What a great way to get concept watches. You might not like each of the concept watches from this year's Power Design Project, but you have to admit that most of them are interesting. It is very easy to design a watch that works, but it is very hard these days to create something unique, and something that has a lasting design that really "talks to you." That is really Seiko's goal here, and I think they do a good job at it. Get artists that aren't necessarily involved in watch design to make watches. Give them some direction, and tell them that if you like the watches enough you'll make them. I want to join the next Seiko Power Design Project!
The recently announced Perrelet Turbine watch (that I discussed here) has proved extremely popular, which is a good thing because this new video sheds more light upon this impressive timepiece. You get not only a great view of the watch in action, but a good understanding of how the double rotor system is engineered. Seeing the watch in the video in operation allows me to appreciate this desirable timepiece all the more.
One downside to the Breguet Reine de Naples, is that this is not an everday timepiece. The white gold case is elegant and strong, yet the black satin strap would not hold up as long as your marriage does, if worn daily. Well... Let's hope. The self-winding Breguet 537/1 movement, though, would. This is a beautiful example of traditional watchmaking, as this brand is most valued for its respect for tradition and precision.
CASIO AMERICA, INC., 570 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Dover, NJ 07801 973-361-5400 www.casiousa.com The G-Shock X Surfrider collaboration watch features the Surfrider Foundation logo in the backlight and name on the band, G-Shock’s legendary 200M water resistance & shock resistance, multi-function alarm with snooze, countdown timer, 1/100 Sec. Stopwatch and 29 city world time /29 zones."
Designing this watch with a double rotor is unique, difficult to construct, and mesmerizing to witness. And is the perfect opportunity for more women to learn about mechanical watches and what makes them so desirable.
The Galaxy watch is available in three sizes, 36, 39, or 42mm thick, while each being a relatively thin 11.6mm. The watch comes in stainless steel, white gold, or red gold, and looks terrific in each color. 36mm might sound a bit small, but the size is popular in Asian markets. I am going to go with the 42mm size! The watch is remarkably easy to read despite its non traditional design. This is aided by hour markers around the chapter ring of the bezel. The case is further available with or without pave diamond settings, while the cylinder lug design with the attached alligator strap is pretty hip looking completing this very cool watch for a very select few. Price? Remember that thing about being able to afford it if you have to ask? That applies here.
This is actually a very telling tale, and is not at all unique to Maurice Lacroix. Look closely and you get to see exactly what it is like being a brand ambassador for a Swiss watch brand. Here you have outgoing British golfer Justin Rose being courted by Maruice Lacriox to becoming a brand ambassador them. This can mean, among other things, wearing only Maurice Lacroix watches in public, and wearing Maurice Larcroix branded clothing while playing golf. In exchange the brand ambassador gets money, and ideally some watches. In this video Mr. Rose gets at least one watch (the rest might be loaners). What is interesting about this video is that is really captures what occurs in reality. Mr. Rose is not a watch enthusiast by nature, but he does like watches - further he does not yet know a lot about the brand. Like all proud Swiss watch brands, Maurice Lacroix flies Justin to Switzerland (Zurich in this case) to meet their people, view the factory, and get the "treatment." This is an important part of the process because it is necessary to have a true appreciation of what goes into a watch brand. Design is just a small part of it, the real seller is the manufacturing process that has the ability to make you swoon with glee over what goes into making a luxury watch.
The watch dial is the major attraction and is constructed from something called Aventurine, which is a type of glass made with small copper particles inside. The copper particles inside of the man-made glass provide the incredible glitter look. Here is a bit about Aventurine directly from Blu. Note that the Aventurine used in the Galaxy watch is made in the Murano region of Italy:
The open work style of the watch is a good intersection between modern and classic. Branding on the dial has Audemars Piguet and Maserati sharing the same size, which is interesting. Audemars Piguet is shorted to just "AP" and you have the Masterati Trident logo. The chronograph has a large central seconds hand with an easy to use tachymeter. The chronograph is also an monopusher chronograph meaning it is operated via a single button. Although the face of the watch is oblong, the dial itself is actually perfectly round. The Audemars Piguet Millenary MC12 Tourbillon Chronograph originally was released in about 2006 in a limited edition of just 150 pieces. The movement utilizes carbon which is part of Audemars Piguet's talents many other watch makers can't seem to replicate too well. I personally think that carbon is a bit gimmicky, but it is apparently very difficult to work in small sizes. The blued metal in the movement to match the blue of the car is a nice touch. The case of the Millenary is made of 950 platinum which makes it hefty and expensive. If you ever hear that a super car uses platinum, walk the other direction, it is a damn heavy material the opposite of "weight saving." Last of all you get a crocodile leather strap. Price? About 0,000. Lower than the original retail price though.
