The third MB&F Legacy Machine timepiece is this LM101 model, which represents not only a smaller case size but also a new and more "affordable" price. Let's be clear, MB&F watches have been, and will continue to be high-end luxury products, but the new Legacy Machine 101 comes in with a new accessible price that is over ,000 less than the LM1, and over 0,000 less than the LM2. So let's see just where this new Legacy Machine fits in with the overall product range.
Last year Hublot released the first watch with red ceramic - though they haven't followed up with any production models since. They did however prove it could be done. With Omega offering orange ceramic, the only remaining color to be successfully produced in a zirconium oxide (ceramic mostly used in watch making) is yellow. But that we can leave for another "World Premiere." Omega has been struggling to make orange ceramic a possibility for over five years now. In 2011 I recall speaking with top people at the brand who expressed how difficult it was. So until now, all Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean timepieces with orange bezels continued to use the older colored aluminum technology while models with black or blue bezels used ceramic.
Say hello to Clerc's first three-hand version of their popular Hydroscaph dive watch collection. Called the Hydroscaph H1, this watch is meant to be an entry-level priced way of getting into the independent watch brand who has lured a lot of watch lovers with their quality designs and impressively bold colors. Like many new watches in the Hydroscaph collection, the H1 is offered in a whole range of color styles. The one we had for review had a deep metallic blue dial accented with a lime green hand. In addition to our normal hands-on review video of the Clerc Hydroscaph H1, look for a second video showing some of the other versions of this attractive watch.
Personally, I am rather excited by this because I've been waiting for a new X-33 for years. Omega has a need to work with current astronauts as well as historic ones to retain its image as the "space watch," and this is a way to do it. Omega claims that the watch will be certified by NASA to be used in their space missions in the near future, and that the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 has already been approved by the ESA (European Space Agency) for use in space and on the ISS. Further, Omega is said to have worked with astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy on the design of this watch.
Others have told the story better than I, but the details are simple. During the quartz crisis Zenith more or less shut down for a while and was sold. The directors ordered that many of the tooling and plans for movements be destroyed at the time. This includes the tools and plans for the newly developed El Primero. It was to be a movement that "had it all," but given the shift to quartz, from a mainstream perspective, the fully-featured El Primero was simply too late. No one at the time would have believe that a few decades later all of these highly performance-oriented movements and developments would exist inside of luxury watches.
PJ: My first grail watch was a Zenith Chronograph when I was 14 years old.
What happens in practice is as follows. With every semi-oscillation (every semi-rotation) of the balance wheel energy is transmitted to the blades which snap from one position to the other, much like a snap hair clip (as per Ulysse Nardin's analogy). On the image above you will see the assembled frame which now has the pallet lever installed, which is that Y-shaped, fork-looking component in the lower left quadrant. What is unique about it is that it is installed onto the end of the blades and hence it is pivoted by the blades themselves. This means that the pallet fork is not held in place by a pallet staff which in turn is fixed between jewels but rather the fork is floating on the silicon frame, free from the friction that is caused when normal jewels are used. This is important because this "fork" plays a key role in transferring energy and every bit of fraction that is saved here can be transformed into better rate results.
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Perhaps you've noticed that over that last few years Arnold & Son has seriously become one of the top classic, yet avant garde watch brands to keep a close eye on. This demographic consists of brands such as Breguet, F.P. Journe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and others. While each of these brands is distinct, they offer products which share a common theme: to represent the best of horological history in a contemporary and interesting manner suitable for demanding, high-end watch lovers. This brings us to a review of a watch I ended up being very pleased with, the Arnold & Son DBG that was originally released in 2012.
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch." In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after.
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Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime Watch Hands-On
A perhaps more indirect inspiration is the fact that you can display this watch on your desk, just like a clock. How so, you ask? Surprisingly enough, the case is able to be detached and placed in its display box, thereby becoming a non-wrist mounted timepiece.
Hublot hasn't given us the size of the case, but as you can see this isn't a small watch. Nor is it unwearable either. The cushion-shaped case is very interesting, and a new design in what is still relatively pure Hublot DNA. The case detailing is really interesting, and does offer the illusion of looking into the portal of a machine. The case is produced from titanium, and you can see the iconic Hublot "H" screws used in the corners of the case. Further, the Antikythera SunMoon is also known as the Hublot MP-08, as it is part of their "Masterpiece" watch collection.
To this day, my personal favorite Parmigiani Bugatti watch is the 2014 Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph (which is admittedly more conservative). Then again, to make a real splash, Parmigiani is clever to mix up its more traditional designs with more interesting stuff like the Bugatti Mythe. I look forward to seeing what the other two piece unique Parmigiani Bugatti watches will unveil soon, as part of the complete trio of one-of-a-kind watches which celebrates their ten-year anniversary with Bugatti. Price for the Parmigiani Bugatti Mythe watch is 0,000. parmigiani.ch
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM514 Watch Review
Is the "big watch" going to make a comeback for 2014? That is hard to say, but Swiss Maurice Lacroix has an XXL-sized horological entrant with their 48mm wide sized Pontos S Supercharged. It continues the Pontos S legacy that began in 2012, and last year in 2013 resulted in the Pontos S Extreme (hands-on here). The Extreme had some interesting colors and now the Supercharged is all about bold design and size.
For the GMT hand, Bremont decided to go with a yellow colored hand. That is a good choice amongst the many red and orange-colored GMT hands out there. I find red GMT hands to be the least legible (well, it depends on the dial), and I like orange and yellow ones quite a bit. This yellow hand is large enough to be noticed and doesn't at all get confused with either the minute or hour hand. I also like that it goes right up to the 24 hour numeral scale.
I also believe that Claret influenced many other elements of the Chapter One design. A very important one being rollers, as well as the pushers. To my knowledge the Chapter One (and later on the Chapter Two) were the first watches in the world to use rollers to indication information in such a manner. Claret helped in this regard, and is always a go-to person when people want to indicate a traditional complication in a novel way. Claret expressed the roller concept in a slightly different way when he built the Shabaka watch for Jean Dunand a year later. Jean Dunand (currently in some type of a hibernation due to the untimely death of the person running it) was also distributed by Holtzman.
3. A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Tourbillon Watch Hands-On