The idea for the Diavolo seemed to be the creation of a bold and ubiquitously appealing watch that current Marcello C. fans as well as strangers to the brand could enjoy. The initial phase of design was probably the selection of a movement, which is the highly capable ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic mechanical movement. To me, this is the most comfortable chronograph movement to operate. Press the start pusher on the Diavolo and a large legible second counter hand begins to slide around the face of the watch. I would have liked to see some luminant on the seconds hand for the chronograph complication, but it is so thin, this would have been difficult, and widening it wold have detracted from the overall look. You can measure up to 12 hours of time with the accuracy of 1/5 of a second. The upper and lower registers on the face count minutes and hours, and are easy to see. Marcello C. made a wonderful decision to invert the minute counter so that the hand, while in the default position points down, not up. The hand on the lower hours register points up, so that the chronograph hands point to each other (to the center of the watch), while not in use. This little change drastically improves the symmetry of the watch, and looks quite cool doing so.
Concord wanted to emphasize modernity in the C1's design. A "watch of the future", or something ahead of its time. Movement wise, there is nothing special or innovative. The Chronograph models feature what is essentially a glorified ETA Valjoux 7750, which is the ETA Valgranges A07.211. I fail to see what is advanced or modern about a complication which has been around in form for almost 40 years. This price point should demand something better inside the watch. The case of this watch comprised of two large pieces of metal sandwiched together. Not exactly elegant, or modern. Looking at a side angle of this watch, I see what reminds me a 1980s vision of futuristic design for garbage or dump trucks. Industrial looking without much flair. Little attention to intersecting lines or balance. The result is strong looking, but hardly "designer worthy." Not particularly astute to being a "haute" watch, a label Concord is surely throwing around.
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Based on the configuration and materials (steel, rubber, leather trim available) used, the price for the Tag Heuer Meridiist will be between about 00 - 00. Expect availability soon. Tag Heuer teased us with concepts such as this (Tag Heuer Link watch based phone), but now we can stare at the real thing. Look for it starting September of 2008 at Tag Heuer boutiques and select locations where Tag Heuer watches are sold.
Balance is an important concept in design. Perfect symmetry provides the best type of balance as it is the most aesthetically pleasing. The Geneva 123 cleverly incorporates the subsidiary seconds and the date window in one vertical upside down "8" shape. While most watch designs neglect this area, Bell & Ross wisely chose to make the date window round. A simple but highly effective solution for maintaining balance in an otherwise round watch, the alternative of course being a square date window that would detract from the balance. The exception to the circular theme are the broad angular hands which are contrasted in order to stand out for a higher degree of legibility. This is thoughtful design, and easily appreciated when you can recognize its effect on how easy the Bell & Ross Geneva 123 is to live with.
Though stated in 1993, I doubt H.R. Giger has changed the way he feels about watches. "I will wear a Swatch, the real thing, from the cradle to the grave." Best know for his macabre and dark industrial, future goth design style, Giger is probably most widely known for his design of the alien, in the Alien movies series. The fiendish, eye-less, dark and brooding brutal alien species is but one of a legacy of designs and characters imagined by Giger. A favorite approach of his is to take common industrial design and endow his own take on them. Fortunately for us, he has done this with the simplest of watches, the Swatch.
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The design is reverse painted on the sapphire crystal. This technique is often called eglomise, and has been well utilized by Angular Momentum for sometime on a number of watches. This watch does something a bit differently, in that it uses black enamel on the inside of the thick 3mm crystal. The effect is a smooth yet very crisp look that wont ever rub off, because it is applied on the inside of the watch. In addition, there is a black enamel inset with the "AM" (Angular Momentum) letter in the nicely sized crown of the watch.
Merely having dipped her feet in the steampunk style, Olga is planning a serious dive into the genre. Her plans include an expanded series of steampunk clocks, sculptures, watches, jewelry, and of course a gallery-wide exhibition. For those lucky enough to attract her attention, she takes select commissioned projects that interest her. In the meantime, Olga will continue to be herself, and steampunk style will follow.
