I was particularly keen on the decoration component of the watch making phase. I looked over the shoulders of many a worker to consider their work, and the skill seemingly involved. Each worker goes through training. for some people it can take years and require special educational degrees. This is particularly true with anyone assembling movements. Work rooms are divided by specific tasks. I entered a room called "Perlage" for example, and perlage polishing is all that they did. Notice the image with the polished movement plates. They are applied with a perlage polish. While the process could be done completely automatically with a robot, Lange does not do it that way. "This way each piece that is decorated comes out just a little bit different. It is unique - and that is the way we prefer it." I liked the response. The workers have total ownership of their work stations - and they spend as much time working on small parts as they do maintaining the machines they work on to keep them working perfectly. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and it is common to see watch makers decorate their own work stations with trinkets, images, and other person belongings. These really are homes away from home. Turn-over for these positions is very low, and a position working at A. Lange & Sohne as a watch maker is a secure and highly regarded position. Most workers will do the same task each day. Some of them are content doing this, others slowly move their way up to room leaders or other facets of the watch movement making process.
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The part of the watch that you will spend the most time with is the dial of course. At first the Temption dial is attractive, but simple looking. Just recall the “beauty and simplicity” aspect of the Temption design philosophy and you get the point. The most important aspect of any dial design for Temption legibility. In this the Cameo succeeds. Although the case is square, the dial is round with perfectly sized hands and hour and minute markers. The contrast between the white and deep brown adds to both the beauty and clarity of the dial design. You’ll notice that the lume covered hands feature hands in a style that is common in other Temption watches — part an important branding exercise. Just as car companies try to maintain similar grills on cars, some watch companies do the same with watch hands. Unique to Temption is the “label hiding” that they do on each of their watch faces. The Temption logo and Cameo name are set on the dial in a slightly darker brown, only visible in the right angles or in the right light. I’ve always liked this about Temption because it results in the most unpretentious of looks. Around the raised circular dial are visual extensions of each hour marker, in a sunburst style.Read more ›
So package it up with a note filled with pride and love - and know that you gave the best gift ever - the gift of time.
Recently, the Gerald Genta designed classic Patek Philippe Nautilus watch underwent a modern re-sizing. Up to about 43mm wide, the new size of the classic looking diving reinvigorates the watch's character. I must admit that I was not taken by the Nautilus design when I first viewed it a few years back. It looked too simple, and a bit dated. It is of course a design from the 1970s. The long and thin rounded hands and hour markers felt basic, and the horizontal texturing on the dial was something I wasn't used to. Revisiting the style of the watch a few years after first viewing it, I love it. There must be something about looking at 1000s of watch designs and then coming back to something honestly well put together that garners appreciation. I now give credit to Patek Philippe and Gerald Genta for what is a timeless and original look. You might compare the look of the Nautilus to Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak watch. This is no coincidence as they both share Gerald Genta as the designer.
Itay Noy is a totally Tel Aviv, Israel based watch maker. The brand is named after its founder, Itay Noy, who is the heart of the manufacture. He's won several international design awards, which makes sense given the impressive character and refinement of his designs. With an impressive collection of watches so far for the brand, I'd like to focus on his Duality line of watches only today. The Duality collection is literally two things in one. Two watches, with two contradictory attitudes. While not the first time a watch has been made with faces on both sides, this is the first time that I've seen an actual theme be applied to the concept. Thus, each watch in the collection is comprised of opposites, with associated symbolism on the watch designs themselves.
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The pictured Linde Werdelin 3-Timer watch is in 18k rose gold with a DLC coated steel bezel. It is my choice option, and a beautiful timepiece. Don't you love that friendly little integrated date window? Available soon, prices start at about 4,000 Euros. Visit Linde Werdelin here for more information or to purchase.
This was a fun watch to talk about because it is really a period piece. 40 years ago the original Tag Heuer Monaco watch really was "Swiss avant garde" as Tag Heuer likes to claim is something that describes themselves. Unlike standard Monaco models, this limited edition 40th Anniversary models have a few unique points that make it stand out - and really shine as a read modern version of a true classic.Read more ›
I can't wait to see what they release next.
Read my Tag Heuer Monaco 40th Anniversary Edition watch review here on AskMen.com.
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So if you like the asymmetric look, enjoy high quality, yet less common brands, and want something you'll be really comfortable owning (,000 - ,000) financially and physically, you'll like a Perrelet Jumping Hour watch.Read more ›
Aside from the brand name on the cufflink, you have the red and black motif of a butterfly, which is sorta feminine, but in masculine colors. It is applied by hand using an enamel champleve technique. When you take the image with the who execution of the watch, it makes sense. Which leads me to the blue enamel image on the rotors themselves. These display a couple in the Kama Sutra "butterfly" position in all its "R" rated glory. You'll have to search harder for more graphic luxury horological timepieces, but they are out there. Save that for another article. So now the butterfly name makes sense right? In one respect the erotica component of the cufflinks is not necessary to make them cool watch movement-esque cufflinks. On the other hand it adds an interesting character to a neat little item.Read more ›
Available in Stainless Steel or Rose Gold, with white or brown alligator leather straps, this is a completely wearable timepiece. Wearable and petite. With a 33mm case, this is a tiny watch (for my standards.) I usually gravitate towards the bigger, edgier, more masculine watches. But this Elite Caliber powered model from Zenith can fit easily into daily life, given its slim case, small dial, and delicate nature.
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Each year Seiko has a bit of a design competition in Japan called the Seiko Power Design Project. Utilizing a different theme each year, 2008 had 12 watches each named after a district or neighborhood in Tokyo. This is one of the very cool things that Seiko does, and I think that more watch companies should get involved in working with local artists to design watches that come from different points of view. The first Seiko Power Design Project was in 2002, and it has been occurring annually since. I am not sure exactly how the project is done, but the "winners" actually get their watches made. This means that as an artist, you can design a watch and actually have it be produced (if you are lucky), something that most people will never experience as watch production is no easy feat.Read more ›