Pisa Orologeria: Certainly, Milan is best known to be one of the world capitals of taste and elegance. Here were born some of the most important brands. In addition, the city is also known to be one of the most important business centers in the world and it is the location of important international universities.
This open window on the dial is rather unlike most of the other Stratos watches, though it can be found on some other Zenith models. The rest of the case is pure (black) Stratos with the rotating diver's-style bezel and 100 meters of water resistance. If you are interested in sport watches with some skeletonization of the dial, then this version of the Zenith El Primero Stratos is going to hard to pass by.
Basically, what 2013 had shown us is that the Asian watch industry is progressing with incredible leaps forward, providing a testament to their refining taste (even if there still is a long way to go and things still are "hit and miss", to put it mildly) and fantastic abilities to adapt to just about all the quick changes of the industry.
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The Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara straps are all produced from Tuscan calf skin leather and come on folding deployant clasps that are thankfully pretty diminutive. Overall, the Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara is not without its quirks, but it is a lovely watch that is worth picking up. Few beautiful European things are without their quirks, anyways. The design is both interesting and attractive at the same time, while also having an exclusivity element for less money than some people might guess. We all know what unique materials can command in terms of watch case prices, thanks to the work of brands like Hublot and Richard Mille. So having a great-looking marble-cased watch for about ,000 will sound really good to some collectors.
My favorite watches from Cuervo y Sobrinos are in their Torpedo Pirata collection, which I first covered here back in 2009. The pirate-style watches are inspired by Cuba and cigars, but for me, these are pirate watches. This is one of the less common Cuervo y Sobrinos Torpedo Pirata watches because it is DLC coated in black. The watches are normally made from bronze and titanium, which is the case here, but you can't really tell because it is coated in DLC black.
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I ended up settling on a sizing that is a touch larger than I prefer, which allows it to slide down over the wrist bones. By removing one link, and substituting in a half-link, I was able to keep it above the wrist, which I prefer. This resulted in a fit that was just a touch too tight, especially as the day wore on (protip: if you see part of the case back imprinted on your wrist, the watch is too tight).
2. Truth In Watch Movement Advertising And Defining Watch Caliber Origins Once And For All
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It is kind of amazing that the 459 parts of the Calibre 3500 make for a movement that is just 5.2mm thick. Making a thin chronograph is really tough, because it requires several cams, levers, and gears to be laid on top of each other – and, of course, including a split second chronograph complication is even more impressive. On top of that, the Calibre 3500 is an automatic, but with a peripheral rotor. Rotors of this ilk are fantastic and always a favorite of mine. While not technically new, I believe that the peripheral rotor made a serious comeback several years ago when Carl F. Bucherer debuted their in-house made A1000 automatic movement. More recently, we’ve seen some of the big boys of major horology use peripheral automatic rotors on their new movements.
Omega has been mighty impressive lately, releasing watches that are not only aesthetically attractive but also technically competent. One of their biggest announcements this year at Baselworld was its new Master Co-axial movement. Any Omega watch with this movement is virtually anti-magnetic, and not only that, comes with a longer than average warranty. And in this roundup, we will be taking a closer look at Omega’s new Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial watches, which have been fitted with this new movement.
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At 42mm wide, the Prometheus Sailfish isn't a super large watch but it does wear heftily thank to the weighty case and large steel bracelet. My main issue with the case of the Prometheus Sailfish is the degree to which the lugs stick out (the case is 52mm long). They are not only very widely spaced, but they don't curve down as much as they should. This creates some odd proportions in the watch visually, and from a wearing perspective, the case is going to extend too far out for small and most medium-sized wrists. With that said, I would say that people with larger wrists will find the Sailfish comfortable, but those with smaller wrists should certainly try one on before committing to purchase.
Outside of a few exceptions from brands such as Montblanc and Cartier, men and women whose budgets are ,000 will not find too many new watches that we really recommend taking a serious look at. This, of course, is the most difficult market segment to get right, and brands are loathe in uncertain economies to dedicate massive production and marketing costs to enticing more “mainstream” consumers with fresh watches to get excited about. Instead, they rely on existing products to continue selling which focusing on the richest demographic who has increasing amounts of disposable income and is vastly less price sensitive. What does this mean? Well, the difference in price between ,000 and ,500 can certainly influence a lot of sales, whereas the difference between a 0,000 and 0,000 price makes less of a difference to consumers at that level. We, thus, see SIHH brands focusing as much on the ultra-elite consumer as possible. If you like diamonds, precious metals, and highly complicated timepieces then SIHH certainly has something for you.
