To begin with, Horometrie SA is the legal entity of Richard Mille and the company responsible for the brand's activities. As far as the conception of new designs and ideas is concerned, it is Richard Mille and his team of designers and engineers at the brand that conceive new designs and ideas. Things get more complicated when it comes to the realization of those concepts. A key player in that is Valgine SA, a third party supplier and private label watch company that works with a great number of different brands as a "silent partner," supplying parts or even finished products, labeled with the customer brand's name. Given that the owner of Valgine, Dominique Guenat, is also a long-time friend of Richard's, it comes as no surprise that Valgine is an important shareholder and supplier for the brand, so much so that the Valgine logo is seen at several places around the Richard Mille premises.
In March 2014, aBlogtoWatch gave away a Victorinox Swiss Army Officer's Day/Date Mechanical watch. The winner was Lee M. from San Francisco, CA... and this is his watch winner review of the timepiece.
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch". In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after.
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Lot 14: is a Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon. The reference number is 9971. It has a retrograde date, a power reserve of nintety five hours and hour striking “en passant’’ meaning it chimes the hour like a wall clock. The retail is 4,500.00 USD. The estimate is 160,000 Euros (0,819.09), with a starting price of 80,000 Euros. (0,409.55 USD)
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By now people associate this dial style with Bell & Ross, which is marked by the aviator style Arabic numeral hour indicators along with the more classic baton hour indicators and thinner hands. In honor of further promoting legibility Bell & Ross correctly finished the hour markers with a brushed polish versus a more reflective mirror polish. This is exactly what helps dials offer more readability because it reduces glare and helps the eye spot the indexes in most lighting situations.
The men's watches no doubt have many areas where they can be improved. Ironically, at prices starting at about 15,000 Euros they are among the more affordable "wearable" items offered by the brand. As far as I know, only gold and sometimes platinum are used for Buccellati watches; there are no steel or titanium timepieces currently available from the brand. Buccellati is aware of the improvements that need to be made, which mostly come down to refinement. These includes issues such as dial design, hand length, case finishing, and overall designs that fit more into the general world of Buccellati.
With the sub dial at 9 o'clock, you have it indicating both the day of the week, and the small seconds. Over at the 3 o'clock register, you have the day of the month indicated, as well as where you are in the 7-day power reserve that the calibre 51613 automatic movement affords. By comparison, the month indication down at 6 o'clock looks almost plain!
So, first things first, what is this "Magical Watch Dial" that I'm going on about? I will admit that I am not exactly a fan of the term "Magical Watch Dial," but the only reason for me to say this is that I am way too fond of what it actually does. The name just does not do it justice in my opinion. Anyway, what you see above appears to be two very different watches, but - you guessed it! - it's actually the exact same watch, moments later. What makes this "magic" possible is a very clever system that Revelation developed and patented. It consists of some gears hidden inside the bezel and the case, as well as a very unique dial-layout and surface treatment.
The study suggests that relatability is a function of the commenter being seen as polite, well-spoken, and overall trustworthy. We can infer that commentators who leave merit-less negative comments (or positive ones) without reason or tact are not seen as relatable to readers, and the study suggest that commentators who are relatable increase the perceptions of the products they are viewed as commenting about.
Tempest is a brand I had been in contact with prior to them having a completed product. I experienced the founder (Ben) going from a concept phase to a completed product and having to change his mind a bit a few times during the process. Like many independent watches, the Tempest Viking represents one person's idea of a dream watch, that they toiled to put together given the resources available to them. There is a good and bad side to this. The good side is that the result is a very pure form of timepiece in the sense that it is a watch made specifically to satisfy a single watch lover's desires. Love it or hate it, you have to appreciate that a single person struggled to bring their dream to market–and their own wrist.
As a Western consumer I've been entirely curious about "strange" Chinese products for years. Given my understanding of watches, this interest has peaked upon seeing so many strange watches being produced over and over again from Chinese watchmakers. The most "interesting" ones are those you'll never see in stores you probably frequent. It is difficult to define "strange" in this context. By that I mean oddly designed, poorly designed, or unintentionally humorously designed. Having said that, what interests me more are the well-designed watches from China - and for 2013 I am seeing a lot more of them.
It's with tools like these that we're able to see the leaps in functionality and design that modern watches have brought to the table. So if you've wondered why the last two decades have seen watches historically never possible, this is why. With increasingly advanced 3D modelling tools added to the arsenal of watch creators, there's no telling what we might end up seeing coming down the line. franckmuller.com
See the Everest Leather Straps for Rolex watches campaign on Kickstarter here.
When it comes to a mere design facelift or new watch model with existing movement, then it comes down to a matter of price and whether or not the brand will update it in a few years. It is difficult to predict how often many brands will update their models. Major brands tend to have set schedules, but you never know unless it is a brand like Rolex (once they update something they don't do it again for a while). The first year a watch is available it might be hard to find a deal or even available models. After that, two things may happen; either the inventory goes up and prices go down, or production slows and you can't find what you are looking for. If there is a new watch you like and there aren't issues with the movement, then it might be good to wait 6-12 months after it is commercially released and actually available before hunting for one.
On this gold and diamond version of The Bird Repeater, Jaquet Droz has replaced the painted dial with one that has been hand-engraved in 18k white gold against an 18k white gold case. Additional engravings can be found on the sides and rear of the case as well. Note the liberal use of diamonds on both the dial as well as the case. All of the diamonds are baguette-cut and most of them are used for the time dial. Using invisible settings, baguette-cut diamonds make up the entirety of the watch dial behind blued steel hour and minute hands.