The "SoBe" part of the watch name stands for South Beach (in Miami). Glam Rock's designer Enrico Margaritelli lives there and you can see how these timepieces fit into the general mood and aesthetic of the area. Margaritelli is one of the most prolific watch designer's I have ever met. The most important part of his career was working at Fossil heading design. There he learned about the mass watch industry and the idea of making more accessible products sort of stuck in. What I like about him is that he truly understands the retail side of the watch industry much more than the vast majority of designers. He is also the designer (and owner) of the CT Scuderia brand that I reviewed here.
Reduced torque is something that can make a watch run slow, and thus affect accuracy. Having a system to ensure that a watch regulation system is "on time" is what Arnold & Son tried to do. It does this by having the right barrel use a system that waits for the power to decrease by a certain amount in the left barrel. When the mainspring torque reaches a certain point, the second mainspring barrel kicks in to offer additional power to increase torque.
The first thing we noticed about the watch is the major branding change in the name. The Ceramic XV was a sort of a fancy looking climber's watch, and now Ball has recast the concept to being something in the Airborne collection designed for paratroopers. So it went from a climbing watch to a falling watch... Of course the relief art on the case back represents this fact with the logo of the USAF Pararescue team. Another unique thing that I am noticing for the first time is the name of MB-Microtec H3, that produces the world's tritium gas tubes. For whatever reason they now have some branding on the watch.Read more ›
Black watches are a mysteriously popular type of timepiece. Why they look so cool much of the time is something to perhaps ponder on another time (see Exploring the science behind black watches in our bi-weekly round-up). Nevertheless, black is both sporty and masculine in a rebellious way that no naked steel or titanium watch can seem to match. Ceramic has the added bragging point of being near impossible to scratch or tarnish. Sure a hefty blow might crack the case, but such a blow would probably damage the movement of watches with metal cases anyway. It is just a stunning execution for the typically conservative family of Speedmaster watches.
It seemed quite clear that the direction he was going in was geared towards creating art pieces and nothing more. With a firm background in the aesthetics of his work, it took a certain event to push Miki into envisioning his pieces as both works of art, and of horological significance.
- Mechanical automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 756, crafted, assembled and decorated by
- 28,800 vibrations per hour
- 65-hour power reserve
- 335 parts
- 39 jewels
- 7.39 mm thick
- hours, minutes
- vertically-triggered chronograph: hour and minute counters, central seconds
- radial power reserve
- movement operating indicator at 6 o’clock
- black openworked
- applied numerals with white/blue SLN
- anthracite grey chronograph counters
- grille: representing the radiator grilles of Aston Martin Vanquish cars
- Aston Martin logo on the inner bezel ring
- Date at 6 o’clock
- Power-reserve indication on the inner bezel ring
- H/M : rhodiumed, and enhanced with white superluminova, lengthwise brushed
- Operating indicator at 6 o’clock
- 2 red lacquered hour and minute counter markers
- Red lacquered chronograph seconds hand
- ø 44 mm, grade 5 titanium
- thickness 15.64mm
- Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin logos engraved on the case-back
- convex sapphire crystal
- water-resistant to 50 metres
Wristband and buckle:
- interchangeable wristband
- black calfskin
- 20 mm folding clasp
Reference: 194 T4 70 (194T470) aka ref. Q194T470
A final thank you to Mr. Carlos Carvalho, the head guy at Prometheus Watches and Mr. Ariel Adams, who has the excellent watch site aBlogtoWatch.
The same thing is happening with the computer. Many people today are using stationary computers much less and relying more on portable computing devices such as their phone. This applies to the majority of people who don't strictly need grounded computers for work or hobbies. It is then logical that the phone will turn into an even more convenient wearable device. Google is also convinced of this, which is why they started the Google Glass project - putting a computer into glasses.
All of this is driven by an Eco-Drive movement, which charges up simply by being exposed to the sun. While I've not experienced this flavor of solar charging, I have it on another watch, and it is a nice feature to have on a quartz-driven model. Basically, until that cell gets worn out, you don't need to worry about changing batteries for a good long time.
