Blue watch dials are also very difficult to photograph. This is because of how the light plays with them. In some instances if you didn't know the dials were blue you could just assume that they were black dials reflecting light in a particular way that makes them look a bit blue. A perfect example can be seen with the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue James Cameron watch (hands-on here). On that unique dial, you have blue that goes into a gradient which turns into black. The effect is quite subtle, and it is difficult to pick up in photographs. Even seeing that in person, you aren't quite sure if the dial is two colors or just playing with the light in an interesting way. Blue watches are a mysterious and tricky vixen.
>Model: Hydrocarbon Engineer Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph reference DC3036C-SA-BK
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: Non-brand snobs looking for an absolutely modern, well-conceived Swiss mechanical sports watch with some character.
>Best characteristic of watch: Series of features and design elements work well together in a functional, comfortable, well-priced package.
>Worst characteristic of watch: No luminant on chronograph subdial hands. Deployant clasp is thick.
One of my favorite aspects of this watch is the case. At 43 mm with a lug to lug measurement of 50 mm and standing at 12 mm high, the case sits perfectly on the wrist and makes the Parmigiani Atalante Flyback Chronograph Bugatti very wearable as a sports as well as an evening watch. The pure rose gold of the case is extremely well crafted with a combination of polished and inner brushed sections that work brilliantly.
Oh metal, where art thou metal? One of the more interesting new-for-SIHH-2015 watches from Panerai is a timepiece produced from a material originally design for automobile brakes - which certainly isn't metal. The Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic (ref PAM00616, aka PAM616) takes the popular yet niche-loved Luminor Submersible 1950 watch and dresses it in a material that helps frame what part of the contemporary high-end timepiece market it all about; material innovation.
While I don't generally favor chronographs, I think the new Bremont Boeing Model 247 Ti-GMT looks great. Bremont has enjoyed an impressive amount of success with their sporty and tough chronographs, and that design language and functional priority is in full force with the Bremont Boeing Model 247 Ti-GMT. With a lighter shade of grey for the main dial and a darker shade used for the sub dials, this titanium Bremont Boeing Model 247 is easily distinguished from its siblings and the lighter grey looks so good with the yellow GMT hand (which appears to be the same hand as that used on the Terra Nova limited edition).
If the "standard" Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon isn't enough, you can opt for the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette, which replaces the watch face's night/space sky with baguette-cut diamonds. The diamonds are invisibly-set on the dial and lugs, totaling 342 stones weighting 16 carats. While I personally can't see myself as a buying customer of a Jacob & Co. Astronomia the fact that there might be a few people out there who can enjoy this sort of wrist-worn mechanical entertainment delights me. Once again, Jacob & Co. set out to shock, amuse, and please... which is exactly what I feel that Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon is all about. Price for the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon (without diamonds) is 540,000 Swiss Francs (right now about 8,000) and price for the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette is 1,000,000 Swiss Francs (right now about ,015,000). jacobandco.com
Fundamentally, watches are logical machines. They seem to have a soul because of the love, care, and attention that goes into their creation, but they work because every component makes sense. Children are often able to see this clearer and more quickly than an adult because they are better able to concern themselves with the problem at hand, rather than involuntarily slotting said problem into the wider context of the world. For this reason (and really, because it sounds like a totally awesome day out for the whole family), the Vacheron Constantin Children's Workshop is one of the highlights of the horological calendar (if you either have kids, or reckon you can adequately disguise yourself as one).
What Casio did do, however, is appeal to the markets that it was doing the best in. Such markets are areas such as watches for military and law enforcement personnel, outdoors enthusiasts, general sports lovers, and urbanites looking for "bullet-proof" timekeepers that require little to no attention. If anything, Casio has succeeded in making an ultra durable timepiece that doesn't require much attention and almost no upkeep.
So, at the end of the day, because aBlogtoWatch does cover mostly high-end watches, that fact does catch the attention of an affluent demographic who is able to purchase many of the items we cover. When you have a high disposable income it still means you want to make smart purchase decisions. So, much or our coverage is also designed to help high-end consumers make their watch choices wisely.
Some might say that Casio is waiting for the smartwatch market to become more established and for more universally adopted operating systems. That may be so, but Japanese electronics companies have at least historically had no fear about experimenting with new products in the market and attempting to discover new technologies that resonate with consumers. Just think about all the weird Seiko, Citizen, and Casio watches over the years that probably should not have been made – but nevertheless were. I'd like to know who was actually using all those Casio "Databank" watches with their primitive electronic address books and that model that came with a basic TV remote whose only useful function it seemed was to annoy large 1980s classroom teachers when they rolled in the TV stand to show a video.
