To be honest, I don't know all the reasons why watch makers have determined that producing ultra-high-end women's watches is the right move for the industry right now. "Normal" luxury women's watches are doing quite well, and to a large degree, help the Swiss watch industry maintain profits. What is new isn't the idea of a high-end watch for women, but rather a high-end watch for women that focuses on a mechanical complications and innovative features. What the watch industry is trying to do is create demand for features and mechanisms in the female watch buyer market in a similar way that there is demand in the men's watch market.
For my tastes, the dial just feels small in the context of the overall watch. That said, there is something undeniably cool about how they have enabled anti-magnetism in the Ball Engineer II Magneto S - which, when it comes to luxury items like a watch, goes a long way. If you are of a mind to pick one up, you can do so now for a price of ,399. ballwatch.com
The guy who started Niall, Michael Wilson, comes from the marketing industry as the president of a company called Ingenology. Likely a watch lover himself, he saw an opportunity to create a company that was able to sell online directly to consumers and produce a timepiece that he really wanted to wear. Wilson likely learned quite quickly that producing a mechanical watch isn't at all easy. I have a feeling that one element behind the high price (comparatively speaking) for the Niall One watch models is just how expensive it was for them to actually get the watches made.
The Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph comes in a red gold case and a matching brown alligator strap and is also water resistant to 30 meters. It will retail for 29,500CHF or ,600 USD. blancpain.com
What happens is that as the mechanism starts to function the sapphire crystal dial (on which the numerals reside) begins to rotate counter-clockwise while the hour hand proceeds clockwise, at a different pace – and this is where the artistry comes in. Essentially, the point is that such "destruction" of the accurate indication of time should set you free from the limits of time and allow to proceed at your own pace. From a more down-to-earth approach this clearly is another, unique "tour de force" in mechanical engineering, something that they did because they could and not because it was in any way particularly necessary or useful – but we are already used to seeing Richard Mille doing that.
While Bamford officially offers a two year warranty on their watches, George tells me that when it comes down to it, he is really offering a lifetime warranty for the work they do - his life that is. This comes down to the fact that while the official warranty is two years, so many of Bamford's clients are going to expect that much more given the highly personal relationship he has with many of his customers. A healthy warranty fulfilled by the company directly is also sound given that Bamford Watch Department products are typically exactly double the retail price of the original timepiece they are using. The simplicity of the pricing scheme is oddly welcome, and even then, Bamford doesn't likely have massive margins given the high cost of buying new original products and then customizing them carefully.
The winder comes with a remote control that allows for setting it up without having to open the large, wood and glass door that hides the main section of the box. Behind the glass is a rather large, white on blue digital display that allows for setting up the two winding motors separately. It is easy to use, highly legible, and definitely does not feel as cheap as similar small screens often do on other appliances. One gets to choose the winding rotation, the TPD (with an additional 1950 setting beyond those seen on the Barrington Single Watch Winder), as well as a motor selector and an LED on/off setting.
Can you type into the Apple Watch or is there a keyboard? That is a good question, and the answer is no. The Apple Watch employs Apple's Siri function, which is a powerful voice recognition system that allows you to operate many of the Apple Watch's features just by talking to it – we have also seen voice activation incorporated into Android Wear, Google's operating system that is tailored specifically for wearable devices. The Apple Watch also has a speaker built into it (in addition to the microphone). So speaking naturally to your wrist is going to be a lot more common in the coming years. This means that you can have a phone call with your Apple Watch, if you choose, and you can also listen to messages or watch videos on it.
Assuming this watch is either black and white or black and silver, you can pretty much do whatever you want in terms of color. As long as the watch and dial are entirely comprised of neutral colours, there is nothing to "clash," so have at it.
Speaking of movements, the Piaget Altiplano 900P mechanism is produced from 145 parts and features just the time on an off-centered dial. The manually-wound movement has a power reserve of about 48 hours - which is impressive, given the thin nature of the mainspring barrel. When looking at the dial of the Piaget Altiplano 900P, you are really looking at most of the movement itself. Visible is the oscillating balance wheel as part of the regulation system, as well as much of the gear train. You can also see the winding system gears moving as you turn the crown to wind the watch. Thus, not only is the watch incredibly thin, but it offers a delightful view of the movement for those who consider themselves mechanically-inclined voyeurs.
