Paws: Black ceramics with titanium screws
Paws: Black ceramics with titanium screws
Hublot watches just announced that its charismatic and successful CEO Jean-Claude Biver has stepped down as the brand's CEO. I state this with sadness as Jean-Claude has not only been a friend but a very good example of what a Swiss watch CEO should be like. He is a master of marketing and collaborations. He not only knows how to save a brand but also how to make it something that the non watch news wants to cover. As a member of the press if there are two things I can say about him that all CEO's should aspire t0, then it would be his accessibility and involvement. Mr. Biver almost instantly responds to all e-mails and requests, and has a special talent for making each person he speaks to feel unique and important.
Made in America, the Avanti 3 three is a well performing watch winder and attractive addition to a room where men can celebrate their hobbies. As watch collecting usually involves growing your collection, so does your need for winders. At a point you prefer units that wind multiple watches, and the better looking they are the more you want them. Price for the Avanti 3 is ,995. That goes up to ,995 for the Avanti 6, and way up to ,000 for the Avanti 48.
Number: 53 / Carat (Approx.): 0.39
For years Tissot has tempted even hardcore mechanical watch lovers with its T-Touch collection of multi-function touch screen watches. Using a pusher that "activates" the sapphire crystal, you have access to certain features by pressing on various parts of the dial. I previously did a hand's on review of the Tissot T-Touch Expert watch here, where you can learn more about this technology. This bona fide gadget watch is a serious cool toy and has found places on lots and lots of wrists. In 2009 Tissot released the Sea-Touch, the first diving version of the T-Touch collection, and it is one of my favorites.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on February 29st, 2012 for the winner to be chosen at random.
Plus, there is a Vittorium Deep Diver. Very neat looks makes this 47mm wide timepiece one of the most unique affordable Swiss dive watches of the year. Priced at 5. Learn more at Vittorium here.
The growing range of Precisionist watches from Bulova contains both formal and sporty watches. Each have a very unique character to them. This Champlain model comes in a rather comfy but large 46.5mm wide case, here done in titanium. There are steel models available as well, and ones in black colored cases. This model is marked by a multi-layered carbon fiber dial with nice blue seconds hand. I like the logo at the end of the seconds hand which is both a "double P" for "Precisionist," as well as an infinity loop symbol. The case is rather well engineered but mass produced. The round dial is matched with an angular look for the case and I like the large hexagonal screws on the corners. the bezel looks like a rotating bezel but sadly is not. The crown design and texture is a nice detail.
Each of the watches come in 42mm wide case, with steel and at least one 18k gold model. The simple cases are attractive, but rounded and polished to look very traditionally formal. Through the back of the watch is a sapphire crystal display of the movement (which has some applied decoration and Geneva stripes).
- Time Correction: The watch can be synchronized with time information transmitted from a smart phone
- Incoming Call, E-mail and SMS Alert: The watch alerts users of incoming calls and e-mail and SMS messages sent to a smart phone
- Finder Function: Alarm and vibration functions of a smart phone can be activated using a watch button
What I like about this project is that Fonderie 47 isn’t the type of company to make a philanthropic claim that it may only possibly ever be able to fulfill. The entire flow of going into Africa to find and buy guns, as well as destroy them has been considered and planned. They had to do it at least a bit to get machine gun metal for their launch products. I did put John to the test with many probing question and feel pretty confident that the claims of the brand are not mere marketing dribble.
"I just received the Yema Diver Chronograph this evening and I really enjoy this watch. It is very comfortable for being such a large watch. The Chronograph and the Alarm function easily. I didn't have to spend the evening figuring out the settings, it is very intuitive. The alarm itself is very sonorous, not to jarring and is loud enough to wake you. The bracelet is large and uniform in size. I own a Speedmaster Professional and Rolex GMT and the bracelet is very comfortable for not being tapered. Honestly I was looking for a black or tegimented watch and I am pleased with how this watch looks. It is very easy to read in full sun and the luminous hands and markers are clear at night. The screw down crown and pushers are easy to manipulate. Overall this is a great watch. Again thank you Ariel and Yema for the giveaway. It is very appreciated and I will continue to read ablogtowatch.com and listen to the Hour Time podcast and look forward to your next installment."
The case itself is attractively finished with brushed steel on the sides and polished areas on the tops of the lugs. The bezel is bold, and offers a handsome sense of color contrast to all the steel. For this GMT watch you have a 24 hour scale on the uni-directional bezel, but the lume pip remains at the top. I do however prefer that GMT bezels are bi-directional when they rotate. That little feature simply may have been an unnecessary cost as Christopher Ward needs only to replace the bezel on the GMT version versus the standard C60 Trident that has a diver's bezel (which is always uni-directional).
Please see the reader review of the LUM-TEC B15 watch that Beau was fortunate enough to win last month. Being a talented photographer, Beau provided each of these beautiful images of the actual watch:
Signalman refers to a lighthouse. There is actually an engraving of one on the rear of the watch. The shape of the case as I recall is based on a special light used in a powerful lighthouse in England. The dial of the Signalman pieces are well done, and I think Giles spent due time polishing the design. Hands are a good length and it is very legible. There is applied SuperLumiNova for lume.
At 42mm wide the watch here is in steel. Oddly enough watch brands have been pairing steel cases with high-end movements a lot lately. I don't really get it. Especially as they are not priced like steel watches. Sure the steel they use is nice, but it is inherently a cheap metal compared to white gold for example. Vacheron Constantin likes to say that this is the most complicated movement they have ever put in a steel Overseas watch. I believe them, and for the privilege of having one you'll pay around 60 grand.
Of course I can't attest to the accuracy of all the facts in the auction listing, but it looks very interesting.You can bid for it or buy it now for ,000. Check out the eBay auction page for this prototype Movado Museum Dial watch here.