It all started with a Breitling Emergency watch, which turned into a Bremont Chronograph for a while, and now seems to be a favored Casio Dynamic Wave Ceptor. Bear Grylls flirts with a lot of timepieces. With the absence of new episodes (or any more ever) of Survivorman, I have been forced to turn to the less real reality based wilderness survival show, Man vs. Wild. Survivorman's Les Stroud presented a more real show given that he was the star and cameraman. After a few short seasons Survivorman is no longer, but apparent promises from Les point to a survival related new venture.
What does the haute horology world need now? High-end Ralph Lauren watches of course. No less with movements from sibling watch companies IWC and Jaeger LeCoultre, all under parent Richemont Group. The Sporting Collection is my favorite line of new Ralph Lauren watches. I'd certainly "sport" one (cheesy pun), but it is unlikely I'd pay the price. I have a feeling that these watches, while very high in quality, will go the way of Panerai made (also part of the Richemont Group) Ferrari watches. Those started going at half of retail eventually. Just not the right type of marketing. For reference, here is a video of Ralph Lauren watches at SIHH back in January when they first launched.
One area that RSW loses me, though, is the rubber strap... I bet it's more functional that way, and goes along with the durable appeal, but I wish there was a solid black titanium bracelet, furthering the jewelry image. That way, from all sides, this would be a strong, masculine, meteor on the wrist. As is, it's still hott, but could have been that much hotter.
You can get a great feel for exactly what the watches look like here. I wish you could see the turbine spinning in action - it looks so cool. Nothing like wheel spinners 🙂 The finish in the turbine blades is a brushed polish, to give that an authentic aviation look. Like I said in my original review, the spinning turbines (that spin with the automatic rotor to wind the mechanical automatic movement) do not hinder the view of the hands which are nicely conspicuous. The naked titanium model is the easiest to read due to the high contrast of the hands. Each is covered in lume which is nice. The face of the watch as a nice deep feeling to it. You can look down into it and see all the layers. The periphery of the dial is sloped inward, and you can see the easy to view hour makers that make this more than simply a showy watch.
Inside is an automatic P-191 movement visible through the sapphire caseback window. I am glad it is not a manually wound watch, as I like to think this would be a great everyday wear. The case is pure Perrelet in style and form. With steel and gold options available, you can appreciate how the Perrelet Jumping Hour watch has a lot of potential in wardrobe and context application. The more black faced versions have a distinctly formal evening persona, while the more steel colored face is arguably more classic and sporty.
I was always a bit luke warm about the Tag Heuer Aquaracer watch line. The watches were always nice, but not quite nice enough to excite me. Without a big announcement these new Aquaracer Calibre 5 watches started to appear in stores. Not sure if they are in US stores though. Sources indicate some availability in Europe and Asia. So what about the look of the new line? Tag Heuer has taken the term "Professional" off this line, but they look more professional than the last line. For the first time that I know of, a helium escape valve has been added to the design making them appear much more Omega Seamaster-ish.
Such watches are not unreadable of course (just for people who aren't wearing the watch). To compensate for similar colors of black, the watches have different textures and other mechanisms to help with legibility. Part of the 'point' of the watch is making it difficult for people other than the wearer to know what time it is (or what watch they are wearing). I have to admit that a lot of the watches are pretty cool looking. Still pretty easy to read (on your own wrist), you will no doubt get a lot of people saying "hey, what is with you watch? Let me see that." The watch which this Black Stealth limited edition is based on is one of Sinn's newer diving watches, the U1. With a uniquely designed dial and hands, it is certainly of the most fashion (but still functional) oriented Sinn watches out there.
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