It isn't that Rolex and Seiko make the same product. That isn't true at all, but rather that Seiko genuinely does offer some excellent watches worthy of your ,000 - ,000 timepieces investments. So, let's take a look at this new Ananta. First of all, as a limited edition it is also meant to celebrate Seiko's 100th Anniversary. At 42.8mm wide the steel case is nicely polished and attractive. It still has some of the original Ananta style based on Japanese swords, but isn't nearly as wild. As I said above, that is a shame. Even though Seiko made a much more conservative product, they removed some of the soul of the brand. Yes conservative means more buyers, but doesn't Seiko have enough conservative pieces (i.e. Grand Seiko)?
Swiss Hublot has its hands in a lot of things, ranging from sponsorships to limited edition watches that seem to celebrate other limited editions. We can't cover them all, but once in a while there is an image or story that we just have to share. It looks like Hublot is sponsoring an Exosuit for the European team that is continuing to dive and explore the region around where the Antikythera device was found. UPDATE: Hublot has (of course) released a limited edition watch called Hublot Oceanographic ref. EXO4000 731.QX.EXO14.
Capable of withstanding magnetic fields in excess of 15,000 Gauss (1.5 Tesla), thanks to the construction of the movement, the AT >15,000 Gauss (ref 126.96.36.199.01.022) comes fitted with a sapphire display case back, a design not possible in magnetically-shielded watches. The 8508 is otherwise a very recognizable member of the calibre 8500 family, with automatic winding, a co-axial escapement, 60 hours of power reserve and Omega's Si14 silicon balance spring. This technologically advanced movement design is the result of a partnership between Omega, ETA, Asulab and Nivarox FAR.
As I mentioned above, the brand has already written its third Chapter (with the Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal) with a much more classical looking, but nonetheless stunning watch by Kari Voutilainen and Andreas Strehler. Having said that, I respect the fact that the brand decided to carry on with a previous model and aspire to further enhance it. This sentiment implies the tremendous scale of investment behind the concept - and it also shows that several versions have to be made to justify such an immense technical effort. But then again, buying into such a young brand is an investment as well - and a fairly expensive one at that: the price for one of the eleven pieces ever made of the Chapter One Round Transparence is 0,000. maitresdutemps.com
Being one of the flagship Pro Trek models, the PRW6000 gets all of the best bits from Casio. The movement is solar powered and features Multi-band 6 atomic timekeeping and Casio's latest Triple Sensor V3. The Triple Sensor allows for the compass, altimeter and barometer we all expect on a Pro Trek, but this latest generation is considerably smaller and more efficient while offering the same measurement accuracy improvements we saw on the PRW3000. Along with a chronograph, timer, world time, and alarm, Casio has included an atmospheric pressure trend alarm that will notify the user of any drastic changes in barometric pressure, which would suggest the weather conditions will soon be changing.
In most watches these jewels are used for all the pivot points in the gear train, as well as in the anti-shock settings (whether these be Incabloc or some other version). Those watches with complications also use jewels to reduce friction and over time, as watches became complicated, the amount of jewels gradually increased.
In other respects, this is very much the mainstream, slim, classic timepiece that Rolex has been missing. The most basic version is the Cellini Time, with just the time, but for me the most interesting versions are the Rolex Cellini Date and this Rolex Cellini Dual Time because they add elements that Rolex does not offer in other models. As is common on many Rolex watches the caseback of the Cellini is devoid of any text and in this case is rounded and polished in a classic form.
You might find it interesting that many novice and fresh watch design talent does not approach the formulation of new dials with this general maxim. Instead of beginning a watch dial design with the hands, they end with the hands. This terrible oversight is perhaps the result of a lack of formal "watch design" training, and without assessing blame, I would simply like to state to the watch design world, please begin all dials with the hands. This, in my opinion, will prevent considerable abuse of legibility and improve the overall consideration of proportions.
The 24k gold Bulova Accu-Swiss Percheron is a pet project of the still-new Bulova President Greg Thumm. As a watchmaker, Thumm himself always wanted a timepiece made out of 24k, versus 18k, gold. The difference is that 24k gold is pure gold, and 18k gold is an alloy. Why do luxury watches use a gold alloy? Are they trying to be cheap? Not at all, 18k gold is used because pure gold is too soft for most purposes, especially for a watch case. Pure gold will wear away and scratch very easily, so 18k (or historically 14k) gold is preferred.
The movement in the watch is the mechanical and manually wound in-house made Seiko caliber 6898 movement. The simple movement has the time with subsidiary seconds dial that operates at 21,600 bph. The movement is extremely thin being just 1.98mm thick. It is worth noting that the 6898 is a slightly more modern version of the caliber 6800 that Seiko original made in the 1960s for dress watches. Each of the movements is produced by hand for this timepiece. The SH Special Model watch is 38.5mm wide and the case is in 18k white gold. In going with the thin nature of the movement, the case is just 7.6mm thick.
In contrast to the main handset, I do really like the seconds and red GMT hands. I really like slender seconds hands that reach out to the outer edge of the dial, and this one has a slight flair on the balance end, making for a sharp design. In some ways, it's almost a hand destined for a dressier piece - which makes me wonder if the main handset was different in the initial designs for this watch. Confusingly, it's also the only hand that has any lume - which makes the lack of lume on the main handset that much more of a surprise. As to the GMT hand, it's also slender and unobtrusive, meaning you really only pick up on it when you're wanting to read the second time zone. This is done by a quick tilt of the wrist so you can see the 24-hour scale printed on the rehaut - small, but legible.
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Limited Edition Zenith El Primero Rolling Stones Watch
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Limited Edition Zenith El Primero Rolling Stones Watch
Years ago when I first got into timepieces I stumbled upon a previous generation Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch and fell in love it with. It remained an idle love for quite a while and eventually Blancpain decided to release a brand new version of its base Fifty Fathoms Automatique which has remained the cornerstone of its sporty dive watch collection ever since. I now have the pleasure of offering a hands-on review of a deliciously designed Swiss diver with a great design, great character, and matching "great" price.
Everything about this watch is elegance, classic lines, and almost has a sense of nobility. I can't help but compare it to the Datejust and think, "this is what it looks like when a Datejust grows up." The lugs aren't dissimilar, and the bezel is narrow, leaving more dial to gaze at. At 39mm, I feel like it's the perfect size without being too large or too small by today's standards.
With this preamble, the watch I want to discuss here with the aBlogtoWatch.com readers is their latest, the Garmin D2 (direct-to). This is a purpose-built watch for pilots with all the necessary functions and features that an amateur and professional pilot would need. Sure it's not a mechanical watch in the tradition of the Breitling Navitimer 01, but this is one quartz GPS-enabled pilot watch you might want own. Let's see why that is.
November is an exciting month at aBlogtoWatch because one of you will win a Maurice Lacroix Pontos S chronograph watch (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here). A wonderfully modern mechanical sport watch, the Pontos S comes in a durable 43mm wide steel case and is water resistant to 200 meters. Our favorite feature is the elegantly designed internal rotating bezel that uses a crown integrated into the chronograph start/stop pusher.
Oh, and how do you adjust the local time hour hand? Well, that's done courtesy of buttons that are hiding in plain sight over on the left side of the case. If you look closely, you'll see the split that betrays the presence of the pushers that mimic the case shape. All in all, this is one of the more elegant dual time solutions I've seen.
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