If the robotic arm had robot eyes then it would likely have been able to see the dial in the murky depths. Rolex uses their very nice CHROMALIGHT lume in blue for the dial, which is surrounded by a massive chapter ring (and we thought it was big on the regular Rolex Deepsea). The bezel insert is ceramic, done in Rolex's proprietary Cerachrom material with platinum colored numerals. For a piece that will likely never be produced in any commercial capacity, Rolex is sure going through a lot of effort to tease people.
One final thing I would like to say about the watch is its amazing presentation, first, the stunningly beautiful engraving on the back of the watch, the watch has a steel back with a bead blasted finish, and has a highly detailed engraving of the US Presidential Seal on it, USAgency is the only company licensed to engrave this on their watches, and it looks awesome.
According to Greubel Forsey it took a long time to get the royal blue dial color just right. It is a specially colored metal the requires precision to produce. The result is bloody gorgeous and those lucky enough to own one of these will likely wear it often to admire the piece. The case is in wonderfully polished platinum and is 43.5mm wide and just over 15mm thick. It has a demanding presence on the wrist. Often times I think of Greubel Forsey as the anti-Patek Philippe watch brand. They share much of the same values but a totally different product presentation ethos.
The chronograph subdials have textured insides while colors are used for some of the chronograph hands and other elements. It isn't that Omega has never played with the Speedmaster dial before, but these are among the most interesting - and certainly fun. You could call this a more youthful or casual Speedmaster if you like. It is hard for me to not like the mostly red-dialed version. Though all are nice.
Inside the Romain Jerome DeLorean DNA watch is a Swiss mechanical automatic caliber RJ001-CH movement. It is a base Concepto and offers the time and 12 hour chronograph. Not the easiest chronograph in the world to use given that you need to count the markers on the subdials to read how long you've timed. An acceptable sacrifice given the design. I actually wondered why Romain Jerome didn't use more inspiration from the DMC-12's actual instrument cluster. Actually it seems that the car's instrument cluster is rather utilitarian and looks to be inspired by an aircraft cockpit - there's already enough watches that use cockpit gauges as inspiration.
The M21's polished bezel is one of the more unique features and contrasts nicely with the brushed 316L stainless case. Modeled after car's chrome headlight surround, the bottom portion is steeply tapered and only slightly higher than the crystal while the upper half juts out further with less of a rake. There is some optical distortion at extreme angles from the domed sapphire crystal but this actually helps legibility as the far numerals appear to stand up somewhat. A five-point star sits at the end of the crown in reference to the grill of the Series I GAZ M21. Later models had a different grill without the star. The screw-on caseback is styled like hubcaps of the era and has the limited edition serial number engraved around the edge along with additional model information.
There aren't a lot of affordable GMT movements out there - the ETA 2893, the Shanghai B, modified ETA 2836, and no doubt a few others. Because of this, there aren't a lot of affordable, mechanical, GMT watches either. It's often marketed for those who do business across timezones, are frequent fliers or need to meet with others in distant timezones. The original, by Rolex, was for the first jet pilots and is still useful, as things like weather forecasts and instrument flight plans are filed in UTC time.
Inside the watch is the same Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic caliber 938 in-house made movement. Functions include the time with subsidiary seconds dial, date dial, and power reserve indicator. The movement has a power reserve of 43 hours and is comprised of 273 parts. Typical of the brand, Jaeger-LeCoultre finely decorates the movement, which is visible through the sapphire caseback window. The Master Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche is a fantastic piece for what it is. Comfortable and stylish, it is really a classy piece with a long-term appeal and just the right mixture of simplicity and complication. The only thing I would like to see is what it looked like with a strap that was fitted right to the edge of the case versus leaving a gap.
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At 48mm, it still sits well on the wrist due to the lightweight titanium case. Some individuals that I know prefer very heavy cases in order to really feel the presence of a watch while wearing it. However, speaking as someone with relatively small wrists I can say that it feels substantial enough but still very comfortable.
The case is water resistant to 300 meters and is highly anti-magnetic. These qualities are an important part of the Engineer Hydrocarbon case series. You'll see how the bracelet uses doubles screws on each side of the lugs to secure itself to the case. Not sure if that adds much to the strength of the bracelet, but it sure looks cool. Over the dial is an AR coated sapphire crystal.
In my opinion the watch looks great on both the black calfskin strap and metal bracelet. Though being a fan of good bracelets, I have to recommend that you go with that model if possible. This watch isn't the timepiece to end all timepieces, but makes for a great daily wear. If you had just one nice watch, then the Vintage BR Sport wouldn't be a bad option. I certainly want one. Plus, it is the type of design that will look good now or in 20 years. Price is ,500 on the strap and ,800 on the bracelet.
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As for the MikrotourbillonS, its automatic movement contains 439 components and measures 35.8x9.7mm. It contains 75 jewels, the aforementioned twin barrels and two tourbillons, providing power reserves of 45 hours for the watch and 60 minutes for the chronograph. The 45mm diameter case ensures water-resistance to 100m, though only a profligate madman would want to dive with a watch this costly.
Nice and slim.
This is the Orient DJ02003W, an automatic with GMT, date and power reserve complications. Classic and a bit conservative with silver dial and Roman numerals, Orient is as always, excellent value for the money. This represents a nicely made piece with one of their most modern, always in-house made movements to date.
The Richard Mille 032 Dark Diver Chronograph is both undeniably cool and almost completely impractical. The original RM032 carried a price tag of 5,000 and the Dark Diver, being limited to just 30 pieces, will cost only 0,000 USD. Just like a top-tier supercar, a Richard Mille should be prohibitively expensive, the price is part of the attraction for a sensational product like the RM032. Pricing aside, the Dark Diver is very large and tonally quite boisterous, but I suppose that is the point of a watch like this. Regardless of the fact that I will never own one, I love Richard Mille watches as they represent the cutting edge, a product of one of the dynamic elements within modern watch making. Surprisingly, there is a lot of competition to be found at the six figure price point, but Richard Mille is doing as they please and the RM032 certainly won't be confused for a similarly priced Patek, Lange or Opus.
Like I said, the Slyde is a very polarizing watch, and I have had a lot of opportunity to test this while wearing it all over the place. This type of polarization is good, and I am always happy to strap it on. This is the digital watch you aren't ashamed of wearing to a business meeting. Slyde goes where Casio can't! It is also a lot more expensive. HD3 is a high-end brand and the Slyde accordingly is priced as such. Even the new engines are said to be paid downloads and limited editions! More on that as Slyde develops that system. Price for the basic steel model is ,895. In basic titanium it is ,295 while PVD coated models are a bit more. Prices go all the way up to ,595 for the steel version with diamonds.
While the Chopard e-boutique is available in the US only at this time, the brand has clearly stated that the program will go global soon enough. It does make me happy each time I see brands moving closer to integrating their brick and mortar business with an internet business.
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Hamilton went and made the case of the Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer interesting as well. The limited edition version is 46.5mm wide in steel, and has a great looking coined edge bezel and attached lug structure. I like the looped lugs with the case style as well as the light brown leather strap. It looks very handsome on the wrist. Inside the limited edition version of the watch is a manually wound Swiss ETA UNITAS 6498 movement. Hamilton uses a decorated mid range version of the 6498 that can be seen in the case when you detach it from the strap module.