Kari Voutilainen: I think one of the most beautiful watches today is Urban Jürgensen perpetual calendar in rose gold. I had been dreaming about it, and I was able to purchase it as a gift to myself on my 50th birthday.
So should aBlogtoWatch offer things for sale or provide some type of paid service to its audience? I am not saying "yes or "no," but I think it is a common question many people have, and I am not entirely sure what approach would have the most positive outcome for all parties involved. It is entirely possible that there is something our audience really wants to buy through us that would enhance the core experience. It is equally possible that attempting to sell things to our audience would alter our "consumer to consumer" relationship with them in a negative way. I don't have all the answers, but I think it is important to share with the community what we are thinking about.
On June 21, 2013, the Swiss parliament has voted in favor of a new "Swissness" law, allowing consultation processes concerning its implementation to commence through mid-2015. The intentions are clear: as a result of globalization and swift developments in manufacturing practices, the presently valid ordinance fails in numerous ways to protect the Swiss Made label and the qualities that it was designed to ensure. In short, the concept of "Swiss Made" is being eroded in the eyes of some people in Switzerland, and to preserve the "prestigious" mark the government feels that "Swiss Made" needs to mean just that much more - especially when it comes to watches.
On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, “It’s About TIME” Get-Togethers for Watch Enthusiasts will bring Switzerland’s “Watch Valley” to Beverly Hills in Los Angeles (specific location announced to RSVPing guests). IAT is rolling out the red carpet for a Sunset Strip premier, and L.A. watch enthusiasts are guaranteed to experience “Close Encounters of the Swiss Kind.”
Originally launched in – you guessed it – 1969, the first El Primero (reference A386) was one of the world’s first automatic chronographs, and arguably the most advanced. Featuring a hi-beat movement with 36,000 vph and a stunning tri-color layout on the subsidiary registers, the world’s first El Primero has gone on to become a truly collectible timepiece, and is the historical foundation for an entire line of modern chronographs for Zenith.
"I bought this watch for one reason, to survive offshore. It's obvious.
When my 120,500 foot yacht sank after hitting an endangered reef outside of Fiji, I knew I was in a bad situation. I could have saved my 40,000 man crew, but I had a Phil Collins moment and didn't, they all drowned.
Ironically I met up with a bunch of plane crash survivors, turned out to be the characters from the show lost. So as they're sitting there improvising survival plans, I just laugh.
With this Audemars watch, I simply hit the survival function, and I spawned my own Zodiac boat and putted away, leaving them to die alone and saddened.
The only problem was I contracted scurvy and had to give myself constant saltwater enemas, which sucked. They forgot the nutritional function in this survival watch.... so I then was forced to kill a whole gang of baby seals for food and used their tears for hydration.
Long story short, if you're an extreme survivalist, you will need this watch. I've climbed everest naked, dived in volcanic eruptions, scuba dived the marinas trench, and base jumped from the moon, all unscathed. It's that good."
The two, white lacquered subdials with their painted black indices and blued and skeletonized arrow hands make for relatively small, albeit legible displays for the hours and minutes, while a seconds-hand is entirely redundant as the tourbillons make for a more interesting substitute. A little detail that may not be obvious upon first sight is that the subdial at the 12 o'clock position sports Roman numerals, while the subdial in the lower segment of the dial has Arabic numerals – although I do wonder what the face of the Arnold & Son DTE would have looked like with two absolutely identical subdials.
Frankly, if you were to look at the back of an Armin Strom Gravity Date Fire (or most any Armin Strom watch) you might think that the movement is a manually wound one. Its viewing it from the dial side that you can see the microrotor (down at 4 o'clock), paired off with the almost identical looking barrel up at 2 o'clock. In this way, the wearer is able to see a majority of the kinetic movements (and plenty of gearing) at work without the need to remove the watch from their wrist. Think of it as the reason people opt for open heart (or skeletonized) dials, albeit on a much higher level. Even without the rotors and gear train lines, you would be hard-pressed to find a dial with as many layers as this one that maintains its readability.
Tag Heuer is a curious brand in that its pieces are diverse in its price range. It makes relatively affordable quartz pieces and at the same time also has some truly outstanding and costly watches such as the Monaco V4 Tourbillion and the MikroPendulumS. And earlier this year at Baselworld, it announced a brand new chronograph movement called the CH80 and a new watch that will feature this new movement called the Carrera CH80. The watch was positively received and many were looking forward to its launch. However, production was delayed time and again and the latest news seems to indicate that Tag Heuer will cease production altogether. This all sounds very drastic, and in this round-up, we feature an article that takes a considered look at why this has happened.
A common complaint leveled at smart watches is that they do not look elegant and attractive as compared to traditional watches. Obviously, beauty is very much in the eyes of the beholder, but I think we can safely say that most smart watches are either too bulky or too unimaginative in design. How would the Swiss design their smart watches then? Here are three concept designs based on the signature cases from Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, and Franck Muller.
Now, at first glance, I knew this was a watch winder unlike any I had seen before. While many higher-end winders want to tuck things behind a polished veneer of wood and glass, the Ambrelus Dreadnought instead celebrates a very mechanical aesthetic. You have machine-turned metal surfaces (supposedly to call to mind guilloche patterning), mechanical toggle switches, and analog voltage and amp meters give the whole thing a feeling of something that belongs on the shelf of a tube-amp audiophile.
Additional considerations involve agreed value, payment and shipping. While professional dealers will be familiar with routine business challenges such as transferring money, insuring shipments, dealing with international customs, function-checking a watch, and appraising the value of a trade, individual partners may have no experience in these critical tasks. Forwarding a luxury watch to a personally unknown overseas partner may be the ultimate leap of faith, and the private collector trade scene is the arena where this choice carries the greatest risk.