Simply Named Eterna KonTiki Diver Is Amazing And Heralds Eterna’s Return To The USA
The two Citizen Campanola watches offered here differ from the main Campanola line in several key ways. First, these watches contain Citizen's famous Eco-Drive battery charging system with a charge indicator. This relieves the watch owner of ever replacing the battery as it is charged via light coming in through the watch face. Any light from either the sun or a desk lamp will do. The photo-receptive cells are located beneath the face of the watch that is permeable by light, even though it is not translucent at all. To the naked eye, the face appears lavishly decorated, but is still able to be penetrated by light to charge the battery. Akin to the power reserve on a mechanical watch, the Citizen Campanola Eco-Drive features a "charge indicator" gauge which tells you how much energy is left in the battery. This is a useful feature for knowing when to wear the watch outside or take it out of its case.
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The steel used all over the Tag Heuer Link including the bracelet is an asset to the watch. Over a year of ownership has resulted in no perceptible scratches or marks. Not all steel is created equally. I wrote about watch metals here, which should give some idea of the differences and considerations that go into choosing the right watch metal. Tag Heuer choose an excellent grade of steel for the Link series. One of the little details that is hard to view when purchasing a watch, but pays off after the owner realizes how nice it is that your watch is not showing its age.
It is important to state that for the most part, I really like Vacheron Constantin as a brand. They have been around a long time in one form or another, and release some really attractive watches for the high-market watch consumer world. I don't know what inspired them to create the Quai de l'Ile collection, but I hope it is damned to eternity.
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Let's start with the specifications on this beast of a diver:
The case back is screwed down, though this is not a divers watch. Regardless, owners should not fear washing their hands with the watch or any such light water activities. I've not worn too many other watches that seem to fit so well yet comfortably on my wrist. Some people might say this about Swatch watches, but the broad, flatter shape of the LIP Mach 2000 Chronograph stays on top of the wrist much better. When it comes down to it, the LIP is an avant garde watch that you can easily live with everyday. Novelty aside, it is a comfortable time telling watch. The squared white hands of the watch are well suited for high legibility as they contract against the black color of the face. LIP decided not to use any luminant on the hands or face. This might have caused the color scheme to skew a bit, as luminant tends to add a yellowish hue. Regardless, legibility is still good in low-light conditions.
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Finding these watches is rare, as is the case with many "interesting" watches. Luckily for me if I ever am lucky enough to have the the means to purchase one, the watches exclusive dealer is located about 35 minutes from me in Redwood City, CA. I had a chance to meet some of the sales people at Jackson Square Fine Jewels who were very nice and just as watch dedicated as myself. I recommend visiting them if you are in the area ever.
As a watch lover you probably spend more time looking at watches rather than actually buying them. If we bought every watch we liked, assuming the outrageous possibility that we could afford it, we would not have any room in our homes for much else. Thus, we peruse available watches online, in stores, and in magazines. Not to mention what we see on the wrists of others.
The Franck Muller Group -owned Backes and Strauss watch division has a mission that seems pretty simple. In my own words; make really nice, well designed watches, that are prohibitively expensive, with lots of diamonds. Despite this lofty ambition and young nature as a watch maker, they are succeeding. My favorite among their growing line, is the Men's Berkeley watch. And what a watch it is. The colors and materials differ, as well as the surface area covered in diamonds.
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Portero has a blog as well. Well it is a marketing blog, written by a marketing person. It is not particularly interesting, nor particularly worthwhile. You'll read Skymall-esque quality articles which encounter such intellectual dilemmas such as what types of extravagant watches to buy your father for father's day, if your father was one of the pictured celebrities and fell into a couple of shallow categories. Not very creative, very obviously sales orientated, and certainly not written by watch lovers. Technically speaking, the blog is just a free Blogspot blog, so Portero obviously isn't sure what to make of it, or what resources to put into it. Right now its not very useful in my opinion.
