But wait–there's more! For those more outdoors-oriented, you pick up a digital compass function (yup), 200m WR, the ability for the watch to remember your bearing, and a 1/20th second stopwatch (up to two hours). Or, if you're planning to do some world traveling instead, this watch has you covered as well, with a world time function (covering 29 cities plus UTC) and a daily alarm function. Regardless of which camp you're in (or perhaps both–on a backpacking trip to Europe?), you've got luminous hands, and auto-on LED illumination on the dial.
One potential issue with open "timed" auctions such as this is the tendency for serious bidders to only bid during the final moments of an auction. Most people will closely watch an auction all week and only bid at the very end. This is precisely what happens on eBay, and is a logical tactic for trying to get the best price. If you bid too much in advance all you are doing is giving someone else the opportunity to outbid you. That is, unless you bid so high as to thwart all the bidding competition. It will be interesting to see how these online-only auctions at Christie's handle this "sniping" phenomenon.Read more ›
A. Lange & Söhne continues to blow minds and break hearts with each passing year, and their big reveal for SIHH 2014 was no exception – the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna, their latest highly complicated timepiece, which may very well have been the most talked about watch of the show.
The funny thing is that sometimes when I go back to wearing a smaller watch, I recall what I am missing. But the sensation is bitter sweet. On the one hand, I appreciate the diminutive nature and comfort of a 40mm wide and under timepiece (especially because you don't notice it as much), but I also miss the visibility and boldness of larger diameter watches. The bottom line is that once most people begin to wear a larger watch, in the 42-44mm wide range and above, it becomes very difficult for them to go back to wearing a smaller watch again.
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AA: First of all, I was being raised on Japanese video games, toys, and gadgets... so a techie watch with a futuristic look and a lot of features was right up my alley. It really wasn't that I had use for most of the features, but the sensors in the watch and the sheer list of functions was enough to sway my child heart.
3. Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960 Steel Watch For 2014 Hands-On
Armin Strom makes as much of the components for their watches as possible, in-house. With only the hairspring and mainspring being outsourced. Additionally, none of the tiny gears, screws or other elements are stamped in production. Armin Strom goes to the extra trouble of always cutting or milling each piece. This is vastly more expensive but each component is of a higher quality and in-house production allows Armin Strom to customize a watch to the buyer's specifications.Read more ›
JM: I have a strong affinity for Art deco period watches, especially the rectangular ones. I believe the period represents the highest standard in taste and design. Historically, the period is anchored in between the Victorian/belle époque style and the birth of industrial design, giving it a unique style and substance.
The watch itself, on the other hand, is a relatively heavy one, coming in at 6.1 oz. This, combined with the 48mm case (stainless steel) made for a watch that wasn't the most comfortable to wear, at least on my 7.25" wrist. Once I got a little more used to the heft, it worked well enough in daily wear, though it wasn't nearly as unobtrusive as some of the heavier divers I've gotten accustomed to. I think this is due primarily to the case size.
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Memorigin is a Hong Kong-based watchmaker which exists as part of the emerging "high-end Chinese watch" category that aBlogtoWatch has been covering for the last two years or so. While China is ground zero for the world's inexpensive watches, they have a growing "high-end" timepieces segment as well. Most of these more interesting Chinese mechanical watches are made by China for China, some of them are slowly seeing their way to other parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.
>Model: Geophysic 1958
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Does the Pope shit in the woods? (Yes)
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: Horologist without a cause.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Would have loved to see the case back design of the original recreated here.
>Best characteristic of watch: Overall case, dial, and hands design is masterful, perfectly proportioned and a fitting modern adaptation of the original.
Over the last five or so years Bell & Ross has been "stepping back in time" by examining key eras from the past and designing watches with those themes and time periods in mind. When the WW1 collection was launched in around 2011 (hands-on here), it was a Bell & Ross homage to the first wrist watch, or in their lingo "wrist watch 1." That of course was meant to look like WWI, or "World War I," but that is when most people agree the wrist watch became a mainstream object. Though wrist watches as a product started in around 1904.Read more ›
1. Comment on this post below (on aBlogtoWatch.com, not Facebook or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required (if you've signed up for the commenting system before, your e-mail should already be in there). In the body of your comment mention a) if you happen to like this watch and b) if you have a preference for inner or outer rotating bezels and why.
These subtle changes to the case has had a profound effect on the way the PAM 372 looks and wears. Overall, it looks less bulky, and despite its massive size, I found that it fits better than the smaller 44mm Luminor 1950 watches. It’s less top heavy, and sits closer and more snugly to the wrist. I have smaller 6.5-inch wrists and I found the PAM 372 to be comfortable enough to wear the entire day. That said, the PAM 372 is by no means a small watch at 47mm wide.Read more ›
In 2013 Swatch released a clever new collection of dive watches with fun designs and fun names under the Scuba Libre family of timepieces. Scuba Libre wasn't just a one time collection, but a new range that will include fresh designs over time. While not what we would consider "serious horology" with a price under 0, these make excellent and affordable timepieces for those on a budget with a desire for something bold on their wrist.Read more ›
It isn't clear whether Oris intends to make all their own in-house made movements before long (such as Tutima did), or if they are merely supplementing sourced movement-based watches with those that include their own movements (like Breitling did). What I can say is that the Calibre 110 isn't meant to be a base movement used for a large range of watches. It is a specific type of design with some interesting features, and I anticipate that before long Oris will have a roster of in-house made movements that exist alongside those they continue to source from companies such as Sellita.
Their original line was comprised of the Tangente, Tetra, Ludwig and the Orion, all of which are still in production today. By 2005, Nomos had 60 employees and had designed their own in-house automatic movement for their Tangomat model. Since then they have launched a series of new models including the Club Sport line and a range of models sporting GMT complications. As mentioned above, 2013 saw the introduction of a new model in the Ahoi, as well as the gold Lux and Lambda models, and new sizing for much of their original lineup.
Now that I've gotten that off my chest and hopefully saved many watches from round-up abuse, I'd like to return my gaze to this lovely new watch from our high-flying friends at Breitling. The Navitimer collection ideally requires no introduction. If it does, allow me to point you to our descriptive article here on how slide-rule bezels work (that features a Navitimer). While that article won't shed light on Breitling's history with flight, it will help explain what made the Navitimer so popular in the pre-digital calculator age. Today, the slide-rule bezel is still taught to at least some pilots (confirms astronaut Mark Kelly). You may find it interesting to see how this instrument works even if you never end up having a chance to use it. Always good to be prepared right? Most other Navitimer watches are outfitted with a movement that tells the time and has a chronograph. The Navitimer 1461 is a bit different though.
The L1 watch takes a familiar Maurice de Mauriac style case sized at 39mm wide in steel, and adds a domed AR coated sapphire crystal and a simple brushed finishing. The presentation is attractive, but demurely utilitarian and timeless. The real magic is in the dial, which is an attractively functional design I think all watch lovers can appreciate.Read more ›