Much of the time when I discuss Omega watches people's only complaint (if any) is about the price. It is true that over the last few years Omega prices have sometimes increased surprisingly. These are reasons for this and it does seem confusing for people who were once used to a lower entry fee for Omega goodness. Omega still feels like a good value though and the quality is all there. It is tough not to want one of these. Price for the steel Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Chronograph is ,700 and for this 18k orange gold version it is ,700.
The Guardian dial design is modern and clearly inspired by the aviator look popularized by Bell & Ross. The outer dial is visually enlarged by having the flange ring literally overlap it. The ring does have a full set of hour and minute markers, and the inner dial presents a new space that does not make the dial feel empty or too vast. You'll notice the cut slits revealing parts of the automatic movement - just a nice hint of skeletonization for those who like it and not obtrusive for those who don't. The placement of the date disc needs to be located closer to the center of the dial due to the actual size of the movement. SISU appropriately does not leave the date window floating in the dial and puts it alongside the inner ring.Read more ›
Intelligent Quartz Perpetual Calendar - T2N502ZA
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The Richemont executive countered almost slyly, pointing out that their hesitations about taking the upcoming brand less than seriously might not be merited. Having no stake in the new brand, they nodded their head seriously and mentioned that the Ralph Lauren pieces would be serious watches. Everyone there seemed to be curious about how it would go.
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There are some areas that titanium is beaten by steels. For instance the stiffness, which denotes how much the material deflects under loads. Steel has higher stiffness, much higher. But I think in a watch case it is not an important property. Maybe, except for diving watches.
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UNIQ is a small brand started by industrial and automotive designer Zviad Tsikolia. Their focus is to design affordable watches based on historically significant vehicles. While a few designs have been shown, the M21 is the first watch to be released to the public (read about the UNIQ Caterham Seven here). A limited edition of 300 pieces, the M21 is based on design elements of the Soviet GAZ M21 car which was produced in three series from 1956 to 1970. This watch was created with input from GAZ M21 expert Ivan Paderin and there are a number of notable design features from the GAZ which are used in the M21 watch.
Each of these Midnight Limited Edition Shanghai watches comes in a 45mm wide, 18k white gold case with a black alligator strap. Again, these are more or less existing models with cosmetic changes for these limited edition pieces. Each watch shares the same base movement which is an automatic with a 110 hour power reserve. The tourbillon of course is visible on the dial. The GMT has two time displays and a city indicator for the local time. The standard model has just the time with a power reserve indicator on the dial. Both are quite elegant in 18k white gold and black with the hints of red.
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A very unique quality of the movement is the frequency of its operation which runs at 3.2 Hz. I have never heard of a movement running at this rate which is 23,040 beats per hour. More standard operation speeds are 3 or 4 Hz. This is sort of between the two. Patek Philippe claims that they chose this frequency as it helped achieve the best rate results possible. As such, the Ref. 5235 is regulated to be in the range of plus or minus 2-3 seconds a day in terms of accuracy.
With black and white dial versions, and red, green, or blue trim - your desire for a primary color accented watch is likely going to be satisfied. Image-conscious types with some taste will find these pieces fun for less than serious days. The G-Timeless is available on a steel bracelet or colorful NATO-strap. Prices are between 0 - ,150.
Los Angeles is the first US city with a dedicated Patek Philippe brand boutique store (previously discussed here), and I got a chance to check it out recently. I have to say, the ambiance there is really lovely. While there I had a rare opportunity to interview Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern. I discussed the unique interview in more detail in an article on Forbes (that I recommend you read here). In addition to sharing that article, you can check out some images of the boutique and the interview video below.
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The Jules Verne I & II watches were similar to one another and I did a hands-on review of one of them here. The III is actually supposed to be less expensive - by about half as much I think. I still like the Jules Verne Instrument I & II watches a lot, but the III adds a new flavor to the mix and is more reminiscent of other Louis Moinet timepieces. I further believe that it will be about half the cost of the other pieces.
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Having said that, it is clear that most people wearing this watch will rarely adjust it and be more into its ability to tell the time. I really feel that Phosphor needs to expand this "Sport" range and add to it with more E Ink watches, just not just the World Time. Colorful and fun cases with a cool E Ink screen will prove to be really popular. The Phosphor World Time Sport watch is not without its little quirks but it is an overall nice watch with a good look and technology you will appreciate. Price is a reasonable and you can get them via Phosphor's website.
Most watches with the 775x tend to run large, but the 160 is as svelte as I've seen, an amazing 38.5mm by 15.0mm to the top of the domed crystal. 20mm by 4.0mm non-tapering, five-link solid bracelet with butterfly deployant clasp, 6.7mm crown, a solid 192 grams with all of the links.Read more ›