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To understand how the DTE came into existence it is a good idea to first look at the Arnold & Son DBG (aBlogtoWatch review here) with its double balance wheels and double dials for the time. Next look at the 2013 Arnold & Son UTTE (aBlogtoWatch review here), that was their ultra-thin tourbillon timepiece. Combine the two and you get a rather thin case with two tourbillons and two dials for the time. It is like the two watches have a child who grew up to live in an even higher rent district than its already wealthy parents.
Thinly profiled dive watches are uncommon because the trend is often to "go big" and be serious about size and durability features. With 300 meters of water resistance the Calibre Diver will go where most people diving will ever go and has a water resistance rating on par with the gold standard product at this price level - the Rolex Submariner. While the two timepieces are different, Cartier is clearly aiming at the same or very similar buy as someone who is interested in a Rolex Submariner.
Each year brings thousands of watches into my hands and the hands of my colleagues. I write more than 500 articles per a year on watches and have been exposed to a great variety of small wearable items that indicate the time or other information. In fact, I even continue to do this in pursuit of my interests. I have yet to put a watch on my wrist and declare "That's it. I am done. This is the best watch in the world. I will dedicate the rest of my days to spreading its gospel." No, I don't think aBlogtoWatch or my career has a natural endpoint. This is no ultimate holy grail for me or most people. Perhaps this is why a passion for timepieces (among many other expensive hobbies) is enthusiastically referred to as an addiction. You just keep wanting more.
GE: No, this watch is no longer in my possession.
Casio has dramatically improved the technology in the famous Pro Trek collection of Triple Sensor watches with the new Version 3 "engine." As a reminder to the handful of people not yet familiar with Casio's popular collection of activity-timepieces, Triple Sensor technology imbues the highly-sophisticated Japanese Quartz movements in Pro Trek collection models with an altimeter, barometer, and compass (often known as "ABC"). They also happen to include a thermometer and a range of other features Casio fans have come to expect in all Pro Trek collection timepieces.
The BRABUS SV12 luxury watch safe comes with 12 watch winders and a design reminiscent of BRABUS supercars. The drawers are lined with red Alcantara leather, while the BRABUS logo is on the safe handle. While all Stockinger safes are made of high-grade metal, the interior cabinetry is produced from wood, carbon fiber, and leather. At its heart, the BRABUS SV12 is a device made for storage and security, though it is produced entirely from passions. With reliability in mind, all Stockinger safes are VDS tested and awarded the high-level VDS III security rating.
In future years we have many more ideas we will hopefully try to implement, but we and Couture are excited to bring you news, views, and fun from the show, Couture 2014. To follow along, stick around here at aBlogtoWatch, and of course be a part of our social media coverage on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Don't forget to comment on or follow #Couture2014.
Technical Specifications from F.P. Journe
The Longines Conquest Classic Chronograph is everything its name implies it to be: a tri-compax chronograph with traditional design elements, made as part of the brand's Conquest collection and hence styled to represent what Longines likes to call "sporting elegance." We went on to spend some wrist-time with it, as it was the timepiece handed out to the winning jockey of this year's stop in the Triple Crown race of thoroughbred horses. In 2014, Longines continued their long support of professional equestrian sport as the official timekeeper for the Triple Crown. And while California Chrome offered up a disappointing show at the Belmont Stakes, Longines stayed the course, as they have for well over one hundred years.
What I find interesting is the distinctive Cartier crown that showed up so early. With a blue sapphire crystal cabochon, it is a look often imitated and very indicative of Cartier in modern times. Each of these timepieces offers a lovely restrained design that is imminently modern. At the time Cartier was an early adopter of a more minimalist and clean aesthetic in all of their creations. Logically, the company embraced art deco very early on and their interpretation of an art deco timepiece offered a style more minimalistic than other items they were creating such as jewelry and clocks.
- Three-dimensional horological engine developed by Jean-François Mojon and Vincent Boucard of Chronode
- Powered by a Sowind gear train
- Battle-axe 22k gold ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
- Power reserve: 42 hours
- Balance frequency: 28,800bph/4Hz
- Number of components: 224
- Number of jewels: 30
- Engine housed in a water resistant, titanium inner container
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Well, firstly because it provides them improved flexibility and faster realization when it comes to making customized components. Second, because it grants them independence from external companies, and third, it is a very powerful marketing tool. Many brands strive to get to this point, and without exception, every single one of them have to face either the shortage of trained craftsmen, the lack of financial abilities to back up their plans... or both.