JK: It keeps on changing, depending on where I am, who I'm with. Sometimes I love Speedmasters - '60s era, with the 321 movement; other times, I'm like, "Let's move to the Constellations." I also wear lots of 1940s chronographs, usually on the weekend - I love those. I love Triple Calendars and their many different variations, as well as the early officer watches from the '20s - huge chronographs with a single button at six o' clock. I find I gravitate to very unique, hard-to-find pieces. Sometimes I wear two watches!Read more ›
ABTW: What are some of the watch brands you are known for carrying?
Ariel Adams: You've just taken the role as interim CEO of TAG Heuer, based on your larger position heading strategy for watches at LVMH. Did you anticipate the former CEO Stephane Linder's departure? What do you intend on doing during your time as CEO?Read more ›
Now in 2014, a few years after my initial interest in the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari collection, I offer a review. I am reviewing of one of the limited edition models of the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari produced especially for the Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Hublot boutique store which is operated by the retailer Westime. This particular color scheme is perhaps not my favorite, but it is interesting, with is mostly blue tones and red accents. As you can see, the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari comes with two straps, something which I believe they all do. Among other things, Hublot used the Big Bang Ferrari watch to implement a new feature into Big Bang watches - a quick release for the straps.
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• Automatic wound movement both direction
• 48 Hours power reserve
• 3 Hands Hours/Minutes/Seconds
• 25 Jewels
• Hair spring Nivarox 1 Anachron, nivacourbe
• Regulated balance Glucydur in gilt
• Pallet Wheel made of steel, flat polished 1
face, 1 bevel, inclined polished, epilame,
• Pallet made of steel, nickel, galvanized, flat
polished, entry rounded off, reverse
unnickeled, lift red ruby, epilame
• Spring Nivaflex M
• 28'800 vibrations per hour / 4 [Hz]
• Hours setting with stop second
Dozens of times each year, large and small watch companies sponsor popular people and widely-attended events (or so they believe), in the hopes of reaching the eyes and hearts of fans and followers. The accumulation of these marketing efforts, and others like them, probably add up into the billions of dollars each year.
*Note: The Ulysse Nardin watch featured in the image uses the Christophe Claret Jacquemart repeater.
The movement compensates for these slight inconveniences with its finishing, as it actually looks rather impressive when viewed through the sapphire case back. Its uni-directionally winding Martenero branded rotor carries an industrial look that complements the striped finishing on the top plate of the movement, making for an overall aesthetic that, although certainly not fancy, with the price level in mind, remains more than acceptable. Despite its potent looks, the 821A unfortunately falls short on chronometric performance, and this shortcoming might render it – and hence the Martenero Ace itself – more of a secondary watch than an every day wearer for those obsessed with timekeeping accuracy.Read more ›
As an extension of their durable nature, Victorinox Swiss Army uses Swiss-Made Ronda caliber 715 quartz movements inside each Victorinox Swiss Army INOX timepiece. Retail price is 5. victorinoxwatches.com
Despite being labeled as a "Gents" timepiece, I think this fun watch would make a great holiday stocking stuffer for the lady who puts up with her man's much more expensive horological toy buying all year long. swatch.chRead more ›
When I set it in my watch box amongst the divers, retro Russians, and MIP-PRF roughnecks, I was reminded of a line from Mel Brooks' classic Blazing Saddles: “What's a sophisticated urbanite like you doing in a place like this?” It's sleek and retro/future in a cool Blade Runner sort of way. An obvious eye for detail and design went into this. It's got a solid if unpretentious Seiko NH35A inside. Fresh out of the box, it's keeping roughly +20/seconds per day dial up, crown up, and on my wrist, a good consistent rate. The regulator screw is dead center, so there's plenty of room to tweak it after some break in if I want to get fussy.Read more ›
Last year in 2014, the boutique watch company Ateliers DeMonaco releases their new newest model, the Tourbillon Oculus Petite Minute watch with a version in 18k rose gold and one in 18k white gold - each has titanium in the case as well. It also represents one of their most cost-effective tourbillon-based watches, and one that is both attractive and accurate, according the brand. I go hands-on to take a look at this rare Swiss/Monegasque timepiece.
JK: The Omega Museum is like heaven. When I started going there, it was a playground for me. It was me and Mr. Richon together - he's such a fantastic and amazing person; he helped the brand so much with his publications and scholarship. Mr. Richon would open all the cases and say, "Mr. Khorsandi, take pictures - do whatever you like!" And then he'd leave me alone. I thought, "Wow! There are millions and millions of dollars worth of watches here!" It was an honor that he trusted me like that.
Consumer trust is a huge issue in high-end watches. Trust and integrity are two of the most important qualities consumers look for in the watch brands that they wish to invest their own money in. Consumer awareness of a brand paying a member of the media to communicate or feature their products can highly degrade consumer trust. This is a larger issue, but the bottom line is that brands should focus on authentic relationship building and more transparent business relationships with media in order to preserve the incredibly valuable commodity that is consumer trust.