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In essence, while the A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Mérite remained the same despite the subtle change to the 41.9 millimeter wide case's material, it remains just as impressive technologically as it ever was. Given that we are talking A. Lange & Söhne here – at its finest and most complicated – prices follow stubbornly, as the A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Mérite is priced at 2,900, and again, in this particular combination, it will be available in A. Lange & Söhne boutiques only. alange-soehne.com
A close up shot of the bezel.
At first, I rather liked the designs that had the white dials, with the crisp presentation. Looking at the pictures more closely, however, I feel the Junghans Force Mega Solar watches with the black dials actually are the more intriguing. With those, you can still see the solar panel in all its glory. For me, that look calls to mind the futurism of the 80s somehow (perhaps from seeing the first solar-powered calculators), and lends that extra bit of "oomph" to the design for me.
The date window on the dial is remarkably unobtrusive even though the color of the date dial isn't blue. Though the dial color does go with the large minute markers. If this watch was in the thousands of dollars I would complain that the date window should perhaps be a bit more elegant and have a disc with a matching color to the dial, but it isn't really that bad and given all the value here it doesn't really bother me. Some people might even claim the dial would be better without a date window.
Purchasing power concerns a trading owner’s ability to obtain more for his watch than when opting to sell. Pre-owned specialists frequently offer more value for a trade than for outright purchase of the same watch. And the purchasing power of a trade is greater due to the ability of both parties to obtain desired pieces with fewer or no income and sales tax consequences.
OK, first the bad news. Well it isn't really bad, but I was upset to not get compliments and comments from everyone I met while wearing the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid. How do you not comment on a watch like this? Are people too shy? Yes, it is true that I didn't go to watch gatherings or industry events with the watch - but still. This is the type of attractive mechanical watch that I know gets people excited. So why are people relatively quite about it?
Despite the fact that we are looking at a refined ladies' watch here, let us briefly mention the details of the movement within. The Calibre 215 is equipped with a Gyromax balance, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, ensuring an abiding, steadfast precision. The Gyromax balance is unique in that, instead of using a balance rim with threaded holes and screws, this system uses weights set down into the rim which can be rotated on their mounting pins in order to move the mass of the weight inward or outward. In addition, the extensive angling of plate and bridge edges enhance the movement's aesthetics and eliminate debris during servicing. All 157 movement components are individually designed to ensure the precision, longevity, and reliability of the entire timepiece. The movement is capable of a power reserve ranging from 39 hours to 44 hours. The entire movement is visible via a sapphire crystal case back.
Will this be the watch to entice you to replace your luxury timepiece? Well, it is likely not the case. But for the buyers who would normally be shopping from the selection of fashion watches out there, the Guess Connect is certainly a way of getting into a more subtle smartwatch without (presumably, as pricing is not yet known) breaking the bank. guesswatches.com
The irony of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme watch was that it was originally released in steel, as a lower-priced model for the high-end brand. This was back in 2011, and we offered a review of the steel Jaquet Droz Grande Second Quantieme watch here. For 2014, Jaquet Droz releases some new versions of the this "calendar" (quantieme) version of its Grande Seconde watch in gold as well as with enamel dials.
Grenon's of Newport: Newport is a great historic town. We have the Guilded Age mansions, the oldest Synagogue in the country, one of the oldest restaurants in the country, a naval base, several great museums, and several important buildings from the Colonial period. Newport is also a huge sailing town as the America's Cup was held here for a very long time and several other important yachting events still happen here. So of course sailing watches are popular here and with the fascination with history and craftsmanship, many here appreciate the interesting stories behind many of the smaller independent watchmakers.
Anyhow, even though META is putting considerable resources behind the M1 smartwatch collection, it is only the start of what Bill feels are a series of major evolutionary steps for the smartwatch industry. META doesn't just want to be a smartwatch maker, but also a supplier of smartwatch platforms. You'll be hearing more about that in the future. This is a good thing, and I will tell you why.
