Episode 100 - we finally made. Not that we are stopping here, but we'd like to remind you that we have been spending over 2 years talking watches with you. In this episode we discuss the Omega Speedmaster Racing, Breguet's Classique Chronometrie 7727 watch, Linde Werdelin's Oktopus II, and the availability of the HourTime iPhone app.
Low toughness is caused exactly by what gives them their high strengths - atomic bonds. Actually atomic bonds are responsible for almost all the properties of all materials. Metals have “metallic bonds”. They are low in strength, but not directional. Thus, a metal atom can bond with other atoms at any angle. This makes them ductile and tough. Ceramics have “covalent” and “ionic” bonds. They are very strong, but directional. (It is actually much more complicated than this, but we are simplifying). Being directional means it is hard to move an atom around another, thus ceramics are not malleable. Composites are mostly a way to solve this problem, to be covered in another article.
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Hamilton Jazzmaster Cushion Watch Review
At the end of the Breaking Bad episode, the watch becomes a symbol unto itself as the Monaco dial gets some macro shots of the subsidiary seconds dial. The watch is again used to communicate the message that time is almost up. For what? it is hard to say as programs such as this often play with the concept of a foreboding warning. The Breaking Bad episode ends with the watch as the final visual. Will Walt be wearing his new Tag Heuer Monaco for the rest of the series? Perhaps he will. This particular Tag Heuer Monaco watch retails for ,300.
Ralph Lauren Stirrup Chronograph Watch Review
Frequency: 36,000 VpH – (5 Hz)
For me, this is a stellar watch that might have never got the attention it deserved back a few years ago when the previous version was released. For people with a trained sense of taste and understanding of horology, this will make a great timepiece. Price is a very reasonable 13,200 Swiss Francs.
Ladoire RGT “Origin Of The Sun” Piece Unique Watch
HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 109
More on the steampunk front! I am happy that this trend isn't waning away. Entry-level to super high-end watch makers are still dishing out pieces that look like retro futuristic artifacts. Perhaps not in the volume we would like, but we still get some good stuff. Louis Moinet has been doing steampunk Jules Verne homage watches for a few years. The newest one is this Jules Verne Instrument III timepiece.
Dark-side Jedi Darth Maul gets an interesting watch as well with the Seiko Star Wars Darth Maul ref. SAGA127 watch. It is limited to 800 pieces. Also in black, this 43.4mm wide watch uses Roman numerals and lot of red on the dial and bezel to mimic Maul's face (paint?). Limited to 800 pieces, this watch also contains a quartz movement that is atomic clock controlled. Only this model's radio works only in Japan.
That is one of the key draws of the skeletonized movement. It is a visual representation, or perhaps just proof that your expensive watch doesn't just contain run-of-the-mill (literally) parts. You friggin' paid for that extra decoration and you want to see it. The best high-end brands are masters of serving those visuals to you on a plate. The dial on the Recital 0 even gives you more than half of the hour markers and nicely sized gold hands (with lume even!).
The HKWCF is not about high-end watches as much as Baselworld or SIHH. There are a few sprinkled around, but the focus of the show is on "consumer-grade" watches meant for "everyone else." It actually seems to make more sense because sometimes at the large European shows I constantly think to myself "who is buying all of this stuff?" The engineering roots of watch making comes across so clear on the show floor. It isn't populated by artists and designers looking to convey their emotions on the world, but rather engineers and production people looking to produce 100,000 units here, and 100,000 units there for the ultimate benefit of their company. The lack of Europe's marketing bullshit is refreshing, but you quickly miss the shiny layers the Swiss and French so expertly place on their images. I can't decide whether I prefer Asia's factory approach or Europe's salon approach to this whole trade show concept. Both extremes are intense on the senses and walking around I look for comfortable mediums between the two.
Hublot brand ambassador and all-around nice guy Usain Bolt just got his first limited edition watch. Usain Bolt is the fastest recorded runner and is often affectionately referred to as the "fastest man in the world". Actually he is not from Africa but rather Jamaica. A little while ago (before this watch was released) I got a chance to interview him. I actually asked him some questions about what a limited edition Hublot watch for him might look like. Let's see if his answers match up to the result.
Congratulations to Victor M. from Raleigh, North Carolina who was the lucky random winner of the Marvin Malton Cushion M119 watch giveaway from September 2012 here on aBlogtoRead.com.
How To Sell Watches Without Selling Watches
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Inside the watch is a manually wound in-house produced De Bethune caliber DB2005 movement. It has a long six day power reserve and indicates just the time. The movement further features a silicon balance wheel. You can see the unique looking De Bethune movement through a sapphire crystal on the back of the watch. Both sapphire crystals use a lot of AR coating for good legibility. While the movement isn't that complicated, it is attractive alright.