Material Polished 18K white gold
On the back, you have a movement window showing the inner workings. Gilt movement, engraved rotor with Geneva stripes, quite nice for this price point. Echoing the design of the bezel, the caseback has similar holes for an opening tool.
One this I don't get is the Seastar "1000" name. The case is water resistant to 300 meters not 1000. At least when you have a numerical value attached to the same of a dive watch you assume it related to the depth rating. In this instance that isn't the case and it is confusing. It would just be the Seastar Chronograph or something like that.
Inside the watch is a Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement which is basically the same as an ETA 2824. Marvin always tends to do straps rather well and the one on this Malton 160 Cushion is no different. It is a perforated leather, in green, with a red lining. When is a watch like this a good idea aside from St. Patrick's day? And when you want to be a frog prince? Green has been working its way back "in" and I think that you could pull this watch off in a number of casual occasions.
One place many have looked to is Japan. While Japanese movements don't have the name prestige that Swiss movement do, they are often very good, and high in the value department. I got news that Citizen owned Miyota has developed and released a new line of mechanical movements made to compete with some work-horse ETA movements such as the wildly popular 2824 automatic. The new collection from Miyota is the Calibre 9000 series, and comes in three flavors right now.
Young San Francisco based watch brand Xetum now has their first limited edition piece - and it starts selling today (February 15th, 2011). Limited to 100 pieces, this is modified version of the Tyndall model watch. For the limited edition Xetum changed a few things, and the result is pretty nice - as you can tell from hands-on experience with the piece.
Total diameter: 29.92 mm (131/4 lignes)
Strap: Brown Mississipiensis alligator leather, square scales, hand-stitched, saddle finish
Tag Heuer got to make a rather large collection of limited edition watch for Mercedes and McLaren to celebrate the SLR super-car. The car was a bit of sales disappointment, but was still cool. I have a feeling it will be a collector's item in the future. Most highly anticipated items that end up being sales duds are. Why do you think the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona is so desirable?
The 43mm wide wide case with its thin bezel and short lugs help the watch feels substantial. On the wrist it looks genteel but manly. Size is fantastic, and I like that Piaget kept it wide. Piaget's CEO shares this ideal. Saying that while thin watches will always be part of Piaget's honored tradition, that doesn't mean they need to seem petite.
Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement. You can see the movement through the sapphire display back on the rear of the watch. Nothing super fancy, but there is a custom rotor plate. The watch wears comfortably with the padded black leather strap accented with contrasting white stitching. And there is a small ELYSEE logo engraved in the ardillon style buckle. It does, however, feel that maybe ELYSEE used a buckle that is about 1mm too wide. This doesn't really affect much, though, as I am just being nit-picky at this point.
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Dimensions: 54mm wide x 52mm long x 24mm high
- Bottom plate in hand-ground titanium, wet sandblasted, Titalyt®treated
Calibre: 1136 QP
Energy: Mechanical, self-winding
Movement thickness: 7.90 mm
Movement diameter: 28 mm (11 ¼ lignes)
Number of Jewels: 37
Number of components: 228
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)
Design of the bezel is adequate. I doubt Marcello C. will use a sapphire crystal overlay like IWC does, but it should be nice nonetheless (likely an aluminum insert). The bezel design looks to be nicely integrated with the dial - which is nice. The watch face should be really easy to read, and I like the symmetrical placement of the date. Little details such as the date disc being black on the PVD models shows the type of attention that I have always admired Marcello C. watches for having.
Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 85 (84) here.
As you can see, these watches come with two dials - the silvered version with CÃ´tes de Genève, and a lightly textured black dial. Each of these watches seems to be available with each dial style. My favorite is the GM3 with the silvered dial. The GM3 contains an exclusive automatic monopusher chronograph movement developed for Gergè by Concepto. It is called the Calibre 2012 and is COSC Chronometer certified.