Welcome back to an aBlogtoWatch original series, where we discuss important stores that sell watches all over the world. Each store we profile has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to. Whether you buy watches from brick and mortar retailers or prefer to buy watches online, these are the stores that help shape our watch culture around the globe. There is a long list of stores to cover, but if there is a retail location in your favorite city that we simply can’t miss, let us know in the comments below.
Where to buy watches in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California?
In 2015, the historic watch maker Angelus will make a comeback. It has been a while since I've been interested in covering a "revived" brand, and frankly, over the last few years, it has been happening less, as the luxury watch market has been slowing. However, the "new" Angelus with its debut Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere watch isn't going to be a product of investors trying to make it big in the "watch game." Rather, Angelus will be led by the same people who bring you Arnold & Son, and produced in the same factory of La Joux-Perret in Switzerland.
Jewelry Atelier: Carmel’s visitors tend to seek out unique items that they won’t find in their home town. As a result, we tend to be very successful with smaller independent brands who offer novel features. Brands like Ball and Bremont who have small annual production numbers and exciting in-house features like anti-shock, anti-magnetism, or special metal alloys satisfy this desire. Similarly, the in-house mechanics of brands like Frederique Constant and Maurice Lacroix are also a big draw.
Nick, Giles, and the team at Bremont have decided not to dwell on this recent kerfuffle either. As Nick said to me in a recent interview, “We make mistakes every day, and we learn from them.” To anyone who has met with them on this issue, it is beyond clear that they have taken their lumps, made their apologies, learned from the situation, and moved on toward their end goal.
Although the design is bold and may split opinion, there is plenty I like about this aesthetic. When viewed through a sapphire crystal of 18,000 Vickers hardness and double-coated with anti-reflective treatment, the display comes to life. The hands, although modern in design, are hand-polished and flame blued in the traditional method. The same is true of the hour markers, which take the form of polished orbs of blued steel, apparently floating in an anthracite rack. This watch is more than a science experiment – it is a true fusion of old and new. Radical in style, but sympathetic in method, the De Bethune DBS Tourbillon is a fine addition to a range already bursting with intrigue.
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As perhaps an entry level Bugatti watch, which still contains Parmigiani's deep expertise, consider the Bugatti Atalante flyback chronograph. At a relatively more affordable ,000, this watch can be seen as a more classical race car watch. Coming in a rich rose gold or white gold with a unique Bugatti inspired skeleton dial, it houses an in-house flyback chronograph with pushers inverted to the right of the dial to facilitate operation while driving. The tachymeter around the dial should allow easy timing and average speed calculations at the track.
While the triple-date aperture always is an objectionable design choice, I feel the dial would have been empty without it – although replacing it with a running seconds just above the six o'clock position would have been the cherry on top, arguably making it even more of a watch lover's watch. The Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe comes on Hermès alligator straps with tang buckles – a no-nonsense combination that made for a comfortable fit, something I am getting used to consistently experiencing with Parmigiani watches.
One factor that may determine the success of of the Bulgari Diagono Magnesium Concept is the price. When I first saw this watch and read about its function, I immediately imagined the price tag would knock my socks off. But then I discovered that the price with or without the NFC chip is ,600. I was very pleasantly surprised. Whether this excites you, as it did me, may well depend on how you feel about the marketing values of this watch. Very little is made of the self-winding mechanical movement that powers the watch (operating at 28,800 vph and boasting a power reserve of 42 hours) and gives it its soul. Instead, all the attention is given to the watch's intelligence. Time will tell how smart an idea that was. bulgari.com
JeanRichard Aquascope Hokusai Watch Review
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JeanRichard Aquascope Hokusai Watch Review
This one is a bigger strap (as leather NATOs tend to be), so I had it paired up with the Benarus Sea Snake. This is a great diver, and beefy enough to pair up with the leather NATO. The leather here is not overly thick, but when you get the multiple layers in a strap like this, you do end up with something that is a bit bulkier.
