Not all of these models seen here are brand new, but as we understand it, the steel models are. What you see are two types of Cartier Rotonde Small Complication watch models, with either a date and power reserve indicator, or the more favored big date, dual time, day/night indicator with subsidiary seconds models. So let's focus on that latter line of models which is formally called the Rotonde de Cartier 2 Time Zones Retrograde, Day & Night, Large Date, Small Second - classy title, I know.
Once my short spiel was over, I had plenty of time to talk with others, and learn about their watches and what they enjoy about the pieces. I learned about some details on a Hamilton that you might not otherwise notice, got up close and personal with an Audemars Piguet for the first time, and even saw an iPhone app at work that "places" a watch on your wrist. And those are just a few of the conversations that were had. When you get a bunch of people together who are passionate about a topic, you're going to find quite a few conversations you can hop into and participate in.
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Once a design is given the green light by the R&D and prototyping departments, it makes its way on to "mass manufacturing" – which probably corresponds roughly to the number major brands make when they are just testing their designs. There are about ten different CNC machines in operation at Julien Coudray, and by looking at that facility above you may rightfully ask, why is this necessary to make just 50 watches a year?
The first thing a watchmaker would do is determine where the leak was coming from. They’d conduct a dry water resistance test and if the watch passes it normally means the customer has immersed the watch in water whilst the crown was left out. This can then be verified by looking at the crown stem and crown tube when the watch is opened. If the dry test fails or is inconclusive, then a wet water resistance test is carried out and if there is a leak it is easy to see where the leak is from (you may see a stream of bubbles from the edge of the glass for example). The watchmaker will now know what area needs attention to prevent further leaks.
One of the arguments against smartwatches has been, "mechanical watch companies have been doing this for over 100 years, and you aren't going to wipe that out with a pretty LCD, quartz crisis notwithstanding."
aBlogtoWatch reader David B. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the fortunate winner of the Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto watch that we gave-away recently. David will get to own and wear the same model watch that is featured in the movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Congrats again to him. Everyone else can enter to win a Traser Red Combat watch on aBlogtoWatch here until the end of the month.
Jeanrichard Aquascope Watch With Hokusai “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” Dial For Japan
Whatever you may think of the practicality of a tourbillon in a watch, there's no escaping that they are quite a visual treat to watch while they work away. Normally when a watch has one, though, that's all you really see of the movement from the dial side. The folks over at Armin Strom give us more of a show, however, as they follow the design direction it's namesake founder (a Master Skeletonizer) set for the brand 40 years ago. Their latest gives us another treat that I don't know I've ever seen visible from the front of a watch.
Measuring 41 mm wide and 14.5 mm thick, the new 144 St S Jubilee retains the accessible sizing of the original model and includes an anti-reflective sapphire crystal in the front and a sapphire display case back. Sinn's Ar dehumidifying system is also included and protects the watch from fogging should moisture somehow enter the case (you can see the insert in the left side of the case below).
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Technical data from Ulysse Nardin
There are really two separate topics that need to be discussed in this article. First are details about the Moto 360 smartwatch itself, and secondly (which is perhaps more important), is the new Android Wear operating system. Google's Android was originally developed as an open operating system for developers to use in mobile devices such as phones and tablets. Some developers have tried to develop smartwatches with versions of Android, but it doesn't really work given the resources and screen size necessary for the system and interface. Some time ago, Google realized that a distinct version of Android would be necessary for the unique challenges of a wearable device, so development has been ongoing for over a year and has now been made public.
While Parmigiani Fleurier hosted a variety of guests in first-class fashion, their association with football, and Brazilian football in particular, is more important than one can see on the surface. Specifically, Parmigiani is the official watch provider for the CBF (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol, i.e. the Brazilian Football Confederation), and this is exhibited with a series of releases especially matching the legendary team's colors.
It has been found that with both men and women, the interest in buying a mechanical watch is based on a degree of exposure and education. Watch brands struggle with this educational element of their marketing plans. They are good at creating awareness and brand recognition, but they are pretty poor at educating consumers. They more or less rely on media such as aBlogtoWatch and other titles for that.
What I also particularly like about ORIS is that they are not pretending to be something they are not. Like their pilot lines, they also have diving watches, and dressier lines. All have similar aims, provide no-nonsense value mechanical watches made for everyone. It's really a brand that is about watches for real people, which means without pretense or extravagance. oris.ch
F.P. Journe Anniversary Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
The deal isn't as sweet as before, but the watch is arguably more elegant and beautiful, even though the theme is the same. The watchmaker behind the GMT-3 and now the Luna is Mr. Vincent Plomb. In addition to being a rather impressive watchmaker, Vincent is also disabled being in a wheelchair (for his entire life I believe). I think you'll agree that being a watchmaker and starting your own brand is courageous enough, but for a person who has likely had some extra challenges in life, this is a feat that at least earns my respect. So let's see what the Luna is all about.
At first the Modillian will work exclusively with Android-powered phones but an iPhone app or version may come later. The user would download an app for their phone that would control the Modillian after it was paired with Bluetooth. This replacement buckle would contain its own battery and is said to last for several days on a charge. Of course the app will allow the user to customize the alerts and only turn on those that they want to be aware of.
I am sitting inside the "cockpit" of a Lamborghini Aventador and I am suddenly remembering a Countach poster I had on the wall as a kid. Most of my friends had some type of relationship with the Italian spaceship on wheels that helped define an era of automotive lust in the 1980s. It was silly and impractical, but it was the stuff boys' dreams were made out of. Back to the present, I am in Lamborghini's replacement for the highly successful Murcielago, which was the flagship supercar that brought Lamborghini into the modern era. Even though the Murcielago was actually the "bat car," the Aventador is the automobile that Batman (Bruce Wayne) himself drove in The Dark Knight (a stock model no less). I later get a chance to drive the Aventador and boy, am I impressed.
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How Kering will eventually integrate Ulysse Nardin into its present portfolio and what exact roles it will assign to it we do not yet know, but we are confident in that Ulysse Nardin will remain – and likely develop – as a strong, vertically integrated manufacturer. The deal, at this point, is also waiting for the approval of Swiss competition authorities and so the Kering Group said it expects to be able to seal the deal "during the second half of 2014". What is for certain, however, is that the brand's management will remain in place, with Patrick Hoffmann (whom Ariel interviewed last year at Baselworld) remaining as CEO of the company. ulysse-nardin.com
Finally! Colorful Coatings For Most Metals: Rau-Tech Custom Rolex And Other Watches
The El Primero 410 gets its name from its innards, the Calibre 410 Automatic Chronograph movement, an iconic unit that saw more than thirty years of regular production before being retired at the turn of the century. Noting the increase in popularity of some of their vintage pieces, Zenith brought has back the movement for one final hurrah, in the form of this Limited Edition piece. The Calibre 410 is a column wheel movement that beats at 5hz, has an amplitude of 36,000 VpH, and provides power to the triple calendar and chronograph functions.