ABTW: Do you serve mostly locals or tourists, or is it a good mix? Also, what percentage of your customers would you call "knowledgeable watch collectors?"
Until relatively recently, Bulova was an American watch company, one of a few major ones such as Hamilton which dominated the wrist watch landscape for much of the 20th century. The advent and proliferation of the quartz watch toward the end of the 20th century changed the watch industry forever, shifting focus to Asia, when it came to the design and manufacture of mainstream timepieces. Europe remained and grew as the epicenter of luxury goods, and the United States focused on other technology such as the quickly advancing software and personal computer industries. Bulova was eventually purchased by the Japanese watch company Citizen, but it remains operated in the United States, where it has been historically located in New York. Soon, Bulova will be returning to New York City (to a large space in the Empire States building) from its current longstanding location in Queens.
With that, Hublot continues with its assault of infiltrating all types of sports. While this might not win the approval of many WIS, it will more than likely continue to make Hublot successful and help sell more watches. Can you fault the good folks from Nyon, for capitalizing on this winning formula? Even if it's designed for a small segment of the population... I think no. On a very personal note, I never want to be the person hating on others' success. In fact, I strive and try to applaud it and learn from it instead.
Rolex is the most popular luxury watch maker in the world, and also one of the top names in luxury across all categories. There are entire businesses dedicated to fixing, copying, re-selling, auctioning, and buying Rolex watches that exist outside of the official Rolex sales or service channels. Rolex long ago had to reconcile with the fact that it cannot control all elements of how people buy and wear their timepieces. Nevertheless, Rolex officially admonishes the practice of customizing its watches. A position that might seem cold, but Rolex has pretty good reasons for this policy, even if it prevents some interesting opportunities. Nevertheless, Rolex can't always control what happens after people buy its products, and like the automotive world, the aftermarket watch customization industry can be big business.
Some of the best new watch deals out there are from smaller, often new independently-owned watch brands. We at aBlogtoWatch try to cover these companies as often as we can - and most of them have new watches that range from a few hundred bucks to a few thousand. The kicker is that because they are made by watch lovers for watch lovers, you are going to get pretty good deals by people who attempted to produce watches "that they want to personally own." That is a win-win situation in many instances.
Even with so much going on, this dial retains excellent legibility due to the subtle finish of the plates, the limitation of color (the plates are a full-bodied anthracite, and the dials are in silvered gold), and the enormous, domed sapphire crystal that offers a multi-angled view of the components.
You will most likely immediately notice that the dial layouts of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph and the Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph are a bit different. Blancpain merely decided to remove the running seconds hand above 6 o'clock to offer a cleaner, more simple layout on the Villeret model. So if you want to measure seconds on this watch, you'll need to run the chronograph. Also, the space left open by the subsidiary seconds dial's absence leaves room the date window, which feels more symmetrical being over 6 o'clock than between 4 and 5 o'clock, as it is on the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph model.
1. Three Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands
Decades or even hundreds of years old guilloché machines work in perfect harmony with modern, multiple-axis CNC lathes all in an effort to create a watch that blends the beauty of traditionally crafted dials and hands with the accuracy and reliability of modern movement components. Several traditional and modern manufacturing methods are introduced here in detail, in a way that makes them easy to understand and appreciate even for those less tech-savvy.
Baume & Mercier is a lot older than many may think. This year, the brand will celebrate its 185th anniversary. And to mark the notable and special occasion, Baume & Mercier is releasing a limited edition Clifton watch. The watch is the Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve.
MeisterSinger claims that this bold new movement was designed from scratch by the brand's "long-standing cooperation partner in Switzerland." Sure, it is no news that the watch industry (much like any other in the world) is highly secretive, and yet, we feel a more open communication on its origin would be welcomed by the more discerning enthusiasts. We have reached out to the brand and have learned that their partner is Synergies Horlogères – a private label movement manufacturer now owned by Christopher Ward. The layout and the specs of the new caliber is a testament to the fact that a more experienced company was involved in its conception: the MSH01 hand-wound movement runs at a very modern and more accurate 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and, despite the relatively high operating frequency, it manages to offer five days of power reserve.
