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As a trade event I am not sure if it is open to the public. Might be interesting to check it out though if you are local in Hong Kong. With countless brands and a truly inside view of the watch world, it is going to be extremely interesting. You can read the official press release on the 2012 Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair here. Stay tuned for coverage after the event.
The focus in each of these watches is the tourbillon. Martin Braun has always favored large balance wheels, and now he is doing the same with a really large tourbillon balance wheel - which is 14.1mm wide. Still, it is very light at just 0.62 grams. That is almost nothing for all 65 parts. While the balance spring is not in silicium, other parts are. This includes the pallet lever, escape wheel, and impulse pin. These elements in silicium (silicon) will help the calibre 39.002 movement be more accurate and durable over time. The movement is manually wound and has a power reserve of six days.
While the design of the watch is hardly revolutionary it is certainly evolutionary. It gives Tank fans a new item to lust after and lets Cartier continue their love affair with the product family by adding new products. The French, Americans, and now English each have a Cartier tank design to call their own. For 2012 the Tank Anglaise will only be available in 18k white gold. Oh, and also completely covered in diamonds if that is your bag. I feel like it should be a more mainstream model - and hopefully in a few years a steel version will come out. I also think it would look nice as a two-tone model. Given all the gold (and Cartier-ness) the price is about ,000.
In addition to the Tourbillon Minute Repeater, there is a second, perhaps more exotic piece unique Hublot. The second Marcus flavoured Hublot offering comes in the shape of the MP-02 Key of Time, or La Clé du Temps (which is basically French for... "the key of time"). You may remember the previous black and green version released that was part of a limited edition of 50 pieces we discussed hands-on here. Well this is the same piece but again executed in the white and red Marcus colour scheme. All the features from the original are present including the vertical tourbillon, 5 day power reserve, and the stand-out unique feature of being able to speed up or slow down the display time by a factor of 4... and then being able to return to the actual time at the flick of a crown. Useless, but nonetheless fun.
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See, the story of Marcus Margulies and his contribution to the horology world stretches pretty far back. As a veteran of the luxury watch industry, his distribution company Time Products, along with the self-named Marcus boutique, was one of the first to back Hublot at a time when it had just been headed by Jean-Claude Biver, the charismatic former CEO of the brand, and the man largely credited with bringing Hublot's yearly revenue up from 20m Swiss Francs in 2004 to approximately 300m Swiss Francs last year. The faith put into the brand by Marcus, who acted as not only its first new retailer but also the UK distributor, is recognised to have been a significant force behind the brand's success. The store and its proprietor are very well known in watch circles, so the introduction of the then lesser known Hublot brand into the horological equivalent of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory immediately sparked interest from other retailers and collectors alike. The rest is history, and these two unique pieces have been created by Hublot to celebrate both Marcus' 70th birthday, and also the 10th anniversary of the Marcus boutique.
Written by James Stacey
Chopard matches the cases with a great looking gray-colored Barenia leather strap - requisite racing portholes on the straps are included. On the back of the watch over the sapphire exhibition caseback window is the insignia of the Automobile Club de Monaco (aka, guys who probably get a few of these without having to pay for them). While the reference 168992-3032 titanium model isn't strictly limited - it will only be produced this year. The reference 168992-9001 titanium and gold model is technically limited to only 500 pieces. Great if you love gray, these watches retail for ,540 in titanium and ,140 in titanium with 18k rose gold. My favorite Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique still might be my Time Attack MF model.
Chances are that 90% (or more) of the time you are going to be using the Cambiano (or any Amadeo-cased piece) as a wrist watch. Nevertheless, it makes for a fun thing to show your friends, and adds a certain degree of interest and fun to the piece. Bovet is among a few brands which offer these "convertible" style watches - I did a little round-up article of others here a little while back.
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The two Poetic Wish watches go together thematically but are sold separately. They also come with special wooden boxes that recreate the dial designs on the boxes in a beautiful way. Van Cleef & Arpels watch presentation boxes are stunning collectors items unto themselves. I hope they come out with a book on this (hint, hint). Van Cleef & Arpels will create a limited amount of the Poetic Wish watches, but I am not sure how many. Word from them was that buying the pair together will cost about ,000,000.
