Calibre Bovet 16BA01
The rubber bezel sort of gives the watch a bumper. Other versions of the watch have standard metal bezels. The gravel-like textured gray dial is also interesting and of course the hands and hour numerals are easy to see and read. The pictures dial is actually "powdered effect" stamped rhodium, and a black version of this is also available, along with a number of other dials. There are even pattern textured dials available. The strong hands are nicely differentiated between the hour and minute hand, and are also very easy to read. This is a straight forward watch and proves that JeanRichard is a no BS brand.
Black high-tech* sand-blasted ceramic and steel case with --black rubber bracelet and blue bezel (38 and 42mm) or black bezel (42mm).
White high-tech* polished ceramic steel case with white rubber --strap and white bezel (38mm).
Engraved steel back.
Hours, minutes and power reserve indicator
Hours and minutes on right dial, power reserve indicator on left dial
Separate crowns for time setting and winding
Cartier is a word like gold that conjures thoughts of prestige, wealth, and taste. The name alone is worth much, adding a thick degree of immediate attention whenever it is applied to an item. Maybe you think that is an unfair characterization? Consider your rebuttal carefully. Think of your family and friends, and the possible strangers on the street who when asked whether they desire something from Cartier would respond with anything other than "of course." I got to play with one of these magical little items for a while. One that is close to entry level model from the brand, though still pricey, and still Cartier. This is the newer Cartier Roadster S. Part of the brand's desire to keep their product name relevant in anticipation of some years where typically high spending in their boutiques will likely wane a bit. Plus, it is good for any luxury brand to have as full a product line as they can - from the entry level to the super high-end. Cartier is not only pushing higher and higher with their elaborate and thoughtful in-house made movement based watches, but are interested in being more accessible to people on the lower end of the luxury scale.
At Basel 2010, I walked by the Eterna booth, surprised and delighted to see this guy in a case. It made me even more excited to talk with the Eterna people and play with it. You'll notice below a comparison of the original model and the new Heritage model. Up a few millimeters in size, the Heritage Super KonTiki limited edition 1973 is 44mm wide in a steel case with a tall rotating diver's bezel. The case is 200 meters water resistant (why not 300m I am not sure, they could have easily made it that, I am sure). Nevertheless, it is a very capable diver's watch with a fantastic spirit.
In the past I wanted to give Asian made watch winders the benefit of the doubt. I really wanted the low cost alternatives to the more expensive European or American winders to be better options for the economically minded. Unfortunately this was not the case. My experience with Asian made winders has been that they always break, it is just a matter of when. If you purchase Asian made watch winders, simply expect to replace them frequently. Probably every 6 months or so. At the same time, European and American watch winders that I have been operating for years are doing just fine.
The polished and brushed steel case is 41mm wide, but wears large - which is cool. Case style is very much Carrera is shape, with those great looking lugs. The case has a great mix of rounded and angular elements to it. The crown has an embossed Tag Heuer shield logo, as well as classic looking chronograph pushers. Of course the watch is available the well-known 5-link metal bracelet, or an alligator strap.
Ruchonnet adapted the design of the Winch Tourbillon Vertical watch for a more Ferrari- like application. The movement has been cosmetically enhanced with a number of changes - though the core complications and functions are retained. It was important for Ruchonnet to have a lot of Ferrari DNA in the movement. The idea was to use some of the same high-tech materials uses in Ferrari Formula 1 cars. In fact, the watch is also a 60th anniversary piece of the first Ferrari F1 car (Ferrari 275 was the model I believe) from 1950. Images of that car can be seen here in the article. You can see a healthy amount of carbon fiber (which is widely used in Ferrari cars) in the middle of the movement as a bridge. Unlike the original Cabestan watch, the Scuderia Ferrari One has a single, streamlined sapphire crystal over the watch dial/movement. Time is told via the "drums" that turn and are made of out aluminum. Separate ones are used for the hours, minutes, and seconds. Colors in the movement materials represent similar tones to Ferrari cars and their engines. Like all Cabestan watches, seeing the movement and using it to tell the time are the absolute highlights of their watches.
Even after 81 years, the Calibre 101 continues to be a micromechanical wonder, retaining a freshness and beauty in modern times while hearkening back to an earlier era.
Prices for the watches aren't too bad. Made in German, the Max Bill by Junghans watches for 2010 will retail for 1,320 euros for the Chronoscope, 705 euros for the Automatic, and 515 euros for the Manually Wound version. Look for them soon.
