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The case is 44mm wide (like I said) and in steel. There are sapphire crystals on the front and rear of the watch (AR coated on the face), with a very nicely decorated movement for the money. Not exactly sure who makes the movement. ETA, or Soprod, or alike. With 100 meters of water resistance, the watch is rugged, but you don't want to engage in water sports with it given the lizard strap that might not fare too well to prolonged water exposure. Price for the watch? A relatively reasonable ,800 on James List right now.

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See for example this gold Chopard L.U.C Slim. Sure it is a very pretty watch, but the price is probably over ,000. It looks great, but is it "THAT" great? Not sure. The Noramis will set you back about 1,380 euros retail (maybe ,500 bucks in more places). Inside the watch you get a Union caliber 25892A2 (which is really just a Swiss ETA 2829) automatic movement. Realize that the Chopard is manually wound. The Noramis is just 11mm thick, and the case is 40mm wide which is enough given the thin bezel.The crystal of course is sapphire and the case is water resistant to 30 meters.

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Pardon if you don't care for such things as pointing out what watches people in films and on TV are wearing. Some people are vividly obsessed with game of  "watch spotting." And when I dedicate to watching a show, I am pretty keen on spotting what timepieces people are wearing. Being a fan of survival shows (total guilty pleasure), I've noticed what Les Stroud wore in Survivorman, and what Bear Grylls has been wearing over the past several seasons of Man vs. Wild (on the Discovery Channel). As many fans of the watch know, Bear started with higher-end watches such as a Breitling Emergency and then a Bremont and started to get more reasonable with the watches he beats up. The last two watches he was wearing have been Casios. These of course make great choices given their operation and value (not to mention durability), but I have a feeling Casio is helping him out by providing suitable watches for his tasks. Not that there is anything wrong with this. I think it is good to display suitable gear that is affordable to most of the show's viewers, and if a watch deserves to be in a show like this, it is a Casio.

This article is about two things. First, about the very nice Seiko Ananta Spring Drive watches (yes they are available in the US), and also about "what you need to know about the Seiko Spring Drive movement." In addition to the Spring Drive version of the Ananta watches, there are also versions of the watches with in-house made in Japan, Seiko automatic mechanical movements. Though I am going to save additional discussion of them for another article.

According to Tag Heuer, the Monaco V4 watch took them 14,200 days of research and development to make. That is sure a lot of time. Something like years. Still that does not make sense, as it is many people working on the project together. The watch case takes the familiar Monaco shape, but is made out of 950 platinum. Very ritzy for a Tag Heuer. There is a large sapphire crystal over the face and caseback that is specially curved, and I am sure the watch looks simply fantastic. The dial has an interesting curved three dimensional look. The watch does not have much for functions though. Just the time with a subsidiary seconds dial that I once thought was a power reserve indicator as it looks like one. At least the blue hands stand out nicely.

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After writing a few articles about this watch I wanted to step back and think about it a bit. To be "the world's most complicated watch," even for a short period of time is quite a feat. This is measured in terms of "complications" which tend to have generally accepted definitions and can be enumerated to watch industry professionals and enthusiasts. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie has 26 complications. If you could count its functions, the number does not reach 26 of course. In fact, let's count the number of functions that it has in a nutshell. It shows the time (hour, minute, and seconds) - three functions. It has a perpetual calendar function that shows the day, date, month, and leap year - another four functions. The watch has a complex sonnerie (chiming) mechanism that has a three different chimes plus a minute repeater - another four functions. Then you have two power reserve indicators - two more functions.  If you count those up, you get 16 complications. So what about the other 10?  Well, they are there, but you have to understand how the watch industry counts "complications." For instance, the hour indicator for the time is a jumping hour indicator. So I think that is two complications in one. Then you have the tourbillon balance wheel and escapement (visible through the rear of the watch) that is another complication. And so the list goes on. Jaeger-LeCoultre hasn't exactly released the definitive list.

