Despite its unfashionable diameter, the watch looks sharp on the wrist. And thanks to these modest dimensions, the watch will fit comfortably on large and small wrists alike. Those who habitually remove their bulkier watches to use a keyboard may find that there is no need to do so with this slim watch. When viewed from the side, the strap can be seen to follow the wrist’s natural curvature, but the gap between the wrist and the bottom of the elevated lugs looks a bit awkward.
Then there is the matter of the large orange GMT hand. Clearly inspired by the orange GMT hand on some older and current 42mm Rolex Explorer II timepieces, this highly functional element is both legible and adds a welcome dash of color. Where I have found that adding blue or red doesn't accent the BR01 dial that well, adding orange or yellow looks very good. The middle section of the GMT hand is painted with lume for darkness viewing. Unfortunately, the full 24 hour indicator scale is not lume-painted.
Diderich suggests that we won't begin to see any Greubel Forsey watches with Wigan art until the end of 2013, with the first piece being the Art Piece 1. That is a long time to wait to see what the two minds come up with. I personally am excited to see what miniature mechanical and artist scenes they are able to imagine. As art goes the Greubel Forsey Wigan watches will be on the most expensive side of the fence with prices estimated to be around 5,000,000 Swiss Francs per watch.
Wristwatch enthusiasts are universally passionate about design, quality, and fashion. We bask in the glow of their heritage and history of the models and brands we collect or aspire to collect as part of the justification for our passion. It’s not a made up thing – not some sort of contrived culture we as enthusiasts have created for ourselves. We need look no further than modern reissues and homage models such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202 Jumbo (a tribute to the A Series Royal Oak of 1972), the Jaeger Le Coultre Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm, Bell & Ross’ Heritage Collection, and the Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carerra to see that, for the most part, the manufacturers themselves rely heavily on their history and early designs for inspiration – or at the very least, for marketing.
A. Curved Screen
It's 1963 and motor racing, as it is today, is a popular pastime all over the world and certainly here in America. The American muscle car companies and the well known European car companies, are all battling for dominance on the track. As they do today, these car races are also the place for experimenting with the latest engines, tires, chassis, and overall race car designs.
Frank Muller Perpetual Calendar watches
Apple has always been known for producing products that allow people to be creative. Software common on all Mac computers allows people to work with sound, images, and video in simple ways that most people can understand. The flexibility of a programmable screen on a watch provides another outlet for producing something that allows people to be creative. Even if that simply means allowing people to design their own watch faces. While having many options for watch screens is obvious, giving users a platform to create meaningful watch faces of their own might prove not only popular, but in line with Apple's intentions of giving people outlets for creativity.
Dial: Hours indicated by 4 assemblies of 5 triangular prisms. Minutes indication by a 2 three-part 270° rotating disc. Central sapphire crystal dividing the dial into two separate parts
So now that I've tantalized you, let's talk price and value: the MIH watch is a flat 6,000 CHF, which is about the same in dollars. That's comparable to the RGM 160, for example, and quite a bit less than some of its competition, but it's certainly not inexpensive. After a month of wearing it and pondering the question, I've decided that the price is reasonable, given the up-front nature of the fundraising (see the results here, or visit yourself in person) and the unique nature of the watch and mechanism. I like the Bauhaus minimalism of the dial and case, the versatility of the watch design, and I enjoy knowing that my plain-looking timepiece is actually 300-odd machined parts working in harmony. I also like the extreme durability - the 7750 is every bit as tough as Rolex or ETA, so you can even wear your MIH for sports or swimming. Most annual calendars are dress watches, not everyday wear watches, making this watch once again a unique exception to the rule. Want one? You can find them onsite at the MIH horology museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland. [Ed. Note: An excellent place I may add. Well worth the visit for the entire family. You can also pick up a chocolate watch in addition to an MIH one.] You can also get one from retail partner Embassy which has locations in Lucerne (just down the street from ochs and junior) and St Moritz, and also ships worldwide.
Just 1mm wider than the 7067, the 7047's 41mm width looks happy in 18k rose gold. This metal with the particular frosted anthracite finishing on the movement is the sexiest skin I have seen for this piece. That black machine-engraved off-centered dial just looks so good with the rose gold case and polished elements in the movement. This really is a piece for the king connoisseur who likes to see his spinning whirlwind escapements and tiny bicycle chain style power transmission systems. These two complications are actually age-old. I wonder if the same type of guy got kicks from it 200 years ago. How sweet would it be to get a nerd-prime watch lover from today with one from back then? Would they still complain about watch case sizes?