MB&F Melchior Robot Clock Hands-On
Jaeger-LeCoultre is in fact one of the biggest supporters of filmmaking in the watchmaking world, as the longtime official partner of the Venice Film Festival, the founder of the New York Film Festival’s “Filmmaker In Residence” program, and a patron of prestigious film fests spanning San Sebastian and Toronto to Shanghai and Dubai. Beyond the cinematic connection, more than anything, Tom Cross has been a longtime fan of JLC’s epitome of modern classicism. “I’m a fan of modern design, and a watch like [Jaeger-LeCoultre’s signature model] the Reverso is an icon up there with the Speedmaster, or even an Eames Chair,” Cross says. “It’s completely distinctive. At the same time, I’m fascinated by a watch’s mechanism and complications, and Jaeger has such an innovative heritage in this area.”
The form factor of the case remains unchanged from the Linde Werdelin Spidolite's decidedly-cool older siblings, with a width of 44mm and a thickness of 15mm. These new Linde Werdelin Spidolite watches use anti-reflective sapphire crystals and have a water resistance of 100m (330 ft). The dial design has been changed over that of previous models with a more open view of the movement thanks to additional skeletonization. So much skeletonization in fact, that the new Linde Werdelin Spidolites offer a clear enough view of the (now open) mainspring that it can function as a simple power reserve, as indicated by the small red triangle on the dial (the mainspring is situated roughly between four and five on the dial).
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On the surface, the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision is the most simple-looking timepiece the brand has ever designed. What those of us who are familiar with the brand first notice is how the case is totally round, and how it sits with a much thinner profile on the wrist compared to the brands other offerings over the years. What makes this really ironic is not that Greubel Forsey designed a dressier watch, but what the design means for a brand so invested in the notion of showing off its mechanical inventions and finishing excellence. People shell out for Greubel Forsey products because they are meticulously well-engineered, and offer movement finishing and decoration that pretty much no one else in the world can match. So why suddenly a simple watch?
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Posted by Time Warp Creations, LLC on Monday, April 28, 2014
Even though the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Grand Feu watch is totally absurd when it comes to the size, engraving, sapphire crystal case, and overall theme, I sort of love it. I like how niche and exclusive it is. I like that the watch was produced seemingly with no target audience or demographic in mind. I like that I feel like one crazy person at Zenith wanted this watch to happen, so they made a few of them. The complexity of making the case, doing all the engravings, and the limited nature of the movements all add to why this is something that must be a limited edition. People might see this and think "there is no way this is really from Zenith," but it is - and that is what I like about it. I wish brands would more often take the opportunity to do something totally against their character as the foundation for a limited edition watch.
4. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Watch Hands-On
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The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés Watches are raising the in-house bar for one of horology's most respected players. In the past, the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art watches have impressed with their stunning visuals and their stubborn insistence on maintaining the craft skills of yore. Grand Feu enamel, precious gems, hand-engraving, and guilloche patterns have illuminated dials that often stick in your mind's eye. When it comes to illumination, however, it is the latest range from Vacheron Constantin that takes things to a new level. The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Savoirs Enluminés watches with "illuminated" dials take their design cues from the Aberdeen Beastiary – a 12th century text that contains a wide range of human knowledge and beliefs from the period.
People who wear watches right now - especially watches they are attached to - represent a tiny percentage of the overall Apple Watch market. Apple has done a great job of helping to get consumers to forget their watches, so most people who will buy an Apple Watch either currently have naked wrists or a watch they are comfortable with giving up. Still, what about people like aBlogtoWatch readers who are threatened that a necessary or very useful technology device will compete for real estate space on their wrist? We either wear both or choose one for the day and one for the evening. My suspicion is that even if the notification service on the Apple Watch is curated to make it not too bothersome, it will still be something on our wrists that demand attention. While the Apple Watch might be the perfect helper for activity and work time, will it be a welcome companion for down time or socializing time? For those instances, I recommend you keep your "silent watch" (not "dumb watch") around.
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Carlos Rosillo: I am passionate and a collector of military watches. When I founded the company with my partner Bruno (Belamich), our goal was to create perfectly reliable military timepieces with the help of today’s modern technology.
