Perusing Baume & Mercier's website you'll find at least 15 versions of the new Capeland available. This is because the case comes in both 42mm and 44mm wide version, with two different dials styles, and two different movements. Plus, many versions of the Capeland come with a few dial color choices and on a strap or metal bracelet. Really a lot of Capelandian options.
Material: 18-carat rose gold
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Vacheron Constantin opted to go with an 18k yellow gold case - which is actually rare given that you see very few gold watches in America that are done in yellow gold. The case is very pretty with a fine polished on its surfaces. Vacheron Constantin maintains the tilted movement look with the crown being right above 12 o'clock, which on this watch is at the 1:30 or so position.
I really enjoy the case shape (see above photos) which is clean and minimalistic but not in a way which detracts from the shape of the case itself. While I like the styling seen in the Vallelunga range, I cannot help but find the design of the handset to be flawed. My criticism is that the hour hand is the same color as the dial and, judging from the images on Autodromo's website, the hour hand literally disappears in some photos except for the small contrasting marker at its tip. Originally, I thought I was looking at a stopwatch or regulator-style watch which featured only a single long hour hand. It's unfortunate as I really like the other dial details like the big date display, the exposed screw heads which flank the center of the dial and the almost Mondaine-like simplicity of their designs.
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The most impressive elements from Jaquet Droz’s history are too complicated to have a place in modern wrist watches – for the most part. This fact is actually really interesting because you have a brand with a cool history that is unable to really display much of that history in their modern products. This is less of a problem and more of a challenge for Jaquet Droz, who can benefit greatly by showing people what their forefather was all about.
More than many watches, the Executive Dial Time watch received a fair number of compliments while on my wrist. I guess it does have a nice "executive" look to it. The strap is available in both textured rubber and alligator. The double-fold over push-button deployant is made from smooth polished metal in a style I've never seen before. Even that element has a lot of attention put into it. Overall, it is the many small details that make this a good watch. I glowingly praise it to anyone who might benefit from its functions and can see this handsome watch sitting on their wrist. As seen, the retail price for the Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time watch is ,700.
Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Dome Watch Hands-On
The watch comes with a non-scratching brass pusher to adjust the date, the button is recessed at eight o'clock as shown above.
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These two jumping hour watches from Bell & Ross represent their most high-end timepieces for 2012. In the past, Bell & Ross has offered a few other jumping hour pieces - a style and complication that the brand executes very well. Called the WW1 Heure Sautante (Jumping Hour), Bell & Ross didn't want to just offer one watch in two materials. Instead, the brand decided to offer two distinct dials for the 18k pink gold and platinum models. Both are very beautiful, these are going to be highly limited edition watches.
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The chronograph itself has a range of dials to display the time measurement. The lower subdial has two hands that indicate the elapsed minutes (up to 15 minutes) and the elapsed seconds. The central flying hand measures the 1/100th of a second units while another semi-linear hand under 12 o'clock indicates the 1/1000th unit. That latter hand only moves when the chronograph is stopped if I recall correctly.
The bi-directional rotating bezel for the 24 hour timezone listing is controlled via the crown at eight o'clock and uses Bremont's Roto-Click system so the crown is designed to exhibit a rather pleasing mechanical click as it is turned. This system, while requiring a fair amount of crown rotation, can be rotated to stop and hold at any point in its travel, regardless of the mechanical feedback from the Roto-Click.
While I know that “High Performance” is the name of a clothing collection for active urban office goers, it is an almost insultingly bland term. I would venture to say that it is even worse than the label “professional” on a watch dial. High Performance is merely an adjective. Consumers should demand to know why they are high performance rather than merely know that the brand would like for you to think they are. This type of blatant disregard for consumer intelligence irritates me – though it is mostly our fault. We consumers have allowed product makers to place baseless claims on their goods for so long that it is practically expected nowadays. We have become a culture of mostly unspecialized individuals, tending to rely on product makers to tell us how good their products are rather than the other way around. High Performance is practically an opinion. One that originated in a marketing meeting designed to arouse the notion of all day comfort and utility. If I made this watch I would remove the term from the dial and replace it with the more steadfast claim of “Works Just Fine” in bright red print. Enough about that.
Frequency 28’800 v/h