The way it works is simple, and according to Rolex the dual time complication is based on a module over a base in-house made Rolex movement. The main dial has an hour, minute, and seconds hand for the local time. A subdial has a second pair of hour and minute hands for a "home" or secondary time zone. There is also a small window at the 9 o'clock position of the subsidiary dial that acts as an AM/PM indicator for the home time, as it is presented in a 12-hour format, versus the 24-hour format of Rolex GMT watches such as the Explorer II or GMT-Master II. The small window has a sun for AM and a moon for PM.
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It is true that the type of magnetic fields which the Omega 15,000 Gauss watch can protect against are highly unlikely to be encountered by normal people on a regular basis. If you work with MRI machine or at CERN you might be among those who are the exception.
Egard is a brand I'm very familiar with, as I've reviewed a good number of their watches over the last year or two, and have had the opportunity to see their designs improve and mature. William Shatner is also someone I'm very familiar with, as my earliest SciFi memories are from watching reruns of Star Trek with my dad. For the past year, Shatner has worked with Egard's founder, Ilan Srulovicz to create a timepiece that's out of this world - the Passages.
It takes a truly great watchmaker to make a grand sonnerie, and I do mean GREAT. There are very, very, few companies, let alone individual watchmakers, in the whole history of horology that have designed and constructed a wristwatch with a functional grande et petite sonnerie with minute repeater. The result is a safe to use Grande Sonnerie with a low-tension movement and gentle mechanisms that have to be very finely adjusted to ensure unfailing chimes 35,040 times a year.
Legibility is excellent and each dial receives its own matching colour for the GMT hand. The black and red is rather sporty while the white and blue offers a more dressy appeal. With a simple GMT scale on the chapter ring, the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT offers a feature set and design that makes it an incredibly versatile watch, easily capable of daily wear.
It's no surprise that Hollywood comes calling to TAG Heuer when it wants its stars to look the part. At the boutique you can still buy one of the replica leather jackets as worn by the king of cool himself: Steve McQueen, which he wore in the movie LeMans. More than one of the guests at the event spotted their old school Heuer chronographs, and still looking as cool as the movie is 40 years later. And recently when the producers of the F1 movie "Rush" (2013) wanted to have the actors have the authentic 1970s and 80s look of old F1 legends, guess which vintage timepieces they borrowed: TAG Heuer's.
Don't ask why but unfortunately we weren't able to get a lume-shot of the Fifty Fathoms in the dark. Worry not because the luminant is excellent. Applied to the hands (even the seconds hand), hour markers, and the bezel, the C3 (green) SuperLumiNova is generously applied and makes for among the brightest dials you'll see after it has been charged by light. It is really the icing on a very nice dial cake. But seriously, even though the Fifty Fathoms dial may not be as widely recognizable as that of a Submariner, in my opinion it is every bit as classic because it combines good looks and effortless legibility.
Nevertheless, we understand that as watch experts people are going to ask us for buying advice. On a daily basis aBlogtoWatch gets e-mails from people (many of which are extremely amusing) asking for advice on what watch to buy in general, to help choose between a few options, to actually sell them a watch, or sometimes a plea for something free. The latter really does confuse us. We sometimes get long e-mails with sob stories on how the sender deserves a free watch - and it is usually rather expensive watches they are asking for. I don't recall being on the list of "Make A Wish Foundation" suppliers, but the last time I checked we never offered that type of service. I guess it is a good thing that demand for timepieces is that high.
Cecil Purnell is a brand that we've written about on aBlogtoWatch before, but it is still a company we know little about. What we know is that their timepieces are anything but conservative or traditional and their annual production is very limited. Those who find most of their watch satisfaction from Rolex or Patek Philippe will have little interest in weird stuff like this. Having said that, people looking for serious novelty and willing to pay for effort that sometimes rides a fine line between talent and madness... will enjoy something like this. The good news is that it is actually quite comfortable on the wrist.
The way the hours are minutes are indicated is via a tube that moves up and down as it spins and is read through an indicator window. It is quite an ingenious solution and I've never see anything quite like it. How does the watch look on the wrist? Weird of course. It is certainly wearable though, especially because the gold part of the case is meant to wrap around your wrist. Again, not a daily wear, but a very interesting design. Not sure about water resistance though.. you'd think a lot for a watch themed after a fantasy submarine right?
The Officer Pro literally shines in darkened movie theaters, night driving, or on late walks home from the bar. You'll be surprised how often the Trigalight feature can comes in handy and, once you've grown accustom to its convenience, makes other watches a bother to wear in the dark.
It is true, Urwerk has some very cool watches and are among the few sci-fi watches that I would actually say look futuristic in a way that doesn't scream "science fiction nerd." There is a masculine darkness to their designs that feels more automotive and military-inspired than spaceship and lightsaber. A prime directive at the brand is that their watches must be different, and to that end they have dutifully succeeded. Another interesting goal of theirs over the last few years has been to make their timepieces more interactive.
When I first saw these photos, the dial design seemed a little off, but then I realized that I've just grown accustom to seeing El Primeros with colorful and contrasting sub dials and, while I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the metallic blue sub dial seen on models like the Striking 10th, it's cool to see Zenith expanding and offering a more reserved dial design for a more traditional movement like the 410. zenith-watches.com
For this particular version of the Monaco V4, TAG Heuer has opted to once again go with a titanium case. The TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon uses a square case slightly larger than the original, at 41mm wide. I believe that the original Monaco V4 came in a 39mm wide case. Personally, I love the shape of this case, and the black-coated titanium with its glossy finish makes it look like an Imperial ship out of Star Wars, or something that Darth Vader would wear.