Some of the best Longio Tourbillon watches are sport pieces - or at least sporty looking ones. Rubber straps and clear faces are enhanced with tourbillon complications. Perhaps not the tourbillon watch for everyone, but still interesting and marketable. A real "easy on the eyes" aesthetic that I can appreciate. For the ladies is a tourbillon watch as well. This is a more fancy watch for sure. An horizontally oblong case in polished steel with a mother-of-pearl dial, semi-precious stones around the bezel, and a date with moon phase indicator subdial. The applied hour markers and hands are attractive as well. It might not have as polished a design as those coming from Europe, but the price is comparatively fractional.
Wearing the watch is a pleasure. The case and strap hug the wrist nicely. A quirk about Magrette watches is that when they use the large Panerai style buckle, the buckle is about as wide as the watch case. It isn't a complaint, but an interesting quirk about the brand that adds character. Size feels just right for the case, and Magrette could even go bigger in the future. Imagine a large 48mm wide Magrette watch that has a lot of engraving all over it. That would be something special. Inside the Kia Kaha is a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement. Magrette like to offer dials without date windows for visual attractiveness and symmetry. The watch case is water resistant to 50 meters.
I never thought much about the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Evo 3 watches until I was able to get my hands on one. They just weren't of the type of design that visually stands out to me. They felt a bit on the "older" side of sport watches like the Vacheron Constantin Overseas models. Then I was able to actually put one on my wrist and I saw a lot of value that was originally lost to me. One of the things that the Laureato Evo 3 does well is present a good looking three dimensional dial. Nothing is flat on it. Basically, most cheap watches look cheap because they have flat printed dials with hands floating over them (too simple to really look good these days). Look at the dial here for example and it basically the opposite. The dial itself is deeply textured with repeating squares, with a different style of chapter ring around it, with applied raised luminant dots. The power reserve indicator is applied with steel and red tones. the subsidiary seconds dial is framed with an applied ring and the moon phase disc itself is a level lower than the dial. Each of the hour indicators is in polished and brushed steel and also applied to the dial. Lastly the hands are lume filled and have a slight fold for a non-flat look. All these visual features not only make the dial look more complex and of a higher quality, but defy any appearance of dial flatness! This is even hard to tell in the marketing image, you actually need to see a real image of the watch to notice these things. See what I mean?
The new watches have the same 40mm width, but a slightly different shape of case and a new "maxi dial." Like the other new Submariners and GMT Master II, the dial has larger hands and hour indicators. Plus, the lume should glow blue. Another wonderful addition to the steel Submariners is the ceramic bezel. Rolex calls it "Cerachrom," and they do it probably better than anyone else. The ceramic has a beautiful tone and is very crisp-looking. Compared to the ceramic bezel on the GMT Master II, the Submariner bezels are a more of a matte finish.
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor;
Girard-Perregaux oscillator and gear
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph.
22K blued rose gold battle-axe shaped ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating domes.
Number of jewels: 36 (all functional)
Number of components: 304
The watch bezel comes in three colors, red, silvered, or blue. Oddly enough, as an option, you can get the dial set with 19 Top Wesselton diamonds (about 0.85 carats). Why? Well not really sure. Cause rich people do most of the boating? This also applied to the watch dial. See the pictured blue and white watch and notice that the dial has duos of diamonds set as the hour markers. Does this really fit with the Tissot T-Touch theme? I have no idea, but I would prefer luminant coated hour markers over diamonds if I actually wanted the watch for a functional purpose. The red and black version above is clearly the "workhorse model." The other version is for someone who sits on deck with a drink and casually asks "does anyone want to know which direction is north? I can totally use my watch to tell you that."
