Source: George Daniels Co-Axial Chronograph watch hands-on
The Tangomat GMT features a classic round case like the Tangente in polished stainless steel. It is 40mm wide and 11mm high with lug to lug measurements coming in at 50mm. This means that the watch wears a bit larger than expected, while also being flat on the wrist so as to easily pass for a slim dress watch. I found it to be very wearable and I believe should fit most wrist sizes.
In addition to Swiss manufacturing partners SC2 and Manufacture Hautes Complications, Spero Lucem was co-founded by a female watch collector. She is Caiyun Song, an articulate and clever businesswoman from China who no doubt helped restrain Arpa when it came to producing a unique, yet sorta conservative high-end timepiece - dreamed up in, and honoring the city of Geneva. Spero Lucem as a brand is something that could only exist in the luxury industry. A low production maker of wild items that no one needs, but many people instinctively want. So let's take a look at this rather special watch.
The overall package is definitely one to look out for at Baselworld 2013. Considering the buzz that Omega has already generated by the "leak" of the information on their website, this Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon will be one watch that many eyes will be on. We at aBlogtoWatch will definitely give you more details as they emerge at the official release next week. omegawatches.com
The spherical tourbillon, the centerpiece of every model in this micro-collection, is what we are here for so let’s divulge its closely held secrets! With it being double-axis, there are consequently two carrying platforms. To be more specific, one cage and one platform, the latter placed within the former. The external cage in all examples is made of aviation grade aluminum, a single-piece to be exact! The 3D machining of such a piece is extremely difficult to accomplish even with the latest CNC technology. The two-axis execution also inflicts two fixed gears around which the platforms can revolve. As it is known, a fixed gear is essential to provide a course on which the structure can revolve, and these being double-axis, a pair of such fixed wheels are necessary. Just below this paragraph are two pictures showing the fixed wheels highlighted in gold.
Over the years, my relationship with Rolex evolved. It is now one of admiration, appreciation, and certainly understanding. I know what Rolex watches are good at, I know what to expect from the brand, and I certainly know how seriously other people take them. And that goes equally for new and vintage Rolex watches that attract very distinct fans.
Aside from these pieces, watch the video interview I had with Tobey to see more vintage watches that were sold recently as well as tips for how to buy and sell watches with Watches of Knightsbridge.
Currently, it's offered in five models: the Francaise, Americaine, Anglaise, Solo and Louis Cartier. The ultra-thin Louis Cartier model offers their greatest display of craftsmanship. Originally released in 1922, it is now offered with quartz, automatic or manual movements. Prices start from as little as ,000 for Quartz versions. cartier.com
Chopard L.U.C XP
For 2012, the Grand Lange 1 gets a refined look that is more in-line with a slightly larger version of the Lange 1 collection. While the older Grand Lange 1 was 41.9mm wide, the new for 2012 models are down to 40.9mm wide. The case has also been thinned down to just 8.8mm in thickness. To create the appearance of a larger watch, the bezel of the Grand Lange 1 is a bit thinner than that of the normal Lange 1. Aside from that, the dials of the two watches are now extremely similar - making them harder to tell apart aside from the size difference (which is either a good or bad thing depending on the collector). For me I am happy. Not that a Lange 1 or Grand Lange 1 is in my price range, but if it was I would appreciate the new Grand Lange 1 all the more. The 38.5mm wide version is too small for my tastes, but I love the appearance of the dial. With the 40.9mm wide Grand Lange 1, you can have the looks of the original Lange 1 in a more contemporary size. Even then, about 41mm wide is not considered a large watch.
We recently announced a special sale of limited edition watch straps produced by Canadian Teenage Grandpa for aBlogtoWatch audience members. The total of 30 straps are custom made for each buyer, and you get to choose things like the strap width, length if necessary, and buckle. There are three strap colors to choose from including Cracked White, Ocean Blue, and Deeper Purple. You can read more details about the strap via the link above.
Contributed by Aaron Sigmond
Shell cordovan is made from the backside of horses and according to NOMOS, is a very durable and breathable leather. I can attest to at least the latter and the former to the extent that mine looks pretty much the same so far since I got the watch. Three other things about the strap is that it is thin, very flexible, and comfortable. It takes the form of your wrist quickly and you hardly notice you are wearing the watch. This is also due to the fact that the watch's size (40 mm) and a mere 70 grams of weight give it more of a dress watch dimension and feel. The strap is secured with a simple tang buckle with NOMOS' logo name inscribed.
Whether or not the climate surrounding a watchmaker has an effect on the quality of watches produced is up for debate. I think it has something to do with the lack of external distractions, and not having much else to do during the winter. In any event, it is fascinating how the place a watchmaker sets up shop can often determine the quality and design of their watches. RGM didn't start by making movements. Rather, they began (and still do to an extent) by using Swiss-made movements in US cases and dials. A few years ago they finally released the caliber 801 which was to mark a new age for the brand.
Two years ago Citizen released the Eco-Drive Satellite Wave - a limited edition watch that received signals from GPS satellites in order to have accurate time and calendar information anywhere in the world. We first debuted the Citizen Satellite Wave here during Baselworld 2011. Later we offered a hands-on look at the production version of the limited edition Satellite Wave timepiece. Now for 2013, Citizen will release its first non-limited collection of Satellite watches called the Eco-Drive Satellite Wave-Air.
We found something very special on eBay that is an antique 18th century table sculpture and pocket watch. This unique creation appears to be a cast bronze figurine of the skeleton which sits atop a marble base. Apparently it was designed to sit on a desk, and the skeleton itself is sitting on an upside down pyramid. The skull detaches and opens up to reveal a pocket watch produced by a famed Swiss watch maker.
To Enter You Must:
Attached to the case is a rubber strap that fits the character of the watch rather well. MB&F, you know I am still waiting for you guys to release something on a bracelet? Isn't it about time? We never thought that Urwerk would come out with something on a bracelet and they finally did. What gives? Consider my arms crossed waiting for one. The rubber strap tapers and ends with a zirconium buckle. Rubber straps are difficult to make "high-end." Basically you can use good rubber and offer interesting designs. This one has oblong-shaped port-hole style perforations. It is pretty cool, but my imagination wonders what it would look like on a bracelet.
Very soon ultra high-end watch maker Greubel Forsey will begin to fully release a new limited edition of watches made in participation with micro-sculptor artist Willard Wigan. The watches will be known as "Greubel Forsey Art Pieces," and seem to be numerically numbered. The relationship might seem a bit strange at first but begins to make more sense as you think more about it. Wigan is known for making tiny art under a microscope. He is most well-known for creating scenes and figurines on the heads of nails and in pin holes. His creations take a lot of time and he is among the only people in the world who can do what he does. The watch makers at Greubel Forsey make mechanical art creations under a microscope, hand-assembling and decorating parts with incredible detail. They are among the few people in the world that can do what they do.