For the Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights watch, Sarpaneva used his Korona K0 dive watch(-ish) design, with a massive 46 millimeter wide, beautifully crafted stainless steel case and a DLC-coated, laser-cut, skeletonized dial, only to set it alight in the dark by using a proprietary luminescent material.
At the end of the day, the Jacob & Co. Billionaire watch is still a luxury timepiece and Jacob & Co. has not forgotten that. The movement inside of the Jacob & Co. Billionaire is the exclusive to Jacob & Co. caliber JCAM09 manually-wound tourbillon-based and skeletonized mechanical movement. The movement operates at 3Hz and has a power reserve of 72 hours. The dial does in fact have hour markers (which are likely the smallest diamonds on the entire watch) and very easy to see blued-steel hands. The architecture of the movement is quite attractive, and lends itself well to the entire composition that is the Jacob & Co. Billionaire.
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Even though Arnold & Son likes to used domed sapphire crystals over the dial, you can see that there isn't a ton of reflection, because they use a healthy amount of AR coating. This is especially important in classic-looking timepieces because too much glare on the dials tends to result in an ugly, cheap look for otherwise great-looking watches. I've said this before and I'll say it again, the ideal viewing experience through the dial of a high-end watch is a sapphire crystal that you can't even see. You should feel as though you can put your finger right on the dial.Read more ›
In 2007, Omega delighted enthusiasts by reintroducing the iconic Seamaster Ploprof from the 1970s. In 2015, Omega updated the Seamaster Proplof 1200M with some new tech, material updates, and more reasons to love this cult dive watch that enthusiast adore. The large and heavy Omega Seamaster Ploprof is now a lot lighter, being rendered entirely in titanium – which also includes the supplied mesh-metal bracelet. The watch now uses a ceramic bezel and has a cleaner looking dial without the date. Inside the Seamaster Ploprof 12000M watch for 2015 is Omega’s new 8900 family of in-house movements that is more or less an 8500 movement with the addition of anti-magentic parts and Omega’s new METAS certification – “Co-Axial Master Chronometer.” The new Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer versions aren’t half bad either, but these continue to be pricey timepieces, starting at ,500.
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze
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The case design isn't what I would call beautiful, but it is cool. Hublot has rendered Hublot MP-12 Key Of Time in all sorts of ways over the years and this Hublot MP-12 Key Of Time Skeleton is my favorite because of how well everything works together (in my opinion). I also like the dial design which is both legible and skeletonized. The in-house made Hublot caliber HUB9012 has never looked better both on the front and rear of the case.
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Should I start talking about Grand Seiko dials? Maybe not, as it is a long discussion. Some call them boring, but no one denies the pursuit of perfection Seiko puts into the hands, hour markers, and overall finishing. Diamond-polishing is used to give those hands and applied hour markers their razor-like edges and flat surfaces, whether they are polished or brushed. While the off-white dial of the Grand Seiko SBGR077 is remarkably legible for a light-colored dial, I think the most beautiful is the black-dialed Grand Seiko SBGR079 with its silver chapter ring and great legibility. The same things I like about the Grand Seiko SBGR more-or-less also apply to the SBGX models. So if you've looked at Grand Seiko's more conservative fare in the past, and found it just too... conservative, then these models with their modern, slightly sporty twist might be right for you.
The radioactivity of tritium is so weak that it can be stopped by a 5mm-thick plexiglass and if you were so foolish and unfortunate all at the same time that you consumed all the tritium in your watch at once, that would account for the same amount of radioactivity (40 mSv, i.e., 40 microsievert) as you are exposed to when flying from New York to Los Angeles. In other words, 40 microsievert is 1/45th of the average annual background radiation that you are exposed to each year. And so, while it certainly is not recommendable to consume the tritium from your watch indices and hands, if it were to happen, you would still be fine.
