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Like a teenager, JCB loves his iPhone and Facebook. He spends a good deal of his day on his computer answering e-mails and is never apart from his phone. He honestly makes his job look easy and relaxed — sitting in a relatively unpretentious office with his wheat-field view smiling at the computer. While his job isn’t easy, he has it down to a system. He’s polished the art of running a watch brand, and the business as a whole. JCB makes sure Hublot isn’t a bloated company with lots of wastes space, time, and people. Carefully, Jean-Claude adds roles and employees when they are honestly needed, Hublot is a lean company which helps it be so agile, with highly active employees. No wonder boss Biver doesn’t need to babysit.
The campaign itself is the brainchild of the Leagas Delaney agency. Apparently a lot of research was conducted before the campaign was brought to fruition. Apparently enough people believe that Patek needed to be sexed up a bit. The above ad is really the jewel of their efforts in my opinion. The slogan itself needs a place in advertising history for impressive sounding statements that mean nothing at all. No doubt the campaign, including the other ads will resonate with consumers. Not in a seriously cerebral way, but it will serve its function with the female demographic. And now I can finally say... "you never actually own a Patek Philippe watch, you simply hold on to it until you can pass it along to the next generation after an awkward night of reminding them of how beautifully precious they are."
Display Hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock; central chronograph seconds hand;
No matter the result, IWC would have three big names to slap on the front of its book — which alone would have been pretty brag-worthy for them. What impresses me is that it all came together pretty well.
I had Cartier make this image for me because it was the best possible visual for the event. With Cartier getting really serious about amazing in-house made movements and complications they are sending a set of the watches on the road in the good 'ol US of A for us to see. The Cartier road show is coming to a city near you. Can you spot some of your favorite Cartier manufacture movements? There is a glut of tourbillon watches, and my favorite, the Cartier Astrotourbillon. Can you name them all?Read more ›
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Zenith uses the new El Primero 4052 B automatic movement in the watch, which itself is very reasonable in size and appearance. The influence behind the design seems to be last year's Zenith El Primero Vintage 1969 Chronograph watch. No doubt you will see a resemblance. When are they going to do a proper redo of the Rainbow watch? The El Primero Foudroyante Chronograph will be in a steel or 18k rose gold in a 42mm wide case. It will have that retro sport look to it (and the colors) with a raised sapphire crystal that is means to look like a acrylic crystal (another sapphire crystal will be placed on the caseback as well). Dial design is pretty good. Attractive overlapping dials in soft technical tones. I like the red foudroyante hand with the small Zenith star counterweight. The watch looks pretty easy to read - but that will all depend on how well the hour and minute hands stand out from the silvered dial (the hands also have applied SuperLumiNova, and there is more SuperLumiNova on the hour markers). Functions include the time with subsidiary seconds dial, 1/10th of a second foudroyante "jumping seconds" 60 minute chronograph, and the date. Unless you uses the watch and its functions, the subdials could be confusing as they all have scales that go up to 60. That will come with a black or brown rubber lined alligator strap with a buckle that will match the metal type of the case.
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The color scheme of the watches remind me a lot of the Bell & Ross BR Heritage watches - that also features black cases and dial with tan straps. The "Bal Harbour" printed straps also remind me of those on the Bell & Ross BR01 Heritage model. Instead of going for a "aged look" these Hublot watches are attempting to recall the look of sand. Working with Bal Harbour in Miami Beach, the boutique is located just minutes from the shore, and Hublot hopes customers will feel a connection to the sand colored straps while shopping in the area. At least that is the idea. The khaki-esque color continues to the hands and hour markers on the dial, as well as elements in the case. You have to admit the watches have a retro military feel to them.