As you can see I have some images of a Seiko Active Martix EPD watch. This is the "show model" and is a concept - not the version that will be released (the image of that is at the top of this article). It is beautiful, sleek yet angular, and quasi futuristic. It is a futurized revision of their original 6 digit digital LCD display watch from way back when. The production model (at least for now) will be the above version like I said. While similar, it has a lot of changes. Which is actually good, cause it means that watch will likely not cost as much as if Seiko used the concept watch case and style. We want these to be affordable right? But if I was a betting man, I would wager that the concept watch from Baselworld 2010 might become a reality at some point (Japan only? Likely). It is just too nice not to consider for at least limited production.
On the dial you have a bi-compax subsidiary dial display, again with the sunburst pattern, and a fun mix of the six o'clock hour indicator spelled out balanced by the numeric "12" above. One thing you can't really notice is the colors of the chronograph pushers. The crown and lower chronograph have black rings on them, while the upper chronograph pusher has an orange ring to match the orange section of the rotating diver's bezel. Roger Dubuis watches celebrate the fact that they are not for everyone - not even close. The designs are intentionally made to arouse some, while seeing strange to others. Nevertheless, most of the brand's timepieces are still very well designed, and have a lot of enjoyment in store for people who like them. The EasyDiver Chronograph is no different, and is itself limited to just 280 pieces.
Ulysse Nardin Caprice Tiger Watch
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Ulysse Nardin Caprice Tiger Watch
Parmigiani makes almost all of their own watch movement and case components. It doesn't make watch straps though. These are all sourced from Hermes Paris. Customers of the Bugatti Super Sport watch can have straps in the pictures black alligator, or whatever else they like. When we are talking bucks like these, Parmigiani isn't gonna sweat the small stuff like a custom watch strap. Besides, most people who are going to buy this watch are existing Bugatti car owners - so they are used to some of the best things in life. You'll see that the watch dial has a Bugatti logo on it, while the Parmigiani name is to the side at 9 o'clock.
Power Reserve more than 8 days, slip-spring
Frequency 4Hz (28’800 A/h)
Moment of inertia 8 mg*cm2, adjusting over 4 screws.
Hairspring Silicium, exclusive Ulysse Nardin design.
Escapement right-angle lever, silicium, non lubricated.
Tourbillon 1 revolution in 1minute.
Orbite 1 revolution in one hour.
Winding Manual winding over the bezel on the back of the case. 1 full rotation is equivalent to 12 hours of power reserve.
Time setting forward and backward over the bezel.
Case 18-karat white gold, water-resistant.
Bremont U-2 Watch Review
Wrist Time Reviews
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Bremont U-2 Watch Review
Mvt: Automatic ETA 2836 protected by an anti magnetic dust cover.
Beat: High beat 28,800 A/h
Function: Automatic with 46 hour power reserve. GMT function set independently via winding crown.
Case Width: 45mm.
Height from case back to tip of crystal: 18.2mm
Material: High grade 316L stainless steel case equipped with Helium Gas Escapement Valve.
Crystal: Double domed Sapphire, double coated.
Sapphire thickness: 4.00mm.
Winding Crown: Screw down waterproof stainless steel crown.
Bezel: Single directional ratcheting bezel with Super Luminova depth markings.
Dial/Hand Set: Super Luminova filled markers and Hands with Red minute hand for better clarity under water.
Strap/Bracelet: Rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet with Deployment buckle.
Waterproof: 1,500m / 4,921ft.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on September 1st, 2010 for the winner to be chosen at random.
Saying "lower-end" is a bit of a misnomer. The Cartier Roadster S still starts at ,200, high roller figures to many. At the same time, a Cartier watch is worth saving up for compared to many other timepieces. Cartier makes a pretty polished watch. They have been doing so for a while, and mistakes they make in design are few and far between. Serious watch lovers are going to be most interested in pieces like their new Calibre collection that includes a brand new in-house made automatic movement, but Roadster fans will like this new watch. The Roadster S is certainly a Roadster, but a scaled down version. Further, people who find the original Roadster watch to be a bit strange in design will like the Roadster S. It retains the same shape, but with a different personality. I tend to think of it is a good "starter Cartier." It is not going to be easy to go from higher-end Cartier to the Roadster S, but the opposite situation in easily feasible. Nevertheless, the watch is a simple, yet highly satisfying timepiece for the vast majority of watch wearers.