The Breitling B55 Connected comes in a 46mm wide black-coated titanium case. The dial is almost identical to that of the Cockpit B50 but there is a blue "connected" symbol on the dial that looks like a wifi symbol. This element will no doubt be among the more controversial elements of the design. I'm pretty sure there could have been a slicker way to do that, but maybe in person, it will look really cool. Otherwise, you have a rather standard modern Breitling look that is very functional-looking and masculine.
In addition to the artistically dense filigree engraving on the case, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 is large for a Patek Philippe – some even claim totally unwearable, at 47.4mm wide. Now that size isn't inherently too large for many other watches, but the very large lug structures make the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175's case very long. Nevertheless, given all the complications inside, it is impressively thin at just 16.1mm. I think the right people (hopefully a few of them will be among the six owners) will be able to strap this baby on and appropriately wear it – with proper regal attire. While nothing about the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 says "elegant" or "contemporary and tasteful," it does look like a timepiece European royalty in the middle ages might have worn. Assuming characters in medieval fantasy universes such as Middle Earth (from Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit) or Westeros (from Game of Thrones) wore watches, their kings and high lords would probably all wear something that resembles the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175.
The SevenFriday M1 and M2 watches have three concentric discs that moving outward indicate the seconds, minutes, and hours. In a sense, this is the opposite way that analog watch dials indicate the time, but does represent how the hands are stacked on a dial. So in a way, reading the time is done from the outside in, starting with the hours on the outside. Rather than hands, indicator spots are used to help the wearer know how to read the time. The horizontal lines on the right side of the dial are used to read the hours and minutes, while the vertical red line closer to the middle of the SevenFriday M2 face is used to read the seconds.
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As we said above, the watch you see here is the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50, specially created to celebrate the 50th year of Singapore’s independence. "Why Singapore?" you may ask. As a Singaporean, I can attest to the fact that my countrymen are a watch-crazy bunch. Despite having a population of under 6 million people, the value of Swiss watch exports in 2014 to our tiny tropical island country was reported by the Federation of the Swiss Industry to be 1.12 billion Swiss Francs - only six countries imported more Swiss watches than us (Hong Kong, U.S., China, Japan, Italy, and Germany). Therefore, it would not be a stretch to say that Singapore is one of the key markets for Swiss brands. This, I think, is probably why Ball decided to create a limited edition watch to mark the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence.
The Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 can be best described as a Ball Fireman Night Train DLC with a custom dial. We will go into details of the dial later, but what a dial it is! The case comes in a very modern size of 45mm, offers a water resistance rating of 100 meters, and has a very nice DLC (diamond-like carbon) finish, which makes the watch case more resistant to scratches and wear. The finishing is done so well that it almost looks as if it has a ceramic case.
When Mr. Ollila first introduced me to his newest project and some of the timepieces his company was making, I was truly astounded. The Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown is so totally "out there" it transcends pretty much everything I know about when it comes to judging a watch. It reminds me of those terribly painted Victorian houses that populate parts of San Francisco in colors that should never go together on a residential home such as purple and green, or yellow and red. These buildings are in some instances so ugly, they become endearing to certain people. I could say the same thing about many breeds of dog that I personally find visually distasteful.
Let me clarify: not "incredible Bluetooth experience," but rather, what it should be. Problems where smartwatches have trouble initially pairing with a mobile phone, and then also when staying paired or re-pairing are typical. I often have to manually tell other smartwatches to look for their host phone. So far, this hasn't been an issue with the Apple Watch, as Apple seems to have ensured that maintaining a really reliable and constant connection between the devices is of paramount importance. This is good.
Since the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, anthropologists and archeologists have found evidence of people attempting to show off wealth and status - as well as artificially trying to portray themselves as more wealthy than they actually are. The prestige of being rich or successful is so powerful that for thousands of years, people have even faked it. Timepieces are one of the most successful status symbols of our modern times. I spoke about this at length while being interviewed by the BBC on the radio here. Timepieces are wearable and conspicuous status symbols because they are both fashionable and often expensive. They also happen to be socially acceptable to wear because at their core they are functional. This is important because in most modern cultures today, men don't adorn non-functional "accessories."
I've always been a fan of the Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art collection aesthetic. I never dreamed of asking for anything more in mechanical terms. I took them as objects of beauty, as examples of several decorative arts working in harmony. As long they could tell the time, I never worried too much about the calibre. With this collection, however, Vacheron Constantin have not only pushed the boat out, they've given it such a mighty shove it might never make it back to port.
Apple Watch bands will range in price from to 9. The cheapest option at is the sports band, the leather loop and the leather strap with classic buckle will be 9, while the strap with modern buckle is 9 and, last but not least, the link bracelet will be available at 9.
From a design perspective, even though the Tissot Pocket Touch is modern, it feels quite retro-futuristic. The case is thick and bare, reminding me of similar design aesthetics from the 1990s. This is further echoed by the mostly monochromatic color elements. Tissot admits that there is a retro flair to the design which is an interesting take on what is essentially meant to be a modern timekeeping instrument. Of course, because the Tissot Pocket Touch is a pocket watch in style, it comes with a chain attachment. While the design goes well with an outdoors theme, if you try to dress up with this pocket watch I hope you find yourself at the "android's ball."
Inside the watch is one of Panerai's first in-house movements known as the calibre P.3000. Manually wound, this 3Hz frequency manually would movement has a power reserve of three days (72 hours). With just the time displayed in hours and minutes, the dial of the Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio PAM604 is about as simple as you can expect - and with that simplicity comes a large degree of elegance. The movement is also very nicely designed and finished being visible through the sapphire crystal caseback window on the rear of the watch.
My favorite of the newer Rolex Sky-Dweller models is the reference 326139 in 18k white gold with a black dial. The GMT disc is silvered and the entire dial is rather legible. The red accents add a nicely sporty look, and this version of the Rolex Sky-Dweller comes on a matching black strap. It feels very unique in the pantheon of Rolex designs and is quite handsome.
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.