Series: Limited series of 50 pieces numbered
Case: “King Power” - Diameter 48 mm in black carbon fiber
Bezel: Black micro-blasted ceramic and micro-blasted titanium
- 6 black PVD H-shaped relief titanium screws
Crystal: Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective treatment
Bezel lug: Black composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite resin
Crown: Black PVD titanium and black rubber with Hublot logo insert
Push-buttons: Rectangular in micro-blasted titanium
Case-back: Open, black carbon fiber with the Los Angeles Lakers signature on sapphire
Dial: Sapphire dial with 4 zones of 12 minutes in black, yellow and purple
- Los Angeles Lakers signature at 3 o’clock
- Indexes in satin-finished metallic dark grey with yellow SuperluminovaTM
- Hands in satin-finished metallic dark grey with yellow SuperluminovaTM
Movement: HUB 4248 Mechanical self-winding caliber
- Chronograph with central 48’ counter
Date: Trapezoidal window at 4.30
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Alt/h)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 10 ATM or approximately 100 meters
Straps: Delivered with two straps:
- Real yellow Lakers jersey on black rubber with yellow and purple stitching.
- Gummy alligator sewed on black rubber with yellow and purple stitching.
Clasp: Deployant buckle clasp in micro-blasted black PVD titanium and ceramic
However, at the time, machining stainless steel was very difficult and expensive; particularly, to create shapes like the Royal Oak and its intricate bracelet. So for this reason, early prototypes of the Royal Oak were created in white gold. What this means is that it was, at the time, cheaper to create the Royal Oak in gold than in stainless steel! And this is an important point, what this means is that we at AP, are people for which the base material is less important. What is important is the work that is done with the material, this means that we took inexpensive steel, and with the works of our craftsmen, our designers, our watchmakers, we transformed this common base material into something that has more value than gold.Read more ›
While Apple has not released a lot of the technical specifications about the Apple Watch, there is enough information available for myself and many other people to have a good idea of what the Apple Watch will do, how it might fit into people's lives, and how it fits next to the competition. The question today is whether or not that competition is limited to other wearables and smartwatches, or to other more traditional watches from the low- to high-end.
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While most recreational divers tend to plan dives with no-decompression stops, having the knowledge that you need that decompression stop readily during a dive makes for a safer experience. And again, while I realize that a modern dive computer will readily give you this information and much more, there remain two realities that still make the Citizen a great companion for me.
Another great watch improvement by Apple is in their steel metal bracelet. Not only can the bracelet be sized (by removing links) without a tool, but the butterfly-style deployant clasp (even when closed) is totally flush with the bracelet and doesn't add any thickness. It feels rather natural on the wrist, especially when compared to many other metal bracelets. This is in addition to the clever quick release system allowing a bracelet or strap to be very easily removed from any Apple Watch case. For something even remotely comparable in a high-end Swiss watch, you'd need to spend at least several thousand dollars.
I really loved the minimalist look of the Marvin Origin Gent Automatic M125 and it caught my eye ever since the giveaway was announced. It reminded me so much of the clean simple lines of a Nomos. This was one giveaway I didn't want to miss out on. I eagerly awaited the arrival of the Marvin Origin Gent. Once it arrived, I peeled away the packaging like an excited child on Christmas morning. The watch box was top notch, just like all the best name brands, and nestled snugly inside was the Marvin Origin Gent with the red seconds hand that I had requested. I truly enjoy mechanical watches and have been fascinated with them since I was a youngster. The Marvin Origin Gent didn't disappoint.Read more ›
On June 21, 2013, the Swiss parliament has voted in favor of a new "Swissness" law, allowing consultation processes concerning its implementation to commence through mid-2015. The intentions are clear: as a result of globalization and swift developments in manufacturing practices, the presently valid ordinance fails in numerous ways to protect the Swiss Made label and the qualities that it was designed to ensure. In short, the concept of "Swiss Made" is being eroded in the eyes of some people in Switzerland, and to preserve the "prestigious" mark the government feels that "Swiss Made" needs to mean just that much more - especially when it comes to watches.
