Hugh Taylor: End-shake?
One of the most interesting brands in the past two or so years is SevenFriday. Seeming to come out of nowhere, SevenFriday is now wildly popular and has established for itself a pretty large fan base. The reason for their success can be attributed to clever marketing and an interesting design. For the price range that it operates in, you would be hard pressed to find another watch that is as visually exciting and fresh as a SevenFriday. And between the M1-1 and M2-1 from their new M-Series, I prefer the latter for its contrasting colors.
Each version is limited to just 75 units and, given the use of a new movement, the prices have increased over the previous Linde Werdelin Spidolite titanium models. The new 2015 Linde Werdelin Spidolite Titanium will retail for a price of 15,000 CHF (14,850 USD), while the Linde Werdelin Spidolite Gold will list for a price of 27,000 CHF (26,750 USD). With such a limited run of each version these will no doubt be popular among Linde Werdelin fans and we'll be sure to have our cameras ready when we go hands-on next week in Basel. lindewerdelin.com
As we neared our dive site the waves grew larger and the current stronger. This was my second day of diving and the boat crew felt the conditions were too strong to moor on a wreck. Instead, we would be drift diving. The boat would attempt to hold a position up-current from a series of wrecks and, using the current for transport, we would try and visit as many sites possible before our air supplies forced our ascent.
With that, the manufacturing process of the tritium gas tubes ends, as what is left is the assembly of the watch itself. As mentioned above, MB-Microtec's own brand is called Traser. With prices ranging from a few hundred to a bit over ,000, the watches are available in the tactical, sport, and elegant collections. My favorite line is that of the "tactical" timepieces, the Traser Special Force 100 that you see above comes with a titanium case and bracelet along with a NATO and a rubber strap and is priced at 0.
Apple is a company with a lot of watch lovers. Apple designed the Apple Watch as a modern timepiece inspired by appreciation and affection for traditional watches. Apple's famous designer Sir Jony Ive is a major watch collector with a stable of very traditional mechanical watches; and at Apple and among colleagues, he isn't alone. Ive is also friends with Marc Newson - another watch lover and designer who Apple officially hired last year, even though Apple has explained they worked with Newson on the Apple Watch for a few years before the announcement. From my experience with Apple and spending some quality time with the Apple Watch, I feel that the company's new product is fundamentally misunderstood by many people both in and out of the tech industry.
Do you want an Oris Caliber 110 mechanical manually wound movement? What makes it different from all the other in-house made movements out there? Just by looking at the dial, you can tell that the movement indicates the time with a subsidiary seconds dial. It also has a power reserve indicator. Not just any power reserve indicator, but a "non-linear power reserve indicator." Sounds fancy, but what is it? Well, it isn't a good or bad thing, but just a slightly different flavor of power reserve indicator. What you have is a scale with an indicator hand that moves faster as it gets to being full. That means the space between one and two days of power reserve is more than the space between days two and three - and it just gets smaller from there. In a way, this is more accurately representative of how a mainspring winds down, because it has more torque when fully wound, as opposed to when being close to fully unwound.
Now when I think of what drives my watch-lust, it's the story behind the watch, quality of execution, the materials used, and the design choices made.
MB&F’s Legacy Machine series represents the company’s interpretation of classic watchmaking. And last year, MB&F introduced the “baby” of their Legacy Machine series, the LM101. The LM101, like all of MB&F’s other pieces, is instantly recognizable thanks to its unusual dial layout and bold design, and to update the model, MB&F has just released the new LM101 Frost. Why “Frost” you may ask, well that has to do with the special finish on the dial that these watches have. For a closer look at this special finish, hit the link below.
>Model: Terrascope Hokusai Ref. 60650-21M652-FK6A
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: Modern sport/dive watch guy looking for a good excuse to venture into JeanRichard territory.
>Best characteristic of watch: Hokusai "Great Wave" style dial is both clever and aesthetically successful. Overall, Aquascope watch design is attractive and very useful.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Even at the "reasonable" price of about ,000, this is still a lot to ask when weighing up the components and competition.
With an ETA-2893-2 automatic movement, the Sinn EZM 7 S has an independent 24-hour GMT hand, 21 jewels, and runs at 4Hz. There is a simple but easy-to-use 24-hour scale along the inner circumference of the dial and on whole the legibility of the Sinn EZM 7 S is fantastic.
As I have mentioned, I think watch exhibitions are a great way to get watch lovers and collectors excited, and also a great way to educate them about what the brand stands for and their heritage. The Heuer Globetrotter exhibition is a very interesting one, not only because of the watches that are on show but also because of its execution. To have it take place concurrently in 10 major cities around the world is a rather novel idea. That said, it is a pity that fans won’t be able to see all 400 of the watches that Heuer will be presenting as part of this epic exhibition - unless of course one decides to purchase air tickets and travel to all 10 cities in the span of the two or so weeks that this exhibition is taking place. If you happen to be in or near one of the cities that the Heuer Globetrotter exhibition is taking place in, go check it out. tagheuer.com
What about the future and upgrades? Will Horological Smartwatches be just another gadget you discard in a year? MMT is trying to avoid that with a few interesting ideas that have yet to be put into practice. In a basic sense, the on-board firmware will be automatically updated all the time. That is simple, and a given. What is more interesting is that brands like Frederique Constant and Alpina want to maintain long-term relationships with their customers and actually upgrade the hardware in the Horological Smartwatch products. Again, this has yet to be proven in the real world but does have potential and is an important part of the Swiss watch buying core experience - that is, to have something you feel as though you can either pass down to an heir or that will at least last you many years.