One element of the watch that does coincide with the underwear is the strap. Like the waistband on the briefs, you have a large "2(X)IST" logo on the (thankfully) inner side of the silicon strap. Aside from that, this is a unique experience. The case design takes the most inspiration from Linde Werdelin actually, notably the Spidolite (you can see our review here). We like it when interesting boutique brands get "homaged" as opposed to the big guys. This isn't exactly a budget way of wearing a Linde Werdelin, but it is sort of close.
First, what has not changed is the patented Breitling style and super busy dial that somehow remains legible. The dial is black with three silvery white subdials and a silvery white slide rule ring at the periphery that turns smoothly with the bezel yet with also a measured resistance. Like all Navitimers, the dial includes three concentric rings of markers that essentially transforms the watch into an analog computer. If you know how to use it, that is...
Thanks for being a loyal reader, Zachary. We all had to start somewhere and most of us got into watches from a young age when we had very little disposable income. The good news is that there are a lot of great mechanical watches in the ,000 and under range. Many of us have spend countless hours on eBay bidding on watches at prices we could afford. Of course, we always like to recommend Seiko mechanical watches as someone's first mechanical timepiece. We did a review of the new Seiko Monster watch here, which is a great option. There are others of course such as a Seiko 5. Citizen is also starting to offer a few more mechanical watches, and we also like Japanese Orient. On the Swiss side there is Tissot, Swiss Army Victorinox, and Hamilton to look at. We also like products from Christopher Ward when it comes to getting an entry-level mechanical timepiece from a major brand.
Movement: REB T-1000
Proprietary movement manual winding with integrated winding lever
Color: Choice of black, gold, red, blue, purple
Jewels: 14 ceramic & 22 rubies
Balance: Double hairspring inclined at 39°
Winding system: Patented system of six mainsprings wound in parallel by two chains
Power reserve: 1,000+ hours provided by six (2 x 3) vertical mainspring barrels
Number of components: 693 for the chassis
Balance frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)
I always have to ask myself how big the market for diving chronographs is. Most (not all) chronographs can't be used underwater because pressing the pusher can break a seal and allow water into the case. The Extreme Diver 300 is water resistant to 300 meters as its name implies. I am not sure what the case is for the Extreme Diver 300, but unless a brand specifically mentions that you can use the chronograph underwater, then you shouldn't. In that case, it is best to start the chronograph before a dive and stop it once you get back to the surface.
Prior experience is not necessary, but those of you who enter should feel comfortable enough with their hands to perform the careful task of putting a watch movement together. You'll be building one of Frederique Constant's in-house made and designed movements under expert instruction -and I will be there as well building one with you.
Though it begs the question, how can we review this watch properly if setting off the distress beacon will set so much into motion and leave us with a hefty bill and facing possible criminal charges?
It is pretty much common knowledge that products online are (at least today) less expensive that in many stores. But of course, that isn't always the case. You can also get used watches for less than new ones a lot. Again, this is obvious to most people. When it comes down to do it many really nice watch brands have priced themselves out of reach of normal people. That is just a fact. Having said that, there are some fantastic brands which are less expensive. So rather be upset over what you can't get right now, focus on the best of what you can afford and always keep that list around of what watches to buy if you get rich.
"One of the most common things I steal are watches" says renowned pickpocket Apollo Robbins. The famed master thief talks to New Yorker writer Adam Green in a new video and article discussing his honed craft. In the video Robbins demonstrates with incredible ease and agility how he is able to deftly remove a man's watch right off his wrist without suspicion.
Allow us to introduce the Longines Avigation Type A-7, a new monopusher chronograph with an offset dial design meant to recall Longines' rich history in aviation watches. This new chronograph has been released as a modern interpretation of a design from the 1930's that carried the US Army designation of "Type A-7" suggesting it has been specifically created with Army pilots in mind.
JS:Were you able to influence the size of the watch? 52mm is quite large, does the size of the 2500-22 reflect your personal tastes? CD: I didn’t really have any particular say in the size of the dial, I was more concerned with making it mean looking, but I think Jorg Gray has done a good job with it. I’m really happy with the way it has turned out, it doesn’t feel too big and it definitely has that edgy feel that we were looking for. I like to think that its versatility is a good reflection of my personality in the sense that I’m chilled when off the field but as soon as I get on the field I bring that grit and determination.
