In 2012, Omega is marking the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise. The result was the release of a limited edition James Bond Seamaster. However, the older version remains an excellent entry-level diver watch that is a great value and is almost perfect for its class.
Bovet offers the Recital 0 in five versions. This includes a case size of 41mm wide or 45mm wide. The one I reviewed was the 45mm wide version. In addition to the two case sizes, you get a choice of a clean 18k red gold case or one that is decorated with an inner bezel ring of large baguette diamonds. That explains four versions, but I am still curious about the fifth. One thing I also don't quite understand is the variation I have seen in the dial and movement finishing. This model has a super cool dark gray-toned movement with 18k red gold hands. Other models I have seen (such as those in the above linked article on the full range of Bovet Recital watches up to that point) have a lighter finished dial with blued-steel hands and blued steel screws in the movement. Like I said, I prefer those of the piece I reviewed as they help the dial look beautiful, being able to clearly see the many movement parts individually.
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On the dial you have shared Bulgari and Gerald Genta branding. According to Bulgari, watches like this are under the "Gerald Genta aesthetic collection." My suspicion is that in a few years, the Gerald Genta branding will be phased out on the Gefica and other models. Not that I don't want Bulgari to honor the origins of these watches, but to new consumers the multiple branding is no doubt going to be confusing at best. For instance, Bulgari's name is engraved in the titanium buckle, but "Gerald Genta" is still lightly engraved on the automatic rotor on the movement. For the time being you can still enjoy branding elements of both worlds.
Last year Hamilton released the Pan Europ as a limited edition watch with a blue dial. It was successful enough to gain a spot as a non-limited production piece for 2012. The nicest model has a black face and the price is totally right. Inside the watch is a base Valjoux 7750 that gets bumped up to a 60 hour power reserve exclusively for Hamilton. Gorgeous design that mixes masculinity with history in a really satisfying way.
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According to Bulgari the new movement has some lovely finishing. I look forward to seeing their handy-work in the flesh. The Octo of course looks best matched with its fitted black alligator strap. With a complex case and simple dial, I think that this is overall a very satisfying timepiece that does justice to the brand's image. Price for the steel Octo is ,500 and ,300 in 18k pink gold.
This is the phantom, or "black out" version of the Luminox Field Date Date 1820 Series watch. Specifically, this is the model reference number A.1876.BO. That latter "BO" likely stands for "black out." A mid-range piece in the Luminox line-up, this is a handsome military style watch that retains the functionality you need with the style you expect from a black on black colored timepiece.
Virtually all modern high-end watches have a crystal made from very hard synthetic sapphire crystals. While nothing new these days, use of this material revolutionized the construction of high-end watches by making crystals extremely difficult to shatter and very scratch resistant. The iPhone has always used rather good glass over their screens but the iPhone 5 makes uses of the brand new Gorilla Glass 2. Gorilla Glass is a light and hard durable type of glass used in a range of mobile phones and other applications (such as TV screens). Gorilla Glass 2 is about 20% thinner than the original, with the same durability properties. It looks like Gorilla Glass has a hardness rating of about 700 Vickers, which is pretty good. Most sapphire crystals however have a hardness rating of over 2000 Vickers. The interesting news is that the iPhone 5 does in fact use some sapphire crystal in its construction. While Gorilla Glass 2 is used over much of the iPhone 5 body, sapphire crystal is used over the camera lens for clarity and protection.
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Zegg & Cerlati have a few retails stores mostly in Monaco (where they are based). In addition to carrying a range of other brands (including Hublot of course), they also offer their own line of watches and jewelry. They only have one watch right now that comes in a range of styles (in different colors of gold and amounts of diamonds). It is called the Place du Casino. I think it is for women - hard to tell. Place du Casino is a super Monte Carlo name... and right there on the dial "Monte Carlo" is spelled out. I think you can use this watch as gambling currency in their casinos.
At 0 list with discounts often possible this is a good price for a GMT with sapphire and power reserve. A well-made watch with a classic design that will serve you well for years without breaking the bank.
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The Chopard Mille Miglia watch is an icon. There have been dozens of them and in a sense, these are like the first Hublot Big Bang watches. What do I mean? Hublot popularized the Big Bang collection by starting with a cool sporty chronograph and offering a range of different versions that all fell under the same product family umbrella. Chopard did the same thing, but started before Hublot got into the Big Bang game back in around 2004. To date, the number of Mille Miglia watches is countless, and here is one of the limited edition models for 2011.
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Attention to detail in seemingly minor areas; it's one of the positives of fine watches.
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Each year at the Baselworld watch and jewelry show the most anticipated news is what behemoth watch brand Rolex will release. This is a quizzical thing because what Rolex announces is often anything but revolutionary. Still the successful and closed watch brand seems to excite their loyalists with the new creations each year - often times small steps in anticipated directions. Rarely does Rolex offer something totally new - especially a new model or complication. Oddly enough - both of these things happened for 2012.
For the last few years I have really admired the collection of watches from Swarovski. They offered nicely designed quartz watches with a lot of cool personality and prices that aren't totally outrageous. The only problem was that they were all ladies watches... bummer. My favorite model was the Octea Sport. Last year, I heard a rumor that Swarovski was going to release new men's watches - it turned out to be true.
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The strap is alligator and integrated right to the edge of the case. You basically aren't allowed to be a high-end watch these days if you have too much of a gap between the strap and the case. The strap is structured on the inside to remain shaped near the lugs and flow down to a solid titanium deployant buckle. The buckle is beautiful and extremely well designed to be comfortable and snap tightly.
On March 26, 2012 a vessel called the Deepsea Challenger emerged from the depths off the coast of Guam after spending several hours underwater. Looking like a lime-hued torpedo with two robotic arms, a single man crawled out of the hatch as cameras peered inside to see if man or meat jelly would step out of the green machine after it spent over six hours traveling to and then strolling on the sea floor in an environment with immeasurable pressure (well it is measurable). Box office king (and director) James Cameron casually came out of the tube. Who else? Wearing a Jacques Cousteau style head-warmer and trimmed-beard, the do-no-wrong film-maker and sci-fi visionary just finished going to the deepest bottom of the ocean. Almost seven miles underwater to the floor of the well-known Marianas Trench. James piloted the Deepsea Challenger 35,756 feet (10,898 meters) under water.
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The piece we are checking out is in titanium coated with black DLC. There is a non-coated titanium version, as well as an all 18k pink gold and 18k pink gold mixed with black version. These four models will launch the brand and apparently have their first few batches of productions sold to retailers who will sell HYT watches all over the world.
In this ingloriating episode we first remind all New York locals to attend our May 2nd meet-up at the Heartland Brewery at 6pm or so in New York City. Yes, just show up. We also discuss how Dent watches lovingly dented our hearts. The return of Dubey & Schaldenbrand, and more.
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The watch case is only 40mm wide but wears larger given the widely spaced lugs and cushion shape of the case. At 8mm thick, the case is very svelte on the wrist. I would even argue that this is a watch for larger wrists given the short, but straight lug positioning. Over the dial and caseback are sapphire crystals.
Dark-side Jedi Darth Maul gets an interesting watch as well with the Seiko Star Wars Darth Maul ref. SAGA127 watch. It is limited to 800 pieces. Also in black, this 43.4mm wide watch uses Roman numerals and lot of red on the dial and bezel to mimic Maul's face (paint?). Limited to 800 pieces, this watch also contains a quartz movement that is atomic clock controlled. Only this model's radio works only in Japan.
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