I am not going to tell anyone to buy or not buy the Apple Watch Edition. Anyone interested in the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition fully understands the value proposition and what it means to buy an Apple product. The quality is excellent, and the experience is refined, but they will eventually feel inclined to upgrade. A lot of people have zero problems with this and are ready to put the Apple Watch Edition next to their other luxury products which they are already comfortable buying. What I don't anticipate is people stretching themselves to buy the gold Apple Watch Edition when they aren't people who normally buy gold things. This is the Apple Watch for the 1%, and that's all there is to it.
The pieces are then cut to around 1-foot-long pieces and are batched up to be sent over to the next department, where they receive their inner phosphor coating. Remember, this inner coating plays a key role in making the tube glow and it has to have a perfectly even inner coating to create the desired visual effect. To achieve that, first, the pieces are put into an acid (as seen directly above), which is then blown through the entire length of the tube with the use of pressurized air. This way, the inside of these tubes become "sticky," allowing the phosphor powder to stick.
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On one hand, I appreciate that the size was done so that they could keep it legible. Nevertheless, I would have preferred to see it removed, or substituted for a simple date window – or perhaps an "oversize" one. Along with knocking out visibility for five of the twenty-four time zones the watch is tracking, it also obscures a large part of the world map. There is just something about this that feels off to my eye – at least from the photos that we have available to us.
The massive 46 millimeter wide – albeit a rather acceptable 14 millimeter thick – case in red gold and ceramic holds a flat a sapphire crystal, underneath which is a busy-looking dial that accommodates the large cut-out for the tourbillon at 9 (more like between 7 and 11), a power reserve indicator between 3 and 6, and a double moon-phase indicator in the top right corner for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
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This made for a very nice fit right "out of the box," as it were, for this 20mm strap. Sometimes, when you pick up a thinner watch strap, you expect to trade off flexibility for strength. With the Da Luca Straps Yin, that was not a concern at all. While the strap is thinner, it felt pretty strong, and the unfinished back (which approaches, but is not quite, sueded) was soft against the skin.
In the wake of this success, Cross found himself set to attend more formal events than he’d ever had to in his life – let alone the mother of them all, the Oscars, whose ceremony is broadcast to millions worldwide. A renowned film editor, Cross is best known for his work on edgy indie-cinema productions like Crazy Heart and We Own the Night, as well as notable TV shows like The Bridge and Deadwood. Seeing the dynamic precision timing of his cutting on the silver screen, it’s not surprising to discover Cross is also a passionate watch enthusiast.
It has a dark blue color used for the main portion of the strap, with white and red contrast stitching showing up. On the inner portion of the strap, there is a dark maroon red showing up, with an embossed American flag. In short, this is very much a red, white, and blue bit of patriotism you can put on your wrist.
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The 120-click bezel has a solid feel to it when it is being set, although I personally still think that 120 clicks are twice as many as I would need – the extra position between the 1-minute intervals seems a bit unnecessary. The feel and sound of the bezel when operated is nonetheless good. One of the issues I did soon encounter with the bezel (its lower half, to be specific) is that it makes a ticking sound every time it receives a slighter impact. I found that it is because the gap between the bezel and the case is ever so slightly larger than it should be and so when the bezel gets a small impact from above, it closes that gap and gets in contact with the case, which in turn, results in that sound.
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Speaking of crown, this is where you'll find the Bulova Bellecombe's most distinctive feature - a double border of sorts, which frames the crown in two rows of diamonds. There is a white cabochon in the crown which adds to the feminine personality of the watch. Without this crown structure, the Bulova Bellecombe would be a much less distinctive timepiece. With this unique design element, Bulova was able to create a familiar and legible dial with just enough uniqueness to make the person wearing it not feel overly conservative.
With the Ball Amortiser activated, the rotor is locked, and you are ready for horologically dangerous situations. Of course, the irony is that you need to anticipate these situations, and with the Amortiser activated the mechanical movement will not automatically wind. A good feature to have combined with the Ball Amortiser is a power reserve indicator. Ball actually did that with the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley watch (hands-on here).
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So what will the Arnold Schwarzenegger watch brand be like, and where will it be sold? As of March 2015, a large series of prototype watches are available for us to play with and get an understanding of the brand but it will not be until closer to Q3 or Q4 2015 before Arnold Schwarzenegger watches will be ready to buy. With that said, we have an extremely good idea of what the collections will be like and the various styles and themes. To put that into perspective, there are over 100 different SKUs in the Arnold Schwarzenegger watch collection right now, but the company's representatives are clear on the fact that the final retail collection will be smaller.
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