What do the Apple Watch and the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate have in common? They are each recipients of Red Dot Design Awards 2015. On top of that, the Apple Watch and the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate are the only two timepieces in this current round of Red Dot awards to receive the elevated "Red Dot: Best of the Best" designations as part of the celebrated German Red Dot award organization. I've always been fond of the Red Dot awards and tend to agree with their jury's take on design, as they not only take the process exceedingly seriously, but they take into account form, as well as function.
Behind the cover of Gorilla Glass is a new, colorful, always-on e-paper display, replacing the old – and rather underwhelming – black-white screen of the original. The display is where the Pebble differed most to nearly all other smartwatches on the market: offerings by Apple, Samsung, Sony and many others use LED screens – similar to what you would find in a phone – which drain the battery so much that they have to be turned off when not in use.
Looking at the Dewitt Academia Grand Tourbillon makes me think of something about how people judge watch design to day. I love how, from time to time, the luxury watch industry somehow inexplicably feels the need to apologize for producing ostentatious products. There is such a big push for "under the radar" and "stealth wealth" that each time certain types of watch collectors see something with a wild design they freak out. These people need to chill and recall that, like traditional art, timepieces are artistic as well. They also serve a double purpose to express both taste and status. You might not like the design of a watch but there is no need to yell from the hilltops that brands are wrong to attempt original or fresh designs. Luxury watches are about showing off (something), and whether or not you agree with what that thing is let's not delude ourselves that many high-end timepieces are meant to have a place on someone's wrist who feels as though they have afforded themselves the right to "say" something to to the world.
The time is displayed by blued hour and minute hands, which, along with the dial backgrounds, are identical despite the fact that one dial (at 6 o'clock) features Arabic numerals and the other (at 12) Roman numerals. It was wise of Arnold & Son not to add seconds hands to these two independent dials: they are governed by separate escapements, which means their timekeeping would be unavoidably different – although for the ultimate watch nerd experience, it sure would be cool to see by how much the two are off from one another. One would hope that a properly functioning tourbillon would eliminate the majority of positional error, but even so, we could expect infinitesimal fluctuations.
Although in recent years, we have been seeing more and more of these, it is still safe to say that few watches can boast such polarizing aesthetics – although an appreciation of how the complications marry with the message of the dial could win you over, if the meretricious display fails to inspire. As far as mechanical complexity is concerned, the big deal with the Konstantin Chaykin Carpe Diem is the hourglass complication that dominates the left side of the dial. Although no actual sand is used in the movement – for obvious reasons – the impression of an hourglass slowly filling as the minutes pass is achieved by an ingenious shutter system. This is a cute and undeniably well-executed notion, and a novel way to record time on the wrist. The downside is that it's very difficult to read the time to the minute.
Necessary Data >Brand: Ball >Model: Hydrocarbon Engineer Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph reference DC3036C-SA-BK >Price: ,999 >Size: 45mm >Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes >Friend we'd recommend it to first: Non-brand snobs looking for an absolutely modern, well-conceived Swiss mechanical sports watch with some character. >Best characteristic of watch: Series of features and design elements work well together in a functional, comfortable, well-priced package. >Worst characteristic of watch: No luminant on chronograph subdial hands. Deployant clasp is thick.
Omega has made myriad limited edition Speedmasters over the years and has ensured that there is something out there for just about any taste. The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition watch will be limited to 1970 pieces which will come fitted to a black nylon strap and include decorative Silver Snoopy pins and a dedicated newspaper, all for 6,100 CHF (~US,100). With the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition, Omega has brought the whole Moonwatch ethos back to its roots and managed to design a noteworthy conversation piece for both watch and space enthusiasts. omegawatches.com
The decision of whether to get the updated Tudor Pelagos in black, or in the new blue is going to be difficult for people - especially if they have an existing model. To update it with a newer model is reasonable, but completely based on whether or not the person getting it is doing so for the added color or the new movement. If it is the latter, their outgoing Pelagos is probably going to be OK to stick with, unless they are the type of person who always must have the best in mechanical stuff.
