With some risk can come great reward. Assuming you've identified a truly interesting watch project on Kickstarter for a good price, you are going to get a lot of watch for your money if you "back" it. This is because as a consumer, you are taking a risk, and being rewarded not only with a good value, but often something very exclusive or unique. One of the best ways to get an inexpensive and interesting limited edition watch is by backing a watch project on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
The newest addition to Rolex's participation in the Monterey Classic Car Week is their sponsorship of "The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering," which, I believe, they have been doing since 2011. The Quail is now owned by Sir Michael Kadoorie - owner of The Peninsula group of hotels - and a Rolex brand friend. The event at The Quail is also something not to miss and combines elements of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance's focus on classic cars with also new exotic cars and a lifestyle element.
Robert Michelsen: My name is Robert Michelsen, and I hail from Reykjavík, Iceland. Watchmaking is in my blood: I‘m the 4th generation of watchmakers in my family, and the family company, Michelsen Watchmakers, is the oldest watch company in Iceland, founded in 1909 by my great-grandfather.
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The movement in the Geo.Graham Tourbillon isn't produced by Graham, but is produced exclusively for them. They call it the caliber G1796 and in addition to the time and tourbillon it has an automatic micro-rotor. The movement operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph) and has a power reserve of 72 hours (three days). While we don't yet have images of the rear of the Geo.Graham Tourbillon case, Graham tells us that there is a special "slot for the oscillating weight" on the rear of the watch where micro-rotor is located. The micro-rotor is produced from gold, and is said to be engraved with arabesque decoration (inspired by the decor on original George Graham watches).
Bill Geiser isn't just a data guy, but he is a watch guy. One thing that he unequivocally understands is that for smartwatches to hit the mainstream, they need to be more useful, more simple to use, and more attractive. A recently published patent application by META watch sheds light on what they have planned as well as what might be a seriously valuable technology if they are granted the patent after the examination process. The claim is rather long and confusing, but I will go ahead and explain what I feel are the relevant parts. By the way, the patent at issue is application number 20140293755, which can be read at the USPTO website, here.
As the speed reaches triple digits, my brain goes into risk assessment mode, and I start to calculate just how quickly I'm going hit that car in front of me. A car that was a thousand feet away, now seems to be drawn towards me, as though it's caught in a vacuum. I lift, and before reaching the brake pedal I hear the release of the wastegates and the de-acceleration of the gearing is enough to drag me back to reality. I am now into the brakes and realizing that I had so much more space than I first thought. The Bugatti Veyron is capable of a 0-60 run of just 2.4 seconds and will cover a standing quarter mile in a hair under 10 seconds. While driving the Bugatti Veyron, my perception of space changed ever so slightly, distance was much shorter when I was on the power - and so much longer when I was deep into the brakes.
The thickness is a result of the two-segment case design that allows the puck-like internal case to detach, thanks to a nifty locking system not unlike the ring mounts used on SLR camera systems. While this functionality, along with the included desk display case, is nothing more than a novelty, it is just the right amount of strange for a limited edition piece meant for collectors. That said, this form and function comes with a cost, and the Hamilton Khaki Takeoff is a compromised design for a day to day watch, due mainly to its increased thickness.
I want to bring your attention to a pretty special Panerai watch. No, it’s not a special edition piece, but it is still unique, at least in the world of Panerai, because it comes with a metal bracelet. I’m referring to the PAM328, which is essentially the PAM 312 but with a metal bracelet. If you have been hankering for a Panerai, but simply cannot stand leather or rubber straps, this is the Panerai for you.
Grenon's of Newport: It really is a good mix. Being a big summer tourist destination we get quite a few tourists but given that we carry some brands that are hard to find, we do business across the country over the phone as well. We do a large jewelry business as well so I would say that about 50% of our customers are "knowledgeable watch collectors."
Indeed, the many things this watch does right simply lifts it above its competition. For one, I love that the date window is the same color as the dial – a detail so many similar watches skip; this nuance both makes the watch slightly dressier, and creates a more unified design expression. The hands are perfectly proportioned; they're also correctly curved slightly, so as to appear straight when looking at the domed crystal straight on. And where so often a timepiece uses its crystal as a mere transparent window to showcase the dial, the domed sapphire here is a statement: it fuses with the rounded geometry of its polished steel case and curved lugs to create a sculptural series of planes out of very minimal, basic formal elements. The thin, ridged bezel makes the case diameter’s 38mm wear slightly larger for a more contemporary feel, too, but the more vintage-style dress watch size also makes it ideal for fitting under a shirt’s cuff.
The Tudor Heritage Ranger ref. 79910 is based most closely to the Ranger that Tudor was producing in the late '60s, though the 2014 Ranger has been updated to a 41mm steel case. Including the domed sapphire crystal, thickness comes in at 12.2 mm, and weight is a nearly unnoticeable 85g on the included fabric strap. With a lug to lug measurement of 48mm and 22mm lug width, the Ranger fits beautifully and is quite comfortable. Furthermore, the lugs are drilled and make for breezy strap changes that are well supported by a total of four factory available mounts, from fabric to leather, bund-style, and even a vintage-styled steel bracelet.
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True to its namesake, the oval-shaped Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Tourbillon is as captivating as it is beautiful. While the oval shape is often seen as feminine, Parmigiani did an amazing job at designing this piece with a masculine appeal. One of the few 30-second tourbillons available today, the Parmigiani Ovale Tourbillon boasts incredible accuracy through the PF501 movement. With a limited production of 30 pieces, this may be your only shot to see this marvel of watchmaking close up!
For SIHH 2015, IWC has drawn upon its rich history to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser with a new limited edition model - the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition 75th Anniversary. This stunningly beautiful and vintage-inspired Portugieser offers not only IWC's requisite 8-day power reserve but also your choice of rose gold or steel.
ABTW: What drew you to this particular watch?
While I have been critical of using a hand to display the date in other watches, I think here it makes a lot of sense. If they had used a standard date disc, the movement would have been obscured - and that would anathema to what they are creating (in fact, that is why they use micro rotors as well, to allow the owner to see more of what they have paid for). Speaking of paying for these, I did mention that these are relatively more affordable than the previous tourbillon I wrote about, right?
And with that, we must note that brands that go to such lengths to develop a new product will always try to amortize the stratospheric development costs by releasing basically the same movement in different, new packaging: hence, after the first 55 pieces run of the original EMC is just about to be completed, the Urwerk EMC Black continues this electro-mechanical legacy of the brand. Price for one of the 55 numbered pieces of the Urwerk EMC Black watch is 118,000 Swiss Francs or about 6,000. urwerk.com
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The basic Armin Strom case (which we have seen before) is 43.4mm wide and 13mm thick. Of course, the Fire model is the higher-end of the two being in 18k red gold. That makes the Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water model the version which is in a high-polished steel case. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and has a small "lips" on the bottom which can be used as a spot to engrave someone's initials or something similar.