Some specifications are in order. The movement is the Orient 40P51, beating at 21,600vph and a power reserve of about 42 hours. Hackable, handwinding, quick-set date, independent GMT hand. The case is stainless steel, 40.2mm by 12.3mm thick, with 20mm lugs and a 5.85mm crown. Bracelet is 3.3mm thick, butterfly deployant, solid throughout and non-tapering. Total weight is 135g with all links.
I recommend you also check out the Dzmitry Samal eye wear collection. They are certainly interesting if anything else - and if you like pixels or 8-bit era video games, they will be right up your alley. Check them out on his website to see what I mean. Anyhow, the watches all contain the same Swiss quartz chronograph movement. Here is where you start to see the super fashion side of the watch. I don't mind that a watch like this is quartz, given its modern persona, but if you are going to have a chronograph, at least give the subsidiary hands actual dials or markers. With maybe just vague markers for any of the chronograph subdials, that feature is more or less there just for show. The time is easier to read, but I am mourning the "almost" useful chronograph that we see on the dials. Dzmitry Samal even went so far as to create elements on the dials that look like subdials, but he didn't go far enough to add clear markers or anything like that for the hands.
That shape again is placed on the sapphire crystal over the moon phase indicator and automatic rotor. It serves as the actual indicator showing the phase of the moon with the moon faces underneath. This layout offers full views of the faces all the time, along with the phase of the moon with the indicator window.
OK, so getting back to that problem I was referring to. Breguet releases information on the prototype Type XXII and then shows it to the press. We merrily discuss the new watch over the next few months and then think little of it unless the brands spray us with PR messages asking us to pay attention to the piece again. Some time later, Breguet releases the final version of the Type XXII to shops and it isn't the same watch us members of the watch media wrote about. Worse yet, they don't update the watch media that the final retail version is a little bit different than the prototype. This causes at least two problems - consumers are potentially misled about what to expect in the store and also, consumers aren't ever made aware through watch media when the products they are interested in are finally commercially available. It can be months to years before watches us writers get to check out are finally available for purchase. That time to market figure changes all the time, and rarely are watches available for purchase when we write about them. What brands need to do is an additional PR (public relations) push when a product people are waiting for is finally being shipped to retailers, and of course include information on how and if those watches may have changed (because it is usually for the better). More so, I will claim that watch brands need to do a better job of helping the watch media tell consumers where to actually buy or get simple information about where to buy watches. They know watch buyers read watch media, so then why doesn't it make sense for watch brands to use the watch media to tell people the products they are waiting for are ready for purchase?
Watch What-Iffed: Rolex Sky-Dweller
Size of case / total weight
EQWT720DC 50.5 x 47.3 x 12.6mm / 167g
Antoine Martin Tourbillon Quantieme Perpetual Watch Hands-On
How many brands needed to have a "Master" watch back then (and today I guess?). With all the Seamasters and GMT Masters being so popular, everyone seemed to want a "Master" in their collection. I am still looking for the "Tickmaster." The Marinemaster Vintage is meant to be a more or less specific re-issue of a classic Fortis piece from the 1970s. I think it was called the Marinemaster - sounds likely enough. According t0 Fortis they have been selling watches with the "Marinemaster" name since the 1940s.
The second watch in the High Performance collection is the High Performance Chronograph. Neither the name nor design are particularly original, but again it does look nice. I suspect that the case size is the same as the diver, but in this instance the material for the case is ceramic. That is nice enough, and if the cases are anything like those on the ceramic Girard-Perregaux ww.tc models then they will be lovely.
HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 113 – Our Team Got Game
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Bovet Pininfarina Cambiano Watch Review
That movement is really nifty. It includes the famous Gerald Genta retrograde minutes and jumping hour system of telling the time (which the Gefica Hunter GMT watch I reviewed here also uses). The lower dial is a retrograde date indicator. Then you have a cool retrograde 12 hour chronograph using the two fan shaped dials on the sides of the watch. What a marvelous dial all around. Quad retrograde hands, jumping hour, and a gorgeous symmetry. This would have made the late Mr. Genta proud. Note how the chronograph hand points down versus up in the resting position. Bulgari did a sweet job designing the dial with silver and blue tones to match the Maserati theme. Wonderfully classy and eccentric at the same time.
Only sales success will really prove anything, but I think they got the design and branding right. Verbally indicating that "Bulgari made this watch for Maserati" sounds good. Though the watch itself should speak those words in a much, much lower volume. I once had a seasoned watch industry executive tell me that the key to killing a co-branded watch was to place both brand names on the dial. While that is not a universal rule, it seemed to make sense. Bulgari must have had that same conversation.
The Chapter Three watch is 42mm wide and this year comes in an 18k rose gold or white gold case. The dial is blue with gold accents and hands, while it comes attached to a black strap with blue contrast stitching. On the wrist the piece is classic - and probably one of the most wearable Maitres du Temps watches to date. While the Chapter One is technically very impressive, it is much too long for most wrists. In a more traditional round-case skin, the Chapter Three does not have that problem.
aBtR: Will it be possible to update a Touch Time watch with new features or updated software?
DB: Currently, like any digital watch the Touch Time will ship with all of its code built-in. Not upgradeable by a customer at this time.
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Swan logo mark impression on the back of the case.
Rolex Sky-Dweller Watch
Sarpaneva has become known as the moon phase watch brand. I don't always know if Sarpaneva wished for this, but the grimacing face on his moon phase indicators has become very synonymous with the brand. It therefore makes sense that in any collaboration he does, the eye-catching face be a large part of the design. Before starting his own brand, Sarpaneva worked with such greats as Christophe Claret, Piaget, and Vianney Halter (among others). He is really almost a lone operation, making his watches by hand in Helsinki.
The Ikepod KAWS watch dial takes the artist's signature cross design that he uses for eyes (and often on hands). These have been transformed into the watch hands. The chopstick-like hands are the same length, so a small white indicator has been placed on the hour hand enabling you to actually read the time. The hour markers have been made to look like the teeth KAWS uses on many of his characters. The richly three-dimensional dials are colorful and bold - offering a look never quite seen before, and certainly "very KAWS."