In the wake of this success, Cross found himself set to attend more formal events than he’d ever had to in his life – let alone the mother of them all, the Oscars, whose ceremony is broadcast to millions worldwide. A renowned film editor, Cross is best known for his work on edgy indie-cinema productions like Crazy Heart and We Own the Night, as well as notable TV shows like The Bridge and Deadwood. Seeing the dynamic precision timing of his cutting on the silver screen, it’s not surprising to discover Cross is also a passionate watch enthusiast.
This layout is a given for all "Pano" watches and what's interesting is that the additional complications are destined to be displayed at the 2 o'clock position of the dial, where there is enough space for them. As is the case with all cleverly designed off-center dialed watches, the appeal to most is that there is no overlapping of important functions on the dial, making for better legibility. Even the seconds sub-dial is placed in a way that it does not obstruct the view on the larger dial's minute track: the seconds hand is at the 6 o'clock position while the meshing points of the two dials are where the 5 and 7 hour markers should be – contrary to what one would expect, such attention to detail is not all that common on dial designs.
While the Swarovski Octea Sport (by definition) is the brand's more sporty offering, most of the brand's watches for women are somewhere between "evening elegant" and casual dressy. There is a distinct youthful personality to the watches - which is typified by Swarovski's penchant for modern design, as well as a lots of sparkle. While some women may prefer more conservatively designed watches, I think the loudness of the Swarovski designs work in their favor. As opposed to real diamonds, these are sparkly watches which are "safer" to wear. In a sense, that is why I mentioned earlier that Swarovski watches are like their crystals - these are a very non-controversial (and fun) means of showing off a bit of bling - and at the same time, are still tasteful about it.
For 2015, Jaeger-LeCoultre has released a new minute repeater that will feature in its Master collection. The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater comes in a very classically styled and sized 39mm pink gold case and is just 12.1mm thick. But more importantly, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater also has a very clean dial. The previous models with the reference numbers 5011410 and 5012550, were equipped with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s caliber 947 and 947R, and had busier dials, with power reserve and barrel torque indications at 8 and 4 o’clock, respectively, as well as a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater with the reference number 5092520 does away with the power reserve and barrel torque indications and only has a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. For collectors who found the older models slightly too busy looking, Jaeger-LeCoultre has heard your pleas.
Option one is that Oris will not have anything new related to its ability to produce in-house movements. This isn't likely, but it could happen. I say this because the Caliber 110, while unique, is not that complicated, and I would be surprised if they are having issues getting it to work. Option two is that another new watch will debut with the Calibre 110 movement that is different from the 110 Years Limited Edition; like a sports watch, for example. This would indicate that Oris has the manufacturing down for the Calibre 110, but they aren't at a point where they can build upon their new base movement. Option three is that Oris releases a new movement built on the Calibre 110 but with additional complications. I am guessing that one year later is a bit soon for that.
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For the next option, though, Nicola brought out the big guns. He strapped onto Tom Cross’ wrist the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu – which, with its exquisite white gold case, incredibly finished enamel dial, and sleek profile at 5mm thickness, is one of the most formal and elegant watch options available today (and appropriately expensive, at ,900). Indeed, as James Stacey wrote in his aBlogtoWatch review of the Grand Feu, “When I first laid eyes on the new Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu only one question formed in my mind – Does it come with a tuxedo? I'm going to need a tux to pull that off.” Seeing the Grand Feu on Tom’s wrist, it brought home both the Grand Feu’s true elegance as well as its technical innovation. Outfitted with Jaeger’s 849 calibre – a manual-wind single-barrel movement that’s astonishingly svelte at 1.85 mm – gives it ideal dimensions to wear under shirt cuffs. “It's one of the thinnest, if not the thinnest, mechanical wristwatches ever made,” Nicola noted. “And the technique of the dial, applying the enamel by hand with a brush, makes it pretty special, too.”