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In Japan, the big players are Seiko and Citizen. Each of them has luxury lines there that either aren't available in the US, or merely trickle in (e.g. the Citizen Campanola line of watches). Other than high end Japanese watches, Japan enjoys a multitude of tech orientated watches that that are always fascinating, and sometimes envy inspiring. Take the Seiko Spring Drive for example. It is the perfect melding of mechanical and quartz watch. A mechanical automatic movement, with a quartz regulator to ensure high accuracy. Hence the reliability of a quartz, without the need for a batter ever and a sweeping seconds hand. Seiko's luxury line of watch in Japan is known as Credor, and some Spring Drives are sold under that brand as well.
Citizen Campanolas are a line of watches, actually. This is just one example, and there are several more. They represent the highest level of product that Japanese watch maker Citizen is able to produce. Unlike other Citizen watches, these are each completely hand made. This means that they are assembled by hand, and that many of the components are made by hand as well. Not all the models in the Citizen Campanola line appeal to me as this watch does, but they all combine time telling with interesting calendar functions.
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I had an opportunity to play with one of these watches at a Macy's Department Store here in San Francisco. The store clerk knew next to nothing about it, but that was ok, I knew what it was. He said that it was something special Seiko wanted the store to show off. It was actually tucked away. Seiko is a bit notorious for not giving great sales lectures to the people selling for them. Only in a perfect world, the people who sell watches as also people who love watches. I was instantly impressed by the watch. Think of the almost 360 degree screen as an etch-a-sketch on steroids. The watch constantly redraws itself in extremely detailed lettering. This pixels are tiny, so the lines appear fluid and organic, not like your typical LCD screen. The watch has a number of different functions, and most interestingly can reverse its contrast on the fly. Meaning it can go from light background with dark lettering, to dark background with light lettering with the push of a button. This is very cool to play with and I cannot wait to see it show up on more men's watches.
We've never covered a Wenger watch before, but with the introduction of the AeroGraph Countdown Chrono at Basel this year, with it's interesting combination of style and functionality, we figured it was finally time.
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Legibility has always been a paramount concern for Xemex watches. The thick hands do a great job at telling the time, while the hour hand is easy to pick out due to it being a nice large arrow. Inside the watch is a Valjoux 7750 automatic mechanical movement performing in its full glory.
I tend to keep mega popular watches like Rolex and Omega at arms length for the most part. It's not that they aren't nice watches, but it is too obvious of a choice. As though you didn't put a lot of effort into getting your watch because it is the default for many people. Walk around with an Omega and people know the brand, it's nothing particularly unique or eye catching. But then again, there is a reason some of these models are so popular.
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Honestly, what is this obsession with carbon fiber watch dials? It was cool the first 1000 times I saw it. I am starting to think that it is just an inexpensive way to make watches a bit more interesting, when all I want is a nice legible watch face when it comes to diving watches. Companies like Invicta totally killed it. And now they come in every single color. Black was enough for me. But if you are a carbon fiber face fan, you'll love each carbon fiber color of the carbon fiber rainbow that Deep Blue offers you.
See the auction page on eBay for more details. Price is great, at ,600-,700. Retail goes for about a thousands dollars more than that. It comes in the really nice stained black wooden box that Temption is also known for. I've never been let down by Temption watches, especially from a style perspective. The goal of these watches is to excel in function, and they do so admirably. You have to agree that this is a nice looking, minimalist inspired, showy watch. A nice, and as you can tell here, non-paradoxical dichotomy.
Breitling's newest watch to come out of Basel this year is the Avenger Seawolf Chronograph. Combining the versatility and reliability of the Avenger line with the water resistance of the Seawolf, Breitling seems to be getting as serious about diving as they are about aviation.
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Like the IWC Vintage Pilot, the IWC Vintage Ingenieur will also have a limited edition (500) watch in platinum. Again, this is an odd decision from practical standpoint, but the watch will be nice. Platinum is the most expensive of metals, and the hardest to work with. The metal alone costs about ,800 an ounce at current rates. The standard run of watches will be in steel. The size of the case is just over 42mm, and it features a semi-raised and domed sapphire crystal to mimic the look of the original IWC Ingenieur. Look for it soon Ingenieur fans.
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So if you want more watch reviews, you have to ask for them. Contact the manufacturer and dealers and simply say that you are on the fringe of purchasing a watch from them, but your decision really relies on reading about someone's real world experience. Makers of almost any other product have for so long figured out that handing out a few of their products to the right people results in more sales and visibility. Watch makers have been doing this for a long time with celebrities, but they need to remember that to the dedicated watch buyer, these time pieces are not just fashion accessories, but tools and important style choices.