Why I like it
The men's models come with light or dark cases and in chronograph or three-hand models. These are called the Harry Winston Ocean Sport Chronograph or Ocean Sport Automatic watches. They are 44mm wide in satin finished Zalium cases. According to Harry Winston certain sections of the case are DLC coated. With sapphire crystals over the dial the cases are 200 meters water resistant. They look to have diver style bezels, but the bezels don't appear to be the types that rotate.
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Aluminium 7075 crown protector with electroplasma treatment
Dial side Revolving satellite hour complication
Revolving satellite calendar with months and dates
Day/night indicator: black Super-LumiNova for night, white brushed - ruthenium for day, mix for dusk/dawn
Power-reserve indicator 39 hours with red low-power zone
Running seconds: three-handed indication displaying 3 x 20 seconds on a 120° dial
Côtes de Genève on Day/Night and Power Reserve indicator dials
Back side "Oil change" indicator (5 years)
Running-time indicator for 100 years
Linear running-time indicator for 1,000 years
Surface finishes: Sandblasted carousel
PE-CVD and DLC treated mainplate, baseplate, dials and satellite complications
Satin-finished and diamond-polished satellites
Super-LumiNova treatment on markers
Setting and winding: Three-position winding crown
Position 1 against case: winding
Position 2 one click: month and date
Position 3 two clicks: setting hours and minutes
The movement has a lot of neat features and I appreciate its bridge design. As I discussed before, in the movement are some fascinating technical innovations to make the movement more accurate as well as reliable. Those little touches make a Martin Braun movement - a Martin Braun movement. The calibre IS manually wound, but does feature a long 6 day power reserve with rear-mounted power reserve indicator... I can live with that.
How is the watch so accurate without thermocompensation? Well, according to Bulova, Precisionist movements use a three-versus-two prong quartz crystal as the regulator. Apparently the addition of this third prong not only allows for a higher frequency movement, but also creates some type of stabilizing effect. The P102.12 movement operates at 262,144 Hertz. That is really fast and accounts for the accuracy. In comparison, a standard quartz movement operates at 32,768 Hertz, and a mechanical movement operating at 28,800 bph is only running at 4 Hertz.
The Liberty Bang TECHNICAL DETAILS from Hublot:
I'm not fond of helium valves, as they're a potential leak source that almost no one needs. Alas, they are de rigeur on dive watches with few exceptions. Notice the beautiful bezel teeth, with their gear-like profile and easy-to-grab case overhang. Well thought out.
The Hublot Big Bang Jet Li watch will be 44mm wide in black ceramic and limited to 200 pieces. The dial has the motif of traditional Chinese screen work - which I think is a clever touch. It is actually a variation on the Aero Bang skeletonized watch dial look. The black and red tones makes for a nice look that while not unique, are pleasant and fitting to be worn. It also has the appearance of a cool looking villain watch! Inside the watch is an HUB4214 automatic chronograph movement.
About a year or two ago there was a smaller 42mm wide version of the Master Compression Navy SEALs released that I discussed here. The reason for this smaller model was because it was demand by the SEALs themselves. That is amusing because most of the pieces are larger, with the chronograph I tested coming in a 46.3mm wide case – I love the big size. Though you all should know by now how much I appreciate larger watches.
Was he surprised? I think a bit. Unlike brands like Patek Philippe who've known of their collectible status for a while, Longines has only recently discovered that their heritage includes interest from both a mechanical and activity standpoint. Most of us think about horse racing, Shanghai in the 1920's, Tennis, and Charles Lindbergh when we think of Longines. This is part of the brand's activity history and what they like to focus on today.
The watches are also COSC certified Chronometers. Please note that this certification is different for quartz and mechanical watches, meaning that the criteria for quartz watches to get COSC certification are much more stringent. I really like that Breitling is catering to those people who want the reliability and accuracy of a quartz movement, but also want the durability and style of a Breitling.
I believe that some of these watches are still available online, on eBay, etc... Though you have to remember that most were stopped being made about 10 years ago. The next time I am in Japan I am going to spend a bit more time time in video game and toy stores to find more still like this. Prices on these watches ranged from about 0 to almost ,000. For more details you can see this guy's page here where he has the entire collection and photographed them all.
• mechanical hand-wound movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822
• 21,600 vibrations per hour
• 21 jewels
• 2.94 mm thick
• 134 parts
• 45-hour power reserve
• hours, minutes
• red lacquered
• silver-toned hour-markers
• 46 mm long
• 27.5 mm wide
• 7.27 mm thick
• “1000 Hours Control” indication on the caseback
• water resistance: 3 bar
While pretty awesome to behold (especially in size) and pretty in design, the Breguet Marine Royale Ref. 5847 watch for 2010 is an ergonomic mistake. It looks cool on the wrist - making you feel like some sort of well-to-do space pirate captain, but the legibility and use of the watch are pretty whacked. I've never much bought into the whole Breguet Marine line. Is it supposed to be a true diver? Just dive style? Dive anything? I mean it is called the "Marine," and does have an available rubber strap, 300 meters of water resistance, and rotating diver's bezel. Then again, it does have the "Royale" name. So maybe this is just a watch meant for yachting. Regardless of the style or actual theme of the watch, it does have a sort of handsome grace. Confused maybe, but still handsome. You have to like the design of the rotating bezel and the out minute marker chapter ring.
In addition to the new Rolex Explorer 2 watch model for 2011, Rolex offers a new range of Daytona watches for men this year at the Baselworld show. 2011 is apparently the 50th anniversary of the Daytona, so we get two types of new models. Rolex is further rumored to released an overhauled Daytona for 2012. Until then we have the more standard looking model that now comes with Rolex's very nice ceramic bezel that they call their "Cerachrom" bezel. The black bezel is a retro-nod to some older Daytona models and is in black ceramic with pink gold numerals applied with an amusing technique call "magnetron cathode sputtering." Yes, more of that please.