Balance is an important concept in design. Perfect symmetry provides the best type of balance as it is the most aesthetically pleasing. The Geneva 123 cleverly incorporates the subsidiary seconds and the date window in one vertical upside down "8" shape. While most watch designs neglect this area, Bell & Ross wisely chose to make the date window round. A simple but highly effective solution for maintaining balance in an otherwise round watch, the alternative of course being a square date window that would detract from the balance. The exception to the circular theme are the broad angular hands which are contrasted in order to stand out for a higher degree of legibility. This is thoughtful design, and easily appreciated when you can recognize its effect on how easy the Bell & Ross Geneva 123 is to live with.
Which bring me to the next point. Use feedback as a sword along with a shield. If you are the buyer, never leave feedback until after you have received and evaluated your item. If there is any problem, work it out with the seller until you are satisfied. Don't leave negative feedback until you have exhausted all other options. Any seller knows the value of good feedback, and will often do a lot to make you happy if there is a problem. Tell them what you want to make your happy. Be it an item return, or some other remedy. Never emotionally leave negative feedback in a heat of passion.
Do you recall thinking how dumb it was to combine a toaster oven and a radio? Perhaps it could have some conceivable space saving use; but really, What is the point? To prove it can be done? If you haven't heard of concept, it stems from the idea of unnecessary convergence products. You see combinations of products like this all the time, and sometimes they make more sense than others. Other times however, the whole idea is so repugnant both visually and in execution, that it just makes you upset. Not upset at the idea itself, that is all fun and games, but combining X and Y would be cool! Rather, what is disturbing is the notion that a dedicated group of otherwise intelligent people sat down for months designing, engineering, and executing a monstrosity. Having said that, the following is my perception and opinion of the new Vacheron Constanin Quai de l'Ile collection, which follows this theme.
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Actually, new watch making schools are popping up all the time due to this increasing need. There are even some US based schools. Most however are located in Europe and I am sure parts of Asia. School programs are generally intensive, but because the market is rich right now, it is an attractive prospect for those interested in the field. The most talented watch makers often start are large companies, and often end up making their own watches, and own brands. A pretty nice, and attainable goal. All in all, this is actually a pretty sober advertisement given some of the things American actors are know for advertising in Japan. But you can go to YouTube for further examples.
This is the start of a series of articles I will write about traffic laws in California, specifically in San Francisco, and how to fight or avoid speeding tickets. This information comes from work experience, and legal research I engaged in to discover and successfully fight speeding tickets.
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Romain Jerome Builds A Nostalgic Wrist Borne Machine For Alchemists With the Cabestan Titanic DNA Vertical Tourbillon Watch
As to the subject of diamonds. You can see the Berkeley has at least two options. Diamonds on the bezel, lugs, and crown is one option. The other is essentially a watch thrown in with your diamonds. You can see for yourself. Because the watches are from the Franck Muller group, you know inside each watch is a mechanical movement. Not sure whether they are manufacture made, but it is entirely possible.
The purpose here is to guide novices in to what area of the law they are dealing with, and a place to start asking questions. Let me say up front a general rule; You cannot protect mere ideas. It is the expression of ideas that can be protected.
In watch terminology a "tank" is a square shaped watch. Strictly speaking, it was a name given to a rectangular Cartier watch, but has been applied to square along with rectangular watches. Square watches are a contradiction, because an analog clock is round, and you have stick a circle in a square. Tank watches are style choices, and represent a different theme on what a watch should be. Of course there are many variations on the square shape. but the classic big box is always appealing as it makes a stark contrast with the disangularity of one's wrist. A tank watch always sticks out well.
The Outland utilizes an idea I actually considered some time ago using revolving disks to indicate the time rather than hands. With out major modification to a standard movement, you can have rotating discs that act as digital rather than analog indicators. If the concept of digital and analog is not clear to you, the idea is that digital shows something through abstract representation, while analog "looks like what it is." Here the abstract representation of time are the numbers that we use (1,2,3,4,....), the analog representation are the hands orientating themselves to show the time. Digital and analog have nothing to do with electronic versus mechanical movements, as I have learned is considered the difference by some people.
Timex IRONMAN watches have always been designed to make interacting with them while running as simple and natural as possible, so why not extend the functionality of your watch to also control your iPod?
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Tax Season Sale From Marcello C. Watches: 10-15% Off New Marcello C. Watches From The Source
Marcello C. is a great German brand, that I love to talk about. I own four of their watches at the moment, and have been extremely satisfied with my ownership experience. One watch I've been curious about is their Senatore. A Rolex Daytona inspired watch, that certainly has a lot of Marcello C. in it. You'll notice a lot of their limited edition Titanium Tridente diver watch in the Senatore (large 12, and the hands). There is also a wonderfully cohesive look that takes the Daytona style, and moves is a different, dare I say Teutonic, direction. My model of choice is the Marcello C. Senatore 2020.4, made in the color scheme of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. The black face with the red trim is snazzy. The tri-compax layout of the chronograph dials, never had a more flattering frame, and the red arrow tipped seconds counter hand for the chronograph fits nicely in place. Marcello C. uses a Valjoux 7750 automatic movement which is about as trusted a movement as you can get.
