I think it is also a good sign that right off the bat, Tiffany & Co.'s new watch collection arrives with something for the light of heart. While the Tiffany & Co. CT60 collection of watches for both men and women is predictably handsome and conservative, they are straight-forward in their appeal. The Tiffany & Co. East West collection asks watch lovers to make a decision about whether or not the Tiffany & Co. East West watches are right for them. Because I feel that watches are the types of products that are best when they are communicating something about the people wearing them, I like the idea of the Tiffany & Co. East West being on the wrists of the right people.
The Tissot T-Touch Expert collection debuted as the flagship model Tissot T-Touch more than five years ago. I originally reviewed the first Tissot T-Touch Expert watch here. For a while, what Tissot was trying to do with the T-Touch collection was stratify it by purpose. That meant we saw Tissot T-Touch watches for hiking, diving, flying, and yachting. Eventually, Tissot decided to abandon this strategy and focus instead on price stratification. That meant the various Tissot T-Touch collection models would focus less on "intended use" and more on prices, with some models starting at a few hundred dollars, and the collection topping off, once again, with Tissot T-Touch Expert.
One key design element where the 2013 release went down a different road was the hour hand: it featured a more conservative sword hand, omitting the original's famous "Broad Arrow" hour hand. That, however, has now been corrected, as the "Broad Arrow" is back: matched with green-glowing, "vintage" Super-LumiNova that, with its khaki color, creates a high contrast with the black dial. The hour markers are now recessed as opposed to applied, once again, linking the 2015 release ever closer to the original's design.
A good point to make is that we like to focus on mechanical watches, because that is what we are the most interested in, along with the occasional smart watch, we love a solid Casio and we do write about some other quartz watches. But, our focus is on mechanical watches. Yes, there are some very low-end mechanical watches in the 0 - 0 range, but frankly speaking, none of us would seriously wear those, as their quality is not particularly good.
Each time you look at the dial, you'll be reminded that, "yes, you are a discerning watch guy - who has a nose for value," and it is also a timepiece that lives merrily in a larger collection that contains mechanical watches as well, given that Kinetic Direct Drive movements make a place for themselves outside of the boredom most watch lovers get from "basic quartz movements." Retail price for this Seiko Premier Kinetic Direct Drive Moonphase ref. SRX008P1 watch is ,435. seikowatches.com
The F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain watch in 18k red gold with the "CS Traditional Dial" is priced at ,000. In platinum, it would be ,600. With the new gold dial, the F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain in 18k red gold is ,200 and ,800 in platinum. fpjourne.com
The centuries-old traditions and know-how in horology, as awe-inspiring, interesting, and technically unique as they may be, are feared to be soon forgotten, as the newer generation – the much needed "fresh blood" – is hardly motivated to consider taking the long road that leads to them understanding, practicing, and hence, preserving these invaluable assets. It is with this reason in mind that Greubel Forsey and Philippe Dufour conceived the Le Garde Temps Naissance d’Une Montre project that was officially launched in 2012 – the fruit of an "obsessional desire to research, record, and transmit the techniques involved in traditional handmade watchmaking."
Sure, people who train for and perform in such activities might be a little nuts, or better said, super-passionate. How else can you explain the amount of training I subjected my body to last year, and just to cap it off with a 13+ hours event? Anyhow, whatever your feeling about endurance athletes and events, one thing you can see plenty of there is passionate folks doing something that may not make sense to the rest of the world or might seem downright crazy to others... That passion, the sense of community that comes with being an Ironman triathlete is very much akin to one of my other passions: watch collecting.
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Attached to the finely made gold or platinum case is a fitted alligator strap that allows the watch to be worn snugly, but not too tightly. F.P. Journe opts for a traditional strap buckle, which I think is the right option for getting the right fit on the wrist. While there are certainly more complicated F.P. Journe timepieces, there are few that match the simple elegance, grace, and well-realized composure of the F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain. It is a hard timepiece to pass up if you are keen on entering the brand which speaks so well us to watch lovers who have been around the block and are looking for what really works in a high-end Swiss watch.
For 2015, Panerai has a few interesting new watches, but my favorite is the Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio 47mm aka PAM00604 (PAM604). This is really a watch for collectors, and Panerai has made especially sure that the PAM604 very much fits into Panerai lore, being available for sale exclusively in the brand's flagship boutique store in Florence, Italy, or Firenze in Italian - the city where the Panerai brand started. Hence the name of the watch "Radiomir Firenze."
What about women? Ah yes, female consumers have not been left out. In addition to a collection of Horological Smartwatches for men, Alpina (at first) is releasing an entire range of women's Horological Smartwatches (even with diamonds). They have found women to be very interested in fitness tracking technology, but have little interest in wearing a gadget. The MMT solution solves that. Fullpower CEO Philippe Kahn put it best when he told me that it was his job to make the technology work and be useful, and the Swiss' job to make it look good and be wearable. I've always suggested that just such an approach was the wisest way of making a smartwatch that consumers are ready to wear sooner, rather than later.
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One of the most interesting things about the video is how little time Rolex spends talking about the modern Rolex Datejust watch collection, with just a few brief glimpses of Rolex Datejust models that you can buy today. In a sense, the video is very much an homage to the Datejust product family name and the history of the collection, along with some of its most distinctive features (such as the date window, and later magnifier lens over the date window).
The IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer case back provides an interesting conversation point. Rather than a glass back exposing the movement, IWC have chosen to decorate the glass with a 'map' of the world time zones (it's as if you're looking down on the Earth from directly above the North Pole. Given the modular and therefore somewhat unremarkable appearance of the calibre 35370, IWC may have hidden it deliberately. I don't mind this so much, because as attractive as I find the IWC 35370, this case back is at least something different. It's a bit cutesy, perhaps, but then, I like novelty as long as it's well executed. From the looks of things, it is at least a sharp and striking image. I also like the scalloped grooves, cut into the edge of the case back so that the case back opener can engage.
What was apparent to any watch lover during Serena Williams' visit to the Audemars Piguet booth, was how much she already knew and yet still wanted to know more about watches. She spent what was easily 30 to 45 minutes chatting intensely with the staff, and in particular the watchmaker that Audemars Piguet had on staff with them, discussing the Royal Oak that he was servicing. She seemed genuinely interested in his explanations of the various parts of the caliber 2120 movement that he was taking apart.
Manuel Emch, who runs Romain Jerome, has a sharp sense of humor and refined eye for art. His personal tastes are, of course, for items produced in or inspired by the 1970s and 1980s. He decided to produce the Romain Jerome Spacecraft because I think it is a watch he wanted the brand to make. It is a functional piece of art through-and-through, and like most art, it is best when not everyone agrees that they like how it makes them feel. I was recently wearing a Romain Jerome watch (not a Spacecraft) around a group of watch collectors who seemed to be mostly experienced with more traditionally-designed timepieces. The fact that I had a Romain Jerome on my wrist both confused and intrigued them. "Why would Ariel Adams wear a Romain Jerome, of all things?"
The idea was to beat the Japanese at their own game, and in that, the Beta 21 nearly succeeded. It was one of the most hyper-accurate movements ever created, losing mere seconds in the single digits over the course of a year. During a series of tests in 1967, the Beta 21 set records with an accuracy of 0.003 seconds per day, leaving the chronometers of the moment in the timekeeping dust. It also appeared quite attractive for a quartz calibre. Despite its electronic foundation, the Beta 21 (and its brother, the Beta 22) were intentionally finished with traditional Swiss elegance - something Seiko, Citizen et al hadn't quite mastered at that point. In its seven year commercial existence between 1970 and 1977, the Beta 21 really proved itself as a crucial pivot of modern horology. It became the foundation for Rolex's still wildly underrated Oysterquartz, and arguably paved the way for future innovations like Seiko's Spring Drive movement.
At the time of writing this article, the Watch_Amish account is still relatively niche with under 500 followers - and in a sense, I hope it remains underground so that the character of the humor endures. Then again, the watch community on Instagram and other social media platforms might benefit from the subtle "tone it down" message that Watch_Amish paints with humor in their various "Amish Approved" posts.
Tissot T-Touch ‘Pocket Touch’ Watch
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Tissot T-Touch ‘Pocket Touch’ Watch
It’s that time of the year again, and I am, of course, referring to Baselworld. Baselworld is arguably the single most important watch fair of the year, a showcase for brands to present their newest releases and designs. This year proved to be an interesting and exciting one, and most brands did not disappoint with their new releases. Perhaps two of the most talked about new watches came from Rolex and Patek Philippe. For Rolex, we saw two new Everose gold Yacht-Master watches that are offered with a rubber straps. These are the first watches to come from Rolex with a rubber strap. And from Patek Philippe, we have the very peculiar new Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. To kick off this round-up, let’s take a look at some of the most popular and talked about watches that we saw at Baselworld 2015.
These impressive feats have been achieved because of the way Piaget's design team has integrated all of the chronograph components into the movement rather than going for a modular construction that would have added height. The movement itself is an aesthetic treat. I love the gilded logo, engraved against a circular Geneva Wave pattern. The screw balance is on show, and there is just enough visible motion to entertain the eye without sacrificing the necessary rigidity of the bridges. Blued screws add a flash of color to proceedings, while bevelled edges catch the light brilliantly. One of the greatest challenges faced by watch designers is finding a way for the wearer to actively engage with his or her timepiece. Being able to see the effect of the pushers when actuated by exposing the polished column wheel is a really nice touch.
Meridian Jewelers: It’s a great mix of locals, 2nd home owners, and what you might call “regular” tourists. Most of whom love to ski and cherish outdoor sports and lifestyle. 50 percent of our customers are quite savvy watch collectors and they come to us for the best watch buying experience.
I might even wear a Zymosis watch if I can get my hands on one... if anything, just to see people's reactions. I've said it before, and I will say it again: I might not be Time Warp Creations' target customer for something like the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watch, but I am pretty happy to live in a world where stuff like this exists. You can order from their website (if so inclined) and the price (which is actually different on which version of their website - desktop or mobile - you visit) for each is ,200 - ,500. timewarpcreations.com
Konstantin Chaykin Carpe Diem Hour Glass Watch Hands-On
20 Commentsby Rob Nudds
Konstantin Chaykin Carpe Diem Hour Glass Watch Hands-On