With that said, I am curious to know how aBlogtoWatch audience members feel about various different forms of advertising. Display advertising in the form of banners are easy to understand and are clearly not editorial content. I actually personally feel that clearly separating advertising from editorial is better for advertisers because users observe the advertising with a more open, and less suspicious mindset. I also find that users tend to have respect for advertisers that support media which they regularly enjoy.
Right now, Omega makes some of the best value for money sports watches. Technically, I feel that they are at a level above Rolex. Why? Because of their new Master Co-Axial movement. This movement is now being slowly introduced into all of Omega's collections and it employs the use of non-metallic and non-ferrous metals to make itself highly anti-magnetic (up to 15,000 gauss, in fact). That aside, it also features a co-axial escapement, which means less sliding friction, better efficiency and chronometry. And because of this, Omega also offers a longer than average warranty on its watches with co-axial calibers – four years. Hence, if you are looking for a sports watch, the new Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial watches are well worth checking out.
Given the antique nature of the original Italian safe, the Savoy Safe No. 3 is likely a one-of-a-kind item, and others like it are built to order. Companies like Savoy don't really keep stock of items like this, given the extreme time and expense required to produce them. Hardcore collectors around the world approach companies like Savoy in order to produce custom or bespoke items... to store and help enjoy their other custom and bespoke items. They often need to work with specialists such as Scatola del Tempo, who have a deeper understanding of how to integrate watch winders and other specialty electronics in these luxury safes.
One element that you might love or not love is the fact that some of the dial data is actually printed on the reverse of the sapphire crystal. This is actually welcome with the time zone reference city ring on the periphery of the dial, but not 100% welcome with the "NO RX OK" text over the logo (which itself is on the dial). This information is referred to when syncing up to the GPS satellites as the seconds hand often doubles as an indicator hand when in certain function modes. It is a minor quibble, but I wanted to mention it since so much of the dial is done so well.
The event on Saturday December 20th will begin with everyone meeting at the Beverly Center Omega boutique located at 8500 Beverly Blvd, 90048 at 4:30pm, after using the valet parking at the Beverly Center. Guests will join important members of the Omega team to discuss and experience contemporary Omega watches as well as view exclusive watchmaking and technology demonstrations. From there, we will leave the Omega store and take a shuttle to Jackmond in Beverly Hills - a small boutique store dedicated almost exclusively to vintage Omega timepieces and memorabilia - as well as whiskey tasting. Jackmond is an amazing space and guests will meet owner Jack Khorsandi to learn about his many interesting Omega acquisitions over the years and incredible knowledge of the brand's history.
Mounted into those floating lugs is De Bethune's first use of a rubber strap, made of natural rubber and sporting a grooving that matches the microlite finishing on parts of the movement. The combination of the floating lugs and the soft rubber strap makes the De Bethune DB28 GS one of the most comfortable De Bethune watches we've ever experienced. Mind you, the strap on this early model was on the stiffer side, with promises being made that the final version will have a softer and nicer looking rubber strap.
The chronograph can be started, stopped, and reset via the single pusher set into the crown of the watch. It relies on a more sophisticated column-wheel setup – in line with what one would expect from such a highly acclaimed chronograph-manufacturer as Minerva – and it uses a more traditional horizontal clutch for the starting and stopping of the mechanism. Classic watchmaking treats don't just stop there, however: the movement runs at the rather ancient rate of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour), and the balance wheel features tiny screws individually set and adjusted in its periphery, for perfect balance and isochronism. This unique hand-wound movement unquestionably is a hybrid of traditional and modern watchmaking.
Richard Mille makes some of the craziest watches, the RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal NTPT Carbon watch is a good example of what can happen when Richard Mille takes things to the most extreme. And one of their standout pieces at SIHH 2015 is actually a woman’s watch. I’m referring to the RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur. Sure, the diamonds might not be to everyone's tastes, but that tourbillon and that opening magnolia is just mesmerizing to behold.
Stephane Linder's removal as CEO from TAG Heuer is, I believe, linked to the changes at the company. I further believe that Jean-Claude Biver is stepping in as interim CEO because there is no one else for the job right now, and because TAG Heuer needs the "Biver touch." Biver was more-or-less in charge of the company from a top level anyways, given his larger role at LVMH, so it makes sense for him to be in charge of the brand for a while – ideally, for him, a short while. For several years now, it has been known that Jean-Claude Biver has wanted to work less and some have even discussed his wishes to retire. He can certainly afford it, but Jean-Claude is a bit of a fellow workaholic and I understand his personal desire to "fix" TAG Heuer. Speaking to Jean-Claude again about TAG Heuer and his new role as interim CEO, he had the following interesting things to say:
H. Moser & Cie domes the dial a bit and offers three different versions of the H. Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time dial each with a sunburst polishing job and a gradient. They called it a "fumé" style, which means smoked, and I can see that. The colors include ardoise, silver, or red-gold. These should look pretty neat in person and eschew some of the boredom of flat colored dials that can occur in similar dress-style watches.
