The Tissot T-Touch Expert collection debuted as the flagship model Tissot T-Touch more than five years ago. I originally reviewed the first Tissot T-Touch Expert watch here. For a while, what Tissot was trying to do with the T-Touch collection was stratify it by purpose. That meant we saw Tissot T-Touch watches for hiking, diving, flying, and yachting. Eventually, Tissot decided to abandon this strategy and focus instead on price stratification. That meant the various Tissot T-Touch collection models would focus less on "intended use" and more on prices, with some models starting at a few hundred dollars, and the collection topping off, once again, with Tissot T-Touch Expert.
In fact, lots of enterprising people are going to crowd-funding sites to fund all types of products in droves now, because they appear to be extremely low risk ways of getting products funded. The dream is to get pre-orders for a watch so that you know there is a market for it. The logic goes that if the first batch is funded by interested people who've never seen the product, then you can produce more that additional people will want to buy after you sell your first run.
The massive, masculine case design, the selection of nice straps and good legibility make the Florijn Drie easy to love – and forget its minor shortcomings. Price for the Florijn Drie is €425 or 0 USD including VAT, and €351 or 0 USD without taxes. florijnhorloges.nl
With a price tag of ,900, this Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition is not the cheapest way to get an El Primero on to your wrist. It stands to reason that a lot of these watches released this year under the 150th anniversary banner will have some residual value to brand-specific collectors, but if you're looking for an investment piece, maybe something a little more classically styled would provide a better return. If, however, you love cars and the American flag, this could be the perfect watch for you. But if you want one, you might need to summon your inner speed demon, as Zenith have announced that only 500 will be made. zenith-watches.com
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The 41mm rose gold case is noticeably sharp. Its plain, straight sides, and angular bezel give the whole watch the appearance of size, despite remaining comfortable to wear – the case comes in at a remarkable 8.24mm tall. Due to the starkness of the flanks, the watch is able to satisfy the modern requirement for presence, while remaining slight enough to fit comfortably under a cuff. The Piaget Altiplano Chronograph retains a consistent identity through the use of stout, polished pushers that blend in with the otherwise uncluttered silhouette. The pushers need to be there because it's a chronograph, but their presence is muted and all the better for it.Read more ›
The partnership between Parmigiani and Bugatti makes sense, as both brands have similar values and history. They are both modern, boutique, exclusive, luxury brands with a deep expertise in making mechanical marvels. In Bugatti's case, their Veyron is a modern supercar with an unparalleled mechanical engine and performance. The Veyron holds the world record for fastest production car on the planet. And Parmigiani makes some of the finest contemporary timepieces with unique in-house movements. One example that celebrated the partnership is the Supersport driving watch with 10 days power reserve. This followed an earlier award winning model that the brand released about 10 years earlier, when the relationship had just started.
As you can see, the "Pride of Detroit" plane has plenty of ties to Detroit itself. So, then, it is also fitting that the Detroit Watch Company Pride of Detroit Aviator features that plane engraved on the caseback. Ostensibly, the watch is in their Aviator series, but I would have a hard time placing it into that category myself. Sure, we have the large onion crown that is easy to grip, and the matte black dial with its raised indices, but that is about as close as it gets to be an aviation watch.Read more ›
Miki Eleta worked with AHCI member Marc Jenni on the production of the movement for the Timeburner. The movement works off of a base Swiss ETA 6497 manually wound movement, which has a special system on it that uses a piston rod-style hand to indicate the minutes along a sort of linear scale to the left of the dial. The right side of the dial has a disc which indicates the hour. It is, of course, extremely "automotive," directly inspired by the combustion engine. While I want to reserve any final thoughts until I have been able to check out the watch in person, I find the concept intriguing to say the least, and I like the steampunk elements as well.
