Rado True

Yup, this watch is called the "50s President's Watch." While that sounds a bit funny, let me explain. In 1953 Vulcain gave a Cricket Alarm watch to President Harry Truman. Since then they have given watches to all the US Presidents (yea, I know the issues about gifting things to the president, but there is some way around it... sorta). In honor of this tradition Vulcain created the 50s President's Watch, which has a retro design hearkening back to the originals.

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See here is the watch with the brushed steel bezel but Prometheus actually supplies it with a second black bezel. The idea is that the user can switch them out as often as they like. The process does require tools, but I like that Prometheus offers the extra part as an option. The same Allen (hex) wrench (which does not come with the watch as I understand it), must be used to adjust the bracelet. This is a less than fun operation that requires a clamp as you need to secure the both sides of the screw-bar style link to unscrew it. There are also a lot of screws as you can see. Ideally you only need to do this one time, or you can just send it over to your local watch repair person to size for you.

The case, especially bezel and screws, looks very industrial. Ritmo Mundo is certainly aiming at a youthful customer who seem to surf and own a wrecking ball. The brand is quite popular and I can see how that is so among the right audience. Seasoned watch enthusiasts might be looking for a bit more, but those interested in unique designs, and fun-focused timepieces that don't require excessive cognition to understand, will feel at home here with Mr. Mundo.

Finishing

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Whether or not you like the cases is a matter of taste, but the crisp cut lines and alternating finishes is interesting. The crown and chronograph pusher designs aren't bad either. Coming in two versions, the cases are 43mm wide in steel. Tissot gives these T-Navigators rotating navigational bezels - the style of which is good, but I would have preferred 60 minute dive-style counters as I find those to be more useful. The bezels are well-designed and in black PVD coated steel.

Unlike the Perrelet Turbine XL America limited edition, these two models use the original Turbine case that is 44mm wide (and does not have the side claws). The Turbine 007 (ref. A8008/1) is done in a steel DLC black coated case with gold-toned elements throughout. The center of the turbine is actual 18k rose gold. License to Play what exactly? I think the watch is cool, but I don't see the 007 theme in there that much. Perrelet will produce 888 of these.

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The Black Frog's zirconium case is coated black. The weight of zirconium is similar to that of titanium and the look of the case is fantastic with the purple coated 22k gold rotor for the automatic movement. MB&F shared with me an interesting story about the purple color. MB&F was with a supplier and interested in new colors that were available. They were told of a purple color, but advised against using it because it was "unstable." Immediately intrigued, MB&F asked what they meant. Basically the metallic purple color didn't maintain the same purple tone in all angles. Even though the supplier thought no one would want the color, MB&F realized it would be perfect for the battle ax style rotor - and it is. The purple rotor is really the star of the design - appearing to change colors all the time.

Materials: silver plating, gilding.

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Strap
Black rubber strap / metal bracelet / mesh bracelet

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I am proud to admit that at first glance I did not know what to make of the LM1. My initial reaction was "that isn't an MB&F." I was right. Until now all we have seen from the brand have been Horological Machines. This is the first Legacy Machine, so it makes sense for me to be taken off guard. Readjusting my mental perspective, I can examine the LM1 without thinking about what I have come to expect from MB&F in terms of design but rather output. The LM1 if offered from a brand such as Breguet would be an immediate hit. The design is polished and carefully conceived, as well as timeless. Like all MB&F pieces their specific appearance is going to be a matter of taste, but most everyone will be washed away with the emotion and effort put into them. The more I think about it the more I want to see this watch strapped to my wrist. It is just dripping with talking points.

One of the things I love most about watches is the ability to be creative with how you present one. This means showing the time in a traditional way but having the watch look unique, or alternatively to display the time itself in a unique way. Such creative opportunity has attracted unique minds from all walks of life to participate in horology - and whether or not I like the outcome, I love the diversity.

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Released in about 2006, this is one of those rare Van Cleef & Arpels watches meant for men. Though I do believe moving forward the brand will focus on men's pieces a bit more. The Latérale is named as such for a very cool little complication on the side of the watch where the power reserve is located. Here a "lateral" power reserve is placed where it is not only easy to see, but does not take up space on the dial.

SPECS: Rado D-Star 200 Automatic
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o‘clock, 38 hours power reserve, decorated movement
Dial: Blue, sunbrushed with 11 steel-colour applied indexes with white luminous
Anchor moving symbol, Silver-colour printed Rado and Automatic logos
Case: Polished steel, Steel turning bezel with blue ceramic insert and steel-colour metallised numerals
Steel middle part, Pressed on steel back with sapphire crystal, Curved sapphire crystal with integrated magnifier, Steel crown
Water resistant up to 20 bar (200m)
Hands: Steel-colour with printed blue line, white luminous
Steel-colour second hand
Bracelet: 3-row solid steel, satin brushed and polished, Titanium 3-fold buckle
Dimensions: 42.0 x 46.0 x 12.5 (WxLxH in mm)

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Eterna offers the Madison Eight Days with either a black, gray, or silvered dial (matched to a black or brown Louisiana alligator strap - which is really nice). On the dial you can begin to see the attention to detail Eterna places on the watch case as well as the movement. While tonneau in shape, the case and dial are attractive. The dial is easy to read with large properly sized hands and applied hour markers. Both the hands and hour markers feature very crisp mirror polishing and have luminant applied to them. The "cobble" textured center dial is also a nice touch.

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