The watch case is 44mm wide, housing an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, with a sapphire crystal on the dial. The watch also comes in a beautiful handmade wooden box that really sweetens the deal. All in all I think this watch is a great value, and I highly recommend checking out New Zealand's own, Magrette watches.
I was flattered by this article on DeepGlamour.net. The article mentioned me a few times and included a few quotes. Randall at DeepGlamour.net had an idea to comment on the effect that watches have on people and their image aside from style. I chose this image of Alexander the Great to sum up his sentiments on what certain watches are all about. The theme was discussing the concepts of "Status, Power, and Conquest" in relation to watches. You can read the article here, and I think you'll appreciate the gist of what he has to say. I feel honored that people either read my articles and get inspired or get inspired and stumble upon my articles. Although not the same era, here is a Roman inspired watch by Italian watch maker Zannetti watches. This model is called the Gladiatore Imperio. A cool looking Roman style decorate watch with the term "Vedi Vidi Vici" etched inside of the bezel. See the article at DeepGlamour.net here.
To really reward your dad this year, a Patek Philippe is most assuredly the way to go. What father, or any man for that matter, has seen the Patek Philippe "You never actually own a Patek Philippe - You merely look after it for the next generation" and not become emotional. Not even one little tear? Doubtful. Patek Philippe knows its market, and knows that a watch, whether new or handed-down, encapsulates all emotions and well-wishes better than anything else on the planet. So why not reward your dad or grad with a Patek Philippe Calatrava, whether in white or rose gold. This is a throw-back design, reminiscent of simpler times. This design will remain relevant and inspiring, no matter which generation holds it at the moment.
And just like women today, Hello Kitty is very versatile. Take this sporty white Hello Kitty Model above.
Aligning product designs with spokespeople, and accurately representing their personalities and professions, is not often achieved when celebs and athletes ink deals with fashion, jewelry, or watches. It's too often superficial and impersonal.
You can't take life too seriously - and lucky for us now - Kimora Lee Simmons and Hello Kitty have delivered us an easy watch option. Because we all need options.
Inside the watch is Omega's automatic Co-Axial escapement caliber 3603 movement with a column wheel chronograph, and of course the GMT complication. Good thing there is a date in there as well, and I like that Omega placed the date on a black colored disc under a tapered window. The movement is also a COSC certified chronometer. Overall, these movements are typically help in high regard. Going back to the dial, it should be obvious that the markers and hands are covered in SuperLumiNova as luminant. I am not sure that I am sold on the "Teak Concept" dial pattern with the vertical lines. I'd have to sit and stare at the watch for a long time to decide how I felt about it. I am always a fan of dial texturing, but it needs to be done right. If you can't tell the dial is gray colored. Another trendy gray watch! Again, I really do like the chronograph subdials though - these are done quite well. The crown is large and the rectangular chronograph pushers look comfortable to use. The watch is robust, but not true diver. Good enough for underwater duty though with 150 meters of water resistance. The sapphire crystal is also double AR coated - while the rear of the watch has another sapphire crystal as a caseback exhibition window.
"Everything must go! Deals! Deals! Deals! Robert Lighton has be committed due to criminally insane deep discounting! For legal reasons we can't stop the sale so take advantage of it right now for the accountants burn down the store for the insurance money! [readers, please take all that in jest as it was intended] Yes, I can hear it now... the silly commercials, and marketing copy that gets you excited about the sales, and all the rest of the hoopla. That applies to most sales, but sometimes you get something really good. This is one of those times.
Next you'll see whimsical model of the Jellyfish, the Camouflage model. It is a fun timepiece with a cool sort of marine camo look. It hide a complex secret though. The camo rubber strap is very hard to make. Most camo straps are painted, not this one. A technician at the factory must hand apply globs of rubber to make the patterns for each strap as opposed to using the basic injections molds. There just might be the most luxurious camouflage rubber straps out there. I am going to leave it to Nubeo to tell you each detail about the watch. I think the images speak for themselves to a large degree.
