While it comes with a white dial, the back dialed version is the best in my opinion because of the onyx dial. That black is so wonderfully deep and looks amazing next to the thin white Roman numeral hour markers and tasteful, thin hands. At 41mm wide, the case size feels proper for the design, and it is wonderfully polished. The shape reminds me of Rolex and Patek Philippe pieces, while it is very smooth to the touch. In addition to the pictured 18k white gold, there is a yellow gold version as well. This is just well-executed classical design incarnate.
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June 25 at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, that’s when and where you’ll want to be if you’re interested in watches, particularly Pateks. For three days prior to the auction, Antiquorum will make the 550 lots available for inspection. (view the virtual catalog)
Blancpain just released the new X Fathoms dive watch that it has been promoting for a while now. Launched in Dubai, the new super diver contains a mechanical depth gauge as well as a few interesting features. One of those is a retrograde five minute counter on the dial that is always running. This is meant to be used for measuring decompression times. No other diving watch in the world has ever looked like this.
Of course the above discussion and articles refer to new watches, the story looks to be similar with regard to fine watches at auction. It’s a little surprising to me that not a single location in North America or Europe was chosen outside of Geneva, the auction’s location. On to the watches ...
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At the same time, they don't wear big due to the thickness of the bezel and the large sized hands and hour markers. They are so big, that they act to dwarf the size of the watch a bit. See what I mean? Drastically different than the outgoing Superocean watches, they show a new way of looking at Breitling dive timepieces. I was pretty drawn to them when I first learned about them many months ago, but didn't want to write about them until I got my hands on the watches. Well I did, and now that I have annoyed Breitling enough with my watch nerdery, I wanted to share my impressions (it is funny when you meet with a brand as a journalist/blogger - whatever, that actually is really into watches. They are sometimes weirded out when you actually look at the watch in details, ask questions, etc...).
Tech specs from Harry Winston:
Depending on who you are and your perception of the message on the rear of this watch you'll either love it or hate it. When it comes down to it, this is Breitling banking on the power of iconography to push this piece to the patriotic US consumer. Would it be cool to have a Breitling watch with the Great Seal of the US on the back? Sure. Would I pay a handsome premium for it? Not sure. Another carrot is that sales proceeds of the 50 watches will go to benefit the Fischer House Foundation charity.
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Complimenting the time and calendar functions is Urwerk's "oil change indicator" and running time indicator. The oil change indicator basically tells you when to send your UR-1001 back to Urwerk for (an expensive) service each 5 years. The running indicator basically measures how long the UR-1001 movement has been operating. Urwerk designed it to go up to 1000 years. Yup. I really admire how much they stand behind their build quality!
The original Lunokhod featured the same case design but was done in an old-style metal called wootz steel. The Lunokhod New Moon has been offered in 18k gold. I think it is yellow gold, and would the first yellow gold watch I have seen in a long time. It still has a sort of artisinal look to it, but the gold material suits the design nicely. The technical difference is that the seconds dial is now a retrograde dial. While not an improvement or anything over the original. It is an interesting new look and seems to suit the dial design better. And who doesn't love them some retrograde action.
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Dial: Matte black
Satin-finished appliques with green or black SuperLuminova
Hands Microblasted satin-finished with green or black SuperLuminova
Movement: Mechanical with automatic winding HUB1401
No. of components: 180
Bridges: Satin-finished, beveled & polished
Screws: Black PVD
Barrel: With reinforced spring
Escapement: Glucydur hairspring
Power Reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Balance frequency: 21,600bph/3Hz
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Number of components: 311
Fasteners Polished and bevelled heads, rounded and polished ends
Steel parts Satin-finished, bevelled, with drawn rims
Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo Watch Review
"Memento Mori" isn't a name that hasn't been used before, but a design like this is cool and unique. The watch case is literally shaped like a skull. This one has been hand-engraved in solid sterling silver (also the crown). Not sure of the size, but it does not look too small or too large. Interesting touches include the traditional style blued-steel hands and aviator style crown. That combo looks inspired from Peter Speake Marin if you ask me.
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I first want to say that this watch has intense lume. Any watch with a dial such as this mostly covered in luminant is going to glow like crazy. With dark hands and hour markers, the contrast is perfect, but done in exactly the opposite way most watches approach the use of lume being on the hands and hour markers alone. This is my first experience with just such a dial and I have to say that it can come in handy. It is also apparently part of the "pro" that makes this Dievas Vortex watch the Vortex Professional.
- Curved sapphire glass on the top and sapphire glass bottom
I think Clerc really struck something nice here, so I expect more models with this movement in the future if the Hydroscaph Limited Edition Chronograph line is successful. The watch will come with either a rubber strap or a hornback alligator strap. Comfort and composure is maintained in these attractive models. Certainly a good entry to the Clerc brand if you were not enticed before. Look for these... about now.
Bid On Impressive Watch Collection Seized From Ponzi Scheme Villain
Aside from the Balance Chronograph, this was the coolest Chronoswiss watch that I saw at Baselworld 2011. No official details yet, so I will have to infer a bit of the specs. One of the things you may notice is that not too many watches have this exact big day and power reserve layout. For a moment I thought that Chronoswiss was modifying a base ETA movement, but then I realized that they were using something more standard.
The Khaki X-Patrol will come in a 42mm wide steel case that is really nicely shaped. I like the curvy structure and how the chronograph pushers sort of continue that case shape. It is actually elegant - something that you probably would not assume about a watch with this name. The case is further water resistant to 100 meters and has a sapphire crystal with AR coated on the inner side of it. Overall, quite nice and I look forward to seeing the rest of what Hamilton has to offer this year at Baselworld 2012. Prices are ,295 on a leather strap or ,345 for the watch on rubber or a metal bracelet.