The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph unquestionably is a niche offering – interestingly, it is also unusual within the collection, bearing a sourced movement, that is not entirely in line with Cartier's direction as far as in-house movements are concerned. Nevertheless, it is nice to see major manufactures with plenty of resources invested into proprietary calibers harness the know-how of external specialists – as often times they are the ones who surprise us with the genuinely interesting stuff, by giving work to the crazy horological scientists, working behind the scenes. A shining example of whom is Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the head of fine watchmaking at Cartier, and a watchmaking mastermind who worked with APR&P at an early stage of her carrier. Limited to just fifty pieces, the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon is priced at 135,000 Euros or around 3,000. cartier.com
The bottom line is that no one actually needs a minute repeater or a tourbillon, as they add zero functional utility to a watch in 2014. Nevertheless, the child-like glee we receive from seeing mechanisms such as this in operation is what keeps up coming back for more and more. This is the logical extension of having a fascination for shiny things. Appreciating the work involved in this Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic watch goes to basic human attraction for items that require a lot of effort and our desire to want to own those and somehow capture part of their majesty for ourselves. It doesn't matter what the watch does, when it comes to a piece like this, it simply matters that it required a lot of effort and looks beautiful in the process.
Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Tourbillon
Note that all of the images of the Kairos T-band are shown with the company's MSW 115 or SSW 158 Hybrid Mechanical Smartwatches, but the Kairos T-Band will presumably sold without a case, given that it is meant to connect to a timepiece the customer already has. As you can see, the strap claps is in a unique position so as not to interfere with the internal hardware. It also means that the strap needs to be cut to size for each wearer - which seems like a minor drawback.
Highly susceptible to shock or movements, detent escapements are obviously a poor choice for wrist watches in most circumstances. Bulgari hasn't explained too much about how they designed the detent escapement, but it appears to have a shock prevention system similar to that in the Christophe Claret Maestoso watch. Both watches also have cylindrical versus flat balance springs. This also has to do with accuracy, and makes the movement appear that much more interesting, given their three-dimensional nature. I'll say that, while the lay observer might not notice anything different about the regulation system, the aficionado will quickly determine that what they are seeing in the DR 7301 movement isn't common.
Rob Caplan is a fourth generation watch retailer whose family owns Topper Fine Jewelers on the edge of Silicon Valley in Burlingame, California. Topper is an authorized dealer of Muhle Glashutte, Nomos, OMEGA, Glashütte Original, Longines, Zenith, Ball, Bremont and other fine Swiss & German watch Brands.
The movement underneath the Panerai Radiomir 1940 Equation of Time 8 Days Acciaio and the Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation of Time 8 Days Acciaio is the new P.2002/E, which in turn is based on the P.2002 - Panerai’s first in-house manufactured movement. Like all in-house manufactured Panerai movements, the P.2002/E movement is large and measures 13¾ lignes (roughly 31mm) wide and 8.3mm thick. It is made up of 328 parts, beats at 28,000bph, and thanks to its three spring barrels, has a power reserve of 192 hours, or 8 days.
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What’s Christmas without gifts? Ok fine, we did not actually give out watches for this article, but virtual gifts count too right? Anyhow, the point of this article was to pick watches to “gift” to another aBlogtoWatch colleague and have them share their response to their “gift.” Was it a watch they like? If so, why do they like it; and if not, why do they dislike it? There are some really interesting choices inside and while some were hits, some were misses. Find out what we thought about our watch “gifts.”
Pop the lever back in, and the sight spot now once again shows the logo, while the watch resumes operation. At this point, you are ready to strap the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri watch on, and head out the door. Now, with watches like these (which have integrated/hidden lugs), strap material choice seems to me to be a bit of a difficult proposition. Rubber straps (as included here) can sometimes feel off, especially on a luxury timepiece. Yet, almost contrarily, a leather or textile strap wouldn't feel right either. Here, with the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri, given that it is a bit of a sportier theme, I think the rubber strap works – if not aesthetically for everyone, at least thematically.
Jorg Hysek: A personal design, as the term implies, reflects the sensitivity of a given person, depending on its creator or designer. In modern industry, the original design is all too often modified by technical and marketing constraints and these modifications are generally made by technicians themselves and not by the designer; the personal essence of the creation is thereby diluted, resulting in an impersonal design.
Today, a watch can legally be considered to be Swiss if all of the following are true: a) its movement is Swiss, b) its movement is cased up in Switzerland and c) the manufacturer carries out the final inspection in Switzerland. A movement is Swiss if at least 50% of its value (excluding cost for assembly) has been realized in Switzerland and if it has been assembled and "inspected" by the manufacturer in Switzerland.
The project was purely an exercise in my 3D modelling and the capabilities of my home-use desktop 3D printer (Ultimaker 2).
I just have had to learn not to weld with my watch on! I have a titanium Breguet Transatlantique Type XXI Flyback [hands-on here] and a Bell & Ross Space One, both with welding slag zits on them - whoops.
It isn't clear whether he suggested to Rolex that they make the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue dial or it was someone at Rolex who suggested it to Mr. Cameron, but the fact remains that this is the first time in Rolex history that anything like this has been done. Having said that, you need to be familiar with the events of 2012 and the release of James Cameron's 2014 Deepsea Challenge 3D film in order to properly understand the watch in the future. Nothing on the Rolex Deepsea D-Blue dial watch itself at all directly references the film, the voyage, or James Cameron. Thus, it will be important for future collectors to understand all of this when wanting to know what the watch was all about. This is an important point because many brands who make a watch for a special event or occasion do not consider that people 50 years from now might have no idea what a product is all about unless it says so on the product itself.
Maximilian Büsser: Of course I still have it, but I do not wear it anymore. My wife does from time to time. Every watch that I ever bought was a landmark of something in my life, and now that I have the luxury of creating my own pieces, each year is a new landmark by itself. Every year, I celebrate the fact that I am alive and creatively free.
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I’ve always been nervous about chipping or cracking unprotected crystals that stick out above the case with a careless arm movement. That being said, but I have never actually damaged one before (knock on wood), and the shape of this crystal really stands out, matching the style of the watch perfectly.
Online resources are the best destinations when researching a watch. Many dedicated collectors are available with specialized knowledge, and virtual encyclopedias have been written on the most popular models from top brands. The online marketplaces such as eBay, JamesEdition, and the watch-specific sales site Chrono24 permit trade-seekers to view many examples of a single watch reference.
James Lamdin: Oh yes, the "Black Lung" is definitely part of the permanent collection!
As Bloomberg quotes, Biver told the French daily newspaper L'Agefi that the key issue TAG Heuer faces now is more moderate growth: "the industry grew by 2.7 percent through August, less than his forecast for 2014 growth of 4 percent to 6 percent". In practice, this means that fewer Chinese, and particularly wealthy Chinese, have been going to Hong Kong. The primary reason for that is likely to be a government crackdown on expensive gift giving, which is reflected in sales.
ABTW: If you could pick a watch brand or model that epitomizes the culture or style of Dallas/Ft. Worth, what would it be?
Compared to traditional watches with their "sensitive" metal parts, Omega fitted first the Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss watch and later all Master Co-Axial watches, such as the new Seamaster 300, with still-secret material parts which are simply not at all magnetic. Whereas a traditional anti-magnetic watch shields traditional parts from magnetism, the Omega Master Co-Axial movement watches side step magnetism altogether by ensuring that the most important elements of the movement themselves are not magnetic. A good example is use of silicon - which isn't magnetic - but there are other special materials as well which aren't really effected by magnetism.