For me the most interesting part is the history of how Movado got the rights to the watch. Apparently Horwitt wanted to sell the design for years, especially after battling to get a design patent. After looking for a buyer for a long time, Movado finally bought the rights to the design for a mere ,000 in 1975! Movado then waited until Horwitt's death in 1990 to go full scale and make the Museum Dial watch their signature timepiece. Imagine that, the mighty value of the design bought for just ,000. Another instance of a designer never being able to fully realized the value of their creation and another handsomely profiting from it.
Fit and finish are excellent. The bezel, initially stiff, loosened up after a couple of days and is a nice, precise 120 clicks. The lume on it and the dial is excellent, as good as any I've seen. Lights up quickly, legible after a solid ten hours:
"The watch itself comes in a 43mm wide case in steel and as a limited edition of 174 pieces in 18k rose gold. The Arceau style case has a more pronounced lug structure on the top and suavely curved numerals that seem to run around the dial. ... The retrograde date dial is surprisingly easy to read and I like how the hands seems to come out of nowhere. Inside the watch is an automatic mechanical movement with the special time suspended module that was specially developed for the watch."
With another year comes another Harry Winston Opus watch. As we eagerly anticipate the result per annum, 2011 reveals itself as being a shockingly good season for the collection. Back in 2000 the Opus collection started as a series of limited edition timepieces that were a collaboration between Harry Winston and a single famous watch maker (go here to see all of them). The concept was dreamed up by then man-in-charge Max Busser. The tradition has been so successful, that it continues in even fuller force. This year the Opus man is watch maker Denis Giguet of MCT, who created the amazing Sequential One. Giguet lends his talents to the Opus game and wins with the Opus XI. While the Harry Winston DNA is a bit hard to see in this watch, the piece is amazing and quite unlike anything I have ever seen before. It takes complexity to a new level. Never has the display of just the hours and minutes been cause for such jaw-dropping wows.
The case is water resistant to 50 meters (so don't really dive with it), but looks pretty nice in a polished finish. Movement is a Japanese Miyota quartz, which is fine for the price. The mesh metal bracelet (aka Milanese) isn't gonna be the best out there, but is likely to be at least as good as those you can find on Skagen watches. The bracelet is more of less adjustable at any position for a good fit.
This is the Christopher Ward C20 Lido (Ref. C20SST). A tribute to the 1960s watch designs of IWC and others, to me it bears a likeness to the IWC Ingenieur, especially the bezel and lugs:
Good luck, and thanks to Omega watches and Omega watch fans!
Collecting Vintage Omega Watches
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Collecting Vintage Omega Watches
The case is also interesting. Which the dial is round with sloped, polished bezel, the case is a square with rounded edges. It is 45mm wide in steel. The crystal is mineral glass with AR coating on the inside. Apparently there are a few special (more expensive) Versions of the GMT watch with sapphire crystals. Water resistance is 100 meters, and it has a aviator style crown. While the watch is large and more or less flat, it looks neat on the wrist and is comfy with its thick leather strap. MoVas throws in two straps. The brown one you see here as well as a black leather strap. Price for the MoVas GMT is 0. Really a nice price for a watch with a design like this. I like the designs of most all their pieces, and if you learn how to take care of the movement, this isn't a bad addition to the collection.
MB&F chose to first work with the characterful Laurent Picciotto of Chronopassion in Paris. The marketing campaign focuses on him, the watch, and Max Busser. MB&F makes him a star and dedicates the watch to him. The watch itself will be sold through Chronopassion, as well as other MB&F dealers. The concept is interesting because both MB&F and Chronopassion have reason to market the watch. While highly symbiotic in its approach, MB&F seeks to unlock the incentive both parties have to promote the product and the relationship.
“Oil Change” indicator. The shortest time interval measured on the back is the 5-year “Oil Change” indicator at centre right, which alerts the user when a service is due after three years when the dial changes from white (years one to three) to red (years three to five). This is counter is reset to zero when the timepiece is serviced.
Anyhow, this is one of Graham's latest refreshes of the Chronofighter Oversize ('grrrrr...') Diver watch. A popular piece in their line up for a while, this new version gets some new colors and a new new subsidiary seconds hand. There are two versions, an all black "Deep Black" model, and the other one in polished and PVD black steel with orange called the "Turbo Tech." That's right, names fit for a porn (you may or may not want to watch) and a hip new auto mechanic franchise. But here as luxury dive watches! Oversized!
On the back of the watch is an engraving of the Titanic (as it would have looks on the ocean, not in the ocean). Look closely on the hull and you'll see the number of the watch in the limited edition. Most Titanic DNA pieces are limited to 2,012 pieces. In fact, all Romain Jerome watches are part of limited edition sets. This particular model in 18k red gold has the reference T.OXY3.2222.00.BB. Attached to the watch is a rubber strap with an RJ initial on it and a locking butterfly clasp in titanium and 18k red gold. It is one of those types that is made to look like a standard ardillon buckle, but is more complex that than when opened using pushers on the side of the buckle. I like the RJ logo cut into the titanium part of the clasp. I also think that the watch would look really nice on a black alligator or crocodile strap.