I previously discussed the G0S Dragon watch, where you can look for a bit more details about the brand. GoS are essentially fine metal workers who still have a robust shop making blades. Because the popularity of the artistic metal work lends itself to other fine creations (and because lots of knife and sword lovers also like watches), their talents with metal apply to watches well. As such, GoS makes some of the most wonderfully artistic dial and automatic rotors out there - if you enjoy the aesthetic that is.

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It is the watch that almost was not. It is proof that a concept and a dream, as a well as a strict adherence to promise and detail are what reign supreme in the world of fine watches. The watch industry presents a special opportunity for enthusiasts of this horological creed - the ability for the small guy to take a stab at having his or her's own watch or watch brand. Unlike most other technical industries, the barrier for entrance here is simple determination, time, desire, and of course initial investment.  See how far that gets you if you want to start your own car company for example. Bottom line is that any of you have the option of making your own watch, but it ain't easy.

The watch is still powered by Casio's solar powered watch that actually charges being exposed to most any light. This is a great movement and I have come to appreciate it in other Casio watches. The watch is also atomic clock radio controlled. For the PAW-2000, Casio has upped the movement to accepting 6 frequency bands, as opposed to 5. That just gives it that many more places on Earth where it can receive radio signals from the "local" atomic clock.  Overall I think it is a great evolution of the Pathfinder multi-sensor watch line. The timepieces are perfect for just about anyone. Maybe not for full-time wear, but I can't think of anyone who won't appreciate having a Casio Pathfinder in their collection. MSRP price will be 0 for the PAW-2000-1 with the resin strap, and 0 for the PAW-2000-7 with the titanium bracelet. The watches will be available starting in the Fall of 2009. www.casio.com

Lastly, I wanted to talk about the dial. The most important part of the watch. It is covered in a gently curved sapphire crystal that has been anti reflective (AR) coated on the inside. Each of the hour markers is large and has a rich amount of SuperLumiNova applied on top of a highly polished steel base. It make for a good look. I would have however liked the hour indicator at 12 o'clock to be different looking, but that is a personal preference. The hands are also easy to read and share the high level of polish and luminant coating. I would have liked the the luminant to extend a bit further down the hands though - a small issue. Overall the dial is very easy to read, and has individual minute markers. The center of the dial has a slightly depressed ring that is normally for the hour hand to follow. This is a curious part of the design that frankly took me a while to figure out. At first glance I though the numbers scale was upside down. Meaning that the top of the ring shows "30" and the bottom shows "0." It seems as though it should be the other way around, and then I realized that this scale is meant to be followed by the counterweight arrow on the seconds hand, not the front of it. Using that end of the seconds hand to follow the center ring, it makes sense. Accordingly, the red lightning bolt with arrow as the counterweight of the seconds hand is a nice touch that I enjoy.

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What I am trying to indicate is that many watch companies are already behind the times, and need to catch up before venturing into the creation of an iPhone application. Brands who embrace current media technology will have a hard time deciding how to make us of the many available programs and communication tools. The best results will be from examining what words for other more established luxury brands, not necessarily watch brands. Remember, that working simplicity is more important failed ambition, and that watch companies need to embrace what makes sense, not just what looks cool.

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Skilled enamel workers can also complete miniature enamel paintings. This is an accumulation of efforts and results in a detailed painting done with enamel that is miniature (watch dial sized). This is often done on the reverse of a watch crystal - so in a sense the painting is done backwards. First, the most intimate details are applied and then colors are placed behind the smaller details. Not all enamel paintings are done in reserve on the back of sapphire crystals, but this is common in these uncommon watches. There are a tons of techniques and what they each share is a remarkably artistic and seemingly impossible outcome that takes your watch from being a mere functional tool to something which is undeniably "art." One of the reasons that enamel work is hard to do relates not only with the incredible delicacy of the process and small areas to work with, but with the heating process that can change the size and shape - or sometimes color of what the artist has created. There is no going back and fixing it after it has baked - as far as I know. Interesting stuff, and I am looking forward to getting a nice enamel painting watch someday.