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This is a new model from Helson, the Titanium Gauge, and we have an exclusive first review . This one takes the cool look of their 3500m gauge, scales it down to a mere 1000m, and goes to a full titanium case for a more wearable design. Let's take a look.
- Titanium case with helium escape valve between the top lugs and signed, inset & screwed 7.9mm crown opposite.
- Sapphire crystal, double-domed with antireflective coating
- ETA 2824-2 movement (note that the date function is not used here)
- Lumed 120-click bezel.
- 47.0mm by 16.8mm high (top of crystal), 53.6mm lug to lug.
- 131g on the Isofrane-style strap
Who is this watch best for? Well how much do you consider yourself a product of the video game generation? If you don't have ties to early video games that chirped and beeped as you racked up points... then the point of this watch may be lost on you. Romain Jerome expects a few select people to share their vision and enjoy what this piece is all about. Their relationship with Taito is far from over, and it makes me happy to know stuff like this is getting made. Niche for sure, which makes it cool. Price is 16,550 Swiss Francs.
Certification: Individually serial numbered with accompanying C.O.S.C certification.
This is a good example of why a hands-on article makes a lot more sense for curious watch lovers than relying on marketing images provided by the brands. Perhaps I should discuss what that is all about first. Excuse the tangent, but let me share something with you about the watch industry (and many others as well). Have you noticed how most watch publications just use the same images of watches? You could read three magazines, and each has the same pictures. It is often the same thing on the internet. We call these marketing images and brands produce them and give them away as part of press kits. Brands hire expensive photographers or use computer renders to make sexy looking doctored images for both advertising and press purposes. Because they are free and easy, most people use them when writing about watches. Much of the time people never even get to see what they are writing about, so the press images are all they have.Read more ›
Dial: Metal dial with various ground colours and applied indexes. Super‑LumiNova® coated indexes and hands.
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It was developed and assembled with the help of Eric Coudray (who is now at Cabestan). He still receives top honors in the watch world for building the Gyrotourbillon. There was the Gyrotourbillon I followed by the Gyrotourbillon II about five years later. Both have similar roots but are totally different watches. The Gyrotourbillon I was in a more traditional 43.5mm wide round case done in platinum. It is actually the more technically complex of the two in terms of functions. The watch has the time, perpetual calendar (with a unique way of displaying the calendar information), a power reserve indicator, and the equation of time as displayed via a sidereal hand on the time dial. There was an interesting mixture between skeletonization and sparsity of the dial. This was the first time people were able to see such a tourbillon and it was thrilling.
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Watch What-Iffed: Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Chronograph
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- Steel case size: 45.5mm × 46.0mm horizontal vertical [Case], 9.5mm [thickness]
- Movement: Solar Digital quartz movement Caliber S770 with an active matrix EPD with radio correction
- (standard radio receiver that originates from five stations in Japan, USA, Germany, United Kingdom) wave correction
- (from time to time. Driving power save about nine months months drive about 41 months from a full charge from full charge) solar charging function
- (time display can be optionally five) style change function
- (32 cities and regions) World time function
- time accuracy: 15 ± seconds per month difference (in case you do not receive the standard radio, if it is worn on your wrist at temperature 35 ℃ 5 ℃ ~)
- Sapphire crystal with hard coating
- Water resistant to 100 meters
- Limited edition of 1,000 watches
- Price 126,000 Yen (U.S. about ,620)
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Sinn has announced the release of a limited edition chronograph in partnership with Paul Parey publishing. For those not in the know (myself included), Paul Parey is a German publisher of a wide range of hunting and fishing magazines. Sinn has essentially customized their excellent 756 chronograph with a dark green dial and earthy brown strap to make a hunting watch.
The Opus 4 - This dual-sided grand complication comes from none other than Christophe Claret (creator of the X-Trem-1 and 21 Blackjack). Featuring a tourbillon, minute repeater, moon phase and date all packed into a 44mm platinum case which can be worn with either dial facing up, it was surprising that this example of such a limited Opus (only 20 units made) would fail to find a buyer. A rare and unique watch like the Opus 4 likely needs a fairly rare and unique buyer, or perhaps the 0,000 - 0,000 estimated (and the corresponding reserve) was simply too high (lot 4987).
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Listen to the HourTime Show Watch Podcast episode 110 here.
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aBtR: Why not make a "Smartwatch" like so many other brands on Kickstarter?
DB: The current digital watch market is about billion annually, and the current Smartwatch market is much, much smaller. I think that use of touchscreen and high resolution displays can represent a major disruption to conventional digital watch markets. In addition, all of the Smartwatches in the market today have battery life of 5-7 days. Having done very early Smartwatches with Microsoft SPOT and PALM many years ago, I am convinced that the majority of consumers don't want a rechargeable watch to use everyday. We have a enough products in our life that we have to worry about recharging, a watch shouldn't be one of them. Touch Time has a battery life of more than one year.
On the wrist, the Pulsion watch is a tender wearer with a wrist-hugging case and comfortable rubber strap. A metal bracelet option would be stellar if it existed. Given its wide lugs, this is a big-sitting 44mm wide case that is offered in a titanium or 18k pink gold. In total, four versions of the Pulsion are offered for 2012. The rubber strap by the way is quite interesting in its design and even has alternating finishes.
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At the exclusive watch show SIHH, Cartier has one of the largest booths. A lot of their space is dimly lit with museum style showcases offering glimpses of items you probably won't see anywhere else. Given that the show is not open to the public, most people will never see these pieces at all. In the cases are a range of artistic and high-jewelry creations that the French brand has produced for the year. Some of these are piece uniques, some parts of limited editions, and some might not even be sold at all. Whatever the nature of the item, I am usually sure to find at least a few beautiful things.
The Cross watch collection names are a bit general. What I mean is that under each name there seems to be lots of watches. The collection names include the Gotham, New Chicago, Arial, Cambria, and Palatino. Each has a steel case with sizes between about 41-42mm wide for the men's models. What you see before you is really just a small sampling of the many models they have. Note that the collections come with leather straps or steel bracelets.
This Version 2 is based on the CGK205 which I first covered here and then did a hands-on article with the CGK205 among other pieces here. As far as I can tell the new version has merely a new dial - which is almost a hybrid between the CGK204/205 and the earlier CGK203.Read more ›