Not being business idiots and specializing in marketing. DDB did what they do best and took the job. Most people in the world who aren't watch lovers, don't really understand the watch industry. And that goes for DDB as well. With no offense intended, I find that the vast majority of PR and marketing firms don't know squat about watches, and just place them in the sale category as fashion and jewelry. For this reason, we are blessed with the ad copy dribble that stands for most watch industry marketing materials. When will they ever learn? I posit that there is no cure in sight.
The new line of Harwood watch are technically very nice. Other than being automatics, they have an interesting (though not exclusive) no crown system for adjusting the watch (which existed on several of the original watches). You use the bezel to make all necessary adjustments to the time. A window near the 6 o'clock position on the dial tells you whether the bezel is in safe mode, or adjustment mode. This is good to ensure that you don't accidentally make adjustments to the time. I also really like the 5 link metal bracelet that looks to be a nice high quality design. The leather and crocodile straps are pretty standard.
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Entry level is still not cheap for most people. Keep in mind that the retail price of the rose gold plated version is 50 plus, so a problem of this magnitude in a watch at this price is inexcusable. Honestly Hamilton, what went wrong here?
The watch industry, especially in the area of sales has been notorious for such contradictions. While admonishing the gray market publicly, sales channels seeking to unload inventory often feed watches straight to the gray market right after chastising them. It is all a game really to preserve a sales model that is frankly, pretty antiquated. That however, is another discussion altogether.Read more ›
Inside the watch you'll find a newer ETA Valjoux 7753 "Valgranes," which is basically a newer and larger Valjoux 7750. Functions provide the time, date, and 12 hour chronograph, which is well integrated here with a tri-compax subdial array. I do like how well the rear window has been placed to allow for view of the movement in its lightly decorated manner. The watch itself is 44mm wide without the crown; good size.
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It’s Monte-Carlo. The year is 1973. The atmosphere is electric, the scenery breathtaking and the people beautiful. All along the French Riviera expectant spectators, their breaths held in anticipation, crane their necks in the direction of the distant, glorious roar of innumerable high-powered vehicles thundering towards them at a tremendous pace. In front of their very eyes history is in the making.
The case is intentionally complex. Taking a round dial, four large mounting screws, and then a tonneau caseback with a display window. These shapes are typically not used together, but they are here, and it seems to work. In addition, gold is used on some models for a very appealing contrasting look. Then of course there is the dial itself, which is of course different given the model. A common element among all of the case is the use of well faceted components and hands which give the face a high quality, three dimensional look. Seiko is known for their use of innovative and functional hands. This watch is no different, and no matter how luxurious a watch is, they never want to sacrifice and legibility or usefulness. Note the curved ("katana") seconds hand. Remember that the seconds hand sweeps, and the graceful curvature of the purple colored hands add to smooth movement and a particular charm not found in most Seiko watches.
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I really liked the looks of the new Hamilton Below Zero watch series. I wrote about the three hand Below Zero model when it came out, and the Below Zero Chronograph. I realized that watch had potential based on the looks, but that is not all there is too it. A watch is meant to do something, not just simply look good. So living with the Hamilton Below Zero should mean that you can fully utilize its functions. At least that is what I thought.Read more ›
The price of this watch is about ,000 retail and is a good value considering all the high points. The watch is not perfect, as few watches are. Though allow me to clear a few things up. The watch is rated for 300m water resistance. Some might wonder why not deeper for the money. Well, unless you like seeing large number written on a watch, consider how often if ever your body is not only going to be diving that deep, and surviving. So 300m will satisfy just about anything you'll ever need. The watch is also heavy. To be rugged and reliable the Marinemaster is essentially a hunk of solid steel. It is over 200 grams and about 44mm in size. If you want to reduce the weight you can put on the included rubber strap that comes along with the metal bracelet. Further still, you can simply wear the watch for a few days until your weak wrist adapts. Seriously, that is all it takes to acclimate to a heavier watch.
