Another interesting item is the Veraet valet Watch Pad. What is it? Just a soft pad for you to put down watches. Silly? Actually not. I find myself gently placing watches does on tables and dressers all the time. Being ultra careful not to scratch them. Having a soft scratch-less surface can come in really handy. Especially for desk workers who like to take their watches off to type - having a Watch Pad on your desk can be quite useful. These go for .95.
Coming in a 42mm wide steel case, the size is good for most people, and a watch of this style. Crystal is sapphire, with another one over the caseback. Oris says that they place SuperLumiNova on the hands and indices, but I don't see lume on places other then the hands. I quite like the sloped flange ring with the applied metal Arabic hour numerals - a nice touch. I think that overall the dial should have a nice three dimensional feel to it. You tend to see Oris watches like this designed well, and I appreciate that they are competent with dive, racing, vintage style, and classy watches alike. Price should be somewhere in the ,000 range.
Last Chance: Vittorium AT Watch Giveaway
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Last Chance: Vittorium AT Watch Giveaway
You can tell that there are three versions of the dial. White, black, and black with white chronograph subdials. The watch dial looks great. Vintage looking font for the Arabic numerals, with all the necessary marks for easy reading. Lots of SuperLumiNova on the dial. the hands are an interesting mix between the two genres as well.
For this new standard collection of 2011 ROO watches, AP offers an exhibition caseback through the sapphire crystal. There you can see the new Audemars Piguet calibre 3126/3840 automatic movement that has 60 hours of power reserve. It is based on the older calibre 3120 - but is better looking to be in line with today's more sophisticated movement designs that AP has been releasing. The movements are all hand decorated in Le Brassus and have 22k gold rotors that have been given a dark galvanic treatment.
Looking at the pushers, Helson used a classic design to manage the problem of waterproofing. Particularly for a 500m-rated watch, pushers leak, so the solution is to have threaded sleeves as shown here that screw down and lock the pushers in place into their gaskets. Simple, robust, proven. On the negative side, you can't use the stopwatch underwater, but the only exceptions I know to that are much more expensive watches like the IWC chronograph and such. For dive timing, the idea is that you use the bezel anyway.
Going back to "Marketing The World's Foremost Watch," I personally loved checking out this book. Reardon's approach to discussing the history is text mixed with historic Patek Philippe documents. There are items such as advertisements, operating instructions, manuals, etc... You can see Patek Philippe at its most risque, and at its most conservative. A lot of what you see won't jive with the attitude the brand displays today.
Another option is an air dehumidifying system that Sinn uses in many of its watches to remove potential moisture that can build up in the dial and cause condensation or fogginess. This can be a problem during quick rises or descents in a plane or just when rapidly changing climates (think of walking outside into hot humid air from an air-conditioned building). You can learn more about this technology here, and Sinn watches with it will have a little "Ar" logo on the dial. By the way, Sinn Ar watches only come with sapphire crystals.
The addition of the GMT complication is thanks to use of a Swiss ETA 2893-2 automatic movement (don't forget that Oris uses their custom red rotors). This is one of the more discreet implementations of a GMT hand as it does not extend to the end of the dial. Though the hand is in red and does have a dedicated 24 hour scale. The face really is supremely readable.
Where the movement gets a bit quirky is with the winding system. While the time movement is automatically wound by the rotor, the chronograph movement must be hand-wound. I guess it just requires a lot more torque. Reading the dial is pretty simple, and even with all the numbers it does not feel cluttered.
What is this thing? Only the latest and greatest machine that tells the time. Pardon the watch's unfinished stated. Though all the promise is there. This is a new step for Hautlence - who finally get their own movement. Interestingly enough if you compare the watch to their earlier models -the way of telling the time is 'thematically' the same. Meaning a retrograde minute hand (that is unique) as well as quasi-digital hour indicator. The HL2 is also the brand's first automatic movement, it also contains a power reserve indicator (not yet complete in the prototype), and a behaves a bit like a locomotive!
Therefore, brands create artificially high prices and invest heavily in marketing to craft an image that it hopes will adhere to concepts of luxury that you value given your desire to have nice things that are well made and that other people who "know" might appreciate.
Arizona Fine Time prides itself on carrying unique brands. They have a growing brand list made up of both popular and niche watch makers. All three major Japanese watch brands are prominently displayed, as well as others such as Fortis, Tutima, Glycine, Mido, Union Glashutte, and Luminox. More are added each year as Hirsh likes to mix it up with new styles and brands that regularly offer novel designs. One thing common to all of the brand he carries is that they tend to have a good value proposition given their price and features. Of course that includes Grand Seiko and Seiko Ananta watches that are highly cherished among many of the most educated watch lovers.
Inside the AP Royal Oak Extra-Thin Royal Oak is a delicately cut in-house made Audemars Piguet calibre 5122 automatic movement. Compared the previous skeletonized model this one offers a different dial. The skeletonization is again mixed with a high degree of legibility and function (not the lumed hour markers, hands, and minute scale). No trade-off here between function and aesthetics. This model also has the date, and a thin movement that is 3.05mm wide. The rotor is in 22k gold with a lovely AP initials engraving.
According to Tissot the Sea-Touch abides by European EN 13319 diving watch norms for legibility, water resistance, anti-magnetism, shock resistance, durability, and other properties. This with 200 meters of water resistance means that you can not only dive with the watch, you should. According to Tissot the recommended maximum dive depth with the Sea-Touch is 100 meters. Perfectly fine with me, especially as earlier T-Touch models were known to have water resistance issues. The watch has slits in case back for air and water to enter to reach the sensors.
The Jules Audemars collection from Audemars Piguet has been getting a lot of attention over the last few years. For 2011 a few new models came out including this Moon-Phase Calendar version with a beautifully balanced dial. The Jules Audemars collection has always been about thin cases with elegant designs - formal watches that aren't stuffy or boring. The last few years of AP Jules Audemars watches really hit the nail on the head for many collectors, and so should this Moon-Phase Calendar version.
Attached to the watch is one of Itay Noy's rather interesting and attractive hand-made leather straps. Here in black with a cream-colored stitching, it has has a stamped texture on the side of it while using a butterfly deployment clasp. The strap along with Itay Noy signed deployment clasp is nice, but the clasp itself needed to be worn in a bit to lock easily without a firm press.
The Snowmobile Adventure watch contains a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph. Not an exclusive movement by any means, but implement about as nicely as I have ever seen in this watch. The movement is polished up nicely and the engraved black Nubeo rotor is a thing of beauty. This watch really isn't about some exclusive in-house movement. Rather this watch is about exclusive everything else. I've never seen anyone else have a case that even looks close to this. It is so interesting and unique that there are far more fake Nubeo Jellyfish watches out there than real ones.
The watch is large for Breguet Classique pieces at 44mm wide and over 13mm thick. The Classique style case looks nice in the size, but I think the design may have benefited from curved lugs in these dimensions. Of course the coined edge is always nice. The case is available in either 18k red gold or 950 platinum. There are also two dial versions. See the map on this dial? It is of Asia and the surrounding area. The two other dials have either North America or Europe. The ocean is done with a sweetly textured lapis lazuli, and the polished land region is cut with very high precision. Around the dial is a typical Breguet Roman numeral hour indicator ring, with two large pomme blued-steel style hands.