See my A. Lange & Sohne Lange Zeitwerk watch article on AskMen.com here.
But Tissot has managed, finally, to capture her raw power and strength as a woman and an athlete. And they've definitely captured drive and passion within a sexy, affordable chronograph.
Zenith's ChronoMaster Lady Moonphase in Rose Gold with Diamonds would be the ideal way to go, when proposing marriage. Zenith has tweaked this model (exhibited at Baselworld this past week), originally launched in 2008, to include even more diamonds all around the case - on the bezel and the sides. The 18 carat Rose Gold Fully Set case is strong and luxurious and would be the envy of all, upon your betrothed's wrist.
I have come to admire Panerai for their unexpectedly handsome designs. Though they seem to fly under the radar, these are truly masculine yet beautiful designs that play perfectly upon men's wrists. They are instantly strong and powerful, and represent a brand dedicated to precision and time. The Panerai Luminor with Power Reserve is one such intro model that could definitely work for both dads and grads, lending to a life already filled with aesthetics and adventure.
There are four watches in collection with two dial colors and varying metals. The cases are large at 47mm wide. Each model has a fair amount of titanium and steel, while a few (such as the one pictured) also have rose gold built into the complex case construction (made up of 48 pieces). Each of the watch variations will be limited to just 60 pieces. Inside the watch is the LM05 automatic movement made specially for Louis Moinet. I appreciate that the movement is an automatic, and you can see the nice Cotes de Jura engraving on the movement and integrated into the rotor seamlessly. Looking in the face of the watch you see the guys of the retrograde complication which is mainly a large star gear, and a spring to shoot the hand band into position after each ten circulations of another gear. Despite this, I am not concerned that the movement is "too" complex - which is the case with many such movements and can be prone to damage. I have a hunch that the Tempograph will be relatively hardy.
The attrition rate is huge amongst opera singers, so it is a small, close-knit community. With such a small group of creative people, many share the passion and freely discuss and compare. While I love Omega and Rolex, many of my associates are interested in Breitlings and Panerai models.
See Tag Heuer Forumla 1 watches on eBay here.
Although the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Wempe Scuba watch is sold out, though there is one available on Jameslist.com right now. The original price was about 20,000 Euros with a current price of about 11,000 Euros. This is a solid price for this beautiful diving watch from one of the most exclusive watch makers of today.
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Is it a bad thing that watch parts are coming from China? Not necessarily. Like most places, China produces good and bad things. In a culture that celebrates speed and volume, as well as inexpensive manufacturing, the common promise has been something like "70% of the quality that you are used to, for 30% of the price." Most manufactures simply can't say no to that. Especially with many local (outside of China) production costs. This fact has resulted in a perception that Chinese goods are not as well made as those costing more. Well, you do get what you pay for. That fact does not always apply to Chinese goods. While China does make a lot- less than stellar quality goods, that isn't to say they can't get things right when they want to.
For all intents and purposes this is going to be the flagship iconic Louis Moinet watch, in my opinion. First, the style of the watch goes directly toward what the brand wants you to think of when you see the watches — that being the masterworks and technical drawings of French watch making master Louis Moinet. US President of Louis Moinet said to me that in his opinion, many of the watches are sort of a speculation of what would have occurred if Louis Moinet and Jules Verne created if they met each other and decided to make a timepiece. Accordingly, there are currently two Jules Verne watches in the Louis Moinet collection as part of this fun fantasy idea.
For X, insert China. For widget Foo, insert mechanical watches. They're not yet at the stage of threatening the high-end Japanese or Swiss manufactures, but it's fascinating to see them work closer to that goal.
This particular watch is the very limited edition of 10 pieces Magrette Kupe's Voyage based on their Regattare model line. The reason it is limited is because each beautifully decorated bezel is hand engraved by New Zealand artist Andrew Biggs. The same artist also creates other limited editions for the brand that offer similar (but different) engraved bezels on the Magrette watch line, such as the Ta Manaia. The best part of all this is the price. How often can you get a limited edition mechanical watch with hand engraving for just ,585? You'll also notice that the Magrette Regattare has a striking resemblance to Anonimo watches. Probably not a coincidence, but not a bad thing either as the Magrette watches cost at least half of the Italian Anonimo watches.
The newest AskMen.com watch review by me is up. This time it is on an unusual suspect, a TW Steel watch - a maker whose claim to fame is being in the business of 'big watches' (literally). The TW 1 model is part of the "Canteen" collection. It was not until I was almost done with the review that I realized the reason for the name. It has to do with the protective diver's crown. Read and you'll see if you still don't get it. Being so used to what the crown is actually for, it took me a while to realize it. Goes to show that the people in marketing at TW Steel are either not big watch aficionados, of can think outside the box really well.
Some images via the Seiko & Citizen Watch Forum (SCWF).
Movement Mechanical movement with tourbillon-type Swiss lever escapement
Hand windingLines 13’’’
Dimensions of the movement Diameter : 30.40 mm
Thickness : 6.80 mm
Indications Hours and minutes on Earth
Power reserve 120 h.
Frequency 21’600 v.p.h.
Winding Crown 2 positions : winding and setting
Number of parts 204
Water resistance 30 m (~ 100 feet)
Dial Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Strap Hand-stitched leather
Enter to win a Magrette Kupe's Voyage watch here.
You get to see the typical Swiss personality here. The friendly but a bit standoff-ish compared to the much more outgoing modern British demeanor. It is actually quite amusing as I have been in similar interactions myself. It is not that the Swiss are at all unfriendly, but rather that they just need to get to know you a bit before being more open and themselves. Mr. Rose gets to learn all about the brand, as be must be patient during the full "presentation." What is interesting is that at this point the deal is made, but Mr. Rose still needs to be educated about what it means to be an ambassador. Part of that is a lot of images taken for marketing purposes. "Wear this watch...pose." Is a statement he will hear many times. After a few days having a nice time in Switzerland Mr. Rose will leave with his new items and knowledge. He will likely be called back to regularly attend a few Maurice Lacroix events. It is a good deal for both parties really, and a big effort to be asked to be a brand ambassador for watch brands that are by nature notoriously picky. I think that TheTimeTV.com did a good job of capturing the real essence of the interactions and the feel of the situations (whether it was intentional or not). Good video.
MM: It's a fact that America as a whole doesn't have an appetite for watches like European or Asian industrialized nations. Would you like to see that change? And how can you as a performer and member of culture (and people like you) help that?
DP: I see the change happening slowly but surely. There are brands that are adapting and doing the right things to survive.