Eterna seems to have realized that the Super KonTiki watch is a valuable "character" in the brand's DNA and is bringing the famed dive watch back in a strong way for 2015. So for Baselworld 2015, Eterna will be releasing a new Eterna Super KonTiki watch collection in a few colors, and at a relatively decent price. The collection appears durable and attractive, without too much fluff to dissuade purists from being excited about it. Eterna actually has not revealed a comprehensive list of tech specs, so we don't know certain details such as the bezel material, though, I did learn that the water resistance of the case is 200 meters.
This is something that Ulysse Nardin has done quite a bit: they had some other special editions of the Marine Diver on hand, and dial embossing was a consistent change made, making the piece unique to that release. Regardless of the embossing, it really is a lovely shade of blue the brand uses on the dial. While I did my best to capture it in the photos, this is something you really should see in person if you can. Further modifications show up in the sub-seconds dial, where the Midnight Express logo appears again – in color, this time around – and there is another logo that is almost hiding in plain sight on the dial.
For the project, the aBlogtoWatch team covered the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 (review), the Citizen Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter (review), the Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport (hands-on; review coming soon), the Citizen Eco-Drive Sailhawk (review coming soon), and the Citizen Eco-Drive Navihawk. The aBlogtoWatch display at the Citizen Watch Store in Times Square, New York City will be there from March 1st to April 30th, 2015. The Citizen store is located at 1500 Broadway. citizenwatch.com
While it won't be cheap (we will update the price soon) the 2015 116655 Rolex Yacht-Master watch in 18k Everose gold in the Oysterflex is going to be a desirable model and will likely revitalize interest in Yacht-Master collection. rolex.com
It would be interesting to find statistical data on the most popular watch designs that Rolex sells, as well as what specific models people around the world most associate with the brand. Even without exact information, we feel safe in saying that it would have to be the Rolex Datejust and the Submariner – possibly the most copied watch designs in history. However, if you want to get a brand new watch in 2015 that says "Rolex" on the dial – while committing the smallest possible financial outlay – you have to look at another model: the Rolex Oyster Perpetual.
The overall design is all about integration: every single element works well both aesthetically and functionally with the one it is supposed to go with. The most obvious proof for that is the way Rado managed to integrate the rubber strap into the case, which is one of the very best I have encountered. Speaking of the rubber strap, it has a genuinely high-quality feel to it, a real joy to put on and wear for extended periods. Wearing it while doing sports in the humid and hot environment was not a problem, as it never stuck to my skin or pulled the hair on my wrist. More generally speaking, the watch highlights extremely consistent edges and curves: aesthetically, everything is where you would want it to be, no matter how you are looking at it.
Any immediate skepticism about the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph I had before wearing it melted away after enjoying time with the watch on my wrist - this really turned out to be my type of timepieces. In titanium, the 45mm wide case wasn't too heavy, and honestly, you'd never know it was titanium by looking at it, given the excellent finishing. The dial proves both functional and legible, and the overall design is exactly what I like in a modern sports watch: traditional without being retro stale, and visually contemporary. Of course, there is no one Ball watch with all the best features. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph doesn't have Ball's SpringLOCK feature - which admittedly would be a bit redundant with the Amortiser. Sadly, if you love Ball timepieces, no one watch will satisfy you - so get ready for some collecting...
The latest news in this regard, as macrumors.com has reported it here, is that the Apple Watch is also appearing in the March 2015 issue of Vogue magazine as a more traditional advertisement. Now, Apple is taking the expected move of engaging in a more traditional marketing campaign to push the idea of the Apple Watch to the mainstream female consumer - a demographic who is known to seek "social and fashion acceptance" from fashion authorities such as Vogue. The placement of the advertisement in the March 2015 US version of Vogue should also be a clear sign that the Apple Watch will be available for sale soon. Several sources believe that the Apple Watch will begin to ship and be available for purchase in April 2015.
Sean Wai: I am a trained architect, born in Malaysia, studied in Sydney Australia, lived in Helsinki, Finland, and NY, USA. I now reside in Singapore. I started a watch brand about 6 years ago called moVas watches, and I now design, assemble, and test all our watches in-house in the hope of one day creating my own in-house movement.
As Bloomberg quotes him, just two years ago we have heard Nick Hayek Jr., president and chairman of the Swatch Group, say that he does not think the smartwatch will be a revolution for the industry. Now, however, we are at a point where Swatch may have something to bring in to the fight against Apple's – presently non-existent but imminent – domination over the smartwatch market. Swatch enters the game with the Touch Zero One which will compete with a considerably lower price point, much better battery life and – at this point the promise of – a wide variety of models designed and programmed to suit the specific requirements of different sports out there.
Wearing the watch was quite a treat. In terms of visual style and sizing, this is a watch that just clicks for me on a variety of levels. Simply put, when it comes to "smaller" watches like these, I really appreciate clean, almost vintage, styling. The crocodile leather strap works thematically, and it fit well right away. This is not a watch that will weigh you down either, coming in at 74g on the scale.