Ariel Adams: Luxury products by definition are priced high and consumers want lasting value. How do you future-proof or lengthen the lifespan of a luxury smartwatch, given the reality that technology is a rapidly moving target?
At 41mm wide, Uniform Wares hopes to maximize appeal in what they consider to be a unisex model. I really like the classic shape of the Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph married to the clean multi-level dial. You also get a rare two-register quartz chronograph with a Swiss Made Ronda movement. The lighter dialed Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph models should prove to have really fantastic legibility thanks to the applied black-colored hour markers and matching hands. While I am not typically a fan of sterile dials, I tend to make exceptions for Uniform Wares timepieces that for me almost single-handedly give merit to the aesthetic concept.
YYS4005 BLACK WHEEL
Model: New Irony Alu Chrono
Dial: White dial with black designs, date window at 3 o’clock
Case: Aluminum with translucent dark gray plastic insert, dark gray crown and pusher at 2 o’clock, red pusher at 4 o’clock
Bezel: Aluminum bezel
Bracelet: Black and white silicone
One of the most interesting things we saw at the Omega boutique was an early presentation of their new "antimagnetic test." With the debut and increasing proliferation of Master Co-Axial with its anti-magnetic movement, Omega realizes that many of its customers aren't quite sure why magnetism is so harmful to mechanical watch movements, and just how easily even the smallest magnets can effect a mechanical watch movement. The test showed how small, common everyday magnets could not only stop a traditional watch, but permanently (and dramatically) alter its accuracy. The only solution was to put a watch on a demagnetizing machine.
Like a traditional watch the Apple Watch will focus on a crown for most of its functions. However, where it all becomes very new and unique is how the digital crown functions in a way that we have never seen before in a smartwatch. The crown was designed to make navigating the beautiful interface a more efficient and simple experience than on previous smartwatches, as here it is to be used together with the multi-touch gestures on the touch screen as well as the buttons set into the side of the case.
Perhaps my favorite design elements on the dial, besides the font used for the text, are the day of the week and month indicator windows. They are each tapered, as opposed to the traditional square window designs you typically see. You really get the impression that the designer had fun with the design of this dial. Overall, I feel that the design of this Cuervo Y Sobrinos Torpedo Pirata Chrono cleverly makes use of the arguably strange 7751 layout in a way that not only works, but looks cool.
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The company is developing a few prototypes, and it is unclear what their future will be, though they do have a site up and are promising e-mail subscribers that they will be notified about future developments. I think there is a good chance that wearable Nixie drones will see actual production at some point in the future.
The final limited edition Mr. Jones Face Timers watch is the Analogon by UK-based artist Lucy Vigrass. Adopting the Greek word for "proportionate," the Analogon is friendly look into the future, anticipating a wold of smartwatches and even more involvement in connected devices (as well as robots). The dial has the face of a friendly, toy-like robot, where, once again, the "teeth" provide the time.
That "Q" also conveniently identifies the watch as a quartz-driven model. We do not often feature quartz on these pages, so it is worthwhile to answer why we would discuss this particular one. When we bring a quartz piece to your attention, it is often because it is giving us something different, or of note, that we have not seen before. For the ManchesterWatchWorks TatoskoQ and its Swiss Ronda 715Li movement, it boils down to styling.
The second watch, that happened 15 years ago. It was a stunning Breguet marine chronometer. The balance staff was broken, and the repairs would have been rather expensive. So, the owner asked whether I would be interested! Of course, I would be, but I had just bought machines for my workshop, and just did not have the money. If this happened today, I would go to the bank!
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It must also be said that while the current Rolex Explorer 214270 suffers from some proportion problems, specifically a woefully short minute hand, the Tudor Heritage Ranger nails its proportions and offers an expansive and legible view of its dial. Aesthetically, the dial is flat with a matte black base that helps to manage reflections from the domed sapphire crystal.
While the dial is brass, the hands are aluminum, and the Uniform Wares 351 Series 351/RG-01 case is in steel. The steel case has a rose gold-colored PVD coating, which helps give the watch much more of a dressy look to it. I am actually curious if the watch would look as pleasant as it does if it were in brushed natural steel, as opposed to the gold tone. Note that the crown is actually black - a very clever design trick that de-emphasizes the crown overall and gives the case a cleaner look.
To begin with, have a look at the magnolia that appears down at the 7 o'clock position: sure, flower motifs are not anything new when it comes to watches. Those five hand-formed and -painted petals at first appear to be obscuring the flying tourbillon, but every five minutes, (or with the press of the pusher at 9 o'clock) the "secret" of the mechanism is revealed.
Nick L. was the fortunate winner of the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S watch after our November 2014 aBlogtoWatch giveaway. After receiving his watch, he was kind enough to snap some pictures and offer this winner watch review. This month you can enter to win a Swiss Claude Bernard Chronograph Automatic watch here. There are also still a couple of days left to enter to win a Tudor Heritage Chrono from TrueFacet here. Here is Nick's Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver watch review:
At about 45mm wide, Citizen nevertheless makes the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 wear comfortably. Even at that size, it is among the smallest GPS-controlled watches on the market. One element that makes the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 feel smaller is its relatively thin case which is only about 12.5mm thick - making for a very svelte timepiece in this category. Over the dial is an AR-coated sapphire crystal, and the bracelet design is wonderfully integrated and tapers for style and comfort. The angularity of the case speaks to me as being both a little bit futuristic, as well as surprisingly refined. Even items like the crown and the "skeletonized" pushers are given a level of detail you might not expect in a watch like this. The overall presentation Citizen was able to imbue to the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 impressed me from the moment I first saw it.