Kevin Rose is the founder of Digg.com and is currently a partner at Google Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Google, and it would not be a stretch to say that he is something of an Internet and geek celebrity. So I was very interested to learn that he has, over the past couple of years, become a serious watch geek - so much so that he even built his own watch app, Watchville. Here, he shares with us his story of how he got into watches, some of his favorite brands and why he built Watchville.
Legibility is really something that Seiko excels at, especially in its Grand Seiko line. It begins with a very high quality sapphire crystal over the dial that is given a fantastic anti-reflective coating on the inside. Seiko marries colors and materials as well as finishing on the dial very well. The hands are all precision cut and polished, so there are no distracting areas of glare of light reflectivity. The proportions of the the dial elements are also ideal, and from a fit and finish standpoint, the detail on the dial is superb. While I didn't think the gold "gilt" dial of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 would appeal to me more than the SBGE001, I do like it a bit more, as it makes the timepiece a little bit more distinct and doesn't take away from its classic appeal.
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Once again, I will have to wait until early 2015 to test the specific fitness applications of the Apple Watch, but I think it has a lot of potential. Again, even if Apple didn't invent a lot of the activity tracking functionality offered in the Apple Watch, it has streamlined many components and offered them in a package a lot more people will end up using compared to most currently available fitness tracking devices.
In essence, the George Daniels 35th Anniversary Watch made for a wonderful and pristine way of carrying on his heritage, and here's why. Staying with the front's aesthetics for a moment longer, before turning to the movement's technicalities, the dial is unmistakably Daniels, as the proportions, the sizes, diameters, patterns, and the layout of the different elements are all superhumanly perfect – contradicting the fact that they have all been crafted by hand, using only traditional equipment. The subtle triangular layout of the centers of the three sub-dials, the off-centered position of the main dial, the featherweight balance and lightness of the front all are trademarks of a Daniels watch – and proof of his engineering genius.
I don't even have full tech specs for the watch, so my apologies for not getting specific with dimensions or the size. I do know that the case is in 18k white gold, and of course it is rather large, in typical Greubel Forsey style. The finishing also happens to be quite amazing (of course), and the design of the case is a nice blend between classic and cool. The main point of the prototype was to show the overall look and feel the watch, the tourbillon, and of course how Wigan's work is to be displayed.
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Since antique 12 size pocket watch movements are about 39mm, my case needed to be at least 44mm in diameter. The original drivers' watches were all rectangular in shape and usually never exceeded 36 mm in length. But by utilizing the hinged “articulated” lugs, I could now realize my dream of being able to reverse the hinges either way the watch is facing.
One power reserve is for the main mainspring and the second is for the auxiliary mainspring. The concept behind the system is simple, but it requires some understanding about how mainsprings create a torque curve as they wind down over time. The idea is that when a spring is fully wound, it releases the most energy. The energy evens out to a sort of plateau during the middle of winding down, and toward the end of winding down, it has the least amount of power. This creates a difference of torque in the mainspring, which in turn has an effect on how accurate a watch is over time.
The modern version of the Rolex GMT-Master II was introduced almost 9 years ago, and Rolex updated it last year by releasing a new stainless steel version with a blue and black ceramic bezel. This watch is significant because it is the first watch to have a bi-color ceramic bezel and it is also the first time Rolex used the color blue and black on a GMT-Master. Find out if this watch is worth its 0 premium over the regular black version in our review.
This is what I call "extra flavor," and part of why the Urwerk brand is special and unique. Urwerk adds to their signature system of indicating the time with some of these other special complications - which is awesome, because it means that Urwerk doesn't just do the same thing in a slightly different way with each new timepiece that they produce. What makes their satellite system for telling the time a bit different in the Urwerk UR-210 collection is the fact that the hand itself is retrograde and jumps back to its original position to meet the new hour indicator cube. As always, this system is incredible to see in action and wonderfully legible.
It goes without saying that if you don't want to pay full price for a new watch, you can try to locate a used one. The pre-owned watch world works similarly to that of the used car world. Items lose value and depreciate after their initial purchase but given their inherent values live on to be sold and sold again after the original owner has let go of them. Pre-owned watches can be purchased from individual sellers or, more commonly, from dealers who compete to offer consumers the best watches as the best prices.
What makes his watches stand out from many of the independents is that Mr. Dufour is a one man army, he‘s sitting at the bench and doing the work himself; he doesn‘t have an group of watchmakers doing the bulk of the work for him, or even all the work.
Finally, it has to be said – this is a watch that will attract attention, due to how encrusted it is with diamonds and precious gems. In some ways, this forces the magnolia compete for attention with the sheer bling of the massive 45mm x 38mm case. I am sure the brand had a very good reason for going this route, but I do wish there was a simpler finish to the case, allowing the automaton mechanism to not have to share any of the spotlight.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has captured my attention with the addition of the first minute repeater to the Ladies Rendez-Vouz Collection: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater. As its name suggests, this ivy-encrusted timepiece is of undisputed elegance – and that elegance is much more than skin-deep. In 2012, Jaeger-LeCoultre debuted the Rendez-Vouz Collection to provide women the chance to own serious mechanical complications – rather than the more ubiquitous "downscaled" mechanical versions, or the usual dressed up quartz. Despite its recent inception, the Rendez-Vouz collection already boasts quite an impressive repertoire, including ladies' watches equipped with genuinely high-end complications, such as the tourbillon or celestial and perpetual calendar timepieces.
Watch lovers who must have an attractive movement and want something classy yet not ordinary might want to take a look at the Ovale collection. The Parmigiani Ovale Tourbillon is near the top of the collection right now, and it offers a pleasant mix of contemporary and timeless appeal in a package you don't see every day. The design needed to grow on me a bit, and it wasn't until I put the watch on my wrist did I see real value in this unique case design. The ref. PFH750-1003800 Parmigiani Ovale Tourbillon is limited to 30 pieces and is priced at 8,000. parmigiani.ch
From a design standpoint, the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary limited edition watch takes the collection in a blue and carbon fiber direction. It is actually a bit similar (because of the blue) to the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Beverly Hills Boutique limited edition that aBlogtoWatch recently reviewed here. For more specific technical specs on the watch I recommend that you visit that or other Hublot Big Bang Ferrari watch articles we've published.