Announced on the eve of Baselworld 2015, Linde Werdelin has dropped a duo of Spidolite models that feature a new movement and updated dial designs. Officially launching the 4th generation of the Linde Werdelin Spidolite series, these limited edition pieces will be available later this month in either titanium or rose gold.
We don't have too many technical specs for the watches, but having seen them hands-on, I can say that they are on-par with the quality of other Frederique Constant and Alpina watches. Frederique Constant will produce the "business" Horological Smartwatch, and Alpina will produce the sporty models and the first women's watches. For men, the timepieces are about 44mm wide and perhaps 12mm or so thick. The ladies' versions are smaller at perhaps 36mm wide, with a pleasantly modern feminine style (very much like a boyfriend watch - but with available diamonds). Prices for the watches will start at about 0 or so and go up to about ,500 - ,000 for the top-end models with diamonds. I would say that the average price of a Horological Smartwatch will be about ,200 when they start to become available for sale in May or June 2015.
If you prefer your straps to be a single tone, but still want some flash to what is on your wrist, then the Da Luca Straps Timbuctoo (5) may be more to your liking. This has a sort of a leafy tattoo pattern embossed on to the leather. As the strap remains a single color, this allows the pattern to be a bit more subtle, unless the light is hitting it at an angle.
I believe the aesthetics of this watch are striking, to say the least. Personally, I prefer the El Primero in a more rarefied setting, but it is not an inappropriate choice of engine for this ceremonial hot-rod of a watch. It, more than anything to do with the aesthetic, symbolizes authenticity and daring. Its creation was a seven-year labour of love that changed the chronograph game. Dressing it up in this Evel Knieval suit may be a bit crass, but its a self-assured enough calibre to take it in its stride. And to be honest, there are a few things I really like about this watch. I am a fan of the classic Zenith case shape, measuring 42mm across and 14.05mm tall.
For the Bulova Sea King Chronograph, Bulova seems to use a new UHF movement that I haven't seen before which measures 60 minutes with a 1/10 of a second indicator (even though the movement theoretically can be a lot more precise in what it can measure). If you want more chronograph precision, then I suggest you look at a Bulova Precisionist Chronograph that tracks down to 1/1000 of a second.
Because of it being a totally independent light source, tritium gas tubes make for a reasonable alternative to lume paint. The reason for that is, as you know, "lume" needs to be charged by an external light source for it to then glow for around 10-12 hours before going completely dark once again – and remain like that until the next exposure to a strong source of light. By contrast, tritium tubes keep on glowing for years and years, all by themselves.
Though Ball has its roots in America, the company is now headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland and counts other brands such as Breitling, Cartier, and Girard-Perregaux as its neighbors, amongst many others. In its modern incarnation, Ball has forged a strong reputation for offering hardy and affordable timepieces. Most notably, the brand is also famous for using self-illuminating micro gas tubes. Because these tubes are self-lighting, Ball employs them as indices on their watches, which also makes them highly legible at night. Some models feature more than 50 of these tubes, which, as you can imagine, makes for a pretty cool show when the lights go off.
The watch is to be premiered at Baselworld 2015, which commences next week. You'll be able to find the brand's stall in Hall 2.2, booth E39. The price will be CHF 33,000, or around US,700. Fjouvenot.com
If you try to measure the “point” of the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon in, say, relation to a dive-style tool watch, it is like trying to compare a sturdy log cabin with a grand villa on the ocean front. Yes, both are technically structures, and the first one might make a lot more sense, but the latter is about social positioning, and the ability to reward oneself. You see, no matter how rich you are, there are going to be things out there you need to save up for to afford.
I prefer F.P. Journe watches where the time is indicated in the center of the dial, as opposed to an off-centered indicator. So I am additionally happy that the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel was designed with the time in the center. The windows for the calendar indicators are logical and easy to see, but also symmetrical. All of this together makes the dial both attractive and useful. And on top of all that, the watch dial is still unique and interesting. The internal bezel plate that is screwed on the dial creates a distinctive look and separates the inner dial from the outer dial that has the hour indicators.
The GF01r movement is also among the more basic that Greubel Forsey produces – even though it receives no less effort when it comes to finishing and décor as their much more complicated models. Produced from a total of 288 parts, the movement has a power reserve of 72 hours and operates at 21,600 bph. In addition to the time on the dial, there is a discreet power reserve indicator on the rear of the movement seen through the caseback.
Singapore is also one of the 10 cities, which is apt because the F1 Singapore Grand Prix is in town from September 15 to 17. In 1971, TAG Heuer became the first watch brand to be involved with a Grand Prix team. And today, it is the official timekeeper for Red Bull Racing. The highlight of the Singapore exhibit is the 18k gold Heuer Carrera from 1970, which Jack Heuer presented to each Ferrari driver, with their name engraved on the watches’ casebacks.
Once activated, the Breitling Emergency II ended up being strapped to a tree on the mountain top, with both its radio wires hanging out of its sides. On the screen, as you can see above, a remaining signal time counter was placed, that would indicate for how long could Jeremy and James could see the watch's exact position on their – also branded – tablet.
The MB&F Melchior stands 30.3cm tall and is topped with a glass dome over the movement's regulation system. Of course, this is the more important part of the clock which is why it sits in the robot's "brain cavity." All of the clock's indicators are built into the design of the MB&F Melchior. Under the glass dome are red discs in the eyes which spin around each 20 seconds. These are actually retrograde indicators and jump back to their original position after 20 seconds.
The watch industry certainly did not need yet another pricey name, and the competition for ,000 plus watches was just getting too high. At that level, the majority of consumers only purchase timepieces from a few big-name companies - with very little room for everyone else. Now the circa ,000 segment is booming (again), with brands like Tudor and once again TAG Heuer vying for dollars. This is exactly where JeanRichard is playing its strongest hand, and the signature cushion-shaped case of the Terrascope, Aeorscope, and Aquascope is what the company hopes consumers will become positively familiar with.
I feel rather comfortable claiming the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel collection as one of the finest mechanical perpetual calendar watch movements around. It very much feels that way, and the quality of the finished movements is stunning. Price isn't cheap, but feels quite fair for what you are getting - especially given the competition. If you want a well-made perpetual calendar that will work as a daily wear and is comfortable to read, the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel deserves a place on your short list. Price in 18k red gold is ,000 for the 40mm wide version and ,800 for the 42mm wide version. In platinum, the 40mm wide version is ,500 and ,200 for the 42mm wide version. fpjourne.com
Arnold & Son CTB Chronograph ‘Central True Beat’ Watch Hands-On
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Arnold & Son CTB Chronograph ‘Central True Beat’ Watch Hands-On
So should you worry about magnetism as a watch wearer? Yes and no. You have to realize that, to a large degree, the concern isn't that you are suddenly going to find yourself around serious industrial magnets or in an MRI machine. The worry is how relatively small magnetic fields often caused by modern technology can either temporarily effect or permanently damage the movement inside of your watches. Standard equipment for all mechanical watch repair facilities is a de-magnetizer machine. Originally, anti-magnetic watches were developed for various types of professionals, such as scientists who worked around strong magnetic fields. Ironically, as we use more and more technology in our life, the "threat" of magnetism to watches is amplified. So do you need an anti-magnetic watch? Maybe. Do you want one? Probably.
A good point to make is that we like to focus on mechanical watches, because that is what we are the most interested in, along with the occasional smart watch, we love a solid Casio and we do write about some other quartz watches. But, our focus is on mechanical watches. Yes, there are some very low-end mechanical watches in the 0 - 0 range, but frankly speaking, none of us would seriously wear those, as their quality is not particularly good.
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