You'll notice that this Campanola barely resembles the other highly-styled ones that Citizen offers. While this model (the CTS57-0701) is not as avant-garde, is certainly retains the high level of build quality in a more classic, almost military look. Citizen chose to endow this model with a highly polished and thick steel case, brightly luminated hands and number markers, and a level of detail and finish almost never seen in Japanese watches.
0 is a very good price for a watch winder of this ilk. There is a very limited availability and units will be shipped out in the beginning or February 2008.
You'll probably notice at some point or another that many of your watch searches on eBay come up with little results. You'll hear about a great small watch maker based out of Germany or Switzerland, go to eBay or the forums to see what you can find, and nothing! Are people not selling these watches? Are they so rare? No, the simple answer is that very few make it to the US.
Schwarzenegger: The Royal Oak Offshore is typically a well ordained watch, and here it has been imbued with a larger size. The watch comes in 18k rose gold and the strap is crocodile leather. Watches can never be more than 18k gold because gold is a soft metal that would scratch too easily or not hold shape as well. Rose gold gives the metal a more pink hue than the standard yellow gold. Inside, the watch has gold hands, and lots of gold in the movement. Crocodile straps are just about the finest non-metal watch straps you can get. Smooth and classy. And with a watch this rugged looking, you can almost convince people you wrested the croc' for it's hide yourself.
I know the first think you see when you look at the new Certina DS-1 is the Tag Heuer Carrera. Yes the hands and face look devilishly similar, and the bracelet might as well being out the Tag Heuer parts bin, not that the Certina has anything to do with Tag Heuer, corporately speaking that is. No, Certina is one of the many Swatch Group brands, and as such can enjoy ETA movements for years to come. Regardless, Certina still loves to "imitate" Tag Heuer designs routinely. Tag Heuer falls under the LVMH group of brands.
Style wise, the Speed Black Chronograph is interesting. A cluttered design is likely meant to reminisce contemporary dashboards, will hearkening to the machine soul of every car. Fonts used are technical in appearance, and the raised boarders on the chronograph registers give the watch a more three dimensional and layered look. Use of an upside down cyclops crystal is an excellent way to have a flat surface while providing date magnification (the magnifier is located inside the watch, rather than on top of it). Also placed on the inside of the crystal are stenciled "12" and "6" indicators (just as used on most Richard Mille watches). This a modern approach, and I have yet to determine whether I like it. Regardless, it does make for a more eye catching design, and again, enhances the layered look of the watch face.