The color options of course go best with the available striped NATO style strap. These have become really popular lately, and the cool black and blue or black and orange NATO straps look really neat with the watch. Being a bracelet guy I prefer the nice three-link bracelet with some nice finishing details and a comfortable fit. I think the gray version looks best with the bracelet. Overall I think Maurice Lacroix did a good job designing a fun sport watch that could also be dressed up a bit.
Winder/Display case. The combined automatic winder and display case of the Zeit Device is in polished, solid walnut with buffalo leather lining. The case can sit on a desk with the timepiece securely held (push-fit) in a vertical position with the dial side in full view. Every 10 or 15 minutes – the interval is adjustable according to whether the timepiece requires fast winding or maintaining winding – the Zeit Device is rotated 185° and slowly oscillates to rest, causing a winding rotor to charge the mainspring. Keeping the Zeit Device wound in this way minimizes the necessity of having to reset the calendar functions after the movement has stopped.
Last night here in Los Angeles I was invited to view the traveling roadshow which is the Only Watch 2011 timepiece collection. On an arduous trip around the globe the 40 or so watches up for auction later this month in Monaco will have made only two stops in the United States before being bid on by those interested in acquiring these one-of-a-kind pieces.
Reading the watch in the dark is a bit tough. While the hour and minute hand have good lume on them, the markers don't. So unless you are really used to the dial, it won't be super easy to read the minutes and hours in the dark. At least not for me, as I like having at least a few of the hour markers lit up with lume.
For the money you get a lot with a watch like the M-Force. Orient is a brand that prides itself on value, so you really never end up feeling as though you didn't get enough for what you paid. The pieces might not be as solid feeling as higher-end Swiss pieces, but you are paying a fraction of the price. The M-Force models are fun and sport looking with a functional edge. They are comfortable on the wrist and feel tough enough to be beaten around. While similar in demeanor to many Seiko dive watches, Orient pieces feel a bit more classically inspired, versus Seiko which often features fun and futuristic concepts. Price before any available discounts online here at Orient Watches USA is 0.
One interesting thing on the dial is their interpretation of the “open” date window display on the three-hand model. The window is large enough to show more than just the current date, but small enough to only fully show the current date. This should help to reduce the confusion sometimes accompanying date windows of this style.
We discuss the necessary topic of how to spot a fake watch, and video game watch partnerships and the Romain Jerome Space Invader limited edition timepiece. Along with more.
Watch What-Iffed: Omega Speedmaster Limited Edition Apollo Soyuz Ref. 3220.127.116.11.99.001
About two years ago Audemars Piguet released a watch that for me was the predecessor to this timepiece. It was the Royal Oak Skeleton watch that I discussed hands-on here. A very cool watch, the Royal Oak Skeleton was offered in steel and rose gold. It was highly esteemed and hard to get. Price was from about k - k. Now there is a much more limited and much more exclusive version that will be available in 2012.
The original Datograph was named as such because in addition to the time, it featured a big-date indicator (which Lange called its "out-sized date") and a 30 minute chronograph. The "Datograph" name summed all that up nicely. For me the combination of light silver and black on the dial in addition to the symmetrical layout made it a gorgeous design.
but none of them are noticeable. The dial is super clean; it and the bezel have only hour markings, for a relaxed, casual feel. It makes for a versatile watch with a secret for the wearer. As I'll show below, the result is amazingly versatile in appearance.
Coming from the Jellyfish collection, the Snowmobile Adventure watch (as I will call it) was a sort of evolutionary step between the Jellyfish (see hands-on here) and the later Black Mamba watch (see hands-on here - which didn't quite make it to retail yet as I understand). The Jellyfish name comes from how the watch is meant to appear from the side with the straps held down. Nubeo's talented designer Ivan Castro is fascinated by the incorporation of organic shapes into industrial design. The watch includes the look of a Jellyfish, with vertebrae like structures in the strap (which are actually black ceramic inserts), as well as a range of other beautiful curves mixed with into the time telling machine.
I'm a big fan of the Christopher Ward brand. I've bought five of their watches since 2006, including a very nice C5 Malvern for my brothers' college graduation. CW makes really nice watches that are stunning values: Swiss made, ETA movements, sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coatings, good lume, excellent straps or bracelets, and under ,000. The Lido here is 254 pounds for non-EC buyers, which works out to 0 (US Price here). A wonderful deal.
Boxes such as this are at the top of the food chain for "it is really nice and I can't throw it away, but where the hell am I going to put it?" After spending over 0,000, the box is a nice welcome to the collection.
HM3 Frog Zris a limited edition of 18 pieces
You can look online for additional pictures of the Gerald Genta Gefica Bi-Retro watch. A few years ago the Gerald Genta watch brand died before the man himself did. It was engulfed by owner group Bulgari. So no more of these Gefica watches will ever be made. The good news is that Bulgari has continued the Gefica Bi-Retro using Bulgari branding. The case is the same but they changed the dial. I personally like the Gerald Genta version a bit better, but the Bulgari model will suffice as well. Price for the Gefica Bi-Retro retailed for about ,000. Fair, but still really pricey. The good news is that prices on the pre-owned market are a bit more reasonable. Like this one for example available on James List that is just under ,000. For me, this is a piece that WILL be in my collection sooner or later.
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Come On Down! Grand Seiko Roadshow In Phoenix Arizona October 14th
Some of Dubois-Depraz's largest clients are major brands in the Swatch and Richemont Group - as well as Rolex. Yes, even Rolex relies on Dubois-Depraz for at least a few important parts in some of their movements. Brands I know they work with include Breitling, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rolex, Patek-Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, and a lot others. For example the chronograph part of the movements in many Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshores are produced here at Dubois-Depraz. It might be surprising, even thought-provoking to learn that proud and important brands such of these rely on external suppliers for parts and expertise. That is one way of looking at it, especially given how much brands like to talk themselves up in terms of their technical achievements. Another way of looking at it is to simply understand the nature of "Swiss Made."
42 mm in diameter
Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on the inside, flat
Solid with stamped “Overseas” medallion, closed with screws
Equipped with antimagnetic protection
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