Each of the Louis Moinet Jules Verne Instrument watches is available with either a black or silver dial and limited to 60 pieces. That means there are 240 of the limited edition watches available. I also hear that there are a few blue and Havana (tobacco brown) dials available in even more limited editions. Prices for the watch at about ,900 each - and pretty darn worth it if you have the means and the dreams.
The steel cased watches are 42mm wide and a nice shape. The black models are DLC (diamond like carbon) coated - which as you know is stronger than PVD. The strong looking lugs help even out the smoothness of the round case. Plus, the tapering straps help give the watch a nice organic look that is common among Mediterranean deigned watches. I also like the use of the "metal protrusion" between the lugs that serve an important use to prevent boring empty space and a custom look. No luxury watch wants to look like it has any interchangeable parts (with other timepieces). Remember what I said about unbroken lines? Well look at the visually integrated crown and chronograph pushers (on the chronograph models that is). Like an arc, the crown, crown guard, and sloped chronograph pushers form a graceful shape together. Not forgetting the need for this look on the three-hand models, Vittorium simply extends the crown guards to give it that same look.
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At about 41.5mm wide, the case, in steel, is a nice size and fits well. I like that most all Storm watches I've ever worn are surprisingly comfortable - even the ones with less than traditional designs. The really unique design element here are the skeletonized sides of the case. Some very high-end mechanical watches have such windows in sapphire crystal to provide views into their mechanical movements, and Storm does it here to see (sort of) the quartz movement inside. It is an interesting and unexpected element that helps the Caspa feel more unique. The watch case is water resistant to 50 meters, and has a mineral crystal. For the price, I am pretty satisfied with the case.
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This is a new way of enjoying something old. Since the 1980's the classic Mondaine Official Swiss Railways watch design has been a staple of affordable good design. That it was easy to read, was merely a significant plus. The look has been adapted in a million ways, with each still feeling relatively fresh. Here is the Mondaine Railway Giant watch - a contemporary interpretation on a minimalist look, that is surprisingly more minimalist. To be honest, I don't quite get the "Giant" part of the name. This isn't a giant watch. Although it wears large due to the thin bezel. The case is polished steel and 42mm wide.
Swiss in design and movement, the watch houses a Ronda 512.S quartz movement that does the job just fine. I appreciate the colorful touch of the red enamel crown which Mondaine "M" logo. Is it just me or is the crown a bit smaller than you want it to be? Not that you need to wind the watch or anything, but I find that slightly larger crowns give watches a more substantial, masculine look. Actually, while perfect suited to be worn on the male wrist, the Railway Giant is easily considered a unisex watch (as most Mondaine Swiss Railway watches are). I have seen women wear it, and it looks good on their wrist as well. At just under 0, but Mondaine Railway Giant is a big value, and a satisfying look for those craving a new way to enjoy an old favorite.
Tag Heuer did a nice job with the rubber strap giving it deep vertical grooves and some nice branding. You might find the strap cheesy at first, but it looks good on the wrist and is nice to the touch. Really not much else I can say about this piece. Price is 0 for the watch on either the rubber strap or steel bracelet - with the street price being a bit less I am sure. No doubt that many people will be getting one of these when they are out soon.
Pink, purple and blue and purple sapphires: approx. 5.17K
Oris watches are sometimes hit and miss for me. This one I really like though. It is really a tool that is OK to wear for any occasion. The Divers Date (I am not sure why there is no apostrophe in "divers") has a great looking curvy case that is 44mm wide in steel. Actually, there is an almost identical version in titanium called the Divers TT1 Titan watch. This version is different in the material, and the 4 o'clock placement of the crown. OK, I need to stay focused on the watch at hand, but really, there are many versions of these watches.Read more ›
Power is transmitted between the cloverleaf and square wheels with an efficiency equivalent to that of a traditional wheel.
Beat rate: 28,800 half-beats per hour,
Large balance wheel with a moment of inertia of 1.5 mg cm2 and variable inertia screws,
Balance bridge: fixed to two support points, stud held by two screws,
Protection device for limitation of the hairspring movement,
Escapement made of amagnetic silicium (Calibre 781)