I have to applaud a new brand that releases relatively sober and legible timepieces. The Double Retrograde from the new Swiss watch brand Pierre DeRoche is an obvious "homage" to Gerald Genta, but well done nonetheless; making for a legible watch that strays from the norm.
Olga is a craftswoman dedicated to her art. Olga does not make watch or clock movements, and she never will. Watch making as a trade is rare and time consuming. Olga would prefer to work with the old in making the new. Instead of making new clocks and watches, Olga uses her clock art to make a statement about the whole concept of what a clock should be. Growing up, the biggest clock in our lives was probably in our school rooms. Children spend timeless hours trying to make it go faster. And as an adult, we cannot seem to impede the hands from making their course. Olga's clocks are not about time moving, they are about viewing the clock as an end in itself. This is a theme for Olga as most of her clocks are centered in the integrated frames she typically constructs.
The press materials make a big to do about the "historical achievement" in the combination of these complications all in one watch. That is nice, but honestly it does not get my gears turning. What excites me are the beautiful looks of this watch. What better way to stare at (probably over 0,000) than at such a timeless piece of art. It could be because of the "art watch" kick I am on lately, but more likely this is just a extremely well conceived watch. I'd only knock the fact that it is a manually wound watch, but that does give you the ability to really appreciate the movement through the back.
The H.R. Giger Take On Watches: He Loves Swatch Watches
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The H.R. Giger Take On Watches: He Loves Swatch Watches
Because watches these days tell you so much more than the time, you should probably focus on a watch with other features. The watches I will list each do more than just tell the time and date. Some of the most desirable functions are; a chronograph, temperature gauge, tide graph, equation of time, moon phase, GMT indicator, perpetual calendar, and a rotating bezel. Next, there is the distinction between an automatic and quartz movement. If the watch needs a battery, it is a bad option. Batteries run out, and then the watch is useless to you, unless the right type of batteries seem to wash shore often enough. The only type of quartz movements which are even feasible are those which are solar powered (such as the Citizen Eco-Drive, or certain Casio watches), or movement powered (Seiko Kinetic or Spring Drive). There are a few such quartz watches, but perhaps they cannot stand up to the powerful mechanical automatic watches. On the other hand, a completely digital watch has no moving parts. If the case is study enough, it can take almost any amount of beating. This is a plus compared to mechanical watches with delicate insides.
Complication wise you get the extremely innovative Spring Drive movement that contains a power reserve and GMT indicator. The Rolex does not have a power reserve. This is another example of a the sublte power of high-end Japanese watches. To most people, The Grand Seiko GMT is just another nice dive-looking watch. The owner will know the strength of the movement inside, the rarity of the watch, and the sophistication involved in producing it. Seiko actually spent over 20 years trying to make a movement like the Spring Drive and only recently succeeded.
The YES watches aren't as complex as their rich feature list would have you believe. The computer inside makes things simpler than you'd think, and the information displayed right on the face is what you need to know the most. For a full list of YES watch features, visit the YES Watch homepage here. What I will talk about are those features I find most interesting and useful. Although you can get buried in the functions, setting them is simple enough, and with a slight learning curve, you can easily figure out how to almost anything you'd like to with the yes watch easily.
The watch review and information alternatives online are sometimes better, sometimes worse. Further still, is the fact that the majority of watches cannot be evaluated by going to a retail store. Most desirable or limited production watches have an extremely limited retail presence. If you are lucky enough to be in a city with a retail distributor of a watch that you'd like to learn more about, you are among the few. This is not helped by the fact that many people still consider watches to be nothing more than jewelry that tells time. This is incorrect on many levels, and watches require more that just a cursory inspection before the decision to purchase is made.
Paul Picot uses high grade ETA automatic movements. Inside here is likely to be an ETA 2894, and a tri-compax Valjoux 7750 lies within the chronograph model of this watch. To Paul Picot's benefit, the C-Type came in a variety of colors and trim levels. You can see yellow elements in this watch, but there are also black, blue, red, and while models which each have a nice character.
Lastly, you need to understand that watch manufacturers usually don't make their own parts, or all their own parts. Parts are often outsourced to different companies or countries. While this is often not an indication of quality, it is worth asking. The label "Swiss Made," does not necessarily mean that a watch is put together in Switzerland or that all the components are made there. This however, is an entirely different conversation.
The Sinn 203 Arktis was designed as an extreme conditions chronograph. Meaning it retains accuracy well below freezing, and almost at boiling temperatures. The metal used resists corrosions, and of course you can dive to 300 meters with it. The case is filled with Argon gas for deep watch pressure sustainability, and the modified ETA Valjoux 7750 movement uses a special lubricant that will not freeze. All these features, plus more are designed for the planetary extremes, and yet most Sinn Arktis wearers will never experience most of what this watch can sustain.
