Touch Time is built into a conventional and minimalist watch design with a 34mm wide stainless steel case which is a little less than 11mm thick. Backers (the name for people who fund projects on Kickstarter) are able to choose from a series of colorful straps or even stainless steel bracelet options to suit their tastes. The Touch Time has no conventional buttons, instead opting for a capacitive touch interface used in conjunction with its 144 x 168 "always on" LCD display (with back light).
The Rolex Sky-Dweller is a mixed bag for watch lovers. On the one hand it offers some true Rolex innovations. A new product family with a new movement, and features that people have been wanting from Rolex for a long time. On the other hand the dial of the Rolex Sky-Dweller is... an acquired taste to say the least. The aesthetic problem in my opinion is the large exposed asymmetric GMT disc. It just looks misplaced on a Rolex watch dial. Functional? Perhaps. Sexy and alluring? Not at all. A hand would have sufficed. Just ask any GMT Master. Plus, the hands are a bit too short and too skeletonized for the watch's own good. Lume is too sparse and the skeletonized hands might be more trouble than they are worth.
In this case Jaeger-LeCoultre decided to use each side as a different time zone. So this is a nice two timezone watch with the date. The idea is that you just flip over the watch to see the time zone elsewhere. One side has the time with subsidiary seconds dial and an open-date indicator. The other side has another time zone with a day/night indicator. That latter side would be use for what is often referred to as "home time." It makes for a useful travel watch, and as a benefit each side is aesthetically different giving you the option to "wear it light or dark."
Please note that the watches you see here aren't the final versions, but prototypes used to showoff the new movements. The final versions will have different dial designs and possibly other changes. Chopard wants to make it clear that this is sneak preview of a new range of movements and collection that will be debuted sometime closer to the Fall of 2012.
If you were a fan of the Roger Dubuis Easy Diver (as I am/was), then you better start making nice with the Pulsion collection as it is intended to replace it. Not right away, but over the next few years as the Easy Diver will be phased out for now. My sincere hope is that with its fantasy experimental design and good looking in-house movements, enough people will be attracted to this wonderfully non-ordinary Pulsion package.
Inside the Big Bang Ferrari is an in-house made Hublot Unico 1241 automatic chronograph movement. This is one of the first watches to feature the newer in-house made caliber. The Unico is another one of Biver's proud achievements - the development and production of an in-house movement suitable for more than its low-volume ultra high-end watches. Fully skeletonized on the dial, the caliber 1241 offers the time (no seconds), date, and 60 minute chronograph. The rotor of the movement is designed to look like the wheel of a Ferrari car. The skeletonization of the dial and back of the watch is technical and attractive. Hublot even fashioned new hands and hour markers for the updated Big Bang watch. Another neat feature is a crown that rather than screwing in, twists-in and locks securely.
aBtR:Why not make a "Smartwatch" like so many other brands on Kickstarter? DB: The current digital watch market is about billion annually, and the current Smartwatch market is much, much smaller. I think that use of touchscreen and high resolution displays can represent a major disruption to conventional digital watch markets. In addition, all of the Smartwatches in the market today have battery life of 5-7 days. Having done very early Smartwatches with Microsoft SPOT and PALM many years ago, I am convinced that the majority of consumers don't want a rechargeable watch to use everyday. We have a enough products in our life that we have to worry about recharging, a watch shouldn't be one of them. Touch Time has a battery life of more than one year.
Citizen discussed little in terms of how the Eco-Drive Nova watch actually works. Set on display with accompanying videos, they instead preferred to show off the concept and let us guess for ourselves. The watch itself comes in black or white with a large dial, integrated strap, and large domed sapphire crystal over the face. An impressively sized crown is included to remind you that it is indeed a timepiece.
German indestructible tool watches don’t get much better than this. A proprietary chronograph module makes for awesome functionality, in a case that is light and hard. Sapphire crystal bezel inlay, and the feeling that you and this watch are going to see some heavy action and walk out just fine.
What you are looking at is actually two different models. One is the Nautica NSR 100 and the other is the Nautica NMX 650. Both watch families come in a range of colors, but the NSR 100 seems to have a few more options and is the less expensive of the two. The NSR 100 watches are 44mm wide in steel with plastic bezels. The crystals are mineral glass and the cases are water resistant to 100 meters. The NSR 100 is typified by a larger crown and bright colors (aside from the black version) with matching dials, bezels and straps. The straps are actually silicone. I don't have a problem with silicone straps for the most part (aside from the fact that they get really dirty with ease), and you'll notice that people use them instead of polyurethane when wanting to offer a less expensive alternative to rubber. That's right, rubber is pricey people.
With 24mm lugs, there are lots of strap options due to the Panerai influence. I'd been meaning to check out the new segmented-plastic bracelets made popular by the JLC Navy Seals, so I bought one from Panatime to try here. At a super-light 33g for the bracelet, it's an excellent complement to a titanium watch:
Dial legibility is quite good. Hamilton got the length of the hands right as well as the overall proportions. The dial style certainly hearkens back to "long ago", but doesn't feel old. There is a mix of sport and sophistication, resulting in an ambiguous hybrid design that still seems to "just work". The Arabic numeral "12" at the top of the dial helps ground the look of the face which otherwise has diamond style baton markers. The elements are all applied which helps the dial from feeling flat.
JS Watch Co. is Iceland's premier watch maker based out of Reykjavik. Though I can't say for sure if they are Iceland's only watch maker. As small brands go, they have done some nice things and their latest offering is a special product for them. It really takes the Icelandic heritage to a new level, combining a range of design features and cultural elements. This is the JS Watch Frisland God Special Edition timepiece.
In addition to lower priced quartz models, many of Fortis' best mechanical watches in their aviator (and otherwise) collections are offered. Chronograph models with already busy dials might be hard to private label, but that doesn't mean you can't opt for special colors and caseback engravings. I think that this is a really good idea for any group or event that wants to produce a meaningful item for their members. The type of item that is more than a cheap giveaway and represents something people would actually like to wear. If you are interested in Fortis private label services then you can contact the Gevril Group.