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Case back side
Decoration Sand-blasted, drawn flanks, micro circular graining (grains with Ã˜ 1.50 and 1.00mm), chamfered and polished by hand, hand-polished sinks, rear display bridge with vertical CÃ´tes de Genève and circular bipolar Clou de Paris
Colour finish NAC
If JCB has one talent, it is how to make watches that people want to buy. The Big Bang should proof enough of that. He isn’t a watch maker, nor does he pretend to be. He is brand maker though. He knows how to connect with what I will refer to as “desirable auras.” You might see Hublot being advertised all over the place, but it isn’t exactly simply advertising. JCB is of the school of thought that when your name is connected to something, your name gets a part of that media, event, person, etc…, like osmosis. When JCB chooses to sponsor an event or select an Hublot brand ambassador, it is with the utmost of intent. If that person or thing is widely-known, respected, and gets people excited, it just might be a winner. For me, some of Hublot’s biggest successes have been to connect with Formula One and the FIFA World Cup. Imagine for a moment what an immensely big deal it was for Hublot to solidify a deal as the official timekeeper of the World Cup. Almost no one other than JCB could likely have swung such a deal. In addition to the incredible new level of brand notoriety, the awareness of the brand has sky rocketed. I got to see the website stats for Hublot.com during the month of June while the World Cup was going on. We are talking a traffic spike that looks like Mount Everest.Read more ›
While it has nothing to do with the actual theme of the watch, when I first laid eyes on this new limited edition Porsche Design P'6612 Dashboard Le Mans 1970 timepiece, I thought of something a bit kinky. You know, those lace-up on the sides leather pants, corsets, and other lingerie/bondage outfits? You know, because of that cross-stitching in red thread on the black leather strap. Then I toned it back a bit, and thought to myself "this isn't a watch that people are going to wear with those types of outfits. The watch also reminds me of hip shoes - which are something that someone might easily choose to wear the watch with. So below, you'll find a few Nike's with matching color schemes and red laces.
If you don’t already know the story, Felix got the seed money for URWERK from a family friend who gave him around 20K to make her a watch. Yes, a her! (Note to Felix: I’m not going to let you off the hook for creating a woman’s watch. Please return to this project as soon as possible!) From the money received Felix was able produce two other movements and his company was off and running.
Cartier offers the Roadster S in two styles - an all steel version on a metal bracelet, and this steel model with and aDLC bezel on a rubber strap. This version is the most sporty piece by far - likely one of the most sporty watches Cartier has ever released. Light, and agile on the wrist, it is a good watch for activity. The rubber strap can be adjusted to be tight, making for a secure fit. Just a few years ago Cartier started to play with aDLC - a slightly different application of DLC (diamond like carbon) coating. It goes over steel (or other metals) and makes it black (or ostensibly other colors as well). aDLC is good because (if done right) it gives a uniform look, and is very scratch resistant. To my knowledge, Cartier doesn't "do black" often, and aDLC is one of their first ventures into having black timepieces. Their first was an aDLC coated version of a Santos watch. Only the rubber strapped version of the Roadster S comes with the aDLC coated bezel. It has a nicely brushed finish to contrast with the polished case. It makes for a good look that runs into the black rubber strap. The strap is patterned a bit (only at the end parts) to look like the links on the metal bracelets. The steel bracelet version of the watch has a slightly smaller version of the bracelet used on the standard Roadster. A curious style bracelet with long, thin metal links.
The 1000 meters water resistant case is solid and comfortable. Love that blue wave pattern dial with matching blue bezel. The watch is amazingly easy to read. Inside the watch is a Swiss base ETA 2895 automatic movement with the date and a subsidiary seconds dial. Some call it the perfect dive watch. The version comes in a neoprene case with a dive log book. Price is 1,800 euros.
A few years ago the Louis Chevrolet watch company sprouted up in Switzerland. GM was pretty irked about this and the use of the Chevrolet name by the watch company and some legal matters ensued. In the end GM backed down - realizing there was no point fighting a small Swiss watch maker that could only help the automotive brand, not hurt it. As such Louis Chevrolet makes about 1000 watches a year with plans on making up to 5000 a year. Prices for the watches aren't too bad at between about 00 - 00 a piece. You can see some images of the brand's watches that I snapped here in the article. Some of their watches have a really cool dark blue PVD coating that is really neat.Read more ›
This is a very interesting and nice to look at women's watch from Van Cleef & Arpels. If I was a woman, then I would likely start saving up for one. Pennies, nickles, and dimes until I reached 6,000. The watch is the Pont des Amoureux, which means lover's bridge. The complication makes it such that the two figurines connect at midnight for a "kiss." This was no easy task actually. Check out this image of the watch internals. Just a small part of this area is dedicated to the manually wound mechanical movement. The rest is for the complex retrograde minute and hour hands. The watch is also in 18k white gold, with lots of diamonds, and the dial is totally hand painted. A real piece of art work with what Van Cleef & Aprels calls a "poetic complication" - how sweet.
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The watch is covered in a chambered sapphire crystal that lifts off the dial a bit. The view into the watch is grand as it looks like the movement is elevated out a bit. Though, there is too much white where the crystal connects with the case. Just not elegant enough for a watch of this stature in my opinion. Again, while I like the view in style, I just feel as though I want to see more classic style finishing, polish, and decoration on the movement. It is entirely possible that I am missing the point, but this is my gut reaction. Most of you are already well acquainted with tourbillon escapements so I won't get into that here, but the Breguet caliber 569 movement also has a fusee and chain transmission. This is a tiny bicycle style chain that ensures constant force from the mainspring barrel to the watch. It is super hard to make and really cool looking. This is also the main principle behind the Cabestan "winch style" watch. These two complications are the real "old school" greats that are hard to make, and impressive being invented in the early 18th century.
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The watch is large but really comfortable. These watches are meant to make a statement. At 47mm wide, I am surprised the piece fits so well on my wrist, but it does. Case is in steel and black PVD coated. Stefan opted for a thin bezel so that you could get maximum dial size. This design is actually quite uncommon on pieces this big. Though at the same time future Stefan Johansson Vaxjo watches are going to have a case and bezel redesign. The smooth looking black case is not the highlight of the piece, and the design makes that clear. The case is good looking and comfy, but like I said, your eyes are pulled toward the dial. The Mark VIII line has quite a lot of dial treatments to choose from. Stefan likes playing with the look. Each has a common personality though, and I think you will appreciate how he plays with the core concept that is the watch. The watches each contain a decorated Swiss ETA automatic Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement. The subsidiary seconds dial at 9 o'clock is removed for a more symmetrical dial. If you need to count the seconds, you can simply use the chronograph.Read more ›
New from Glashutte Original for 2010 is the Senator Diary watch.What is it? Basically a mechanical alarm watch that can be set up to 31 days in the future as opposed to "tomorrow." It has an in-house made automatic movement with the time, date, and the unique alarm complication. What is the "diary" part of the watch? You can whisper your hopes, dreams, and celebrity crushes to the watch - and it will never share your secrets with anyone else.Read more ›
Owns a Linde Werdelin SpidoLite SA rose gold watch
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The watch also has an orange GMT hand (which would likely be confused for an hour hand but people who don't get the watch). I like that it has a GMT hand, but am irritated that the hands doesn't have a 24 hour scale, just a 12 hour scale? Is that right, or am I utterly missing something? The module that makes all this happen, also provides for a GMT quick set system. There are pushers on the left side of the case that operate to move the GMT hand forward or backward in one hour increments. To up the value proposition of the watch, Louis Vuitton makes the module in-house at their watch maker workshop in La Chaux de Fonds, in Switzerland.Read more ›