Last summer I told you about the new watch from Temption called the Cameo. It is their first square cased watch, and certainly unique. As is the case with most new watch announcements, the Cameo was announced long before actual release. Well, Temption has just announced that the Cameo is finally available. Actually, the watches are being shipped, but many are sold out until the beginning of 2009. For a company that makes fewer than 1000 watches a year, the demand for the Cameo watches must be overwhelming. Still, I don't doubt that Mr. Ulbrich, President of Temption is ensuring that each watch comes out perfectly.Read more ›
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The Wild Sea goes with the red color trim approach. The hands looks like daggers tipped in blood. At least in my morbid sense of observation. For this reason I state that the watch "cuts through time," with hands like knives... The larger chronograph dials are effective, and I like how the standard seconds dial is made more diminutive. It is a functional, and designer approach to the somewhat generic look of the ETA Valjoux 7750 dial orientation, which of course is the movement inside the watch.
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Sure, the differences are a plenty, but they reflect the market purpose and demographics of each watch. Fortis, the larger of the two companies volume wise, is known for making aviation professional watches that need to be clear and easy to use and read. German Temption is more focused on thoughtfully designed Bauhaus styled watches that stress architected looks without sacrificing any utilitarian appeal. Looking at the Fortis, you'll notice the large mostly Arabic number markers and thick plain pointed hands. The ETA 2836 movement adds a day of the week indication complication next to the date. Further, the chapter ring around the round dial is tilted with number indexes to improved legibility when viewing the watch at an angle. On the other hand, the layout of the Temption is equally clear, but more minimalistic. While the ETA 2892 is a higher grade movement, it lacks a day of the week complication, and the date is placed at a symmetrical center position on the dial versus at the 3 o'clock position.
The specific gravity of 950 palladium is close to that of 14-karat white gold and nearly half the weight by volume of platinum. At the time of this writing, the daily market price of platinum was 2.00, gold was 0.00 while palladium was listed at 2.00 per ounce. The lightness of the 950 palladium alloys and pricing considerations, make them prime candidates for use in the creation of a broad spectrum of fashionably affordable as well as classically influenced jewelry designs."
Inside you have the same ETA 2892-2 movement with a Dubois-Dupraz chronograph module. Bell & Ross made good use of the black colored date disc, which looks infinitely more classy than a white disc would look in this application. While the dial is technically flat, efforts are made to add some three dimensional qualities. The chronograph dials are inset a tad, which the number indicators are applied with so much luminant, they actually visibly pop up from the dial. Two screws at the top and bottom of the dial are functionally unnecessary, but add a nice industrial feel alluding to a quality of "function first" that Bell & Ross is know for.
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None of this is necessarily a bad thing, and small watch makers are often proud of where they get their parts from. You see, only the largest of watch makers are able to be "vertically integrated." Meaning they make all (or most) of the parts that go into the watches themselves, plus assemble the watches. Even then, there are often highly specialized parts that are sourced. Behemoth watch maker Swatch still relies on certain outside companies to make watch parts from time to time. That, or they just buy the parts manufacturer and bring them into the family. Swatch is one of the only European watch makers that can be said to actually have an integrated manufacturing system. Large makers such as Citizen and Seiko in Japan likely make most of their parts, some of which are perhaps actually manufactured in China (though lets not stress that part of it). We know that American based Fossil relies heavily on China for parts, which makes sense given their less than world class wrist watch offerings.
The design of the dial allows for a perfect amount of legibility. The markers are raised a bit, and closely resemble the markers on a Rolex Submariner. The hands are large and lume covered for easy viewing. Also, notice the application of the slanted chapter ring with indicators on it as well. There is of course the traditional black rotating bezel that adds extra functionality and style that I appreciate. It is also nice that Seiko colored the date and day discs to match the dial of the watch (rather than leave them white). And all this is available for under 0, often close to 0 depending on where you get it. At prices like that you have no worries about subjecting these stylish and functional, fully mechanical watches to anything, and you can tell why I present this Seiko SNZF17K1 Submariner styled watch with my aBlogtoRead.com's Good Value Award. Note that you'll most likely need to get one of these watches online as US distribution is limited with this new 2009 watch model.