IWC Ingenieur

In addition to the strength of a reinforced stainless steel case, the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX watch collection has specially produced dials and hands which are designed to withstand forms of shock and vibration that would permanently destroy less durable timepieces. The company positions the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX watches as leader in timepiece durability, as an extension of the brand's core values of producing products that are "Made To Last" including its other timepieces as well as its cutlery, pocket knives, and luggage.

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Niall's debut watch is the Niall One, and it comes in four versions to start. The 41.4mm wide case is strongly reminiscent of some classic designs, most notably the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. That is apparent in the bezel, and the case looks like an elongated version of the Swiss classic. The cases are all in steel, but offer various amounts of black DLC coating for the entire case or just for the bezel. The dial is simple and minimalistic, which a focus on legibility. In fact, I've found it extremely interesting that most of the new American watch brands have focused on extremely simple dial designs (for the most part). The case is water resistant to 100 meters, and over the case is Gorilla Glass versus sapphire crystal.

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Last year, Audemars Piguet debuted its totally revamped Royal Oak Offshore watches (hands-on here). This year, the brand is turning its attention back to the Royal Oak and giving it the two-tone treatment. New for this year, the larger 41mm Reference 15400 will now be offered in steel and pink gold, which gives it a very bold look that is unlike any modern Royal Oak. I didn’t quite like it at first, but I think it grows on you. Take a look at it here.

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Next, you'll want to consider what the dial is like. Is it totally "blacked out" with stealthier indices and hands, or does it have some other sort of coloration included? If there's orange in there, then perhaps you could get away with a more orange-leaning brown strap, for example.

Business aside however, this ingenious timepiece displays mean and true solar time (the latter on the sub-dial at the 9 o'clock position), running seconds on the sub-dial at 12, fast/slow setting aperture at 6 (a rather unique sight!), apertures for the days of the week and leap year indication, and a superb outermost track displaying all 12 months and the dates for the annual calendar.

aBlogtoWatch currently gets about 1-5 emails a week from people excited about their new watch campaigns on crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We can't cover them all, and in fact, we don't cover most of them. Not fair, you say? There are some awesome watches on Kickstarter, you say? Maybe, but we prefer to write about mostly watches that we know for sure will be made or are currently available. A lot of the stuff on Kickstarter is there because it hasn't been made yet - and sometimes it never gets made, because either the campaign doesn't get fully funded or because technically the projects proved too challenging.

Speaking of which, let's discuss the namesake complication of this timepiece: the chime. It is no secret that Patek Philippe is very proud of its chiming watches – Thierry Stern, the president of the company, is said to listen to every single chiming watch the manufacture produces, before sending the timepieces out to retailers and their future owners. Therefore, it was expected that Patek would incorporate the chiming mechanism in their 175th anniversary model – and we are not disappointed. The highly complex and completely in-house designed and manufactured movement features a unique chiming mechanism: beyond the grande and petite sonnerie (automatic chimes for every passed hours and quarters), and the minute repeater, it also includes two other, highly unusual chiming complications.

The Nomos website describes all their watches as unisex, but that description is perhaps most fitting to the Nomos Tetra collection. The Nomos Tetra’s square 29.5mm case is 6.3mm thick and fits well on wrists of various sizes. When a woman with a six inch wrist puts it on, it takes up a large percentage of the wrist and almost looks like a sports watch. On a slender man’s wrist, it takes up much less space and the tone of the watch is much more formal.

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But one might say that is a small price to pay, and for the most part, I would agree. While the 22 millimeter wide, skinny-looking lugs further emphasize the large, white dial of the watch, the steel mesh bracelet renders the Claude Bernard 83014 suitable for formal, as well as for what is often referred to as "smart casual" attire. I understand that the usual concern with mesh bracelets is about their tendency of pulling arm hair, but in this case the tight weave of the mesh eliminates that issue just about entirely.

A possible solution in the future is a means of effectively charging your Apple Watch while on-the-go with movement or light. Even though these are good ideas, standard kinetic or light-powered charging schemes would barely keep up with the juice demands of the Apple Watch or other similar devices. Therefore, until the tech industry as a whole debuts a new form of battery technology, we will have to live with optimization and clever use of power. The Apple Watch does as much as it can by offloading processes to its host iPhone.

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Fans of restraint will love the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph’s design. The ultra-traditional dial is a masterful as it is unremarkable. Detailing is impressive, but Vacheron Constantin isn’t trying to tread new ground with the aesthetics of the dial which are familiar yet a bit novel, given the new layout. While it doesn’t bother me, I know some people will be irritated by the fact that the chronograph subdials “cut off” the 3 and 9 o’clock hour markers. Note that the monopusher chronograph is operated by a pusher in the crown, while the top pusher is used to activate or rest the split seconds chronograph hand.

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I went through several different iterations of the case design, but none really gave me what I was looking for: a case design that stayed true to my design principles, yet kept the simplicity of engineering.

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Aloe Blacc: I don't have a sport watch yet. The Ingenieur is as sporty as I get; everything else is a dress watch. I thought about the racing watch, but I wasn't sure. I don't know if I have the right outfit for it! [laughs] And when I start yachting, I'll think about getting a Yacht Club. Actually, I think the sportiest I'll go is a pilot watch. In honor of my dad’s birthday, which is November 30th, I want to find a great way to surprise him. Therefore, I'll probably gift him the Pilot Watches for Father and Son double edition – they’re really nice. Hopefully, one day I'll have a son that I can leave my watches to. My Perpetual Calendar will be his one day; my wife has a few IWCs – a men’s Da Vinci and a Portuguese – that are definitely going to be heirlooms for my daughter! We're quite nascent in our celebrity status, so my wife was completely awestruck by the price of these watches. But once we started to learn more about IWC’s production, development, and history, she completely understood it.

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On the wrist is the IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound (ref. IW546301)

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Launched in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron was, and is, unlike anything else on the road. With an original list price of roughly 1.25 million dollars, the Bugatti Veyron entered the field with an 8-litre W16 engine spinning four turbochargers and offering 1001 horse power.

Apple has called its software development kit for the Apple Watch "WatchKit," which they hope will inspire app developers to get creative with the world of potential available in the Apple Watch. Of course, this means that the Apple Watch will use its own dedicated apps in addition to those available for your iPhone. Fitness functionality is just as important as features such as being able to pay for things using your Apple Watch.

Despite its substantial size, what the Montblanc Metamorphosis achieves is truly amazing: it brought the fascinating (and seemingly impossible) idea of transforming mechanics to the level of wristwatches, where space, and hence, the supply of much required power, is extremely limited. To say that the Montblanc Metamorphosis II is a niche product, would be a massive understatement – but Montblanc knows that, and they are making only 18 pieces in 18k red gold, with the price being €270,000, or about 2,000. montblanc.com

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As we were welcomed in, we grabbed some scotch & espresso at the bar, then Ariel and I were shown to the private viewing area upstairs. There, Jean-Louis brought us a tray of the most beautiful watches I had ever seen. Starting off with a Chronometre Bleu, regular and special Byblos editions, then moving into some of the Octa models, I seriously contemplated walking out with my own FP watch.

The Speedmaster bracelet of last year's X-33 has been replaced by a green-blue Nato strap, the texture of which reminds us of the one we saw on the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th anniversary piece (hands-on here), although this time around with Omega branded metal hardware replacing the fabric loops of the strap – certainly a welcome choice.

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