The Big Bang (Aero Bang) model is 44mm wide while the King Power model is 48mm wide. The cases are a combo of black ceramic, composite resin, titanium, and rubber. Pretty much the rest of the watch you should already be familiar with if you've looked into Aero Bangs or King Power chronographs in the past. Each of these two limited edition watches for Bal Harbour will be limited to just 25 pieces each. Not sure about price, but they will be over ,000 each. hublot.com
In sating finished and polished titanium, the case is 42mm wide, and wears a bit large. It is water resistant to 100 meters, and has front and rear sapphire crystals. Movement is a Swiss ETA 2894-2 automatic, with a special signature Porsche Design rotor. The chronograph pushers and crown have grated surfaces for traction and ease of use (as well as design). Luminant is applied to the hands and I believe the hour indicators as well.
The Max Bill watch is what you can call "concrete Bauhaus." I think this term neatly applies to the combo of Bauhaus design with a modern touch that evokes the beginnings of modern architecture from the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these architectural designs that I refer to may look a bit dated by today's standards, but the best pieces from this era both structures and items (like this watch) have a great contemporary relevance. The Max Bill watch was so good because of how functional it was, but still stylish. Undeniably easy to read, attractive, and soothing to the eye. The design did miraculous things with space and felt like something you wanted to wear.
How is one supposed to carry such a heavy and delicate phone? In a holster of course. I snapped an image of a Celsius representative showing off his holster, one of a few accessories that come with the phone. Try going through airport security and explaining that. The LeDIX will also come with a charging/docking station, and a hands-free talking device. The charger uses a proprietary design - I would have liked for them to just use USB. Oh well.
Here is another watch review contributed by Santtu M. I reviewed a previous model by this brand, the Ocean Diver watch here. See his review below:
The HM4 engine doesn't have a tourbillon, but you can see the escapement wheel moving through a sapphire window on the top of the watch - which creates a great sense of perpetual motion. It is an amazing apparatus the HM4. Not only does it work really well, but you get this wonderful feeling of membership into a special club of exclusive watch enthusiasts just by putting the watch on.
Going back to the Navy SEALs, my understanding is that some of their soldiers are not only working on helping with the design of these special Master Compressor watches, but also wearing and testing them. This "in the field" feedback is helping Jaeger-LeCoultre make as good a timepiece as possible. Most of the buyers of these watches are not going to be Navy SEALs but the emotional connect to such active individuals is an important selling point in making these watches desirable. There will be three limited editions of the Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEALs watch. Each is the same timepiece, but with three strap options. There is the techy looking black rubber diving style strap (as seen in the pics), and the there is another black rubber strap that is textured to look like a three-link bracelet, followed last by a more terrestrial utilitarian looking crocodile strap.
Bvlgari, err... Bulgari always looks better in all caps right? While I have been seeing lots of confused designs from Bulgari as of late, this Diagono X-Pro is something I am not at all confused about liking (which is to say that I do like it). The cool masculine watch takes a few lessons from the polished looks of the Bulgari design play book, and adds a testosterone powered stamp of approval on it. When it comes down to it, while this is a great watch in and of itself, it feels like Bulgari's answer to the Hublot Big Bang. Not only in design, but also when it comes to the "fusion" of materials. Bulgari knows that with its performance over the last few years and the current economy, it can't dick around. It needs to give people what they want - which is apparently still luxury sport watches.
It isn't that much different back at Hublot Headquarters - most people you see are representing the brand proudly. Jean-Claude is modern in style when it comes to days at the office. iPhone in hand, he strolls around texting and answering e-mails with regularity. Back at his desk, JCB spend much of the day intently looking at his large computer screen managing his life on Facebook, and responding to e-mails. He is noted in the watch industry as being a man who is uniquely reachable. If you send Jean-Claude an e-mail, chances are he will read it and get back to you if it isn't too much trouble. The lack of artificial barrier between the leadership of the brand and the world is an important part I believe in Hublot's organizational flexibility, and JCB's awareness of the brand's salient issues and opportunities. It flies in the face of the stereotypical ignorant, outdated executive that most people picture sitting in ivory towers atop the corporate world.
Thanks Michael for your thoughts. I take this as a positive review, with the qualification that people with very large wrists should consult with Orbita referencing the length of their watch straps before getting this, or any watch winder for that matter.
St. Dupont make watches, among other luxury items, and will soon release a limited edition set of these RAID watches. The "Service Without Fail" part of the name is apparently RAID's motto. At first glance I like the watch. It is a bit "heavy" on the eyes, and does feature a extreme boldness, but in an appealing way. Although the watch does feature a design spirit, it was designed with function in mind. Meant to be highly viewable in low-light situations, the watch hands are predictably large, with accompanying large numerals in relief. Of course there is lots of lume on the dial, and despite it being quite stylized, it is rather legible.
Let me first say that I didn't expect to like this watch as much as I do. What won me over in the end was its incredible happiness to be a wrist companion. Always being easy to read, nice to touch, and comfortable to wear. My first reaction to the C600 line of diver watches from Christopher Ward (a UK based watch brand that specializes in selling its products direct online) was "well that is interesting." A sort of luke warm reaction that meant I recognized that the watch collection was different, but didn't give me that intense "tell me more!" sensation. The moderately sized watches in black came with a trio of dial choices and sat at the top of the Christopher Ward dive watch range.
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