Tech Specs from Parmigiani:
What about the rest of the watch? Some Oris watches that are limited editions are dramatically different that their core collection. This is just a thematic change with some different colors, etc... but gives people a nice reason to invest in a subsidiary seconds diver if they have been wavering before or needed something a bit more snazzy. The watch is 47mm wide in steel and has that great dive watch case that Oris is well-known for. Double crowns on the left side of the case are for adjusting/winding the movement, and for the helium escape valve.
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So Spyker is very serious about their future, the future of Saab, and their watch collection. Unlike other types of "car watches" these aren't a co-branding exercise. The only logos you'll see on the watch are those of Spyker. Expressions d'Artistes International, and their partners, make the watches, and do a lot of part supplying for serious watch makers all over Europe. Quality is good, and the look and feel of the watches fit the Spyker look and experience well.Read more ›
Most mainstream of the three is the Swatch "To the Top" watch, that is 41mm wide in plastic (these are Swatches, they are most all in plastic). It has a legible dial with snowy winter games colors and Olympics imagery. Inside is a Swiss quartz chronograph movement with a 10 hour chronograph. The strap is multicolored silicon that is comfy and looks pretty neat. The colorful timepiece helps get you in the mood for sporting events and is affordable enough so that it isn't something you need to worry much about getting dirty after roughing around with it. Price for the To the Top watch is 0.
The Nabucco Va. Pensiero houses a Swiss ETA 7753 automatic chronograph movement. This is basically a modified 7750 with the chronograph subdials in a tri-compax layout and the day of the week indicator removed. The date is still there though. A solid movement that is nothing to be ashamed of. The chronograph pushers are screw down, and there looks to be a helium escape valve on the watch (though I am not really sure why). I like the deeply-engraved Raymond Weil "RW" logo in the crown. The large watch is matched to a black crocodile strap. Price is probably in the ,000 - ,500 range when it will be released soon. Last, let me give you one final gem from the press release. "Let the Nabucco Va, Pensiero spirit you away on the wings of freedom." I have decided that these press releases are more or less like Mad Libs when it comes comes down to it. "add brand name here, add adjective here, add animal part here."
Patton also makes a non oil filled version of the watch called the Patton P42 Immersion. This model features more options (lots of straps), and a non-PVD black coated case. It is only water resistant to 300 meters, and is probably a better choice for most people unless you love the idea of having a pressurized, oil filled watch on your wrist. I have no idea what the size of the case is, as Patton for some reason never mentioned it. Though given the name of the watch, I would guess 42mm wide. The case has "claws" on each side in polished steel, and the Hyperbare has a PVD black coated steel case. Like I said, the Immersion model is all polished steel. There is an image of an Immersion model at the bottom of this post. Oh, and the crystals are sapphire (about 2.3mm thick).
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Porsche Design is upping the size of the P6530 watch to modern measures at 44mm wide. Of course the look of the watch is more or less the same, as is the dial. The watch is in titanium, like back when titanium was truly exotic. The cool smooth lines on the bead-blasted case remind me of how titanium is used best. These days we have techniques to polish up titanium and make it look all fancy-like. Little do most people know that you stare at polished titanium the wrong way and it scratches. Light and strong don't necessarily mean scratch resistant. A bead-blasted case will accept wear and tear more gracefully. The original watch that this Heritage P6530 is based on was actually the world's first titanium chronograph watch when it was released in 1980, and made by IWC.
-Crown at 3 h: setting of hours, minutes and date (day/night disc set with time)
-Push at 4h for setting earth globe, 24 positions (setting to do at 12h)
-Push at 8h for setting GMT
-Automatic rewinding or manual with crown at 3 h
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European watch buyers value something that American watch buyers (and this sort of applies to general consumer mentalities overall) aren’t as focused on. It is the concept of history and tradition. A company that is old, and had been around for a long time is given a lot of instant credibility. European consumers looking for watches seem often times to be weary of new products and companies that haven’t yet proven themselves. This of course doesn’t apply to everyone, but overall the sentiment seems to hold true. For that reason, IWC felt it was a good idea from a branding standpoint to show existing and potential customers that it has an impressive looking, hefty 25 pound book filled with history. So it isn’t that everyone who might become interested with IWC is going to buy the book and read it cover to back — but rather that they could if they wanted to, and will at least have it to flip through while hanging out at IWC boutiques. The book should also be available at traditional book retailers as well, for those who discover it, and find interest in the brand or the watches.
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I had a rare opportunity to spend time with Mr. Biver on what I can only describe as a “bring your journalist to work day.” I fly to Switzerland, and travel to the Hublot headquarters outside of Geneva in Nyon. This is where the magic happens, and where so many watch industry eyes are permanently focused.
Porsche Design is upping the size of the P6530 watch to modern measures at 44mm wide. Of course the look of the watch is more or less the same, as is the dial. The watch is in titanium, like back when titanium was truly exotic. The cool smooth lines on the bead-blasted case remind me of how titanium is used best. These days we have techniques to polish up titanium and make it look all fancy-like. Little do most people know that you stare at polished titanium the wrong way and it scratches. Light and strong don't necessarily mean scratch resistant. A bead-blasted case will accept wear and tear more gracefully. The original watch that this Heritage P6530 is based on was actually the world's first titanium chronograph watch when it was released in 1980, and made by IWC.Read more ›