A couple of weekends ago, I had the privilege of attending the 2012 French Open (aka Roland Garros) in Paris, France. The French Open is arguably one of the top two or three professional tennis tournaments in the world (behind Wimbledon and alongside the US Open) and brings the game's top players to the heart of Paris for a yearly event which dates as far back as 1891. Compagnie des Montres Longines Francillon SA, better and more simply known as Longines Watches, have been the official timekeeper and partner of the French Open since 2007, and claims to have found a strong synergy between their brand and the world of tennis. When you consider Longines' products, their ambassadors, and their partnerships, it becomes very clear as to why the French Open is an ideal venue for what is the largest yearly event in Longines' social calendar as they dedicate a lot of their resources to embracing the sport of tennis.Read more ›
Bell & Ross will produce 50 pieces of the 18 pink gold WW1 Heure Sautante (,000), and 25 pieces of the platinum model (,000).
There is one more important detail - not about the watch, but about the brand. Fabien Cacheux is a designer and apparently never thought he would ever actually be making watches. Back in 2010 he released images of a concept watch called the Cacheux Elephant. He reports that thanks to coverage on sites like aBlogtoRead.com, interested retailers and customers pressured him and gave him the inspiration to start the Cacheux brand. That was a nice bit of info for me to learn.
New analog-digital watches are few and far between, so when we heard that Ocean7 had one we contacted them for a review. It's called the LM2-AD and I think you're going to like it. Well, some will - analog-digital is definitely not to everyone's taste.
One of the most interesting watch fairs in the world is the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair (put on by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council). Celebrating its 31st year, the 2012 fair will run from September 5 - 9 at the Hong Kong Convention Centre. This year aBlogtoRead.com will be there, checking out the "world's biggest timepiece event." Is it bigger than BaselWorld? I will let you know. BaselWorld is rather massive and I've never actually been able to see it all. I am calling for recruits to help me divvy up next year's event. Serious horological explorers can contact me.Read more ›
Crowns : 1 crown at 3 O’Clock to wind up the musical movement and 1 crown at 9 O’Clock to set the timeRead more ›
It was back in about 2008 that de GRISOGONO unveiled a watch that would really change the game for the modern, ultra-high-end exotic timepiece. The Meccanico dG was not the first timepiece of its type, but it did something a bit special. It visually offered a message to the mainstream public of what watch lovers were so fanatical about. A futuristic case with a dial that had a traditional analog face along with a digital display. Under all that was pure mechanics. The concept really seamlessly integrated mechanics with the digital age in a way that anyone could appreciate. This is in contrast to dials and designs that require years of watch appreciation to even understand (think most Harry Winston Opus models). Suddenly, many more people learned that a watch could cost several hundred thousand dollars.
The Meccanico dG was not ready for prime-time in 2008 as I understand it. The complex movement that integrated over 650 parts needed a bit longer to get right. I don't know if de GRISOGONO got it right, but now over four years later, the model still feels fresh and fun - having been offered in various styles over the years since its debut. de GRISOGONO has a bit of a history offering technically ambitious watches that require a bit more time to tinker out the quirks. Though, you have to love their ambition when it comes to these things.