There was an extensive article in an issue of WatchTime a few months ago about the construction and people who go into making Citizen Campanolas. I was impressed with WatchTime taking the time to discuss these watches, but it indicated to me that there is a growing appreciation of the Citizen Campanola series. The article mentioned how many hours are taken in to simply polishing the watch cases. The one artisan who polishes all the Japanese Rose Wood dials has been practicing this technique for so long, that he longer has noticeable finger prints because his hand polishing over the years wore them permanently off his hands. Further, the steel cases are polished to an excellent high gloss, which also includes the parts on the band clasp, and curved pieces under the watch that make the watch sit more comfortably on the wrist.
The star of the CTS57-0701 is the movement that is the super accurate quartz caliber A660H. This movement is taken from the Citizen Chronomaster (not sold in the US). One feature the movement has is a perpetual calendar with an individual date setting button. You can't see the buttons as it is recessed into the case, but it is in the 1 o'clock position and is used to adjust the date without messing with the time (as this movement also has a hack seconds function that stops the seconds when pulling out the crown for precise setting).
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See Marcello C watches on eBay.
The images are just a few examples of their work, and lots more can be found on their website. Prices really vary with what you need to get done, but the profit margins aren't too high. This is craftsman level work from skilled workers in a boutique industry. Let IWW know if you have any questions, I am sure they will be happy to work with you.
So the next time you are hesitant about buying a watch online, worry less. The system has been polished with the discriminating watch lover in mind. Most stores you buy from will be safe and allow for easy returns if you don't like the watch. At this point I should name the slight exception to this crowd which is eBay. Now, first let me say that I do almost all of my watch buying via eBay. I love eBay, and it is the best place to get the lowest prices and more unique selection. eBay however is a different beast, and you cannot always return something you don't like. When buying a watch on eBay, try to know what you are getting into by asking questions to the seller. Next, use PayPal when possible as it provides a good deal of customer protection when a watch is not delivered as advertised. eBay is a wonderful resource for watch buying, and should never be overlooked, but do your homework if you feel any discomfort over the purchase.
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The new C1 Tourbillon Gravity from Concord doesn't just defy gravity, it defies imagination! Do not expect to see this watch in a store near you...ever!
Xemex watches are a good value and constructed well. The company offers automatic and quartz models, both with the same high level of quality and finish. Metals used are impressive, and detailing is crisp. Having a Xemex watch myself, I can easily attest to this, and would happy to own such an interesting model as the Xemex "Quarter" Avenue 2805.04. Prices range from 00 - $ 2,500 depending on configuration and where you purchase them.
Math teacher is really the first thing that comes to mind when I see the Xemex Speedway. Don't get me wrong, but the ruler hands and sharp angularity, combined with the clear colors and the compass-like round face all make me think of measuring instruments and time proven formulae. The look is deceptively aesthetic while being minimalistic to the max. The type of watch you wear when you need to know what time it is at Ikea.
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The Citizen Calibre line is a good idea. Citizen takes design cues and complications from popular luxury watches and mixes them in a no-hassle attractive design. The result has been a steam of attractively conservative watches that require no battery and are easy to live with. I fact, Citizen watches are much like Toyota cars (Toyota Sussex), both Japanese, and both something you can live with everyday. They might not exude passion or stand out as much as other watches, but you'll never complain and you cannot beat the price. Then again, moving upmarket, Campanola is to Citizen as Lexus is to Toyota.
Inside the Temption CGK203 is Valjoux 7751 automatic mechanical movement. It shares the ruggedness and accuracy of the 7750, and add the full calendar, moonphase, and synchronized 24 hour hand. This is of my finest and most coveted watches from a style, accuracy, clarity, and functional standpoint. German watch designer Klaus Ulbrich designs each Temption with a distinct German Bauhaus and Japanese Wabisabi aesthetic. The melding result in watches with uniqueness and a real sense of character.
See Temption watches on eBay here.