Zenith El Primero movements are rarely a poor choice and it is nice to see that Zenith offers a healthy variety of them. It is easy to suggest that all well-rounded watch collections include at least one El-Primero based timepieces. For the Stratos Spindrift model in this black DLC-coated case the theme is modern and sporty. You even have a carbon fiber dial. Zenith has experimented in the past with an all carbon fiber case in the El Primero Lightweight Limited Edition Skeletonized watch.
To my eye, that is not a bad thing. The Ambrelus Dreadnought really does seem like it was created to be something that stands out, and not a gadget that you tuck away to be overlooked. That is not to say that it is all style and no substance (or, at least as near as I can tell from the PR materials).
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It is here where we should note the differences between a tachymeter and the speedmeter. A tachymeter is also noted as a "device" that is found exclusively on chronograph watches. The tachymeter basically is a scale on the periphery of the dial of the watch: the chronograph has to be started at the time when the driver drives by a distant reference point (i.e. a milestone), start the chronograph and stop it at the next point. The chronograph's second hand will point to the speed of travel on the tachymeter scale. By contrast, the Genie 03 works in a more direct and instantaneous way as the cups are spun by the air and given the strength of the air flow, the sub-dial at 2 will indicate the calculated speed immediately.
One of the most beautiful racing-themed watches for 2014 is a limited edition chronograph from Oris, created to celebrate their partnership with Audi Sport racing (the race team arm of Audi). Known as the Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition ref. 01 774 7661 7481, the watch is very much part of the larger Oris Artix racing chronograph collection, but with a very appealing mixture of finishes and materials. It is also one of the very few watches I know of that has a very legible silver-toned dial – which immediately makes it unique and appealing, in my opinion.
I chose the A.Lange & Sohne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar for David because I think it is the coolest release from the German powerhouse this year. Not only does it look great, it also has some really nifty features, such as being able to use the back of the watch to tell which part of the world is receiving light. I think these are qualities he would appreciate in a watch.
Kelly Rowland: I was already a fan of the TW Steel watches. What happened was a couple years back, I stole my best friend's TW Steel watch – the big face drew me in. It was actually a men’s watch: I loved the fact that it was so masculine, but on my wrist. As a female, sometimes you need that kind of energy! And then I had a mutual friend who introduced me to the TW Steel family: it continued very organically from there. Now I’m like the “first lady” of the company – a strong female presence surrounded by all this masculine energy, representing timeless style and class. That’s what I bring to the line.
One element that you might love or not love is the fact that some of the dial data is actually printed on the reverse of the sapphire crystal. This is actually welcome with the time zone reference city ring on the periphery of the dial, but not 100% welcome with the "NO RX OK" text over the logo (which itself is on the dial). This information is referred to when syncing up to the GPS satellites as the seconds hand often doubles as an indicator hand when in certain function modes. It is a minor quibble, but I wanted to mention it since so much of the dial is done so well.
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We've never really done a hands-on of the Deepsea before, so in addition to talking about the new D-Blue variant in honor of James Cameron, I'd like to discuss the Deepsea a bit in general. It is, in short, one of the more quirky Rolex Oyster Professional watches, but nevertheless highly desirable and lovable.
So what this means is that the blogs are a venue for sharing and giving first hand accounts. What this also means is that the brands cannot lie, if they do, this will be noticed and revealed and shared. So blogs allow us to reach people in a different manner, an authentic fashion, while forcing us to have a coherent message, since any incoherence will be discovered and exposed.
Some people are going to be really excited about the upcoming Arnold & Son Golden Wheel watch which marks a new "Star Wheel" style complication which many collectors have great enthusiasm for. This is a concept also known as "wandering hours" which has been around since at least the 18th century - though it is rare to find in watches today. The Arnold & Son Golden Wheel will mark a welcome return to the wandering hours concept with a little bit of Arnold & Son character and a lovely classic style.
If you haven't traveled to Miami or spent much time in South Beach, then you might not be aware of the fact that it is a battle ground. Oh yes, there is a sincere fight between Audemars Piguet and rival Hublot, whose watches dot the wrists of so very many people you encounter along the way. While Rolex exists like a benevolent force that maintains order in the luxury watch world - keeping everything "OK" as they endlessly spend on marketing to keep wrist watch love high - the young and restless seek out more contemporary luxury sport watches from other Swiss brands. And those brands happen to very often be Audemars Piguet and Hublot, as I have personally experienced, at least in this city. Is there a winner? Everyone is a winner when you have people wearing watches from both brands as clearly both companies are selling product. In fact Audemars Piguet is just down the street as an official sponsor of Art Basel. Miami, in many ways, is big enough for them both.
You aren't likely to get rich by purchasing timepieces and later selling them at auction for profit. Most honorable auctioneers will certainly agree. Timepieces are "emotional investments" whose values can fluctuate wildly and on a whim. If you are the type of person who is very good at understanding the mentality behind purchase decisions, and feel like you want to take a stab at manipulating a market then you might have what it takes to be amongst the few people in the world who make money by buying and selling timepieces at auction.
In many ways, one cannot be surprised that athletes would be WIS, since a big part of the lifestyle of athletes outside of the ballpark or the golf course, is to attend and be part of fashionable events. And since many share the belief that the only form of acceptable jewelry for men is a watch, male athletes, like us other WIS, are quick to catch the watch-bug from their colleagues and friends. It's also natural when you are part of a system that tends to significantly overpay star players during their peak years, resulting in huge amounts of disposable income, even after lavishly spending on the necessary things, like houses, cars, and taking care of family members.