Eterna Kontiki OEM Black Rubber 22mm Watch Strap New Unworn
Time Remaining: 6h 46m
See Seiko Prospex, Marinemaster, and Kinetic Direct Drive watches on eBay here.
Which bring me to the next point. Use feedback as a sword along with a shield. If you are the buyer, never leave feedback until after you have received and evaluated your item. If there is any problem, work it out with the seller until you are satisfied. Don't leave negative feedback until you have exhausted all other options. Any seller knows the value of good feedback, and will often do a lot to make you happy if there is a problem. Tell them what you want to make your happy. Be it an item return, or some other remedy. Never emotionally leave negative feedback in a heat of passion.
Last for now is the Azimuth Mecha Chrono Gauge BMF Ghost Special Edition (or some combination of those words). This watch glows bright green in the dark, a true homage to the concept of the "ghost in the machine." Perhaps a metaphor for the Sith Lord? Perhaps just a cool mechanical watch with an unorthodox chronograph and way of telling the time. Inside is a modified Valjoux 7750 to incorporate the gauge look. The watch case is in PVD coated steel for the black look. The slightly 70's futuro appearance works well with Vader's faux leather pants.
Like most German things, this limited edition (only 150 pieces) Sinn watch has a complicated and confused name, but that has no effect on it being a very cool watch. Sinn took an 856 UTC watch with PVD coated Tegimented steel (specially made steel that is extremely hard and scratch resistant), and made a couple of special modifications. It would first be good to know that Sinn watches are the preferred timepiece for most of Germany's hardcore police enforcement, military, and other "hardcore" agencies. This version is made in honor of the German Bundeskriminalamt - Sicherungsgruppe (SG), which is the Security Group of the German Federal Bureau of Investigation, also called BKA). While not an exact analog, this of this watch as being made for the German FBI, which is called the BKA.
As predicted previously during my discussion of the Seiko Coutura watch commercial, it was predicted that more watch commercials would appear in this new wave of watch advertising. There is nothing inherently interesting about a product being advertised on television, but in the case of watches, it is a form of advertising rare of unheard of in the United States. It is a sign that watches are becoming marketed more, meaning higher availability, and more selection for watch lovers.
A MANS VINTAGE AUTOMATIC SELLITA WATCH
Time Remaining: 15h 12m
I recall when I first purchased the watch, I allowed my friend to wear it. In fact, I asked him to. He is not much of a watch fan, but he humored me by wearing it. When he did, I was impressed at how nicely the watch looks on a wrist. You really cannot tell by wearing it yourself, or seeing the watch alone. You see, truly great watch design is very difficult, and almost never apparent or obvious. The best watch designs are highly contemplated and refined, and never apparent. You have to live with it for a while to really understand how nice, a well styled watch is. The reason, is that most of them are so bland looking at first you do not realize how long it took to design them in a way such that they will look good with everything. A very difficult and skilled endeavor.
In terms of style, the Ocean7 watches have an ongoing theme. Specifically identified in the hands. The hour hand is a bit dwarfed, while the minute hand is oversized. For some people this might appear strange, but the purpose of this design comes out underwater when the minute hand is more important than the hour hand. Not going to be underwater anytime soon? The watches still make a bold sporty impression, and you will appreciate the discrepancy in size as it makes reading the time easier. Another notable characteristic of the watches in their attention to angularity and symmetry. The only real curves you are going to see are circles, and the rest are pleasing cornered edges. This gives the watches a pleasing if not lasting impression of utility and purpose.
Being an "entry level" nice watch from the Swatch Group, Hamilton has the budget to experiment a great deal with designs. The Hamilton logo itself is art deco in tone, and many vintage Hamilton watches exuded art deco design while the brand was still American owned. With the Below Zero Diver watch, I can see a direction that Hamilton may be going in.
Common to many of the Campanola watches, this minute repeater also offers a full perpetual calendar and two alarm functions along with its minute repeater function. A minute repeater is watch with a chiming complication. Meaning that at various time intervals, the watch will chime. The Citizen Campanolas are quite adept at this, and use the chiming function for a variety of purposes. These include, telling the time without looking at the watch or indicating specific times of the day or hour. The chiming sound is really a pleasure to hear, and is worlds beyond the beeps you might be used to hearing coming from a watch. I recall the smile which appear on my face the first time I heard my Citizen Campanola sound its little bells.
Hours, minutes, small seconds, instant perpetual calendar in windows (day, date, month, leap-year, day/night indicator) and moon phases