The dial is a mix of opaline black with cream sub dials and accents. There is also a subtle red cross emanating from the center of the dial and a date display at 4:30. Legibility of the time display is generally good, but in some lighting, the polished main time hands can disappear against the black backdrop of the dial, despite their inclusion of a luminous segment on each hand. Being polished, all one would need to do is slightly rotate their wrist to catch some available light and reveal the hands.
Baselworld 2015 sees the release of the De Bethune DBS Tourbillon, a futuristic homage to the brand's recent past. The De Bethune DBS Tourbillon's raison d’etre is to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the De Bethune DBS, and to simultaneously showcase how far this ambitious company has come in the last decade. Founded in 2002, the manufacture has created a recognizable brand aesthetic that counts distinctive size, astute visual consistency, and surprisingly unusual color schemes amongst its most eye-catching traits. By adding a tourbillon to the De Bethune DBS model, De Bethune is updating one of its more iconic pieces for their avid fans.
Reading the time is pretty easy, actually, but given that it is a regulator style display, you'll need to look at one area for the minutes and another for the hour. Yes, this is a necessary trade-off for having this unique way of displaying the time. The subsidiary seconds indicator disc isn't super easy to see either, but at the end of the day, its primary use is to create some visual movement on the dial - this is not a tool-style watch worn when someone wants to measure the time with extreme precision.
This isn't incorrect, but at the end of the day, the resulting efforts at Casio have produced some very interesting and sometimes strange products whose goals are difficult to understand outside of this context. Casio is a company who produces and sells far more watches in terms of volume that most other watchmakers, so overall marketability and sales success is extremely important when you decide to produce hundreds of thousands or even millions of a watch.
Aside from using this new Globemaster name, there are a lot of nice little details taken directly from vintage Omega Constellation watches, and in fact it belongs to Omega's Constellation collection. Some dedicated collectors may opt to simply close their eyes and think, "I know in my heart this is a modern 'original' Constellation, so I will imagine that name on the dial." One of my favorite Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer watch details is the 18k gold or steel emblem set into the sapphire crystal on the rear of the watch with an image of an observatory. Omega collectors will really like that detail. The pie-pan design of the domed dial is also a nice touch and the legibility of the collection is very impressive.
To ensure 30m of water resistance and to protect the time display from accidental change, the pushers for the travel time feature a patent-pending locking pusher design that only requires a light quarter turn of the pusher cap to lock the pusher in place. In hand, this feature feels and works beautifully, and it's an elegant solution that is much more user friendly than a traditional screw-down pusher (especially given that the pushers are on the left side of the case).
I’m looking at the new-for-2015 limited edition Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision watch and am joined by a very special person. Stephen Forsey is the kind of guy you want selling you watches that cost more than most houses around the world. The British contingent of the English/French duo that is Greubel Forsey, Stephen is an immediately likeable chap who seamlessly goes from comfortable conversation to deep explanations of mechanical complications and production techniques used to produce what are easily some of the world’s absolutely most impressive watches. While Greubel Forsey shows at the prestigious SIHH watch tradeshow, like other high-end brands such as Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet, and Parmigiani, they are very much independent in how they are run and not part of Richemont Group that operates the SIHH. One of the brand’s most impressive “new” watches for 2015 is a totally fresh perspective on what most collectors perceive the brand to be.
Imagine our surprise, then, when TAG Heuer unveiled the new TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom watch that Baselworld 2015. Don’t get us wrong, we are thrilled by this new release, because the Monaco V4 is a true horological icon and deserves to be updated with the latest tech available in watchmaking. First unveiled in 2004, the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 is a truly special watch. Not only did it feature a linear winding mass - a rarity in watches today - it was, most importantly, the first watch in the world to be driven by belts. Even now, more than a decade later, the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 is still regarded as a technical feat. And TAG Heuer celebrates the Monaco’s heritage by offering the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom in an all-new special carbon case.
ABTW: Do you serve mostly locals or tourists, or is it a good mix? Also, what percentage of your customers would you call "knowledgeable watch collectors?"
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.
The red gold version is nevertheless stunning with its matte black dial and bright gold applied indices and hands. At a more reasonable 40 millimeter wide, both steel and gold versions of the Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar and PanoReserve come in at a size where their powerful color combinations are not overpowered by a massive, more ostentatious size.
