In addition to servicing watches for the general public, Central Watch is also retained by many large stores to service the watches that they sell. They go to Central Watch for their honest work and high level of workmanship. Central Watch has a reputation for doing what is necessary to get it done right the first time. There are just too many stories about situations where people send watches to even the original brand - only to get the watches back with the same problem (or new ones), and a large bill. In a totally non-self-aggrandizing manner, Kivel speaks matter-of-factly about the business of watch repair as a delicate art that must be approached in the right manner. Otherwise, mistakes are almost guaranteed to be made. Those who understand this are justifiably intimidated about getting their watches fixed. It is unfortunately often an unpleasant experience - but it doesn't have to be.
I think Bremont has really nailed the proportions for the dial design for this case size (which is the same on the majority of their watches) and buyers will be able to choose between versions with a blue, white, or black dial. The ALT1-WT comes fitted to a leather strap with a sporty Bremont deployment buckle and includes a leather wallet to hold the watch and strap tool. The entire package will be available for 95 USD which is good value considering much of the competition. IWC offers a Pilot Worldtimer but it carries a list price in excess of 00 and, much like the Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture (around 00), does not boast a chronograph nor the hardened steel case (though you do get in-house movements on the IWC and the Alpina). Even within Bremont the ALT1-WT is well priced, as it represents only a small increase in price over the ALT1-P or the ALT1-Z chronographs (50 and 50, respectively)
If the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso for the Dark Knight Rises didn't inspire you, maybe this set of Batman and Bane watches from Diesel will. While the watches aren't going to be available while the movie is still in theaters... Batman and The Dark Knight Rises fans will be able to get their hands on these watches in November of 2012.
For the UNICO All Carbon, Hublot uses a King Power chronograph case. The 48mm wide case is actually carbon fiber, as is the bezel. There are PVD black titanium screws used for the case and bezel. A ring of rubber lines the side of the bezel. The black carbon fiber case looks cool, and the visual texture of carbon fiber is really at its best here with the high-quality material. The case is very light and strong despite the size.
"Where am I?" I wondered as I checked out Roger Dubuis' SIHH 2012 booth. It feels like I am looking at a scene from the Borg mothership. Over the last few years the Swiss brand has changed its identity a few times, reinvented its watches, distanced itself from the man Roger Dubuis, re-hired the man Roger Dubuis, and overall had one of the most interesting and tumultuous modern histories of most any high-end watch brand out there.
UNIQ is a small brand started by industrial and automotive designer Zviad Tsikolia. Their focus is to design affordable watches based on historically significant vehicles. While a few designs have been shown, the M21 is the first watch to be released to the public (read about the UNIQ Caterham Seven here). A limited edition of 300 pieces, the M21 is based on design elements of the Soviet GAZ M21 car which was produced in three series from 1956 to 1970. This watch was created with input from GAZ M21 expert Ivan Paderin and there are a number of notable design features from the GAZ which are used in the M21 watch.
Boxing seems to be the sport flavor of choice for many watch brands in 2012. You know it is serious when Hublot gets into the game. Their focus now is on a limited edition set for the World Boxing Council (WBC). The game Hublot is playing is pretty interesting actually. Hublot will produce 12 unique King Power "Knockout" WBC watches. As I understand it, each will look unique and be associated with one of 12 "legendary" boxers.
The Big Bang was considered massive when it was released with a size of 44mm wide. It combined several materials (under Biver's "fusion" philosophy), and was almost revolutionary in its design. Now in 2012 the core Big Bang case finally gets updated. The look is more contemporary with a mixture of angles and curves. It has been enlarged to 45.5mm wide, and features an easy release strap system that Hublot developed for its Oceanographic dive watch collection. The new case debuts with a prancing pony on the dial.
Wherever the Tank name came from, it is here to last - and is a cornerstone of Cartier watch making. For 2012, the Tank family gets a new member with the Tank Anglaise, the "English Tank." This old chap is built like a tank as well - at least in this larger size for us burly men. Initially available only in 18k white gold, it is a strong reminder that elegance doesn't have to be puny. There are smaller versions available as well. This "Large model" Tank Anglaise is 36.2mm wide and 47mm tall. The case is not too thick at 9.82mm.
These two platinum Royal Oak watches are pure Audemars Piguet DNA, and purely for enthusiasts. With just 40 pieces in each model (a low limited edition piece set for Audemars Piguet), it will be interesting to see the value these watches have in a decade or so.
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