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Anyhow, "the wave of new smartwatches" – as HM&C calls it – is very much here, and it is slowly but surely turning out to be much more of a tsunami than a drop in the ocean. And while that in itself is no news, it is very unusual to see a high-end watch manufacturer address the issue with such an open assault. The point they make is very valid, as the mechanical timepieces – even those with simple functions – are incredible works of engineering; and so ones with additional functions, enhanced ergonomics and autonomy really do represent the finest achievements in the industry. And yet, the battle between smartwatches and some of the finest in traditional horology is Marvel superheroes against the Spartan Leonidas' army at Thermopylae: a few with magic-like superpowers against a couple hundred battle-tried veterans armed with experience and traditional weaponry. In this case, it's colorful touch screens and wireless technology against meshing wheels and chamfered metal. In essence, it is a senseless fight and one that I wish would not be happening in the first place – in an idealistic way I wish they could "co-exist peacefully".
With Richard Mille having broken open the lucrative placement that top athletes can produce actually wearing the watches while performing their amazing feats, it should come as no surprise that other brands would follow suit. The opportunity for pictures that showcase the product during the various action shots of a player at the top of their game is in many ways priceless. Even if this results - as we have heard with Nadal's Richard Mille watches - in broken timepieces, the fascination that it generates amongst the public is worth its price in gold.
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He took me back to the shop and got the watch for me, a Silberstein-esque quartz that was matte black with bright neon hands and markers. I remember the lady at the watch counter saying, “why the heck are you buying a watch for this little kid? He doesn’t need it!” But my grandpa just said something like “Yeah well… He wants it all the same.” Truth be told, I couldn’t even read what time it was yet, I actually had little clue what the watch actually DID… But I really wanted the thing.
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>Model: Fenix 2
>Price: 9 base model and 9 bundled with HR run strap
>Size: 59 mm wide x 19 mm high (61mm lug to lug)
>Weight: 85g on strap
>Would reviewer personally wear it: yes
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: The guy wanting an outdoors watch with multi-sports capabilities and not looking for the pure survival watch - that is, who is aware that they will need to recharge it.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Saving activities seem to take way longer than with any of my other Garmin devices. Same goes for recalling the activities from history. Not sure if this is a bug and will be fixed with a firmware update, as I have had the watch for almost 9 months now and after at least two firmware updates, the problem still persists.
>Best characteristic of watch: The rugged look and feel while remaining super lightweight. It's a joy to wear during any physical activity (strenuous or not).
With that little flashback over, let's look at the piece with which MB&F retires this collection: the MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition. Naturally, all the trademark HM3 design elements are very much intact; a uniquely shaped case with two large, very three-dimensional towers – housing the two cones done in paper-thin aluminum, used to display the hours and minutes – and a large, semi-circular opening exposing the movement and the enormous winding rotor. The 47 x 50 x 17 millimeter large case this time around is in black PVD-treated 18k white gold and titanium; and the result is without doubt the most stealthy HM3 ever made – even though that is not saying much.
Unlike the larger 44mm-wide LM1 or LM2 watches, the MB&F LM101 has a smaller case size of 40mm wide - making it still the smallest MB&F timepiece available. With that said, it doesn't wear too small because of the thickness of the case, which is 16mm, thanks to the impressively domed sapphire crystal over the dial. The elegant curves of the LM1 and LM2 case continue to look good when scaled down to this smaller size.Read more ›
Around the bezel, you'll see various function zones such as Meteo (barometer), Compass, Altimeter, Timer (countdown timer), Chronograph, and Alarm. There is also an Azimuth feature for navigational purposes. One thing that the T-Touch Expert Solar loses is the rotating navigational bezel that the older Tissot T-Touch Expert had. I, personally, never used it, but I felt that it was important to mention the lack of a rotating bezel.
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For Baselworld 2015, Louis Vuitton watches embrace black with a new collection of three Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution timepieces in black - each of them sporting a second time zone in quasi-GMT format. These are pretty interesting models and add an interesting look to the larger Louis Vuitton watch collection, which the company has been attempting to bolster as a more serious horological product for the last few years. Part of that has been investing in their own movement manufacture, "Louis Vuitton La Fabrique du Temps," as well as focusing on some more experiment complications. We see one of those here, in this new version of the Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution Spin Time GMT in Black watch.
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Good luck, and thanks to Traser Watches, the sponsor of the Traser Classic Automatic Master watch giveaway here at aBlogtoWatch!
I say that to comment on the fact that the market for watches like this is complicated and highly competitive. For me, Oris is all about making great sports watches. aBlogtoWatch's Matt Diehl recently reviewed the Oris John Coltrane, which is another dress watch alluding to a side of Oris I don't personally pay much attention to. This is why it is good to offer a diversity of opinion on the site, because what might not interest me might be right up your alley. For some people, the Oris 110 Years Limited Edition might be perfect.Read more ›