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Watch enthusiasts may share common traits but come from all walks of life. We find that diversity to be amazing and part of why we all love different things. Some of you are die-hard tool watch lovers, and others might get weak at the knees for watches with diamonds. Just over four years ago I wrote an article about six professional job categories that tend to be watch lovers. I wonder if that assumptions still holds true for the current readership of aBlogtoRead.com.
The watches don't seem to have model names. What I gather is that each is made to order per the customer's wishes. That equals expensive. The pieces have a very artisan feel to them versus being made in sophisticated CNC machines and alike. Seen in this article are a few versions of the New Orleans Watch - you can see how the parts can be mixed up with various materials. I don't actually know the case size of the pieces either.
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Once you glance over at the watch and realize you are in the red zone you can start moving your arm around. But there is yet another feature to play with. Urwerk utilizes a rotor winding efficiency selector on the back of the watch that allows you to decide how sensitive the rotor is. On a light setting the slightest movement will wind the mainspring. On a more tight setting you'll need to move around harder to wind the movement. There is also a stop function where you can totally block the rotor in the event you are engaged in some type of high-shock activity. And to think, high-end 0,000 plus watches were supposed to make life better, not more complicated? Despite the interesting intent of the complication, it is extremely clever and you have to praise Urwerk for developing the concept into reality.
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Inside is a quartz Ronda movement and the water resistance is rated to 50 meters. 5 might seem like a lot for a quartz watch unless you are a GAZ M21 fan but there are numerous elements unique to this watch alone. Also, given that only 300 are going to be made, you will probably never see one on the wrist of another person nor one looking similar to it. The M21 watch is available for purchase direct from UNIQ.
The calling card for the entire SpidoSpeed series is the dramatic case design which I think is both radical and beautiful. I think case design is a bold pantomime which changes its tone depending on the type of finish. While the DLC version of the SpidoSpeed is rather stealthy, this new gold version exhibits a very muted luxuriousness. The matte satin finish does not hide the gold's color but rather reins in its overall bling factor, making it an excellent choice for those who could never understand the appeal of a gold Rolex Datejust. More to the point, Linde Werdelin has managed to make gold cool. In almost any instance, I won't give a gold watch a second look, as my taste lies in stainless steel or titanium. There is something about gold watches that always seems to be too flashy or too cruise-boat-chic for my tastes, but the SpidoSpeed Gold looks youthful, aggressive and the satin finish is an excellent match for its complex case and detailed dial design.
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No one who has or will buy this watch will use it as their sole timepiece. If by chance someone does, I'd like to meet that person. This is a status watch for watch lovers. You need to appreciate mechanics and find the tourbillon interesting to look at to even consider this watch. You also need to appreciate the Recital 0's slight avant garde design concept and family theme. With a bold look and optional diamond bezel, this is also a show-off watch. And for those who appreciate the wide range of Bovet watch aesthetics, you'll agree that most of their timepieces fit into this category. Not that there is anything at all wrong with that. If you are spending 8,000 on a Bovet Recital 0, you want as many people as possible to notice it.
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With the core Engineer Hydrocarbon case design, this watch has a ceramic bezel and very attractive dial. I like the mixture of steel and black tones with the high level of functionality. Ball cases are very solid and use a lot of steel. The case is 42mm wide and it is 13.25mm thick. The wide lugs help it look sizable, but not imposing. There is of course the special extended crown structure with the guard system. The way it works is that you press in a little button and it releases the arm that moves up to let you unscrew the crown. It is a unique element for the collection. I can see how it might affect some people's wrists, but the way I wear my watches, it isn't problem at all.
Photos by WatchAnish and Adam Priscak
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It wasn't until I needed to go ring shopping did I really learn to appreciate diamonds. As a guy, I just always assumed diamonds were for women. Sure some men have diamond rings and earrings - but that hardly represents the norm, at least here in the United States. Diamonds are a sure-fire sign of wealth, but they also represent the most basic and arguably unsophisticated form of luxury features - being really shiny. Though it does help their cause that diamonds are inherently rare. What I do however love, are watches. So what happens when you combine these two things?
Tech specs from Seiko:
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.Read more ›
Experiment ZR012: Movement
Donald Brewer (Founder and President of Phosphor Watches) was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about the Touch Time:Read more ›
The Ministry is a larger range collection for the brand with at least three different model types. The chronograph model has a 43mm wide case with a thick sloped bezel and case. There are rings engraved into the side of the case to help reduce visual mass, and the square chronograph pushers help even out the look.
Britain QUARTZ Ref. BBY1400
Design: Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Movement: Ronda 703 Swiss Made Quartz three hand movement
Case: Distinct rounded octagonal case. Bezel in polished stainless steel. Full diamond setting. 124 diamonds (1.1mm, full cut, VS G-H colour, 0.68 carats). Bezel in stainless steel finished with fine vertical brushing and polished beveled edge. Distinct bolts in brushed stainless steel and polished beveled edge fasten bezel to the lugs. 27 components. Water resistant up to 5 ATM (165 feet/50 metres)
Case back: Rounded octagonal case back in stainless steel screwed down by hand. Three-piece construction. Sculpted curved case back
Dial: Dial in trench with fine sunray finishing. Dial features applied Burberry logo. Faceted hands in silver applied by hand. Anti-reflective, scratch and shock-resistant sapphire crystal protects dial from the elements
Strap and clasp: Alligator strap in custom designed trench colour, Soft domed padding with tonal hand stitching in trench 18-16 mm width Ardillon buckle with combination of brushed and polished surfaces
Dimensions: 38 mm case
I don't know why it took me until now to cover Habring² here on aBlogtoRead.com. You've heard about German watch makers, but what about Austrian ones? Well now you have. These guys are pretty cool - and certainly unique. Imagine if Sinn and Tutima had a cousin across the border. Similar but different, that German speaking cousin regularly wore bowties. That would be Habring². I mean all is good except for the little mathematical "squared number 2" numeral next to the name. I get that it is a team of Maria Kristina Habring and Richard Habring - but did they need to choose a character that requires like 10 minutes to figure out how to enter into a text document?Read more ›