That leaves me with just our Derelict vehicles, which are a unique range of their own. For those, I think some of the repurposed pocket watches from Doughboy would be ideal.
In this edition of aBlogtoWatch's "Watch What-If," designer Niklas Bergenstjerna takes a look at the 2014 Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 dive watch (hands-on here), and imagines what it would be like for this icon-inspired diver to have been inspired by other natural frontiers. In a sense, the concept is "what if the Sea-Dweller 4000" was not a dive watch at all, but rather inspired by water, land, air, and space? Of course, at heart, the design of the Rolex Sea-Dweller is all about diving, so this is a mere artistic taste of what it might look like rendered as though it were inspired by something else.
JK: I found a watch in Chile once - an Omega pilot's chronograph from the 1940s; Omega actually made a museum replica of this particular model. The piece was so amazing that I couldn't ask them to ship it, so I had to fly to Santiago, and then take a bus to another city, just to pick up this watch. But the moment you look at it on your wrist and say "Wow!" - then the journey becomes fantastic.
I was pretty sure that Dan Fock was a detail dilettante, but it wasn't until I received the OWC MilSub MS-5517 that I was quite assured of it. Let's be clear that the OWC MilSub MS-5517 isn't a perfect watch, but it has some amazing details that only could have come from Dan's perseverance and sheer struggle with his suppliers, who no doubt needed a lot of pushing to get certain things right. It is also important to mention that most OWC watches are done in the style of "homage timepieces," meaning that they are directly inspired by other watches. Often, those watches are vintage sport or diver watches. In this case, the OWC MilSub MS-5517 is directly inspired by the Rolex 5517 Military Submariner ("MilSub"), but you more-or-less only see that in the dial.
I got the Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days Titanio (PAM 00564) from my Secret Santa, and it is uncannily close to a bull's eye for me. In fact, it was only in the past couple days that I had identified a very similar Panerai Luminor Marina as one I wanted to go try on. He knows when I'm sleeping, awake, and is monitoring my online searches? Anyway, nicely done, Secret Santa!
While Chopard has put forth a commendable effort in designing this beautiful and mechanically interesting tribute to the Scheufele family, don't expect to see one in the wild. Chopard is producing just 50 pieces of the Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph, and the ,440 asking price, while certainly a massive sum of money, can be considered a good value among competition from Glashütte Original, A. Lange and Söhne, Vacheron Constantin – and even Patek. Competition aside, I think the Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph is one of Chopard's most attractive chronographs and we're excited to see what other watches could house the L.U.C 03.07-L movement in the future. chopard.com
The possibilities are only limited by one's imagination, and for every person that has this kind of creativity, there is another watchmaker or company out there that could have the technical skills and resources to collaborate and make a mechanical masterpiece out of it.
It therefore made sense to have some of the movement's components exposed on the front of the watch, animating it with a free-sprung balance wheel running at 4 Hz and its escapement. While there are no lavishly decorated bridges or gear trains running across the dial, the front still looks complicated in a way that implies there is something hidden inside – which, with the Speedmeter, is literally the case here.
Even a city known for blockbuster productions is guaranteed to be star struck by IAT’s selection of iconic models from Audemars Piguet, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Patek Philippe, and Rolex – just to name a few.
While I found a lot to like with the MKII Paradive watch, there was one design feature I wasn't as sure of, at least at the start - the integrated crown protection on the case. While I understand that it makes for a smoother look (and perhaps some ease of manufacturing), while affording protection for the crown (and removing points that might otherwise snag on something), it does make for an off-balance case, in terms of visual weight. As I spent time with the MKII Paradive watch, though, that was something that just kind of faded away - plainly put, you get used to it.