The Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch case shape is quintessentially Arnold & Son and measures 43.5mm wide in 18k white gold. It is a very elegant design, with smooth, flowing lugs that affix to either a brown or black hand-stitched alligator strap – the choice is yours. The Arnold & Son DTE Double Tourbillon Escapement Dual Time watch is styled to match both colors well, which is a thoughtful touch that could well tip the scales for a potential purchaser. What this case does well is make its presence known without overbearing the main event. It is effectively a highly polished frame and it plays this role very well. It retains its own character thanks to the twin crowns (one at two and one at eight o'clock). Not only is their placement unusual (and totally functional), they are really beautifully fashioned things, featuring the proud logo of this historic brand. I'm a sucker for a good crown, and this one is up there as one of the best, in my opinion. Having two of them only makes it better and, for me, changes this case from boring to quietly cool.
MadeWorn's approach is more like that of Bamford Watch Department - a company who has some parallels to what MadeWorn is doing. Bamford is a Rolex watch modifier who takes new Rolex watches and changes their textures and colors. MadeWorn, with its still very new collection of watches, takes new or vintage Rolex watches and customizes them with engravings or special bracelets. In fact, Halvorson likes the term "carvings" more than engravings, as it implies more manual labor.
Fundamentally, watches are logical machines. They seem to have a soul because of the love, care, and attention that goes into their creation, but they work because every component makes sense. Children are often able to see this clearer and more quickly than an adult because they are better able to concern themselves with the problem at hand, rather than involuntarily slotting said problem into the wider context of the world. For this reason (and really, because it sounds like a totally awesome day out for the whole family), the Vacheron Constantin Children's Workshop is one of the highlights of the horological calendar (if you either have kids, or reckon you can adequately disguise yourself as one).
Last year in 2014, Romain Jerome released a new version of the RJ Spacecraft (initially spelled "Space Craft") which built on the avant-garde design of the original Romain Jerome Spacecraft watch from 2013 (hands-on here). Inspired by 1970's and 1980's futurism (and imagined spaceships of that era), the Spacecraft is an extremely niche timepiece with an interesting movement - and in the Romain Jerome Spacecraft Black, we see new colors and a strap that I think better compliment the overall design of these wonderfully weird timepieces.
Unlike the previous TiVan 15 (a titanium alloy that, according to Jaeger-LeCoultre, is more scratch resistant than standard titanium) ref. Q203T540 (203T540) Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 with black and red color accents this new for 2015 ref. 203T541 has black and blue elements, offering an additional flavor. Other than the new colors, all that appears to be different is that the 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 Blue is not a limited edition. Again, I think that is interesting and speaks to the enduring popularity of this model (and hopefully that Jaeger-LeCoultre will revisit the high-end luxury sports watch in a more serious way soon. I've always felt that JLC was so good at being a sport watch maker, but as a company, they feel that their corporate identity should focus more on talking about their dress watches and Reverso models almost exclusively in their marketing materials and advertising.
If one could distill a tuxedo into wristwatch form, no doubt it would resemble the Piaget Black Tie "Vintage Inspiration," one of the brand's most anticipated offerings at SIHH 2015 - and it didn't disappoint when the ABTW team got their hands on it. True to its name, the Piaget Black Tie, like many of the most celebrated (and debated) watch releases in recent years, offers a new twist on a vintage model from the brand's history. But how it contemporizes its retro inspiration in its choice of movement affects the nostalgic impact of what proves one of the most elegant dress-watch offerings we've seen this year.
That actually makes sense, and the survival of President Obama, or any government leader is sifting through tons of information, getting the right type of advice, and being able to make quick decisions before moving on. Jacobs proceeded to tell me that in his research, he found out that for most of his memos, Barack has three simple choices to make as a response - "yes," "no," or "tell me more." Jacobs wants Olio to help democratize the luxury of having a support network of assistants for more people. That is a way of saying that the Olio Model 1 isn't just about the hardware and software on your wrist, but a learning engine that over times makes better and better suggestions for its wearer.
The magic of the Ressence Type 3 design relies on the cooperation between the upper and lower (front and back) sapphire domes. The upper segment is the oil-filled dial and displays, which is made possible by the Ressence Orbital Convex System, or ROCS. The dial is convex, and thus, the sub-dials have to be perfectly rendered to operate within the main dial element while appearing to share its curvature.