The Olio Model 1 smartwatch that we had at the time was an early prototype, so unfortunately, I could not see a lot of this functionality in action. What I was able to see was a glimpse of the working user interface, design of the operating system, and the actual Olio Model 1 watch collection hardware. Though, overall, I was able to learn about Jacob's ambitious plans for Olio and what the start-up's team was diligently working on.
Stepan Sarpaneva produces much of his own timepieces personally in his workshop in Helsinki. An artist and machinist, he is best known for his distinctive “moon face” moonphase indicator display on many of his watches that is actually inspired by his own face. Quirky and original, timepieces like Sarpaneva's strike a major chord with those who like good watches produced in exclusive batches by passionate artists. For 2015, Sarpaneva teams up with Black Badger to create the Sarpaneva Northern Lights which takes one of his most successful designs and adds three different Black Badger lume dials in either purple, blue, or green. Black Badger produces not lume paint, but actual luminant composite materials that could be absolute game changers for the watch industry. Limited to just eight watches each, the Sarpaneva Northern Lights watches aren’t just amazingly cool, they are likely the start of a major new material trend. Price for the Sarpaneva Northern Lights limited edition watches is 14,500 Euros each.
History knows that the original Museum Dial watch was initially created by Horwitt in 1947, and within a year, the first example was produced as a timepiece - however, not with Horwitt's permission. This is where the history gets a little bit fuzzy and where the difficulty for Horwitt began with the work that he is today the most well known for. Horwitt apparently shopped the clock and watch design around to various firms, but he wasn't finding a lot of interest. At that time, as now among watch lovers, the idea of having a watch dial with almost no markers was controversial and frowned upon by many who saw the concept as being a lot of form over function.
I've recently heard reported that to some people, "JeanRichard is the new Panerai." I don't know about that, but in many senses new JeanRichard watches feel like scores out of Panerai's playbook. While the concept feels derivative, you can't help but enjoy the results. That means just a few core styles, with JeanRichard mixing and matching colors and materials to create new looks. The basic thesis of the design is to take a slightly more modern approach to the vintage-submersible style of your typical Panerai. JeanRichard first succeeds in a rather comfortable product.
If this two-tone Bulova Accu-Swiss Bellecombe isn't for you, then Bulova also offers the all polished steel reference 63R147 in addition to the pictured 65R164. As a man writing about a women's watch, I can only describe what I like about it and its value proposition, even though I am not the person Bulova is targeting to wear it. For this reason, I thank my lovely model who has most enjoyed wearing it and has praised the Bulova Bellecombe's comfort, legibility, and versatile style. The diamonds didn't hurt either. Retail price is ,595. bulovaaccuswiss.com
Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time Watch For 2015
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Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time Watch For 2015
Oster Jewelers: Our biggest watch event is our Meetup series. This has been hugely successful and is really growing exponentially. The insight offered is fantastic and we have guest speakers from the industry come in frequently. I have some great plans for the rest of this year! We also underwrite many arts and cultural initiatives including underwriting on PBS and public radio. We feel balanced news and education is vital for any community. Additionally, we are involved in numerous important causes from leukemia and epilepsy to adoption and pet rescue which tug at our heart-strings and give us so much more satisfaction in return for our participation than we could ever have imagined. We have donated/helped raise more than million in the Denver community since our founding in 2002. That's not too bad for a little independent store and something which makes us extremely proud. Denver is an amazing, generous and giving community.
For now, we have the Casio Pro Trek PRW-3500 collection, which may not add revolutionary new features, but does help round out the brands most modern Pro Trek collection models with all the technology and durability core Casio Pro Trek customers expect.
You’d also not assume that the Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton watch is particularly legible – but it is. Roger Dubuis follows the wise practice of producing hands that are flat polished on one side and satin finished on the other. This offers a high-end look, but also one that allows the hands to pop out and be easy to read. A flange ring around the open dial with its view of the skeletonized movement has hour and minute markers which are further necessary for being able to read the time properly. As weird as Roger Dubuis can sometimes get with their designs, they are usually pretty good about remembering that at the end of the day, they are still producing watches, and that watches need to be read.