This special ring rotor, in addition to looking great, provides the best of both worlds, allowing for a great unobstructed view of the movement, along with having the immense convenience of an automatic winding movement. Nice work Carl. F. Bucherer. Oh, and by the way, remember how I said that worked with Techniques Horlogères Appliquées to development the movement? Apparently Carl F. Bucherer was so impressed with them, they just bought up the 17 person company. Look for the CFB A1000 automatic movement to appear in Carl F. Bucherer watches soon.
So this Streamerica watch is a bit different, and represents one of the much more limited models that was sold. Unlike the standard three-hand model, this watch is a world timer. In addition to the normal time, there are two special windows. One with 24 city names (one for each time zone), and a 24 hour disc window. Hit the pusher above the sculpted crown, and the city name changes along with the 24 hour disc, moving one timezone. Minutes are always represented by the minutes hand on the main dial of the watch. Basically you have a wonderfully easy to use world timer in GMT with the benefit of the second timezone. These particular models likely contained automatic ETA 2893 movements with a special world timer module.
Well hello there Bell & Ross! I see you have a little new card up your sleeve this year. I didn't really think you'd get too many buyers for your exorbitantly expensive uber-tourbillon watch with unnecessary features like a "trust indicator." I trust you enough already... You really just wanted to do a design study and get people excited about future designs. Now you've taken the new fanged case design, updated number fonts,more moderns hands, and presented us with something new. It is even in titanium to make that 46mm case feel down right light on your wrist. While the dimensions stay more or less the same, the overall look of the case is much more detailed and sophisticated than previous generation BR01 watches.
Another thing you need to know is that retailers are keen to the fact that you like getting a good deal. Consumers like savings, and mark-offs, and sales. What better way to indicate perceived savings that start with an inflated "retail" cost, and then offer you something below that price. In fact, most MSRP (usually the same as retail prices), are based at the top of what they think any consumer will pay for the good. From there, each retailer has a degree of wiggle room. This is why you always see a retail price with a slash through it, and the price at which you can buy it. In fact, in most categories, you should never actually have to pay retail for anything.
The IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Squelette is a different type of skeletonized watch altogether. Rather than decorating a simple movement as with the Patek Philippe 5180, IWC decorated what is essentially a very complex movement; an IWC-manufactured 5000 calibre. Along with having the time and date, this watch includes a tourbillon escapement and a seven day power reserve, which is a lot for an automatic watch. There are further items of interest in the movement which represents a pinnacle of what IWC can achieve, but I will leave it at that.
In accordance with the long standing tradition of moniker elongation for high value, high exclusivity watches, the newest limited edition Ulysse Nardin does not disappoint. Nothing less than eleven words make up this new watch aimed strictly at the wealthy Russian crowd. The Ulysse Nardin Imperial St. Petersburg Maxi Marine Chronometer Enamel Limited Edition watch takes advantage of the watch lust in Russia's uber-rich newly minted quasi-aristocratic class. Without discussing today's Russia, it goes without saying that there is a growing class of watch loving rich Russians.
Overall, the Trilogie has a resemblance to early Breguet clocks, and this is no coincidence, as Erwin Sattler makes this whole project as an homage to pre-industrial clock art; with an industrial twist. No expense is saved in the materials used. The case is make of crystal, precious metals (gold or platinum), makassar wood, and two diamonds.
There are at least three functional models in the Seiko Galante line; a three hand, a GMT, and a chronograph. As is the case with the Spring Drive movement, each model features a power reserve (which is a healthy 72 hours for this movement). The models also vary in style - a lot. I am more taken by the Gothic font styled models, versus the roman numeral styled versions. However all are very nice. The Galante watches are on the large side at 43mm which is becoming increasingly common in high end Japanese watches, especially as most of the round dialed Citizen Campanola watches are 45mm wide. On both sides of the Galante watches are sapphire crystals, of course. These purely luxury watches even though they have a sportiness to them in design. You might be unsure of how to assess these watches because the design combines so many styles. Consider this, Japanese design is very different than the American and European designs you might be used to.