The irony of an 18k gold Royal Oak is that when the Royal Oak was first introduced by Audemars Piguet in the early 1970s, its goal was to be a high-end sports watch in steel... priced like a gold watch. Having a gold version is slightly ironic, given the original theme of the Royal Oak, but we can't blame Audemars Piguet for deciding to produce 18k gold models of the famous timepiece. If you wear a gold watch chances are that you want people to see it; so the 41mm wide version of the Royal Oak makes the most sense - and it looks very fine in its ref. 15400OR.OO.1220OR.01 iteration, priced at ,500.
Before we get to that bezel, I wanted to talk about what it has in common with, and how it’s physically different from the Seebatallion. In general, it shares the same foundation, but is much simpler. Both watches feature 44mm cases although the SeeBataillon is in titanium and the Mühle Glashütte Kampfschwimmer is in stainless steel and 2.4mm thicker. They also both have an external bezel, crown at four o’clock, and 300m of water resistance. The Kampfschwimmer sheds most of the instrumentation features: The chapter ring is bare, it features thin stock hands instead of pilot style hands, the bezel does not have any Arabic numbers and relies exclusively on stick markers. The Mühle Glashütte Kampfschwimmer also features a unidirectional bezel versus bidirectional on the Seebataillon, and its lugs are wider and longer. The shade of blue on the dial is a vibrant cobalt, while the Seebatallion features a navy dial. Instead of utilizing the Seebatallion’s Indian Rubber strap which features endpieces that perfectly fit the contours of the caseline, the Mühle Glashütte Kampfschwimmer features a synthetic “sailcloth” fabric strap that is similar in composition to the strap found on the Longines Legend Diver or the Omega Dark Side of the Moon. Instead of featuring a deployant clasp it features a light tang buckle.
This is a watch I was really quite happy I got to spend some time with. Weiss seems to be doing a lot of things right, and have been making the move towards producing more and more of their components here in the States (again, more on that here ), as well as assembling the movement here as well. To me, it shows a sign of maturity in a brand that they can take up that challenge, as well as a commitment to what they are producing (and where it's being made).
Chronopassion: Richard Mille - for having been part of the brand as a co-founder and shareholder of the brand company, which allows me to be knowledgeable in depth on the brand and its watches. chronopassion.fr
"I bought this watch in the hopes that I would be able to keep track of time while I was scuba diving in volcanic lava. After only one 20 minute dive the watch stopped working for some reason. I sent it back to Zenith and they claimed the watch was not lava resistant past 30 feet. I was only diving in 20 feet of lava so I told the CEO to his face that he was a big fat liar. Then I drove to their manufacturing facility and broke in during the night to procure myself a new watch as they refused to replace the first ninety thousand dollar piece of crap I bought from them. Once inside Zenith's top secret facility I confirmed what I had suspected all along. A room full of Umpa Loompa's rebadging Casio G-Shock watches with a cheap titanium exterior and stamping 5,000 price tags on them."
It seems my reputation as ABTW’s resident “vintage guy” is well known amongst my colleagues! Although I readily enjoy the opportunities to play with interesting new timepieces, the bulk of timepieces in my personal collection are from the past. Fortunately for me, there are some great modern watches on the market that not only take their design cues from historical models, but are truly reissues of the originals – as evidenced by the sublime Zenith El Primero Original 1969 presented to me this year by my Secret Santa.
aBlogtoWatch currently gets about 1-5 emails a week from people excited about their new watch campaigns on crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We can't cover them all, and in fact, we don't cover most of them. Not fair, you say? There are some awesome watches on Kickstarter, you say? Maybe, but we prefer to write about mostly watches that we know for sure will be made or are currently available. A lot of the stuff on Kickstarter is there because it hasn't been made yet - and sometimes it never gets made, because either the campaign doesn't get fully funded or because technically the projects proved too challenging.
>Model: T32 (ref. T32103)
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes, but I'd have to change out the strap pretty early on.
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: While this is a good one for aviator watch folks, I think it would be a good one for the collector who is into movements, and wants to pick up a Valanvron.
>Best characteristic of watch: The clean layout combined with a very strong lume showing.
>Worst characteristic of watch: The squeaky strap, for sure.