To determine whether it is before or after noon, you look at the time and look to see which of the numbers on the discs is more upright. Basically if it is 9am or near 9am the 9 will be more upright while the 21 will be upside down. PM time and it is the other way around. Does that make sense? It takes some getting used to, but the system is fun. An added benefit is that the dial is always changing, and for me that is the most interesting element of the dial. Of course the greatest appeal is that this is all done with gears - hearkening directly to "watchness" of this watch.
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Oris Carlos Coste Cenote Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
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Oris Carlos Coste Cenote Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
As I began to discuss above, social etiquette often involves looking your best. People judge how smart, tasteful, attractive, and successful you are based on visual indicators. These visual indicators are extremely powerful, and more often than not, people come to conclusions about you before you even open your mouth. To be taken seriously, you must look serious.
The watch contains an Hublot caliber HUB1404 automatic with the time and date. Legibility is ensured by the super large hands and hour markers. Both models have lots of lume, while the titanium model is clearly going to be the one you want to use if you are actually diving. Hublot's signature stealth look is fun, but makes for a poor design when trying to read a watch in the murky depths.
Next is a Casio Pathfinder PAG-240B-2 "do anything watch." If you don't have a Casio Pathfinder in your collection, you are really missing out. This model retails for 0 and you can learn more about is via an aBlogtoRead.com review here.
The Decalogue watch itself is 40mm wide in 18k white gold (also available in steel I believe). It is said to be also be made by Konstantin Chaykin. The bezel is designed to look a bit like a star with many (many) points. Crystals are sapphire and there is of course a display caseback. It is matched to an alligator strap.
I am pretty jealous of who ever will be the winner of this month's giveaway. I have here a Christopher Ward C60 Trident GMT watch for your winning pleasure. The C60 Trident was released in late 2010 and came in a range of flavors. The inspiration behind the C60 Trident collection is the widely beloved (and also British) Bremont Supermarine 500. Not everyone can afford a Supermarine, so the C60 Trident is your next best bet. Christopher Ward also offers the C60 Trident in GMT form, and that is what you can win here.
The first step is choosing a case; there are currently four options and each comes only in 18k white gold. One is the 38mm wide women's case (Lady) , and the other three are in the 42mm wide men's case (Midnight). From the men's cases you have the choice between a plain white gold case or two options with diamonds. Once the case has been chosen, next you pick out a movement. All the movements for these are going to be made by Piaget. You can have a manually would movement, an automatic movement (with optional power reserve display), or a manually wound tourbillon movement. To keep the dials clean, they show just the hours and minutes. The hands are those slick-looking Van Cleef & Arpels ones featuring a polished finish on one side and a satin finish on the other (this is for legibility against the painted dials).
The dial is quite fashionable with its metallic green hue and textured face. There are applied, polished hour markers that are a mix of Arabic numerals and baton markers. Note the small red mark for 8 o'clock which is a signature element in all Marvin watches. On the side of the case is a historic Marvin logo engraving. The angled, geometric crown is a nice touch with the Marvin crown logo in relief.
New for 2010 is the Breguet Marine Royale Alarm Ref. 5847 (5847BB/12/BZ0). Not the first alarm for the line, but perhaps more "alarming." The watch is big too. Almost massive for Breguet standards at 45mm wide. This with the thickness of the case make it feel like a big chuck or metal on your wrist. Heavy is good, but the watch really does have a particular "chunky" quality to it. Case material is 18k white gold (or 18k rose gold), and available with two dial colors.
The Ghost is fun, that pretty much sums it up. People are gonna complain about the strange shape and the screens that go from pink to purple to green to red. Jacob's Jacob probably just sits back and smiles. He thrives off the high-end, high-risk, and highly original. The Ghost is really a timepiece that brand can call their own - and I swear I do want to wear one. www.jacobandco.com
- Movement T18.1 based on Valjoux 7751 with fine adjustment and incabloc, 25 jewels, 28800 semi amplitudes/h, power reserve min. 42h, finish: Rotor circular stripes, engraved, bridges pearled, blued screws.
Nothing like this has been done before. HYT claims that there are seven pending patents for this watch alone. The brand worked with a number of consultants to produce the movement. They have fancy names like Preciflex and Chronode - and are among the elite group of horological engineers in Switzerland that are able to make stuff like this a reality. This is probably one of the most interesting watches to view while adjusting the time.
Strong looking hands and applied hour indicators are crisp and easy to see. Not sure if there is lume on the dial though. The Sapphire crystal is AR coated and provides a clear view of the dial. On the dial the GMT hand is easy to distinguish from the Hour and minutes hands. It also helps that the seconds are displayed in a subsidiary dial. You'll see that Zenith also managed to tastefully integrate the date. I am really loving the design and look of that blued steel GMT hand.