However, not everyone wants such a large watch, or for that matter, the bold styling that often accompanies it. These more traditional men seem to be the target market for Seiko's recently introduced line of four mechanical dress watches, all with classic styling and very conservative 36mm cases. They are based on the new 23-jewel 6R15B movement with both hand-winding and hacking, and are known as the Seiko Mechanical line.
Outcome: Although both are winners in most all regards, President Clinton beats out Mr. Schwarzenegger. Not only does he have the permanent protection of the Secret Service, but he also has been able to effectively use his accent, where Schwarzenegger still fumbles on the pronunciation of the state where he is governor.
Saddam Hussein was actually known for being very fond of placing images of himself on all types of watches and clocks. While very rare in the Western world, there are Rolex and other fine watches strewn around with smiling faces of Saddam all over them. Watches with pictures of people on them are cheesy to say the least, but if while he was in power Saddam gave you a watch with his face on it, and he saw you wearing anything else, I am sure you can imagine the likely consequences. Click here to see a review of the book "Saddam Hussein Watches."
The constant motion of component on component is a close relationship of neighboring metals (literally), and has the unpleasant side effect of friction. If you are mechanically minded, you will surely fathom that years of metal on metal contact has the side effect of wearing out the parts. This however is interestingly avoided in most part to special oils and the use of "rubies" for lubrication and to reduce wear. Rubies, are polished stones that after as strong points between various moving pieces of a watch. Gems are particularly hard (even the synthetic ones uses in watches) and don't experience the same type of wear that most metals do. Regardless, there is still the issue of smooth motion between parts. Thus, a primary concern of any watch construction is the mitigation of wear, plus the assurance of absolutely reliably movement of the escapement (amplitude).
I am going to sum up what I feel about the customization in this watch by referring to the reason anyone spends a lot of money on a watch. Money well spent goes for a really nice design, created by a really good designer. No one is going to spend ,000 plus for a watch designed by me, so why am I being asked to spend this (and a lot more) for a watch "customized by me." I pay good money for expert advice. I want a damn nice watch specially crafted to be that way, not a bunch of silly options like "titanium or rose gold?" You know what my response would be? "Whatever looks better, duh." Watches are like art, and I pay for artistic and engineering talent. Not some gimmicky way of making a watch more personalized. I like the rear engraving option, but there is nothing novel about that. Basically this whole customization thing really feels arbitrary and self defeating.
So is the case with the Chapter One, lines that flow together, combined with functionality and purpose. The watch's several functions are clear to read, and I take issue with anyone who does not have appreciation for at least the column wheel day indicator. One special little feature I love on this watch are the labels on the back telling you what the pushers do. It is realistic that you'd have to set this watch often (as it is manually wound). So Maitres du Temps takes the small effort necessary to label the pushers to alleviate frustration. As thorough user guides are about as rare as Timex watches are in the luxury watch world, it is nice to see some effort placed on the user experience.
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What should be exciting to watch lovers, is not that they can now see mainstream watches on TV, quite the contrary indeed. If the new marketing efforts of large watch makers can garner a larger market, it will signal desirable small watch manufactures in Europe to focus more, or at all, on the US market, to which they have traditionally scoffed at. With good reason to. When European watch makers see brands like Timex selling so well in the US, they reasonably maintain the idea that most US buyers have no desire to own a nice timepiece. The hope is that they will abandon this frame of mind. Regardless of how or why the elite populations of the watch think about the US market, the statistical watch market increase in the US cannot be denied. Watch TV for more of your favorite watches.
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