As seen in the included video, the Spherotourbillon spins on two axises, flat within its carriage and across a 20 degree incline. The animation is wonderful and this new iteration frames the Spherotourbillon between satin-finished silver stairs.
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This made for a very nice fit right "out of the box," as it were, for this 20mm strap. Sometimes, when you pick up a thinner watch strap, you expect to trade off flexibility for strength. With the Da Luca Straps Yin, that was not a concern at all. While the strap is thinner, it felt pretty strong, and the unfinished back (which approaches, but is not quite, sueded) was soft against the skin.
Last, but not least, a black-red NATO strap also comes with the watch and I found that it works really well with the color scheme of the watch – it also makes the red Florijn logo on the dial stand out a bit more. With a lug-to-lug width of 24 millimeters it should be easy to pick up some extra aftermarket straps, but also it's highly recommended to do so, as the mono-chrome design of the watch makes it easy to drastically change its looks with some colorful straps.
While the Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon is a super niche watch, it isn't a bad one. The problem is that when people are looking to spend ,000, they aren't instantly thinking of Raymond Weil - even if the price is pretty good for a Swiss tourbillon. For the musically inclined that like a dark-colored, modern sports watch with a tourbillon, then I think this will hit the spot nicely. Not produced as a limited edition and offered in a specially made box, the Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon watch is priced at ,995. raymond-weil.com
Listen to the HourTime Show Watch podcast episode 173 here.
SevenFriday is a master of presentation, and a watch like the SevenFriday M2 faithfully embodies that fact with its rich details and varied textures. What is perhaps the most impressive about SevenFriday watches is the quality and level of detail offered at this price point. No, these aren't cheap watches, but they could easily be much more expensive. I've heard from several retailers that sell them in Switzerland, for example, that customers often guess they are priced in the ,000 range. Despite the fact that SevenFriday uses relatively pedestrian Japanese mechanical movements, the cases, dials, and even straps are of a very impressive and high quality. If you are familiar with high-end watches, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised the first time you handle something from SevenFriday.
In my years dealing with watch collectors, I have yet to meet a single person who dedicates the time and effort to creating a comprehensive journal of their collection including data about the watches, when and where they purchased them, and then takes data and sends it off with the watch to the next owner whether that is their heir or a subsequent buyer. I am not saying that this never happens - as I am sure some people do it - but I have found that it is rare.
Today, as news both expected and unexpected, Swatch has introduced what will be its first widely available smartwatch: the Swatch Touch Zero One. What we all expected to see sooner or later – preferably sooner – was a smart / notification / fitness watch to be offered by one of the Swiss watch industry giants. The unexpected part, is that there's a direct link to, there's no other way to put it, beach volleyball. The Swatch Touch has been around for about four years and now, thanks to its trademark tactile control (touchscreen) and larger display area, it is now becoming the vehicle that Swatch uses to introduce its first mass-produced smartwatch.
The Urwerk HIS will also help people make better decisions about their lives by understanding the outcomes and consequences of their wearer's behavior. The system is designed to explain the reasons behinds its suggestions and operations, rather than simply order its wearer to do "this" or "that." Sitting down before ordering a meal, Urwerk HIS can quickly gather caloric data about your dining options. If you want the hamburger and fries HIS will firmly remind you that eating it will add 120 minutes to your workout. Select the chicken salad, and the result might be only 60 minutes added to your exercise goals.
What happened half-a-year ago was that Bremont announced a limited edition of six time-only watches, inspired by the famous Jaguar E-Type race car – so much so that, in fact, the watch was designed to be sold to the future owners of the six .6 million re-production E-Types that Jaguar created last year. The dial design was largely inspired by the tachometer (or rev-counter) of the E-Type, as the watch featured similar fonts and red-zone between 3 and 4 o'clock.
The third, and arguably most notable complication is the Gravity Control system, which is made up of 173 parts and borrows heavily from the principle of gimbal suspension systems used in marine chronometers of days long past. The idea behind it is that this self-regulating device would keep the escapement leveled at all times, regardless of the ships’ rolling and pitching, thus negating the need for the timekeeping device to be regulated in multiple positions.
As far as model names are concerned, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is the quintessential Rolex: while all other pieces in the Oyster collection contain the "Oyster Perpetual" phrase in their name (e.g. Oyster Perpetual Submariner or Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona), here, no extra phrases are added; and with that, you are looking at the most simple, straight-forward Rolex watch that is manufactured today.
While the Recital 12 watch is 9.1mm thick, the Bovet Recital 15 is 12.8mm thick. That isn't "very thick" by most standards, but it doesn't have the svelte feeling of the Recital 12 on the wrist. I also don't know if the Bovet Recital 15 has the option of coming with an 18k gold bracelet (like the Recital 12 does) in addition to the black alligator strap. The dial combines both traditional elements with the beautiful aesthetic of an open face showing off the movement. The design is pretty elegant and feels like it was meant to be looked at, in contrast to some open-face dials that look like you caught a mechanical watch movement in its underwear. In other words, I have to say that both the Recital 12 and Bovet Recital 15 watches are very nice to look at. Of course, given Bovet's nature, you can also get this watch with a diamond-set bezel.
Whereas the high-end watch industry has for long been largely based on the co-operation between specialist craftsmen – working either within the company or at external suppliers – when it comes to independents, most all of the tasks are performed in-house... and for just a handful of independent watchmakers, those tasks are performed not by dozens or even a few, but by just one craftsman. Today, we are looking at AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants) member Hungarian independent watchmaker Aaron Becsei's proprietary movement, found in the Bexei Dignitas watch.
A watch designer's job is to create a relationship between the wearer and their watch. The new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II watch does this is a clever way. By decorating the dial with a culturally significant diorama, the wearer is not only comfortable with an image they have seen many times before, but they are also susceptible to its potential as an emotional trigger. With a single glance, a whole gamut of feeling can be released: Pride, passion, patriotism, for example. The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II picks up where the first Round Table watch left off, moving the design brief in a new direction and elevating the craftsmanship to a new level.
Already a fan of F.P. Journe, I will admit the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel is not the typical type of watch I lust for, because I am not particularly enamored with most perpetual calendar complications. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate them, but they aren't the typical types of complications I get super excited about. Well, not all the time, that is. I find most perpetual calendar complication watches to have busy, uninteresting dials or have too many fiddly issues to be useful. Take, for example, all those inset pushers on the dial of cases used to set them. That works fine for a cheap watch, but when spending big bucks, little else seems less elegant when it comes to setting a mechanism. Also, why all the bother for a perpetual calendar when, most of the time, I don't keep watches wound for years on end? It seems as though in most instances, an annual calendar will do just fine.