Not long ago Mathias was finally able to complete the Antikythera, miniaturizing the concept of the original into a wrist watch. And only Buttet's version actually tells the time and has a tourbillon. The man just LOVES tourbillons. It also runs by itself whereas the original needed to be hand-cranked. Hublot announced that no Antikythera movements will ever be sold. They anticipate making 3-4 of them and selling them (via auction) for charity. The sale of which I believe will benefit the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris (a really cool museum that focuses on the history of machines).
100-year indicator. The 100-year indicator advances in 5-year increments and acts like the odometer of a car. Where a car’s odometer keeps track of the total distance number at vehicle has driven, the 100-year and 1000-year indicators of the UR-1001 register the total running time of the movement.
Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak, Limited edition of 40 pieces for the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak’s model.
The watches themselves are interesting and beautiful, but not necessarily what I expect when I think of "Jules Verne." Many people consider Verne to be the father of modern science fiction. For me, he is much more about that, versus just exploration. The watches seem to focus more on the places he describes in a decorative manner, rather than the subject matter of what he was talking about. These are very "un sci-fi" watches. They are however very pretty timepieces that happen to have a rocket ship or balloon on them. These could just as easily have nothing to do with Jules Verne and still be presented the same way.
The different dials vary in color as well as the hour indicators. The hands are meant to be very legible with the minute hand almost dwarfing the hour hand. On this version the hour hand is not outlined in black as it is on other dials. That makes the hour hand look a bit puny. I would have liked for it to be larger. In fact, while it is still very legible, the hands could have easily been longer on the Manta Ray.
Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 83 here.
Storm is probably going to do pretty well with this watch. It isn't very expensive, and it has a cool action-hero style look that will appeal to the masses. I personally was gravitated to it when I first learned of it, and a boyish sense of "I want to put that on" came over me when I saw the angular looking case and second, smaller watch dial that was part of the strap. The look isn't exactly sophisticated, but has a certain unpolished charm to it. It is also a limited edition (of 3000 pieces) - which is a sort of an interesting fact and part of the appeal for some.
While the images are clearly renderings I think the final pieces will be nice to look at. The Emme watches are attached to black rubber straps and contain Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movements. According to Dwiss they are the nice elabore finished models with a custom Dwiss rotor.
Listening to Omega’s head of product development speak sheds light on some of the mysteries of watch-making and design. Good thing I recorded it. The best stuff I have for you in this article doesn’t come from me at all. The two videos included are interviews with Jean-Claude Monachon (Omega's head of Product Development) and Omega’s CEO Stephen Urquhart. I think you’ll enjoy the two of them.
These Tiret Gotham timepieces are some rare watches. The brand itself is a unique entity placed to serve rich rappers and alike. Not only those people but you get the idea. In a sense is a competitor to Jacob & Co., but they don't like to see it that way. Tiret is based in New York City and this watch is called the Gotham - imagine that.
Sapphire case top and crystals over the dual dials treated with anti-reflective treatment on both faces. Display back with anti-reflective treatment on single face.
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