The Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon Watch comes in the same 44.25mm-wide case size as the rest of the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph collection. The white ceramic face is fitted with 18k white gold hands and hour markers (over time, they end up looking better than steel). Unlike the 2012 white Speedmaster watch, the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon has some welcome bits of red on the dial - which is a minor, albeit welcome design choice that I like. Too much monochronism isn't always good.
As a hand-wound movement, the crown is thankfully large and comfortable - though you do need to wind the movement up a bit. The movement design is very much trying to be industrial and comment on the character of Oris as making "real watches for real people." I like that philosophy and appreciate that Oris isn't suddenly trying to make a watch that would look better with someone else's name on it. Oris also isn't going too upmarket with the Oris 110 Years Limited Edition. While the price is a bit more than you'll find for most of their other dress watches, these are by no means the most expensive watches they offer (at least in steel). Having said that, if you are just looking for a decent looking daily wear with a good movement and sensible traditional looks, you could save a few grand and find something a bit more simple.
So let's begin with talking about the limited edition Tiffany & Co. CT60 Calendar, which will be limited to 60 pieces and will come in a 40mm wide case in 18k rose gold. The modified and decorated base Swiss Made automatic mechanical movement has a peripheral "pointer" date indicator around the dial as well as a subsidiary dial for the month. That makes this an annual calendar, which is both familiar in how it looks, but also unique, as this is an uncommon dial. I appreciate the symmetry and the classicism. It is attached to a black alligator strap and is available only with silver-style dial. 60 pieces in the scheme of Tiffany & Co.'s distribution isn't a lot - so in a few years, this is going to be a very rare model.
Cutting to the chase here, let's look take a closer look at the unique dial designs of the Itay Noy Part Time. Because of the basic concept, the time display does seem a bit disjointed – reading the time at a glance is not as easy as in the case of some other proprietary dial designs, but then again, because there are no overlapping indications, overall legibility is not too bad either. The bottom right sub-dial around the 5 o'clock position is the hour indicator. The centrally-mounted hand is the minute hand. The bottom left sub-dial around 7 o'clock is the seconds indicator. The apertures above the sun and the moon indicators are '12 hour indicator dials'. Only one of these 12 hour indicators operates at a time. It is exactly the same concept as a 24 hour dial, but split over two half dials. As the daylight hours progress, the sun rises from the left and sets to the right. When the day-time 12 hour indicator reaches 18:00, the night-time counterpart takes over and the moon begins its transit. If you want a visual of all this in play, check out this video here.
The F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain watch in 18k red gold with the "CS Traditional Dial" is priced at ,000. In platinum, it would be ,600. With the new gold dial, the F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain in 18k red gold is ,200 and ,800 in platinum. fpjourne.com
The art of engraving and enamel work has a rich heritage in the craft of watchmaking. The amalgamation of art and engineering has allowed mechanical watches to withstand the accusations of being obsolete by proving to the world that there is much more to watchmaking than keeping the time. The Quartz Crisis of the '70s and '80s led to a lack of demand for refined mechanical timepieces, a direct consequence of which was the forced closure of many of the Swiss watch industry's engraving and enamel art schools in Geneva. With very few options left, the skill of a master engraver and enamel painter became highly prized amongst many companies.
As you can see the Oysterflex strap is not rubber but meant to feel like it with more longevity and a fit like a bracelet with the metal interior. Of course Rolex will likely make Oysterflex straps/bracelets available on other Rolex models in the future (though what models and when we don't know), for now if you want one you'll need to get the new for 2015 Yacht-Master in the 37mm wide or 40mm wide Oyster case (water resistant to 100 meters). Third-party rubber straps for Rolex sport watches have been available for a while and now you get something from Rolex. We can't wait to try it on.
So now in 2015, Tiffany & Co. watches return with the larger Tiffany & Co. CT60 collection (initially) that is very much a back-to-the-basics concept, even though the case designs and detailing very much fit into the Tiffany & Co. timepiece brand DNA (if you are familiar with many of their previous offerings). My all-time favorite Tiffany & Co. watch is the Jorg Hysek designed Streamerica, which I included in my list of "6 watches that I want them to make again" here - which initially came out in 1993. For 2015, the Tiffany & Co. CT60 collection is inspired both by Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany ("CT") as well as a wrist watch Tiffany & Co. gave to Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in 1945. The "60" part of the Tiffany & Co. CT60 name refers to 60 seconds (one minute) and the famous term - "The New York Minute" - attributed to Charles Lewis Tiffany who made the clever marketing decision to put a clock above the Tiffany & Co. store in Manhattan.
When we first brought you a hands-on impression of the original watches Fiona Krüger was creating, Ariel mentioned that the pieces were very reminiscent of the skeletons you see associated with "Day of the Dead," or Día de Muertos. The exception, to my eyes, was the fact that they were rather monochromatic. Now, I'm not a necessarily a celebrant of that day, but it calls to mind something very vividly colored. With her latest model, the Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull, that's all changed.
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Victor Marks: I'm Victor Marks, and I'm a watch aficionado and tinkerer. As a child, I took apart and re-assembled my toys. My parents built the family TV set. I used to make robots from electric typewriter motors. Whatever we wanted, making was an option instead of buying. It's been a family value of ours that we made instead of buying and did all the service work ourselves.
The black-colored steel unit is a module that slides on to a specially made tough but very thin NATO-style strap sitting under your wrist while your traditional watch (a Montblanc Timewalker, in this case) sits on the top of your wrist. The module has a screen, includes built-in sensors, and communicates with your mobile phone. It offers the ability to receive phone notifications, track fitness activity, and perform other standard "smartwatch functions" that are becoming more and more popular. The move is clever and simple and the monochromatic OLED screen is neither distracting nor unwelcome.
It clearly works as the matt grey dial and the gold indices and hands make for some stellar contrast – something the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black deliberately lacks. If the face of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Sedna Black looks highly familiar to you, that is with good reason: it looks much the same as last year's Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Edition (hands-on here), featuring the same color combination and matt dial with all marks (except the gold indices) in relief, achieved with laser-ablation technology. You can read more about the dial in our hands-on article linked to above.
As the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 is easily on my short list of grail watches, I went hands-on here last year in 2014 with both the gold and titanium versions of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2. In that article, I attempted to explain what made the watch special even a few years after it was released and demonstrated what was so cool about the in-house made Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 780 automatic movement. In this article, I'll point out a series of little details about the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 which I hope will help illustrate why a timepiece like this is so desirable for watch lovers like me.
There are websites and stores out there that specialize in more affordable watches and we think they are excellent venues for people looking to find timepieces which are less expensive in price. It would be silly for us to not be mindful of the fact that the majority of people cannot afford watches in the ,000 plus price range, but if we wanted to write about something accessible to more people we would probably choose to cover something other than wrist watches.
Already a fan of F.P. Journe, I will admit the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel is not the typical type of watch I lust for, because I am not particularly enamored with most perpetual calendar complications. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate them, but they aren't the typical types of complications I get super excited about. Well, not all the time, that is. I find most perpetual calendar complication watches to have busy, uninteresting dials or have too many fiddly issues to be useful. Take, for example, all those inset pushers on the dial of cases used to set them. That works fine for a cheap watch, but when spending big bucks, little else seems less elegant when it comes to setting a mechanism. Also, why all the bother for a perpetual calendar when, most of the time, I don't keep watches wound for years on end? It seems as though in most instances, an annual calendar will do just fine.