To lets get back to the Hamilton Pan Europ and these new versions that are available with NATO-style straps. The Hamilton Pan Europ started as a limited edition chronograph a few years ago, became the non-limited edition Hamilton Pan Europ Chronograph, and has now for 2014 added a three-hand version that I quite like.
Let it not be said that we only cover pieces that are inaccessible and unaffordable. Here is one super affordable mechanical piece from Japanese manufacturer Orient. Orient is a subsidiary of Seiko and thus it can be said that their movements are genuine “in-house” made. But more than that, the Flight watch is their take on the classic flieger or pilot watch. Sure, the dial is a bit busy and decision to include the date is questionable, but underneath is a super reliable Japanese-made mechanical movement - and then, there is the price.
Breitling mixes and matches both polished and brushed surfaces on the metal, but as is their norm, much of the Colt case itself is in polished steel. Over the dial is a domed AR-coated (on both sides) sapphire crystal and the cases are water resistant to 200 meters - which is probably good enough for most consumers. There is a functional simplicity to the dials which are certainly busy enough to qualify as being in the Breitling family, but they aren't overly messy. The Breitling Colt watch dials have pretty good contrast and a lot of lume on the hands and hour markers, which make them feel like very functional tool-style watches.
The Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 collection of watches isn't new, but I've never really covered these lovely watches before, so I figured I should at some point. One thing I am trying to do more of on aBlogtoWatch is cover modern watches that are perhaps not brand new, but are still available for retail sale and are worth taking note of. The Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 certainly falls into that category.
Cindy Livingston: My name is Cindy Livingston, and I am the President and CEO of Sequel AG, the watch company based in Zug Switzerland who has held the license for Guess and Gc watches for the past 30 years.
Rolex watches are built with the precision of scientific instruments and they are among the few watches that you can inspect with a magnifying glass and still appreciate so many areas of perfection. Whether or not you are looking at the 18k white gold hands and hour markers (which are tarnish resistant), or the polishing on the steel case, Rolex does its best to imbue a product like this with a real sense of perfection.
Watches in Breguet's Classique collection are masterful executions of finely conceived machine guilloche engraved dials. Breguet wants you to know that these aren't automated machines, but rather hand-operated rose engines that are more like tools which only produce beautiful results when used by skilled craftsman. As is the case on many models, the dial features various aesthetic styles that work together marvelously. More guilloche engraving can be found on the surface of the automatic rotor, which is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback on the rear of the watch.
JW: When I was a kid living in NYC, I was fascinated by all the watch and electronics stores, and I used to drive them all nuts peeking in the window and wasting the time of the salespeople. When the Seiko Data 2000 came out in 1983, I had to have it.
Swiss Made Mechanical movement with custom upgrades.
17 jewels, Custom decorations, Blue screws and Gold plated finish.
Custom made beveled and polished 3/4 bridge with Côtes de Genève stripes and unique engraving decoration.
Swan neck regulator.
Glycudur screw balance.
Perlage on main plate, engraved and gold plated balance bridge, sun polished wheels.
Incabloc anti-shock protection and Nivarox hairspring.
Material: Surgical grade German Stainless Steel "316L".
Diameter: 44mm, height 11.5mm.
Surface finish: Highly polished.
Curved Sapphire Crystal with multi anti reflective coating on the inside.
See-through Sapphire Crystal back.
Water-resistance: 50 meters.
Lug with: 22mm.
Hand engraved individual numbers
Solid Sterling Silver dial.
Antique Gold finish.
Golden Roman numerals.
Guilloched by hand with an extremely precise intricate design.
Hands: Flame blued Breguet style hands.
Handmade 22mm Ostrich, Ostrich leg or Genuine Alligator with JS Watch co. Reykjavik buckle or optional deployment clasp.
Steel bracelet also available.
2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review
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2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review
A one-of-a-kind, solid 18k yellow gold Omega watch produced in honor of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond 007 Goldfinger film from 1964 recently sold for 106,000 Swiss Francs (about 3,000) via an online Christie's James Bond auction earlier today, on September 17th, 2014. That is interesting because the amount is about eight times the retail value of the watch (even though there never will be a retail version of this watch), and it is said to have been the highest yielding item of the auction (see Christie's Goldfinger The 50th Anniversary auction here). The auction estimate for the watch was 8,000 - 12,000 GBP and it went for 70,000 GBP.
Tag Heuer is a curious brand in that its pieces are diverse in its price range. It makes relatively affordable quartz pieces and at the same time also has some truly outstanding and costly watches such as the Monaco V4 Tourbillion and the MikroPendulumS. And earlier this year at Baselworld, it announced a brand new chronograph movement called the CH80 and a new watch that will feature this new movement called the Carrera CH80. The watch was positively received and many were looking forward to its launch. However, production was delayed time and again and the latest news seems to indicate that Tag Heuer will cease production altogether. This all sounds very drastic, and in this round-up, we feature an article that takes a considered look at why this has happened.
Due to be released in February 2015, the film stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Caine, as the "agents from a super-secret British spy organization." The movie even features Nick English, co-founder of Bremont, making a cameo appearance as one of the Kingsman. For this occasion, Bremont has slightly modified its ALT1-WT watch (reviewed here), making it available in three different color schemes, ranging from rose gold through stainless steel, to black DLC coated steel.
A fusée is a cone-shaped pulley around which a chain attached to the barrel (containing the mainspring) is coiled. It is a device that we have seen used in some other previously debuted offerings, such as the Romain Gauthier Logical One, the Breguet Tradition Ref. 7047, or, sticking with Zenith, the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tourbillon. We have discussed this device in all those previous articles in great detail, but to keep it short, we will say the primary function of this centuries old invention is to counter the effects of the ailing torque of the mainspring as it winds down, hence improving isochronism over the course of the watch's power reserve – which, in the case of the Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot, is 50 hours.
Just don't take the Apple Watch swimming yet. In the future, the Apple Watch will become more durable - though we haven't seen any real-world experiences to determine how it holds up to abuse. While Apple hasn't released specific details yet, they explain that the first generation Apple Watch is "splash resistant." That more-or-less translates into 30 meters of water resistance measured by traditional watch standards. The translation is that the Apple Watch can put up with a reasonable amount of sweat and dirt, but don't expect to snorkel or shower with it. Furthermore, I think it is safe to suggest that you shouldn't take it where you think it might be subject to extreme shock or damage. I have a feeling that some of the biggest future improvements in the Apple Watch will be durability and being able to wear it during even more activities.
Finally, the lume is also excellent, with plenty of material used on the hands and the markers (see video for live shot). While I did not get the opportunity to take the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue diving, I have no doubt that the legibility and lume would be up to the task, even if the bezel might be tricky to operate with the 5mm gloves that are required in my local waters.
Apple as a company doesn't like the term "smartwatch" and will not refer to the Apple Watch as such. They didn't call the iPhone a smartphone, and as far as they are concerned, it is a "watch" produced by Apple – hence the name. What implication might this have for Apple? First of all, Apple is in a complicated position as a lifestyle company as well as a tech company. Apple stopped producing gadgets and advanced computers for merely tech literate geeks for a while now. As of a few years ago, Apple has (perhaps inadvertently) focused more on high-tech, albeit mainstream items for general consumption. In effect, the wide proliferation of their products in tech-savvy circles - as well as more mainstream consumer demographics - has allowed Apple to transcend its original mandate as a computer maker. If you recall, several years ago, Apple officially changed its company name from "Apple Computers" to just "Apple."