The Miyota 9015 movement is a 4 Hz automatic with hand-winding and a hacking seconds hand.. It has the potential to really fill in the gap where ETA movements used to go now that ETA is severely restricting sales of their movements to brands outside of the Swatch Group. The 9015 represents a high quality Japanese alternative mechanical movement that still isn't too expensive for watches that are ,000 and under. I heard that until recently Miyota wasn't selling too many 9015 movements, but that the doors have opened up a bit more now. What is means for you is that you can get a decent mechanical watch for a reasonable price and not have too much ETA-envy.
OI: Good question. Yes I already have an idea about a mechanism where I found a A.Manzoni & Fils patent, dating back to 1892. It has to do with a repetition mechanism, but I do not want to reveal much more just yet. And of course we want to redo table clocks with the 8 day power reserve mechanism that I discovered….
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If there was such a thing as a "pedestrian watch" at A. Lange & Sohne then it would surely be one of their "more basic" watches priced under ,000 like this 1815 Up/Down. Anything over that simply could not be considered "ordinary." There of course is jest in my words as A. Lange & Sonhe is among the most exclusive high-end brands in the world that given their volume (about 5,000 or less watches a year) produce the nicest movements around. Turn over one of their watches - ideally a chronograph, and you'll see what the fuss is all about.
Last, are the more "showy" Rolex watches. These are the more "blingy" versions with diamond decoration and/or fully made from precious metals such as 18k yellow, rose, or white gold... or platinum. These models exist in the other Rolex watch families, but are factory decorated by Rolex to be much more of a status symbol than a handsome everyday timepiece. Often times, people who come into a lot of money, land a huge business deal, or simply want to show off wealth prefer a model such as this. Consumers should be careful when buying pre-owned in this category, because many of them are aftermarket creations (such as diamond setting) versus those fully made by Rolex. Trust us that Rolex offers more than a generous selection of "factory" bling versions of their products. The options are staggering, with countless variations and levels of diamond decor mixed with different types of precious metal cases... more »
I feel that there is a bold and yet thoroughly planned concept behind continuing this cooperation. First of all, Eminem with 13 Grammy awards, one Oscar and over 70 million sold records is among the most successful in his field. He also is one of those stars who have been in the 'industry' for quite some time now (about 15 years and counting), and while he spends less and less time in the spotlight, his fan base remains as widespread and strong as ever. G-Shock is surprisingly similar in a few interesting ways, notably how it not only skyrocketed to become globally popular, but also how it managed to stay at the top, even years - or decades - after its success story began.
It amazes me all the things Sarpaneva can do with merely modifying the date wheel disc on Soprod A10 automatic movements. Once again the Swiss A10 automatic gets its date wheel modified to being a moon phase indicator. By the way, the caseback of the watch reveals a view of the movement and you can appreciate Sarpaneva's attractive movement decoration and cool looking custom automatic rotor. Not only do you have those cool eyes again on the rotor, but the weight seems to have luminant on it.
Only 1,000 copies will be made of the 'all-black' model, while 500 will be available of each of the other four colors which are orange on dark blue, red, yellow and light blue. The exclusivity of the Limited Edition will be enhanced by the special collector’s box with a “Zodiac Limited Edition” plaque and commemorative brochure, as well as the fact that they will be available from the website of Zodiac only. In addition, a complimentary interchangeable strap will be available by request via the website. Price will be 5 for all models, which sounds like pushing it a bit, even considering the extras involved and that it is a limited edition. Whether or not these could have been successful as a non-limited collection - with fewer extras and a lower price - we will never know, but I believe it could have improved brand recognition as a proper, fashionable collection for the summer.
Recently Corum formally announced their limited edition Chargé d'Affaires set of watches as the newest piece in their Heritage collection. This is a piece perfect for vintage lovers. What Corum essentially does is modernize the design of an actual watch from the 1950s, but uses the exact same movement that the original had - only produced with modern technology.
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His state-of-the-art atelier in Switzerland is so geared up to make the most of technological advances that as well as producing watches, it also manufactures innovative tools.
While there are many elements of Swiss watch design seen in the Wu Ji, it is a pleasantly original and interesting timepiece. While elements such as overall aesthetic in many of Beijing Watch Factory's designs are inherently European, they do however take many artistic liberties in producing unique products. The Wu Ji is a glowing and ambitious example of what they can produce. Even though Chinese watch manufacturing is huge, those that can produce credible mechanical watches are still limited and few watch lovers would claim that Chinese-made mechanical movements are excellent. I am not an expert on all Chinese movements, but I do know that most of them are copies of Swiss movements. The mechanism in the Infinite Universe clearly isn't. While an inspection of the movement makes it clear that this is a Chinese creation, I found many of the unique elements quite interesting. What I love about this watch is how the complications are much more than skin deep. What you see is only half of what you get. First and foremost, I'll explain how you even tell the time.
They found the SBDC007 to be very tough and scratch resistant, quite accurate, and capable of causing a man to ignore the other watches in his collection. They do note that the clasp is the sort found on cheaper Seiko offerings and that the packaging was also rather lack-luster (certainly has been with every Seiko I've owned to date). The SBDC007 can be bought from grey market retailers for around 00 USD, which is a considerable increase over the SBDC001 which can be had for less than 0 USD and is aesthetically and mechanically very similar.
Each Grand Cru watch is 42mm wide with a steel case. Though at least one version has a gold-plated steel case. The pieces are matched to complementary straps given the range of dial colors. It amazes me that this Nespresso used coffee capsule project has turned into a full-on sub-brand with its own website and packaging. In fact, as an added bonus you get three random coffee capsules with each purchased watch. Those are likely to be the most expensive cups of coffee you will ever drink.
Talk about ultra-thin movements and one brand naturally comes to mind - Piaget. In recent history, Piaget has been the undisputed masters of ultra-thin movements. However, that could soon change.
These two new versions of the Clifton GMT launching this month come in at a relatively wallet friendly 3,300USD, and will give you yet another choice to consider for a classic looking GMT. baume-et-mercier.com
It seems that the one-upmanship of each new watch release keeps breaking the sound barrier of mechanical “complications”: coaxial; tourbillion; moon phase; fly backs; geographic world time; minute repeater; perpetual calendars; split second chronograph; jumping hours; spitting frogs; dancing Bears; Topo Gigio. I’m ready to throw in the towel and wave the white flag… I’m finally finding these complications to be unreadable, overkill, distracting, and above all, really get in the way of what a watch is supposed to do…tell you the time.
Inside the Extreme Diver is the Alpina caliber AL-525, which is essentially a base Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic. Alpina uses their own rotor and possibly decorates the movement. Though I suspect they are purchasing decorated movements. Good to see in a watch like this is an open case-back window to allow you to see the movement, as well as retaining that 300 meters of water resistance. Open case-backs are not wholly common on dive watches, and I suspect Alpina included one here because they knew the type of person buying this watch would like to see it there.