Other charming peculiarities can be found in the little things. For example, the watch can be classified as "Swiss Made," though the indicator is not located on the face. You'd think this universal attestation of quality would be right there on the watch face staring at you. Instead, you have a engraved "GERMANY" located inside and on the side of the watch face, waiting for the careful observer to find it. This says to me that Marcello C. is proud of itself as being a German watch maker, but would rather the watch speak for itself, rather than be a location for labels. You will however find the "Swiss Made" indicator on the signed rotor underneath the watch through the viewable case-back, just in case you had any doubts.
It is true that many companies have have taken a place on eBay for their own stores. I mean the whole concept of the eBay store is amazing. The power to reach an enormous population with little to no overhead. You don't have to have a retail location, employees, or much else. All you need is a computer, the items you want to sell, and the ability to ship them. But for me, the staple attraction of eBay has been the private seller.
For the last few years, the only place to get Marcello C watches in the US from an authorized dealer was from Marcello C's US distributor at www.marcelloc-watches.com. In January of 2008, Marcelloc-watches.com will no longer sell watches direct to the public. Instead they will merely be a distributor selling to other authorized dealers. The reason for this is that consumer demand for these watches has gotten so great, it is a better investment of their time to be a reseller to other interested dealers. The effect of this are more Marcello C watches available, but of course, higher prices as well.
The first NauticFish watches were actually little more than rebranded Scahumburg watches with minor changes. Currently, NauticFish watches have their own special character, but that did not occur over night. Over the last few years, little design changes resulted in the current product, of which many are nice hybrid designs between the appealing look of Schaumburg dive watches and the NauticFish style. The first changes appeared on the face with the hand and number indicators, then the bezel treatment, and other items changed as well.
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I tend to keep mega popular watches like Rolex and Omega at arms length for the most part. It's not that they aren't nice watches, but it is too obvious of a choice. As though you didn't put a lot of effort into getting your watch because it is the default for many people. Walk around with an Omega and people know the brand, it's nothing particularly unique or eye catching. But then again, there is a reason some of these models are so popular.
They offer a condition status on the watches as well. They are so kind with their "vintage" label. Which basically is a nice way of saying that these watches are beat up badly, which some of them in fact are. I will hand it to Portero that they have a relatively well sized inventory, but I don't know how often it moves, and what demographic site appears to focus on. Perhaps those few dedicated buyers who just must have a particular watch, at any price, in any condition. Also, per their "Tourneau" partnership, they seem to get a large flow of previously owned watches.
Time will tell how well Tag Heuer is able to execute the functionality of a phone and MP3 player into the convenience and comfort of a watch.
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Blancpain Saint Valentin 2008 Women’s Watch: Very Nicely Done
Kobold Watch is an American watch company. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Kobold watches use Swiss parts with American insight. Kobold is led by the younger Michael Kobold, who has become quite the watch celebrity. Showcasing his favorite pieces on the wrists of many celebrities. The truth is, he didn't have to work very hard at it, because these are remarkable watches. As such, James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) and Kiefer Sutherland (Jame Bauer on "24" wore a PVD Kobold Phantom Tactical) have proudly displayed their fondness for Kobold watches both on and off screen. Not stopping there, Kobold works closely to provide Earth explorers and leaders of polar expeditions with Kobold watches, along with working with makers of automobiles such as Land Rover. The marketing message is clear; Kobold watches look good and do a lot.
Look for the Britto collection when mass distribution starts in in July 2008 at Bloomingdales, Tourneau, Macy’s, and other TechnoMarine retailers. Visit TechnoMarine.com here.
Both the Nettuno 3 and Tridente are versatile diving watches, but the Tridente can take you more places, and survive. The Nettuno 3 has the standard 300 meter (about 660 feet) water resistance of a "typical diving watch," while the Tridente is rated to go 1000 meters (about 3300 feet) below the surface. You might be thinking to yourself, "well, I will never dive to either of those max depths," but there is more to just water resistance in a watch's depth rating. In fact, watch companies know that most people don't use their watches to test the limits of the ocean, and depth ratings can sometimes be used as a measurement of how rugged or hardy a watch can be. A high depth rating means a thicker sapphire crystal, more intense sealing around the inside of the caseback, pushers, and crown, along with thicker materials all around. In this case, while both the Marcello C. Nettuno 3 and Tridente are constructed from high grade steel, the Tridente is a bit heftier, and has a thicker sapphire crystal. In addition, it has a more sophisticated gasket system in the crown, and one of the best movement shock protection systems around. Yes, it is true that both the Nettuno 3 and Tridente models are very solid and reliable watches, the Tridente has a bit more "oomph," that helps justify the premium.
Artist Profile: The Imagery Of Time With Olga Narozhna