About 85% of our clientele are from abroad. As I said, most of our brands aren't mainstream, and the model pieces I manage to get can hardly be found elsewhere, hence a visit to Chronopassion.
Early Roger Dubuis sports watches are a challenge to categorize. Are they big fine watches or fine big watches? Either way, these robust machines for He-Man wrists are anything but generic. If you’ve been pining for an active lifestyle watch that combines Hublot proportions with Vacheron levels of finish, a preowned Roger Dubuis “Sports Activity Watch” (SAW) may be the only game in town.
The Nomos Tetra on a womans’ six inch wrist. The short strap fits perfectly.
What I’m mostly going to talk about instead is that new blue and black bezel, and whether it is worth paying the price difference over the standard Ref. 116710LN. As it stands, the Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116710BLNR currently commands a premium of around 0 over the Ref. 116710LN price.
While this barrel rotates beneath the wishbone-shaped bridge, which itself sports a straight grain, the effect cast by light hitting these three finishes is a sight to behold. The fusée looks even better in real life from an almost side-on angle, from which its true majesty can be appreciated. Its height and dominance of the dial is really noticeable when you can see the wall of the chain. Thankfully, Zenith had the good sense to make the cutaway large enough to best display their efforts.
I handpick the finest brands from around the world. While some of the manufactures are indeed "Brands," there are some that are uniquely independent watchmakers. I make this distinction because there is a difference, with neither being better than the other. It’s just two different philosophical approaches to horology.
10. Marc Newson's final timekeeping design for Ikepod was perhaps his most simple, and did not tell the time, but merely tracked parts of it. Marc Newson once again visited his fascination with the shape of an hourglass by actually designing one. The Ikepod Hourglass was released in 2011, was available in two sizes, and was filled with either steel, copper, or gold micro-beads (versus sand). It was priced from ,000 - ,000. marc-newson.com
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Before discussing some of these rather nice Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic watches, I want to once again discuss the notion of pilot watches overall. People often ask us about brands that offer reasonably priced pilot-style watches. It is honestly a good question, and one that we struggle to answer. One of the reasons for that is that it is often difficult to strictly define what a pilot watch is, as the concept is a bit more fluid than say the more specific requirements of a dive watch. Second is the notion that what "reasonably priced" means can really vary. You can get a pilot-style watch for a few hundred dollars, or you could spend in the tens of thousands (or more). So let's focus for now on the concept of a reasonably priced mechanical pilot watch with a Swiss movement. Among the more established brands, Alpina actually has very decent offering.
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L'Epee among a small select group of high-end clock makers, and their work is very nice. Clocks enjoy a distinct form of collector attention, and because they are meant to be observed and not worn, for the most part they attract a different kind of consumer. Having said that, anyone with an appreciation for what MB&F does can easily enjoy this collaborative work. Perhaps the biggest lesson anyone can learn from MB&F is how well they play with others. While other brands are focused on claiming "in-house made" and "we did it ourselves," MB&F realizes the benefit in combining the talent from multiple brands to make something amazing as a result - that is not only diplomatic, but it makes for clever marketing as well.
My theory is that it has to do with what inspires the designers. A generation ago it was cars, airplanes, and boats, and more recently it is science fiction, movies, and video games. Sound funny or strange? Maybe it is, but it is also logical when you think of what many of today's designers grew up with. I believe Deep Space Nine was the Star Trek series after Next Generation, and while it ended 15 years ago, the Star Trek genre continues to inspire fans. Consider items like the MB&F Starfleet Machine and the other items I mentioned to be forms of ultimate fan art.
At 41mm wide, Uniform Wares hopes to maximize appeal in what they consider to be a unisex model. I really like the classic shape of the Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph married to the clean multi-level dial. You also get a rare two-register quartz chronograph with a Swiss Made Ronda movement. The lighter dialed Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph models should prove to have really fantastic legibility thanks to the applied black-colored hour markers and matching hands. While I am not typically a fan of sterile dials, I tend to make exceptions for Uniform Wares timepieces that for me almost single-handedly give merit to the aesthetic concept.