Cartier makes the MC 9451 movement entirely in-house. It is manually wound with about 48 hours of power reserve. It is actually quite efficient having under 200 parts. To have the special type of tourbillon be balanced it has a counterweight (not visible) that is in platinum. To have space for the complication, the case is thicker (but not too thick) and 47mm wide in 18k white or pink gold. The large case looks really nice on the wrist in Cartier's usual smooth and polished fashion.
On her wrist, the LW Oktopus watch she proudly wears was bought online last summer, late at night, after a very exciting evening in a French Riviera Casino.
The big date with subsidiary seconds model is the only quartz model of the bunch and contains a Ronda 7004 B quartz movement. The easy to read dial has a top mounted big date window and an otherwise attractive layout. A good piece for those who aren't quite ready for mechanical watches. The price should be pretty good as well. Overall the Malton 160 collection is a good addition to the Marvin line that is of the only brands offering affordable classic designs with a highly polished modern twist. I don't have the prices precisely right now, but I expect the watches to be a couple of thousand - which is a good value for what you get, from a serious up-and-coming brand (that will officially come to the US soon).
Roger Dubuis EasyDiver Watches For 2010
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Roger Dubuis EasyDiver Watches For 2010
Off-centered platinum micro-rotor, shot-blasted, chamfered and circular- grained
I quite like the design of the lugs that feel as though they match pieces from the famous seaplane. Even if they don't, the look of the lugs (especially when viewed from the side) is impressive and again, different. Once more, as the entire case sandwiches the PVD black, horizontal line engraved mid section, the design is imbued with an added technical feel that is more than welcome. Wearing the watch feels more than other timepieces, like a machine on your wrist.
Alpina 12 Hours Of Sebring GMT Chrono Watch
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Alpina 12 Hours Of Sebring GMT Chrono Watch
Peter Speake-Marin is a highly noteworthy independent watch maker who has his hands in many interesting watches out there. Most important of course is his own brand, Speake-Marin. 2010 sees a new model, and most importantly a new movement - the Speake-Marin in-house made SM2 automatic. The movement is really beautiful. You can see it through the new Marin 1 watch caseback - being able to appreciate not only Speake-Marin's attention to detail and decoration, but also how beautifully it is made. The hallmark of a true luxury movement is that it looks beautiful from a quality standpoint, and that the actually design of it is made with form and function in mind. The automatic rotor has a hidden weight on the bottom so that seeing it from the top makes it look symmetrical. The design (which is carried over to other parts of the movement) of the rotor is very cool looking, like a mixture of classic floral decoration and tribal style tattoos.
The dimensions of the two watches are quite similar each being 44 wide in steel cases, but you can see that differences abound aside from the polish styles. Still, they both hold their own visually, being different types of models for different occasions. Magrette chose to replace its screw bars to hold the straps in place with a pin. Actually I am very happy about this as pins make it much easier to switch out straps. The lugs themselves are also different. The Moana Pacific Diver comes with two straps. A nice black rubber diving strap and a textured black leather strap with red stitching. Having the pin in the lugs made it really easy to switch out the two. I have been wearing it on the rubber strap to match the sporty nature of the piece - plus it is very comfy with the rubber strap. The leather strap is nice as well and the red looks quite good in combo with the dial colors - not much else out there quite like it. You really rarely see a combo of black, yellow, and red on a watch dial. I like that Magrette did that. I should also note that the straps get new a style of buckles. Instead of the sometimes amusingly large Panerai style buckles, the Moana Pacific Diver has a more trim steel buckle that is more utilitarian and has a nicely engraved Magrette logo on it.
The Super Sport in carbon fiber weighs about 50kg less than the standard Veyron, and has been tested to have an almost 270mph top speed! The body design is sleeker, and is a gorgeous evolution on an already gorgeous car. Price for the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport car is 1.6 million euros! Wow indeed. How many small villages would you kill for one? The answer is "12," 12 small villages decimated for the Teutonic love child of excess and godliness.
First of all, I must tell you all that I was bit scared to do a review of this watch. It's not something I'm used to and what's even more intimidating, is that it is a big piece of metal. A big scary piece of metal. Alessandro Baldieri is a new name in the watch world but not a new name in design world. It is a combination that might scare some of the watch loving public away, but don't let the first impression scare you off. This piece IS a fashion watch, it's designed to be a fashion watch and sold as one. So what might watch lover expect from it? That's the angle I'm taking in this review.
I wrote a bit more about it on the Jameslist Blog when it was first announced, but I wanted to wait to get further into it, until after I got my hands on the watch itself for some play time. Size wise it is pretty big. The squarish case is a nice mixture of curves and angles, but its dimensions are hefty. Still, the Tread 1 is surprisingly comfortable to wear. Unlike other large sizes watches with "novel" designs, the Tread 1 is a watch I think I could wear for hours and hours without and discomfort. Part of this has to do with the curved lug structures, and the form fitting, thick rubber strap. The case is in steel, due to have various levels of polish, and the back part of the watch will be DLC (diamond like carbon) coated. This prototype is sans DLC. Crystal over the dial is not sapphire, but rather the same type of polycarbonate that are used for bullet-proof windows. While at this thickness the Devon Tread 1 won't stop a bullet, it does provide for something a bit more durable on the shatter resistance side than sapphire. Though sapphire would be more scratch resistant. However, a sapphire crystal of this shape would be extremely expensive and difficult to manufacture, significantly upping the price of this watch.
Momento Mori, Carpe Diem has an inner case that is steel and hold the movement, which is a simple, automatic Swiss ETA 2824. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and has an AR coated sapphire crystal over the dial, and other sapphire crystal on the caseback. The watch dial is pure Gothic design complete with Roman numerals and a "bone-white" color. The dial is also available in black, and the hands can be ordered in different colors. I do wonder how ergonomic that skull-shaped crown is going to be? Daniel Strom pairs the piece to a hornback alligator strap in black or white (really, a white strap for this watch?).
Unidirectional rotating steel bezel, engraved and equipped with a high-tech ceramic or sapphire dial (in blue or black) for easy reading of time under water.
Luminescent dot at 12 o’clock acts as guide marker.
Linde Werdelin Continues the anticipation up to the release of their graphic novel series called The Perfect Five. Here below is a brand new video teaser/intro into the world of the Perfect Five. Don't worry if it is a little bit confusing at first - that is the point. It is a mystery. You can read more about what the the Perfect Five is all about here when I originally discussed it.
The ongoing stream of retro watch re-releases continues. The culprit this time is Eterna - the brand who makes all the Porsche Design watches (these days). Back with a vengeance, this watch is really suited to driving around in your DMC DeLorean. Now there is a item begging for a proper release! I heard that a company in Texas bought the rights to the DeLorean name. They make money refitting older ones to actually kick-ass levels (better than original even - in terms of performance, engine, etc...). Plus, they are supposedly working on a new model! Tell me that this new Porsche Design Heritage P6530 watch doesn't belong in bed with a DeLorean? A match made in heaven. I think we need more stainless steel cars without paint. I mean we have it on blenders and refrigerators, why not on cars again?