Looking at the watch band further, another issue arises. The belt buckle closure. And although it is another icon of the brand - the belt buckle closure looks downright uncomfortable. Though the Marina Watch Collection was introduced at the Cruise Fashion Show, in reality, the wearer will have to still use her hands while wearing this. Imagine resting your hand on a desk - there's the belt buckle, now an uncomfortable indentation on your wrist.
Following a centuries-old tradition, watchmakers use lines rather than millimetres to describe the size of the movement’s diameter. This measurement is generally indicated as a triple apostrophe, so 16 1/2 lines is written as 16 1/2´´´, or 37.22 mm diameter. The line, or Parisian line, is an ancient watchmaking measurement that predates metrification and is a direct descendant of the French pied (foot) measurement used under the Ancien Régime. Each line is equivalent to 2.2558 mm, which is rounded up to 2.26 mm for ease of calculation. In the past the French foot used to correspond to 12 inches measuring 12 lines each.
The more I wear the watch, the more it impresses me. The best way to judge a watch design is by wearing it on and off in the midst of wearing other watches. That way you get a sense of comparison and you can appreciate that one watch makes you feel better than other. If only this technique was socially acceptable to do with women, but I digress. The 3-Timer watch isn't for every occasion, but it satisfies in most of them. I return to the concept that it is good for both sport and a suit. A concept that many watches aspire to, but many fail to achieve. Price for the line is in the 4,000 - 4,800 euro range for the non-gold versions. Prices go up to about 18,000 euros for full 18k gold models. This brown dialed version comes in a limited edition of just 22 pieces, so it is closer that 4,800 euro price.
So does Mr. Obama like his Vulcain Anniversary Heart watch? I'd like to think so. I don't know when he will wear it. In fact I would bet that like many of you, he's never even heard of the company until he got the watch. Oh, and I don't want to hear anything about "it is not legal for him to accept gifts" There are loopholes to that, and I am sure that after doing this for 50 years, Vulcain has found out about them.