At first I didn't think this new Meisterstuck Heritage collection had anything to do with Mr. Lambert. The reason is that new products take a few years to materialize. So I expected to see Lambert-directed new products in 2-3 years from now. Regardless, Montblanc assured me that this is a brand new collection that Mr. Lambert is responsible for, and despite the complicated movement and beautiful presentation, this timepiece isn't even the star of the Meisterstuck Heritage collection - but that is also a story for another article. I don't want that to make this piece not sound important, because in many ways it is the most important new watch Montblanc has released. It is not only very beautiful, but a sign of exactly where the brand is headed over the next few years - a refined look that upgrades the overall feel of Montblanc with an emphasis on more accessible haute horology.
10 meters mean that I can't shower with it?!? 200 meters but not ISO-certified means that it shouldn't be used for diving? 1500 meters without a helium escape valve, and no special gaskets or case design? How is that possible?
QUARTZ MOVEMENT CHARACTERISTICS
- Analogue and digital display quartz movement, ETA 988.333 caliber, 7 Jewels,frequency: 32,768 Hz
- Hand display: Hours, minutes
- Digital display: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, perpetual calendar functions (day and date display, countdown, second time band. 1/100 second chronograph (ADD or SPLIT); Alarm
- Gain/loss: +0.1 seconds/day (at 20 °C)
- Long-life silver oxide battery (theoretical power reserve: 35 months depending on frequency of use of the alarm and chronograph functions)
- Electromagnetic compatibility: EN 50082–1, EN 50081–1
- Resistance to magnetic fields: 1600 A/m
- Impact resistance: NIHS 91-10
The dial of the Genie 01 offers a range of information, all part of the complex manually wound mechanical movement developed by Breva in collaboration with Jean-Francois Mojon's company Chronode. The 405 part movement operates at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 65 hours. There is also a handy power reserve indicator on the dial near 4 o'clock.
"SH" stands for Shinji Hattori, who is the current president of Seiko in Japan. He has been there since 2010 and I wrote about it here. Among other things (like watches) Shinji is very fond of Shonan and its beach shores south of Tokyo. Perhaps a favorite leisure spot of his, the area is also known to have good waves for surfing. There are many references to the beach and sea in the watch, done in a way we haven't seen from the brand before. What is further interesting, is that while Seiko could have easily branded this as a Grand Seiko, or even Credor model (a high-end sub-brand only in Japan), the timepiece is labeled merely as a "Seiko." Despite that, the watch has a range of high-end decorative features that are very rare to find in Seiko watches.
I don't want to re-write the entire article again here on aBlogtoWatch, but I recommend you check it out if you have any interest in buying watches, selling watches, and the pre-owned watch market overall. I interviewed some key players in the industry who are among those who are heavily investing in getting you to sell them your watch. I also explain why this is a growing area right now, and also try to dispel what I learned are a lot of misconceptions about the pre-owned watch industry.
If you've been following watches for any length of time none of this should be news to you. Even though some of history's most popular watch models get new life these days, not everything we lust for will or can be resurrected. The alternative to waiting for someone to bring back an older design is buying an original vintage piece. While that sounds reasonable it is often not practical. On the one hand popular watches from years ago tend to have been thoroughly loved. That means the original owners wore them a lot and the pieces show it. If they are popular they are also likely to be rare or very difficult to find in good condition. On the other hand some of them are simply too valuable to consider. Like the idea of wearing a rare vintage Rolex? So do a lot of other people who are much better funded than you. So what I am saying is that if a company chooses not to release a modern version of a classic, then many people simply have no ability to enjoy these timepieces.
With that said, let's see what the four pieces of this new-for-2014 collection have to offer to the fans of the brand, aviation, or just a handsome military-styled piece. Above, you see our collage of the four versions, showing the different color combinations in which they will be available. Hamilton, likely utilizing the Swatch group's R&D capabilities to tackle the task, developed a special metal treatment that allows them to manufacture the 41 millimeter wide cases in four different hues all the while also making aluminum harder and more durable.
This is one of the most unique Voutilainen dials I've ever seen, and the only one that I can think of that is completely decorated in this manner. I have to respect Kari's dedication to a watch being a watch, because the Voutilainen 28 Hisui still has 18k white gold applied hour markers as well as the Voutilainen brand logo plate. Applied gold leaf is used on the periphery of the dial that melds into shades of blue and green.
At the outer edges, you do have a smooth, bright white expanse. In the center of the dial, though, there's a textured finish surrounded by the 24-hour scale. While this is still white in color, it almost takes on a silvery sheen depending on how the light hits it. Both this color and texture shift are a quite nice (and subtle) way to break up the dial a bit. Depending on the angle, it may look white, silver, or even grey (for some reason, it calls to mind the moon for me). Working our way back out towards the edge, you have the aforementioned 24-hour scale. In conjunction with the GMT hand, this is the second time zone you can track, as the GMT hand can be set independently of the main hands (for those curious, the third timezone comes, courtesy of the bezel; more on that in a bit).