As would be expected by its design, the 60-ratchet bezel is incredibly easy to grip and turn. Also unique, are its markers. Instead of featuring five-minute spacing that lines up with the hour markers, they are placed every three minutes. Muhle’s press release describes this as a feature to match the typical tasks and training language of the actual Kampfschwimmers. How will it affect those outside the German Special Forces? After a moment of getting used to it, it’s really the same as any other sixty-minute bezel as it features long and easy to distinguish quarter-hour markers.
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Finally, it has to be said – this is a watch that will attract attention, due to how encrusted it is with diamonds and precious gems. In some ways, this forces the magnolia compete for attention with the sheer bling of the massive 45mm x 38mm case. I am sure the brand had a very good reason for going this route, but I do wish there was a simpler finish to the case, allowing the automaton mechanism to not have to share any of the spotlight.
With 100 meters of water resistance, the Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour is something you can even go swimming in. I am just thinking about all the activities a wild night in Las Vegas after playing a lot of poker can yield. Poker players have a reputation for something losing grasp on the value of money - so service providers in Las Vegas love them for being big tippers and spenders. So it is not out of the question to consider that some of them are going to have adventures with an Hublot that may consider acquiring.
Back to the watches, the Chopard Mille Miglia 2014 Race Editions, which come in steel or 18k rose gold, have 42 mm cases and are 12.3 mm thick. Chopard has fitted sapphire crystals front and back and both versions come with an off-white dial and a really sharp matte brown leather strap with case-matched buckle.
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I look forward to seeing one of these Roshan Martin Légende Tourbillon watches in person someday, and am always happy to see fresh ideas or original ways of expressing classic refinement in a wrist watch. Prices for the Roshan Martin Légende Tourbillon from the brand are as follows:
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So what is the Genequand System? Basically, it replaces the traditional Swiss lever escapement and balance wheel with a system that uses a lot of silicon and some interesting techniques. In a nutshell, due to the flexible nature of silicon and something they called "Flextech," they are able to use the precise and predictable (and lubrication free) elastic nature of silicon to produce micro-movements that vastly reduce the actual movement necessary to have a traditional, mechanical regulation system. Look at the video and you can see that the Genequand system (likely to be given a better name in the future) has a balance wheel that moves considerably less (in regard to its oscillation) than a traditional balance wheel.
The e-Strap will come on a few of the new for 2015 Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed watches, but will be available for purchase separately. This is a similar concept as the Kairos T-band, which aBlogtoWatch covered in November of 2014 (a crowd-funded project). Interestingly enough, Montblanc debuted this new version of the long-standing Timewalker collection late in 2014 but did not mention the e-Strap option. That means not all Timewalker Urban Speed watches will have it. The Urban Speed is an attractive, but not revolutionary step for the Timewalker collection, but the availability of the Montblanc e-Strap makes for a totally different story altogether.
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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. Today, we're speaking with Cindy Livingston, the woman at the helm of the watch company producing Guess and Gc watches. Along with hearing about her first grail, we learn what she admires when she stops by a watch shop window.
In the face of marketing complexity, the watch industry has a secret weapon. One of the biggest assets of the watch industry is the existence of serious watch collectors. Few industries have such a developed, well-funded, outspoken, and sophisticated base of consumers who are passionate about their products. Watch collectors are an extremely valuable asset, not only because they represent people who do not need to be convinced to buy watches, but because they are able to offer meaningful feedback that can help brands monitor their own marketing initiatives, product development, and outward-facing personalities. Watch collectors may be anything from finicky to verbose, but they are a group that any watch brand can rely on to be knowledgeable and responsive – as well as likely buyers.
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The Louis Moinet Mecanograph can in many ways be considered the "entry-level" piece in the brand's present line-up although, generally speaking, there is nothing entry-level-ish about it at all. The first detail I would like to discuss is the dial itself, as in many ways, that is the defining feature of the Louis Moinet Mecanograph – as well as many other pieces offered by the brand, as they like to experiment with dials cut up into well-defined, contrasting segments.
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