It was roughly the 1940s when Piaget started to push their timepieces, and they quickly decided that they would be the brand of "thin" movements - quickly being the mid 1950s that is. This was when having an ultra thin mechanical watch was very chic. Since then Piaget has been one of the premier producers of very thin mechanical movements a tradition that continues today. Piaget now produces the thinnest manually wound watch movement, thinnest automatic watch movement, thinnest manually wound tourbillon movement, and thinnest automatic tourbillon movement. What will come next?
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The Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition Diver is in high-grade titanium and 46mm wide. Oris makes some of the best diving watches around - and this piece exhibits all those features, plus a few extras. Additional features revolve around the chronograph markings on the dial which are said to assist with special dive times under water. Looking at the chronograph minute dial, you can see a special "1-10" scale done in luminant. The triangles are 2.5 minutes and 7.5 minutes refer to breath-holding records Carlos has set. While not functional - they aren't distracting and help remind of the diver's achievements.
The Malton 160 Cushion watches are in steel and 42mm x 42mm. The squarishness of the case makes them feel nice and big. Promotions are good, and I like the different types of polish (brushed and polished surfaces). Note that the watches you see are all pre-production prototypes. Meaning they are gonna be a bit beaten up. "Extensive testing?"
The popular Incursore collection from Glycine returns with a model II and model III. Relatively inexpensive, these watches comes with a few dial styles and with automatic or manually wound movements. Actually, the price of the pieces with a manually wound Unitas 6498 movement is the same as the watch with an automatic ETA 2824. So why would someone opt for a manually wound movement. Well, I guess some people prefer it... but really the only difference is a central seconds hand (in the automatic) versus a subsidiary seconds dial in the manually wound version. Oh, and the view through the watch's exhibition caseback is gonna be different.
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I am actually happy that the design of the Lunokhod watch does not mimic the moon walker (although there are a few design cues that are meant to honor it). The case looks more fantasy/antiquities themed than sci-fi or steampunk. I feel like I have seen designs like this in places like Stargate, Lord of the Rings, Hellboy, and other places with similar art direction. Chaykin did a good job of making the watch look a wizard's gadget. In other words, it looks like a modern instrument meant to look like the designer is from 300 BC.
Like all industries, the world of timepieces is an ecosystem. Watches are designed, produced, and eventually purchased. That latter part of the necessary cycle is one that is complex and difficult to understand - especially for watch writers and enthusiasts who typically have only their own experiences to reference. Most of the time, the relationship that brands have with journalists and consumers is very different and separate than the relationship that watch retailers have with journalists and consumers.
SPECS: Rado D-Star 200 Automatic
Movement: 11 ½ ETA 2824-2, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o‘clock, 38 hours power reserve, decorated movement
Dial: Blue, sunbrushed with 11 steel-colour applied indexes with white luminous
Anchor moving symbol, Silver-colour printed Rado and Automatic logos
Case: Polished steel, Steel turning bezel with blue ceramic insert and steel-colour metallised numerals
Steel middle part, Pressed on steel back with sapphire crystal, Curved sapphire crystal with integrated magnifier, Steel crown
Water resistant up to 20 bar (200m)
Hands: Steel-colour with printed blue line, white luminous
Steel-colour second hand
Bracelet: 3-row solid steel, satin brushed and polished, Titanium 3-fold buckle
Dimensions: 42.0 x 46.0 x 12.5 (WxLxH in mm)
• Stainless steel, bead-blasted, nickel-free,
• Ice-hardened to 60 HRC or hardened to 710 HV
• Magnetic field protection up to 80,000 A/m or 100 mT integrated in casing
• Sapphire glass, bilateral anti-glare, unilateral anti-glare on request
• Glass gasket UV-resistant
• Bottom screwed with full thread, Viton O-ring gasket
• Crown sealing elements with permanent lubrication
• Viton sealing elements with maximum chemical resistance
• Crown screwable, with crown protection, crown hardened with mechanics – almost indestructable
• Crown tube screwed to casing with “System Damasko”
• Bezel hardened, rotatable in both directions with exact, ceramic-bedded minute detent, mechanics patented
• Protected from dust penetration by the sealing element
• Bezel insert hardened, PVD-coated, scratch-proof
• Choice of two swivel inserts: 60-minute countdown or 12-hour ring (in acc. with U.S.
• Waterproof as set out in DIN 8310, pressure-proof up to 100 bar/100 meters
• Vacuum-proof fitted glass
MOVEMENT: I was surprised to find out the Ti has a Ronda 7003 quartz movement. Now I'm not a big fan of quartz movements. This has nothing to do with reliability. My indifference to quartz movements stems from my love of all things mechanical. But now I've seen the light.
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Being 40mm wide, this is your classic moderately sized watch with a thin profile and a super legible face. As the movement is manually wound, you have a handy power reserve indicator on the dial (56 hours), and a subsidiary seconds dial. While the dial design isn't symmetrical, it is nicely balanced. Imbued with brand character, this represents tried and true method of having a great looking watch dial that isn't too simple or too complicated, and won't give you a headache to look at.
The finishing on the movement is all done by hand. Piaget (again) is first and foremost a good movement maker. So this is beyond a mere fashion watch. It is probably one of the most interesting tuxedo watches that we will see in 2012. While it is only available in 18k white gold to start, I think it would look equally good in yellow or rose gold. A 43mm wide version would sit very well with me as well! Price is estimated by Piaget to be in the ,000 range.
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Still, it is taking some time for the brand to be taken seriously. The common complaint about them is that "it is best buy a watch from a company that makes watches." Especially at these prices. In response to all this, Ralph Lauren watches just keep trying to get better in terms of design and what they offer. Every guy's favorite new RL piece for 2011 is the Sporting Chronograph Black Ceramic. Coming in two sizes, the watch cases are in all matte black ceramic. RL isn't the first brand to do this, but the result is pretty nice for them. Plus, this comes after a limited edition piece they did last year that was a virtually identical looking watch that I think was in black vulcanized rubber over steel with an orange versus red chrono seconds hand.
When I first saw this watch I was trying to determine what it reminded me of. Then I realized the colors on the dial of white, yellow, and orangey red struck me as very Speed Racer. That seemed to make sense for a racing themed watch called the Timeattack Chronograph by Dievas. Made in Germany now with their tougher steel and PVD processes, Dievas makes an assortment of rather handsome, rather price effective timepieces.