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Model Bugatti Super Sport, 30-piece special edition.
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Against the charcoal black dial, the polished steel hands look very attractive. In some lighting situations they blend together a bit, but not too much. Legibility for the watch tends to be better than one expect expects. This is aided by the very easy to see sloped chapter ring, with hour and minute markers applied to it. Also, the Seiko SNR005 has an AR (anti-reflective) coated on one side sapphire crystal that gives the dial almost no glare. This makes viewing the dial a delight.
Going back to the bracelet, you'll notice the use of what looks like tons of screws to hold it together. Feels like Invicta wanted to make a statement on how "this bracelet does not use pins!" Most of the Pro Diver watches have the diver's helmet logo, which is found on the end-links of the bracelet, as well as on the caseback of the watch. At 200 meters water resistant, the watch is suitable for enough diving duty. Invicta uses a lume called "Tritnite," which is probably not as good as SuperLumiNova, but should do the trick. There is enough lume on the dial for it to work out well for night viewing.Read more ›
Right here you have the Pierre DeRoche SplitRock Big Numbers. Why? Cause it has big numbers. Around the dial are four large applied numerals in large, 1mm tall metal. To say that they pop is an understatement. There is another version of the same watch where instead of these numbers being applied, they are lume covered. On this watch, the only lume covered parts are the hands - both for the time and the chronograph. The dial itself is round and easy to read. While the watch face is a large rectangle, the places where you need to read information are more traditional looking and not confusing - though small given the dimensions of the watch. This is an art watch that isn't hard to read, rather than an experiment in clarity. And as an art watch, it looks pretty cool.
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I did a survey on Luxist within the last year that was a survey of the “best” luxury watch brands according to the site’s readers who participated in the poll. I had to choose five brands, and among those was IWC. With a strong, focused product line, and an emphasis on performance and gentlemen’s sport activity, I felt that the brand resonated particularly well with American audiences. While such polls aren’t hard science, the result was that Luxist readers felt that IWC was the best luxury watch brand. Beating the likes of others such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet.
We talk about some new times, and new versions of old divers. The typical rants ensue as well.
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It's clear that at Prometheus they have a mission of providing high bang for the buck ratio. Recon 5 has a Swiss Unitas 6497-1 with CÃ´tes de Genève finish inside and it does look good as you can see throe the display back. The movement choice also makes perfect sense in military oriented watch since the manually wound 6497-1 is known for robustness. Robustness is a feature that carries throughout the watch - evident in sapphire crystals (both of them) as well as usage of surgical steel as case material. This watch was build for durability and performance under stress in the cockpit. And priced aggressively at 269 euros. Still, it is a basic timepiece with a rough finishing that will probably give the watch a vintage feel. Regardless, Prometheus isn't targeting IWC or Glashutte Original pilot watches, which is apparently by the price.
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How about the book within the book? Well Enki’s illustrations each have some IWC imagery in them, and serve to compliment the short stories they accompany. Paulo provides several short stories — which offer a glimpse of what he sees the IWC lifestyle to be like, done of course in the style he is famous for. Paulo needed to get his mind about luxury watches as well as IWC’s particular history and product offering before embarking on this project. I believe this is the only commissioned work that he has ever done, which speaks well to the persuasive power of IWC (and perhaps Mr. Kern).
It goes without saying that the book features a proper history and timeline of IWC, its major players, and the events and successes it has had. Manfred fulfills his role as a journalist making the information clear and useful. The book isn’t merely reams of paragraphs that feel like marketing copy to praise IWC for each moment of its existence.
I cropped the images of the watches here based on images Frederique Constant sent me, but the originals had the watches draped and hanging off a beautifully polished Austin Healey like it was the body of a woman. The perfect accessory next to goggles and driving gloves for the car? Sure. Like I said about the previous models, these are watches that have a character that actually fits with that thing they are said to be in honor of. The watch dial, with its large applied Arabic numerals and dagger hands also has a logo of the UK Healey Challenge race.
It feels as though I should provide some literary summation points for this watch. Especially given how much of a cool fantasy piece it is. Jules Verne was called crazy in his day, and then years later it turns out he was mostly correct in his methods about how we actually did most of the things he dreamed up. Sure, there aren't "Mysterious Islands" with giant crabs living on them, but we did travel to the moon in a rocket similar to what he imagined, and we did travel to the depth of the oceans in a submersible vessel similar to his drawings. So what does that say about the watch? Perhaps it is a testament to big dreamers. One who imagines how things might be, and predicts how we might accomplish them. The steampunk look of the watch signals the beginning of modern science and engineering as we know it. In that sense it is almost a historical throw-back. However you see the watch, it is a looker and a real emotionally charged work of art. I love the thing.Read more ›
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