Finishing on the case is acceptable for the price range. It is in steel with 50 meters of water resistance and a sapphire coated mineral crystal. Another crystal is affixed to the caseback for you to see the movement. The case is comfy on the wrist and I like all the strap options. I got a few of the straps to play with. I opted for the NATO strap because I like how it felt and fit with the case. Techne offers a range of colors for the NATO straps and also has a riveted brow leather strap (Pilot style), and a mesh metal bracelet which is pretty cool. The strap width is 20mm for the Sparrowhawk. You should know that Techne has large wrists in mind as the straps are typically very long.
While lots of classic car lovers are familiar with Austin Healey and cars, like the 3000 (below) and the Sprite, I would say that a club that races the cars and are dedicated only to them is the very definition of Niche. The brand has been "no longer" for a long time and it is interesting to consider a dedicated group of people that year after year obsess over the same cars. Still they are a fun bunch of little roadsters that certainly help remind of a time back in the 1950s and 1960s when small sporty cars were a European specialty. While the special limited edition Frederique Constant Healey Chrono Automatic is made for the small club, there are going to 1,888 pieces available in each version. Meaning that the brand wants more than just a few people to pick this piece us. Good thing that the watch styling is handsome enough for plenty of people to get into them.
- Cartier, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
o September 30th through October 6th
- Cartier, Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York
o October 8th through October 16th
- Hyde Park Jewelers, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, Colorado
o October 18th through October 27th
- Cellini, Waldorf Astoria, New York City, New York
o October 30th through November 10th
- Cartier, North Park Center, Dallas, Texas
o November 13th through November 29th
- Cartier, WYNN Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
o January 8th through January 24th
- Cartier, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California
o January 27th through February 3rd
- Cartier, Waterside Shops Pelican Bay, Naples, Florida
o February 7th through February 18th
- Cartier, 370 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California
o February 22nd through March 10th
- Cartier, Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour, Florida
o February 28th through March 9th
- Cartier, 40 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts
o March 11th through March 20th
Corum Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48 Limited Edition Watch
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Corum Admiral’s Cup Deep Hull 48 Limited Edition Watch
Even after 81 years, the Calibre 101 continues to be a micromechanical wonder, retaining a freshness and beauty in modern times while hearkening back to an earlier era.
Porsche Design Heritage P’6530 Watch
6 Commentsby Ariel Adams
Porsche Design Heritage P’6530 Watch
One of the coolest watches of the last few years didn't see its proper level of greatness because it was too expensive. At over 0,000 (retailed at about 78,000 euros) the Porsche Design Indicator remained a beautiful and fundamentally superior design that you could only appreciate from a distance. Eterna, who makes all the watches for Porsche Design, still makes 2-4 of the Indicator watches per a year, but on request only. The watch is limited to 50 pieces, so eventually they will be all out. Let's take a quick peak at this watch. You can also get them online, with a few available costing in the 0,000 range. Original retail was at least ,000 more than that.
- Inclined at a 25° angle, 24-second rotation
- Cage pillars in Avional
- Titanium cage bridges
- Gold counterweight
Amethyst is used extensively in the JwlryMachine Purple. You'll find it as the large cabochon style eyes at the top of the hour and minute indicator cylinders, as well as over the open movement. The crystal there is specially engraved to look like feathers. What is really cool, is that it is semi transparent. Meaning you can still see the 22k gold battle ax style automatic rotor spinning underneath it. Another amethyst is used as a cabochon on the crown. The watch has about 41 carats of amethyst. Aside from amethyst you'll find a few precious stones on the complex case. These include about a carat of diamonds, as well as over 5 carats of mixed blue and purple sapphires.
As a design element, Raymond Weil pumps up the tachymeter around the bezel. I mean look how large it is. These are one of the least used features on watches around, and yet the Nabucco watches are designed to make it seem like you'd use a tachymeter (tachometric scale) on a daily basis. It does add aesthetic and character to the design, but I feel as though its placement just reaffirms the fact that many Raymond Weil watches are not made for serious watch lovers. And that is OK, we aren't a giant demographic. But satisfy us, and you've pretty much satisfied everyone else as well. Though interestingly enough, Raymond Weil watches are very popular in the US. Probably because of their distribution and comparatively reasonable prices for well-made watches.
Caliber: ETA 2824-2 automatic
Functions: hours, minutes and seconds, date
Size: 11 1/2"
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Hz: 4/28'800 vibrations per hour
Finish: Rhodium plated with Incabloc anti-shock.
And now the case. The big and heavy (really heavy) case contraption that almost makes the watch feel worth its price. Made from aluminum, the case looks like a diving vessel itself. Again you see an engraving of the Angler fish on it, and a thick porthole with a rounded crystal lens where the watch sits and stare at you as though it is safe while you are in the ocean. It is a serious part of the timepiece's presentation, and U-Boat makes you feel pretty darn special to have received this thing. I've never had a more lasting impression of a watch's presentation box. I think it must have cost U-Boat almost as much as the watch itself to make.
The Happy Games watch itself is the most classic Swatch looking, but with slightly stylized face with a little pattern on the dial and skeletonized hands. The white dial looks good with the textured gray silicon strap and the Vancouver imagery. The clearish plastic case is 38mm wide and the watch retails for .
The G-02 movement performs "one operation per second," which accounts for the watches' One Hertz name. The watch actually runs at a 2.5 hertz rate which I think is 21,600 bpm. So how does the second hand move only one place each second? Well it is really complex actually. Most watches like this have some type of constant force escapement, but the G-02 does not. It has a complex system of two mainspring barrels that work together to tell the time. Each mainspring barrel has its own gear train, but they are connected to work in unison. So one works to move the seconds hand, and another moves the hours and minutes. Not totally sure though how the seconds operate so slowly (most mechanical watches have the seconds hand tick rapidly at 5-10 times per seconds to make it look like it is sweeping), but here the seconds hand ticks just once per a second. The only true sweeping seconds hand is on a Seiko Spring Drive watch (as far as I know) - though perhaps on a tuning fork movement (I just don't know enough about those). Anyhow, Gronefeld worked to ensure that friction was really low in the movement to promote accuracy.
For 2010 Junghans is going to release three new models of the classic Max Bill watch. A manually wound version, an automatic, and a chronograph (called the Chronoscope). One thing that I am not sure about is the movements actually used. Each mechanical of course, but not sure who makes them - possibly ETA. The cases are in steel and the watch is attached to a mesh metal bracelet with a folding clasp. There is SuperLumiNova on the hands and some of the major hour markers as well.
The black color-coated steel case is actually made nicely. Smooth lines are only broken up by a black-colored Swarovski crystal cabochon in the crown. Then you of course have the bezel - which is lined with a ring of pyramid-shaped spikes. Perfect to go with that spiked dog collar style necklace you've been looking to wear. The back of the watch has an engraved caseback with the Rock Candy and Chouette logos. You also get the number of the watch in the limited edition of pieces.
This is the new limited edition Oris sub seconds diver made to help out the Great Barrier Reef. Each watch that is sold will have Oris donating 50 Swiss Francs (that's it?) to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS). Didn't anyone tell Oris they don't use Swiss Francs in Australia! I joke! The money will go to help keep creatures in the Great Barrier Reef alive. Basically, there are a lot of serious issues with the reef and rather than help preserve certain areas, the project is going to relocate animals. A brave endeavor indeed. "Little fish! Sign these papers, you don't live here anymore." Now get out of here... we are gonna take you to a better place... Yea, a much better place (chuckle)."