Prometheus Watch Company is a serious new contender in the wrist watch world. The company is based in Portugal and joins a growing trend to contract manufacture high quality time pieces using proven components to their desired specifications. Frankly, this is a wise move as the lowered overhead reduces cost and the savings are passed to the client. By specifying components, the company is able to build a quality item piece-by-piece.
Contributed by Adrian Hailwood who is the Watch Business Manager at Fellows Watch Auctions.
The legacy of Gerald Genta continues to live on in multiple forms. We now look at the Octo watch with Bulgari's name on it, that for 2013, comes on a metal bracelet. Where did this story begin? The late designer resided in Monaco before his death (to cancer I believe). I think that while he worked in the watch industry for a large portion of his life, he always had a love/hate relationship with the industry that made him rich. Genta is most known for his work in the 1970s and 80s doing design work for brands such as Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe, though he began his brand in 1969. Throughout his life as a watch designer, his sole motive was to produce very 'different' watches, and he had some fantastically wealthy sponsors to help him do so.
I recently discussed Urwerk's brand new UR-210 watch with their interesting new "winding efficiency indicator" complication. The idea of the new complication was to tell you if you were winding the movement enough, or if you needed to be more active. I quipped that it was a complication to remind you to get up off your butt and move around. More recently I got to get my hands on one of the first UR-210 pieces. My overall report is that with or without the new complication, this is one cool Urwerk.
Previous to reading up on the SVT-GR44, I had never heard of Chip Ganassi as I don't actively follow any motorsports so the SVT-GR44 is likely not intended for my wrist. Furthermore, the price tag will likely filter out all but the most extreme of Chip Ganassi fans as this Tsovet carries a whopping list price of 95.00 USD. That is quite expensive for a non-COSC certified ETA 7750-based chronograph, but only 51 will be made and Tsovet has designed the SVT-GR44 to appeal to the most die-hard Chip Ganassi Racing fans (of which I assume there are at least 52). If you're a fan of any of the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, please let us know what you think of the SVT-GR44 in the comments.
Inside the SBB Vintage is a manually wound Swiss ETA 2801-2 mechanical movement that you can see through the display caseback. This older movement is not commonly used, but you can see it here. It sort of looks like a smaller UNITAS. Personally I would have liked the watch to contain an automatic, but I suppose that wouldn't have been "vintage" enough. Manually wound watches to do have their fans however. Mondaine claims that the piece will be limited to just 400 pieces - though the watches are unfortunately not individually numbered it seems. What I would like to see is Mondaine to step it up a bit and have some nicer watches that have quality on par with say Movado. I think that a very slick, refined version of the classic SBB Railways watch in the 00 range on a nice bracelet would get a lot of takers. Price for this piece is about 4.
HYT: The number 1 version is the H1 TITANIUM DLC (Black). It shall represent (unit wise) 40% of the demand (we have 3 other versions). The demand and initial clients are fairly split on the different continents. But we can confirm a very strong demand in the US and Latin America.
Around the bezel of the 35mm wide steel watch are diamonds for decoration. They aren't huge diamonds and there aren't a ton of them, but they are diamonds. I am not an expert on sub-,000 diamond timepieces, but I imagine this is about standard for the amount of diamonds you'd get. The design is unique that not all women can pull off, but then again a fashionable woman can pull off a lot of things (clothing wise) which men might find hard to believe.
But why would you enter one of these palaces of excellence if a better deal is to be had elsewhere? Surely you would use them just to wrist-test your chosen timepiece from the widest stock possible, ask all the questions you can think of and then place your order with your regular AD for a nice little discount?
>Model: Malton Cushion M22.214.171.124
>Price: 80 USD
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: The guy that wants a distinctive watch that can be worn in most situations and will appreciate the fine details and automatic movement
>Worst characteristic of watch: The limited luminous material on the hands
>Best characteristic of watch: The beautiful textured dial and inlaid markers.
For 2013 one of the limited edition A. Lange & Sohne watches will be this neat looking and very high-end Grand Lange 1 Lumen timepiece. The piece is a mix of a few ideas that Lange has offered over the years. While typically very heavy on the "look what cool new stuff we developed," language, German A. Lange & Sohne is much more straight-forward in how they discuss this watch. In fact, while this piece will sell rather well, it is a sort of Frankenstein's monster of Lange using ideas from a few past watches together without anything really new. It is a great watch, but it does lack that "wow" factor Lange is usually able to deliver with their new products. I will however say that what is new, is very useful.
What I like about the design is two things. First, it is very legible and useful. The hands are the right size and the numerals are crisp and easy to see. The dial is also visually balanced offering the type of conservative Germanic design and detail that you pay the big bucks for. The second reason is that this is about as simple a watch as I would like to get that contains a manually wound movement. A. Lange & Sohne automatic watches are getting more common but they are still rare. That means that most of their watches are manually wound, and when you have to manually wind a watch I prefer a power reserve indicator to tell you when. For me that is an almost essential complication in a watch like this. The 1815 Up/Down offers this in a simple and minimalistic manner that is also very attractive.
Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I meet like-minded watch enthusiasts, I always ask what’s their grail watch. You know, that one watch that they lust over and desire far more than any others. I think it says a lot about what kind of person he or she is. My First Grail Watch is a new series we are running and this time round, we are talking to Jeff Hess, CEO of Ball Watch.
Wristwatch enthusiasts are universally passionate about design, quality, and fashion. We bask in the glow of their heritage and history of the models and brands we collect or aspire to collect as part of the justification for our passion. It’s not a made up thing – not some sort of contrived culture we as enthusiasts have created for ourselves. We need look no further than modern reissues and homage models such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202 Jumbo (a tribute to the A Series Royal Oak of 1972), the Jaeger Le Coultre Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm, Bell & Ross’ Heritage Collection, and the Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carerra to see that, for the most part, the manufacturers themselves rely heavily on their history and early designs for inspiration – or at the very least, for marketing.
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MB&F releases their first non time-telling creation with the MusicMachine music box style desk piece. Produced in partnership with Reuge, the last high-end music box maker in Switzerland, the MusicMachine is an auditory journey through the inspirations that MB&F founder Max Busser uses when conceiving MB&F watches. It isn't a watch, but rather an item for the desk. The MusicMachine looks a lot like Romain Jerome's Moon Dust DNA Spaceship pen with its "winged stand," but this is something totally different.