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Flat Tortue shape 45 x 37.5 mm
Height 8.00 mm
Dial Smoked Sapphire
Of Armenian descent, John grew up in Lebanon, moved to Switzerland, and then eventually to the US. The obvious analog is Nicolas Hayek, “ruler” of the Swatch Group who didn’t quite make it to the US from Switzerland, and is also from Lebanon. Simonian speaks several languages, but isn’t quite sure where he picked up English. Among them are Arabic, Armenian, Turkish, French, German (Swiss German as well), and a spattering of words and conversational skills in others as well. Learning this makes me jealous that I only know two languages. It seems that many successful business people are multi-tongued.
For those stateside, the year 1929 holds dark memories of the disastrous plunge of the U.S. stock market. However, across the world in the Swiss workshops of Jaeger LeCoultre, the year 1929 is a cause for celebration: it marks the birthday of the iconic Calibre 101.Read more ›
This watch looks like Big Ben from a nightmare. What looks like a Halloween holiday watch is actually the newest luxury timepieces from Daniel Strom, son of watch maker Armin Strom. I am sure that daddy is really keen on Daniel's new dark art. Perhaps, it followed these events: first he dyed his hair black, then painted his nails black. Soon he was wearing Nine Inch Nail's t-shirts and shunning the sunlight. But things got really weird when he craved blood (but soon abandoned that idea after tasting the stuff), and decided to follow in his father's footsteps in the "dark arts of watch making." So imagine this high-end result. What you have here is probably the world's most expensive goth watch accessory. Troubled teenage girls and boys can now have a new object of their affection as opposed to that cool coffin-style twin size bed they have been eying.
MB&F really started as Max built the Opus watch collection at Harry Winston. A 'one crazy watch a year' concept that put Harry Winston on the map to watch lovers. Business-wise the Opus collection was a mixed bag. The high complication timepieces were extremely expensive to make, and didn't have the profit margins that quartz-based diamond decorated women's watches did. But quartz diamond watches just aren't that interesting to people like us, are they? After Harry Winston Max built MB&F and proceeded to continue his concept of the one crazy watch a year concept. The Horological Machine # 3 was the third major creation for the brand, and showcased exactly what MB&F could do. While The HM1 and HM2 were great timepieces, the HM3 really saw Max flexing his design muscles. Of course, the HM4 Thunderbolt takes that even further.
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Seiko has paired the SNR005 watch a great bracelet. The links are fitted closely together for an almost seamless look, and it fits very tightly with the case. The three link design has the thinner outer links given a polished finish, while the thick inner link has a brushed finish. It makes for a handsome style that feels classy and conservative. I would however had liked the outer polished link to also be polished on the underside of the bracelet - where the bracelet has an all brushed finish. Not sure the reason this is, perhaps there is a good reason that I am not aware of. The most avant garde part of this watch is the case design, so the bracelet like I said, is simple and attractive. The bracelet has a butterfly push-button deployment clasp, that is simple to use. It gives the bracelet a seamless look while on the wrist. I appreciate that Seiko designed the bracelet with "half links." These are links that are smaller than the standard ones so that you can adjust the size of the bracelet a bit more precisely.
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Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to laser-cut hands.
I wrote a bit more about it on the Jameslist Blog when it was first announced, but I wanted to wait to get further into it, until after I got my hands on the watch itself for some play time. Size wise it is pretty big. The squarish case is a nice mixture of curves and angles, but its dimensions are hefty. Still, the Tread 1 is surprisingly comfortable to wear. Unlike other large sizes watches with "novel" designs, the Tread 1 is a watch I think I could wear for hours and hours without and discomfort. Part of this has to do with the curved lug structures, and the form fitting, thick rubber strap. The case is in steel, due to have various levels of polish, and the back part of the watch will be DLC (diamond like carbon) coated. This prototype is sans DLC. Crystal over the dial is not sapphire, but rather the same type of polycarbonate that are used for bullet-proof windows. While at this thickness the Devon Tread 1 won't stop a bullet, it does provide for something a bit more durable on the shatter resistance side than sapphire. Though sapphire would be more scratch resistant. However, a sapphire crystal of this shape would be extremely expensive and difficult to manufacture, significantly upping the price of this watch.Read more ›
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