That, perhaps, is a bigger-picture look at the Apple Watch, and what people really want is a more basic understanding of what it is like to wear and use the product. My goal is to review the Apple Watch in phases, going over various elements of its functionality over time as I have experience with it. Right now, I am going to talk about the first day wearing the Apple Watch, some of the things that I've noticed, and some of the things that I am looking forward to.
One of the coolest things about the hour display complication (and this is real geek-fodder) is the way the hours are flicked over by a Maltese cross based on the brand's logo. The effect of this floating numeral that languidly points to the time would be jarringly digital, were its operation not so peaceful. There is no visible haste in this design, as there could not have been in its creation. Similarly patient is the balance, which beats away at a relatively glacial 19,800vph.
The purpose of the Watch Box is to make small listings of each watch in your collection. The idea is for it to serve as a "digital locker" holding information on your collection. It begins with your taking pictures of your watches and then filling out information about the watches including its reference number, purchase price and date, and functionality.
Nick and Giles obtained expert tutelage from engineers and watchmakers from England, Switzerland, and abroad to develop and help realize their vision of a timepiece collection using high-end components and a unique design. With production initially starting with their atelier in Switzerland, they structured their brand from the early days to move toward assembly, and eventually, manufacture in the United Kingdom.
The Yacht-Master has always existed in an interesting place within Rolex's sport watch family. When it first debuted, it was meant to be a more high-end lifestyle type of sport watch compared to the more utilitarian Submariner or GMT-Master. The Yacht-Master was never meant to be a professional diving watch or something for pilots. If anything, it was meant to be a watch for people who sail on or own yachts. That means there is a degree of activity to their life and some water resistance is necessary, but so is style and status. So what does all that mean for the rather radically new Rolex Yacht-Master that nevertheless very much lives within the larger current generation Rolex Yacht-Master family
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Urwerk UR-105 HIS ‘Horological Intelligence System’ Will Smartly Watch Over You
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Urwerk UR-105 HIS ‘Horological Intelligence System’ Will Smartly Watch Over You
The new movement boasts 14 patents, which, all together, account for the gains in precision, power reserve, shock resistance, and magnetism. It incorporates the new Chronergy escapement – patented, of course – with pallet fork and escape wheel made of anti-magnetic nickel-phosphorus. The oscillator has an optimized blue Parachrom hairspring – which, interestingly, is not Rolex's new Syloxi silicon hairspring that was debuted more quietly last year. Parachrom is made from an exclusive-to-Rolex para-magnetic alloy – with no further information being given on what that contains. The point is that it is said to be 10 times more precise and it certainly accounts for the highly enhanced and reliable accuracy of the new Rolex 3255 caliber. The movement, with bi-directional automatic winding, features an upped power reserve, reaching 70 hours now.
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Finally, watch-nerding aside, what Serena Williams has and continues to achieve is nothing short of extraordinary for the game of tennis, for women tennis, and for minorities in general. Here's a tremendous talent who with hard work, sheer strength of faith, and her strong family, has grown out of one of the most impoverish cities in the United States (Compton, California) to now reach the top of the tennis world and dominate like we have never seen before. And importantly, doing this with the humility and style of a true champion. She's a role model, a rock star amongst her peers, a stylish athlete, and also a watch geek.
The first thing you need to know about Nick English is that he’s a watch guy, something that’s not always a given in an industry populated with executives who sell Hermes scarves one day and Louis Vuitton handbags the next. Nick sells watches. Period. But more than that, he loves watches. ALL watches. To wit, a lot of “Nick” stories center not around Bremont watches, but other brand’s watches. Adam Craniotes, former Timezone moderator and founder of Red Bar Group, recalls the first time he met Nick almost 8 years ago.
It was about 1999 that Raymond Weil apparently decided to go "musical" when it came to the inspiration behind most of their product names, and at least some of their designs. The Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon is actually one of the few watches, however, that combines a musical theme in the name as well as the design itself.
The Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel watch is not for everyone, and it certainly isn't meant to be. I like that Blancpain continues to refine the collection but also retains a distinct sense of niche-appeal to the L-Evolution watch collection. The timepiece very much feels like a fancy toy for boys who like their cars, and that is exactly what Blancpain (along with so many other brands) is going for with the concept. The era of mainstream tourbillon watches is over (if there ever was one). The strategy for brands today is to hyper focus on specific niches of potential customers and create timepiece products created especially for them. These watches can appear odd or misguided until you realize that they are being produced for you - and then, you are hooked.
I really like the lighter, almost white, tone of the movement structure that makes up much of the "dial," as it combines nicely with the warmer tone of the titanium case and allows the small arrow which indicates the mainspring tension to leap off the dial.
Featuring a cut-out "Hublot" in stark black lettering, the auto-weight is one of my all-time favorites. It is an incredibly bold and blunt attempt at branding. Some might think the result a little brash, but I like it for its identifiability and for the way the cut-outs in between the letters allow us to see more of the movement and from a different perspective than we may be accustomed.
What the calibre 5D88 adds to the equation (in addition to the time) is the date (via a dial at 3 o'clock), day of the week, AM/PM indicator as expressed via a synchronized 24 hour hand (the latter two functions are in the subdial above 6 o'clock), as well as a moonphase indicator under 12 o'clock. Paired with a "classy" dial that uses Roman numeral hour indicators and chic hands, this all makes for a handsome, formal-leaning watch. In terms of adjusting the various indicators, everything is done through the crown, but there is an inset pusher on the left side of the case used as a handy way to adjust the moon phase indicator disc.
The Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 contains the in-house made caliber 3135 automatic movement while the smaller 268655 contains the 2236 automatic movement. Both are more or less functionally the same being three-hand movements with the date. What is very nice about the new Cerachrom bezel is Rolex's ability to craft it with the markers in relief - which is a new process that we are interested in hearing about. This adds a new character to the Yachtmaster that we haven't seen before.
The new escapement is nickel-phosphorous, rendering it insensitive to magnetic interferences. We did inquire about more exact details and what we learned is that the 3255 movement – without a soft-iron casing to protect it – should still be resistant to magnetic fields of over 1,000 Gauss (and hence just about as antimagnetic as Rolex's Milgauss). The balance wheel itself has also been updated; it still features a Parachrom hairspring (as opposed to using Rolex's Syloxi silicon hairspring), manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy of niobium and zirconium. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the Parachrom hairspring is said to offer great stability in the face of temperature variations and remain up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.
The 44mm case is certainly built to protect, but it is relatively slender for one that carries a 300m water resistance rating. The dark blue also lends it a dressier appearance – perhaps at the cost of underwater legibility – as do the highly polished surfaces seen throughout the case. With the inclusion of the various subdials (small seconds and power reserve), it further breaks from others in the dive watch category, as does the cyclops over the date window at 6. While the musical watches the brand creates, as well as technical innovations like the Freak, gather a lot of attention, it is these sorts of "daily wear" watches that really underscore the fact that the brand is, along with technical innovations, building up watches for the luxury consumer.