Going back to the original point of Olio attempting to be a high-end smartwatch, are its makers doing what is necessary to achieve that goal? I think it is too early to tell. The hardware might not have the lavish curated polish of the Apple Watch - but then again, it isn't trying to be that. The Olio Model 1 - which really launches the company - is about a strong beginning and leveraging its boutique operation along with collective skills into a software and hardware experience that will be distinct from pretty much everything else out there.
ETA cutting out the supplies of its semi-assembled movement kits entirely by 2011 and drastically and continuously reducing the amount of complete calibers it sells to third parties – read: non-Swatch Group – customers were some of the defining happenings for the 21st century watch industry. ETA had been the key supplier of movements to an incredibly high percentage of all Swiss watch brands – small or large, fashion or high-end – and with their cutting supplies starting at around 2007 (they intended to begin a couple of years sooner but were met with strong opposition from the Swiss competition agency), stopping movement kits entirely by 2011, and today, selling full movements far below demand, brands are forced to look for other sources for the engines of their watches.
Materials and construction are fantastic, and I think most people will be surprised at just how comfortable the Apple Watch is. Of course, ultimate comfort will depend on people choosing the correct strap/case combination that is right for them, but for me, the Apple Watch has really proven itself to be something that I'll be happy to wear for long periods of time.
Simple, satisfying, good value proposition, and timeless... these are some of the things Bulova is doing a good job at becoming known for over the last few years, especially when it comes to their quickly developing Accutron II collection with their UHF movements. "UHF" stands for Ultra High Frequency and refers to their extra-high frequency quartz movements. These are to be differentiated a bit from Bulova Precisionist movements - which are similar but larger in size. Battery life for each is about two years.
Hugh Taylor: That sounds good. Do you have a favorite movement from either brand?
Mickey Nolan: No worries. So, when you wind the watch, you’re contracting the mainspring. This gives it energy, because it then wants to expand. This energy is what drives the watch. It’s transferred to a finer, coiled spring, called the hairspring or balance spring, which then expands and contracts like a beating heart. The hairspring then drives a tiny wheel, called the balance wheel, which swings back and forth in harmony with it. The swings of the wheel determine the watch’s timekeeping.
Watch De Luxe: As our shop has been open for 11 years, we have seen a major change in the attitude of the Hungarian watch enthusiasts towards fine Swiss watches. Fine timepieces have become much more accepted and in most cases, even an expected thing – for example, for company managers to wear a quality watch that represents craftsmanship, history, prestige. I would refrain from mentioning brands, for as we see, everyone expresses themselves with their own choice. watchdeluxe.com
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A Unique Look Into How Glow-In-The-Dark Tritium Gas Tubes Are Made At MB-Microtec
Aside from the design, the Bremont ALT1-ZT offers the same multi-role functionality of the ALT1-Z. You get a 12-hour chronograph, independent GMT hand with Roto-Click adjustable 24-hour bezel and a date at three, all managed by Bremont's BE-54AE, which is their expression of an ETA 7750 with a GMT module. This platform offers a huge amount of functionality and, with the adjustable 24-hour bezel, you can even track a third timezone if the need should arise.
So what’s so special about the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom? We are glad you asked. You see, the carbon fiber used in the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom is a special kind called Carbon Matrix Composite (CMC), and not only is the case made out of this new material, but the seven bridges of its movement are made using CMC too. CMC is formed using a special technique where carbon fibers are placed in a certain direction in the mould and micro-blasted to give it an orderly elegant look that TAG Heuer calls “matte black vertical brushed.” This is obvious if one looks closely at the movement bridges that form the dial. The choice of material is not just for looks; by using carbon fiber for all the main components, the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom is also light. Furthermore, the extensive use of carbon fiber also encapsulates the essence of this watch very nicely as it was inspired by motor-racing and engines.
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