It sounds a bit silly for me as a serious "watch guy" to be focusing on something as seemingly trivial as dial colors - but it is important because style and aesthetics are very important in why we wear what we wear. That is especially the case when it comes to blue-dialed watches. Pretty much everyone likes the idea of a blue-dialed watch on paper, but few people actually own or wear blue-dialed watches on a regular basis. That is because blue is really difficult to get right. Produced without a requisite level of care or detail, the blue will look wrong and not have a high-end feel or simply not look right.
While the 2007 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M models had steel cases and bezels with a sapphire crystal insert, the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer watches have titanium cases and ceramic bezels. These details make for a huge difference in how these watches wear. The Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M has always been a huge watch, and now in titanium, it wears a lot lighter. It feels fantastic on the wrist despite the large case dimensions of 55mm wide and 48mm tall. In addition to the case being in titanium, so is the mesh metal bracelet and deployant, which is excellent news. This is the first titanium mesh metal bracelet I am aware of. Omega actually includes a rubber strap with each Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer in addition the bracelet - which is pretty nice, but at the same time, this is not an cheap watch.
This watch represents a classic case of two great stories colliding. Not only does the watch tell a cool story – but its was originally meant to be used in the outdoors – specifically to measure the tides of the ocean. I love the outdoors, especially the ocean – so I find this watch to be really interesting.
As you start to spend your first few minutes with the Apple Watch and exploring its various feature areas, I think most people will behave like me and start to consider all the potential. Not just of what future Apple Watches will be capable of, but how their new Apple Watch will fit into their lives in unseen ways, based upon experimenting with the functionality. In some ways, the Apple Watch is like a Swiss Army Knife, but most of the tools are for tasks most people aren't quite familiar with yet.
Mr. Claret knows something very important about his traditionally-themed yet modern timepieces... and that is the fact that, for many people, they are toys. Beautiful and intricate toys, yes, but at the end of the day, toys... and toys are meant to be played with and admired. Thus, for the Christophe Claret Allegro, they placed the principle mechanical elements of the minute repeater's gear work on the dial side and made them plainly visible through a window on the dial of the movement. While the entire dial is technically skeletonized, most of it is smoked, save for the "mouth" at the bottom of the dial. The hammers and gongs of the minute repeater are placed on the rear of the watch.
What I later learned was that Olio was developing both the hardware and software ends of their upcoming debut smartwatch device. The real question even before seeing the product was "what will Olio do to separate itself from Apple and Android... and what exactly do they mean by 'high-end smartwatch?"
Stepan Sarpaneva: Quite by accident. I was supposed to follow my father's path and become a goldsmith. I went through and did the two-day tests for both the goldsmith and the watchmaknig schools. I got directly in to the watchmaking school (in 1989), but I did not get accepted to the goldsmith school.
ABTW: As a business, do you sponsor or participate in any local events, watch-related or otherwise?
Again, the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Naimakka limited edition watches aren't for everyone, but it does show unique and clever ways the company is successfully targeting niche audiences who are fans of both Victorinox Swiss Army and Naimakka products. The precise number of the limited edition Naimakka watches hasn't been specified yet, nor has the company explained whether or not the straps can be purchased separately from the limited edition watch.
Over the years, Blancpain seemed to vacillate between making tourbillon and carrousel watches, and in 2013, Blancpain released the Villeret Carrousel Tourbillon which simply contained both mechanisms in the same movement (hands-on here). To make a long story short, I don't think that the carrousel beat the tourbillon as the preferred luxury complication of choice at Blancpain, but the brand continues to produce both - in limited numbers, at least when it comes to the carrousel. Movements such as the caliber 2322 are so interesting and collectible, in my opinion, because they act as a statement from the brand to a select number of dedicated movement lovers. I was actually quite surprised to see a revival of the 2322 movement in 2015 with the new and modern looking 2322V2.