SevenFriday as a watch company was really about being an experiment of whether one could successfully combine the efficiency of Japanese movements and Asian manufacturing with the refinement of European design. With such a polarizing industrial look, the debut SevenFriday collection could have been a success or a total failure. What SevenFriday was also intent on doing was combining a traditional wholesale business model with the ability for consumers to purchase directly from the brand online.
The A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up / Down watch is, to many, one of the finest chronographs money can buy. No matter what you may think of A. Lange & Söhne, there can be no doubting of the brand's pedigree, their place in haute horology, and the finishing of their movements, which is simply exquisite. Here is a closer look at this highly desirable watch.
This logic helps explain the popularity (both historically and currently) of things on watches such as high anti-magnetic cases, slide-rule bezels, 1/1000 of a second chronographs, astronomic display, and use of exotic corrosion-resistant metals. So if we take these things beyond watches to other wearables, I wonder what we will have. Let's see what happens in the next few years. Having said that, the Breva Genie 01 and its ilk are decidedly niche timepieces. After all, a watch like the Genie 01 doesn't just allow you to easily glance at the information - some calculations are in order.
This article is not complete without viewing the interview video included herein. Mr. Raffy and I sit down for about 25 minutes to discuss some interesting topics related not only to the brand, but we explore his personality and how it helps shape what is already a character-rich watch maker. Now, let me say that according to Mr. Raffy Bovet does not produce watches, but they instead produce "timepieces." Particular with his choice of verbiage, Raffy is an emotionally-driven leader who has a panache for business. For Pascal, a watch is a mere item that tells the time, while a timepiece is an a more emotionally produced item which happens to tell the time but does so much more.
First, and most simply, is the unique Muhle Glashutte finishing. They claim that their own surface finishing techniques help reduce friction while increasing the longevity of the metal. Perhaps just a bit, but finishing the parts of a movement and then reassembling it is a big chore. So that does add value. Next is using a custom automatic rotor made by Muhle Glashutte. The claim it offers optimal weight and weight distribution to move as effectively as possible. Last is the patented "woodpecker neck regulation." Ever heard of a watch with a swan neck regulation? Well Muhle Glashutte has a woodpecker neck. They aren't the same thing. With this comes an entirely custom balance cock over the balance wheel. The special system is designed to prevent shock from deviating the adjustment of the balance wheel, and thereby reducing the accuracy of the watch.
The Swiss made Ronda quartz movement seems accurate. I’ve checked it against my radio-controlled clock over the last few days and there’s no loss or gain.
The definition of a perpetual calendar is that it takes into consideration leap years, which means that it will not need to be adjusted until the year 2100. Perpetual calendars also vary in their design and how they indication information. Though most clearly indicate the date, month, and leap year. Many also indicate the phase of the moon, but not this one. However, the UN-32 does have a special trick up its sleeve - it is able to adjust the calendar functions both forward and backwards. Amazingly less than half a dozen perpetual calendar watches made today are able to do that.
The first 100 "35 SQ" model Astrons were very expensive, costing about the same as a Toyota Corolla, 45,000 Yen or 50 at the time, and weren't particularly dependable with many having to be recalled. But the quartz genie was out of the bottle, and there was no going back. Today, most watches are quartz and are the most affordable and accurate watches available.
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch." In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we're speaking with Xavier Nolot, the CEO Audemars Piguet North America. For his First Grail, he went back to very beginning, calling out a lowly LCD-equipped watch as his first.
First of all, the case is now 47 mm, which is the "authentic" size for the case. Since its first appearance as the Reference 6152-1 from 1946, the cushion shaped 47 mm case and the large crown guard have become the trademark look of Panerai. Speaking of the case, one might wonder what Destro stands for in its description. The Destro cases - with Destro meaning "right" in Italian and referring to the fact that these models should be worn on the right wrist - have the crown and its bridge at the 9 o'clock position. This layout is not new by any means as such watches were also used by navy divers back in the day - decades ago, that is.
The primary difference between the Glashutte Original two pieces is obvious at a glance: the Regulator only has a centrally attached minute hand while the hour hand is located at a third sub-dial. In order to read the time, one has to look at both counters one at a time, similar to the way that one would read the counters of a chronograph.
Standing in the famed Audemars Piguet archive department, I am amazed to hear what a vintage pocket watch minute repeater sounds like. I’ve heard a few before, but in this quiet room the over 100-year-old grand complication chimes deeply and clearly. The advent of the wrist watch heralded an unprecedented era of mechanical miniaturization which paved the path for all the wrist watches we love today. Though something gets lost when moving from a pocket watch to something smaller and more compact. Pocket watches, for all intents and purposes, are poor replacements for wrist watches given modern considerations of practicality. They are comparatively very delicate and aren’t convenient to carry. Nevertheless, looking at some of the pocket watches Audemars Piguet produced with Philippe Dufour in the 1980s, I am reminded of how much artistry is contained in the larger palette of a pocket watch movement. On this particular visit I only saw one Dufour item produced with Audemars Piguet, but I recall seeing other ones in their museum in the past. It is clear why items such as these are so collectible, and why Audemars Piguet still produces a limited number of modern pocket watches for a niche audience who can greatly appreciate them.
Welcome to a new series on aBlogtoWatch where we discuss important stores that sell watches all over the world. We spend a lot of time here talking about the watches we think are cool or that we would recommend buying, but little time advising people where to buy them. Until now. Each of these stores has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to.
You've also got some choices in terms of case finishing. You can pick up the Meister Telemeter in the white dial / black leather combination for ,581, or you can opt for either the black dial (on bracelet) or white dial/golden case/ brown leather for ,711.
The watch comes preloaded with a worldwide base-map and ability to specify way-points or mark locations (up to 1000). While the base maps cannot be extended, you can, however, save various tracks and routes as well. While I have not had a chance to use the Garmin D2 myself, based on my extensive (almost daily) experience with their products, I would have little reservations getting one if piloting was one of my hobbies. I am pretty sure the product you will get will match the advertised feature list and with firmware updates, any problem with the watch will be resolved in time.
So why do I start with this inventory of my Garmin watches and devices for this post. Simply to say that, while not perfect, I think Garmin understands how to make watches suited for specific activities---I call them Activity-focused smartwatches. That's what makes me and many others come back for more.