First and foremost, I want to thank Ariel Adams, the blog staff, and the Marvin Watch Company for this nice giveaway. Your efforts to coordinate these are truly appreciated. In particular, the reviews are enlightening and offer watch lovers to learn of brands and watches we might not be that familiar with. The giveaway contests always offer up a nice watch that a watch lover can truly appreciate.
Jordi notes that the design of the Chronograph Red Horizon is inspired by not only Swiss culture, but also nature. The "Red Horizon" name is meant to allude to the sunsets in the Swiss alps, while the dial is said to be inspired by a traditional local Swiss paper-cutting art form. This inspiration begins with the hands themselves that are intended to resemble scissors. At first glance, I never would have considered the hands to be like scissor blades, but after understanding this connection I can see a similarity.
I'll state right here that in my opinion, the Calibre (the entire collection) is the Cartier men's watch to get right now. It offers the most modern design of the others, an in-house made movement, great size, and appeal of a Cartier with a sportiness that many people are looking for today. Of course, with my love of dive-style watches, I am inclined to say that the Cartier Calibre Diver is the best choice, but let's look at the details a bit more.
As another rather unique detail, the L922.1 Sax-0-Mat movement features a zero-reset seconds hand, which brings the so called hacking seconds function to a new level – a neat addition for those obsessed with timekeeping accuracy. Upon pulling the crown out into the time-setting position, the Langematik Perpetual's seconds hand is stopped and – much like a chronograph's seconds hand – it can reset to the zero position. Removing the zero-reset chronograph function and incorporating it in time-only watches is not exactly new for Lange - earlier this year they surprised us with the quite impressive zero-reset tourbillon in the 1815 Tourbillon (hands-on here).
Bauhaus began as a school for industrial design, and while it's most associated with furniture and architecture, it originally didn't have an architecture component at the school at all. The architectural output from 1919-1927 was quite small. It was only after 1927, after Max Bill had left the school and moved to Zurich, that architecture became a focus, but the style is characterized by simplicity, eliminating anything extraneous.
ABTW: What watch do you wear currently and what significance does that have for you?
Price discounting at authorized dealers does often exist, but it isn't very deep. Further, at most brand boutiques, no price discounting is allowed by the brand. So, assuming products are available at gray market dealers and all things being even, it makes a lot of sense why consumers often want to purchase their watches at gray market watch stores. In fact, one of the only "published" reasons watch brands offer to encourage people to purchase at authorized dealers and boutiques is warranties. Watches purchased at gray market dealers do not come with official warranties, meaning that if there are issues with the watches the consumer will be forced to pay for repairs that would otherwise fall within warranty coverage – or, in some instances, the grey market dealer will offer their own warranty.
Welcome back to an aBlogtoWatch original series, where we discuss important stores that sell watches all over the world. Each store we profile has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to. Whether you buy watches from brick and mortar retailers or prefer to buy watches online, these are the stores that help shape our watch culture around the globe. There is a long list of stores to cover, but if there is a retail location in your favorite city that we simply can’t miss, let us know in the comments below.
Where to buy watches in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?
As was the case with all the other Romain Jerome Space Invaders pieces, the theme of this series will either work well for those in the niche market it is intended for (fans of the arcade game who also happen to be watch nerds and well-heeled enough to be able to afford such an unusual blend of luxury watches and arcade games), while it will certainly leave others cold and uninterested. The Space Invaders theme is one that hardly ever could have been picked up by any of the major luxury brands – but that does not mean it is not a viable idea; it just took a niche brand to find this niche market and try and make the most of it. With many different models in the Romain Jerome Space Invaders series being sold out already, one cannot argue that this venture for Romain Jerome has been an unsuccessful one.
Tag Heuer seems to be a brand that draws very polarizing opinions. Some watch lovers abhor their mass marketing efforts, while others appreciate their very high-end offerings such as the MikroPendulumS and now this, the Monaco V4 Tourbillon, which places a tourbillon into the original Monaco V4 - the world’s first belt-driven watch. Regardless of what you think of the brand, I think we can all agree that not only is the movement in this piece a technical feat, it also looks exceptionally cool.