Having started with a quick glance at its past and present importance, followed up by a hands-on look at its last hurrah, we have wrapped up Horological Machine No. 3. And although it would be a fitting ending to say goodbye to it, I am sure we will for long be seeing it in one of its many versions out in the wild, worn by collectors and enthusiasts. The MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition will be limited to 25 pieces, priced at ,000 each. mbandf.com
From a functional perspective the Blancpain caliber 2322V2 is more or less the same as the existing 2322. What is different is the orientation on the dial, as well as the design of the bridges and the finishing which is much more modern compared to the classic looks of the 2322. The manually wound movement is comprised of 350 parts and has a power reserve of 168 hours. On the rear of the movement is a small hand which acts as a power reserve indicator, and on the dial, you have the time as well as the exposed tourbillon and carrousel mechanism.
It's kind of fitting that IWC should be good at making worldtimers: Founded in Schaffhausen by a Bostonian whose company named their most iconic collection the Portuguese, the aptly styled International Watch Co. has 135 years of crossing borders in the bag.Read more ›
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Artur Akmaev began his journey studying the art of jewelry design, taking classes on hand engraving and attaining a degree as a Jeweler. It wasn’t until his continued education at the University of Applied Arts in Moscow that his passion for watches and watchmaking quickly grew. His early work began on a robust Russian movement known as the Poljot 3105, as part of a project that was created for his personal enjoyment – and that fueled what would soon become a long line of beautifully crafted pieces.
>Brand: F.P. Journe
>Model: Chronometre Souverain
>Price: ,000 (as tested)
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: I'd really want someone to discover the brand for themselves rather than me recommend it to them, but if I needed to, it would be someone frustrated with the smoke and mirrors marketing of the luxury watch world looking for an approachable brand that seems to make a lot of sense.
>Best characteristic of watch: Extremely well considered timepiece with beautiful elements from all angles and a lot of lasting power.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Design is the right amount of quirky for me, but not everyone will love it - which is perhaps a good thing. It is easy to wish it was more accessibly-priced.
First, the similarities: all four versions feature the Omega Co-Axial 9300 caliber with running seconds at 9 and 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters at 3 – no word just yet about it being a Master Co-Axial, i.e., anti-magnetic to 15,000 Gauss – the original 44.25 millimeter wide and 16.14 millimeter thick case in black ceramic (ZrO2), as well as the original Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon's brushed ceramic caseback ring.
Hamilton Powell: Like many pre-quartz brands, Heuer is pretty awesome. I love Heuer (pre-Tag) for many reasons – its ingenuity, creativity, and constant remaking of itself. Before Abercrombie & Fitch was a shirtless male model company – it was an outfitter that “outfitted presidents and pioneers, authors and actors, explorers and icons.”
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Whatever your choice of dial is for the Project X Custom Rolex Daytona, you will need to put ,450 (£14,950 GBP) down on the barrel to pick up one of the 24 (of each color) that they have made available, or ,150 (£14,750) for one of the 28 pieces from the Project X DS7 Custom Paul Newman Rolex Daytona-inspired piece. projectxdesigns.com
Matt Smith-Johnson: Hey there! My name is Matt Smith-Johnson, and I’m the Art Director for ABTW. Additionally, I am the owner and maker of Teenage Grandpa watch straps. Along with those responsibilities, I’m also a freelance Creative Director based in Toronto.
Personally, I often prefer more formal timepieces to land in the 36mm-39mm range. This model, though, proves among the most successful executions of a dress-style watch at such a scale. Its refreshing to have a larger size as such an appealing option, with a hefty serving of unexpected wrist presence. The original used a different crown - a kind of stylized carved Deco-style sunburst/flower - that exuded more personality, as opposed to the standard Piaget signed crown here; I definitely prefer the former. But the biggest difference between the original and the current version lies in the choice of mechanism.
These two worlds collide within a smooth and flowing case design that imbues the watch with dressy elegance. The movement itself would have looked at home in a gritty, futuristic housing were it teamed with a more angular dial (you could imagine the complication sitting well with the philosophy of Urwerk, for example), but the case and the dial together leave us in no doubt as to Ballouard's personal tastes. His statement is one of choice words delivered in a whisper. The true 'horophile' will appreciate the polished case poking out beneath his cuff, with its recognizable crown, signed 'LB,' and located at half past two.Read more ›
Watch De Luxe: As our shop has been open for 11 years, we have seen a major change in the attitude of the Hungarian watch enthusiasts towards fine Swiss watches. Fine timepieces have become much more accepted and in most cases, even an expected thing – for example, for company managers to wear a quality watch that represents craftsmanship, history, prestige. I would refrain from mentioning brands, for as we see, everyone expresses themselves with their own choice. watchdeluxe.com
Note that what you see in the case cavity of the Jacob & Co. Astronomia is the entire JCEM01 manually-wound movement, and the planetary structure is literally sitting on the mainspring barrel. It is actually a motor barrel, and has been designed after some systems from historical American pocket watches. The four arms are all connected via a special differential system, and the system rotates around the dial fully once each 20 minutes. That is the first axis for the tourbillon.Read more ›
The Tudor Pelagos in either black or blue continues to be an exemplary 500 meter water resistant sports watch with its class-leading titanium case (at this price point, it so easily is), legible tool-watch style, and features. Take, for instance, the deployant clasp on the bracelet which has three micro-adjust settings as well as the cool spring-loaded diver's extension style system which never stops being cool. There is also the fact that Tudor includes both a titanium bracelet as well as rubber strap (with extra diver's extension piece) with all new Tudor Pelagos models. Price for the 2015 Tudor Pelagos reference 25600TN in black as well as the blue 25600TB is 4,200 Swiss Francs (currently about ,300), which is actually just a few hundred bucks more than the outgoing model without the in-house made movement. tudorwatch.com
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Welcome back to an aBlogtoWatch original series, where we discuss important stores that sell watches all over the world. Each store we profile has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to. Whether you buy watches from brick and mortar retailers or prefer to buy watches online, these are the stores that help shape our watch culture around the globe. There is a long list of stores to cover, but if there is a retail location in your favorite city that we simply can’t miss, let us know in the comments below.