On the wrist, the Pulsion watch is a tender wearer with a wrist-hugging case and comfortable rubber strap. A metal bracelet option would be stellar if it existed. Given its wide lugs, this is a big-sitting 44mm wide case that is offered in a titanium or 18k pink gold. In total, four versions of the Pulsion are offered for 2012. The rubber strap by the way is quite interesting in its design and even has alternating finishes.
In glorious episode 104 we discuss Movado's strange celestial watches, the Bovet Cambiano watch collection, Eterna's cool movements and sometimes tepid designs, as well as the RLH watch lover event series.
Inside the Romain Jerome DeLorean DNA watch is a Swiss mechanical automatic caliber RJ001-CH movement. It is a base Concepto and offers the time and 12 hour chronograph. Not the easiest chronograph in the world to use given that you need to count the markers on the subdials to read how long you've timed. An acceptable sacrifice given the design. I actually wondered why Romain Jerome didn't use more inspiration from the DMC-12's actual instrument cluster. Actually it seems that the car's instrument cluster is rather utilitarian and looks to be inspired by an aircraft cockpit - there's already enough watches that use cockpit gauges as inspiration.
"Watch What-If" is a special column on aBlogtoRead.com that asks the playful question "what if an iconic watch you know and love was offered in a different style?" The idea embraces a good timepiece's core design and has fun by offering new colors and material concepts to stimulate your senses. These ideas may be provocative, artistic, or just plain silly. This is about fun, Photoshop, and the celebration of wrist watch design and experimentation. The original design we work off of will always be at the bottom of the article. The designs are brought to life by Beau Hudspeth who does the artwork and concepting after he and I choose the models and styles to focus on. These "special design experiments" are extremely time consuming and labor intensive but we hope you enjoy the results. Ideas and comments are more than welcome. Enough response may even lead to a round two of design of the same watch - so please comment below. You are also encouraged to suggest the watches that should make it into the Watch What-If section here on aBlogtoRead.com.
The first thing I thought to myself when I saw these new watches from Buben & Zorweg was "that looks an awful lot like a Martin Braun." Low and behold, Martin Braun is the man behind the movements in these watches. The architecture looks a lot like some of his new stuff at his current brand Antoine Martin. You can see a hands-on look at the Antoine Martin Perpetual Calendar watch here. The movement in this One Perpetual Calendar piece is directly adopted from that piece.
According to Maitres du Temps, Kari Voutilianen is responsible for the design of the movement in the Chapter Three watch. This includes its architecture, decoration, and also the finishing. Andreas Strehler on the other hand worked to have the movement interface with the watch case and worked on the function of the complications (such as the reveal feature). While the Maitres du Temps Chapter Three comes in a classic skin, it is nevertheless a unique product in the high-end world of independent watch making. Price of the Chapter Three Reveal is ,500 in 18k red gold and ,000 in 18k white gold.
Like the Helson Blackbeards, this is a fun design that will appeal to some and not at all to others. It's imposing, wearable and of course would be a great dive watch. I like it, though probably not every day.
Each of the watches is in steel, but some of them are black ion plated (IP), which Seiko calls "hard black coating." My favorite feature on each of the pieces is an engraving on the side of the case. Seiko uses the Star Wars universe "Aurebesh" language when engraving the name of the character. I thought that was pretty cool. On watches for Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Yoda, Seiko uses a central seconds hand (might be for the chronograph) that is in the same color as the character's light saber. It makes sense but I've never thought to see a watch hand as a light saber. I like how in the Seiko press release they go out of their way to explain that a light saber is the weapon of a Jedi knight in Star Wars. As though the people interested in these watches aren't familiar with that fact?
As a diver, the case is water resistant to 200 meters (pretty standard for a diving chronograph). The crystal is AR coated sapphire, and it has a nice looking rotating diver's bezel. I have to say that the Ananta case incorporates a diver's bezel quite nicely.
The enamel dial on the gold model is lovely with its shine and deep black color. While the standard model is more utilitarian and true to the Speedmaster theme, Omega wanted to dress up the gold and platinum versions a bit. Other than those minor differences, a review of this model should apply to any of the new Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph watches.
A lot of these guys verge on the point of consumer manipulation. Or at least are so disconnected with their "cause" that their philanthropic angle is speculative at best. It is a general rule that most companies claiming to have a charity angle should be investigated by buyers with their "caveat emptor" hats firmly placed on their heads.
Turning the 5235 over you almost expect a conspicuous label on the movement that says "Silinvar!" Nope, nothing like that. In fact, if you didn't know what you were looking for then you'd altogether miss that these special parts are in the movement at all. I think Patek Philippe did that on purpose. The amount of people who understand mechanical movements are small enough. So start putting labels talking about metal versus silicon on these movements and you are asking for confusion from a lot of consumers. The movement does look as nice as ever with is proper Patek finishing.
The surface of the steel on the Sporting Safari is said to have been specially heat treated and brushed. In addition to the gunmetal look, it is also apparently harder than standard steel. Attached to the watch is an olive green canvas strap with a leather liner. It has a bit of an aged look without really looking aged.
Two case sizes and two materials are available for the Pierre Arpels watch this year. Van Cleef & Arpels is offering a 38mm wide and 42mm wide version of the piece in both 18k pink gold and 18k white gold. Each version is also available with a diamond-lined bezel. I have a feeling the East is going to be gobbling most of those latter pieces. Personally, I don’t have much interest in the 38mm wide size. A lot of ladies will enjoy that piece. The 42mm wide size is pretty much what a man wants, and on my wrist I liked it. As far as the specific thickness of the case goes, I am not precisely sure, and it doesn’t really matter. When it feels thin, it is thin.
Inside of the RGM 801 Aircraft is their in-house made caliber 801 manually wound movement. At first glance you'll notice the excellent finishing of the beautiful mechanism. Most of the watch's value is in the movement and RGM does not let you down. Distinct from Swiss movements, the caliber 801 feels inspired from old pocket watch movements. It has 19 jewels and operates at 18,000 beats per hour. According to RGM, you can get it in a rhodium or gold plated finish. The large blued screws and red synthetic rubies are a highlight of the movement's design. Price for the RGM 801 Aircraft watch is ,400.