The GREAT Britain watch is one of the latter. Roger Smith has promised more details in the future, but for now here is what we know. The watch itself is likely in platinum or 18k white gold, and appears to be similar to his Series 2 watch but without the power reserve indicator (at least not on the dial). The dial features his handmade hands and a unique dial that appears to have a stylized portion of the Union Jack from Britain's flag. The name of the watch "GREAT Britain" appears at the bottom of the subsidiary seconds dial. The watch has all applied Roman numeral hour markers that appear to be in black or deep blue. It is a very beautiful, and very stately watch that Roger Smith was extremely proud to make. Given that it was completed less than two years after it was commissioned for the Olympic Games Legacy program, I'd say that is rather speedy for Roger. He considers the commission to be the highlight of his career, not only to be fully recognized by the British Government, but to also know that one of his watches is displayed among some of the best items produced by people in the UK.
The new aBlogtoWatch begins with an updated logo. Clean and modern, we feel that it represents what is really a brand unto itself now more so than ever. One of the most important elements going into the redesign was a focus on doing everything possible to maintain the integrity and value of our content. We want aBlogtoWatch articles to be both honest and friendly to look at. This should be a place experts or novices feel comfortable, but at the same time we need to acknowledge that aBlogtoWatch is often about discussing high-end collectibles and items of passion for sophisticated consumers.
We'll start with the Terrascope models, as these are likely the most familiar style from JR for many. These share the same 44mm case and overall styling that we've come to know and love from the Terrascope line. Where they branch off is with their finishing.
The BR 03-94 Golden Heritage chronograph uses ETA's 2894 automatic chronograph movement which, in this configuration, offers sub seconds and a maximum measure of 30 minutes. Based in part on the ETA 2892, the 2894 is a modular movement that we have seen used in watches like the Tag Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Limited Edition (as the Calibre 17). This movement is fairly easy to pick out as, in its two-register form, it places the running seconds at three and the chronograph minutes at nine. Based on a cam and lever design, this mechanical movement has a power reserve of 37 hours.
What made the original RM027 watch so special was its weight. I forget the precise record it set (as so many of these records come and go), but I am pretty sure it was the lightest mechanical or tourbillon-based mechanical watch ever made as, it made use of an exotic lithium-alloy based case material. The idea was that it was light enough not to hamper Nadal's game, and durable enough to withstand it. From a marketing perspective, it was genius. Several years later, Richard Mille decided to continue the Nadal saga by releasing a follow-up model with the RM 27-01 series of watches that were available in a few colors. A bit larger and more interesting looking than the original, the RM 27-01 was actually one gram lighter, being just 19 grams. It also made use of a unique tension cable system to secure the tourbillon movement in place, making it more shock resistant. Also limited to just 50 pieces, the RM 27-01 made the original RM027 sound like a bargain, with a retail price of 0,000. That trend now changes for 2014.
The Titanium Auto's case is 42 mm wide and made, predictably, of lightweight titanium. Measuring 52 mm lug to lug and just 11.75 mm thick at the crest of its slightly-domed sapphire crystal, this Khaki Field iteration may be the most wearable in the line, weighing only 66g with the strap.
Tech Specs from Da Vindice
- Movement: Mechanical automatic, 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz), 42-hour power reserve
- Functions/Complications: Power reserve indicator, Date, Tourbillon, barometer
- Case: 18K pink gold, 54 mm x 59.5 mm
- Dial: Partially open-worked with flame-blued hands
- Crystal: Sapphire
- WR: 30 meters
- Strap: Crocodile with 18K pink gold buckle
Given that you as the player have just two cards, it looks like the specific poker game designed into the Poker watch is Texas Hold 'em. This allows for less windows as the dealer and the player share three of their five total cards. Look for more information about this royal flush of a timepiece soon - while there are going to be a limited set of people who find it a clear winner, those fans will win big. The Christophe Claret Poker will be part of a small limited edition in a few styles and case materials. Price will be between 160,00 - 172,000 Swiss Francs. christopheclaret.com
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What makes this particular ceramic case special is the finishing and this is a really important point with regards to understanding the larger appeal of the watch. Most ceramic watches have a single finish over the entire case. Most ceramic watches are polished, and some are matte finished. I don't think I've seen a ceramic watch that is fully brushed, but I have seen ceramic parts such as bezels which are brushed. What Omega did with the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is mimic the finishing of their metal Speedmaster watches for the ceramic case. This means that the upper part of the lugs as well as the sides (flanks) of the case is brushed versus polished, which helps frame the personality of the watch and is a major element of the design.