Scrolling the wheel results in an audible beep and works rather well when scrolling through functions. It can be a bit tricky in some instances such as using the chronograph when you need to mix short and long pushers to stop, start, and restart the chronograph. Though for the most part it is pretty good for a single pusher system. Setting the watch in many instances is pressing down the pusher for a few seconds, and then using the scroll wheel to do things like adjust the time and date. Overall, using all the watch's functions (once you get the hang of the system) is intuitive and natural feeling. I wouldn't necessarily want EasySkroll on all of my digital watches, but it works really well on the BN0106.
I believe it was at SIHH 2009 where Ralph Lauren watches officially made their debut. I was there, and got a chance to see the seminal collection. The three main characters in the new horological drama were the Sporting, Slim Classic, and the Stirrup. The first two easily had the most mainstream appeal, while the Stirrup was to be Ralph Lauren's most distinct product, and hopefully a new visual trademark for the fresh brand. It came in versions for both men and women, with some of the latter being particularly poised and high-end jewelry pieces. One thing that always stuck out a lot to me, was the logo. "Ralph Lauren" was spelled out cleanly and in an unpretentious manner. I thought that was clever, and made it look like a name that had been around much longer than it actually was. Taking away the matter of price, I am happy to say that overall, Ralph Lauren watches are relatively speaking, nice and unpretentious watches. That even applies to this solid 18k rose gold Stirrup large, with a slightly glossy bund-style alligator strap.
Swatch Group's Tissot came out with the T-Touch in about 1999 I believe. It was probably the first watch that I know of that utilized a touch screen to access some of the functions. Now over a decade later, the T-Touch is one of the brand's strongest sellers. Only recently have you started to see touch screen watches in lower-priced variants across other brands. The Swatch Touch retails for about 9, much less than its bigger Swatch Group family brother which averages about ,000.
Seiko watches is about to release the mother of all limited edition watches for us nerds. In celebration of both the 35th anniversary of Star Wars as well as the upcoming release of the films in 3D, Seiko will release six limited edition models for a total of 5,000 pieces. Star Wars is likely one of the most powerful franchises in existence and continues to capture the time, minds, and spending money of fans internationally. Combining something cool with Star Wars is frequently a recipe for success. I have to admit that I never saw this limited edition set coming, but it is one of the reasons why I love Seiko - because stuff like this comes out of the woodwork.
The Bavarian Crono Focke-Wulf FW 200 is limited to only 500 units selling for 1990€ each (~00 USD). A portion of the proceeds will be used to support the restoration of the original plane, which was salvaged in 1999 and has been in various phases of restoration since 2003. Even with the bits vintage plane used in the dial, the FW 200 seem really expensive to me, especially given its ETA 6498 movement. Hand wound pilot's watches are not exactly in short supply and I feel that while the Bavarian Crono FW 200 is an interesting and attractive spin on the Flieger design, I also feel that its success will be limited by its lofty price tag.
A reader sent in a picture of his limited edition aBlogtoRead.com watch winder by Wolf Designs (that looks lovely on soft carpeting!). You can see how the name personalization plaque came out nicely on the top of the winder. Thanks for the picture and note on your happy experience. We make Breitlings happy everywhere apparently.
Like many high-speed chronograph watches, the Timewriter II has two balance wheels. One for the time running at 2.5 hertz, and another one used for the chronograph. 50 hertz is still fast, but is slow enough that Montblanc feels it can resist wear and tear for a good while if the chronograph is used a lot. The power reserve for the chronograph is a full 45 minutes. Which is actually a long time given the speed and power requirements of the system. The chronograph has a double column-wheel system and uses a pusher located on the top of the case to activate, stop, and reset the chronograph.
Using a base Swiss ETA 7750 automatic chronograph, Louis Moinet transforms it into their caliber LM30 automatic movement. There is a lot of work that went into the movement including new bridges, a special custom rotor, and lots of other little details. As I mentioned, the chronograph was turned into a monopusher chrono, with the chadburn style function selector on the dial. This isn't the first time I have seen something like this - and it isn't really a new function, but it is cool to have. I further like the fonts used on the dial.
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Chopard will offer the GMT Chrono in steel or 18k rose gold - both will be limited editions. Looking at the dial design you certainly see something unique. I don't know if it's the GMT bezel or something else, but while it certainly is a Mille Miglia, there is something quite distinct about this design. You can't deny that the proportions are pretty good on the dial. Though I think the hands could have been lengthened a bit throughout the piece. Nevertheless, legibility is still very high - a welcome signature element of most all Mille Miglia watches.
Eberhard & Co. gives the standard Champion V watch a slightly more retro look with an hour indicator bezel and cleaner dial with baton markers. There is a tachymeter scale printed on the flange ring, and again the dial will come in a range of color styles. More modern and sporty is the Champion V Grande Date. While I don't tend to think that tachymeter scales have more than a vestigial cosmetic value, the Grande Date makes better use of it on the bezel and the Arabic numbers supplementing the dial help give it a more purposeful look. Perhaps I just like it more because it is on a metal bracelet. For some reason it is hard for me to take sport watches seriously that are not on metal bracelets.
We've seen chronograph watches with a thousand faces (tens of thousands at this point for me perhaps), and there are rules to live by when getting it right. These offer a high-contrast ring for the markers and a free space for the hands to move. This free space actually helps legibility (I believe) by not obscuring the placement of the hands. The legible hands and intricate hour and minute markers on the face and flange ring make for a serious instrument with a sophisticated look. A nice mix of simplicity and design in my opinion. The dials aren't perfect, but it is a good use of space and you can't find anything else like it in a cushion-shaped case.
A couple of years ago, Vostok Europe came out with the Anchar. The name harkens back to the fastest submarine ever built, and yes it was Russian. Despite the removed nature of Vostok Europe's relationship with actual Russian watches, the brand is still very much thematically connected to mother Russia. To be frank, I wouldn't wear most of the Vostok Europe watches even though I like their designs. Does that sound strange? However, a few of their watches really speak to me. The Anchar is one of them. Since the collection's launch I was curious about the piece, and later getting it on the wrist, I am not disappointed. Also, the Anchar comes in a lot of styles, this piece is the reference 5105143 with a mostly black dial and bezel with gold-toned accents.
Always a great value, the 7751 is built on the 7750 and adds an annual calendar, synced 24 hour hand and moon phase indicator. You can see the movement through the sapphire caseback and Ferragamo has a custom rotor in the mix as well. Not sure about price, but I do know that Ferragamo will offer the 1898 Moonphase Chronograph as a limited edition of just 150 pieces.