For longevity, people often prefer PVD coatings. They are more expensive to apply, and are more durable over time. Though often times you'll notice that PVD gold cases are "PVD gold tone." That means no gold is actually used. Because PVD is a process versus a material, we believe that you can use gold in the coating, or just materials that look like gold. We've included an image that helps describe what a quality PVD gold coating consists of. You can see that in this high-end application there is steel, then a layer of titanium nitride for durability, and on top of that is a thin layer of 23.5 carat gold. That is a really good application, but some PVD coatings have merely gold-colored materials that are bonded to steel.
Movement and finishing MusicMachine features two 3.72 movements (3 refers to number of melodies on each cylinder; 72 refers to number of notes on each comb); one movement is ‘right’ configured; one movement is ‘left’ configured (they rotate in opposite directions)
Around the same time Yvan Arpa was asked to make some limited edition ArtyA watches for the members of the rock & roll group KISS. Arpa was genuinely humbled and traveled to LA to meet Gene Simmons. The result were a few timepieces that ranged from having KISS band member faces on them (artistically speaking), to guitar picks. Arpa realized that the rock & roll themed watch could be just as popular as the Son of a Gun collection.
Nice medium-height profile, goes well with cuffed shirts.
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.
Since their debut some years ago, we have always been fans of the work of Swedish watch company Gustafsson & Sjogren that combines the work of a master knife maker and Damascus steel maker (Gustafsson) and a watchmaker (Sjogren). From the start, the point of the brand was to feature the beautiful look of handmade Damascus steel and distinct Scandinavian aesthetic. No doubt these timepieces are an acquired taste, but as of this year they have reached a pinnacle of their design.
If you have not heard of it, then allow me to introduce you to arguably one of the coolest concepts I have come across. Some people look at the dial, and wonder how the hell to tell the time with just one hand. Slowly, as the concept is explained, a light goes in their heads, and there is almost always a collective smile that starts to form on their face. That is the power of this simple concept, and I have personally seen it happen again and again.
People tend to want buy a Rolex for one of the following main reasons: to celebrate an achievement, to own a watch that appears to hold value, to communicate a level of career or life success, to own a luxury watch that is a simple choice, or to wear a timepiece with a lot of history. Most Rolex watch models would satisfy each of these needs. No reason is better or worse, but it is interesting that most people's desire to wear a Rolex falls into one or more of these categories.
Unlike the mechanical 20,000 Feet Diver, the Typhoon is a quartz watch. The idea is to have a regatta timer, chronograph, and alarm in one watch, with a durable and cool design. Easily the nicest part of the Typhoon is the case and bracelet. Swiss Military Watch really went all out with the case design and construction. The 45mm wide case is like nothing I've seen before in terms of detailing. The case is produced from titanium and elements of carbon fiber. There is a large rotating bezel around the dial and three pushers as well as a screw-down crown. All the detailing on the case is interesting, from the many titanium screws to the carbon fiber wrapping around the side of the case.
The accuracy of the chronograph is in great part due to the El Primero-based movement which is a C.O.S.C. certified movement that beats at 36,000 bph. The beautiful movement can be seen from the sapphire window on the back.
The Hublot partnership (which began March of 2010) will come to a close at the end of this year despite what seemed like a good relationship between Ecclestone (F1) and Jean-Claude Biver (Hublot). One has to wonder if there was love lost between the two organizations or if this change is of a purely financial nature. A partnership such as this is undoubtedly expensive for the watch brand and Rolex has the deep pockets needed to fund a global program that would include advertising, promotional considerations and, using Hublot as an example, special edition watches.
Zen L. in Bangkok, Thailand asks: