The finished small pieces of tritium gas tubes are then either sold directly to brands who purchase and install them on their dials, hands, and bezels on their own, or are transferred to an assembly department where they are fitted to said components by MB-Microtec. Depending on the size of the order and the complexity of the task, either a machine is capable of picking up the pieces one by one from their container tray and then installing them to the dials, or the installation is performed by a worker at the manufacture. What you see above is how the tubes are fitted onto the hands.
Now, there’s a lot of talk these days about case sizes getting larger and how that may or may not be a good thing. But as someone with large wrists and hands, it helps that this watch is 42mm and it fills the space on my wrist nicely. The case is 14mm in thickness but doesn’t feel that thick when wearing it. The flat caseback is simple and allows for it to sit close to your wrist. It even fits nicely into a suit sleeve with plenty of room. The crown and pushers are nicely knurled as well and feature locking collars, which allows for good tactile feel and water-resistance.
This one is a bigger strap (as leather NATOs tend to be), so I had it paired up with the Benarus Sea Snake. This is a great diver, and beefy enough to pair up with the leather NATO. The leather here is not overly thick, but when you get the multiple layers in a strap like this, you do end up with something that is a bit bulkier.
Before Artur Akmaev could graduate from the University of Applied Arts he had to create a senior project, and what better way than to create a series of timepieces implementing both enamel work and hand engraving. The theme for these pieces draws its inspiration from the mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity. The first piece shown below represents the internal workings of these complex machines along with a tire tread strap to match; the second piece is a representation of the view through the eyes of these rovers. A beautiful blend of enamel colors creates an artistic portrayal of the mars surface with a mountain range in the distance.
What Casio did do, however, is appeal to the markets that it was doing the best in. Such markets are areas such as watches for military and law enforcement personnel, outdoors enthusiasts, general sports lovers, and urbanites looking for "bullet-proof" timekeepers that require little to no attention. If anything, Casio has succeeded in making an ultra durable timepiece that doesn't require much attention and almost no upkeep.
Imagine a watch that knows time and knows you. Imagine a luxury watch that understands your needs and whose designated purpose is to help you. Imagine the Horological Intelligence System by Urwerk, the first luxury smartwatch that uses time for your advantage and lives with you as a true intelligent companion and servant.
I am around cool expensive stuff I can't afford all day long. It doesn't upset me, and I just want those things to be solid products that aren't scams or meant for totally ignorant consumers. The Apple Watch Edition isn't even that expensive for gold watch. In fact, it is a rather fairly priced gold watch. Apple isn't losing money on the Apple Watch Edition, but it isn't exactly where they are recouping their Apple Watch R&D investment. If you buy an Apple Watch Edition, you probably know that sooner or later, there is going to be a new model you'll want to upgrade to, but in my opinion, you aren't being reamed on something which is, per se, "overpriced."
For a long time I've been after a cool sporty dive watch with a mother-of-pearl dial. One that is nevertheless masculine... I think with the Kentex Marineman Seahorse I got exactly what I was asking for. The naturally glossy and slightly colorful dial material looks attractive and gives the otherwise utilitarian design a decorative look.
One of the most exciting announcements for Oris watches last year in 2014 was the debut of their first (modern) in-house made movement known as the Calibre 110 (announced on aBlogtoWatch here). Until then, Oris hadn't produced an in-house movement since 1982, at which time, the company decided to only produce mechanical modules that would sit on top of movements produced by companies such as ETA. Since 1982, Oris has come under new ownership, so the Calibre 110 (named in honor of the 110th anniversary of the watch maker) is the first in-house made movements from Oris in this modern era. Let's check out the first timepiece to include it.
The GF01r movement is also among the more basic that Greubel Forsey produces – even though it receives no less effort when it comes to finishing and décor as their much more complicated models. Produced from a total of 288 parts, the movement has a power reserve of 72 hours and operates at 21,600 bph. In addition to the time on the dial, there is a discreet power reserve indicator on the rear of the movement seen through the caseback.
The in-house flyback chronograph movement is visible on the sapphire case back showing the gold rotor that is tastefully decorated. As I mentioned before, the movement is reversed, with the chronograph pushers on the left, which facilitates usage at the track.
Now, I have experienced a similar sort of approach on another watch in the past, and I can say that, in practice, it works well. With a tinted lens, as we have here, you are able to peer into the movement if you want to. However, if you are simply checking the time, then the tint sort of masks the mechanical bits, making it easier to pick out the handset.
I’ve admired from afar the skeletonized tourbillon watches that Roger Dubuis has been producing for years now. Delicate, interesting, visually assertive, and a bit controversial in their design, Roger Dubuis is a brand that when at its best is able to combine a true appreciation for the horological arts with a totally non-traditional expression of modern luxury. And of course, their most impressive models are totally unaffordable – no surprises there. So what’s changed for 2015? Well, I wish I could report that Roger Dubuis’ handiwork is now rock bottom priced for the masses, but of course that isn’t true. What is more correct is to say that Roger Dubuis has finally released a version of their cool skeletonized watches sans a tourbillon at a fraction of the price that, while not cheap, opens up their models to entirely new demographics of customers. These are the new Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton watches, and I was uniquely drawn to them at SIHH 2015.
Roger Dubuis doesn't always seem to know how to market their tourbillon watches in regard to the language they use to describe them. According to Roger Dubuis, 2015 is the year of the "Astral Tourbillon," even though they never really elaborate on what that is. I believe it refers to the five-pointed star that the bridge over the mainspring barrel forms. Roger Dubuis also added "Spider" the name of their watches because they feel that the design of their skeletonized movements looks sort of like a spider web... and a star. It's all just words which are used in an attempt to best explain what are, in my opinion, difficult to explain products.
When Apple debuted the Apple Watch back in September 2014, there was no specific mention as to the battery life. Like all portable electronics, the specific battery life is going to depend on someone's particular usage and how often they are using it. We knew that in order to preserve some battery life, the Apple Watch was going to off-load some computational tasks to the iPhone. That, of course, opens up the question of how much of a drain on the iPhone's battery life the Apple Watch will be.
From a quality perspective, the steel case of the Overseas is top-notch with wonderful polishing and excellent detailing. The dial elements, while traditional, are crisp and make for excellent legibility. Vacheron Constantin makes for a very easy to wear and enjoy timepiece that has the feel of high-end luxury but the comfort of a familiar daily sports watch. You'll get that "watch snob nod" wearing an Overseas with a crowd of watch people, but at the same time, you have a watch that goes casually with jeans that you can wear out without fear it will be noticed as an item of conspicuous spending.
Jacob & Co. founder Jacob Arabo is one of the most interesting and controversial characters of the modern watch industry, and to a similar degree, so is Flavio Briatore in his respective industries. Both men have had run-ins with the law, but at the same time, need to be credited with a lot of risk-taking (that didn't always end well for them) and thinking outside of the box. Each of these men define one extreme definition of the term "businessman," and offer some of the boldest products around (which inherently means you'll love or hate what they do). Speaking of watches, in these images of Mr. Briatore, he appears to be wearing Italian Buti watches - which is a now defunct brand.
Where did all the Glashutte Original Senator sport watches go, such as their Navigator pilot watches and their Sport Evolution models? The Swatch Group’s German watch maker has been focusing on very classic or retro timepieces over the last several years, even though they have really stepped it up in terms of complexity and visual quality. Still, Glashutte Original enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating a return of Glashutte Original sport watches and the Senator Observer is… well, sort of that. We will call it a transitional model that is certainly sporty, but still with the conservative feel of the brand. The Glashutte Original Senator Observer comes in a 44mm-wide steel case with a black dial and lovely 18k white gold hands and super legible, lume-painted dial. Inside the watch is the caliber 100-14 automatic movement with a big date indicator, subsidiary seconds dial, and power reserve indicator. Best of all, it comes on a sporty bracelet, in addition to the black leather strap. This is a watch that can be dressed up or down and I think will appeal to a lot of people. Retail price for the Glashutte Original Senator Observer with leather strap is 9,900 Euros and 11,100 Euros on the bracelet.
Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss Mechanical Black Edition
Last year, Patek Philippe released the hyper-cool stainless steel Nautilus 5990 Travel Time, and this year, they've continued the travel theme with a new pilot's watch. In a surprising move, Patek has played to the trends and reached into their history to inspire the new Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524. With a classic and rugged design, handy jumping-hour dual time complication and a trick pusher design, this odd-ball Calatrava stands out in Patek's current line up.