While the 8X82 still has the "one-touch" operation that allowed for a remarkably easy use of the GPS function, it now also incorporates a 6 hour chronograph, a decision which necessitated the use of a tri-compax dial layout. It will take some extended on-the-wrist time to judge how the new watches perform in terms of readability and wearing comfort on a day-to-day basis, but what we can already say is that despite this modification, the dials on the Seiko Astron retained their superb three-dimensional look and depth. Speaking of aesthetics, let's see what else did Seiko manage to achieve during these two years since the Seiko Astron's 2012 debut.Read more ›
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1931 Chocolate Watch Review
It also comes in blue -
The Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication is a very difficult watch to understand both thematically and technically for those who aren't familiar with some of the key players in the watch industry. This is a product not born in a vacuum but rather inspired by the recent history of Van Cleef & Arpels as well being based on the talents of some key watch industry minds. Van Cleef & Arpels has another astronomically themed watch with a star chart which is more than likely still in the brand's collection known as the Midnight in Paris. Highly complex, I believe it is the product of the brand's ongoing relationship with designer Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. It is very easy to consider the Midnight in Paris as having inspired a follow-up astronomical watch with the much more complicated Midnight Planetarium - though Jean-Marc Wiederrecht did not have anything to do with it.Read more ›
For the most part, the Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon contains much of what we loved about the former models, but adds a lot. While the case is not as thick (14.45mm still), it still has a substantial feel to it with the hefty brushed rounded sides. At 45mm wide, it is still a large timepiece, but the lugs allow it to wear comfortably. The materials on the case and overall construction are really top notch.Read more ›
As the year was also the 50th anniversary for the brand's most popular model: the Carrera, a slew of new versions were also announced, including some with the new 1887 in-house movement as well as a reissued model in honor of the man who pretty much single-handedly created the Carrera: Jack Heuer, since the previous 80th anniversary limited edition model sold out immediately last year when it was introduced. To top all this, TAG Heuer also announced a brand new (completely in-house) column-wheel chronograph, the Caliber 1969, and a modern manufacturing facility in Chevenez that will allow them to create these movements in the quality and volume necessary to meet the demand for the popular brand.
The P.3000 is a basic time-only movement, but it does have a helpful feature up its sleeves. Pull the crown into the second position, and it lets you advance only the hours. This is useful if you find yourself traveling across timezones. This is actually a relatively rare complication. That said, the movement was never one of the PAM 372’s strong selling points as there are more advanced in-house Panerai movements out there. The P.3000 is about as basic as it gets... more »
Let's go through a little laundry list of features a sales person might rattle off when explaining the virtues of this objet horloger as he "white gloves" it to you and clasps it on your wrist. First of all, Blancpain is one of the Swatch Group's prestige brands, up there with the likes of Breguet. That means a long history, a brand that isn't going anywhere, and a name people know. I also happen to like that Jean-Claude Biver made the brand what it is today, before selling it to the Swatch Group - but that is a different story.Read more ›
Furthermore, it is one of few perpetual calendars that can be easily adjusted using the crown alone and allegedly without the need for reading instructions, because there are no restrictions for advancing the date forward or back, regardless of the time of the day.
Go ahead; take another look at the watch. Everything that's in orange relates solely to the chronograph; the central seconds, 30 minute register at 9 o'clock, and the start/stop pusher north of the crown. All in brightly contrasted orange, making it a cinch to hone in on the chronograph in a hurry.
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According to URWERK, the design inspiration behind the UR-105M series was armor. Medieval knights armor, that is, which is a bit strange, given how modern a timepiece such as this appears. Nevertheless, we will take their word for it, even though it feels like, given their logic, most URWERK watches have been inspired by armor. Which is actually OK, given that a suit of armor is a pretty nice metaphor for explaining the durability and strength of a watch. This is where I remind people not to use an URWERK watch as any type of shield or blunt object whatsoever.
The main problem with this automatic winding system was that it required someone to wear the watch constantly. It needed about 10 to 15 hours of motion to give it a full 24-hour wind. When I was a young watchmaker, my store was near a retirement home, and I would get many of the “senior citizens” automatic winding watches for service. I kept getting an unusual amount of watches coming back to me that weren’t keeping good time - some would come back several times. It finally occurred to me that the wearers of the watch weren’t active enough to give it a full days wind… as many were geriatric and just didn’t move around enough.Read more ›
The internal waiting list at Omega itself is about a year to buy the Dark Side Of The Moon black ceramic version of the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph. Hitting retailers at about the time we publish this post, it is going to be the hot Omega for a while. What is really impressive is that the ceramic case is polished to match the steel version of the watch in a fantastically satisfying manner. Sporty and modern, yet traditional and functional, the Dark Side Of The Moon is perhaps the most interesting member of the already interesting new Speedmaster collection with its in-house made Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph (reviewed here). Price is about ,000.
Ressence Type 3
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Speaking of planning, at the time of my visit, Michal and Igor were working on two separate projects. All orders are finalized through an extensive consulting period with the customer, as no two designs are alike and there virtually is an infinite amount of possibilities. One of the projects was the "reversed watch," seen just above. The idea basically is to feature the time indication on the back side of the movement and hence to have it installed with its original dial-side down, making for what is a so-called reversed watch. Seen on the image is the basic drawing, done by hand and the movement in progress, with its untreated, original brass color still visible.
Racing stripes are a curious thing, and have seen their share of success and utter failure in watch design. That actually goes with cars as well. Some automobiles have perfectly centered racing strips, and others have them off to a side. The Le Mans watch has both. The strap has a symmetrical stripe, while the stripes on the dial are off to the left. In reality, what you are seeing is just a dash of color, but it goes to show just how powerful color is in design - something that Maurice de Mauriac is well aware of.
The “group think” by watch lovers about quartz watches was (and is) that these preposterous pieces of plastic, metal, and batteries - by an amazing quirk of fate - were only worn by “geeks and losers.” It was like wearing socks and sandals! And to do so meant you lacked some level of taste and sophistication.Read more ›
The Gc-3’s bezel – which is very reminiscent of that of an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak – and the unusual shape of the case and crown guard, makes the whole watch look slightly larger than the dimensions would suggest. You could describe the Gc-3 as being a bit ‘bling,’ but this is largely down to Gc’s fashion heritage, and it certainly is not ‘too much’ – for me, at least.Read more ›