RIP Eugene Cernan - We look back at 'his' Apollo 17 watch from 2012

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That's the Seiko in-house made calibre 5D88 quartz movement. I should probably start with a quick recap of what Kinetic Direct Drive is. In 2008, I wrote an article on aBlogtoWatch more-or-less explaining what Seiko Kinetic Direct Drive is here. Seiko produces a large range of quartz movements at different price points and complexity levels. These go all the way down to your basic mass-produced quartz movement that requires battery changes, all the way up to super high-quality and sophisticated quartz movements in some Grand Seiko watches. So where do Kinetic Direct Drive movements sit on the Seiko quartz movement spectrum?

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Apple Watch aside, we also got the chance to finally see Patek Philippe’s epic Grandmaster Chime watch in the flesh. Questionable styling aside, this is Patek Philippe’s most complicated watch ever, so does it live up to expectations? Apart from the Grand Master Chime, we also had a closer look at some other very exquisite high-end pieces including Greubel Forsey’s new Tourbillon 24 Seconds Vision and F.P. Journe’s Quantième Perpétuel watch. Finally, we also review SevenFriday’s new and very popular M-series watch. See if it manages to build on the success of its earlier P-series watches.

If you notice from our pictures, we saw three varieties of the chronograph model of the Baz Persaud Horological Cuff Links. The larger ones are known as the Red Bar Crew edition (that's the group that inspired the Commonwealth Crew Horology Club in Chicago among others), due to the input of one of the group members, Bill Bright, while the cufflinks were being designed. The smaller set are different from the larger, and it's not just due to the patination applied on the subdials. Here, the initial wax model is created along with the help of CAD. There is still a hand-made process involved, it is just that the CAD allows for more precise work in the smaller version. Regardless of the precise creation process, they designs are well thought out.

The Aquascope dial is remarkably legible but unsurprisingly so, thanks to the large applied hour markers and generously sized hands. I really like the combo of the very stately arrow-shaped hour hand and the sword-style minute hand. The dial is also generously lumed and well balanced, with an attractive flange ring where the minute markers are placed. Over the dial is a flat AR-coated sapphire crystal, and around it is a uni-directional rotating diver's bezel. I also happen to like brushed steel rotating bezels - which the Aquascope in this form has.

The Rado Hyperchrome XXL Court Collecion "Grass Court" is priced at ,300 on the rubber strap and ,600 with a ceramic bracelet. For that money, you get a beautifully integrated design – if that is your thing – comprising a case that is going to stand the tests of time remarkably well, a decorated movement with a no lesser reputation, and a rubber strap that is among the most comfortable, regardless the price point; although I'd be tempted to somehow get the watch with both the strap and the bracelet. rado.com

TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna Watch Resurrected With New Models

TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna Watch Resurrected With New Models

Imagine a day walking around wearing it. Would you be alone? Could you be alone? Would people stare? Would they comment? Will they follow you? Want you? This sounds silly, but these are real question and considerations around not only a watch that does have a retail price of over ,000,000, but a watch that actually looks like it has a price of over ,000,000. There is the larger world of stealth-wealth Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Sohne watches which can easily cost over a million dollars and don't really look like it to most mortals, and then there are watches like the Jacob & Co. Billionaire which evoke a very real and very pure sense of wealth living - the type that people love to hate, the type that people love to covet, and the type that the mainstream is infinitely fascinated with.

ABTW: What was your first grail watch?

Matt Smith-Johnson: With the ZOT, it was the bright colours and Silberstein-esque design for sure… That watch had a huge impact on my life, as I’m a very visual person. Even if you look at the branding for Teenage Grandpa, or on my personal website, its influence on the colour scheme and overall appearance should be apparent.

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Speaking of handsets, the beveled silver pair making up the main display appear to be just about perfect. They are sized well to each other, and I really like how the minute hand stretches to the the outer edge of the dial. I do wish, however, that the hour hand was a bit longer, allowing it to reach the hour markers. This design choice is even more surprising once you consider that both the sub-seconds and power reserve hands also reach to their respective marks without a gap. Nevertheless, it is true that – at times, especially on dials with shorter indices and/or with hands that are of the same shape – the hour hand is purposefully designed not to reach the inner end of the index, so as to make the two hands easier to distinguish.

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From a functional perspective the Blancpain caliber 2322V2 is more or less the same as the existing 2322. What is different is the orientation on the dial, as well as the design of the bridges and the finishing which is much more modern compared to the classic looks of the 2322. The manually wound movement is comprised of 350 parts and has a power reserve of 168 hours. On the rear of the movement is a small hand which acts as a power reserve indicator, and on the dial, you have the time as well as the exposed tourbillon and carrousel mechanism.

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ABTW: With this new grail, was there ever a time where it was "the one that got away"?

An important thing to note is that no matter how the base caliber is modified, the mounting points remain the same, meaning that the brands need not redesign their cases (being designed to be thick enough for the different complications) when fitting a different movement: the hand-wound, the automatic, the chronograph, and all other versions are secured to the case at the same mounting points, which can be a major cost saver, given that a larger quantity of the same case can be manufactured, as opposed to different ones to house the variations of movements.

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Automatic winding module has been added

I first went hands-on with the Kentex Marineman watch collection here. There, you can see images of other dial variations and colors. What so impressed me was not only the affordable price, but the finishing as well as attention to details such as the properly sized hands, quality polishing on the exterior of the hour markers, and general high-end components used in much of the watch. The Kentex Marineman Seahorse is a proudly Japanese watch, but it sends an uniquely alternative message to timepiece aficionados compared to its colleague brands like Citizen or Seiko.

Nomos Minimatik & Tangente Automatik With New In-House DUW 3001 Movement Hands-On Hands-On Nomos is a true enthusiast's brand, showing up at Baselworld just as proud of a new and exhaustively-developed movement as they are of a new model or color way, and I can't blame them. The Nomos Tangente Automatik will retail for 80, with the Nomos Minimatik on sale for 60. With a brand new in-house movement, a fresh option for the ladies and the proven style of the Nomos Tangente, 2015 looks like a banner year for Nomos, and we haven't even gotten to the new Metros (stay tuned). nomos-glashuette.com

Vacheron Constantin To Host Children’s Workshop In Its New York City Boutique

Vacheron Constantin To Host Children’s Workshop In Its New York City Boutique

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Even though Montblanc intends for the Montblanc e-Strap to fit on a variety of straps (eventually) they created a special leather NATO-style strap for it to work in tandem with the release of the Timewalker Urban Speed watch collection. Note that it isn't the only strap option available for the Timewalker Urban Speed watches. In a technical looking carbon-fiber pattern leather, the strap meant to hold the Montblanc e-Strap is very thin and has a buckle on the side. In all, I'd say the strap and Montblanc e-Strap combo work nicely.

The Vulcain Aviator Cricket alarm watch is a variant of last year's Vulcain Aviator Instrument that boasted a chronograph but lacked the alarm function. It's a pretty significant feature for most watches, but for Vulcain, the alarm complication is more than just an additional function: it is the foundation of the brand's longevity.

5Hz movements are going to be a bit more accurate over time compared to the more common 3Hz or 4Hz mechanical movements you'll find in most movements. Though, this is less of an issue these days, as the market has proved people are buying watches less for pure accuracy and more as a celebration of craftsmanship. Though, I do think it was interesting, to say the least, that Halda decided to go this route with the movements inside of the Mechanical Module for the Halda Space Discovery. It was able to avoid using a generic three-hand movement, while at the same time, offering something a bit exclusive for the limited edition watch.

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