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While it does not surprise me much, I can't say that I would have guessed Rado would bring out a watch with the aesthetic of Tron. In a way I get it. Rado had a nice time in the 1980s when it started to popularize ceramic cased watches, and Tron came out in the 1980s. Both were futuristic in their own avant garde manner. The Rado R-One (R-1) isn't per se a "Tron watch" as there is no official connection, but you'd be amiss to find the R-One's design not wholly inspired by the movie franchise.
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Central Watch is a full service watch repair shop. They can work with new and vintage watches, and even perform complex restoration projects. Kivel admits to preferring to work on new watches. One reason is that they are usually untouched by other watch makers who didn't know what they were doing. The second reason is a testament to modern technology, being that in his opinion watch movements are (mostly) made better today than ever before. It goes without saying that they also service quartz watches, and perform basic services such as strap and battery replacements. As expert watch makers, Central Watch is further able to work on pocket watches as well as clocks.
The inner most disc is the seconds indicator. Outside of that is the minute ring. You read the minutes at the hour hand which sits next to both the current hour as well as where you read the minutes. In the video you'll see just what I mean. The hour hand is a bit like a small cubic rod. There is yellow on one side and blue on the the other. It spins around between day and night cycles. I thought that was pretty cool. On the left of the face is a retrograde date indicator and moon phase. Both of these indicators are special as well.Read more ›
6. Hamilton Pan Europ Watch
In addition to having Omega's Co-Axial escapement that helps the watch maintain good time over the long run, the 9300 (9301) calibers are also COSC Chronometer rated. I found it to be reliable and it kept good time. There are a few tricks to the movement. First (like the caliber 8500 movement) you can adjust the hour hand in one hour increments to make it easy to switch to local time while travelling. Though this is also how you change the date (by rapidly advancing or going back in time). Technically, you can also track a second time zone. This is done by using the chronograph subdial that has two hands. You start the chronograph exactly at midnight or noon for that second timezone, and the hour and minute hands for the chrono will double as the time for that other time zone. It is a nice little function to have available. Further details about the movement include that it has a silicon hairspring and double mainspring barrels with a power reserve of 60 hours. Overall, I am very impressed by the Omega caliber 9300 family movements because they really are something special above and beyond most basic movements from ETA's regular stock.
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Dive watch purists will complain about the lack of rotating bezel. I agree, it would have been nice to have one given how common they are on diver's watches - especially since the original Oktopus had one. Linde Werdelin however simply wanted to be different. They said "screw it" we are gonna make a dive watch without a rotating bezel... and they did.
A few months ago Ball Watches & BMW jointly announced that they would enter into an agreement to produce high-end watches from Ball for BMW. I got to see some prototypes and pictures a few months ago but was not allowed to discuss them until now. The relationship marks yet another watch brand plus car maker looking to make cool timepieces to appeal to both watch and car lovers. Will this be a success?
Purists love the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. Like the originals from 1969, these pieces replicate today those watches worn on the moon years ago. Of course they are cool, but much of the time I lust for more modern timepieces. The new for 2011 Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph is the most modern Speedmaster to-date (and I first covered it here). Up to 44.25mm wide, it features a slick design, improved legibility, and a fantastic movement made in-house by Omega. Even with all that, it still retains the charm and timeless design of the original.Read more ›
On the one hand, a proof of concept that "all these features can be used via a purely analog display" is a good thing. That these watches work with their many motorized hands is impressive. On paper, multi-function quartz movement-based analog watches sound fantastic. In practice they are often too complicated to be picked up and simply played with. Their appeal is in using a few basic features and playing with the rest from time to time... while having a complex-looking timepiece that looks cool. This is the hallmark of the Casio Edifice collection - a range of watches trying to capitalize on the extremely deserved success of digital Casio watches in a more fashionable analog form. The resulting success varies from model to model. In true Japanese fashion, Casio releases new Edifice (and other) models each year. It can be difficult to tell some of them apart, and more difficult to determine what features one has over another. Unlike Swiss watches whose designs can be very distinct and their functions clear, part of the fun of getting a cool Japanese watch is trying to understand what makes them all different. This is a review of the new for 2012 Casio Edifice EQWT720DC-1A. Let's see what it's got.
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The watch face is clean and easy to read, the gray numbers on the dial along with some red accents blend seamlessly with the design of the watch. Also there are small 24 hour marks on the inner bezel which are great fore anyone who lives in a country that uses a 24h time format (Such as myself, I live in Israel), And also is great for military personnel who also make use of 24 hour time .
Tech Specs from Zegna:
I've owned several Orients, and this is the nicest finish I've seen on their movements.Read more ›