For an extremely high-end watch, I am deeply enthused that the Hublot MP-12 Key Of Time watch has both an interesting case and movement. The case is produced from bead-blasted and then black PVD-coated titanium. I am not sure of the actual size, but given its unique dimensions I am not sure you could really use them to judge how the watch fits on your wrist. Of course, the watch is wider than it is tall, which helps, but it is also thick. With that said, it has an amazing integrated rubber strap which feels wonderfully comfortable. If you've worn a Hublot MP-12 Key Of Time watch before, you know how comfortable it is, if you haven't, then try it out sometime.
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For many years, I have enjoyed the design and detailing of Chopard's racing watches, such as those in the Classic Racing, Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, and Mille Miglia collections. The chronograph versions were the most popular, and while people enjoyed them, some collectors complained that Chopard was charging a premium price for a product that contained a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement. True enough, even though Chopard offered a superlative case and dial, the 7750 is available in much cheaper watches.
The Christophe Claret Allegro case is 45mm wide and 14.1mm thick (water resistant to just 30 meters). For 2015, there will be three limited edition models. Two will come in 18k red gold with titanium elements, and one will come in 18k white gold with titanium elements. Interestingly enough, one of the two red gold and the titanium models will be the same as the other but with a dial that is only skeletonized where the "open mouth" section is. This is the first time I've seen such a subtle difference between two different Christophe Claret watch models. Each of the limited edition versions of the Christophe Claret Allegro will be available as a set of 20 pieces (60 pieces total). Price for each is the same, at 268,000 Swiss Francs (roughly 200,000 Swiss Francs less than the Christophe Claret Soprano). christopheclaret.com
That's where I come down on the Longines Avigation: if you are looking for a watch to show off with, this is not your watch. However, if you want something that is more subtle, and has details you (and perhaps you alone) can appreciate, then the ,325 watch is certainly a nice option. While a simpler layout (no GMT or date) might appeal to some, I think it works well with the watch. It gives some more value to what might otherwise be considered (by some, not myself) a boring watch. If you're looking for vintage looks in a modern size, the Longines Avigation is probably on your short list. longines.com
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That last statement has an important implication - which is that the new Oysterflex strap (which Rolex calls a bracelet) only fits on these new 2015 Rolex Yacht-Master watch cases. Rolex is pretty notorious for making it difficult to "part swap" pieces from one Rolex watch to another, and unfortunately, you will not be able to purchase the Oysterflex strap independently.
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The full name of the PAM604 is Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio. For those who aren't familiar with Italian, "acciaio" simply translates into steel - which is the case material. I really don't know why this term needed to be added to the name of the watch, but perhaps there is a reason I am not familiar with - though it does seem a bit unnecessary.
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch." In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we are touching base with another member of team ABTW that you likely are not familiar with, Matt Smith-Johnson. Read on to learn about his true first grail, how his grandfather got his interest in watches started, and what he calls out as his holy grail watch.
The other new Hublot tourbillon for 2015 is a slightly more exotic, even esoteric model that is the (more expensive) Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Cathedral Minute Repeater Carbon (hands-on here). It is a watch that combines a range of sporty and classic elements for an extremely niche audience. The Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon 5-Day Power Reserve Indicator is all Hublot, and all contemporary, with its modern Big Bang 45mm wide case and movement that combines classic elements of horology with bold, masculine looks designed to impress convey a sense of status and strength.
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Every year, as the tsunami of major new releases of BaselWorld approaches, we also encounter a larger number of updates to existing models. One – well, two – of the more notable ones that were released just today are from Glashütte Original who announced two new-for-2015 versions of both their PanoReserve and PanoMaticLunar pieces.
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The Dodane Type 23 has opened my eyes: The world of watchmaking is vaster than the billboards and glossy magazine articles might have us believe. When you think about visiting a fair like Baselworld, the big names instantly pop into your mind: Rolex, Breitling, Omega, Patek... But there is another treat in store – the joy of unearthing a brand you know little about and getting the chance to learn more.
Change number two: The knights are no longer pink gold; they are bronze. I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on this choice. I certainly like the aesthetic change, as I think the darkness and slight patina of bronze really works with the high-polished white gold surround and the black jade table around which the knights' swords mark out the hours, but some may be disappointed that Roger Dubuis chose a less precious metal for what was, in the original model at least, the centrepiece.
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