Radio Controlled Active Matrix EPD Worldtimer
Caliber S770 movement
-Time indication for hour, minute and second
-Calendar indication for year, month, date and day of the week
-Perpetual calendar up to December 31, 2060
-World time function for 32 cities with daylight saving time capability
-Dual time function
-3-channel daily / single-time alarm function
-Sound demonstration function
-Automatic radio wave reception function with manual reception capability
-Automatic time correction function
-Battery level indicator
-Power reserve: 9 months (41 months in ‘sleep’ mode)
-Overcharge prevention function
-Power save function
-Accuracy: 15 seconds per month (when not receiving the radio signal)
-Movement dimensions: 30.9 x 32.9 mm, thickness: 5.7 mm (excluding solar cells)
-Case and band: Stainless steel (SDGA001J)
-Stainless steel with gold-tone hard coating (SDGA002J)
-Stainless steel with black hard coating (SDGA003J)
-Clasp type: Three-fold with push button release
-Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
-Water resistance: 10bar
-Case dimensions: 45.5 x 46.0 mm, thickness: 9.5 mm
Seiko Active Matrix EPD screens
Seiko EPD 1
Seiko EPD 2
Seiko EPD 3
Seiko EPD 4
Seiko EPD 5
Seiko EPD 6
Seiko EPD 7
Seiko EPD 8
Swiss Military wants the Hurricane to be the new benchmark in modern aviation watches. What does that mean? Not totally sure. I don't think aviation watches can have a bench mark with so many different types out there, but this is certainly a nice piece. My only problem with it are the dinky hands, but it isn't any less legible than most Breitling pilot watches. It even has a slide rule - so it must be an aviator then!
This is the mechanical Seiko sport watch to own in 2010. Representing the purely mechanical - versus Spring Drive - movement based Ananta watches in the US, this new for 2010 Automatic Chronograph ref. SRQ009 in titanium. When I first saw this watch I was pretty sure that it was going to be a limited edition, but it isn't. The titanium Ananta automatic will be part of the regular collection - offering a super sporty version of Seiko's high-end world market automatic. I was able to get my hands on it and check it out, you can see an image of it here where it is looking pretty sexy. I can say that it is pretty nice - and a carbon fiber dial watch that I like!
I love the hard industrial feel of the watch. The pure dedication to function and durability that still ends up looking nice. Sort of makes sense that Sinn made a limited edition watch for Hummer right? Does the addition of a PVD coated black on the watch make it fundamentally different from the non PVD version? Not really, but the look of an all black sports watch is a force to be reckoned with. Both models feature hard tegimented steel, and 44mm wide cases that are 200 meters water resistant and have massive endurance against magnetic fields and shock. The dials are also argon (AR) gass filled to prevent them from fogging up. This is useful when entering a hot humid day after being inside of a nicely air conditioned room. Also good when jumping out of a plane.
The LeDIX phone itself is quite heavy at 245 grams. It feels solid and is made from mostly grade 5 titanium (with lots of nice polishing). It also has ebony inserts. There is also going to be a limited edition (of 28 phones) model that is in black PVD titanium with carbon fiber inserts. The phone has about 600 mechanical parts - 330 of which are part of the watch movement. The rest of them are for cool little flaps and hinges. The battery compartment has a type of ejection system for the battery, and most of the ports are covered and opened via little buttons or levers. Celsius didn't want there to be exposed plastic or alike on the phone. It is pretty cool to play with the little hatches and alike on the phone - none of them are ultra necessary, but neither is the phone itself. It goes with the uber-luxury gadget theme of this mobile phone.
The Porsche Design Indicator watch was released a few years ago around the time when the Porsche Carrera GT supercar was released. It was meant to be a companion piece. The rubber strap on the watch has a tire tread design on the inside that was meant to match the tire tread of the Carrera GT wheels. A super chronograph, to accompany a super car. The idea was that it would be ultra easy to read while driving a very fast car.
Three hand AT watches have a particularly delightful to view face. The design is calming, and feels like a perfect mix between occupied and uncluttered. The font for the Arabic numerals is interesting, while the colors used are soothing. A real low-key visage in a "notice me body." Without the fun colors, the AT collection wouldn't quite be what it is. While the designs that can only be described as "confident but relaxed" won't appeal to everyone, it hard to argue that these watches aren't well-designed. The chronograph AT models take a different direction, and feel very different than the three-hand models. The very symmetrical dial uses a bisected series of chronograph subdials that simply use both sides of the hand to read out information. Inside both of the watches are Swiss ETA movements. An ETA caliber F06 for the three-hander, and an ETA caliber 251.471 for the chronograph model.
Unlike the two versions of the original HM3 (the Sidewinder and Starcruiser), which had straps attached to them in two orientations, The Frog has one orientation, that probably suits the design best. You can piece the movement through the top and bottom mounted sapphire crystals. You will also find a date display ring on the top of the watch as well. A small arrow on the case tells you were to read the date.