Where do you start? With a design of course. Pen and paper, or even a CAD program, these days, where you can try out concepts. I find that while I do use pen and paper at the very start (as it's far easier for me to sketch a perspective drawing than to do the same in 3D CAD), I move to a 2D drawing program as soon the design is well formed in my head. I have used Corel Draw for over 20 years, so I'm most fluid when using it. But any vector drawing or drafting program will work, so long as you can get down to fractions of a millimeter. And later produce PDF files for dial and hand manufacture and also output for 3D CAD which will be used for the case design. I use the "Layers" feature in Corel Draw extensively so that I can stack up the elements (strap, movement, case, dial, hands, crystal, etc.) and work on each part of the "layer cake" separately. Also, you can create alternate dials and hands or even cases and then switch them on/off for display during the design process. Also, this lets you later export just the dials and then the hands into (vector) PDF files for manufacturing. You don't just make a single layer drawing by eyeballing it. Everything is precisely dimensioned at every stage after the pen and paper drawing.
Yes, the MB&F Starfleet Machine clock is totally inspired by Star Trek. Specifically, it is inspired by the Deep Space Nine station from the Star Trek television show of the same name. Produced in collaboration with the Swiss clock maker L'Epee, this is the second such non-wrist watch "Machine" from MB&F that started with the MB&F MusicMachine they produced with Reuge in 2013.
Aloe Blacc: There are hidden worlds in celebrity, and in the luxury world as well. Of course, they come with the barrier of entry, which is money. But it's interesting: you find there are cultural differences even within the world of luxury. But living a life where you can enjoy the spoils and reap the rewards of your labors, that comes from finding the things that have the quality you think you deserve.
These days, we've got quite an abundance of watches that either intend to mimic military or aviation watches of the past, or even that are re-releases from older catalog items. If you want to get into a watch that has actually been on the wrists of service members, however, your options are a bit more limited, unless you go vintage. Fortunately for you, there is a new option on tap – the Gavox Squadron.
Despite the large size of the case, the entire mechanism is extremely interesting and also cool to look at. Over the years, Bulgari has released a lot of highly complex watches with these case styles, and frankly, some of them are easy to confuse with one another. Though each is impressive, I think Bulgari could do a better job at making them a bit more visually distinctive, or give them a naming scheme that make them feel like they are all part of the same family. It takes a pretty dedicated enthusiast to make sense of the fuller family of Bulgari's most high-end watches. One reason for that is also due to the fact that the brand isn't on the radar of many high-end enthusiasts who see the brand as mainly a producer of women's jewelry.
I was rather impressed to learn that Sir Jackie Stewart was one of Rolex's original serious brand ambassadors and has been part of the brand family since... 1968, when he was 29 years old. That means the Scottish motorsports legend has been a part of the Rolex image for over 45 years, and whats more important isn't just what Rolex has done for Jackie, but what Sir Jackie has done for Rolex.
You can't help but love the seriously prominent applied hour markers on the dial and nicely sized hands. Together, these give me a "wow factor" that I don't often have with timepieces in this style family. Note the Artix style dial that uses a disc under the running second dial to create a sort of gauge-style indicator. This allows for a bi-compax chronograph layout which is more attractive and helps give the dial symmetry.
Once all the external components had been properly dimensioned, I began working on converting these sketches into Solidworks CAD software. The internals and mechanical functions of the piece, however, were far more difficult to recreate in the software. That being said, with every struggle there is an opportunity to learn something new. Since there were no pictures or references to how the movement functioned, it was up to me to learn and develop ways they could be implemented without aesthetically affecting the watch.
So, if you happen to like analog dials better than digital ones, you aren't at all alone. While this invention adds little potential functionality (though it does have some practical applications), the novelty is really in how smartwatch functionality can be adapted to the needs of existing watch makers and the expectations of consumers. meta.watch