My thanks to Christoper Ward for the review watch - as I plan to keep it, I'll be placing a bracelet order soon!
Nivatronic laser soldered balance spring
"Diastar" has been hipped down to "D-Star," which is supposed to make the collection sound more cool. The slightly oval, oblong case is much like the original, but the sporty dial and subtle nature of the watch are a modern treat. In fact, this is probably an easy watch to brush off at first glance as being nothing special. Wear it on the wrist for a while and a design like this will quickly grow on you. The case is in black ceramic... in pure Rado style. Here done in a matte finish. The case is 42mm wide and water resistant to 100 meters.
Crystal 5 non-reflecting sapphire crystals
It has been suggested that all Mickey Mouse dialed Rolex watches are fakes. Well not necessarily fake Rolex watches, but rather real ones that have had aftermarket dials placed in the watch. There is actually some merit to this argument because aftermarket Mickey Mouse Rolexes do exist. Based on my research however, I would say that it looks very likely that Rolex did have an actual relationship with Disney in mostly the 1960s and 1970s up to the early 1980s. In that time there seems to have been a series of Rolex watches with Mickey on the dial. These appear to be direct homages to the original Ingersoll Mickey Mouse dials.
Main Specifications of the Prototype Bluetooth Low Energy Watch
|Communication Specifications||Data Transfer Rate||1 Mbps|
|Signal Strength||0 dBm (1mW)|
|Signal Range||2—5 m (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)|
|Encryption Method||128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)|
|Communication Functions||Time Correction||The watch can be synchronized with time information transmitted from a smartphone|
|Incoming Call and E-mail Alert||The watch alerts users of incoming calls and e-mail messages sent to a smartphone|
|Finder Function||Alarm and vibration functions of a smartphone can be activated using a watch button|
|Watch Functions||Alarm||5 independent daily alarms; hourly time signal; vibration function|
|Stopwatch||1/100-second; measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99”; split time|
|Countdown Timer||Measuring unit: 1 second; Input range: 1 minute to 24 hours|
|World Time||100 cities (35 time zones, daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time|
|Light||Electro-luminescent backlight with afterglow|
|Other||Full auto-calendar, 12/24-hour format; sleep mode|
|Approx. Battery Life
(Based on the Prototype Model)
|Approx. 2 years (assuming the communication function is used for 12 hours per day)|
|Size of Case||53.4 Ã— 44.4 Ã— 12.8 mm|
|Total Weight||Approx. 50g|
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Tag Heuer watches like this are interesting, and I think this model was a bit on the rare side. At least I didn't see many of them. But it is cool, and people wanting a highly functional timepiece with Tag Heuer styling can easily look here. Original price was about ,100 retail, but available ones are less if you can find them online.
Thanks to Orbita for the review unit. Opinions are 100& independent.
The dial is all 1930s and the case is much more 1970s. According to Tag Heuer the design of the watch draws from both eras. In steel, the case is 38mm wide and cushion shaped. I like the brushed bezel and polished outer side of the case. The dial is exceptionally easy to read with its high contrast hands and numerals. Tag Heuer uses their "heritage" logo that is just "Heuer, " with "Monza" right above. The numerals are very retro looking and they used a cream colored lume outlined in blue (to match the hands).
Like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore or Hublot Big Bang, the Chopard Mille Miglia is a constant force of consistency, which little changes each year to help spice up a core collection timepiece that hopes to find a delicious new flavor to tempt you. It is like you know you enjoy ice cream, but are sick of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. So in this case, with the Mille Miglia, Chopard offers up potentially tasty new flavors to re-enliven your interest. 2010 first sees two new limited edition models with the Chopard Mille Miglia XL GT Chrono 2010, which is limited to 2010 pieces (imagine that), and the new Chopard Mille Miglia Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph 2010 - a new version of a Monaco tribute watch limited to 250 pieces in rose gold, with the steel version being a new edition to the overall collection (until they discontinue it down the line). Both watches are pleasing to the eye, fun, and fashionable.
Hublot offers the collection in matte ceramic cases which is really neat. So these cases aren't just colored metal. Metal comes in for the screws (which are titanium) and the pusher which have steel and rubber. I thought it was interesting that even the case backs of the watches were ceramic.
MB&F chose to first work with the characterful Laurent Picciotto of Chronopassion in Paris. The marketing campaign focuses on him, the watch, and Max Busser. MB&F makes him a star and dedicates the watch to him. The watch itself will be sold through Chronopassion, as well as other MB&F dealers. The concept is interesting because both MB&F and Chronopassion have reason to market the watch. While highly symbiotic in its approach, MB&F seeks to unlock the incentive both parties have to promote the product and the relationship.
Attached to the SP-1 Landship is a rubber strap that suits the look of the piece well. This is indeed a watch for collectors who appreciate this type of whimsy in the world of watch-making. While not strictly a limited edition, Azimuth will produce the SP-1 Landship in limited quantities. 2011 will see the production of 100 pieces - available closer to the end of the year. Price will be 6,800 Swiss Francs.
John goes out of his way to embarrass Ariel - he needs a girlfriend from the Ukraine. More on SIHH - we talk about Richard Mille RM 056 Sapphire crystal-cased watch (1,000 hours to machine each case) how much it costs, and how a slew of virgins must somehow be involved in that kind of pricing. More from the show and the completely unnecessary pain and loneliness that the watch industry and conventions in Switzerland can inflict. We also talk about more reasonable watches like new stuff from Hamilton (a slide-rule complication that's useful - John disagrees) - X-Patrol!
Understanding the Spherodrive technology and its benefits made me suggest back in 2009 that (and I am paraphrasing) "all mechanical movements should use this technology someday." Unless there are mechanical drawbacks that I am not aware of, the Spherodrive system for connecting mainspring barrels to movements is a no-brainer improvement over the the standard technique. There is however the matter of price. Eterna's Madison Eight Days watch retails for 11,950 Swiss Francs. True, quality is high and you get an in-house made movement, but it is still an expensive endeavor. Mechanical technophiles and serious enthusiasts will be attracted by the technology, though I am afraid many casual watch lovers simply won't understand the technology enough at this point. Eterna is moving in the right direction as a technical innovator, and I want to see Spherodrive technology implemented into more contemporary watches, in new movements with automatic winding, and at prices that are in the ,000 - ,000 range.
Crown 18K white gold and rubber with HW engraving
Tech specs from Cyrus:
Hermes didn't like my dismissal of their new toy at all. Especially since it was the watch they needed people to focus on this year. The watch itself comes in a 43mm wide case in steel and as a limited edition of 174 pieces in 18k rose gold. The Arceau style case has a more pronounced lug structure on the top and suavely curved numerals that seem to run around the dial. You can get it with a silvered or black dial - each decorated with pleasant textures. The asymmetrical dial is interesting and still feels balanced. The retrograde date dial is surprisingly easy to read and I like how the hands seems to come out of nowhere. Inside the watch is an automatic mechanical movement with the special time suspended module that was specially developed for the watch. It is actually a good looking timepiece, even without the complication.
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