TW STEEL Grandeur Tech Black Dial Chronograph 48 MM Mens Watch
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I've never been into the NASCAR/Race car thing. It's all too fast, too loud, too confusing for me. Baseball's way more my speed.
Before talking more about the case of the watch I'd like to continue talking about the functionality, so such a simple looking watch, the Wave Ceptor WVA430J-1A does a lot. Four buttons on the case help with the operation which includes a calendar, stopwatch, world time, and 3 alarms (there is also a function to check the battery life, adjust the hands if they are knocked out of place, and for the radio signal receiver). The functions are easy to use but not visually branded all over the case. Some of the Casio G-Shock watches as designed to imply a degree of multi-functionality. This Wave Ceptor is sort of the opposite. Looking simple, but doing a lot. Each of these functions is operated using the LCD screen, via cycling function screens that any Casio owner will be familiar with. As is common in all atomic clock radio controlled watches, there is a lot of functionality and options there. You can set the watch to manually receive signals, set your area, and other important functions related to a watch that gives you the pleasure of knowing it is always correct. Casio has this aspect of the watch well integrated, but it will still require consulting with the guide at first for some education.
Functions for the watch are: a rattrapante (split-time) or second timezone, 12 hour chronograph, date, and of course time. The watch case is fantastic looking made of three materials - stainless steel, grade 5 titanium, and 18k rose gold. There are two dial color options available (silver or black). The layout and design of the dial are all meant to inspire a sense of 19th century mechanical gauge futurism, and are based on original Louis Moinet designs. Hands with arrow tips are clear and unpretentious, but tasteful. The case reminds me of a 1970s diver's watch case in all its 46.3mm wide glory. Inside the watch is an automatic mechanical movement exclusive to the models. The strap is crocodile with carbon finishing. Of course a luxury watch like this does not come cheap. Expect prices for this very limited watch to be between ,000 - ,000.
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One thing that I said about the Chapter One watch that is still true with the Chapter Two is the fact that the watch is both function and luxury oriented. For example, look at the rear of the watch were the two buttons are located to change the day and month — they are simple looking buttons that actually are labeled. You don’t see a lot of that on luxury watches. The fact that they are quick set buttons actually helps too, as opposed to putting everything into the crown, making adjustment of the watch a pain. Then you have the face of the watch itself. Clean, yet decorated, and features that have an emphasis on telling the time. The big date complication is nicely integrated, and the lack of separation between the windows helps remind you that two discs, instead of one are involved in telling the date. Then there of course is the luxury, such as the six sapphire crystals all over the watch making it easy to read and easy to appreciate.
As for my Rolex Cellini Danaos, purchased in Geneva, I love the Sinatra-style qualities of this model. Classic. Smooth.
It shows a futuristic computerised machine tool manufacturing scene in a dark satanic world of flashing lights and staccato robotic arms in the process of producing their latest watch. The storyline appears to be that this fantastic manufacturing assembly system part way through develops a fatal flaw which threatens the production process. However, and we have to believe in a “life force”here, such is the power of this new watch, which seems to be coming alive as it is built, takes control of the machines, speeds them up and forces them to finish their collective task of assembling the whole, the creation, before meltdown as it were. The building system is increasingly and brutally frenetic as the countdown ticks down towards 0.00, at which time the whole screaming system suddenly explodes across the screen with bits flying in all directions. Out of that maelstrom of madness flies incredibly the complete watch creation which lands amazingly intact, whole and complete....and claims, "I am a survivor.”
Overall, these are standout watches, but I wonder if IWC missed the ball a bit when it comes to their key market, and the look they are interesting in paying IWC dollars for.
The watch itself is a manually wound, 18k gold cased watch with a lot of character. Despite the twisted dimensions, it has an attractive legible face. The construction and design of the watch place it in the 1960s or 70s, maybe a bit earlier. The gold case with a black face and white Roman numeral hands is actually pretty swanky looking. In fact, this would be a cool watch if it was completely vertically eye-shaped. With its intentional disfigurements it is still interesting. I like how the crown even looks crushed up a bit. Something makes me want to suggest that this would be the perfect watch for the Elephant Man.
I was always a bit luke warm about the Tag Heuer Aquaracer watch line. The watches were always nice, but not quite nice enough to excite me. Without a big announcement these new Aquaracer Calibre 5 watches started to appear in stores. Not sure if they are in US stores though. Sources indicate some availability in Europe and Asia. So what about the look of the new line? Tag Heuer has taken the term "Professional" off this line, but they look more professional than the last line. For the first time that I know of, a helium escape valve has been added to the design making them appear much more Omega Seamaster-ish.
The water resistance is up to an impressive 500 meters. I know there are a lot of 1000m dive watches out there, but really? Is that necessary. While there will inevitably be quartz versions of the new Aquaracer line, the first models all have automatic mechanical movements. Powering the watch is of course the Tag Heuer Calibre 5 movement. I don't know much about the movement actually, but as far as I know it is your standard Tag Heuer branded ETA movement. However, the Calibre 5 is NOT to be confused with the Tag Heuer Calibre S, which is something altogether different.
I love this watch. I've always loved Bulgari anything, but this watch is just so sensuous and harmonious...I want it now.