This WWII German early war 1937-1940 inspired watch sports a German grey paint scheme. The markings depict a skull and crossbones emblem, used by the 192nd Sturmgeschutz Battalion. The tanks from the 192nd were involved in heavy fighting in Operation Barbarossa and the Russian Winter counter-offensive of 1942. Major Helmut Adam was famously awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross as the commander of the 192nd Battalion.
Part of the problem is the definition of a smartwatch: Do we want simple and wearable second screens for our mobile devices or is there greater demand for a standalone device?
According to Arnold & Son, to do this is no easy feat and the end result is that when the chronograph is activated, it looks as if the sweeping seconds hand is trapped in an endless game of cat and mouse with the dead beat seconds hand, because at the end of each second, the dead beat seconds hand quickly jumps away. Sounds interesting? I can’t wait to see this movement in action.
Located in the sub-dial at the 6 o'clock position, this distinct design element is what sets the 250-piece limited edition of the El Primero Chronomaster 1969 apart from its non-limited counterparts. And while it may not be noticeable from across the room, true fans of "The Stones" will certainly love this unusual mixture of modern and retro design elements, stirred up with the addition of one of the world's most instantly recognizable symbols of rock and roll.
With the Moana Pacific Professional, Dion McAsey has taken a proven (and great) concept with his watches (solid designs in cushion cases), and stepped things up a bit. Interestingly, this is the third watch I've reviewed from Magrette, and it's the third movement I've seen. This time around, it's the Miyota 9015 automatic, which is a nice heart for the piece.
This new variant features a light grey dial with exposed natural titanium from the movement beneath and integrated titanium bridges. As you would expect, the bridges are hand-finished expertly with highly polished bevels and frosting. With the exposed natural titanium, the new watch is therefore, quite confusingly may we add, known as the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain with natural titanium.
Despite its massive water resistance, the UTS 4000M Pacific Horizon Blue watch does note require a helium release valve, pretty much because it is so darn strong. The sapphire crystal (fully AR coated) is 6mm thick, and UTS uses a special system to hold the crystal in place. Thus, the extra crown on the 4000M watch case is not a helium release valve, but rather a lock to keep the rotating diver's bezel from turning. The bezel further makes use of ceramic ball bearings for the rotation system.
My First Grail Watch: Pierre Jacques Of De Bethune
My First Grail Watch
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My First Grail Watch: Pierre Jacques Of De Bethune
Hublot designed the movement inside of the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch - which is part of the brands "Masterpiece" collection (thus "MP") - to roughly resemble the engine bay of the actual LaFerrari car - a limited edition Ferrari that looks pretty spectacular (and is more than likely totally sold out). The movement is quite literally mostly mainspring, and the many barrels that populate the center are key to its performance. At the lower end of the stack is a tourbillon-style escapement which is vertically positioned and visible through a window at the bottom part of the case.
Over the dial is a beveled sapphire crystal with AR coating and the case is water resistant to 50 meters. The slight cushion-shape of the case is what has helped the Monaco family watches look good on wrists for so many years. I mention this because, while I like the idea of square or rectangular watches, very few of them end up looking good on one's wrist.
I was unprepared for the heat of the Texan sun. Our day began with a tour of Possum Kingdom lake aboard a party-style pontoon boat helmed by one Captain Mike. Captain Mike was a peculiar sort for a sailor, at times deeply aware of his surroundings while at others he seemed in a daze that left us wondering if we should be keeping closer watch on the boat's well-stocked cooler. After an uneventful tour of the lake we came to pass Hell's Gates, a pair of 100-foot cliffs created by a jetty on the edge of the lake and a matched formation borne of a small island. The inside of the small bay formed by the gates is host to the Texas stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Tour, a world wide event that pits gravity against a small group of men and women as they hurl themselves from great heights under the banner of an Austrian energy drink with a Thai history and the promise of some much-needed wings.
As a nod towards traditional watchmaking, a one minute, 2.5 Hertz flying tourbillon is seen exposed on the dial side. Knowing that Antoine Martin likes to have their own interpretations when it comes to escapements, it is of no surprise that they could not leave this two centuries old invention alone. Instead, as a rather unique feature from such a small independent brand, the pallet lever, escape wheel and impulse pin are all made of silicium (or silicon), for the material's non-magnetic qualities and the fact that it renders the use of lubricants redundant. Something that many brands tend to "forget" when they set out to make a tourbillon watch is properly regulating it. This is not to say they are horrendously inaccurate, but rather that while such pieces are praised for their superior rate results, they actually are often set to less stringent expectations.
This particular Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Racing watch is a pre-production model but the final ones will each have the driver's unique car numbers on the dials. Around the periphery of the dial, you can read "2014 Racing Collection" and the center of the skeletonized dial has the logo of the Cuervo y Sobrinos Cup under the brand logo. Of course, the dial is meant to be a bit over the top, with the skeletonization and racing motifs. The dial is more or less meant to resemble to look of a classic car wheel with its many spokes.
The short answer is not a lot. Old wives tales say to place the watch in a bag of rice, or dry it on a radiator. The first option is useless at removing internal moisture and the second option may only cause further damage to the movement and dial, as the heat will speed rusting and may cause paint to lift. It can also create steam and condensation within the watch which will cause further damage. The best thing a customer can do when they get water in their watch is get it to a qualified workshop as soon as possible. The faster you get the watch looked at and stripped back, the less damage will occur and the easier (and hopefully cheaper) the repair will be.
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Here is how it works. Housed in a 44 millimeter wide, black PVD coated stainless steel case is a quartz movement that was conceived by Richard Hoptroff and is proprietary to Hotblack London. Assembled in the United Kingdom using parts "sourced worldwide," the movement uses analog displays to show either the hours, minutes, seconds on a retrograde scale at the 6 o'clock position and the date on its subdials or – and here comes the juicy bit for soccer fans – the score of your and its opponent team as well as the elapsed time of the match. As complicated as that sounds, the dial remains rather simple – and perhaps somewhat uninspiring, we should say. The two round subdials will display the score of the two playing teams while the subdial at the 6 o'clock position will display the elapsed time of the match.