The standard AM 1 has a Swiss Ronda 517 quartz movement in it, but the brand does offer some version with mechanical movements. More mechanical movements to come in the future as I understand. While it is another topic all together MARCH LA.B has a special relationship with Carroll Shelby, and will offer a limited edition 40mm wide special version of the AM 1 with a automatic mechanical movement that I discuss here. The Ronda 517 is a nice three hand with day/date movement. MARCH LA.B uses custom discs for the day and date with a special font - another nice detail.
While there is likely an engineering reason I don't understand the name "Mikrogirder." Maybe they call the metal blades "girders," but not once did anyone I spoke to at Tag Heuer actually say "girder" outside of "Mikrogirder." The new Tag Heuer bronze colored logo on the dial is quite attractive. I like that it does have its own personality to it and that it is not just a hobby watch for the brand. The tiled dial and overall design does however remind me of the legendary Seiko Spring Drive Izul. I don't think that was an accident and Seiko and Tag Heuer have a nice relationship.
The Mikrotimer was never supposed to be a commercial product. Babin mentioned that Tag Heuer actually produced and sold 11 of them. If the Tag Heuer Mikrograph before it (1/50th of a second) cost ,000 - I can't imagine what the 11 Mikrotimers sold for (I hear it was 65,000 Euros each actually). There are no plans for a commercial Mikrogirder, but it could easily happen as a special limited set for select customers. It is a cool item of interest for those who can appreciate this precise timepiece toy. Playing with it is undoubtedly fun. Mr. Babin was showing it to VIP Tag Heuer retailers and constantly winding the crown as the power reserve is so short. It is a novelty through and though - just one with a lot of R&D behind it.
Patek frames the dial in a double ring first with minute markers and then with a series of small dashes that are aren't functional, but very helpful from a decorative perspective. The hands are properly sized, and the black faceted baton hour markers are very Patek in style. Note how the chronograph and subsidiary seconds dials are slightly brighter than the rest of the dial as as to standout a bit. The color is matched by a second over the moon phase indicator. Really a dial imbued with Patek perfection.
I previously wrote about the Royal Blue Tourbillon here (where you can get more technical details). The timepieces is a statement-making watch for both the wearer and Ulysse Nardin as a brand. Without trying to piss off Ulysse Nardin, I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that this watch doesn’t need to cost a million dollars for Ulysse Nardin to make a profit. Instead, it is a sign that they can charge it. Popular among demographic groups with lots of money, the limited edition watch will enjoy sales — I know it.
The original QDI suffered (in my opinion) on a few fronts. First was the eye straining design that make it hard to read. Second was the "passport" protections of the dial, and third was the fallacy of "customization." You can read all about my thoughts in the previous article. Now, slated for release in 2011, Vacheron Constantin will release a new version of the QDI. I still can't pronounce the name of the watch to save my life, but I like it a lot better. Retained is the case design which I quite liked, and new is an updated movement and much easier to read dial.
Some of these creations are one-of-a-kind beauties, such as the fully diamond covered Dragon Bestiary Secret watch. For dragon ladies only. That one is likely to be a bit over the top for most people, but you get the idea of how serious Piaget wants people to take its dragon-themed timepieces. My favorite is the Piaget Polo Tourbillon Relatif Dragon watch. The version of the Polo Tourbillon Relatif engraves Asiatic dragons on the case side with a diamond covered crown. The dial side has a dragon done in relief and more diamonds. It isn't a new watch, but likely to be a hit among collectors.
Good luck, and thanks to MARCH LA.B the sponsor of this AM1 40 Automatic watch giveaway here at aBlogtoRead.com!
Orient M-Force SEL03001D Diver Watch Review
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6 Commentsby Ariel Adams
Orient M-Force SEL03001D Diver Watch Review
Overall, a really nice item from Blancpain that feels like a satisfying composition of complications and design. It certainly isn't for everyone - not even close, but I really am happy that Blancpain keeps putting R&D into the L-evolution range. The L-evolution Tourbillon Large Date watch will be priced in the 0,000 range.
Last year we had a tremendous amount of customers receive autographs from the master watchmaker with their purchase of a Grand Seiko or Seiko Ananta watch. This is an incredibly rare opportunity and will coincide perfectly with the highly collectible 130th Anniversary Limited Edition pieces. Not only can you be privileged enough to own one of their very special limited editions, you will be one of very few to own an autographed box. Don't miss out on this opportunity. If you won't be able to attend the event, you can call in during to purchase over the phone and still receive the autograph.
One of the most impressive elements of the case is the case back. Rounded and smooth, a series of pieces come together here for an underside that is virtually flush. This signals very careful engineering with components that have almost no tolerances. The bezel is also a thing of beauty. It involves machine cut steel and rubber, and is damn cool looking (the numerals are each individually cut and the rubber is there to help protect them). With a range of materials, the Jellyfish case actually follows the Hublot mantra of "fusion." In this 43mm wide case you'll find at least steel, rubber, and ceramic. According to Nubeo, the milling process for the case parts takes over 3 hours alone.
I like the 'aged lume' version; it's also available with plain white, pepsi bezel, etc.
The dial is pretty interesting. I like the design of the subdial hands and dials themselves. There is something almost 1970s about them, but I like that. While the main dial hands are a bit short and aviator in style, the subdial hands are proportional and quirky. It is also interesting how the chronograph subdials steal all the attention on the dial, but that reading the time is still pretty simple.
The case is 41.5mm wide, done in a satin finish (very tool-like look) with a matching rotating bezel. The crown is placed at 4 o'clock as is the date dial in effort to preserve the placement of the Arabic numerals located at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. I like the rounded crown guard and feel it adds a softer look to the case. At 12mm thick, the case should feel rather reasonable on the wrist.