Black watches are a mysteriously popular type of timepiece. Why they look so cool much of the time is something to perhaps ponder on another time (see Exploring the science behind black watches in our bi-weekly round-up). Nevertheless, black is both sporty and masculine in a rebellious way that no naked steel or titanium watch can seem to match. Ceramic has the added bragging point of being near impossible to scratch or tarnish. Sure a hefty blow might crack the case, but such a blow would probably damage the movement of watches with metal cases anyway. It is just a stunning execution for the typically conservative family of Speedmaster watches.Read more ›
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Apparently this is the show about shameless self promotion. At least according to John. First I plug the limited edition straps I had Teenage Grandpa made for aBlogtoWatch readers (which a few more of you should buy before they run out). Then we talk about the YES watch you can win this month by entering here on aBlogtoWatch. After that we talk about a see-through Cartier watch and Tudor coming back to the US. Just before we stop, for kicks we laugh about the terrible looking (and named) U-Boat Unicum (a picture of which is below for laughs).
-Energy consumption is massive to receive signal. Seiko developed a new GPS receiver, 1/5th the power consumption of a standard receiver.
High-end Geneva watchmaker Urwerk has a new concept movement. Called the EMC, it is the world’s first mechanical “smart” movement. Why smart? Because it is able to measure its own accuracy using a optical sensor which is connected to a quartz regulator. The idea behind this movement is to let users adjust their own movements for even better accuracy. However, as you might expect, the movement consists of a considerable number of parts, what with the optical sensor and the display for measuring the movement’s accuracy. There’s no word yet on if this is actually going into production, but it is a very interesting movement nonetheless.Read more ›
On the workbenches, I was able to see a Daniels Anniversary and a Series 2 in different stages of progress. As each watchmaker worked, with the sound of the radio in the background, I saw the polishing of small parts, the fitting and regulating, and sometimes dis-assembly of the movement and otherwise various minute tasks all in the service of attaining perfection in the watch they were assembling.
There are not that many mechanical watch movement producers in Japan, The big three watch brands there are Casio, Citizen, and Seiko - and Casio is strictly quartz. Citizen owns the movement maker Miyota, which makes movements for mechanical Citizen watches but also sells movements to third party brands. Miyota has the 9000 series collection of watches including the Miyota 9015 which they pen as an ETA competitor.
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Sales of the watches will benefit probably the most PR friendly non-profit charity next to those that save cats and dogs - Charity: Water - that helps bring drinking water to people in the developing world. The watch is all black in a 44mm wide ceramic case and has a series of clos du Paris style pyramids on the bezel, hour markers, and strap. Very Dior (also LVMH by the way), and reminds me of the pyramids that Karl Lagerfeld likes on his new watches. These are certainly interesting Hublot watches and will probably appeal to all the black leather pants wearing party goers that was once cool. Also, how much of a die-hard Depeche Mode fan are you? hublot.com
Inside of the watch is the Swiss ETA produced Hamilton exclusive caliber H-31 automatic chronograph movement. I believe this movement first appeared in the Hamilton Pan Europ (a version of which made our top Baselworld 2012 watch list). I believe the H-31 is a reworked Valjoux 7750 automatic, made to be a bi-compax 30 minute chronograph and fitted with a larger mainspring that gives it a 60 hour power reserve. It is possible that ETA slowed down the 4Hz movement to 3Hz to offer the longer power reserve. Hamilton fits the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Auto Chrono with a sapphire crystal and the case has 100 meters of water resistance. Price for these beauties, when they are available soon, will be ,845. hamiltonwatch.com
When we last visited a Braun watch it was a review of the digital BN106 (reviewed here). Now we take you to an analog timepiece that represents another side of their design abilities. Still modern and Bauhaus-style minimalistic, this BN0095 range isn't a bad choice for someone looking for a simple yet stylish daily wear. In Braun's "Prestige" range, this is among their top selections. We look at both the brushed steel and PVD black coated steel versions.
That is all nice and good, but the sad reality is that most brands end up charging a lot more for their in-house made movements. This makes a lot of sense when it comes very unique stuff, but it is hard to sometimes justify when it comes to movements similar to what ETA produces. So, going back to the original question - are all of these in-house movements going to be serviceable in the future? The short answer is "maybe." The sheer volume of ETA movements means that for the most part any ETA movement you may have will be repairable during your lifetime. There are just so many watches and spare parts available, as well as people familiar with their movements that ETA movements are very safe.Read more ›
The watch comes in three color combinations. Black on black, black and khaki, and blue and white.
In the first grade I was taught how to read an analog clock dial in school. I recall the lessons pretty well. It started with the easy part - reading the hours using the shorter hour hand. The minutes were more complex because of the math involved. "Why did reading the time need to involve math!? (said my 6 year old self)." I was precise in how I communicated the time. I said things like "it is 3:31 and 43 seconds." That was because I actually learned to tell time the easy way - on a digital Casio watch.Read more ›
HK: No. By the time I could afford it, I had moved on. I ended up getting married to many other watches, but never this one, the first watch love of my life.
Not much more information is available at this time but this is the first time CMC has been used in watch construction and, if ever available on a production model, should boast considerable advantages in terms of not only weight, but also longevity. TAG Heuer says the case is just 19 grams, and the entire watch with the movement is less than 80 grams. We tip our collective hat to TAG Heuer for making yet another drool-worthy concept that bucks the "just add a tourbillon" trend that is so prevalent in top tier watchmaking these days. By "concept" TAG Heuer once again means "we will make a few expensive pieces." The Carrera is one of TAG Heuer's most enduring model names and it is encouraging to see TAG Heuer consistently striving to make their watches interesting, capable, and packed full of good technology. So what do you think? Lusty or just another pricey concept watch? tagheuer.com
Why not provide the retail prices? Today with the internet all the information moves around the world in less than one second. Type any request on a web search engine and you’ll get the price of most of the existing watches. Different professional web portals or mobile applications provide retail prices. PDR has been the 1st brand to do it through its own website and our partners appreciate it a lot. We are transparent and in a similar way, we have never said that we are a manufacture!
Well the 20mm strap with the dark grey and red contrast stitching is my most popular style (seen above). Dying the leather before it's cut gives you the natural colored edges, which really look nice after they have been treated. I made that one for the Seamaster as I thought the colors would mesh well with that piece. The hole end of the strap I finished with what I call the 'workman' cut, as I based it on a tool belt I used for material early on. Some leather needs to have that type of end on it in order to be pulled through the keeper with enough ease, but usually it's just for aesthetic. Otherwise I use the clean diagonal to finish off the ends, which gives my work a unique look.Read more ›
Ulysse Nardin has recently produced a beautiful corporate movie displaying the people and methods behind the production of watches at their facilities in Switzerland. We've broken down those movies into several parts which will be posted weekly for you to watch. Please enjoy part 4 of the series on how Ulysse Nardin makes watches.
In the 14 years since starting his own design studio – which largely focuses on timepieces – Eric has worked with the likes of Christophe Claret and Jean-Francois Mojon, and has designed watches for brands including Harry Winston, MB&F and MCT.Read more ›
While it is cool that there are so many colors, it probably isn't possible to order a specific combination. So most of these will need to be purchased either in a store where you can see the specific watch, or online if the specific piece is pictured. But then again people may just want to 'roll the dice' and see what Swatch sends them. Though, minor color differences can dramatically change the look of the watch making it either more masculine or feminine. In a way it is probably a very clever way of getting people into the many Swatch brand boutiques located all over the world.Read more ›