At 45mm wide, the steel case varies from about 15mm to about 17mm thick depending on whether you have the Mechanical or Space Module inside of it. The lug to lug length is pretty large, so don't expect a compact fit for smaller wrists. Having said that, given that there is a "case within a case" the Halda Space Discovery could have worn a lot larger. As you can see, in addition to the steel bracelet, there is a fabric Velcro strap option as well. Further, while the modules have sapphire crystals over them, Halda says that they will replace them with Hesalite crystals for free if the wearer is actually going into space with them. I don't think sapphire crystals in space are a real issue, but there is, of course, a super small chance that they can shatter upon serious impact - which will lead to a lot of dangerous floating particles in zero gravity.
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With more and more high-complication models, Cartier has been doing the right thing in trying to appeal to hardcore watch lovers. Then again, the core of the brand has always been timeless watches like the Cartier Tank, whether it is the Cartier Tank MC or similar pieces. There will always be a larger demographic who own watches from the brand who don't consider themselves "watch lovers," compared to those who do, for the simple reason that the brand is so popular. The good news is that if you are a "watch person" and keen to get one of Cartier's fine timepieces, you won't be let down. Price for the Cartier Tank MC in steel is ,000. cartier.com
HYT is one of the most exciting brands to pop onto the haute horology scene in recent years and that is mainly because of the brand’s unique selling proposition of using liquid to tell time. The new HYT H4 is essentially a mashup of the brand’s previous watches. It is an H1 with a skeletonized movement inside the case of a HYT Skull. Regardless of the elements that make up the H4, it has a special red-colored liquid and a high-tech 3DTP carbon case and just looks cool, in our books.
The Casio Pro Trek PRW-3500 uses that same Triple Sensor Version 3 module in the movement, but goes back to the chunkier style, with a wide rotating navigational bezel that Casio Pro Trek customers like. The Casio Pro Trek PRW-3500 has a 53.4mm wide case that is 14.5mm thick and 56.9mm long. Nevertheless, with the resin strap it weighs just 89 grams and offers Casio's legendary Pro Trek comfort.
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As much of a cliché as it is, watches tend to become such an item in everyday life as well, as many – not even necessarily watch nerds – grow emotionally attached to their timepieces, and the way it was featured and depicted by Top Gear in their latest challenge (again, in Top Gear Season 22, Episode 6) reinforced that important role watches often play in people's lives.
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Stepan Sarpaneva produces much of his own timepieces personally in his workshop in Helsinki. An artist and machinist, he is best known for his distinctive “moon face” moonphase indicator display on many of his watches that is actually inspired by his own face. Quirky and original, timepieces like Sarpaneva's strike a major chord with those who like good watches produced in exclusive batches by passionate artists. For 2015, Sarpaneva teams up with Black Badger to create the Sarpaneva Northern Lights which takes one of his most successful designs and adds three different Black Badger lume dials in either purple, blue, or green. Black Badger produces not lume paint, but actual luminant composite materials that could be absolute game changers for the watch industry. Limited to just eight watches each, the Sarpaneva Northern Lights watches aren’t just amazingly cool, they are likely the start of a major new material trend. Price for the Sarpaneva Northern Lights limited edition watches is 14,500 Euros each.
By the end of the third day, it was covered in snow and ice and had already stopped sending rescue signals, and yet it was shown as one of the very few of Richard's connections to civilization. The picture above is from a scene where he, on his last day there, is shouting in anger into the vast nothingness of the Canadian Rockies, threatening his Top Gear colleagues who chose a rather comfortable pace when coming to his rescue. The watch – still there, strapped to the tree – reminded me of the volleyball famously called "Wilson" in Tom Hanks' Cast Away movie, where it was that item that became a partner and a link to the outer world – for the cast away Hanks.
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To house the new RD820SQ automatic movement, Roger Dubuis decided to once again rely on their Excalibur case collection which I believe remains their most popular family of products. The specific case is the Excalibur 42, which at 42mm wide is a very reasonable 11.44mm thick. While you can go up to 47mm wide in an Excalibur case, such larger sizes really aren’t particularly comfortable for most people to wear on a daily basis. I actually like a lot of the 47mm wide Excalibur cases, but they aren’t suitable for constant wear. At 42mm wide, Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur case wraps around the wrist with ease and is pleasantly comfortable. The case is, however, only water resistant to 30 meters – so no swimming with one of these on.
Enamel dials are very beautiful, and the color lasts more-or-less forever. A close look at the white grand feu enamel dial of this watch yields extremely crisp hour numerals, text, and markers. Grand feu implies that after the enamel is applied, the entire dial is baked to make it permanent. If you want an enamel dial watch on the cheap merely to appreciate the technique, look for a vintage pocket watch with an enamel dial.
Other features in the automatic movement are GMT hand (with a dedicated pusher on the case to adjust the second time zone), a big date indicator, and a month indicator (it is an annual calendar). The case has a bi-directional rotating bezel used for navigation purposes, given the various compass and other markings on it, and the case also has a special crown locking ring rather than a screw-down ring.
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Jack Ryan: Austin is best known for its reputation as the live music capital of the world. You can walk into any bar, any night of the week, and find live music. It is an integral part of our culture, and one of the largest music festivals in the world is held here each year. Anyone visiting Austin must see some live music. In addition, we have a wonderfully young and active culture that can be experienced along the running trail at Lady Bird Lake, or at Zilker Park. You will find runners, cyclists, rock climbers, disk golfers, slackliners, and usually a guitarist or two.
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The F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain watch in 18k red gold with the "CS Traditional Dial" is priced at ,000. In platinum, it would be ,600. With the new gold dial, the F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain in 18k red gold is ,200 and ,800 in platinum. fpjourne.com
While the SevenFriday M-Series watches share the same basic silhouette as the P-Series models with their lugless 47mm wide cases, the concept and dials are very distinctive. The SevenFriday M1 and the SevenFriday M2 watches are similar, but with different finishes, and given the black-coated case, the SevenFriday M2 is going to be a bit more expensive. Otherwise, both of these watches that debut the SevenFriday M-Series are all about using discs versus hands to tell the time.
Really, disco ball? Well, that is what I am calling it. Jacob & Co. claims that the spherically cut diamond uses an exclusive cutting process debuted by Jacob & Co to cut a diamond with 288 facets. This round diamond is supposed to represent the moon - which makes me wonder what "night life" would be like on your planet if our moon was actually a large disco ball too. While the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon movement looks and sort of feels like it offers astronomical complications - it really only does so in concept. This is really a movement made for viewing pleasure, versus strict functionality - and in that, it succeeds.
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