Three dials and three movements, this B.R.M. (BRM) 3MVT-52 (also known at the 3MVT-52N watch was origianlly released in 2006 and was to a degree a watch that was ahead of its time. Why? Because it was damn big at 52mm wide and in titanium. Each movement is an automatic ETA 2671 mechanical movement that has its own dedicated crown. Now you can understand the scheme behind the model name of the watch "3MVT-52" - three movements, 52mm wide. BRM watches all have a auto racing theme. Nothing says auto racing more than a checkerboard pattern, which is what the sides of the watch are decorated with over the titanium case. The frames around the case have drilled holes and screws and serve a nice cosmetic function to make the face of the watch and the three dials really pop out. I have a feeling most people walking by would give this watch a second take look.
This particular JG1900 (seen is the model JG1900-12) comes in several different colors and in a chronograph or 3 hand model. You can see each of the models in the image. The bright colors against black make for a very attractive , stand-out design that will appeal to a lot of people. As far as fashion watches go, Jorg Gray does a pretty good job at making a solidly made, dependable watch.
The dial is simply immaculate. To make room for the 24-hour-dial graduated inner bezel, B&R designers slightly reduced the size of the hour and minute graduations. A striking orange arrow indicates the hours of second timezone. "GMT" is painted in the same colour as the arrow for subtle contrast against the jet-black dial. Ever since the original limited edition BR Instruments - with orange numbers and hands - the company has been integrating subtle orange design elements on many of their models. You will notice orange hands or lettering in other models such as the Black and White BR-03 94, the BR-03 51 GMT, and the tonneau-shaped BR-02s.
While the line is still in its infancy, Swarovski is already proving how in touch they are with women, fashion, and timepiece trends, by designing various, fashion-forward and classic collections. With that in mind, Swarovski has created a Sports Collection that actually impresses me. I'm usually very critical of Sports Watches for Women - as SO many brands have created such out of touch ones. But even with the expected addition of Crystals here, it works.
You’ll notice the new texturing in the middle of the watch display. It looks pretty nice, but I can’t tell if it is trying to emulate wood grain or a topographical map? Probably wood, but you can never be too sure with watches based on navigation! The KonTiki is a classic looking watch with a high degree of legibility. Classic enough to sit on anyone’s wrist, but it has enough character to stand out. It is really the little touches on the watch that add to the appeal. Take for instance the cross stitching on the fabric strap and the lovely blued hands and indicators. With hands the right size and finely applied hour markers, it is really a refined look. The small dash of red color of the seconds hands is a nice touch as well.
No brand is going to make their own application, so they are going to hire someone to do it for them. I highly suggest that the software developer is aware of a brand's needs and the feature set that the company wants to have is well thought out and made clear to them. Do not assume that the developer will "fill in the gaps." The entire application should be planned and worked out before starting work on anything. Otherwise brands will be disappointed. Hire a project manager if necessary. A big and common problem is spending lots of money to have an application that does not work as intended.
While I didn't put the watch through torture tests, I did inspect it carefully with my watch snob eye (often as damaging to the spirit). This includes seeing how comfortable the watch is, operating each of its functions again and again, as well as giving the watch to non watch people and asking them to perform simple tasks. The results left me with a good feeling that CX learned most every lesson it needed to know about good watch making long before it make the 20,000 Feet Diver. The chronograph is a perfect execution of the Valjoux 7750 - meaning the pushers are smooth and precise, while their screw guards are flawless in operation. Winding the watch with the large crown manually was nice, as well as adjusting the time and date. The watch didn't miss a gear. The rotating diver's bezel is one of the best I've ever used. Strict professional grade. A perfect mix of being tight enough, but also being easy to turn. There is no wiggle or give to the bezel, and turning is smooth with 60 satisfying clicks. I do not embellish on any of these points. I've most never seen quality like this - even at this price level.
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The dials of the Milus Tirion TriRetrograde may appeal busy, but are actually welcome. They have a depth to them, and a feeling complexity that you want in such a watch. The large, lume covered light color hands contrast well with the dial making them easy to read. Plus, you have the interesting stacked numeral hour markers on the dial. The TriRetrograde dials have hands that look like pulled back bows with arrows. The movement is a pleasure to operate. Even doing little things like adjusting the date feels fun and new. The movement as seen through the sapphire caseback window is well decorated. Likely a base ETA with a module on it - though I am not sure about the movement at this second.
This collection is really a great idea from Omega. It was only a matter of time before their Olympic connection went more mainstream. Typically the Olympics theme is only used with limited edition watches that are great, but high in cost and hard to find. Now Omega has decided that the Olympics connection is more mainstream marketable (still not cheap though) - something which which I agree. Thus, we have at least four new watches in the "Olympic Timeless Collection" that not only has very attractive watches, but deeply imbues each timepiece with a classic style and the Olympics + Omega connection.
Ask Mr. Jones watches what this is all about and they will give you an interesting story. The idea for them is a watch that reminds you to take advantage of life while you still have it. Isn't that what we are doing anyway? I guess British people need to be reminded of these things. Personally, this is about as scary as I want a watch to get on Halloween.
There is literally a long laundry list of positive points about this watch. I rarely do this, but I pasted below words directly from Dievas on this new Vortex watch because I think they did a good job at summing the watch up. A lot to like here. Not the most original watch around, but that is not Dievas' style. They prefer to pick and choose from popular themes and come up with nice mixtures. The Vortex is a combo between a dive and aviator watch. It also takes from certain popular German functional watches like Sinn. Actually the Vortex is all made in Germany, which is not the case for all Dievas watches.