I thought I was pretty clever using it to cheat a bit in school, because the teachers were not up to speed with the available technology. I saved up by grabbing anything of value in my apartment building trash room. Things like old boob boxes (aka televisions), which I would diagnose, fix, and then resell. Took a while, but I finally got it!
The Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon Minute-Repeater as seen here, in 18k white gold is a limited edition of 30 pieces and is priced at 9,000 each. bulgari.com
The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst dial also features a big date ("outsize date," as Lange calls it) window, power reserve indicator, and a view of the one minute tourbillon. This is all part of the in-house made and designed caliber L961.3 manually-would movement. It uses a German Silver 3/4 base plate and it comprises 378 parts. The movement operates at 21,600 bph, and further, uses an in-house made balance spring. Given that this is one of Lange's tourbillon-based watches, it uses diamond end-stones for the tourbillon. Power reserve for the movement is three days (72 hours).
True enough, a survey of the many watch faces on FaceRepo finds many homages to actual watches that are just plain wrong. Sometimes, the design has included various enhancements to build upon the ability for a smartwatch to indicate lots of useful information, such as calendar and weather data. Other times, these homage Android Wear smartwatch dials aren't even of "real" watches but of fakes. Yes, you can find Android Wear watch faces inspired by fake versions of real watches. However, I think the value to the watch industry of participating in the smartwatch watch face game outweights the potential risks. First of all, no one will mistake a smartwatch for a real mechanical watch. Second, the positive name recognition and branding benefits of having limitless consumers "try before they buy" is potentially priceless.
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch." In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we're speaking with Chris Vail, the guy behind the Kickstarter darling, Lew & Huey.
Aloe Blacc: I just enjoy seeing the intricate design of the inside movement as it keeps time. It’s just such a beautiful piece. I had an emotive response to it – from the way it looks, to how it’s never going to fall out of time. I find I just wear the Portuguese Tourbillon all the time. My Perpetual Calendar Dual Moonphase is still stuck in 2013 because haven't been wearing it enough ever since I got the Tourbillon!
I flew into L.A., not knowing what to expect, but knowing I would be having a great time. After all, I was getting to nerd out on watches with people who know far more than me. Getting the chance to hang out with Ariel on a watch shopping trip could not have been a more unique & memorable experience. As I made my way to my hotel, knowing I had a few hours before the book launch event, I avoided any watch shopping. I spent the afternoon soaking up the sun & atmosphere that L.A. had to offer. Coming from Chicago & its 20 degree cold that weekend, I couldn't get enough.
As we will shortly discover, the Apple Watch was designed to offer an extremely wide range of functions, from lifestyle apps through navigation to processing payments; and to make the most of these Apple seems to have worked extensively on the user interface. "User-friendliness" certainly is a trademark of Apple and so it is no surprise they say they went out of their way to be sure the Watch will be easy to use even for novice customers.
In July 2014 the monthly aBlogtoWatch giveaway watch was a Marvin Origin Gent Automatic, and the lucky winner was Mark N. After receiving the watch, he has sent us some pictures and the thoughts below. We thank Mark, and everyone else who participates in aBlogtoWatch watch giveaways.
My wrist shot for the Nomos Tetra. My wrist is around seven inches.
The two watches will have distinct dials, but the same great looking Campanola family case in steel. Citizen has oddly not published the diameter of the cases, but given typical Campanola sizes I anticipate the watches to be between about 42-45mm wide. They will also be tall, because Citizen likes to use thickly domed, and quite fantastic sapphire crystals over the dial - which have an extremely impressive anti-reflective coating application.
The ARM09-S movement has a full 8 days of power reserve. It operates on the steadier side at 18,000 bph which allows for efficient use of power. The construction of the movement is also rather efficient, as it is produced from just 146 components. One of my favorite things to do with the caliber ARM09-0S watch is, simply, to wind it. The mainspring barrels turn with another gear running against them in the opposite direction, creating an enhanced sense of movement. It is beautiful to look at, even for people who know nothing about mechanical watches.
Girard-Perregaux will offer the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date And Moon Phases watch in both polished steel and 18k rose gold. I only got to see the steel version, but given the smoked style of the sapphire crystal I have a feeling that I will enjoy it more given that the gray colors all work better together. Having said that, the 18k rose gold model might just surprise me when Girard-Perregaux releases these models with the transparent sapphire crystal dials later in 2014.
aBlogtoWatch first discussed the Ressence Type 1 watch here where our David spend a healthy amount of time discussing the construction of the case and movement, as well as the collection overall. We were jazzed about the Type 1 then, and after getting some hands-on with it, we feel that it is a very solid "entry-level" Ressence. The problem, of course, is that in the world of exclusive limited production timepieces, entry level still often means out of reach for most consumers.
During this international tournament - which represents an important date for all young players for half a century - every year, 200 athletes from 34 countries gather here, wishful of follow the footsteps of great champions of today, like Federer and many others whom at Tennis Club Alberto Bonacossa had their first satisfactions.
New functionality in the Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision watch adds customization features that Victorinox Swiss Army customers have been asking for. The Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision watch has two large-sized LEDs in the lighting module which are either directed onto the dial for illumination purposes our externally as a beacon or flashlight. In order to preserve the timepiece's primary functionality to indicate the time, a separate battery is used for the Swiss Ronda caliber 705 quartz watch movement, as well as for the lighting module. For the latest Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision models, the user can disable the blinking small red LED "Locater / Light EOL" which is located above 6 o'clock on the dial. This light allows wearers to locate the watch in the dark while it also serves to notify users when the battery for the light module must be changed. Now, users can disable the passive blinking red LED light.
E-ink later found popularity in other more expensive Seiko watches such as EPD Active Matrix collection, as well as in less expensive models from brands such as Phosphor. While news of the Sony FES e-ink watch has been around for a few months as a concept under the "TAKT PROJECT," what is new today is that Sony has announced it is behind the upcoming timepiece whose crowd-funding campaign is just about over (for the second time). Sony is being quite literal about the "Fashion Entertainments" name, as the watch isn't a smartwatch, but is rather meant to be a modern piece of entertaining fashion, as the entire case and strap can change, given that they are flexible e-ink screens that can display anything.
To begin with, we should note that the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair is the world's largest fair of its kind, with over 750 exhibitors and 19,000 visitors – which is all the more impressive when we consider that there is only one public day, and the other four days are reserved for exhibitors, buyers (meaning watch manufacturers and wholesalers), and the media. In other words, this fair is tailored to bring small and large quantity buyers from around the world – yes, with innumerable Swiss participants included – to do business, find suppliers of parts, or even complete watches, branded to their requirements. But there is nothing new there, as Hong Kong and China have for long been the nest for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and private label companies – companies which are fully capable of assembling watches of your own design, with varying limitations, of course, and printing your own brand name on the dial and packaging, as well as just about everything else you may want. You just have to take care of marketing and distribution.
Inside the 50th Anniversary Goldfinger watch is Omega's new Master Coaxial movement, which uses their highly anti-magnetic components. The movement is the Omega produced calibre 8501, which is a bit unique in this instance because it uses 18k yellow gold, versus red gold, for a movement bridge and the automatic rotor.
Not that all businesses must be transparent, but it is my personal opinion that a business – whose bread and butter is the attention of highly educated and sophisticated consumers – should have an honest relationship with its audience. Like I said above, the goal of aBlogtoWatch from the beginning was to be a valuable resource for its audience, and as we grow I've been keen to keep it that way.