The movement is the Omega Caliber 3603, that has a nice list of qualities. It is an automatic, of course has Omega's Co-Axial escapement, and also has a column wheel based chronograph complication. Like I said before, there is also the date and the independently adjustable GMT hand. The movement is also a COSC certified Chronometer with 55 hours of power reserve. All these qualities together make for a very nice Omega that should really get you excited whether you are a Speedmaster fan or an idle viewer of Omega watches. Price retails for ,600.
First the 14k gold case is make of recycled gold. Not sure what the means, but I think that "recycling gold" is more a business than it is being eco-friendly. Maybe the gold is taken from industrial use, which is possible. Though I don't consider women selling their jewelry to avoid their houses being foreclosed exactly Earth preservation inspired. Then you have the leather strap that has all sorts of eco item such as a PCP and carcinogenic free dyes, rubber based glue, and a non allergenic leather lining. Again, I have to admit I have no idea how much of this is particularly Earth friendly. Perhaps the leather strap is bio degradable? As for the dye being PCP free, yea I should hope so. The PCP I know is that crazy "I can fly if I jump off buildings and bullets don't kill me" drug. There is probably some other type of PCP out there.. but I imagine I wouldn't like it either, and I've never heard of any other watch that has problems with the dyes in the leather straps. If you are allergic to leather, and somehow this is a hypoallergenic leather strap... just learn where Arlanch gets its straps.
To be perfectly honest it is hard to write about a watch after you have been writing about ,000 watches. On the one hand, it is hard to be fair to the watch, and on the other hand it is hard to make a case to the watch market for a ,000 watch that itself may just tell the time. In writing this review I needed to metaphorically step back a few paces and review the Timex Classic Camper as though it were in a vacuum. I actually like the watch for what it is - a dead simply, sort of retro themed, basic timepiece. No frills, nothing fancy, and easily disposable if need be. Cheap, not very big, and a watch. Exactly what you need many circumstances. See what I mean?
DWATCHes are big at about 46.5mm wide and taller still. Still, the case is curved a bit and fits nicely on your wrist. The case is heavy with a retro styled design that gives it broad, thick looking lugs. You see this in hardcore diving watches from the 1970's. Even the most recent Rolex Submariner watches have revitalized this style a bit. The chunky high grade steel case is given a soft brushed finish (black PVD, sandblasted and polished finishes are also available) and looks like it was given the same smoothing treatment as a pebble you'd pick up on the beach. Integrated into the case is an automatic helium escape valve (also known as a helium release valve, or "HRV") just like you'd find on a Rolex Sea-Dweller. So as not to jab your wrist, the crown is moved to the 4 o'clock position - a good idea. You can see that the screw-in crown is large and easy to use. It has a grated texture that means you can grip it with gloves or while your hands are wet (through you should never submerge a diving watch with the crown unscrewed). The end of the crown is engraved with the brand's signature "D." Together, the case elements give the watch 1000 meters of water resistance. More than you'll ever need.
Here is a rare watch from favorite German luxury watch maker A. Lange & Sohne. If you can take yourself back to the bubble building times of the year 2000, you'll recall just how sexy the idea of a tourbillon watch was. This was before a "mere tourbillon" was not enough, and when the complication was gaining steam as the haute mechanical wonder to wear. At this time most consumers still had no idea what the odd, but cool looking complication was. Later most consumers finally learned that the complication was in fact cool to look at, but of questionable value from utilitarian perspective. But who cares really, you don't get a 0,000 watch for utilitarian purposes.
The Louis Vuitton Tambour Mystérieuse has a floating manually wound LV115 movement in the center of the dial sandwiched between sapphire crystals. The "Mystérieuse" part comes from the fact that you cannot see how the movement is connected to the rest of the watch (or for the crown for that matter). Not really sure how it works actually. I guess that if there is no actual hidden rod, there would have to be a special sapphire crystal that itself turns, acting to adjust the time and wind the movement. The good news is that the watch has a power reserve of over eight days, which means you won't have to wind it all that often. The movement itself is has a built-in power reserve indicator, and has been designed to look quite pretty with the exposed palette jewels. The hands of the watch are attached inside and come out from the sides of the movement. It is a nice effect, and relatively legible. Certainly unique. The Tambour case itself is likely to be quite thick, but its tapered look is designed to allow for that without it looking too awkward. The highly sloped chapter ring around the face has attractive but simple hour markers. The lug structures are almost futuristic looking, but tasteful, and specially made alligator straps bit into the lug settings for a satisfying cohesive look.
