The G-Timeless Sport watch dials look like a collaboration between a traditional Rolex Submariner and a Gucci handbag. It does actually work in the end though the hands are too short - but not so short as to kill the design. I am pretty sure "Gucci Sport" is also a perfume collection. If not, then maybe it should be and could be part of the packaging. Think about it. You get a brand new G-Timeless Sport, and when you open the box you pull the timepiece out of a pool of Gucci Sport fragrance. Not only does the watch prove itself as a diver, but it retains the scent of Italian musk for at least a week or two. Now you're talking... They need to hire me over in product marketing.
The Zenith Academy Minute Repeater Chronograph is actually a rather large timepiece. The case is 45mm wide in 18k rose gold and it is almost 17mm thick. That should however lead to a lot of space in the case for the gongs as well as air space for sound to reverberate. I have a feeling the minute repeater sounds lovely in this watch. Hopefully I will find out some day soon. Zenith will produce just a few of these as a limited edition set of 25 pieces. Price is 2,000.
The timepiece itself has a titanium case and beautiful dial. I mean I really like the vintage, functional design of the dial. Zenith was clever and a bit sly about just putting the word "special" on the dial in gold type. While it might look a bit too large on the wrist, it is a beautifully rendered design that most people can easily enjoy. This is of course much in part due to the large visible hands, easy to read hour markers, and wonderful dial contrast. Plus, being in titanium makes the Type 20 light enough to not weigh you down.
Then all of a sudden I see this UNICO All Carbon watch from Hublot and suddenly remember why carbon fiber was interesting in the first place. I also probably like it so much because there is no carbon fiber in the dial. Just lots of Hublot style skeletonization with a view to the movement. The name UNICO is part of the watch and placed on the movement. UNICO is a title given to some of Hublot's in-house made movements. Based on a modified ETA Valjoux 7750 architecture, the UNICO is a totally in-house manufactured automatic chronograph movement. One of the improvements over the 7750 architecture in this caliber HUB1240 movement is the use of a column wheel in the chronograph. You can see the column-wheel right in the dial near 6 o'clock. The chronograph also has a flyback feature.
The dial itself is a curious creation. It is made up of almost organic looking hexagons, each with smaller sections inside. These sections look almost like foam bubbles, and the light does reflect off nearby “cells.” The bluish-white light seems to come from behind the dial and moves around the entire face elegantly. Programmed routines in the watch have the lights moves around whimsically, beautifully, artistically, and likely very somewhat utilitarian.
While some brands stress the production of their own movements, it is sort of the reverse at Dubey & Schaldenbrand right now. At Dubey, they make their own cases, dials and hands. While they produce some modules and decorate and finish movements - right now they mostly use base ETA movements. The production of their cases and dials is really a plus for them and collectors. This means that they have a lot of control and flexibility in their designs and parts - which benefits everyone.
Here the movement looks decent for the money, and has that cool semi-suspended look. The case of the Mekon isn't half bad looking. It is in polished steel, with a black IP or gold coated version available also available. The case is 38mm wide and 50mm tall (including the lugs). That is a pretty good size for Western-sized wrists. Over the dial and rear of the case are mineral glass crystals.
Cushion watches are named as such because the shape of the case is supposed to look like a couch cushion. No one's had a better idea since they started calling them that. It is a good looking shape and done well in the Marvin Malton Cushion series. aBlogtoRead.com did a full review of the Marvin Malton Cushion watch here. This month you can enter for a chance to win a Marvin Malton Cushion M119 watch here on aBlogtoRead.com. The winner can have their choice of any of the four pictured M119 models. These pieces are 42mm wide in steel cases (some are PVD black coated) with leather straps and contemporary dials. Inside each piece is a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement. Fun watches with a retail price of ,580.
Inside the 5130G is Patek Philippe's in-house made caliber 240 HU automatic movement. The slim movement is just 3.88mm thick, and uses a micro-rotor to maintain a slim profile. The micro-rotor is made from 22k gold, and the movement has a power reserve of 48 hours. Note the special Patek Philippe Gyromax balance wheel. The movement offers the time and world time function. Once you learn how to use it, the piece makes for a very comfortable traveler's watch.
Overall this is a classic and restrained Junghans dress watch at a great price. Since most men don't wear pure dress watches daily, it's a good place to spend a bit less. No point spending your entire budget on a watch you wear twice a year, which is also why I can overlook the mineral crystal. If you do, in fact, wear it every day then I'd recommend spending more (also consider the Zenith Elite series) to get a sapphire crystal. This is a great size and should slip underneath shirt cuffs with ease.
On a bracelet, the 5130/1G piece suddenly becomes more lively in my opinion. It is a mature looking watch no doubt, but a new type of flair and aesthetic is added on the classy five-link 18k white gold bracelet. An overall very interesting piece in general and it looks best on the bracelet in my opinion. Retail price for the Patek Philippe 5130/1G is ,000.
Ball “Big Boy” Union Pacific Engineer Master II Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
4 Commentsby Ariel Adams
Ball “Big Boy” Union Pacific Engineer Master II Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
The watch is still a good value for what it is. 500 meters of water resistance, sapphire crystal, good design, and highly legible dial. The cases are all steel with PVD coatings for the various colors. Inside all of the watches are Swiss made movements. All the smaller pieces and the one's with the arrow hand come with Swiss quartz movements while the three automatics (red, gray and brown), have Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movements inside. The automatics further have outgoing dials - which may have been modified a bit. Hard to tell. Would be nice to have the new dials available as automatics as well.
The Opus 1 - The first in the collection and the start of the Opus collaborations highlighting the work of F.P Journe. The Opus 1 was available in three editions, each being limited to six units. Including a 5 Day Automatic, a twin time Resonance Chronometer and a Tourbillon, the example seen at auction last week was the 5 Day Automatic with a diamond clad bezel. Given that the range offered only 18 total units it was surprising that the Opus 1 failed to sell despite estimates of ,000 - ,000 USD (lot 4837). Rare yes, but the design is 12 years old and tastes have changed a great deal since it was announced.
Bell & Ross will produce 50 pieces of the 18 pink gold WW1 Heure Sautante (,000), and 25 pieces of the platinum model (,000).
On the wrist, the new size feels comfortable and appropriate. The concept feels better at 41mm and feels very medium, being not too large or too small. 39mm wide was personally too small for my tastes. You really get a feeling of depth when looking at the movement through the sapphire crystal caseback. If you aren't impressed with how Lange movements look, then you need a new hobby. The in-house made caliber L951.6 is an amazing thing that is very three-dimensional. It is hard to tell looking at it straight on, but with so many levels, the movement really feels like a city of springs and gears. The movement parts are all hand-decorated and finished.