So what about the dual time function? Ulysse Nardin released this system apparently back in 1996, and it still remains a strong module the brand manufactures. Inside this watch is the caliber UN-24 automatic movement. This is composed of a modified base Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement. On it is a special Ulysse Nardin module which adds a big date indicator and the second time zone. What impresses me about the UN-24 are two things. First, the movement works really smoothly. You get the feeling that all the kinks were worked out of the movement long ago and making adjustments feels secure and controlled. Sometimes movements feel as though they are barely working and that development was rushed - not here though.
The strap is alligator and integrated right to the edge of the case. You basically aren't allowed to be a high-end watch these days if you have too much of a gap between the strap and the case. The strap is structured on the inside to remain shaped near the lugs and flow down to a solid titanium deployant buckle. The buckle is beautiful and extremely well designed to be comfortable and snap tightly.
Hands Ceramic version: Satin-finished and ruthenium coated with white SuperLuminova™
Gold version: Satin-finished gold plated hands with white SuperLuminova™
Movement: HUB4245 skeleton chronograph with central 45’ counter. Mechanical self-winding. Oscillating weight Black galvanic coating, with tungsten carbide heavy metal segment. Components 249. Jewels 28. Frequency 4 Hz (28,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Strap: Adjustable black rubber strap with white stripe
Clasp Deployant: buckle clasp in micro-blasted black PVD titanium and micro-blasted black ceramic or 18K King Gold
I love stuff like this. Why? Because products like the upcoming H20 ORCA watch are designed specifically for the most discriminating watch nerds who don't have zillions to spend on their passion. The ORCA is a cool concept, offers meaningful customization options, and is a durable watch to boot. Let's check it out.
The Gefica case has a tribal relic appearance unlike anything most people had seen before it was first debuted. While this Bulgari version has a modified dial, the original model (upon which this is based) had an art deco look. Who would have thought to combine tribal and art deco aesthetics? The result was masterful, and the functionality and legibility of the dial, given its novel design, are legendary. I first discussed the Gerald Genta Gefica watches here.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on September 30, 2012 for the winner to be chosen at random.
While this watch does have a sporty demeanor it is in platinum. That's right, A. Lange & Sohne just skipped over white gold and went straight for platinum to make the watch ultra-lux. I really don't know if anything other than a platinum version will ever be offered. Attached to the watch is a black crocodile strap with some blue-gray stitching. It looks nice with the Datograph Up/Down, and I bet it would look good on a bracelet (fat chance of that happening anytime soon I suspect). Overall, this is a fantastically nice watch that I will more than likely never get the chance to own. As a Lange, this is a fine "grail" watch, and those able to get one will have a piece they can enjoy for a long time.
An important part of the R03 Chronographe RS is the mechanical automatic movement they call the caliber CH01. Revelation worked with Dubois-Depraz to produce the movement. Given the design of the skeletonzied movement I have a feeling it is a chronograph module built on to a base ETA automatic movement. The chronograph is built in a symmetrical manner and the laser-cut date disc is neat. Note that you need to make the dial transparent to read the date.
To be honest, I got excited when the character Jesse (actor Aaron Paul) handed a box over to Walt (actor Bryan Cranston) as a gift for his 51st birthday. While it wasn't clear that the gift was a watch yet, I was pretty sure it was something like that based on the presentation box. Sitting in his car, Walt opens up the lid to reveal a Tag Heuer Monaco. He isn't sure what to make of it, no doubt. Until now, Walt's character has been wearing an inexpensive (but reliable) digital Casio watch. Fitting watch for his character? Not sure to be honest. But it is good enough for Steve McQueen (Monaco watch from Le Mans movie sold for about 0,000), and Stephen Colbert. I wonder where Jesse got the idea?
Titanium has been around for the last two centuries, mostly in labs. In the last century methods to extract titanium in industrial amounts were developed. Until recently it has been used exclusively as an aerospace material, and it is slowly penetrating many markets, including watch industry. It is prohibitively expensive for many applications, with a price around 50 times of plain carbon steels. Still its price is much lower than precious metals.
Limited edition 125 pieces
Other models include a 47mm wide quartz chronograph model, two three-hand automatics in a 43mm wide case, and a 38mm wide quartz model for women with 124 diamonds on the bezel. Each of the watches contain Swiss movements. The Britain Chronograph comes in a cool black case but will alienate a lot of us watch nerds with its Ronda quartz chronograph movement. Personally it wouldn't bother me assuming the price was right - which it is most likely not.