The Easy Diver SED Tourbillon is really large and really light. The 48mm wide case is in all titanium an feels light as a feather. Give then fact that the movement is barley there, this fact makes a lot of sense. In addition to the rubber strap with a titanium deployment, there is some rubber sandwiched into the construction of the case. Everything about the watch is very sporty, but also luxurious. Look closely at the slanted chapter ring around the dial - you'll notice that the hour markers are rubies. Very cool in my opinion. There is a sly nature to Rober Dubuis watches that present luxury in an unapologetically pronounced manner, without the pretention that you might expect from a luxury watch company.
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The sapphire watch crystal is thick and curved a bit. It is also richly coated with anti reflective coating. An interesting point about the crystal is that even though it is curved (just a bit) it doesn't really distort your view of the dial when looked at from an angle. Nor does it really reflect too much light. I often find these qualities only in flat crystals - but here DWATCH has been able to achieve it with a slightly convex crystal. The dial choices are all designed to be easy to read under water, with hands and hour markers that are wide and covered in a lot of lume. Luminant on the DWATCH is very good. A few minutes of light and the watch glows legibility in the dark. Spend longer in the light, and the watch should glow all night long. Have no qualms, those of you who are picky about lume.
I was asked to write an article making an "argument for Rolex watches." This was to be in response to an article which was an "argument against Rolex watches." Now, understand I didn't know what the argument against Rolex watches was going to be, so I simply needed to make a broad and effective argument in favor of the world's most ubiquitous luxury watch. For what ever you can say against Rolex, a ridiculous amount of owners and fans can't be that wrong. I wouldn't go so far as to say Rolex could be the only watch brand you need to look at, but they do have a lot of merit.
You are either gonna love or hate this watch winder - but if you are anything like me, you really like it. This is the Orbita Futura watch winder. There are actually several winders in the Orbita Futura line and this is sort of an interim version which you might not be able to find available. Still it is a good representation into the Futura watch winder line. Let me explain. The current entry level Futura winder is known as the Orbita Futura 1. It does not have the open circuit board and quite as many settings, but preserves the same cylinder on rollers winding style. The Futura 1 looks a bit different, but you can tell where it got its style - from this model I have reviewed. Like this model, the Futura 1 has an acrylic lid. The high end version of the Futura is actually called the Tourbillon 1. This is the version that looks most like this specific Futura. There are two main differences between this Futura and the Tourbillon 1. First is the use of crystal glass as opposed to acrylic for the enclosure. Crystal is going to be heavier, but gives you a sexier and higher quality look. The second difference is the "tourbillon" aspect of the name. Basically, the winder mimics the effect of a tourbillon escapement in such watches that have one. What it does it stop the winding cylinder in different positions each time. This allows potential differences in the rate of the watch in different positions to be averaged out and thus theoretically helps increase the rate results of a watch. The Tourbillon 1 winding cylinder has 13 different positions for the cylinder I believe. This future does not have this "tourbillon feature" with the watch starting and stopping its cycles in the same position. Now with that in mind, lets talk about this impressive little number. The Futura 1 retails for 5 and the Tourbillon 1 retails at 5. Prices from dealers are probably a little bit less.
Written by Marco who sells Bell & Ross watches at Matt Baily.
If you don't know about Orient watches, that is OK. They aren't Chinese, the name Orient just stuck since the brand is 50 years old when it was founded in Japan. Orient watches are mechanical and they make their own movements. I previously reviewed another Orient watch, the CFT00004B here. I am becoming well acquainted with the line and feel that the company does put together a decent watch with reliable movements. A lot of the cheaper Japanese mechanical movements aren't exactly something to brag about, but the Orient automatic movements have been quite reliable and accurate. They aren't without their quirks though, but nothing serious that should stand in your way of getting one.
The movement inside the watch is a tried but true Valjoux 7750 automatic mechanical movement. A very mainstream and reliable movement. The application of the movement works, and Nubeo watches have never been about movement technical prowess, more about the complex engineering of the watch cases. Stop for a moment and consider this. So many watch makers spend years on complex movements that are only viewed by other watch makers for the most part - but they neglect having an interesting case and dial for the watches. Nubeo takes the opposite approach here by focusing on what you see and what is worn on your wrist everyday. Take it from me, a guy who has seen and worn A LOT of watches - Nubeo is very capable when it comes to making a very high quality case in terms of design and construction.
The real draw is in the fanciful design of the cases and bracelet. There is a lot of visual stimulation, and an important amount of high contrasting colors for your eyes to dance around at. While the dials aren't the epitome of legibility, they aren't half bad. The gold version is best with the gold hands on the steel toned dial. The watches actually come in steel, rose gold, and platinum (that's right). So you can imagine the price range for the models differs greatly. Not sure that, but there are diamonds involved! Oh yes, you can get these watches decked out - stepping you up that much closer to bling heaven. Thankfully, even on the totally diamond encrusted versions, the dial stays safe from the jewels.
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.
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I will leave it to the more dedicated car writers to fill you in on the all the goodies about the Bugatti Galibier 16C car as it slowly moves from concept to reality (which I am pretty sure of), instead you can relish in all the cool watch lover bones that Bugatti and Parmigiani threw out to us. Ordinarily I would chat for a bit about why a car would even have a removable tourbillon watch, and how that would all work... though here I do not. We are talking about Bugatti here, the Disneyland thinkers of the car word. It does not need to make sense. It just needs to tickle us in places we didn't know could be tickled. I think it has like eight chrome exhaust pipes. Super cool! Then again, from the side the 16C looks a bit like a Porsche Panamera that just engulfed John DeLorean's chrome dream, like a tricky suitcase of cocaine planted by the FBI did to his future.
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Swarovski is making bold moves, ladies! (Guys, be at least idly aware).
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The obvious watch to compare this Seiko Spacewalk watch to is the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch. The Seiko has a ton of advantages in my opinion. Sapphire crystal, much more accurate movement that is also an automatic (Spring Drive is basically a mechanical movement but it has a quartz regulator as opposed to a balance wheel), GMT second timezone hand, power reserve indicator, date (!), and probably much better lume. Not to mention that it weighs less. The pushers are massive and placed at the top of the case so that you can press them with gloves, while the crown is easy to turn, and also on the top. The dial is not only easy to read, but very cool looking (neat blue glowing GMT hand).
Apparently, I am not alone in my feelings. Tourneau knows that times need a-changin'. Gone are the lovely days of yore when their business model was sufficient. I anticipate that sales are down, compensation for staff is poor, and the only people who are hired aren't qualified enough to do the job, and that there are other issues to boot. It was not until this last year when Tourneau's online presence seemed anything more than symbolic (their site does have a degree of e-commerce present right now, but it feels wonky). The company needs change.
In addition to that, the sound from the Arena Metasonic is supposed to be amazing. Using that software they made, they really did their homework in trying to make the watch perfect. I love the effort they put into this stuff. It is like collective knowledge to perfect the industry we love, an industry that theoretically doesn't need to exist, but I love that it does. It is a few steps above the concept of someone having a PhD in the Klingon language, only here is it expertise in what metals to use when trying to make a watch sing its best! I just love it.
Going next to the case you have the now familiar Biformeter case style that retains its basic shape over the different Linde Werdelin watches for a very specific reason. If you aren't familiar with the line, then let me tell you that Linde Werdelin offers several "instruments" that are small computer that attach on top of the watch. Currently they have the "Rock" and "Reef" instruments available. The shape of the case is specially made for the devices to attach right on to them. The case shape is also very attractive and represents what feels like a lot of thoughtful design work. It has a combination of functional and aesthetic elements to it, worthy of the finest classic sport watches out there. Linde Werdelin took a very hard segment to properly innovate it, and successfully did so with the case.
On their own, or coupled with more modern materials, precious metals like gold and platinum have been linked to high-end watches since the start of horology. Silver, however, has been somewhat excluded from the production of luxury wrist watches for men. The metal has mostly been used on pocket watches and ornamental jewelry watches for ladies. Perhaps this has been due to its inclination to oxidize and low hardness, but thanks to today's obsession with vintage items, the unique look that the silver's "patina" offers works perfectly. Available in November, U-Boat's Classico 925 series consists of the CA925 chronograph with a beige dial, and the A925 with a black a silver dial.
The watch was offered back in 2006 in three limited versions. 500 in 18k pink gold, 150 in 950 platinum, and 1000 in the pictured titanium. The bezel and pushers are done in black ceramic, another compound that made its way into the AP survivor watch. You can't tell here, but the caseback of the watch has an engraved F1 race car steering wheel. With its aggressive looks, the watch appears larger than it is. The case is 42mm wide. The dial of the watch is easy to read in clear Royal Oak Offshore tradition. Notice the different colored subdial hand colors for a cute touch (bright Brazilian flag colors at that). Also note how the dial is partially skeletonized with a view into the movement through the grated section in the middle that would normally display AP's Mega Tapestry dial pattern. This is interesting as it is one of the earlier contemporary skeletonized watches - which in the last few years has become extremely popular among luxury sport (and otherwise) watches.