Although the FuelBand is designed to work on a 24-hour cycle, it would still be nice to have some sort of a lap timer. I occasionally find myself wanting to track a particular run or game I was playing without attempting to remember my starting point in the day. Hopefully something like this could be added by a firmware update or potential future versions could be equipped as such. As a watch lover I almost always have a watch on my left wrist. Because of this I set the FuelBand to be orientated for right wrist use. The exception is if I intend or expect to be out for a particular activity. If I'm going to go for a run, play some basketball, or even play the drums I'd likely forgo my usual "beater watches" in favor of this alone if it were easier to switch orientations. You can probably do this via the app but since I can't use that on my phone, the only way to change the display is by plugging it into my computer. I typically leave it as is and change wrists despite the general annoyance of an inverted display. An easier way to switch the orientation would be a welcome addition, though probably not one that would benefit most users.
Not a design for the bashful. Here's a similar angle on the new version:
The Bavarian Crono Aviator´s Focke-Wulf FW 200 is a 46mm stainless steel watch powered by a lightly-decorated ETA 6498 hand wound movement. Along with sporting original metal from an actual FW 200 Condor, the FW 200 watch features a hand design which is similar to that seen in the gauges of the original plane and the hands, minute and chapter markings have been fully lumed for low-light legibility. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal while the display case back employs a mineral crystal to allow a view of the internals.
Each person with means and the items it purchases needs a safe place to store their loot. With the help of Brown Safe Manufacturing and the knowledge I have acquired over the years, I would like to explore the infrequently discussed topic of how to keep your valuables safe from damage and theft.
Fixing a mechanical watch is not cheap. Kivel laments that their prices have had to go up over the years. "We were honestly charging too little for a long time, but we needed to raise our prices. Still, we offer a lot for the money". For your dollars, you get a solid day of work and attention from someone who sees that watch servicing is done right. It honestly isn't a short task, requiring hours of work and many steps. Unless you are talking about a very basic repair, most servicing will run several hundred to over a thousand dollars. In many instances that is still cheaper than what the brands will charge. My ongoing advice to watch lovers is that unless you have to send your watch back to the brand for repair - a good third-party repair guy (or gal) is preferred. If it wasn't for rather steep increases by Grand Central Terminal in the rent over the years - Central Watch prices would be much lower.
You can see the movement through the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback on the rear of the watch. Thankfully the mechanical movement is an automatic and has a very attractive 18k rose gold rotor. Further, the in-house made caliber 25JD movement has a power reserve of a full seven days. The design and decor of the movement is also quite lovely. I don't think that Jaquet Droz will have much problem moving these nice timepieces in their stores. Despite having a petite seconds, this JD Tourbillon is a "Grande" looker.
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.
As befits a watch of this level, the company has ensured that it is as luxurious as it is innovative. Rose gold, tantalum, and rubber provide subtle color contrasts, enhanced by white accents. The striped dial recalls other TAG Heuers, but the tourbillons still seem a non sequitur: this is, after all, TAG Heuer, not Christophe Claret.
Overall, I quite like the watch and the direction EHF is going. I recommend subscribing to their very informative blog, as it's a fascinating and candid account of their progress, sources, projects and goals. I wish more watch companies blogged! Their candor in sourcing, finishing, and watchmaking is something I greatly appreciate and wish them tremendous success. I will be quite sad to send this one to our contest winner.
To start, there are four main Burberry Britain timepieces. The commercial flagship model (but not likely to be the best seller) is the distinctive looking Britain Automatic Power Reserve watch. It comes in a sizable 47mm wide steel case that has an IP coated gunmetal finish. What, no PVD? The case design looks cool and has a exhibition caseback with a view of the mechanical movement. In fact, all of the mechanical Britain watches do. The choice of strap looks good with the aged finishing of the case. Burberry calls it "trench color alligator." Which ironically doesn't sound very luxury at all even though they mean the coats. While you've never seen the dial before, you've seen dials like this dial before. It is a military style dial with gunmetal tones and enough lume for night viewing. Inside the Burberry Britain Automatic Power Reserve is a Swiss Soprod caliber 9040 automatic movement with the time, date and power reserve indicator.
When it comes to functionality, the watch does tell the time of course. The lights come up to display the time using two “painted” analog hands. Given the nature of the creation, the Eco-Drive Nova watch doesn’t even center them in the middle of the dial. The playful concept creation is a fun toy first, and a watch second. Citizen likely uses a special display combined with a type of fiber optic light source to create the impressive effect.
While there is nothing radically different or innovative about this watch winder, it represents an interesting flavor as part of Orbita's Avanti watch winder collection. Watch winders do come in a lot of varieties, but consumers still have a tiny choice of decent brands compared to those who make watches. I find that interesting especially since making watch winders is arguably more simple than making watches. Nevertheless, the humble watch winder is still seeking to gain mainstream acceptance.
In a sense the story of the watch's mission is almost anti-climatic. It went down to almost 11,000 meters and came up just fine and without a hiccup. The Rolex Deepsea Challenge is essentially a beefed up Submariner Deepsea watch (originally released in 2008). With the same in-house made Rolex Caliber 3135 automatic COSC Chronometer movement, it is larger in most all ways but retains the same basic DNA. Think of the Rolex Deepsea Challege and the Deepsea's bigger more commercially unavailable brother.
This version of the Deep Sea Chronograph does a lot that I love, it forgoes the Tribute vibe but instead makes for a more compelling and likely more timeless design as its not so heavily anchored in the past or reflective of the current trends. It would have been nice for buyers to at least have the option of a bracelet, although one could argue that a bracelet should be included, given the price tag of , 800 USD. Considering Jaeger-LeCoultre's stance as a top tier manufacture, the Deep Sea Chronograph is a fitting addition to their line up that combines everyday wearability with a dive-ready and practical feature set. What's not to like?
The two watches with the Caliber I movement as an option are the Lang & Heyne Friedrich August I, and the Johann. Each of these has a 43.5mm wide case in 18k white or rose gold. The difference between the two models are the dial. Both have real enamel dials but different hands and designs. For those bold enough you should check out the highly decorated and shaped "Louis XV" hands. The hands are all in gold.
While the bezel is blue colored (aluminum insert), matching the dial, with a nice dotted lume pip at the 12 o'clock position, the remaining minutes markers are not lumed and the bezel structure is made of steel, not ceramic as is now done in higher-end diver watches. I've not had any issues yet with the bezel, but in time the aluminum will likely scratch - though it can be repaired with a relatively low cost replacement.
One completely non-electronic optional feature for the safes is a unique historical element made in Switzerland, not America. The Chronos collection can have a mechanical triple redundant time lock (,250 option). This is located on the inner door and is a mechanical override lock that can shut anyone out of the Chronos for up to 144 hours. The three mechanical timers run together and are redundant to ensure it still operates if one or more fails. Say you want to leave for a weekend or longer and are afraid your maid has the code to your safe? You can set the time lock for the requisite number of hours and safely leave. No one using a code or anything else can open the safe until the time runs out.
This is the Bulgari (Bvlgari) GG Gefica Hunter GMT Moon Phase watch. It is a limited edition model based on the original Gefica as designed by Gerald Genta under his eponymous brand. The Gefica family began in 1988-1989 I believe, with the release of this piece's ancestor. This more modern Gefica watch case design is at least 10 years old, with a look that has more than endured today. It is extremely unique, but wonderfully well done. A polarizing design no doubt but I find the Gefica to be ultimately appealing as the kind of watch I have lusted after for years.