A potentially unlikely spot for die-hard high-end Seiko fans is a unique shop located off the main drag in Scottsdale (area of Phoenix) Arizona. Arizona Fine Time is the watch selling arm of Cigar King, the very well-known mostly online cigar retailer. For close to a decade now they have been growing their retail and e-commerce sales of some of the more interesting watch brands in the mostly under ,000 segment that they carry. They are also the best performing high-end Seiko watch retailer in the entire US.Read more ›
- 8.00 mm Height of the movement
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Partially openworked 22-carat gold oscillating weight with anthracite galvanic treatment
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Today this Daytona model is among the most popular collectible Rolex watches on the planet. They are very rare and go for big bucks when auctioned. This particular piece available on James List seems to be in excellent condition and was made in 1964. It isn't super large at about 37-38mm wide in steel. I have a feeling that Rolex will come out with an homage dial in the next couple of years to remind us of this classic clean style that still has a bit of avant garde style to it. The post on James List mentions "Price on Request," but I hear from the seller that they will part with it for around ,000. See the result of a Sotheby's auction where another Ref. 6241 got 110,500 Swiss Francs (more in dollars) here.
Once again, all Artya watches are one-of-a-kind pieces so this model is a singular creation - but there will be more watches with bullets and other gun parts according to the brand. Artya believes this is a very cool concept so I look forward to seeing more of them.
There is also the Sportster Saguaro Meteorite version of the watch that has a really nice Gibeon meteorite dial. I first wrote about the Bovet Sportster Saguaro Meteorite watches here. Bovet claims the space stones that make up the dial are something like 4 billion years old - that is pretty cool. These are my favorite Sportster watches because I really like how the meteorite gives a sort of organic feel to the otherwise composed case and design. You can get various meteorite stone stains such as silver, black, and gold. All the Sportster Saguaro watches are 46mm wide in really chunky looking cases. Like I said, these cases feel like hefty canisters, holding precious innards. The cases are thick and highly polished with a wide bezel. Though the design doesn't feel massive because of the single lug style, it is a rather clever way of making a larger watch feel not as large.Read more ›
In my opinion de GRISOGONO is a pretty interesting and yet under represented brand (at least in the US). I am not familiar with their entire collection, but some of the stuff is interesting. A watch that epitomizes their sport piece collection is the oddly named "Power Breaker." In gold, it has a name that sounds like a piece of construction equipment. That or a WWE wrestler.
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The watch case is in 18k gold (rose, white, etc...) and 48mm wide. It isn't super exciting by my standard but OK. On the back of the watch is a replica engraving of a coin that Cyrus owns that is 2,500 years old. Not sure what this means, but it does somehow subliminally remind you that the watch is expensive. Worth its weight in gold? Probably more.Read more ›
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For the 2011 Only Watch Auction, Ikepod will offer this one-of-a-kind red version of the Ikepod Hourglass. Looks like it has black microballs and is a stunning piece. Only one will be made and it will be auctioned off in September.Read more ›
I love this watch, but not everyone will. Some people might not get it - but the beauty is crystal clear to me. This watch was announced last year and was a curious release for Chopard. Part of the larger Mille Miglia collection, this watch combines Chopard sexiness with Superquartz geekiness - something that is really hard to find.
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As you can see, these watches come with two dials - the silvered version with CÃ´tes de Genève, and a lightly textured black dial. Each of these watches seems to be available with each dial style. My favorite is the GM3 with the silvered dial. The GM3 contains an exclusive automatic monopusher chronograph movement developed for Gergè by Concepto. It is called the Calibre 2012 and is COSC Chronometer certified.
Series Limited to 50 pieces numbered from 01/50 to 50/50
Case “King Power” - Diameter 48 mm — 18K King Gold
Bezel 18K King Gold and black ceramic
Inspired by brake discs - 6 black PVD titanium H-shaped screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel Lug Black composite resin
Lateral inserts Black composite resin
Case-back 18K King Gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective treatment
Crown 18K King Gold with black rubber insert
Push-piece Black PVD titanium with red and black rubber insert
Screws Black PVD titanium
Water resistance 10 ATM or 100 metres
Dial Black, 5N gold coloured baton indexes
Hands 5N gold coloured, with red SuperLuminovaâ„¢
Movement Mechanical chronograph
No. of Components 238
Bridges Satin-finished, 5N gold coloured, microblasted
Screws Black PVD
Barrel With reinforced spring
Escapement Glucydur hairspring
Power reserve Approximately 120 hours
Wristlet Black Nomex® with red stitching on the upper, stitched onto black rubber with the F1â„¢ logo on the inner
Clasp King Power deployant buckle in microblasted black PVD titanium, and cover in 18K King Gold
Call me impressed as I make my return trip from Capri. Even though the island is nice enough to be highly distracting, I am convinced that Omega is serious about its product and dedication to opening more communication with the consumer. If you haven’t looked at what Omega has been selling for a few years, wait until early fall (when many of these new products will more available) then go check out your local dealer. Now I have to revisit the plan of how to get some for myself.