Indeed, the many things this watch does right simply lifts it above its competition. For one, I love that the date window is the same color as the dial – a detail so many similar watches skip; this nuance both makes the watch slightly dressier, and creates a more unified design expression. The hands are perfectly proportioned; they're also correctly curved slightly, so as to appear straight when looking at the domed crystal straight on. And where so often a timepiece uses its crystal as a mere transparent window to showcase the dial, the domed sapphire here is a statement: it fuses with the rounded geometry of its polished steel case and curved lugs to create a sculptural series of planes out of very minimal, basic formal elements. The thin, ridged bezel makes the case diameter’s 38mm wear slightly larger for a more contemporary feel, too, but the more vintage-style dress watch size also makes it ideal for fitting under a shirt’s cuff.
Where the Tempest Forged Carbon really shines, though, is night-time legibility: the more frequently encountered C3 SuperLuminova has been swapped for BGW9 luminescent material. As per my personal experience, there are three main differences between C3 SuperLuminova and BGW9. First, the latter glows in pale blue, while the former in green. Second, during the daytime, the latter looks white (offering somewhat better contrast against a black dial), while the former tends to look more green during the day. Last, while I found that BGW9 lacks a bit of punch compared the C3 when its fully charged, it does last considerably longer. I was surprised to see just how bright and legible BGW9 remained early in the morning, over 8 hours after its last exposure to a light source. Even the small Tempest logo is painted with orange/yellow lume – and the production version will have a orange lumed seconds hand as well.Read more ›
For now, the Kairos T-band will have a proprietary operating system, currently without an official name. Kairos states the desire to include Android Wear into future Kairos T-Band products, but that for now, the power consumption needs of Android Wear is simply too high for satisfactory user performance. Nevertheless, the Kairos T-Band is intended to be compatible with apps on both Apple iOS and Google Android-based devices. Kairos is even very proud of some special partnerships they have with companies such as Misfit as well as Microsoft, who are both strong development partners.
A new MB&F watch is always something special and the latest HM6 Space Pirate is no different. Heavily inspired by the Captain Future anime that Max (the founder of MB&F) saw while growing up in Switzerland, the watch is, like all other MB&F creations, highly visual, unorthodox, and striking to look at. However, amongst all the HMs, the HM6 is probably the most visually exciting, thanks to the centrally mounted and raised flying tourbillon as well as the two regulating turbines. Find out more about this watch here.
Furthermore, some versions of the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic collection are limited editions. Though, the models which are part of a limited edition are limited to 8,888 pieces and don't appear to be limited over other models for any specific reason. My favorite models in the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic collection include the three-hand ref. AL-525GB4S6 Pilot Automatic Sunstar 44mm, the ref. AL-860GB4FBS6 Startimer Pilot Automatic Chronograph Blackstar, and the ref. Al-860GB4S6 Startimer Pilot Automatic Chronograph.Read more ›
I recall a few months ago leading a seminar about watches to a group of retailers. A few jewelry and watch retailers began to complain that watch brands don't do enough to tell customers what is and is not appropriate when it comes to how to wear their watches. It seemed that people would go rock climbing with their new Patek Philippe or Swimming with their new Chopard dress watch. The consumers would then angrily return to the store complaining that their new "incredibly expensive watch" was breaking too easily and that this was not acceptable. Warranties did not apply when it was found that a Patek Philippe watch was dropped from 50 feet or that a watch with a water resistance of 30 meters was taken swimming.
JW: Since then, my watch tastes have gone more analog, and mostly focus on more classic designs and industrial processes. Things like porcelain dials, guilloche process... love it. I am fascinated how the watch industry, in a time where watches have become something none of us need anymore, have managed to prevail. They even manage to flourish by constant advances in process, material, and design. The art is in the detailsRead more ›
As would befit a case with this mix of strength and lighter weight, the non-carbon bits you can touch (caseback and crown) are made from titanium, and the crystal up top is a domed sapphire crystal. On the dial side of things, they have kept the clean, legible style we are accustomed to seeing in the Regattare lineup. This time around, we have a sandwich dial being utilized, which should give a little bit of depth and texture variation to the dial that would not otherwise be present on a printed dial.