To be honest I don't really miss the tourbillons. This is still more than enough watch for mere mortals. And trust me, while this isn't Greubel Forsey's most expensive watch, it isn't a bargain being priced dangerously close to 0,000. The 43.5mm wide case is lavishly polished and in 18k gray gold (like white, but more... gray). As is the custom with Greubel Forsey, in the coming years we expect to see other versions of the Double Balancier in other materials, perhaps with dial changes. It feels luscious on the wrist, like wearing some type of fancy chocolate. Rich with textures and something that you know is bad for you, but tastes so good nevertheless.
Frankly, how else would you even begin to explain why you bought a watch (or car) that can easily be 10 to 20 times more expensive than another model that would get the job done (moving from point A to point B, or telling the time)? To be sure, there's no rational argument against watches and cars that carry the economy label - they just don't carry that same... je ne sais quoi.
Having said that, you aren't likely to see any official Tudor advertising discussing their relationship with Rolex. The brand is more and more trying to stand on its own as a more entry-level luxury watch, rather than act in concert or as a stepping stone to a Rolex watch. The two brands are more and more trying to live side-by-side as opposed to Tudor being a "cheaper alternative to Rolex that is pretty much as good."
The picture above shows the side of a Greubel Forsey watch with a small African-style mask sculpture in the crown done by Wigan. Over the crown is a special magnifying lens to allow for a better view of the mask which is considerably smaller than it looks. According to the report Greubel Forsey is still undecided on exactly how they want to fully feature Wigan's art in the watches. It is however likely that more sculptures will be located in the dial. Greubel Forsey has commented that they will only make one or two watches incorporating Wigan's art each year. That is extremely limited production, and each piece is likely to be wonderfully impressive.
Interestingly enough, the new and old Black Mamba watches (Bryant's court nickname) are priced similarly. That is likely just a coincidence, as this limited edition King Power is priced on par with similarly configured models. The 48mm wide case is in mostly matte black ceramic, with titanium, and a slew of other materials that go in to Hublot's "Fusion" construction. The first thing that I noticed about the watch was the strap - black python. Not exactly actual African Black Mamba snakeskin - but python is more than likely better. The smooth scales offer an interesting look that is rare (to say the least) for watch straps. Under the strap is a customary Hublot rubber liner that makes it more comfortable (and helps it last much longer).
Chanel does great finish work, with flawless detailing and polishing. Ceramic bezel, of course, though no lume pip. This is a dress diver, not a tool diver.
Bremont makes watches that are relatively devoid of pretension. As a young brand, they have almost no poser credentials outside of WatchNerd circles and, when compared against their competition, they boast an expanded feature set that should put them in consideration for time on your wrist and in your collection. The Solo carries a list price of 00 USD, which is still a fair chunk of cash regardless of its position as Bremont's most modestly priced option.
Another interesting result of the special steel used by Sinn is that the resulting color is closer to titanium than it is to brushed or satin-finished steel. This is a good thing for a serious dive watch since the last thing you need underwater is a "blingy" watch. During my dive in Key Largo, we were encircled by a group of barracudas. Some coming as close to a foot from me and the iPhone I was using to film (see short video in this post).
I wanted to include a picture of one of 2(X)IST's more common products in this review so you could compare the watch with the underwear. After spending a few minutes on Google and 2(X)IST's own website, I quickly abandoned that idea. Not that there is anything wrong (in theory I guess) with male models whose entire torsos have been waxed , but when viewing 'watch porn' I don't think people want to mix that with similar imagery... intended for a totally different audience. Let's just say that 2(X)IST watches seem to have little in common with their "male intimates" clothing products.
Many people use GMT watches to know their local time, and some other time zone that is usually not GMT. Thus, GMT watches are typically used to know the time in any two time zones (not necessarily your local time and strictly GMT). In addition, many GMT watches have a rotating 24 hour bezel. Assuming there is a GMT scale on the dial as well, this rotating bezel can be used to track a third time zone (you just need to do a little math).
Christophe Claret – who has been producing some of the most complex watch movements for 20 years, for both himself and others – has long absorbed influences and embraced the march of technology to produce some of the most elaborate and boundary-pushing movements around.