Aside from the extreme case, the CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet Diver is a pretty solid all-around watch. Inside, is a specially shock protected automatic Valjoux 7750 movement that has been certified as a Chronometer (COSC award watch). The case is of course highly anti-magnetic, and the dial is clear with hands that offer a very generous amount of SuperLuminova. The case features the necessary for diving rotating bezel — that is well designed to fit over the very thick sapphire crystal. The case also has a helium escape valve.
The watches feature two "firsts." Most obvious, is the unique chronograph pusher system that uses fold out levers to operate the chronograph. This helps prevent starting and stopping it accidentally. Second is the use of the Moon rock - in the way that it is used. Though I will add more images as I get them, you can't quite the see moon rock in these pictures. Notice the protruding section near 9 o'clock on the watch? The Moon rock is visible through the side of the watch there. Don't worry, the lunar rock is authenticated - and is of the rarest types of extraterrestrial materials found on Earth (much rarer than meteorites, and something that fell onto the Earth from the moon over 2000 years ago).
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With a textured dial, more aggressive looks, and arguably similar avant grade nature, it takes the look a bit upmarket and make it relevant again. I think that other more interesting watches in the recent years have overshadowed potential interest in the classic Ventura watch. I think it was a good idea for Hamilton to focus on its heritage line. Inside the watch will again be an automatic ETA 2824-2 movement like the 50th Anniversary Ventura model. I expect prices to be between 00 - 00.
The Hour Lounge is a serious enthusiast oriented forum dedicated almost wholly to Vacheron Constantin watches. If you ever have a questions about Vacheron Constantin watches, The Hour Lounge is the place to go. I've enjoying talking with their members on occasion who I can easily say know far more about Vacheron Constantin watches that I do. The forum moderator Alex Ghotbi, has recently posted an extensive photo essay on the history of the Vacheron Constantin sport watch - basically the Overseas. What is now the range of Overseas watch models started as a unique angular cased watch in the 1930s. You'll noticed the finely milled case looks incredibly modern, and you'll understand where the Overseas watch got its iconic looks. Over the 20th century the look of Vacheron Constantin watches slowly evolved, but retained mostly the same character.
Alex dispels the myth that the famous ref. 222 Overseas model from the 1970s was designed by Gerald Genta. It was actually created by Jorg Hysek. The classic works of both talented watch designers is often confused. Note the interesting placement of the Vacheron Constantin logo. This 222 model looked particularly good as the two-tone model. Modern Overseas models have always provided a healthy sober sports watch alternative to some of the less classic but characterful luxury sport watches available. You can see that this is the case with today's available models. Anyway, there is no need to reiterate what you can read and view on The Hour Lounge. Do check it out in the link below.
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Using what can only be described as perceptive analysis, the always thoughtful Angular Momentum has incorporated Il Moretto into their newest timepiece. The case itself is about 40mm wide with in 18k gold and pave set — which means the diamonds are placed on the bezel, while the dial is black enamel. Il Moretto himself is highly decorated as is the tradition. In addition to being in gold with enamel, gilding includes diamonds, sapphires, pearls, and gold leaf. The attached alligator strap completes the watch for a nice display. Moretti watches are not for everyone of course, but for those who enjoy the history and concept of Il Moretto will be taken but the totally unique timepiece offering. From a practical standpoint, you can still enjoy a view of the time from the hour and minute disc window — that is powered by an automatic mechanical movement. Further, the figurine on the watch face should not be so high as to make the watch difficult to wear. Another very interesting piece from Swiss Angular Momentum.
Danica, the athlete, and Danica, the woman, are reflected in this watch. Not only with the blue accents, inspired by her racing teams' colors, but with the sexy Mother Of Pearl Dial. It's not exactly conventional, but I love when watch makers incorporate Mother of Pearl into sports watches. Strong lines of the case, with the sensuous pearl dial... Always works for me.