Sitting at the Apple event in San Francisco on March 9, 2015, I was surrounded by the absolute elite of the tech world's journalism corps. Everyone there was familiar with Apple, their products, and tech news overall. However, most of them seemed perplexed by how Apple was communicating about the Apple watch - something that I could sympathize with. What Apple neglected to really talk about was the tech inside of the Apple Watch. And even though the Apple website was updated with loads of information about the complicated construction of the Apple Watch parts, its functionality, and the unique (and proprietary) alloys used for the aluminum, steel, and gold metals used for the Apple Watch... Apple was silent on some of the more specific details such as tech specs and the "numbers" people in the tech (and watch) world often use to evaluate products.Read more ›
Is the Movado Museum Dial Watch ready for a comeback? John and I discuss the 1990s popularity of the the Museum Dial classic as well as the new 2015 Movado Museum Classic watch collection. Is the world ready for a "Pocket Touch?" We also discuss Tissot's T-Touch Pocket Touch pocket watch collection. Last, is this the end of social media seriousness for the watch and luxury industry?
At 45mm wide, the newer Big Bang case (originally released in 2013) offers that bold Hublot style with a lot more comfort than the King Power case (that you may have noticed Hublot hasn't been using all that much). I continue to love the pushers that offer a quick release for each of the straps that allows you to mix up the look of most Big Bang 45 cases. Of course, there is a proprietary lug connector system, but when you are spending these prices it probably won't irritate you too much to go to Hublot for new strap options.
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In terms of visual links to speed and daring, Zenith have decorated the right hand side of the silvered, open-heart dial, with a tricolor racing stripe in blue, white, and red. The stripe is continued onto the strap, where a ribbon of color takes over from the printed lines on the dial. I like racing stripes on cars. They are a simple way to decorate what would otherwise be a large, block-colored space. On a watch face, you don't have so much room to play with. These three stripes, although adding a splash of patriotic color to the display, really clutter what is an already busy dial.
Why is this important? Well, like I said above, we buy watches and are connected to them because of stories, and having basic data about when we bought watches and for how much is really useful to collectors. It would also be nice to have a place where we can store receipts, warranty cards, and other paper work such as letter of provenance, etc... So why not create a fully fledged service that watch collectors can easily access from any device and complete digital records that go with their watches. These records should also be easily transferable to other people who buy those watches, assuming they also use the service. Thus, when you purchase a timepiece from an individual owner, auction house, or dealer, all this wonderful information and history goes with it.
That's the Seiko in-house made calibre 5D88 quartz movement. I should probably start with a quick recap of what Kinetic Direct Drive is. In 2008, I wrote an article on aBlogtoWatch more-or-less explaining what Seiko Kinetic Direct Drive is here. Seiko produces a large range of quartz movements at different price points and complexity levels. These go all the way down to your basic mass-produced quartz movement that requires battery changes, all the way up to super high-quality and sophisticated quartz movements in some Grand Seiko watches. So where do Kinetic Direct Drive movements sit on the Seiko quartz movement spectrum?Read more ›
Little touches like the off-set crown and the buckle (a stylised 'B' that reputedly fits to the contour of the wrist very sympathetically so as to reduce the stress on the leather band – and which on the picture below belongs to the platinum-cased version) are what make legends out of otherwise so-so timepieces. These nuanced choices give the wearer something else to discuss and obsess over. And they make the watch stand out.
Using discs to indicate the time is a time-honored albeit niche approach to adding design variety to a timepiece. Technically speaking, the production process involves replacing traditional watch hands with spinning discs. It isn't that simple, as there are a lot of tweaks that need to be made in order to account for the heavier weight of discs and new issues of friction, but fundamentally, these types of watches indicate time in the same way. All that is different is how the time is read - and it does take a little bit of getting to used to, I will admit.
With a price of about ,000, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 exists as one of the "less expensive" super watches, just broaching the mega watch territory. In my opinion, there is very little else out there that boasts this type of pedigree and complication for this type of price. In fact, perhaps the only watch maker producing similarly themed and complicated movements is Richard Mille - and good luck getting a Richard Mille with this type of complexity for anything under a few hundred thousand dollars. There are other little details about the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 that I was not able to cover, but trust me that there are more little secrets to discover about this timepiece. Jaeger-LeCoultre has really created something special here for enthusiasts, and I am happy to see this new-for-2015 blue titanium model as an non-limited edition. Price for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 reference 203T541 in titanium with blue accents is ,000 (a bit lower price than the similar limited edition model). jaeger-lecoultre.com