The Citizen Eco-Dive Dome started as a concept watch in 2009, and was green-lighted (ins slightly different form) for production in 2010. The first of the watches should be available when you read this, and come in reference number BY0030-04E ( in titanium with white "pearl" coating) and BY0039-00E (in titanium with black DLC coating). One thing I can't say for sure is the exact size, but I believe it is 49mm wide. Big, but Japanese watches are getting bigger. Even domestically in Japan, young people like larger timepieces. While the dials are around, the cases are sort of tonneau shaped with a very interesting look to them. Fashionable, hi-tech, and futuristic all at the same time. In fact, being futuristic is a main goal of the Dome watch. From a technology standpoint, there is nothing new, just the audacity of the concept showings its face to challenge contemporary design.
In the history of watchmaking, the name Breguet is a hallowed one. Abraham-Louis Breguet, who established his eponymous company in 1775, is single-handedly responsible for many of the major horological innovations of the last two-plus centuries, including the Breguet overcoil, tourbillon, keyless works and automatic winding. Even more impressive is that those innovations are still employed today, over 200 years after their introduction.
If you are a car lover and feel inclined to build your own car one day due to the fact that nothing out there is a specific example of what you want, you are pretty much out of luck (unless you have a spare billion bucks siting around). However, in the watch world, a person with a vision for a specifically styled watch is only limited by their ambition and tenacity. Given a wealth of those two characteristic floating around among watch lovers, it should come as no surprise that there are a fair number of small, indy brands out there that represent these "custom watches." But don't get me wrong, it isn't easy to start your own watch brand. In fact, it is often an expensive and frustrating exercise. Those are come out in the end with a salable product should be congratulated!
Some of the best Longio Tourbillon watches are sport pieces - or at least sporty looking ones. Rubber straps and clear faces are enhanced with tourbillon complications. Perhaps not the tourbillon watch for everyone, but still interesting and marketable. A real "easy on the eyes" aesthetic that I can appreciate. For the ladies is a tourbillon watch as well. This is a more fancy watch for sure. An horizontally oblong case in polished steel with a mother-of-pearl dial, semi-precious stones around the bezel, and a date with moon phase indicator subdial. The applied hour markers and hands are attractive as well. It might not have as polished a design as those coming from Europe, but the price is comparatively fractional.
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor;
Straight up petrified dinosaur shit in a watch. Either it is the poor man's fossil accessory, of the edgiest piece of the Jurassic available. You'd actually be surprised how many people collect the substance known as coprolite. You have probably already guessed what it is. In his ongoing quest to shock, awe, and inspire, Yvan Arpa gives you the Artya Coprolite. Artya is his own brand. He is the guy who pretty much made Romain Jerome what it is. His new mission is to continue "remaking" the watch - with an artistic flare unparalleled by other contemporaries.
Some people speak for the trees, and others speak for the whales, and dolphins (and porpoises, sharks, turtles, and umm.... others animals). Enter the Sea Shepherd Conservation society, its boats, and its vagabond band of activists. Some people call them eco-terrorists, some call them the only people out there actively trying to do something about the problems of illegal whaling and other vicious anti-Earth activities. Personally, I am glad that someone is doing more than just whining on a sidewalk in Berkeley. You can talk all the crap you want to about people like those who volunteer at Sea Shepherd, but dammit they mean what they say, and are proactive. They kind of realized that protesting alone was the worst way of getting anything done. Oh, and they actually sink ships I hear, which is pretty cool.
For the final exciting iteration of the Horological Machine No. 3, MB&F has partnered with world-renowned Boucheron to create the JwlryMachine. Swiss MB&F who celebrates the art of the machine combines their technology with French Boucheron who celebrates the art of jewelry. The result is an incredible work of three-dimensional art that will be made to order for those who want to add this stunning luxury to their collection.
Inside the watch is a calibre JR1000 movement. It is an automatic, and in-house made I believe. Movement has 33 jewels and a reasonable power reserve of 48 hours. Of course the crystal is sapphire and the case is water resistant to 100 meters. Pretty typical for the line, but it is still highly acceptable for this semi diver style watch line. You can even consider them baby Girard Perregaux watches if you like (part of the same company). The JeanRichard 2TimeZones Zirconium is limited to just 249 pieces (odd number). Price is about ,000 - ,000 if I recall correctly. Not sure the number of pieces for the non limited editions. Should be available now or soon.
While not aimed at the ultra elite watch lover who drinks morning coffee while reading the technical specs of their newest mechanical watch movement, Ernst Benz makes a very competent timepieces that is unfortunately sometimes elusive in appeal until you get your hands on one. With about 4000-5000 watches a year, the brand isn't unattainable, but certainly not pedestrian - much like John Varvatos. These special limited edition models for the fashion designer are available exclusively at his boutique stores (where you can get other Ernst Benz pieces as well). Price is about ,800.
Dievas Classico Blue Watch
For Panerai collectors the PAM339 will feel like a good investment. It looks really cool, is done in a cool material, has an in-house made movement, and is a limited edition (of 1,000 1,500 pieces). Though the watch does cost about ,000. If the budget is up your alley, and you want a fresh feeling Panerai with a classic look - this should make for an excellent choice.
The entire case is curved a bit, which includes the front and rear sapphire crystals. Despite the curve, the front sapphire crystal has a nice amount of AR coating to reduce glare and make it easy to read. It is also water resistant to 30 meters. To match the brushed bezel on the face of the watch, the rear of the watch also has a brushed bezel on the rear exhibition window. The lugs on the case are pretty great. They are movable so that one end connects to the case, and the other to the black crocodile strap. This allows the larger sized case to fit better on most wrists.