After nearly 7 prototypes of fine tuning dimensions for proper fitment and functionality, I was ready to begin machining the final components. First, it was the turn of the outer case and crown. These components took a fair amount of time to get the proper finishing, although they did turn out beautifully. Every detail from the screw points to the micro engravings inside the case were accounted for, as I wanted to get everything as close as possible.
During the New York City event, firefighters tested Victorinox Swiss Army INOX timepieces as the watches were boiled in water, frozen in ice, tumbled in washing machines, blasted with sand, and run over with a truck, among other ordeals all designed to test the limits of a modern sport activity watch.Read more ›
So what is the aBlogtoWatch and Ariel Adams take on the Apple Watch? I wasn't sure what Apple was going to release today but I was very sure they were going to mention something related to an "iWatch." Smartwatches are just too big right now for Apple to delay any longer. Is it designed by Marc Newson? Not sure yet although it does appear as though Apple's new addition to their design team may have played a role in the design of the Apple Watch. I am overall impressed with the promise of the Apple Watch and am glad that Apple decided to ensure it fit into the high-end category of electronics they are known for, rather than be a race to the bottom.
Though it is mostly black, the Ancon X-35 Concept is offered in five color variations - red, blue, yellow, green, and orange, allowing you to pick your fav of the five as the accent color on the dial and the rubber ring under the bezel. With drilled lugs, a sapphire crystal up front, and a display case back in the rear, the Ancon X-35 Concept does cover a handful of the common enthusiast favorite features.
A. Lange & Söhne is quickly earning more and more acclaim around the world from collectors and the media. For a long time, it has remained a sort of "enthusiast's secret," given their low production numbers and relatively under-the-radar marketing tactics. My hope is that as demand for A. Lange & Söhne watches increases, they do not mess with their highly effective formula for producing wonderfully made and designed traditional mechanical watches. In my opinion, as long as they remain ultimate grail watches for the most sophisticated collectors, the brand will continue to have the prestige it deserves. The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst ref. 704.048F will be limited to just 20 pieces and priced at 1,700. alange-soehne.com
Many of the most popular watch faces on FaceRepo are actually reproductions of existing mechanical watches from both popular, and sometimes niche brands. That latter element is particularly interesting to me, and it is an indication of how deeply mechanical watches have been able to penetrate the "nerd culture" (which I am a proud member of). Therefore, in addition to all the Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, TAG Heuer, Bell & Ross, Bulova, and other mainstream brands who have dials made in their "honor," you see dials based on brands like Xemex, Bremont, MIH, A. Lange & Sohne, and many more. It is truly inspiring to see that technically proficient mechanical watch lovers have translated their passion into a hobby for creating their favorite dials for use on smartwatches.
In consideration of those who may not be familiar with the original Montblanc Metamorphosis, and hence, the concept behind this wild model, allow us to add a brief introduction. The Metamorphosis, as its name suggests, is all about a transforming watch that undergoes massive changes upon the request of its owner. More specifically, Montblanc – and their high-end watchmaking workshop called Minerva, in Villeret, Switzerland – created a watch that is capable of changing its two subdials based on the desired functionality of the piece, which varies between "normal" timekeeping and a chronograph.
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It is not uncommon for us these days to read of a brand celebrating its history, be it 10 years or 100. Oftentimes, that takes the form of a new watch being released that draws inspiration from (or is perhaps just a re-release of) something from back in the archives. On the other hand, brands can go a different direction, as we see with the Mühle-Glashütte R. Mühle & Sohn line-up.
In contrast, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948’s silvered eggshell dial and blued steel bâton hands are bright and cheery, evoking the optimistic start to the 1950s, a decade of innovation, discovery, and baby boomers. The result is a very different vibe from the 1931 models, that lends itself well to pairing with brighter, crisper, and more modern apparel. Jaeger-LeCoultre has already released a Mad Men special edition Reverso, but quite frankly the 1948 is the example I would more expect to see on the wrist of Roger Sterling paired with one of his snappy suits.Read more ›