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Before we get into the details, please allow me to note that there is no one complete source of information, no one place where all relevant data is easily available. At times, controversial data can be found, primarily because getting exact statistics regarding the earlier years is very difficult. Having said that, we will closely follow the history of the Swiss watch making industry to see how ETA not only managed to fit into it, but also how it made a major difference just when it was most sorely needed. We begin with looking at the watch industry of the early 1900s to see where and how it all began for the company.
The dial of the Sinn EZM9 is simple and attractive with needle, versus aviator-style, hands - that, I often prefer when it comes to strict legibility. The seconds hand is the only semi-decorative element, being colored in both white and orange. For the EZM9 TESTAF, Sinn offers both the two-tone black leather with orange stitching, padded and tapered strap, or a full tegimented titanium bracelet. It honestly looks pretty good on both. The Sinn EZM9 TESTAF ref. 949.010 watch retails for 2,950 Euros on the strap and 3,310 Euros on the titanium bracelet. sinn.de
We first debuted The Bird Repeater Watch in 2012 when it was officially released by Jaquet Droz. Though, they teased us with a movie about the watch almost a year earlier during its development. While all versions of the watch are limited (in fact the brand will only produce 16 pieces total), this version of the watch is the only one you'll ever see dressed up like this. Most of The Bird Repeater watches have colorful hand-painted enamel dials showing off the scene with the birds, nest, waterfall and nature. Those are perhaps the most visually stunning, but this version is clearly the most luxurious.
Art Basel is a decidedly high-end event. Its principle sponsor is of course a bank (UBS), and a select group of major sponsors such as Ruinart champagne, Davidoff, Netjets, and Audemars Piguet are brands which are indicative of the demographic of people who wander the halls admiring or critiquing art of all varieties.
This isn't the first time Bell & Ross has borrowed the large orange GMT hand of the Explorer II watch. Maybe I have a thing for Bell & Ross GMT watches but I equally liked the Bell & Ross BR 01-93 GMT piece that I reviewed here. The clean, legible looks of the purposeful tool-watch style and that large orange GMT hand look cool. It takes the watch into a real instrumental range making it feel like a navigational item more than a typical sport watch. The Explorer II-style steel bezel is retro-cool and adds to the vintage flair that Bell & Ross is known for playing with successfully.
Baselworld 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of aBlogtoWatch visiting the massive watch trade show event and at this point, our March/April pilgrimage to the third most populated city in Switzerland (not actually saying much) is met with gracious welcome by many of the brands who produce the best watches in the world. Baselworld is the larger of the annual watch trade shows around the world. While SIHH in January (in Geneva) is smaller, it is also an important event where a different list of important brands display their newest watch and jewelry creations.
After putting the JeanRichard Terrascope Aluminum watch on the wrist, my heart softened a bit, especially since I've never worn a watch that so reminded me of my boyhood playtime. Is that what JeanRichard was going for? Probably not. I assume they feel that this primary colored watch makes some type of artistic statement that romance language speaking Europeans are amenable to. Perhaps there is some sports team whose colors perfectly match this RGB color palette. No doubt there was some "mature" notion behind the decision to produce this watch.
Rolex wearers have been known to use aftermarket leather straps, but the critical piece omitted from a basic leather strap setup is the solid end link that supports the spring bar. Arguably, a Rolex with a leather strap sans end-link gives the watch a very utilitarian look, but at the expense of looking polished, and at the expense of spring bar strength. A solid endlink prevents the spring bar from being bent and inadvertently popping out. Making these straps stand out is Everest’s utilization of a precision-machined 316L steel end link that fits a 20mm wide lug width Rolex watch precisely with no slop between the lug and the watch case. The fit between the endlink and the watch case is just like the original Rolex end link that slides right in with no lateral movement, no rounded edges, and fits like it is meant to be there.
