Like its predecessor, the dial exposes much of the watch’s underlying movement and mechanisms. There are three subdials made out of gold and filled with enamel and decorated with guilloche. Hands are blued steel. The subdial at 12 o’clock tells the time, while the subdials at nine and three o’clock offer the running seconds and power reserve, respectively. Legibility is not an issue, though wearers would likely get distracted by other aspects of watch that are exposed on the dial side - that we would get into later.
This may annoy some, but given that this watch's main complication is a fly-back chronograph, it seems justifiable (fly-backs are more often used to time shorter periods). The fly-back function simply means that the chronograph hands can be reset to zero and restarted with a single push of a button. This is handy if you are trying to time something accurately and accidentally false start, or if you are timing a sequence of events with little or no pause between the end of one and the beginning of another. Whatever use you find for it, its most prolific might be as a conversation starter.
Here's the deal: if you have an extra 35,000 Swiss Francs (or the currency equivalent thereof) laying around, you are more than likely going to want a MB&F Melchior robot clock if you are even remotely interested in the mechanical horological subject matter of aBlogtoWatch. That's a big "if," though, because about US,000 (at the time of writing) isn't chump change. It is, however, a price that at least 99 people are going to be more than eager to dedicate towards having this "roboclock" in their home or office. So, let's take a closer look at the newest clock creation to come out of the partnership between Swiss MB&F and also Swiss L’Epée.
It was back in 2013 that Louis Vuitton initially introduced the Tambour éVolution collection which simply added some styling cues and more intricate details as well as a more traditionally round case to the "dog bowl" case design of the original Tambour. I've actually never seen a Tambour case in black, so that was my immediate interest in these new Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution GMT in Black models. Note that prior to the DLC-coating application, the steel cases were brushed and polished in different areas - which is visible through the coating. With their unique lug structure, the Tambour éVolution watches wear distinctively, but also comfortably. You sort of love or hate them.
ABTW: What are some of the watch brands you are known for carrying? If you could pick a watch brand or model that epitomizes the culture or style of Greenwich, what would it be?
Every year, Baselworld sees brands introduce hundreds if not thousands of new watches. Obviously, it is difficult for anyone to keep up with the deluge of these new releases. That is where Top 10 lists like ours come in handy. Here, we highlight 10 of the most noteworthy watches that we saw at Baselworld. Do you agree with our selection? We would like to hear your thoughts in the comments section.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a faithful but modern take on the Rolex Oyster model that Rolex launched in 1926. The Rolex Oyster was, quite famously, the first waterproof watch in the world. That lineage can be seen in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual's straightforward and practical design. Legibility is strong and the dial design offers nothing more than is necessary to display the time.
Last year, Bremont announced their partnership with Boeing in the form of the Model 1 three-hander and Model 247 chronograph. The original Boeing models were launched with 465 stainless steel cases and Bremont had said they planned to eventually release titanium versions. The 2015 Bremont Boeing Ti-GMTs are those watches. These are just a couple of the new watches announced by Bremont at Baselworld 2015, but the expansion of the Bremont Boeing range is significant not only for Bremont's brand, but also their continued connection with one of the most storied names in aviation.
To celebrate Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary, the company announced its most complicated watch ever. The .6 million Grandmaster Chime, which has a movement made up of 1366 parts, has 20 complications including grande and petite sonneries, minute repeater as well as a date repeater. The Grandmaster Chime was easily one of the most important watches of last year. And now, here’s our take on it after seeing it in the flesh.
Needless to say, we really dig the Sinn EZM 7 and think that it exemplifies so many of Sinn's strengths while offering something entirely separate from anything else on the market. Yes, Sinn makes many watches with much more conservative aesthetics, but you likely already know about those models, and the Sinn EZM 7 S made us smile because it's just so Sinn.
As I am writing about the Casio Pro Trek PRW-3500 I am asking myself, "how could Casio make this a cool smartwatch?" I think that it is possible for Casio to add useful smartwatch functionality, while at the same time, allowing a Pro Trek to maintain its reliable "go anywhere" spirit that it gets from not needing to have its time set or needing a charge.
Sinn is producing just 300 units of the Sinn EZM 7 S with a list price of 30 USD, but US readers can check with Sinn's exclusive US retailer Watchbuys.com to confirm US pricing once the Sinn EZM 7 S is available. As always, it was a treat to see Sinn's 2015 line up at Baselworld and, while we will be sharing more new models soon, we felt the Sinn EZM 7 S was simply a great example of Sinn doing what it does best. sinn.de
I'll admit that I am taking this opportunity to discuss an idea that I've had for a while and perhaps I can be a part of building. Govberg's My Watch Box is a major step in that direction, but in my opinion, My Watch Box should turn into a fully fledged digital watch story journal that is accessibly by any device on the cloud, and whose data remain consistent with each watch.
You can see that the HUB9012 uses two crowns for the Hublot MP-12 Key Of Time watch. The crown on the right is used for setting the time and winding the watch, while the crown on the left is used to speed up or slow down time... as well as return the time to normal. There is an indicator on the dial which tells you what time control mode the watch is in to avoid even further confusion. The Hublot HUB9012 movement is manually wound and comprised of 512 parts. The time speeding and slowing down system, in a sense, operates like a modified chronograph mechanism and is controlled via a column wheel.
People come to me and say, “My watch is not keeping time.” So I usually ask them what they do. There are loads of jobs where people come into contact with machines or appliances that could magnetize the watch: doctors work around x-rays, people that travel through airports a lot going through x-rays, electricians work with electrical appliances with strong magnetic fields, sound engineers around stereos, all these things can affect the watch. Sometimes people tell me they take it off for the night, so I ask them where they put it and they say, “Next to the alarm clock.” Well, that’s got a magnetic field too, and so does your phone.
Now when I think of what drives my watch-lust, it's the story behind the watch, quality of execution, the materials used, and the design choices made.
Without trying to do so, Seiko is really good at creative niche appeal watches that don't fit the standard "sport watch, dress watch, diving watch" molds. The question, of course, is who the target audience for a complicated dress watch like this is. It is a bit too busy for strict formal attire, but is too dressy for a lot of casual wear.
I've long since argued that the price increases over the last decade or more have been unsustainable and would ultimately hurt long-term sales. The watch industry increased prices for a range of reasons including booming emerging markets and the necessity of showing shareholders and investors year-on-year growth. With the January 2015 Swiss law that increased the value of the Swiss Franc by about 20% (at the time), a number of factors coalesced which forced the Swiss watch industry to re-examine prices and many brands have been focusing on more "realistic" prices. Brands like TAG Heuer even made the important decision to return to their more historic, accessible pricing scheme. The price reduction announcement today isn't directly related to TAG Heuer coming out with lower-priced models, but it is a positive sign for where the brand is going - and it was made with the typical sense of slick Biver swagger.
Compared to the Apple Watch the Olio Model 1 is a different beast. Those who dislike the fact that the Apple Watch is an angular versus round case will likely gravitate toward the Olio Model 1. The Olio Model 1 is also a larger watch and feels like what might happen if a lot of dedicated smartwatch lovers created the Android Wear smartwatch they really wanted - only the Olio runs its own proprietary software. An early estimate also finds that the Olio Model 1 will have about 2 days of battery life (and then about two more days of standby time on top of that if necessary), and compared to the Apple Watch, it should have more water resistance.
Mickey Nolan: My guess is someone’s gone at it with tweezers, and they’ve messed it up. Someone that doesn’t really know what they‘re doing and doesn’t have the right tools.