Casio makes watches such as this in a variety of colors. Other models in more colors still. From black to white, and everything in between, there is a cool looking Casio G-Shock style watch for you (man or woman). Aside from being hip and urban looking, these Casio Baby-G watches pack in a lot of features - and are excellent values. The whole point of the watches is actually to be durable and shock resistant. While if you thrash around the watch, it will show wear, it will take a lot to out right damage the watch itself. Underneath the resin (fancy mixture of plastics) case and strap is another special plastic buffer around the inner steel cage for the Japanese quartz movement. You can see the steel caseback of the watch in the images.
Other ideas do work, such as Yvan's Titanic DNA watch for Romain Jerome. The watches worked so well, that they not only saved the dying Romain Jerome brand a few years ago, but catapulted it into a money making phenomenon with an incredible series of back orders. Flash to July 2009, and Yvan Arpa is forced out of the company by a disgruntled board of directors. Seemingly fett up with Arpa less than conservative personality. He and his managing team were out. The move was very strange, because Yvan WAS the Romain Jerome brand, and without him, the company was likely to wither away once the Titanic DNA concept became stale.
Just how accurate is the PHARAO atomic clock? Get this, the clock will deviate by one full second each 300 million years! There is a ton of science here that I either don't understand, or am not willing to go into. Suffice it to say that true mastery of time may allow humans to reach "the next step" scientifically. The eye in the sky now will know EXACTLY where you have been and what time you were there.
Dueling reviews: We talk about the Praesto Aviator Watch - Ariel's review can be found here, and John's review can be found here. On to Panerai, Ariel reviews the complex Panerai Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramica 48mm Lo Scientziato Watch he met at SIHH 2010, so we talk about that and Panerai's shy tourbillon.
Looks like you need to get yourself a new watch winder. The handiest way to keep your automatic watches ready for action when you want to wear them. I used sit there and wind a bunch of automatic watches manually each day. It was a pain. If you don't wear your automatic mechanical watch for a day or two it stops. Then you need to reset it when you wear it. If you only have one watch, this isn't a problem - but as your collection grows... well you can see where these useful accessories come in quite handy. Good watch winders aren't cheap. Sure you can get Chinese made watch winders for - 0 - but you'll have to get a new one each several months. Those ones just don't last. Plus, they are often too plasticy looking and not at all suitable for your new luxury love.
Catering to fashionistas with different fashion senses, Gucci has designed the Marina Chain Collection in Sold Yellow Gold - Stainless Steel- and a combination of the two. On top of the metal options, diamonds are, of course, another option to customize your watch. I usually don't like Stainless Steel/Yellow Gold combos - kinda reminds me of the 80s - but in this case, it seems to be the best option. This way, you can see the Marina Chain links, which are the most interesting part of this watch.
Reading the chronograph is pretty easy as well because Mondaine kept the chronograph used hands all red, while the time hands are all black. The seconds for the watch is at the subsidiary dial at 3 o'clock. You know how most Mondaine watches to have a seconds hand with a large red tip? Here they sort of did the opposite with the chronograph seconds hand. They moved the red orb that would normally be the tip to the end of the hand making it the counterweight. This makes more sense, and I like how they kept the "spirit" of the original Swiss Railways watch in this timepiece. Another "improvement" over other Mondaine watches is the addition of tritium gas tubes in the hour and minute hand. These tubes light up in the dark with out needing to be "charged" with light. Mondaine is sort of connected to Luminox, which prides themselves on basically always using tritium gas tubes. Having the gas tubes in the hands adds another layer of smart functionality to the watch that is very nice to have. While it would have been interesting to have each of the hour markers use tritium gas tubes as well (as there is clearly space) it is not a detriment that they are simple applied black markers.
The TX Perpetual Weekly Calendar watch shines most when placed on your wrist. It feel right, and the curved lugs keep the watch from looking too big on any wrist - even my smaller wrists. You can see the classic look enhanced by the modern dial is style you haven't seen before. My feeling is that in addition to those of you who enjoy this watch yourselves, this watch would make the perfect gift for those guys that wouldn't necessarily buy a watch by themselves, but sorely need an upgrade or replacement. You know who I am talking about... The TX Perpetual Weekly Calendar watch line ranges in retail value from 0 - 5.