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The new Series 38 will be available by May of 2013 and the pricing is very reasonable; 80 USD for the Orion 38, 40 for the Orion 38 Grau, 40 for the Tangente 38, and 80 for the Ludwig. All versions come with either a black or brown Horween shell cordovan leather strap that exhibits a little shine and is soft and quite comfy to wear. The Nomos Series 38 is a sensible but reserved update to a great line of watches that exemplify the hallmarks of the Nomos style. The Series 38 will make for an excellent daily watch which is backed by a capable movement, all at a very accessible price. What do you think? Does three additional millimeters make a big enough difference for you? Let us know in the comments below.
Incoming Question From a Reader - What is the collectibility (level of desire) difference between the Professional, the automatic, and the racing?
Another says: I agree with my colleague above and would like to reiterate that mechanical watches stopped being state-of-the-art over 50 years ago. Quartz is far more accurate so putting lots of money in to incremental improvements in mechanical movement technology wasn't a priority for anyone in a long time. The biggest improvement in the last 100 years in mechanical watches is the Co-Axial escapement by George Daniels, but that still uses a traditional balance wheel. Today some brands like De Bethune and Omega produce totally silicon balance wheels, but overall the concept is the same. To preserve the "beating heart" of a mechanical watch this element is retained and tweaked as much as possible. It is a very clever system to be honest. For those who need quartz level accuracy, then they have tons of options available.
In this glorious episode we talk about the Girard-Perregaux Sea and Chrono Hawk launch at Art Basel, our picks for gifts and the holiday watch guide. As well what seems like a dozen other topics.
ABTW: How did you come to meet (and now work) with your new designer, Illka Suppanen?
Inside the Oktopus II Double Date is an exclusive automatic movement produced by Dubois-Depraz for Linde Werdelin. They call it the caliber 14580 automatic, and it has about two days of power reserve and runs at 28,800 vph. The Linde Werdelin Oktopus II is at its very heart a capable albeit unique boutique dive watch with real soul. If you fancy cool stuff that no one else has, then you'll love it. Limited to 88 pieces as the Titanium Yellow model - other colors and materials in the Oktopus II collection exist. As seen, it is priced at 9,500 Swiss Francs. lindewerdelin.com
Finally, while I hesitate to recommend buying on eBay and some online stores, I think part of the fun is finding the best price around. Just make sure you do your research on the merchant as much as you do your research on the brand and model you plan to buy.
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