According to Seiko, these six new Seiko Astron GPS Solar design options have been inspired by the curvature of the earth. With the same movement inside, these new designs feature a new case, dial, hands, and dramatically curved sapphire crystal. Seiko claims that these new crystals require over ten hours of polishing to get right. Part of this explains the higher price of these models compared to the other Seiko Astron GPS watches, but since Seiko produces their own synthetic sapphire crystal - they are still reasonably priced.
H. Moser & Cie.’s Perpetual Calendar watch is truly unlike any other watch with the same complication, as a simple glance at the dial will tell you. For a watch with a perpetual calendar complication, the dial is remarkable clean, simple and highly legible. For those who are unfamiliar with this piece, here is how it works: the date is obviously at three o’clock; while the month is told off the little hand which points to the hours, indicating which month of the year it is; finally, the leap year indication is on the reverse side on the movement itself. Is there another watch with the same complication that is easier to read? I think not.
Eighty-nine feet up. I find myself perched atop a wood platform, baking in the Texas heat high above a lake a couple of hours west of Dallas. While I am relatively okay with heights, I seldom go out of my way to experience heights as any sort of challenge to my ego. I take a couple of steps forward and a slender man with long hair, an enviable tan, and a Red Bull backpack advises me to not go any further than the "Texas" logo on the platform. The reason? Insurance. Were I to jump, or perhaps more likely fall, from this plywood platform over Possum Kingdom Lake, I'd plummet for nearly 3 seconds while accelerating to 53 mph before crashing into the calm waters below, most certainly injured and likely unconscious.
Rounding out the list of crises are not one, but two major downturns actually. Both stemming from the middle of the 1970s. At the time, in 1974 to be exact, the industry was at its best, producing about 84 million watches a year! Clearly, the oil- and quartz- crises could not have come at a worse time or be any more painful of a hit for the Swiss. In a nutshell, the primary issue was with relative value as, Swiss watches became horrendously expensive as a cumulative result of these two crises... more »
Cartier Calibre Diver Watch
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Cartier Calibre Diver Watch
This list will continue to grow as we work with Couture to develop the watch category at the show which has traditionally specialized in fine jewelry brands. We look forward to interacting with the aBlogtoWatch audience when covering the show and for all things "watches in the real world." See you in Las Vegas.
Graham Silverstone RS Skeleton Black & Gold Watch Hands-On
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Graham Silverstone RS Skeleton Black & Gold Watch Hands-On
4. The group picks the hands…. and…whether or not you want to customize the hands, i.e., color, luminous, etc.
One of the best things about having a left-handed orientation of the crown on a Panerai watch is that it often makes wearing them much more comfortable. At 47mm wide the Panerai Luminor Submersible Left-Handed Titanio is a large watch, only made more so by Panerai's iconic crown guard. When placed on the right side of the case (as normal), this element can easily jut into your wrist. Assuming you are wearing the Panerai Luminor Submersible Left-Handed Titanio on your left hand, the crown is not placed on the same side of the case as your wrist, so wearing it becomes a lot more comfortable.
Separately, sapphire has been a part of horology for years, appearing as crystals and transparent case backs on fine watches that are water resistant to impressive depths. Apple began using sapphire with the introduction of the iPhone 5S for the TouchID home button where scratches would interfere with the fingerprint reader's functionality. Sapphire crystal also makes an appearance over the camera on the iPhone 5S.
There are also differences between the cases and straps of the two Senator Chronometers. While the two watches are both 42mm, The Glashutte Original Senator Chronometer Regulator features a slightly thinner case with shorter lugs. While the original Chronometer features a strap that “hugs” the case, the Regulator strap is lighter scale and does not extend past the spring bar.
According to the same page on deep diving, the record for a dive depth is 534 meters, and a bit lower at 610 meters using a military atmospheric diving suit. OK, so for Comex and a few other specialized private or military applications diving to 600 meters may be an occasional possibility, albeit ripe with dangers. That means all the 1000 meters dive watches technically have reason to exist. So what about all the 2000 meter plus dive watches like the IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000? What purpose do they have aside from being really cool?