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Britain AUTOMATIC Ref: BBY1201
Design: Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Movement: ETA 2824. Swiss Made self-winding mechanical three-hand movement. Three-hand movement with date function. 28,800 vph. 25 jewels. Incabloc shock protection system
Case: Distinct rounded octagonal case. Stainless steel finished with fine vertical brushing and polished beveled edge. Distinct bolts in brushed stainless steel and polished beveled edge fasten bezel to the lugs. 32 components. Water resistant up to 5 ATM (165 feet/50 metres)
Case back: Rounded octagonal case back screwed down by hand. Three-piece construction. Sculpted curved case back, inspired by antique British pocket watches. Stainless steel finished with fine vertical brushing,. Transparent case back with double curved sapphire crystal for insight into the movement. Custom rotor with circular Geneva Stripes finishing, featuring engraved. Burberry logo in black
Dial: Dial in iconic trench colour. Date at 3 o’clock. Dial features applied Burberry logo and Automatic signature. Hour and minute indicators in fine-brushed, faceted silver stainless steel. Super luminova in off-white. Hands in fine brushed stainless steel with Super Luminova in off-white. Anti-reflective, scratch and shock-resistant sapphire crystal protects dial from the. elements
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap in dark brown with soft domed padding. Tonal hand stitching in dark brown. 20-18 mm width. Ardillon buckle with combination of brushed and polished surfaces
Dimensions: 43 mm case
35 Union Square West
New York, NY 10003
About a year late out of the bag, the Otturatore's principle function needed longer to perfect. The idea of the watch is to give the wearer the ability to change the look of the dial by cycling through four possible complications in addition to the time. Could de Grisogono just have displayed all of the functions on the dial at once? Of course, but that just isn't the point. The idea was to get you to engage with the watch and "ask" it to show you what you want to see. It isn't supposed to be practical, and is excess engineering at its finest.Read more ›
While the case is just 40mm wide, the piece does sit a bit larger on the wrist due to the larger lugs and the prominent crown and pushers. The split second pusher is located in the crown itself for a cleaner look. As I state in the video, what I love about this watch are the retro looks and use of dauphine hands on a sports watch. You rarely see that and I think the dial is able to pull it off rather well. You also have applied hour markers and a very legible face. All it is missing is lume.
Personally assembled, tested and finished by Niclaus Spinner himself, in a limited edition of 200. How awesome is that?Read more ›
The dial shows the current depth using two precise hands, the maximum depth, and a retrograde 5 minute counter for timing decompression times. That hand can be reset at any time. Yeah, it has the time as well. All thanks to an in-house made automatic Blancpain mechanical movement. The depth gauge is also mechanical and uses pressure membranes on the case that are covered up with little pieces of hexagon grating - which look pretty cool actually.
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Up for grabs is the Air Force One Tritium watch. The lightweight tactical watch is in polycarbonate and is 47.5mm wide. It contains tritium gas tubes for dial illumination. Not just any gas tubes, but the high-powered T100 tubes. Inside the watch is a Swiss Ronda quartz movement, and the watch it attached to a black silicone strap. Water resistant to 200 meters, this piece retails for 9.
To be fair, this white and red version looks a lot better to me than the black and green iteration. It may have to do with the immense amounts of dust I saw on every picture of the black version, or it may simply be that it looks less 'plastic.' Whatever the reason, I found myself liking this piece more than I thought I would. It is of course hefty and sits high on the wrist, though we'd do well to remember that neither of these are formal dress watches despite the spec list of features (tourbillons, minute repeaters and so on). Don't try and tuck these watches under your shirt cuff, it's just not gonna happen! They are made to be worn in full view of everyone within a mile and a half radius, and being honest, who wouldn't want to show off the fact that they are wearing the cost equivalent of a moderately stocked super car garage on their wrist?! The pair of these watches will run you in the ballpark of £750,000 (though they are sold separately).
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Ceramics are essentially inorganic solids (organic ones are polymers) that are also not metals. So in addition to what is usually thought as “ceramics”, glass, diamond and graphite are classified as ceramics. The sapphire used as watch crystals is also a ceramic. Engineering wise, ceramics are divided into four sections. Among these “engineering ceramics” are what we will cover today. The rest of the three sections are what we know as ceramics in daily life i.e. tableware, bricks, tiles, etc. Engineering ceramics themselves have many classes and it is not possible for us to cover them all in such an article. Thus we will talk about their general properties and advantages. Unlike earthenware (which is comparatively brittle), engineering ceramics are made of very pure materials. These pure ingredients ensure the needed properties can be produced consistently. Usually the ingredients are oxides, carbides, nitrides etc. Most of which are compounds of metals with oxygen, nitrogen, carbon or others. For instance, Rado states that (http://www.rado.com/files/BXMediaPlusDocument9376file.pdf) they are using zirconium-oxide or titanium carbide for some of their watches. Which are both excellent ceramics.
Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 115 here.
Simply called the UTS 4,000M, there are two versions, a GMT with the ETA 2893 and a 3-hander with the ETA 2824.Read more ›