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There is one more important detail - not about the watch, but about the brand. Fabien Cacheux is a designer and apparently never thought he would ever actually be making watches. Back in 2010 he released images of a concept watch called the Cacheux Elephant. He reports that thanks to coverage on sites like aBlogtoRead.com, interested retailers and customers pressured him and gave him the inspiration to start the Cacheux brand. That was a nice bit of info for me to learn.
Hidden within the futuristic skeletonized case is the LW03 Concepto, an automatic chronograph movement which provides a power reserve of 48 hours and even incorporates the use of a ceramic bearing for the oscillating weight which winds the movement. This fully-decorated caliber can be viewed through the SpidoSpeed's sapphire display case back.
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The red GMT hand and the 24 hours markers are not hard to read, however, one needs to remember that the GMT hand moves around the dial in 24 hours with 2 hours step markers (slightly noted on the inner dial). This can be confusing at first since when showing odd hours the GMT hand will be between two regular hour markers... However, once you get used to it then it works fine and since the hours hands can be changed to move by itself freely, the GMT can then be used to set the home time when traveling to different timezones.
As you can see, the dial of the Fortis Marinemaster Limited Edition comes in two styles - a gray and blue version as well as a black and orange version. The gray and blue is mighty appealing as it is unique and rather cool - but I still think that the bolder black and orange models will be a bit more marketable.Read more ›
In the 1920s, Vacheron Constantin built some interesting cushion-cased watches with tilted dials on request. The request came from the United States, and I believe the idea was to produce a driving watch that could be read while you grasped the steering wheel. The era and budget no doubt make you think of some Great Gatsby style character riding around in a long-hooded roadster with chromed cooling pipes coming out of the side while wearing driving gloves and a windswept scarf. Oh to be legally driving drunk!Read more ›
Many trains and hubs have been built America, but in most places we don't use train stations like we used to. A major exception to this is Grand Central Station in New York City. Probably the most famous train station in the USA, Grand Central station is a piece of history, and an enduring testament to industrialized people moving.
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Much of the straps you see are custom made or designed for Maurice de Mauriac. These are just a small selection of the many straps he is constantly offering. Lately, Daniel has been keenly interested in straps made from fine leather (such as Hermes), as well as woven leather style straps.
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These images are mostly from Keiya Japan, where I think you can actually get the watches. seikousa.com
Currently in his 50's, Flavor Flav still comes across with the charm and innocence of a younger man. Despite his popularity having been part of Public Enemy, reality television, and pop culture, he is still what I would consider a shy man with a quick and genuine smile. On each of his wrists was a watch. He is truly a supporter of the timepiece cause it seemed. Interestingly enough he doesn't describe himself as a watch aficionado. Flavor Flav has yet to be educated on high-end timepieces for serious timepiece appreciation. I found this to be a curious fact given the man's long and enduring history with timepieces.
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As an homage to Japan and to raise some charity money, Ladoire has produced this piece unique version of their Roller Guardian Time (RGT) watch. They call it the "Origin of the Sun," and it really is one big fanboy nod from Lionel Ladoire to Japanese Culture.
In 2012, Omega is marking the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise. The result was the release of a limited edition James Bond Seamaster. However, the older version remains an excellent entry-level diver watch that is a great value and is almost perfect for its class.Read more ›
This Version 2 is based on the CGK205 which I first covered here and then did a hands-on article with the CGK205 among other pieces here. As far as I can tell the new version has merely a new dial - which is almost a hybrid between the CGK204/205 and the earlier CGK203.
Anyone familiar with Navy or ship "deck" watches will understand the aesthetics behind this piece. I've always found this look to be very elegant as well as legible. The silvered dial works well with the properly sized blued-steel hands. Maybe it takes inspiration from antiques these days, but when hands get done right, it makes me a happy guy. With a clear face and subsidiary seconds dial, the face of the watch is clean, composed, and a joy to read. Again, not a new design at all, but a satisfying piece of history.Read more ›