So if you think about it, what George Bamford is suggesting is that the ultimate luxury is to combine what he believes is the world's most important watch company with a personalized wearing experience. He wants people to know he is wearing a Rolex, and he also wants them to know he isn't wearing a standard Rolex. For George, that is the goal of his products. And if you are like George, you'll probably find a lot to love in his timepieces.
JK: It keeps on changing, depending on where I am, who I'm with. Sometimes I love Speedmasters - '60s era, with the 321 movement; other times, I'm like, "Let's move to the Constellations." I also wear lots of 1940s chronographs, usually on the weekend - I love those. I love Triple Calendars and their many different variations, as well as the early officer watches from the '20s - huge chronographs with a single button at six o' clock. I find I gravitate to very unique, hard-to-find pieces. Sometimes I wear two watches!
Tudor is experiencing a resurgence of late, thanks to its uncanny ability to take design cues from its vintage watches and integrate them into its modern watches. The Heritage Chrono of 2010 and the Heritage Black Bay of 2012 were amongst the greatest hits from Tudor in recent years. And last year, Tudor built upon its recent success with the new Heritage Black Bay Blue. This watch is essentially the same as the Heritage Black Bay of 2012, but with a much more sombre look thanks to its dark blue bezel, black dial, and cool metal indices. If you have always yearned for a more conservative look for the original Heritage Black Bay, here it is.
The aptly named Parmigiani Ovale Tourbillon is named as such because of the interesting oval-shaped case of the Ovale timepiece family. This style came out for Parmigiani about 1-2 years ago and looks remarkably better on the wrist than one might expect, given the unorthodox shape of the case. In addition to being a pretty decent tourbillon-based timepiece, I think something like the Parmigiani Ovale Tourbillon is good foundation on which to talk about the pros and cons of non-round case shapes.
We do, however, see the return to yellow on the dial, which helped make the original Omega > 15,000 Gauss watch so popular. The steel case of the > 15,007 Gauss watch is 41.5mm wide and comes with a matching steel bracelet. The case has a sapphire crystal over the front and rear of the case, is water resistant to 150 meters, and thanks to the Master Co-Axial component, is extremely resistant to magnetism.
Each October, Wixon Jewelers hosts its much-anticipated Watch Fair, an event where watch enthusiasts have the opportunity to shop expanded selections and limited edition models that are otherwise difficult to see in person. This year’s Watch Fair will display expanded collections of new and rare timepieces from Patek Philippe, Parmigiani Fleurier, Officine Panerai, Jaeger LeCoultre, and Tudor, to name a few.
In the business world, gold watches have had an interesting history. During the 20th century, it was the goal of many people to work at a company for many years finally to be gifted a gold watch upon retirement (which happened for at least some people). Gold watches worn by certain types of business people and professionals are an indicator of success and status. People wanted to work with those who could afford themselves gold watches because it implied a level of ongoing monetary success and social importance.
As a brand, Tissot really seems to be on quite a tear as of late. They have had quite a few notable new releases over the last few months, and now we are getting word of a sort of second wave. Most of them seem like reasonable additions to the lineup, but there is one in particular that caught our attention: the Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette.
It’s a riff on a theme much as Coltrane himself might insert or mutate a phrase from a standard effortlessly into an improvisation, not drawing overt attention to it as he transformed it into something unique. As well, while I may be extrapolating a bit here, but even the custom font of Oris’ logo recalls the clean, modern typography that distinguished the art direction of the great jazz label ECM. But what’s great is this information remains a sort of lively secret to the wearer; it doesn’t announce one’s jazz/Coltrane fandom to the world, but instead acts as a more personal detail - a nuanced symbolism that enriches the wearing of the watch.
In many ways, this new chronograph and GMT version of the Omega Seamaster 300M is a minor update to the Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Chronograph, but with a revised dial and GMT hand. That is OK with me, because I think it is a solid addition of a desirable feature. Omega actually has other chronograph GMT watches such as the Aqua Terra Chronograph GMT with the in-house made caliber 9605, but the layout is different than on the Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Chronograph GMT.
Setting the time on the Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision is accomplished via the traditional screw-down crown located on the right side of the case, while the six light models are operated via the pusher on the left side of the case. Durability features include an anti-reflective treated scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over the dial, as well as a case with 50 meters of water resistance.
