After putting the JeanRichard Terrascope Aluminum watch on the wrist, my heart softened a bit, especially since I've never worn a watch that so reminded me of my boyhood playtime. Is that what JeanRichard was going for? Probably not. I assume they feel that this primary colored watch makes some type of artistic statement that romance language speaking Europeans are amenable to. Perhaps there is some sports team whose colors perfectly match this RGB color palette. No doubt there was some "mature" notion behind the decision to produce this watch.
IWC Schaffhausen, the watch "engineered for men" as their motto puts it, has been involved in a number of partnerships with teams and events related to what I guess we could call "manly sports." One of these partnerships is between the Eastern-Switzerland-based brand and the Formula One team Mercedes AMG Petronas, who have so far dominated the season, by the way. The primary collection dedicated to this co-operation is the Ingenieur, the more rugged and sports-inspired among all IWC collections.
The case back is windowed to show the Sellita SW200 movement. It's a functional replacement for the ETA 2824, nearly identical and keeping excellent time here. Custom rotor - note the whimsical arrow and 'the swing' text. Undecorated movement beneath.
One of the things I find so interesting about Buccellati is that, according to them, 70% of their income is derived from completely one-of-a-kind creations. Even if unique items of jewelry don't account for 70% of their total production, it shows you how important their relationship is with clients looking for exclusive items. I am not a huge fan of minimalist jewelry design, and prefer traditional pieces with a lot of "artistic density." For more on that topic you can reference my interview with Pascal Raffy of Bovet.
Carbon fiber also shows up in the case, which presents an interesting texture to the matte finish - one quite different from the weave we're used to seeing on a dial. This case is then paired to a rubber strap with a deployant buckle. This most definitely is not a watch for everyone, and that's good, considering only 10 examples are being made.
People tend to buy IWC Aquatimer watches for their dials. They are good-looking and very legible. IWC here plays with a range of colors that match to the case or are a bit playful - though from what we can see, there is much more of an emphasis of conservative-style versus heavy-bright colors. The large, easy-to-see hands are there in their full glory, and I see these being an easy success so long as IWC sticks to their own formula.
On the Meister Telemeter, what speaks to me the most is the overall style of the piece. I have a bit of a thing for these retro-styled pieces, as I've not yet quite made the jump into truly vintage timepieces. Here, you have the best of both worlds in a sense ; "old school" style paired with modern manufacturing and reliability.
As stated, to our knowledge this is Christie's first foray into an online auction of watches and we're glad they're taking the step. We further see the move as an overall positive sign when it comes to the confidence (even in today's economy) brands have that the online auction space is an area to invest in. While venues such as eBay have been widely criticized for not offering a safe or "luxury" experience, Christie's (who has just a little bit of experience in the matter) feel that they can do better.
Why are so many ladies' watches made with quartz movements? I love automatic watches but many of the designs I like are available in with quartz movements only. Is it just a size thing? Can they not make small watches with automatic movements? Or do watch companies think that women care only about looks and not about the mechanics of a watch?
I was "that guy" who pronounced the name of the brand like some unsophisticated American saying "L. Leeroy." Thankfully my associates with a more classy connection with the realm of world languages promptly corrected me. "No, it isn't the name of some guy from Baltimore. It is pronounced L. Le-raw." With that out of the way, I was given permission to view the collection. While I am not a fan of each L. Leroy watch, I must admit that all of their models have at least something going for them and with some tweaking, the entire collection could be really strong.
Even though this is already a thick movement, I think it would have been wonderful for Christophe Claret to design the Maestoso as an automatic. That would have really added another level of functionality. Christophe Claret himself strikes me as the kind of person who really enjoys manually winding a watch, but I can't help but feel that the Maestoso would have made for a cool automatic - especially since there wouldn't have been much for the rotor to "hide" on the back of the case.
Regardless of the dial color, or your choice of wrist retainment, this looks like a very cleanly styled watch, perfect for those who prefer minimal clutter showing up in their watches. I'd say it's also a good fit for anyone who's spent time (or still does) in a precision machine shop, as they'll pick up on the references quite easily. The M29 Classic is available now, for a price of ,899 (on leather) or $1,999 (on stainless steel). muhle-glashuette.de
I even mention all of this praise in light of the fact that the Legacy Machine No. 2 (debuted here on aBlogtoWatch with more information) isn't all that original. That is because for the most part, the Legacy Machine No. 2 (LM2) uses the same case and dial concept as the original Legacy Machine No. 1 (hands on here). The 44mm wide case comes in 18k red or white gold, or a highly limited edition platinum-cased version. This same case design and size, along with its "superdome" style sapphire crystal is a carry-over from the Legacy Machine No. 1. Yes, on the one hand I have become accustomed to MB&F offering totally new things all the time, so seeing the same case twice didn't prove as exciting as it's been in the past when viewing brand new MB&F Horological Machine pieces (their other and more well-known collection of watches). On the other hand, I didn't mind seeing the Legacy Machine case back for a second round. Even though the first Legacy Machine wasn't a limited edition, it was nice to see MB&F build on what was clearly a winning design.
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FPJ: Yes of course. I still have it - it is part of the personal collection of F.P.Journe. And even if I continue to create other innovative and precise mechanics, like the Chronomètre à Résonance or the Chronomètre Optimum, or new timepieces to come, my first tourbillon will always remain my first watch, and the Grande Sonnerie will always remain the Grande Sonnerie.
For what it is, the Weiss Standard Issue Field watch is sort of perfect. As a modern look at retro military watches, there is little else with this particular combination of unpretentiousness, boutique brand appeal, detailing, and value for the money. Step back in time a generation or two and something very much like this would have been on the wrist of a GI anywhere in the world. If you are looking for a no-nonsense tool watch without a corporate logo, this is a timepiece to consider.
The Vicenterra GMT-3 Volume 2 is amazing in that it allows us to have a unique view on the planet that we live on, depicting this heart-warmingly beautiful celestial body as a tiny rotating globe. Its proprietary movement module couples this rather unusual display with a GMT subdial, a day-night indicator, and also a retrograde date – all the while remaining easily legible. And although it is certainly not cheap, when compared to other offerings with similar features, the Vicenterra GMT-3 Volume 2 retains a relatively moderate price point. Let's discover the details of this quite unusual package.
The Casio G-Shock GPW1000 includes new technology that Casio co-developed with Sony. Together the two companies developed a miniature low-power consumption system for reviewing GPS signals as well as including a six band radio receiver to get signals from the six atomic clocks around the world. The atomic clocks emit a radio signal that watches and clocks can use to update themselves with the correct time. This requires low energy usage and is relatively efficient assuming the signal is available. However, the radio signals are only available in certain parts of the world. The Casio G-Shock GPW1000 by default will look for atomic clock radio signals and automatically update the time, but if those are not available it can receive GPS signals to update not only the time, but also the user's current time zone location.