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Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode Technical details
Reference 311.CI.1170.VR.DPM13 - Limited series of just 250 numbered watches
Case “Big Bang” - Diameter 44 mm, made from micro-blasted black ceramic
Bezel "Clous Pyramide" decoration, made from black ceramic
6 black PVD titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lug Black composite resin
Lateral inserts Black composite resin
Case-back Open, sapphire crystal and black ceramic "Depeche Mode" and "Charity: Water" logo transfers
Crown Black PVD steel with black rubber insert
Water resistance 10 ATM, or approximately 100 metres
Dial Openworked, micro-blasted black skeleton
Applique indexes in the form of Clous Pyramide decoration, micro-blasted ruthenium
Hands Faceted and polished with black nickel coating, plus black SuperLuminova™
Movement HUB4214 Automatic mechanical Aerobang chronograph
Components 257 (Jewels: 27, Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour)
Date Rectangular window at 4.30
Power reserve Approx. 42 hours
Bracelet Heat moulded calfskin strap with Clous Pyramide shaped polymer resin injection
Sewn onto black rubber with black stitching
Clasp Microblasted black PVD steel deployant buckle
ABTW: Was there ever a time in your life when you could afford it?
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*The Weather Frogs are members of a society of weather forecasters who predict the weather each year using a secret method.
^An Unspunnen stone is a stone weighing 80 kg, used in the stone-throwing contest at the Unspunnen festival.
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The Karl Chain collection has a design that has the case look as though a chain is going around it. Some of the Karl Chain watches even come on a chain. Wear that around your high-collared neck. Inside the watches are all Japanese quartz movements, with the collection ranging from three-hands, three-hand with subsidiary seconds dial, two hand, and chronograph models.
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The term "mystery" (whether in English or French) as applied to a clock or watch means that some part of its mechanism or operation is hidden from the user. In this case it means that you can't immediately see how the hands are attached. Two watches in 2013 battle it out for your less than mystery dollars.
This Timewalker ChronoVoyager UTC is placed in the upper price point of Timewalker watches that do not contain in-house made Montblanc movements. The last Montblanc Timewalker piece I reviewed was the Timewalker TwinFly Chronograph. That piece did contain an in-house made Montblanc movement and actually has the same features that you'll find in this watch. The Timewalker TwinFly Chronograph will cost over ,000 more than the ChronoVoyager UTC - so if you are interested in a chronograph watch that also contains a GMT in the Timewalker collection, you can read on to see which is right for you.
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The MP-05 LaFerrari watch will come in a matte black case done in titanium with a rubber strap. The design is progressively entertaining with its unabashed expensiveness and focus on bragging-right spec specs. In fact, with a slightly similar design and look, the Hublot MP-05 is a Rebellion T-1000 killer. Rebellion's watch also tells time on barrel drums like T-1000, and also has a similar long power reserve. Rebellion was known for breaking a few records with the 40 day power reserve in the T-1000 collection. Nevertheless Hublot sweeps in to create a watch with an even longer power reserve, and then just throws in that tourbillon. So in some ways the MP-05 watch is simply a removal of Rebellion's main item of pride and offering those bragging rights to Hublot.
The limited edition watch's back plate is engraved with the 30th Anniversary logo designed by Brooklyn based graphic artist Eric Haze. The commemorative spirit is further enforced by the words "Since 1983" emblazoned on the strap keeper, an aluminum medallion and the custom packaging which features the same color scheme of the watch itself.
Any watch brand these days who makes a watch with a car maker has an immediate hill to climb. The assumption is that any relationship will fail - because so many have in the past. Ferrari for instance doesn't have the greatest track record of holding on to partners. Having said that, there are some enduring love affairs when it comes to watch/car duos. Breitling and Bentley come to mind, as well as Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin (though the AMVOX series has been a niche piece at best for JLC). Maybe Ball and BMW have a good shot? It really all depends on the product.Read more ›