Please note that the first events will be located in Los Angeles and New York City - so certainly sign up if you are nearby.
Let's start by discussing the DeLorean DNA aspect of the watch. Each of the 81 pieces in the limited edition will have metal from an original DeLorean DMC-12 in the bezel of the watch. Of course the case is in stainless steel measuring 46mm wide. Design-wise, the watch does not inherently suggest the automobile in all aspects. However, the yellow, red and white "lights" in the subsidiary seconds dial are meant to suggest the car's famous tail lights.Read more ›
Turn the watch over to see the beautiful movement and you'll find a few surprises. The first of which is the gong system. Rather than be attached to the movement, the gongs are actually attached to the rear sapphire crystal caseback window. This was done to increase resonance - and thus the volume of the minute repeater sound. You can also see the time back here on a few separate dials that allow you to view and set the time. The exclusive Swiss mechanical movement is manually wound with about 60 hours of power reserve. As you can see, the complication is fun and emotionally charged versus being "useful" per se. Certainly the hallmark of a "poetic complication".
Triple-date movements come in four varieties:
- Triple date / full calendar. All non-31-day months require adjustment, as the movement does not account for them.
- Annual calendar. Knows about 30 and 31 day months, has to be adjusted only once a year, on March 1st.
- Perpetual calendar: Knows about leap years, usually requires adjustment every century.
- Secular calendar: Adjust every 400 years. Getting kind of silly here.
Good luck, and thanks to USAgency Watches the sponsor of this Air Force One watch bundle giveaway here at aBlogtoRead.com!
857 | 857 S Technical data from Sinn
• ETA 2892-A2
• Self-winding mechanism
• 21 bearing jewels
• 28.800 semi-oscillations per hour
• Seconds stop function
• Shock resistant as per DIN 8308
• Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309
• Case made of stainless steel, black
• Sapphire crystal glass in front, anti-reflective on both sides
• Case back screw-fastened, nickel-free
• Crown screwable
• Water resistant as per DIN 8310
• Pressure resistant to 20 bar (= 200 m water depth)
• Low pressure resistant
• Hours, minutes, seconds
• Date display
• Pilot’s bezel with minute ratcheting and luminous key mark
• Black Hard Coating on a TEGIMENT Technology basis for the S model.
• Captive bezel
• Ar-Dehumidifying Technology enhances functional reliability and freedom from fogging
• Magnetic Field Protection up to 80,000 A/m
Dimensions and Weight
• Case diameter: 43 mm
• Band lug width: 22 mm
• Case thickness: 12 mm
• Weight without strap: 90 gramme
Dial and Hands
• Matte black dial
• Numbers and indices coated with luminescent colour
• Hour and minute hand coated with luminescent colour
• 3 years
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For a retail price of about 12,900 Swiss the Revelation R03 Chronographe RS is by no means a cheap watch. Factors such as the special polarized glass system and highly detailed case, as well as the Dubois-Depraz movement probably help justify the price. I look forward to seeing the piece hands-on and think that Revelation has a lot more they can do with the glass technology in the future.
Hidden under the black rubber skin is 120 LEDs. The primary array of 100 white LEDs displays alphanumeric information while an offset strip of 20 colored LEDs track your activity progress along a beveled edge. A single oval button flanks the display and is the only means to access different features of the FuelBand without plugging it into a computer or syncing it with a smartphone. This button is the sole blemish on the otherwise beautifully minimalistic facade. It is slightly raised and further accentuated by its cutout surround. I would much rather Nike had either blended it into the design more or made it stand out in an aesthetically pleasing manner. As it sits now, the button would look closer to a manufacturing defect than a design choice if it were not so symmetrical. A spring-loaded stainless steel clasp holds the FuelBand securely closed while also sheathing the built-in USB plug. Nike claims the FuelBand is water resistant and is "safe to wear in the shower or when dancing in the rain". I'll admit to testing the first claim but a situation to test the latter has yet to present itself.Read more ›