Why don't they sell? Again, two reasons. Because there is perhaps not enough demand, and second, because the buyer has no idea what the reserve price is. Most important bidding occurs in the final minutes of an auction. A time when buyers decide how much the item is worth it to them, and bid accordingly hoping they don't get out-bid. The system rewards quick decision making, and it is only the rare bidder will bids so high as to alienate other bidders. The idea is to pay enough, but not too much. Thus auctions with a reserve price don't sell, because no one ever reaches the reserve price in the final moments of an auction. See the above image as an example. Here an auction ended without the reserve price being met. You can see that the auction enjoyed 8 bids, likely more if the auction reserve would have been met. There is obvious interest in this item, but the reserve price was not met, the item did not sell, and you have a frustrated seller, and frustrated buyers.
The dial differences are there, mostly different textures and subdials designs. One has a more exposed date window. They are both equally nice, but neither is exactly legendary in its innovation. Just all around handsome looking sporty watches fit for a pirate or whatever it is you wish to do while you are at sea (or on land). My choice however is the Black Flag, probably because the blue is pleasant, and I like how the subsidiary seconds dial is really meant to look like a compass thematically. Interestingly enough the Admiral's Cup Black Flag is a 100 piece limited edition, only for America. That is a new one.
Each watch has a thick leather strap. The Square has a standard buckle clasp, which the Cameo has a folding deployment clasp. The ETA 2892 in the Cameo is a higher quality movement than the ETA 2836 in the Square, though the 2892 does not have a day of the week complication. Notice that the date disc in the Temption is colored to match the dial color, while the Fortis uses the standard white color of the date and day discs. Given these fact as well and the higher costs in case construction, the Temption Cameo is a more expensive watch, but not by too much, and the value is there. The little details in the Temption certainly make for a more designer looking watch, though I have little to complain about with the Fortis Square. Unlike the Fortis, the Temption has a perfectly square sapphire crystal that is much harder to attach to the case, whereas the Fortis has a square shaped crystal that has rounded edges. You'll further notice the cabochon gem in the Temption crown, while Fortis has a signed crown.
Most rich people didn't become rich because they don't care about money. If you have a lot of money, it probably means you are good with money and don't squander it. This might not apply to the "landed aristocracy" who are born into wealth, but that is becoming less common these days. The bottom line is that people who are worth a lot enjoy this state of grace due to at least some knowledge of preserving and growing money.
Typically concept phone/watch combinations are intriguing, but so far away from practicality or the limits of current technology that they are only worth a brief glance. Then there are those things that actually look as though they could work with what we have today. This is why I am excited about the Triple Phone Watch concept.
The first icon award is the most straight forward. The "Good Value" Award will be merited when something offers a lot for what it costs. It is not necessarily about something being inexpensive, but rather representing a good value in comparison with the competition and items within the price range. Thus, a watch might not be a good value, because you can get the same for . Along the same lines a ,000 watch could be a good value because you can't find the same features or level of craftsmanship in watches at that price level and would have to spend much more for something similar.
Make of the dial design what you will. Love it or hate it, you can appreciate the different textures as well as use of symmetry and asymmetry on the same palette. Interestingly enough, they place the "+" and "-" indicators for the power reserve on the opposite side from the actual power reserve hand. This allows for an unbroken view of the sunburst array stemming from the power reserve hand; an interesting compromise between design and function.
I am not going to spend a lot of time discussing the design as I could never do it full justice. All Temption watches are a combination of modern minimalism, Bauhaus, and a Japanese aesthetic known as Wabisabi. What you end up with is a distinct look that really does not fall into any one design group, but has a healthy dose of each of them. Seeing the clean lines, you might think the CGK204 design is minimalist, but viewing all the specifically aesthetic design features on the watch, you'd agree it was too designer to be mere minimalism. I'd venture to say that the design of the CGK204 is almost futuristic, maybe not in the most modern of senses, but certainly something out of Star Trek or Star Wars (think of all the instrument panel designs).
I've been invited to Glashutte to visit Germany's preeminent luxury watch maker, A. Lange & Sohne. My trip will take me to the Ore Mountains region near Dresden, where A. Lange & Sohne's headquarters and factory is located. Glashutte's main employers are all watch makers, and is known as a prime region focused on the continuation of the world's most dedicated mechanical art from, horology.
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Looking at the watch you can see two perpendicular lines that intersect on a X/Y axis. The point of their intersection (changing each five minutes) tells you the time. One axis tells you the minutes, the other tells you the hours. Just follow the lines with your eyes and you can tell the time within five minute precision. Obviously this is not for everyone as a lot of us need a bit more precision when being on time.