Voutilainen must have conversed with a customer and selected a unique arrangement of features for the creation of this Decimal Minute Repeater GMT. From the perspective of the movement a few things are different about it. The movement (made and decorated by Voutilainen) is one of his decimal repeaters. This is similar to a minute repeater but slightly more complicated. Rather than "repeat" the sound using chimes for the minutes, quarters, and minutes... a decimal repeater counts out 10 minute versus 15 minute increments in the middle. Why? Well it is meant to help make it a bit easier to decipher the chimes to indicate the time. The only other modern watch I know to do this is the Seiko Credor Minute Repeater.
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ME: To be honest, I always had my eye on the limited edition Swatch designed by Keith Haring. I have always loved Keith Haring’s work and therefore would have loved to have this particular watch in my collection.
Van Cleef & Arpels is not a watch brand we normally associate with men's watches. That isn't to say that the Paris "maison" doesn't cater to males, but rather that the luxury maker's offerings for women are so strong they overshadow the pieces for men. It is also a fact that Paris-based watch makers who specialize in jewelry tend to be known more for their ability to execute items with perfect elegance versus macho masculine accoutrements. With that said Van Cleef & Arpels certainly does produce men's watches and a new one for 2014 is among the most interesting we have seen in quite a while. Called the Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication, the astronomically-themed watch is a welcome departure from the norm and is a beautiful new high-end piece for traditionally complicated timepiece lovers.
Memorigin is a Hong Kong-based watchmaker which exists as part of the emerging "high-end Chinese watch" category that aBlogtoWatch has been covering for the last two years or so. While China is ground zero for the world's inexpensive watches, they have a growing "high-end" timepieces segment as well. Most of these more interesting Chinese mechanical watches are made by China for China, some of them are slowly seeing their way to other parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.