Perrelet is a brand that I think I am going to increase my coverage on. The brand has a very long history, but I am going to focus on their more modern offerings for the most part. Today I want to share with you their Jumping Hour watch. The design is really classy. With an avant garde circles withing circles look, and a resemblance to Jaquet Droz's designs that emphasize the seconds dial.
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In the 1970s watches like the Nautilus were ground breaking. They offered something you didn't see much of before. New styles of luxury sport watches. At high prices to match. I believe that the Nautilus is still one of the most expensive sport watches given what you get, but it is worth it. Not only are you getting something from the Patek Philippe brand, but also an in-house made movement, and world class Swiss watch finishing that really isn't beat anywhere else. You can view the movement through the sapphire caseback window with ease on the Jumbo version of the Nautilus watch, complete with Calatrava cross signed rotor.
Despite the unorthodox design of the case, the Cameo is still water resistant to 100 meters. No doubt the screw down crown and screw secured caseback assist this. I like knowing that I don’t need to be too delicate with the watch, as it is perfect for causal or formal wear. The rear of the watch features an exhibition caseback with a view into the moderately decorated movement. Perlage polishing coat some exposed parts of the movement, with cotes de Geneve polish is applied to the Temption signed rotor. A few nice details are included on the back — including the numbered watch as part of the 500 limited edition, as well as part of Temption’s design theory in Latin, “pulchritudo in claritate,” or “beauty and simplicity.” On the side of the case is a tiger's eye gem cabochon set in the crown.
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Here is a cool idea that is more than just a concept, but actually being done right now. Pictured above is the "Green Watch" and it is part of the la Montre Verte City Pulse project currently taking place in Paris France. It was started by the FING (Fondation Internet Nouvelle Generation) The project's goal is to create a system to measure air and noise pollution in urban centers, eventually learning how to create environmentally sustainable cities. There are currently three prototype Green Watches being worn that have air and noise sensors. The watches collect information and use a mobile phone that the wearer has to transmit information back for the database. What you get is map as seen below that measures in extreme detail the areas of the highest noise and air pollution in the city.
With a textured dial, more aggressive looks, and arguably similar avant grade nature, it takes the look a bit upmarket and make it relevant again. I think that other more interesting watches in the recent years have overshadowed potential interest in the classic Ventura watch. I think it was a good idea for Hamilton to focus on its heritage line. Inside the watch will again be an automatic ETA 2824-2 movement like the 50th Anniversary Ventura model. I expect prices to be between 00 - 00.
For a more sporty dad or grad, try out the Tissot T Race watch. Tissot is a great brand for a solid, democratically priced watches that last a long time. A watch like this would definitely transition from interview/boardroom to happy hour/sports night. And at 5, it really is a perfectly priced gift.
The watch case is about 53mm wide and 40mm tall, while being 16mm thick. The textured rubber strap is a massive 30mm thick. The watch case itself is black IP (ion plated), or satin finished steel, for the front and rear between a plastic section where the buttons are located. Most of the colored buttons (olive green in this instance) are plastic. The rubber strap is quite snugly attached to the case with the now popular hex screws to help add style. The Expedition WS4 is available in 6 fun colors, which is a nice option. Pictured is the all black model - which will no doubt be the major seller as it is the most neutral - but other color options are pretty nice looking (with yellow and orange being the loudest). You can almost think of these watches as being functional toys for adults - kids too, but around 0 might be a bit much for your 12 year old. While the strap is big and looks very tool-like, is comfortable and thin in depth. The buckle is thin and wide making it easy to strap on. Even on my less-than-giant hands, the instrument look of the watch is pretty neat looking. There are going to be a lot of people who are smitten by the accessible geek allure of this timepiece.
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There are also the redone metal bracelets. Still in titanium I believe, but plenty of steel versions as well. The Aquatimers used to have a very unique bracelet, and these new watch bracelets have a look that is much more mainstream. Did customers complain? Were the old bracelets no good? When I think about getting an IWC watch, I want something that stands out. For a few hundred bucks you can get a diving watch that has at least 70% of the looks of this new Aquatimer line. In my opinion, it should not be that way. Overall, I like most of what the new Aquatimer line has to offer, but I keep questioning if it is enough? Think about it, these are basically very high quality versions of a less mature look. Though perhaps during depressed economic times, IWC is simply turning to bright colors to heighten people's days.
The Tourbillon Steampunk Ala Grande really has no dial. Instead the watch has exposed springs and rods meant to remind you of a ship's engine room. This watch is for boating steampunk enthusiasts. Again, think of what the engine room on the titanic must have looked like. You have to admit the look of the face is pretty cool - though it is all for style. The large Roman numeral 12 doesn't really help much to tell the time. While the large hands are coated with Superluminova, you aren't going to be relying on this watch as your trusty timepiece for when you've downed too much Absinthe and are trying to figure out when you need figure out when the sun is coming up.
As you can see from the images, the Torpedo Pirata line uses a unique seven piece watch case. The idea is that over time the owner can alternate between materials to give the watch a different looks. Available materials include titanium, steel, bronze, and various shades of gold. A typical watch is made up of a mix of a few of them. If you look at the watch closely, you'll find all the nods to piratey ways. The dial is meant to resemble antique sea instruments, notable the compass. The chronograph pushers look like the tip of a blunderbuss gun or cannon muzzle. The grooved crown looks like a cannon ball or a navigational globe. Then you have the lugs which are meant to resemble the prow on a ship. Taken together, the rich design produces a lasting appeal to enthusiasts of historic boats as pirate tales alike.
See this Patek Philippe rose gold Jumbo Nautilus watch available on JamesList.com here.