Under the 12 o'clock indicator on the dial is an eccentric dial for reading the current time. While the dial is small, it is very legible and attractive. We very much appreciate this design that Arnold & Son continues in many of its pieces. Note that the time uses Roman numeral markers while the chronograph elements on the dial use Arabic numeral markers. Over 6 o'clock on the dial is a 60-minute counter for the chronograph, and while the markers are small, it is still legible. The blued steel hands work well on the high-contrast non reflective dial textures and colors.
The price of the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is ,000 and it will be released in September 2015. For those who don't think a rose gold chronograph is fancy enough already, there will also be a white gold, diamond bezel version. piaget.com
Vulcain Aviator Cricket Alarm Watch
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Vulcain Aviator Cricket Alarm Watch
Carlos Rosillo: For me, the grail watch is the one that above all wakes up emotions. Besides the value of the materials and the craftsmanship, this kind of timepiece has to hold inside a high emotional weight. It’s the case for an inherited watch or an exceptional timepiece.
As a sport watch, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph has a lot of appealing stats. First is the thick AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial, then you have 100 meters of water resistance, which is good, given that it is a chronograph and with Ball's Amortiser feature (more on that in a second). The case is shock resistant to 7,500 Gs and anti-magnetic to 4,800 A/M. You also get Ball's robust crown protection system. Here you have another bit of "flair" as the small pusher-released protection bar lifts, allowing you to unscrew the crown. That "RR" on the crown stands for "railroad," which is a reference to Ball's history.
This is a custom, specific, proprietary movement developed to break records. It is, in this sense, a work of art and engineering in harmony. You could find plenty of examples of major brands that charge just as much for a bog-standard ETA, cleverly hidden in or disguised by a glitzy case. The Piaget Altiplano Chronograph is no pretender; it is classy to its core. The eagle-eyed might notice that the case is actually larger than it needs to be – the Calibre 883P could easily fit in a case under 40mm diameter, but Piaget have chosen to give the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph a bit more width to satisfy modern tastes.
I say that to comment on the fact that the market for watches like this is complicated and highly competitive. For me, Oris is all about making great sports watches. aBlogtoWatch's Matt Diehl recently reviewed the Oris John Coltrane, which is another dress watch alluding to a side of Oris I don't personally pay much attention to. This is why it is good to offer a diversity of opinion on the site, because what might not interest me might be right up your alley. For some people, the Oris 110 Years Limited Edition might be perfect.
The main goal of the Urwerk HIS Infancy phase is to understand wearers' personal needs and habits in order to move to the next phase, which is the interactive phase between the Urwerk HIS and its owner.
Rolex has debuted new dial options, where the patterns are created by laser etching a sunray finished dial, making for incredibly sharp and accurate lines – of different widths, depending on the model – running across the dials. The etching is subtle when it comes to depth; it is not like guilloché that results in deeper, more three-dimensional grooves on the dials. That is not at all to say the new Rolex dials lack depth, what you get instead is the mixture of the silvery, soft glow reflected by the fine sunray finishing, rendered more visually interesting by the laser etched lines which seem to stand out more or nearly completely disappear, depending on how the light falls on the dial. The overall experience is a dial that is beautiful to look at and is extremely versatile in its appearance – with the applied indices adding some extra volume and definition, also improving legibility.
So let's get back to the exotic and not-so-little Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver's watch. I am not even going to answer the question of when a 300 meter water resistant dive watch with a tourbillon and chronograph is necessary. That, clearly, is very far from the point, and if you are at dinner with Richard Mille or Richard Mille brand fans, I don't suggest you bring up that exact question. As part of the Richard Mille dive watch collection, the Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver's watch is actually among Richard Mille's rare round-dialed watches. It is joined by the RM 028 diver (hands-on here; the most accessible Richard Mille diver, with a price under 0,000), as well as the RM 032 Chronograph Diver (about 0,000). While these watches share a mostly similar case, the Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver's watch has a much more unique set of complications and is priced in a totally different galaxy.
For a long time I've been after a cool sporty dive watch with a mother-of-pearl dial. One that is nevertheless masculine... I think with the Kentex Marineman Seahorse I got exactly what I was asking for. The naturally glossy and slightly colorful dial material looks attractive and gives the otherwise utilitarian design a decorative look.