If you know anything about cars and Pagani, the Schofield Watch Company can be said to be the horological equivalent. Everything offered by the company is formed through the singular vision of one man, Gille Eilles, a British watch designer with an almost fanatical obsession to detail and keeping high standards. Here, we review not only the famous Schofield Signalman, but also their strap kit and watch wallet.
It's not hard to understand the appeal of the Calibre 16 versions for someone who may have had a faithful quartz model for years and is now looking for an upgrade. That buyer now has a familiar option to stack up against a Calibre 16 Carrera or Link Chronograph as they move into the mechanical range of TAG Heuer's lineup. Given the age of the Formula 1 line, this is a natural evolution of the line, especially as more and more buyers are looking for mechanical watches. With pricing starting around 3000 CHF, the Calibre 16 Formula 1 does represent a big jump in the price over the current Formula 1 range. What do you think? Would you wear an automatic Formula 1? While I like the look of these new Formula 1 models, if it were my cash, it would be hard to resist the urge to opt for a Monaco or a Carrera. TAGheuer.com
Generally speaking, a brand representative will want to run through a set presentation for each noteworthy or new piece in their line up. Given the limited time and often vast number of watches a brand might have on hand, Ariel often recommend that they bring watches out at fast as possible so that we can get the photos we need and shoot some video if time allowed. The idea is to see and shoot everything so that we have everything we need to properly cover the best and most noteworthy watches from the show. The basic information is available via a public press release, but for live photos, hands-on video and interviews, you have to be present (and preferably jacked on coffee). These meetings can last anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes, which is a good amount of time for photos, videos and questions. All told, I left Europe having shot well over 4000 photos and with about 50 usb keys stowed in my luggage.
Devon will likely use the same "ballistic polycarbonate" as the crystal for the many see-through elements of the watch. The plates over the time-telling treads are also new. One of the more interesting new features is that instead of coming on a strap, the Tread 1 Exoskeleton will come on a bracelet - also skeletonized. This is the most T1000 Terminator-worthy Devon watch to-date. It just needs glowing red parts. Skynet would be proud.
It is still hard for me to take as being serious modern watches with "Extreme" in their names. The 45mm wide steel Icon Extreme has a diver's style rotating bezel and textured metal plates on the rubber strap. Those plates are a sort of hallmark of the collection and come in a range of styles and materials on the various pieces. It is an interesting concept nonetheless and it adds welcome personality to the collection. I opted to check out the three-hand models even though some chronographs are available. I was drawn to the bold hands and interesting dial with subsidiary seconds hand. In person, the dial could have gone either way but proved to be actually quite nice. More importantly, it was quite legible as well. Sadly no lume if I recall correctly. Inside the Icon Extreme and Icon Light are Swiss Ronda Quartz movements.
In the space between the hand set and the spinning turbine element, there is a transparent two-piece sapphire dial, comprised of a center and an outer ring. The outer ring is fixed and marked at nine o'clock with a "Min" flag, indicating where to read the current chronograph minutes measurement from the center disk. When the chronograph is started, the center sapphire disk begins to slowly rotate, showing the chronograph minutes in an unobtrusive but legible fashion. You've got to love a chronograph that is executed without the clutter and tiny sub-dials normally associated with such a complication. In addition to the chronograph, there is also a date display at six that can be viewed in the spaces between the turbine blades.
The Corsa watch case is in steel, and offered in this picture of brushed and polished finishing, or in a PVD black case. The case design sort of looks like a bracket holding a pocket watch style stopwatch. The position of the crown and pushers are on the top, and the ring around the crown is still there. The colored aluminum caps on the chronograph pushers are a nice colorful touch. One is raised up to remind you it is the start and stop pusher.
I did a hands-on review of an Eterna Madison Eight Days watch here. If you recall, I really liked the quality of the watch case and dial, and really liked the movement. However, I felt that the movement looked better than the watch. For 2012, Eterna takes their useful and neat sounding Spherodrive technology and makes an automatic movement out of it with the in-house made Calibre 3834. Don't know what Spherodrive is? Well you can read more about it here from an earlier article on aBlogtoRead.com.
Necessary Data >Brand: Longio >Model: Zhuke >Price: ,980 >Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes >Friend we'd recommend it to first: Some interesting in a good looking bronze dive watch at a good price - and is willing to jump through hoops to find it. >Best characteristic of watch: Well-conceived design and use of trend bronze. Looks nicer than it costs, and is refreshingly Chinese. >Worst characteristic of watch: Dial is a bit flat and rubber versus silicon strap would have been nice. Hard to find any information on it via the brand as well.
Baselworld 2013 – Through the Eyes of a First-Timer
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Baselworld 2013 – Through the Eyes of a First-Timer
Indeed, the nicest thing about this boutique is that it doesn’t have the allure of intimidation and inaccessibility that most mono brand boutiques have. Instead, it comes across instead as a friendly clubhouse for the Bremont faithful, and is just a wonderfully relaxed setting for talking about watches. In fact, this store space is used almost every week for events by Bremont, whether it be relating to the watches themselves, or relating to a presentation by an explorer for a new expedition relying on Bremont chronometers.
German Sinn watches are known for serious professional-use timepieces and not much else. A design-oriented novelty watch, no matter how well-made, just isn't part of their DNA. That doesn't mean they haven't dabbled in fanciful things though. Who do they think they are? Fortis?... Back in 2010 I wrote about a very strange watch called Sinn 902 here. It was a sort of petite-men's watch with a unique cushion-shaped case and a three-hand movement. It was based on a series of timepieces that Sinn produced for Audi a few years earlier. Among those Audi models was a chronograph version of the unique cushion watch.
The first breakthrough leading to where the brand is today, came in 1994, with the introduction of their Heart Beat watches: the main feature had been the partial opening of the dial to make the balance wheel visible from the dial side. With the brand still having been fairly small they neglected patenting this unique design - and within a year several competitors created new models with the same or similar apertures on the dial. Nonetheless, the manufacture achieved great results year after year, with annual growth figures constantly in the range of 20-35%.