels good and wears larger than say a traditional Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or Patek Philippe Nautilus. The bezel with its polished Maltese Cross-like design will either appeal to you or distract you. The case is actually very nicely made. Good detailing with a lot of wonderful beveling and finishing. It isn't just attractive but on the wrist it is comfortable. Kudos to Vacheron Constatin's refinement department (I would really love it if that existed).
Necessary Data >Brand: Omega >Model: 22.214.171.124.06.002 Aqua Terra GMT >Price: 36,000 >Would reviewer personally wear it: I can't afford it, but were one magically to appear; yes, I sure would. >Friend we'd recommend it to first: The wealthy banker who travels frequently >Worst characteristic of watch: Hard to read at night >Best characteristic of watch: The movement.
Let me state now that the Rolex Submariner is not the most expensive, most durable, most complicated, or best looking high-end dive watch around. There are dozens of more expensive steel sport watches, and tons that can take much more of a beating. Rolex is also known for making very good, but simple movements (for the most part). Rolex mechanical movements have a reputation for being rather accurate, long-lived, and easy to work on. Many of the watch makers that I've spoken to voice positive sentiments in working on Rolex movements. Still, servicing a mechanical watch is not all that cheap.
Previous to this, the only cheaper mechanical watches I can think of are the Seiko 5's and many Chinese watches. The Swatch however is 100% Swiss made, which is cool for those who find that label important.
Eventually, I came to approve of and even greatly desire one, then two, and later, more Rolex watch models. What really changed my perception of Rolex was being able to survey the competition. My status as a watch writer and expert affords me the opportunity to handle over 1,000 watches per year. I've reviewed a lot of watches and can say for sure that Rolex does a lot of things the very best. You also can't deny the communicative power a Rolex watch has when saying something about your status, wealth, and taste. None of it may be true, but years of work have given Rolex wearers a pretty good personality edge. Even people who think buying a Rolex is too easy a way of showing actual or apparent wealth can usually only fault the wearer and not the watch. I've come to find that a Rolex watch is infrequently a bad choice.
The Fastrider Black Shield (ref 42000) is powered by the Tudor calibre 7753, an automatic chronograph movement based on an ETA 7753, with 27 jewels and a power reserve of 46 hours. The crown and chronograph pushers are done in steel with a black PVD treatment. The Black Shield offers a total chronograph measure of twelve hours, a date display at 4:30, and is water resistant to 150 meters.
I did play with the minute repeater myself and found that it works nicely. Another welcome feature in the minute repeater mechanism is the addition of a silent flywheel. This means that when the minute repeater is activated there isn’t the typical humming sound of the regulator – at least that is the idea. The in-house made movement is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback window, and exhibits a typically high level of fit and finishing by the brand. It is the caliber PF357 manually wound movement that operates as 21,600 bph. The power reserve is 72 hours and the minute repeater has two gongs.
This automatic version is called the Galet Classic Micro-Rotor. It actually exists as a lower-price alternative to the tourbillon (go figure). While I prefer an automatic movement, I actually prefer the dial of the Double Balance Spring Tourbillon. The Micro-Rotor's dial is a bit more 1950s-1960s, but you do get Ferrier's signature long and thin hour markers and hands, as well as subsidiary seconds dial. The movement is called the FBN caliber 229.01. Aside from the solid gold micro-rotor, its most notable feature is the use of a double balance spring.
Inside the Oris Air Racing Edition III watch (ref. 735 7641 4794) is a base Sellita SW220 automatic movement which offers the time, day, and date. Oris will produce 1000 pieces of this watch at the not-too-bad price of 1,500 Swiss Francs. oris.ch
Cars Change, Watches Don’t: Looking At Cadillacs & Rolex Over The Years
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Cars Change, Watches Don’t: Looking At Cadillacs & Rolex Over The Years
Not exactly elegant, the dial of the Kantharos is however cool in that "Claret weird" sort of way. There is a ton of horological street cred in a watch like this. Claret can more or less design it to look however he wants because his movements are so cool and I highly admire his modern approach to making watches. The almost controversial oddity of the watch appeals to me in that it isn't trying to attract any part of the mainstream. Christophe Claret loves making high-end mechanical toys (that tell the time), and his passion is all about the movements. The style of the Kantharos reflects his own personality and ambitions to modernize and keep fresh the honestly antiquated art of watchmaking. We will get a hands-on look at the Kantharos watch soon. Retail price will start at 96,000 Swiss Francs.christopheclaret.com