750/1000e White Gold
Weight (average): 44.52 g
750/1000e White Gold
Weight (average): 44.52 g
RJ doesn't make too many watches a year so these are exclusive and limited edition watches only. Each version is limited to 1,969 pieces. I won't explain the source of that number as I am sure you can figure it out. Price for the Moon Invader Automatic models ranges from 9,950 - 14,950 Swiss Francs, while the Moon Invader Chronograph ranges in price from 12,950 - 17,950 Swiss Francs.
• ETA 2836-2, self-winding, mechanical movement
• -25 jewels
• 28,800 bph
• Shockproof according to DIN 8308
• Anti-magnetic according to DIN 8309
• Hour, minute, permanent small sweep second
• Day/Date window with new, modified position
• Regulated and Adjusted by Damasko
Ludovic was wearing one of his own watches. It is his first self-branded timepiece called the Upside-Down watch. I first wrote about the Upside Down Watch here where I went into more details. With a very fun way of telling the time, the operational concept of it is simple. Ballouard explains to me how he loves simplicity. A concept many watch makers profess to love, however ironically, in a world that celebrates the complication.
Do I need to even explain to anyone why or how the hour, minute, and chronograph seconds hands are small beyond excuse? Maybe this is a joke. Maybe Alpina is just messing with me. I can see them in Geneva giggling like 7th grade pranksters. "E-mail it to Ariel, make sure he thinks it is serious! Huh hu, he is gonna flip!" It wouldn't be the first time...
Shock absorbers Shock absorption for main plate and balance bridge
Water resistance: 3ATM/30m/ 90'
According to Konstantin Chaykin, the manually wound mechanical movement is entirely in-house made and designed. There is more Wootz metal on the movement. For fun, the back of the half-moon or says "The dark side of the moon." I do like that the watch isn't too thick, and the protruding moon phase bulges out on the top, but not the bottom. Overall the Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod is a very interesting watch from an equally interesting independent Russian watch maker and brand.
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While Richard Mille considers the watch to be a "formal piece," it still has a lot of the sportiness we have come to love from the uber-luxury brand. On the wrist the watch feels light and solid - like most of their pieces. While it comes on a rubber strap, people are regularly know to switch out the straps with custom jobs. Richard Mille himself is especially known for this. I wonder what other straps options would look good on this watch? Price for it is rather high... but that is to be expect from Mr. Mille. In titanium the RM 033 is ,000, ,000 in red gold, and ,000 in white gold. So get one right away!
Available in either titanium, 18k white gold, or in 18k red gold, the RM 032 case is large at 50mm wide and a hefty 17.80mm thick. Though I feel that the titanium model won't be too heavy. The large sporty chronograph pushers as new, and so is the movement which is the RMAC2 automatic. This is in interesting movement because of the features that it combines. It is more than just an automatic chronograph with a few other neat features. First is the chronograph itself which is unique. It usually centrally mounted hands for the minutes and seconds, and is a flyback chronograph. There is a subsidiary dial for the chronograph hours.
Paul Picot offers these new C-Type Yachtman watches for 2011. The naming schemas confuse me. The C-Type I know, but I am not sure whether these are C-Type and Yachtman watches, or C-Type Yachtman watches!? Screw it, I'm just going to use the Yachtman name for now. Yachtman 3 to be exact - which sounds like an awful movie name. The watches are still cool looking, though, and this year they make equal jabs at Rolex and IWC wanting to be something like a Submariner or Aquatimer.
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The good "big" news is that brands spent a lot of time focusing on how to improve their current collections and size mattered this year. This meant new styles, colors, and design refreshes based on the most popular models. I am happy to report that modern sized men's watches are back by popular demand. Over at Audemars Piguet the Royal Oak got a refresh and a larger size up to 41mm. A. Lange & Sohne released three new Lange 1 watches with an increase in the size of its Grande Lange 1. IWC increased sizes for a lot of it pilot watches and focused mostly on diameters from 46-48mm wide. Piaget released more versions of its 43mm wide Altiplano 43 Automatic, and the mainstay of Baume & Mercier's Capeland watch collection is 44mm wide. Panerai of course is a purveyor of larger pieces, and even Vacheron Constantin's new thin Malte watch wasn't too narrow. Roger Dubuis' new Pulsion sports watch is likely over 45mm wide, while Cartier came out with a killer XL version of their new Tank Anglaise watch for men. I wouldn't say that super-sized watches are back, but rather that brands have accepted the realization that the majority of men want watches that are 40mm wide plus, and that 42mm is really the bottom for how big a sports watch should be.