In this case, the man being honored is Gilbert Ó Guðjónsson who has been working on watches since 1970, when he started off in a provincial repair shop in Reykjavik. Since then, he's opened his own workshop (1977) and of course became the master of watch making for JS Watch Co., where he and his shop have been winning awards.
Compared to the way that some of my favorite mechanical watches are beautiful? No. The Apple Watch's beauty, for me, lies in how well it does what it was designed to do, and how nice of a package Apple was able to design for it. The watch industry has long since proven that rectangular watches are difficult to get right, and further shown that minimalist designs are tricky when it comes to making them classics. The first generation Apple Watch is most certainly a watch, but it won't become a wrist watch design icon on its own. Yet, I find that doesn't bother me, because I am interested in it for enough other reasons.
So, what about the material itself, is it any different to what is used in other timepieces? Well, the answer to that is yes and no. There are several different ways of manufacturing carbon products, and while we are not experts in this field, we will summarize some of the key alternatives. For one, there is the method that results in what we could perhaps call the "traditional carbon fiber" that most will likely be familiar with: the result is a material that has a chessboard-like texture to it. That look is achieved by placing several layers of weaved carbon sheets on top of one another, which are then pressed tightly together to achieve their structural integrity that renders them suitable for use in cars, airplanes and other items where they are exposed to great stress. Just think of the Hublot Unico All Carbon (hands-on here) as a fitting example.
After a few agonizing minutes of listening to the 8-litre-purr behind me, Andy pinned the throttle and gave me a little taste of the Bugatti Veyron's sweet definition of speed. I've been in a few fast cars, and I've been in some cars that were scary when pushed, and the Bugatti Veyron is fast by a completely different measure, and that speed comes without a hint of sketchiness. When you consider that it's making two times the power of a Ferrari 458, a hard second-gear launch should be accompanied by tire spin, instability, and a handful of naughty lights on the dash. In the Bugatti Veyron, you get none of that, just rollercoaster-like g-force and a brief moment in which your brain scrambles to pick up the papers you just blew of its desk.
Maximilien: Like Theo, something magical. Very much, like Theo's beasts, that's it.
Breitling refers to the movement in the Breitling Cockpit B50 as "in-house made." More correctly there are some parts produced in-house, and some that are sourced from specialized suppliers. Breitling is correct to say that the movements are "exclusive" to them, given that they don't make everything. Oh, and in addition to the watch being called the Breitling Cockpit B50, the movement is the caliber B50. Breitling appends its "SuperQuartz" term to the movement, which means that it is thermocompensated. What is that? In addition to being eligible for the stringent COSC Chronometer certification for quartz watches, it uses a system that is able to adjust for how temperature can effect the accuracy of the quartz regulator, giving overall accuracy to the movement of just a few seconds per year.
The interface includes Apple's voice recognition and command system Siri. That means you can talk to the Apple Watch in addition to inputting information via the screen. Apple has demonstrated a series of intuitive ways to input information as well as get notifications, but also to easily share things you see around you by using the Apple Watch as a remote control for your iPhone's camera. Another example is a quick dialing feature that has pictures of your friends/contacts on the screen of the iWatch and you can just tap on their faces to call them.
Ernie Romers: The new owner is VerticalScope, and they specialize in maintaining forums. Running a forum is their specialty, running a watch forum is quite new to them. They have a great team of dedicated people that spend a lot of time to make sure the members and the moderators are happy, and to maintain the site’s excellence. In my opinion, there are no major changes to be expected, only improvements.
Pisa Orologeria: As I always say, even if we can’t make a rigid classification because in our case such a very rigid analysis is not suitable to understand and to valorize the area of Milan, where there are two brands which represent our culture. On one hand, Rolex with every day and practical watches, with excellent performance that accompany us in the hectic everyday life as a “life and battle partner.” On the other side, Patek Philippe, that, with elegant and classic timepieces, still represents after many years, the dream for many of us. pisaorologeria.com
Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century
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Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century