Domes and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.
Domes and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.
aBtR: Will it be possible to update a Touch Time watch with new features or updated software?
DB: Currently, like any digital watch the Touch Time will ship with all of its code built-in. Not upgradeable by a customer at this time.
This is the Tissot PRC 200 Danica Limited Edition ladies watch that was given away on aBlogtoRead.com in March 2012. Thank you to winner Cindy for her follow-up images and thoughts:
Next you'll get a covert box that can be used to store anything you like. The box looks like a book and is made of wood. You can open it up and store your watch or other valuable goods. It also comes with the special US Agency coin. In addition to that you'll get a pair of American Optics USA made aviator sunglasses. Your choice of green or gray tint and they come with a security strap to keep them on your face. These are the same sunglasses that have been historically provided to countless US agency and military personnel. They retail for 9.00 each. Last, you'll get your choice of RFID blocked wallets. These special wallets shield against unwanted RFID reading devices. This is to protect your privacy and any personal information that may be contained on cards in your wallet that contain RFID chips. This includes some credit cards and ID badges - which can be remotely scanned by cheap RFID readers. Winner get's their choice of available wallet, which retail for each. Just enter below for a chance to win this bundle of cool stuff.
On the wrist, these watches aren't small, but it is funny to go from one of the Big Pilot Top Gun pieces to a 43mm wide watch. I would easily wear one of these Spitfire Chronographs on a daily basis given their handsome looks. IWC opted for a bi-compax chronograph that measures 60 minutes. It does have that open date window I am not a huge fan of, but it doesn't bother me as much here as it does in other watches. The movement is in-house made and is the existing caliber 89365 automatic with 68 hours of power reserve. Over the dials are sapphire crystals and the case is water resistant to 60 meters.
9. Omega Speedmaster Racing Watch
Ball watches are all about being higher-end timepieces that use tritium gas tubes. This model offers something a bit special. Tritium gas tubes are typically round and thin. Here however, the tubes used for the hour markers are wide and flatter. This look fantastic and results in some extreme legibility. We used a UV light on the dial to make it glow in the light to see what it might look like at night. It is quite impressive and those who want some serious night vision should check out Ball models such as this. Ball would have likely used these fatter tubes in the hands, but I have a feeling that there was a weight issue (movements can only support hands up to a certain weight and the tubes are, relatively speaking, heavy). So for most likely that reason, the hands use the more standard gas tubes.
And second, the box in which the watch came in, it is probably one of the best looking watch boxes I have seen, it looks just like a book labeled "THE HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON" also in the box is a white house challenge coin, that is a beautiful show piece and a great topic for conversation.
If you look closely at the 18k rose gold and steel models, you'll notice that Ralph Lauren designed them with slightly different dials. This Chronograph model has a white lacquered dial with all black hands and indexes. This results in pretty perfect contrast between what you want to read and the watch face. Still, the chronograph subdials are slight recessed, and even have a snailed texture if you look really closely. It isn't hard to imagine where the dial style came from. Ralph Lauren himself made it clear each of the watches in his collection were based on things that inspired him. Going to a range of classic pieces with Roman numeral hour markers and sword-style hands, he was able to settle on something which is genuinely satisfying and familiar looking. The design ethos opted to take an unusual case design, and try to render it in a way that felt very natural - as though this was a watch mimicking something you discovered in your wealthy uncle's estate property.
Each of these watches are limited editions and design experiments. Bell & Ross wants to offer wrist-mounted cockpit instruments and increasingly they are. So let's look at the three new for 2012 limited edition Bell & Ross BR 01-92 instrument watches. Previous years had models such as the BR 01 Radar, BR 01 Red Radar, and BR 01 Compass.
Movement: Modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-36AE automatic chronometer, 25 jewels, Glucydur balance. Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800 bph, 38-hour power reserve, Bremont moulded and skeletonised decorated rotor.
In addition to the Tourbillon Minute Repeater, there is a second, perhaps more exotic piece unique Hublot. The second Marcus flavoured Hublot offering comes in the shape of the MP-02 Key of Time, or La Clé du Temps (which is basically French for... "the key of time"). You may remember the previous black and green version released that was part of a limited edition of 50 pieces we discussed hands-on here. Well this is the same piece but again executed in the white and red Marcus colour scheme. All the features from the original are present including the vertical tourbillon, 5 day power reserve, and the stand-out unique feature of being able to speed up or slow down the display time by a factor of 4... and then being able to return to the actual time at the flick of a crown. Useless, but nonetheless fun.
Functionally speaking, the watch has the time, second timezone in 24 hour format, perpetual calendar, signal strength indicator, and other data related to the GPS signal connection and location data. The dial is deep with large applied hour markers and bold hands. You can't tell that the dial is made for light to pass through it and all the indicators are quite legible despite the busy dial. I also like that the second time zone is very easy to read (being its own separate dial). While the watch is a perpetual calendar (you don't need to adjust the date), it only displays the date on the dial and not the month or leap year.
Zenith places a polished plaque on the side of the case that shows the limited edition number. This is a nice touch, and for years I have loved Ulysse Nardin's use of this feature on their watches. The crown is large and easy to use. If you can't operate this crown with ease, then watches with crowns just simply aren't for you. Zenith matches the Type 20 with a hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium buckle. Rather than being a proud reminder of Zenith's aviator watch history, I think that the Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 is a good reminder of their watch movement making history. There will be just 250 pieces in the limited edition collection. Price is ,300.
Beyond a certainly point making a watch super water resistant is about armor. According to the brand, the Rolex Deepsea Challenge is able to resist 13.6 tonnes of pressure. That is up from the 3.1 tonnes of pressure on the Rolex Deepsea. How is this possible? More metal... and sapphire. The super-sized Submariner style case is a chunky block of Rolex's very nice 904L steel being 51.4mm wide and 28.5mm thick. The sapphire crystal alone is 14.3mm thick. It is a tank, made to resist the onslaught of pressure from all side. The watch incorporates the Oyster style caseback and the Rolex Ringlock system. The rear of the case is in grade 5 titanium.
When celebrities like actors and athletes are seen wearing watches I don't care too much. Mostly because I know what is involved in getting those watches on said actors and athletes. When important politicians wear watches I find it a bit more interesting, usually because they don't engage in things like endorsement deals or have stylists. Here, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is wearing an HD3 Slyde (previewed here) high-end digital touch-screen watch. He is wearing it while being interviewed on a show (you can see the full video here). Very interesting choice for him. As you know, Russia, and its surrounding countries, are very wealth and watch conscious. Look for a full review of the HD3 Slyde watch on aBlogtoRead.com soon.