Swiss watch making is all about control. Parts are machined within tolerances of one thousandth of a micron. Assembly is done in near-clinical environments. External influences such as moisture, temperature, position and magnetism are not allowed to interfere with the operation of these precision machines. This quest for mechanical perfection has always been the case but in recent times, this desire for control has reached out ever further.
Handmade 20mm Buffalo pilot, Genuine Alligator, Ostrich or Calf skin
with JS Watch co. Reykjavik buckle or optional deployment clasp.
Being fans of data, we wanted to share this opportunity with the aBlogtoWatch readers. The survey takes maybe 15 minutes if you casually go through it, especially if you are the type of collector they want to know a lot about. While personal data is not collected and you will become just a statistic, your information will be shared with interested watch brands who are trying to get a better of idea of who we are, what we like, and most importantly, how we spend our money. So in addition to getting details on your colleagues, you'll also be sending a message to the industry. Last, this particular survey is for people who buy watches in the ,000 and over range. That means if you don't tend to buy watches at this level or up, on a somewhat regular basis, you might need to wait a few years for the survey's scope to reach you.
If you only casually glanced at the photos, would you have guessed Concord? Me neither, as the overall design is distinctively that of an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. While I would agree with Concord that this new C1 is more attractive than the previous generation, that is because it looks like an arguably more attractive (and more famous) family of watches. From the large case size, to the octagonal bezel and textured dial design, the similarities are definitely noteworthy. Concord has yet to announce a price for the new C1 but plans on an official launch at BaselWorld this April.
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TechCrunch has the scoop on what might be the most landmark product for Apple in 2013. This simple promotional video tells you all that you need to know about how Apple brilliantly combines what they are best known for, and your wrist.
First, the Sinn U1 has a unique simple dial. With squared minutes and hours hands rotating on a black dial with hour markers made of "lego-like" squares with a central etched marker that matches the hands perfectly. The seconds hand also has a square at the end and uses a red coloring at the tip to make it better contrast with the hours and minutes hands.
Each Grand Cru watch is 42mm wide with a steel case. Though at least one version has a gold-plated steel case. The pieces are matched to complementary straps given the range of dial colors. It amazes me that this Nespresso used coffee capsule project has turned into a full-on sub-brand with its own website and packaging. In fact, as an added bonus you get three random coffee capsules with each purchased watch. Those are likely to be the most expensive cups of coffee you will ever drink.Read more ›
“But many houses reinterpret, in a modern way and with our current tools, complications or mechanisms that have been made in the past. Creativity has no limits; the proof is found in music, where every year, new tunes arrive. It is the same in watchmaking."
The original Citizen Satellite Wave took about 60 seconds to connect with signals on average and Citizen claims that the Satellite Wave-Air only takes about 20 seconds. They claim other improvements in terms of receiving signals usability features making the entire system a lot easier to live with. Citizen's goal is to roll out the satellite syncing technology to replace the existing atomic clock radio signal syncing technology available in many of their watches. Why? Because satellite signals are available all over the world as opposed to specific regions where atomic clock signals are available. The idea is to have accurate time and calendar data no matter where you are in the world.
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I hope you enjoyed the read and please feel free to contact us with any questions. Be on the look out for when AZ Fine Time hosts our 3rd Grand Seiko Roadshow on December 7th 2012.
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Listen to the HourTime show watch podcast episode 142.
Or, Download the MP3 here.
It's difficult to call the brand spaces "booths". In my mind, a booth is used at a car show to host Shamwow demonstrations or at a carnival to keep Scarface posters protected from the rain. The brands at Baselworld, especially those on the ground floor of Hall 1, essentially build small buildings full of meetings spaces, photography rooms, lounges, bars, and watch displays. I was blown away by the extravagance, complexity and sheer size of these booths. Imagine the best brand boutique you've ever visited, then add a couple more floors, a bar, and a host of eye catching architectural elements and you're basically envisioning a Baselworld booth. Being temporary structures, the booths are not the most solid of buildings, but the level of elaboration and design is remarkable given their relatively short window of use year after year.
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Just like the torque of a car engine, a mechanical watch movement has a torque curve and that range means that timing accuracy is not consistent. The goal of a constant force escapement is just that, to provide 'consistent' power to the escapement, thus ensuring more stable results in measuring the time. This is usually achieved in a stepping, or pulse method. Rather than power moving "unfiltered" to an escapement, an intermediary system controls power to deliver it in consistent pulses to the escapement. The hoped-for result is "varying amounts of power to the constant force mechanism, but equal power to the regulation system."
DeWitt Twenty-8 Skeleton Tourbillon
Frédérique Constant Double Heart Only Watch
Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Only Watch
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Apple knows that many people are working very hard on building a good smartwatch device. If they can succeed first then by default they will become the market leader just as they did with the iPhone and iPad. Anyone else pursuing a top market spot will require much more effort to not only build a better product, but to convince the public of that.
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Part of me wants to put jam on this watch and eat it. The movement looks that good. Those tall bridges hovering over a deep mass of hand-decorated parts produced with high-tech machines in Claret's secret lair. About 450 parts in a movement impossible for my non AutoCAD-operated brain to comprehend. The sword-like hands on the dial are edged in synthetic ruby, or onyx, or blue crystal. Its dial (or lack thereof) was designed to play with the light, as inside of it are several layers of sapphire crystal discs. If there was ever a minute repeater suitable for wearing while driving a sleek Ferrari or muscular Lamborghini, this is it.
Listen to the HourTime show watch podcast episode 126 here.
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