We begin with none other than the infamous Zenith Defy Tourbillon – a chapter in Zenith history the brand certainly wishes had never happened. Priced at 51% off (!) for ,995 with free shipping, this turned out to be a very tempting offer for many – resulting in a whopping 561 written customer reviews. To see where some of them are coming from, let us first have a few words about the watch itself. Actually, former generation Zenith watches tend to be the "most commented on" for whatever reason.
"I bought this watch for one reason, to survive offshore. It's obvious. When my 120,500 foot yacht sank after hitting an endangered reef outside of Fiji, I knew I was in a bad situation. I could have saved my 40,000 man crew, but I had a Phil Collins moment and didn't, they all drowned. Ironically I met up with a bunch of plane crash survivors, turned out to be the characters from the show lost. So as they're sitting there improvising survival plans, I just laugh. With this Audemars watch, I simply hit the survival function, and I spawned my own Zodiac boat and putted away, leaving them to die alone and saddened. The only problem was I contracted scurvy and had to give myself constant saltwater enemas, which sucked. They forgot the nutritional function in this survival watch.... so I then was forced to kill a whole gang of baby seals for food and used their tears for hydration. Long story short, if you're an extreme survivalist, you will need this watch. I've climbed everest naked, dived in volcanic eruptions, scuba dived the marinas trench, and base jumped from the moon, all unscathed. It's that good."
Overall, this is a rather cool and unique Zenith model even if you don't at all care about the brand's relationship with Spindrift Racing or sailing. Prices for the Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing watch in DLC steel is ,100 and in titanium and 18k rose gold it is ,600. zenithwatches.com
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Anniversary Watch
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Anniversary Watch
1. Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is ,000
With 72 hours of power reserve operating at 4Hz, the movement is also an automatic. Oddly enough, the axe-style rotor has just one side (versus being a full battle axe-style design. In blued metal, the rotor is solid 950 platinum. In addition to the domes that indicate the hours and minutes, the MB&F HM6 movement has a flying tourbillon. It has been a while since MB&F has released a tourbillon-based movement, and for this watch, MB&F has ensured that the no-longer innovative nor as interesting high-end complication has some extra pizazz for the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate. In addition to having a neat MB&F battle axe logo style cage, the flying tourbillon is centrally mounted.... and can be "hidden" like a closing eye in a closing dome.
Seiko has the Grand Seiko SBGE001 priced at ,300 while the titanium and gold-tone dial Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 has a retail price of ,000. grand-seiko.com
However, this is not the typical 9R65 found in most Grand Seiko, this is the 9R15, which debuted in 2010. The difference aesthetically is only in the rotor, bearing an 18k gold Grand Seiko lion medallion, but both do have a tremendous amount of striping and perlage noticeable on lower portions of the movement. The real difference is in the quartz crystal used for regulation. Due to the fact that Seiko grows their own quartz crystals in house, they have the advantage of specially selecting the highest performing ones. In the 9R15, this specially selected quartz crystal provides the movement with an outstanding accuracy rating of +/- 10 second per month. Because of the limited availability of these quartz crystals, the 9R15 movement is only produced for limited edition models, with the SBGA109 limited to only 700 pieces for the world. MRSP on the Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA109 is ,000 USD and can be purchased at AZFineTime.com.
ABTW: Do you still have it today? Additionally, have you moved on to any other grails?
Movement Hands-on is a new series we are introducing for movement geeks. It takes an in-depth, behind-the-sapphire-caseback look at movements that we deem interesting or important. For our inaugural entry, we are featuring the recently released MB&F HM6 Space Pirate. Like all MB&F movements, the movement in the HM6 is entirely bespoke and was conceived after three years of research and development. Check out this incredibly detailed article to find out more about the difficulties in developing this movement and how it works.
Note that all of the images of the Kairos T-band are shown with the company's MSW 115 or SSW 158 Hybrid Mechanical Smartwatches, but the Kairos T-Band will presumably sold without a case, given that it is meant to connect to a timepiece the customer already has. As you can see, the strap claps is in a unique position so as not to interfere with the internal hardware. It also means that the strap needs to be cut to size for each wearer - which seems like a minor drawback.