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All versions of the Jules Verne Instrument III watch will be limited editions of 365 pieces. The case is 45.5mm wide and 16.5mm tall with wide 24mm spaced lugs. The case will come in steel, titanium, or a version with titanium and 18k rose gold. The bezel is cool and the watch looks nice on the wrist, but I would have liked for it to be a bit more complicated in construction more akin to the brand's other pieces. Though I do like the complicated look of the crown and monopusher for the chronograph.
This new model sports a simple three hand + date design and is powered by an Eco-Drive movement. Measuring a sporty 42mm wide, this tennis-themed timepiece carries the USTA logo on its bright white dial and additional flare is provided by a cross-hatched engraved pattern on the bezel. This new Citizen should look very much at home on the wrist of any tennis fan and will match up nicely with a fresh pair of trainers. Citizen has not mentioned exactly how limited this new model will be but those interested will need to pony up a reasonable 0 price tag and can be found in the Shop section of the US Open website.Read more ›
The Ministry Chronograph dial is almost minimalist, but in a very elegant way. The design is good, offering key elements of style without going overboard. The dials of course are inspired by classic Dent pocket watches. This is essentially a sport watch in a sport jacket. The large, legible dial nevertheless has applied Roman numerals and easy to see hands. Hands which are traditional in style (and blued on the silver and cream dial versions).
Buglari (Bvlgari) was really proud of the fact that no Maserati branding was on the dial of their special edition Octo watch for Maserati. Turn the piece over and you'll see the famous Trident logo, but the word "Maserati" does not appear anywhere on the watch itself. That is interesting and perhaps wise.Read more ›
I personally found it a bit odd that a tourbillon version of the Pulsion would be part of the first collection. Then I learned some interesting details on what percentage of Roger Dubuis sales come from tourbillon watches... and I understood. An impressively high number of their watches sold contain tourbillons movements. Long live the tourbillon it seems. For 2012 the Pulsion Flying Tourbillon Skeleton watch is the highlight of the collection and only comes in titanium. Look for gold next year perhaps.
On March 26, 2012 a vessel called the Deepsea Challenger emerged from the depths off the coast of Guam after spending several hours underwater. Looking like a lime-hued torpedo with two robotic arms, a single man crawled out of the hatch as cameras peered inside to see if man or meat jelly would step out of the green machine after it spent over six hours traveling to and then strolling on the sea floor in an environment with immeasurable pressure (well it is measurable). Box office king (and director) James Cameron casually came out of the tube. Who else? Wearing a Jacques Cousteau style head-warmer and trimmed-beard, the do-no-wrong film-maker and sci-fi visionary just finished going to the deepest bottom of the ocean. Almost seven miles underwater to the floor of the well-known Marianas Trench. James piloted the Deepsea Challenger 35,756 feet (10,898 meters) under water.
Minimalist watch brand Uniform Wares has launched an update to their 300 Series chronograph. The new 302 Series combines a reliable quartz movement with an updated range of finishes and new leather straps. Uniform Wares has been around since 2009 and produces exclusively minimalist and highly legible watches which are clean, modern, and feature very sparse dial layouts.Read more ›
The newer Baume & Mercier Capeland watch is not new for 2012 as it originally came out a year or two ago. I covered some of the 2011 Capeland models here. For 2012, Baume & Mercier extended the collection with new colors, and I got a nice hands-on look at the collection. It goes without saying if you have seen both of these articles that the Capeland is a rather photogenic timepiece.
« DeLorean-DNA » medallion engraved on the case back
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This is a triple-date, also known as 'full calendar' for the inclusion of day, date and month. It's also a 12-hour chronograph and moonphase, all built on a nicely decorated ETA Valjoux 7751 movement.Read more ›
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.
Water resistance: 30 meters/ 100 feet/ 3 ATM
In this article on watch case materials, we have decided to write about ceramics. Ceramics are possibly the least understood of the materials used in watches. Many watchmakers are nowadays using ceramics for their watch cases – which gained popularity with Rado. Now Chanel, Hublot, Omega, IWC, and many others produce watches with ceramic cases in full or in part.Read more ›
In essence, this Casio Edifice EQWT720DC-1A watch has a few key features. It has the time, full calendar (date, and day of the week are displayed on the dial), daily alarm, 1/100 of a second chronograph, and world time function. In addition to that, the movement is light powered, synchronizes with each of the six atomic clock radio signals around the world and has a Casio "Tough Movement" which offers the ability for the hands to be re-positioned automatically if they are misaligned due to a shock to the case. That is a lot of technology and features. Ideally, you don't need to learn how to use most of them. If you do, then I highly suggest carrying the manual around with you. Perhaps that isn't necessary if this is your daily wearer, but for a guy like me who has a lot of watches in rotation, I will never recall how to use all the functions. Even setting the time is a complex dance of moving hands and button wrangling.
H2O ORCA TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
CASE MATERIAL: 316L surgical Stainless Steel / optional 7CARBON© hardened to 1500 Vickers
CASE BACK: Sapphire Display Case Back standard
CASE DIAMETER: 44mm
CASE HEIGHT: 13.50mm flat sapphire front glass
15.50mm double domed sapphire front glass
CASE LENGTH: 54.00mm
WATER RESISTANCE: 2000M / officially certified by German test laboratory
CROWN: 8mm screw down type
DIAL: 4 different dials
HANDS: 3 different handsets
MOVEMENT: SWISS ETA 2824-2, Automatic, 28.800 bph, Power Reserve 42h, Hacking Second
Bulgari wasn't really clear on how many pieces they would be making. The Octo for Maserati piece is billed as a "special edition". Effectively, I am not sure what that means. It is special though - right? What I think is that Bulgari is going to be make a limited run and see how they sell through Bulgari dealers, and maybe some Maserati dealers. Maserati makes a few models that are higher-end, but this watch will likely cost a healthy chunk of a car's price. Overall really nice and likely as good as you can get when it comes to subtly having a watch brand produce a piece for an auto maker. When it comes down to it, Bulgari feels that both they and Maserati are Italian - so it could make perfect sense to the consumer.
This one's for you Matt... aBlogtoRead.com readers know that I don't spend a lot of blog space explaining which watch actors and athletes are currently paid to endorse. I will however discuss watches on the wrists of people I respect and that have good enough taste to choose something nice. WordPress and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg is also a watch lover. Like many San Francisco and Silicon Valley horophiles, Matt is a bit more private about his fascination with watches. He told me once that it started with a Panerai he saw in a store window. Nevertheless, these important captains of industry and genius engineers are one of the largest and most important watch loving demographics in the US. These guys buy watches because they appreciate the mechanics and craftsmanship, not because they saw them in a fashion magazine.
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