One has to understand the primary purpose of a tourbillon in a luxury watch circa 2015. In the 1940s, Omega first put a tourbillon into a wrist watch movement, and in the 1990s, tourbillon-based high-end watches started to become the in-watch of the elite. When Omega decided to put a tourbillon into a wrist watch, it was really an experiment to see if it helped make the mechanical movement more accurate. Tourbillons where invented by Breguet (the man) in the late 18th century as a way of negating the pull of gravity on a timepiece's balance wheel by spinning it around itself. The idea was that by subjecting the balance wheel to the pull of gravity from all angles the negative effects could be averaged out during the regulation process.Read more ›
What I am trying to do in all of this is help explain the admittedly strange world that a brand like Jacob & Co. exists within - as well as the strange world of watches such as the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon and Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette, which adds 16 carats of invisible-set baguette-cut diamonds. To regular folks, so much about ostentatious displays of wealth is offensive, and probably for good reason, because the message really is about saying “I am better than you.” But imagine a world of people who can all afford this stuff, and rather than looking to make their peers jealous due to the price of their items, they are just looking to wow and impress people visually. The “in your face” element of luxury is never going to go away, and I am a fan of democratizing luxury, for sure. With that said, I think many people are deeply fascinated by what the ultra-wealthy are doing, and since they aren’t going anywhere, they could do a lot worse than to get some of the rather amazing stuff you’ll find in the plush rooms at Jacob & Co.’s inviting inner sanctum.
As we mentioned above, one of the key advantages of ETA is the remarkable diversity of its movements, which allowed it to supply a large variety of brands – regardless whether they were going for greater affordability or more high-end execution and price-points – with calibers that fitted their requirements, both in terms of functionality and reliability. Eterna had to realize that if they were to offer a viable alternative, they must be able to cater to a similarly large variety of customers – who, in turn, will of course come with different expectations and ideas.
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You can wear this watch - I mean, I did. I wouldn't call it anything but sort of silly looking, but some people can pull it off. In this case, less than a dozen people around the world will even have an opportunity to try and pull it off. I also wouldn't go "sporting" with it, given the delicate nature of the materials such as the sapphire crystal middle section and enamel dial. See, like I said; this is a watch exclusively for collectors. Having said that, the design is very interesting and arguably attractive if you did want to strap it on your wrist. The next time I see someone complain asking, "when are they going to stop to make 'huge' watches?" I am simply going to point them to this watch and tell them to get excited for more 60mm-wide timepieces.
Mr. Lambert makes it clear that Montblanc is a brand that appeals to both exclusive high-end collectors as well as aspirational and mainstream buyers looking for luxuries in their life. Montblanc isn't trying to take the smartwatch world by storm with the e-Strap, but is rather looking for ways some consumers may want to incorporate smart wearable tech into their lives. The Montblanc e-Strap, for example, is extremely non-committal; you can take it on and off your watch, and decide to use or not use it without much effort. Need the Montblanc e-Strap for your work day but want it off after hours? That isn't a problem and doesn't require watch aficionados and style lovers to have to divorce themselves from traditional timepieces - even if for small amounts of time.Read more ›
The Breitling Chronoliner is water resistant to 100 meters and fitted with an AR-coated sapphire crystal. Inside the watch is the Breitling calibre 24, which is a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7754. This is a Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph with a GMT hand. Operating at 4Hz, the 7754 has about two days of power reserve. The movements in the Breitling Chronoliner watches are further all COSC Chronometer certified. The movement offers the time with a 12-hour chronograph and the date. I am actually happy to see that Breitling chose to use an ETA movement for the Breitling Chronoliner versus one of their in-house made movements. Not that their in-house movements are bad - but rather that they make for a very expensive watch. In addition to their ,000 plus watches, I think Breitling needs more options in the ,000 - ,000 range - which is hopefully where the 2015 Breitling Chronoliner is going to be priced. breitling.com
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This year, Uhrenfabrik Junghans has released eight new configurations for the Junghans Max Bill range. There are two ladies watches in bright, bold colors (blue and red) as favored by the late Swiss Maestro after whom the range is named, and a third ladies watch with a black dial and leather-backed felt strap. There is a new gents quartz watch, three new chronographs, and an automatic version as well, all with similarly clean and crisp dials that feature nicely weighted numerals and a respectful approach to space.
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