Breitling Avenger watches
Overall I really like this Orbita Futura watch winder. I seriously enjoy the looks of it, and it has a special meaning to me because I used to tinker with electronics a lot as a kid. Thus I can really connect with the design and enjoy seeing the "naked" look of how the watch winder is put together. Plus, being a person that feels comfortable working with computer mother boards, I don't mind going right on the board to look for information and adjust switches. This type of winder is for that specific type of person who enjoys tinkering and taking things apart, as well as understanding how things work. This unit more than most really looks like something that Orbita engineers had fun putting together and probably enjoy themselves.
Time and Gems offers six DLC covered pieces initially. These are custom made, and there may be only one of each. Specially made for discerning Rolex enthusiasts. Time and Gems will likely be available to work with clients who are interested in working with them to create their own unique modified Rolex watches. Let's take a look at what they have prepared initially. Each of these watches is currently for sale. I am told that each of the watches are Rolex models dating from 2000 or later. The newest model is likely the Rolex Milgauss (with the awesome green tinted sapphire crystal). It is the newer Milgauss model and all original with a special DLC coating over the whole case and bracelet. Like all of these watches, the caseback is in the original finished steel.
The case is large at 53mm wide and 58mm tall. Almost too massive to wear, but not quite. Wear the watch around and frighted children a bit if you please. The case is made from mostly titanium, and obviously sculpted in a less than ordinary manner. The large image at the lower part of the case around the face is the logo for the Confrerie Horlogere - the shield with an arrow through it. Is that supposed to represent breaking through one's defenses? Or maybe defying conventions? The case is, interesting to say the least. It is art, pure and simple. Nothing functional about it - the watch is an artistic message. You can't deny art as being art - you can try to deny a watch being a watch. This item does tell the time, it does strap to your wrist, and it does have a mechanical movement. Still, my brain is having a hard time adjusting to the idea that what I am looking at is a watch.
This is especially evident in the frog and the owl. Is there not something a bit Disney-esque about them? Then there is what you cannot see in the images, the "crazy seconds" eye of the latter two models or the flying...fly of the Chameleon model. If you aren't familiar with the watches, here is what that is. Inside the watches is an exclusive Girard Perregaux GP 4000 automatic movement that has a small disc for the subsidiary seconds as opposed to a hand. This disc is used as the left eye on the frog or the owl (and the fly) which means that the pupil will be seen to spin around - like a googly eye. I get a reminder of the animatronic characters on Disney Land rides that had such simple movements I recall enjoying being able to spot as a child while in a boat surrounded by water and theme music.
What is good is that Breuget watch prices aren't nuts. Sure you can get a 0,000 Breguet, but you can also get one for under ,000. Clearly not cheap, but with enough savings many people can get one. This Ref. 3137 watch for example retailed for about ,000 I believe, but is available for closer to ,000 these days. It was released in the late 1990s or early 2000s. The watch pretty much sums up Breguet style. A guilloche machine engraved dial, blued pomme hands, Roman numerals, and an 18k yellow gold case. Here quite medium to small sized at just over 36mm wide. Information dials are layout in a watch that is visually balanced, but not symmetrical. Inside of this watch, the in-house made Breguet caliber 502DRT automatic movement provides the time, power reserve indicator (about 50 hours), moon phase, and date. All the things a budding young politician needs. In fact, around the world Breguet watches are a top choice among politicians. Except here in the US where it is faux-paux for a politician to wear a nice watch unless it is from Macy's. Maybe it is just my interest in nice watches, but I want the men and women who (quasi-competently) run this country to have the wherewithall to have decent timepieces. If the best you can muster up with is a Timex, how "individual" a thinker are you really going to be? I best the Supreme Court justices have some cool watches though. Or maybe they have your basic Rolex under their gowns. At least after being in office Bill Clinton shed his politically inspired Timex loyalty for his true passion that includes very high-end timepieces.