This Tank - in addition to being a men's model - is the Cartier Tank MC. "MC" stands for "Manufacture Cartier" and refers to the fact that inside the watch is an in-house made caliber 1904 MC automatic movement. Cartier originally released the 1904 MC movement a few years ago in the Cartier Calibre (review here). Cartier also uses various versions of this same movement with slight changes for their chronograph watches, which also exist in both the Calibre and Tank collections. The 1904 MC was designed to be a robust base for a range of in-house made Cartier movements - which is why you might see it show up a lot in "Cartier MC" watches.
Water resistant to 30 meters, this isn't a watch you can go swimming with or wear while engaging in sports - but what tourbillon really is? What you are getting is a distinctive sporty lifestyle watch meant to evoke a sense of wealth and success with its tourbillon-based movement - yet a youthful, active lifestyle. Hublot does that very well, which is why it has gathered so many fans as well as poignant critics.
If I were to chart out the brands I have been spending time with over the last 6 months or so, Ball – while certainly not all alone – would likely be up at around the top of that list. This is mostly due to the sheer variety of watches they have put out lately, which makes it rather easy for me to find something that matches my taste. Today, we'll take a look at a piece that features one of the more unique complications I have seen from them, in the form of the Ball Trainmaster Kelvin watch.
At Baselworld 2015, one of the most interesting announcements to come from TAG Heuer - apart from the fact that it will partner with Intel and Google to come up with a smartwatch - is that it will be reducing its prices in certain regions of the world. This is an intriguing move, as many brands did the exact opposite, taking the chance to use the increased value of the Swiss Franc as justification for raising their prices. Find out why TAG Heuer chose to do so and their plans going forward.
Wearing the watch was quite a treat. In terms of visual style and sizing, this is a watch that just clicks for me on a variety of levels. Simply put, when it comes to "smaller" watches like these, I really appreciate clean, almost vintage, styling. The crocodile leather strap works thematically, and it fit well right away. This is not a watch that will weigh you down either, coming in at 74g on the scale.
Recommending or not recommending the aesthetic virtues or "wearability proposition" of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 is a futile discussion. Anyone who put down two and a half million dollars for a Patek Philippe watch isn't buying their first Patek Philippe. Most of them are regular collectors who will more than likely worry about the long term value of the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 and will not subject it to too much wear or use. That is the destiny of many "collectible" Patek Philippe timepieces purchased: to remain in plastic wrap in their brown Patek Philippe boxes. So put aside what notions you have of some billionaire playboy strutting around with a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 showing off his "sexy sonnerie" to the ladies. Chances are that isn't going to happen much.
"Dimier" is a sub-family of watches in the larger Bovet watch brand. They are most notably known for having more "standard" watch cases with traditional lugs, and without the "ribbon crown" of many other Bovet watches, such as those in the Amadeo collection. It seems like almost all Bovet Dimier watches are in the Recital family, which continues to expand quickly, with at least one or more new models each year.
The Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watches are like those Victorian houses in San Francisco - designed to shock the senses and offer a visual experience most people have never imagined having before. Calling these watches ugly isn't fair because it implies that someone actually considered that they might be beautiful in the first place. Descriptions of visual attractiveness almost don't apply to a watch like this because, by design, they are so totally devoid of traditional notions of aesthetic value. Moving past the topic of whether the Zymosis Lockdown is attractive by traditional standards... I find myself amazed by the watch for its sheer bravado and courageous defiance of all manners of horological normality. This is weirdness incarnate - and for that, I kind of love it.
In the case of the Citizen Signature Grand Classic 9184, Citizen manages to get all the dial elements to work in relative harmony while adding the decorative elements and details they seem to like to include in watches like this. That it is an automatic with an new movement will add to the appeal of this interesting looking formal timepiece. In addition to the silver-dialed model with the blued steel hands, there is a brown dial with gold accents.
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TAG Heuer ‘Heuer Globetrotter’ Exhibition In 10 Global Cities
At a retail price of just above ,000, this is not a watch for everybody – and it's not meant to be. The Bugatti connection and chronograph means that this is a watch for car enthusiasts. However, the striking looks of this watch make it also just contemporary art on the wrist. It matches both brands and will satisfy the modern stylish person who is sporty and wants a watch that he will likely be the only one to wear at any event he attends. parmigiani.ch
Thanks again to aBlogtoWatch, Ariel, TrueFacet, and of course, Tudor for a great watch.
LAST CHANCE: Seah Astronomer Watch Giveaway
For 2015, one limited edition version of the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision watch is available in 18k white gold in a set of 22 pieces. If we know anything about Greubel Forsey, future limited edition versions of the Vision will come in other case materials and dial colors. I am looking forward to an 18k red gold version with a black dial – which I have a feeling we might see down the line at some point. Price for the Tourbillon Vision in white gold is €290,000 or around 5,000. greubelforsey.com
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So what’s so special about the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom? We are glad you asked. You see, the carbon fiber used in the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom is a special kind called Carbon Matrix Composite (CMC), and not only is the case made out of this new material, but the seven bridges of its movement are made using CMC too. CMC is formed using a special technique where carbon fibers are placed in a certain direction in the mould and micro-blasted to give it an orderly elegant look that TAG Heuer calls “matte black vertical brushed.” This is obvious if one looks closely at the movement bridges that form the dial. The choice of material is not just for looks; by using carbon fiber for all the main components, the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom is also light. Furthermore, the extensive use of carbon fiber also encapsulates the essence of this watch very nicely as it was inspired by motor-racing and engines.
With the Apple Watch being released in less than two month's time, and with other renowned companies like LG, Samsung and Garmin coming out with ever-more-refined and ever-less-compromised smartwatches, many considered Pebble to be out of the game. Their answer to those claims is the Pebble Time, which they like to refer to as the "awesome smartwatch, no compromises."
One of my favorite details is the set of hands on this piece: the feuille-style hands as well as the skeletonized and beveled seconds hand are all made by hand. Hand polishing makes for the three-dimensionally curved shape of the central hands that widen up and narrow down in a way only the human eye and hand can replicate; while the seconds hand features a skeletonized counterweight with beveling and polishing on both its outer and inner edges.