Refs. 49960-19-631-FK6A and 49960-11-131-FK6A
Case in steel
Bezel: rubber or steel
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire
Water resistance: 1,000 meters
Self-winding mechanical movement
Caliber: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: min. 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second, power reserve indicator
Strap in black rubber
Steel folding buckle
Like the new Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar, the Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT comes in a 48mm wide case. Larger than the smaller 40mm wide size (three-hand) that will also be available this year, but smaller than last year's 57.5mm wide Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 watch. 48mm is still big, but seen on the wrist of a man, a large pilot watch seems sensible. They are after all, supposed to be large and visible. The expansive dial of the GMT is marked by a large red-tipped GMT hand, as well as a subsidiary seconds dial. I really love the large, heavy looking hands coated in lume. Note the dedicated GMT scale on the periphery of the dial for the GMT hand.
Additionally, as with events of this nature, there were scheduled talks by leading members of the watch industry, as well as a special screening of "The Watchmaker's Apprentice", a documentary about the life of the British master watchmaker, George Daniels and his relationship with his apprentice, Roger Smith.
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The linear style movement and roller-based system for telling the time no doubt reminds me of Cabestan. Rebellion doesn't do it quite as nicely, but it works in a sort of more rugged, industrial way. This is not a watch for Batman, or Ironman, or most other heroes. This feels much more like a villain's watch. It is like a tank and a chainsaw got together and decided to try out as a prop for the next Aliens vs. Predator movie (that will no doubt suck except for its props).
Not every woman desires a dainty wristwatch purely designed for fashionable adornment purposes. If your date leads an active lifestyle but also cleans up well, consider gifting her a luxury branded sports watch. Although there are a number of brands to consider in this category, a perennial favorite is the all-around classy and functional Tag Heuer Aquaracer line.
With about fifteen pieces to choose from in the current ladies’ collection, my recommendation would be to skip the larger models and diamond dial/bezel variants and stick with the 27mm base version pictured here, available with either a silver or black dial and a great price point. If your lady is more Lara Croft than Paris Hilton, this is the watch for her. Priced from ,700. tagheuer.com
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2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the Carrera watch, and while the other Carrera models are nice, nothing beats the stand out vintage vibe of the Jack Heuer Special Editions. This pair of watches, celebrating famed Honorary Chairman of Tag Heuer, Jack Heuer, the Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 and the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph - Jack Heuer Editions, are eye-catching beauties that certainly belong together as a study in how Tag Heuer as a brand has evolved through the years.
The deal maker (or breaker) for many people will be the size of the Avigation collection, which Longines has set at 41mm wide. A lot of this is no doubt due to the fact that the crown is so large. The modest size will be a welcome note to those who feel many of today's aviator watches are too large for their wrists. Consider IWC's Big Pilot, which measures from about 46-48mm wide. With a polished steel case, rotating coined bezel, and loop style lugs, Longines has perhaps hit a very sweet spot with a good looking retro pilot watch that offers a lot for many buyers. No doubt these aren't the first (or last) retro-inspired aviation watches from the brand, but the Avigation Oversize Crown collection is a nice addition, so long as you don't think of the name too often.
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SevenFriday Watch Review
I am pleased that Scott Devon considers my opinion valuable enough to run designs by me and ask me questions about the future of his rather cool high-end electromechanical watch brand. As part of this exchange I learned that the highly-anticipated Tread 2 watch that we saw hands-on on here at Baselworld 2012 was likely to be put on hold. That was distressing to me as the Tread 1 needed a suitable follow-up, in addition to the fact that I liked the Tread 2.
In 1958 Jack Heuer joined the family company Heuer as an engineer. Jack is the great grandson of Edouard Heuer who started the Swiss timepiece maker in 1860. In the 1960s and 1970s "mechanical" was more or less the state-of-the-art in watch making with electronic watches being a mere fringe. It was in a sense, the last golden age of the consumer mechanical watch, before they became luxury items. During this time brands raced to make the best sport watches, which included timepieces for racing, diving, precision timing, and of course space travel. Heuer collectors fully know what role the brand had in advancing the mechanical chronograph wrist watch. It was an important player with a real history of innovation, design, and legitimacy. Jack Heuer was there during this time, eventually running the brand and ushering in new products like the Carrera watch family.
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Gustafsson & Sjogren Watches With All-Damascus Steel Cases And Movements; Hands-On
Finally in June 2007 (six months late on our objective) at the very last moment, when there was no money left, none of my personal money, none of the money of the company, we managed to deliver the first two pieces. The retailers were super cool, they paid me immediately but, since they had pre-financed me, the amount they were paying had no margin built into it, so whatever money came in went directly to suppliers! I lived off nothing, like a student, but fortunately for me I came from no money, so it was easy for me to live that way. I am very proud that during the whole of the MB&F story whatever the crisis, all suppliers were always paid on time. Here’s something that’s extremely important: trust. I could never have done what I did if I had not previously won the trust from all the people who decided to work with me.
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MIH Watch Review
“The most important challenge for me is to come up with something innovative that challenges or impresses, a ‘wow’ product,” he said.