Price for the Urwerk UR-105 TA "Knight" as the Black Lemon or Black Orange is 58,000 Swiss Francs. Price for the Urwerk UR-105 TA "All Black" is 64,000 Swiss Francs, and price for the Urwerk UR-105 TA in black titanium with an 18k red gold bezel is 66,000 Swiss Francs. urwerk.com
Today we look at a Central-European store, situated in the Central-Eastern part of the old continent: Watch De Luxe, in the capitol of Hungary, Budapest. Even if you are not from this relatively small country – a population of less than 10 million – read on, as you may find out why this market could be an interesting option to purchase high-end timepieces.
It was apparently not until 1975 that Nathan George Horwitt and Movado settled what was apparently many years of negotiations and litigation. After all was said and done, Horwitt received a sum of just ,000 from Movado to settle the law suit and apparently allow Movado to continue producing Museum dial watches. This continued into the 1980s, but it wasn't until after Horwitt's death in 1990 that Movado really started to produce the Museum Dial watch in large numbers. One must wonder, based on this fact, if Movado intentionally waited for Horwitt to no longer be around before really ramping up efforts with the successful Museum Dial watch design.
When Rolex debuted the Rolex Sky-Dweller, it only came in gold - but in 18k yellow, rose (Everose), and white gold. For 2014, Rolex doubled the collection from three to six watches. There still aren't any new material options, but there are new dial styles (which are those models represented in this article), as well as new options for straps or bracelets. You'll notice that Rolex offers certain dial versions of the Rolex Sky-Dweller on a strap and other dial versions on matching 18k gold bracelets.
The dial is incredibly attractive too. With it’s black/grey/orange color scheme, plus the small seconds at 3 and the 45 minute totalizer at 9, you can see the homage to the older version. The chronograph hand stands out from the rest of the dial and allows for pretty accurate timing even at a glance. The lume on this is incredible as well, just look at it on those home-plate looking markers and on the hands: very cool.
Dominating the dial and the overall appearance of the timepiece, a re-imagining of Cronos, the God of time, sits dejected atop the hour dial. One hand grasps the scythe that will cut you down when the hourglass, on which his other hand rests, finally runs out; and behind this morbid scene, we can see that the end has come for daylight too. A night sky of expertly blued steel, studded with eleven diamond stars, provides a stunning contrast between the 18k rose gold and sterling silver relief of the dial.
Enamel dials are very beautiful, and the color lasts more-or-less forever. A close look at the white grand feu enamel dial of this watch yields extremely crisp hour numerals, text, and markers. Grand feu implies that after the enamel is applied, the entire dial is baked to make it permanent. If you want an enamel dial watch on the cheap merely to appreciate the technique, look for a vintage pocket watch with an enamel dial.
ABTW: You have your "first" grail - is there anything that you're on the search for now? If not, is there something you really hope walks through your door one day?
Orlando Watch Co: The local market has a passion for watches, and we’ve seen that mid-grade to super high-end are the most popular types of brands our customers are looking for. Our store is quite unique, as we carry independent unique brands and offer a large selection of high end pre-owned & vintage watches, like Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Breguet, etc. Because we have the in-house capability to restore & service the majority of watch brands, we are able to carry such a large selection of pre-owned, vintage, & complicated timepieces.
Like I said, on paper, the Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours watch sounds excellent - and, of course, the good news is that it delivers in reality. Someone looking for various features will have a lot to enjoy here. Listing off some of the features are: 42mm wide in precious metal, enamel dial, hand-engraved decoration, power reserve indicator, automatic self-winding movement, 12 days of power reserve, tourbillon, silicon balance spring, and available limited edition model. Sounds pretty good, if that is how you quantify what you look for in timepieces.
As an amateur triathlete, I have been using Garmin watches for the past 10 years now, and the latest model I had a chance to test is the Garmin Fenix 2. My addiction to the sport reached a new high last year, when I completed my first full Ironman, that's 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles cycling, followed by 26.2 miles running (a full marathon).
So, the first thing I do is check for magnetism. This is a really common problem, and it’s very simple to fix: we just stick it next to a demagnetizer and press a button, which neutralizes the charge. Now the hairspring is not being influenced by magnetism, we can get a true reading on the timing machine.
Much as anyone should, these pilots have selected Bremont purely for the quality of their timepieces and their obvious and authentic connection to aviation. Nick and Giles’ commitment to engineering the best timepieces they can is perhaps best illustrated by this point: Unlike other brands that would jump at the chance to market “militarized” versions of their timepieces to civilian consumers, Bremont does so discreetly and professionally. They aren’t in it for the fanfare, they are in it for their commitment to providing outstanding timepieces for serious military use.
That 'D' also shows up on the deployant clasp on the calfskin leather strap. Here is where we came to the one stumbling block I had with the watch. The clasp itself was a trickier one to get positively latched - you would get one side latched, and in the process of closing the other side, you would have the first side pop open. So, it took some finagling to get it to close properly. Thankfully, once latched, it stayed closed and did not accidentally open.
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Much like MB&F itself, the HM3 has many unique details to it that make people either love it or hate it – extreme feelings, fueled by the very same reasons. Nevertheless, the HM3 has admittedly been a massive success: altogether, the original HM3, the MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition, and the limited versions included, there have been around 400 HM3 calibers (and therefore, watches) made since its debut in 2008. With all case material options included, there are 19 different variations, and we have brought you hands-on coverage of most all of them over the years. Just in case you are in the mood for some nostalgia, see our review of the original here, as well as our hands-on with the Frog Zr, and the MoonMachine, created in collaboration with Stepan Sarpaneva.
To explain the reasoning behind that unusual name, we have to briefly discuss the interesting way Porsche Design used to operate. For the past four decades, the company had 15 to 20 year-long contracts with watch manufacturers – notably (after working for a few years with Orfina), with IWC between 1977 and 1997, and with Eterna between 1997 and 2012. When that collaboration with Eterna ended, Porsche Design decided to follow its own route and not go into another 15-20 year long licensing agreement with an external manufacturer.
The hour, minute, and sub-dial hands are nicely bevelled and rhodium plated, while the chrono-seconds hand is covered with matching blue lacquer. The sub-dial hands in particular are pleasantly substantial and their proportions marry well with those of the hour and minute hands. By using a transparent disc to carry many of the apparently "floating" dial elements, Hublot have created an optical illusion you might find in a classic mystery watch.