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Enter to win the Pulsar Men's Automatic Watch here.
666 has a funny habit of making the hour and minute hand the same size. Differentiating them in color as opposed to length. It can be hard to get used to, but it is charmingly quirky. Speaking of charmingly quirky, notice the 666 "John" watch for women. A large 45mm wide steel watch for ladies with a really long thin leather strap. The dial is clean but crazy, and has those equal size hands I was talking about. Watchismo can't keep these pieces in stock. To wear the watch, a woman must creatively wrap the strap around her wrist many times bondage-style, to attached the piece. The interesting watch isn't for every woman, but it is a fascinating experiment. Feels like something out of sci-fi limbo when you don't know whether the future is going to be better or worse that today. The stark uncertainty of the design plays with horological traditionalism.The 666 John watches come in various colors and go for 9.
I was in Basel, Switzerland sitting in a van and I saw a man wearing what looked rather familiar. There on his wrist was a Christiaan Van Der Klaauw Planetarium. Of course, it makes total sense for the man to be strutting his stuff at Baselworld, but how rare is it for someone to have one of these? Pretty rare actually. The luxury watch done in an old world style displays the signature ultra complexity that Christian Van Der Klaauw is know for. I know of no other watch with a full planetarium on the dial. I talked to the man for a second to compliment him on the piece. You just don't see stuff like that very often.
I was really excited about this watch when I got to play with it at SIHH 2010. Jaeger-LeCoultre has been working with the US Navy SEALs for a while making watches to suit their needs. Last year I wrote about my favorite version which was the Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEALs Alarm watch. Now the brand has finally released the most "mainstream" version of the collection. It is a more basic three-hand version of the watch and is very pure in form. It really is a watch born out of an interesting partnership with people whose professional lives demand easy to use and durable timepieces (looking cool in the process is an unintended side effect).Read more ›
The chronograph is a big deal on the watch, and I love it. It is column wheel based, and used a vertical clutch for fast activation time. The chronograph runs for 24 hours and the left subdial switches from telling the time subseconds to the chronograph hours when it is activated. The chrono seconds are indicated via a central hand, while the minutes are displayed through a jumping digital counter located at 12 o'clock. Very slick, and makes using the chronograph a breeze.
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The one problem I did have with this winder was being able to use it with watch without a bracelet. I first tried to put in a 46 mm Glycine Stratoforte that's on a rubber dive strap. I like rubber dive straps as they tend to be longer than normal straps. I guess that's so they can be worn over a wet suit, but for me they're a perfect length. However, the end if the strap sticks out a bit, and when the holder is in the winder the strap rubs against the winder. The watch certainly doesn't freely swing back and forth and I couldn't use it. [Ed. note - it may be true that the largest of watch bracelet or strap lengths aren't adept for this type of winder. In fact, such large straps would likely be an issue for most winders. This won't be a problem for the majority of owners though.]
Frequency 4 Hz — 28,800 vibrations/hour
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See my full article on the Cartier Rotonde Grande Complication Skeleton watch at Haute Living here.
Unlike the Panerai deal that saw the production of many pieces in the mid-range luxury price market - the Cabestan deal is totally different. Ruchonnet designed the Scuderia Ferrari One watch that will be part of a limited edition of just 60 pieces - with about 20 pieces being made each year. That will be 30 pieces in black and red, and 30 pieces in black and yellow. Interestingly enough, the watch will not be sold through traditional retail outlets, but only through Ferrari. While the details aren't 100% clear yet, it seems as though you have to be an existing Ferrari car owner to be a Scuderia Ferrari One by Cabestan watch owner. Plus, you'll likely need to go through Ferrari in order to purchase the watches. Either way, expect long waiting times.Read more ›
Case and dial
Read more in my notice on Nicolas Hayek's passing here on Luxist.com.
Inside the Cruise Sport, and much of the new TechnoMarine line are Citizen Miyota movements. Though there are Swiss movements in other TechnoMarine timepiece. There is a combination of quartz movements, as well as few mechanical ones. TechnoMarine chose Japanese movements because of their price mixed with durability. With them, they can offer the watches at more reasonable rates. Other than the Cruise Sport there are some other new models. There might be a few images of existing models in here though - but they are mostly new to me. I actually don't know the name of most of these other models. Each of them has the sheath over metal style case, expect for the ceramic model, a nicer and more expensive part of the TechnoMarine collection. I actually quite like that piece.Read more ›
The URWERK collection now includes collections 103, 200 and the UR-CC1, also known as the King Cobra, a concept inspired by the work of avant-garde watchmaker Louis Cottier. In addition to their own watches, URWERK partnered with Harry Winston for the Opus 5, one in the series of watches initiated by Max Büsser, who is now creating watches under his own moniker MB&F.
Listen to HourTime Show watch podcast episode 33 here.
You can't have an oil filled mechanical watch - at least no that I know of. So you are stuck with quartz, which isn't so bad. It does make changing the battery a pain in the ass though. When the battery dies, you need to send the watch back to Patton. Though, Patton has thoughtfully included a 10 year lithium ion battery in the watch. So battery changes aren't gonna be that frequent.Read more ›