At the very top of the dial on the Tourbillon Quantieme Perpetual you will see windows for the day and month and, sandwiched between them is a leap year indicator. Antoine Martin uses a retrograde hand for the date. The main hand on the dial is used to display the minutes, while a subsidiary dial at about 9 o'clock is used for the hours. The spinning tourbillon doubles as the seconds indicator. The design of the watch has the sapphire crystal really close to the tourbillon offering a really nice view of the complication in action. While the design of this watch may be beguiling, it is true haute horlogerie and a really interesting timepiece overall. A nice step forward for the new brand with their first tourbillon.
Even with the steeply angled lugs, it wears tall and seems taller due to vertical sides. The machined buckle is a delight, nicely made and engraved with "Helson."
Chopard's racing themed watches are part of a few families. I am a bit confused by all the names, but they all seem to be part of the "Classic Racing" collection. That even seems to include very modern looking pieces like this one. So yes, the irony is that this non-retro watch is called the Classic Racing SuperFast (Super Fast). I just hope it doesn't run super fast. The majority of Classic Racing watches are in the Mille Miglia collection, while the rest are SuperFast, and Grand Prix de Monaco Historique pieces.
I hope these help you to use slide rule watches more effectively (like the Breitling Navitimer recently reviewed here).
It is a limited edition for 2012 and it is quite expensive. Rado, like other large group owned brands, deserves some fun in design without having to focus on purely marketable timepieces. There is no mainstream appeal to the R-One, which is one reason why Rado will only produce 300 pieces. It does however offer a cool factor and you may want to look closely at Rado again.
Italian Breil wants one of you to win this Orchestra reference TW1027 automatic watch. The very similar Breil Orchestra TW1020 was reviewed on aBlogtoRead.com here. In a 45mm wide black-toned steel case this is the cool skeletonized mechanical Orchestra model. It features an exposed automatic Japanese Miyota automatic mechanical movement that has been thoroughly skeletonized on the front and back. The dial is still very legible. Attached to this model is a black leather strap and it has a retail price of 5. Enter below for a chance to win one.
Cyrus makes the watch available in 18k red gold, 18k gray gold, and titanium. Various versions of the watch have different finishes I believe. The integrated reptile strap is well done and I love the sharp looking clasp. Nothing boring there. With the Klepcys, Cyrus has set a high bar. As a first attempt for the brand, it is really very well done. They later released a less expensive chronograph watch called the Kuros. While neat, it doesn't match the splendor of the Klepcys... but it is also much less expensive. With some quirks but a lot of personality and function, the Klepcys is a great example of a contemporary exotic complication wrist watch that should make enough people happy. Price is about 0,000.
Offered initially in steel, the R03 will come in a 45m wide case that requires a lot of work to produce. Revelation showed me some images of the case being hand machine-polished. I have a feeling there will be 18k rose gold versions available as well. The case is pretty cool and I like all the different angles and polishes - as well as the indented sections. Nothing is incredibly unique but the overall design is satisfying.
Power reserve: 36 hours
The GMT is the diamond-shaped hand, settable independently from the hour hand in one-hour increments. Pull the crown out one stop and rotate. In one direction the date changes and in the other the GMT hand moves.
Years ago I think it was watch makers who made pens, and now pen makers are making watches. We all know about the incredible success of Montblanc shifting its focus to watches probably more than pens, and other brands have at lest paid attention. Italian writing instrument maker Montegrappa now has a watch collection, along with many similar companies to itself. Now Cross, another writing instrument maker, has entered the land of making timepieces. Unlike higher-end brands such as Montblanc, Cross decided to enter the market at a much lower price point. The pictures you see here aren't of the first timepieces they ever released, but represent a brand new collection of pretty decent watches for just a few hundred bucks.
Ultimately, the James Bond Seamasters have always been created as tributes to the films and are meant to be worn by the most ardent of James Bond (and Omega) fans. Aside from the lovely textured dial, I fail to see any significant reason to choose this Planet Ocean over the standard version, unless you are a die-hard addict of all things 'Bondian.' Given Bond's status as an internationally loved man of mystery, and the popularity of the excellent Planet Ocean line up, we doubt Omega will have too much trouble selling through all 5007 examples.
The Richard Mille 032 Dark Diver Chronograph is both undeniably cool and almost completely impractical. The original RM032 carried a price tag of 5,000 and the Dark Diver, being limited to just 30 pieces, will cost only 0,000 USD. Just like a top-tier supercar, a Richard Mille should be prohibitively expensive, the price is part of the attraction for a sensational product like the RM032. Pricing aside, the Dark Diver is very large and tonally quite boisterous, but I suppose that is the point of a watch like this. Regardless of the fact that I will never own one, I love Richard Mille watches as they represent the cutting edge, a product of one of the dynamic elements within modern watch making. Surprisingly, there is a lot of competition to be found at the six figure price point, but Richard Mille is doing as they please and the RM032 certainly won't be confused for a similarly priced Patek, Lange or Opus.
It was a bit hard for me to get into Reactor watches at first. Their CEO is probably going to frown when reading that statement, but it has a happy ending. While some of their watch designs clearly aren't for me, Reactor has proven themselves to be "function first" minded even though they do like to experiment with some wild designs that aren't exactly utilitarian. About two years ago I reviewed the Reactor Gamma Ti watch here. In this review, I discuss the Trident. What do they have in common? While being two totally different watches they are both legible, durable, comfortable, and convenient. Love them or hate them - they probably won't give you any problems.
The LCD screen is LED backlit and very high quality. This type of screen sits in mostly all of the high-end digital LCD screens I have seen on watches. The background is black while the numerals are a pale green. The system uses numerals that look more rounded and elegant compared to those you see on most digital LCD screens. While the screen is susceptible to glare and low light, it is easily viewable in most environments. The default screen shows the time with either the seconds or the date below on the second line.