From Garmin's website, this looks to also be a wearable watch coming in at 49mm diameter and 17mm high. The display size is 31mm with a resolution of 70x70 pixels. The display type is transflective monochrome with negative LCD mode. All this comes in at a manageable 82g with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that will last up to 50 hours in GPS mode and 2 weeks in sensor only mode. If you wear it simply as a watch then you get five weeks wearable time. The watch is also water resistant to 50m and has a USB interface for charging and downloading and uploading data, e.g., firmware updates.
That may not sound like much, after all Antoine Martin’s Slow Runner also has a dead seconds hand courtesy of its 1Hz movement. What makes the Instrument CTB stand out is that it is also a chronograph and that its dead seconds hand is mounted centrally along with the regular running seconds hand.
What is interesting is that the My Guardian Angel watch doesn't actually have any angel motifs on it aside from wings. Actually, since the caseback on this prototype model is blank, there may be something here for the final version, but as of now, the watch doesn't have creepy little crawling (literally) angels on it, like the pen does. Though it would have been cool to have the sword-bearing angel character somewhere on it.
While the Orion can be had with a handful of dial colours, we'll stick to the 38mm version which can be had in grey with rhodium plated hands and markers (called the Orion 38 Grau), a silver dial with rhodium plated hands and markers with a date (the Orion Datum Weiss), or the silver dial with gold markers and blued steel hands as seen here (with or without a date). For me, the Orion 38 reference 384 is the one to have. The gold markers are visually quite interesting and I love the blued steel hands and the incredible contrast they provide for legibility of the time display.
TAG Heuer has had a long association with chronographs and one of their major releases for 2014 is the new Carrera CH 80 watch, which shares design cues from the original Carrera chronograph from the Sixties. Admittedly, the name is not the most sexy sounding, but it is so-called because it houses TAG Heuer’s new in-house made calibre CH 80. Check out this sporty new chronograph here.
Breva needed to rework a few things on the Genie 02 in order to make it suitable as a flying versus skiing watch. Aside from the hip, dark color scheme, the altitude scales have been adjusted for a wider range. The Genie 02 has a scale that goes up to 5,000 meters while the Genie 02 Air has a scale that goes up to 15,000 meters.
Additionally, the steel version of the chronograph (or now the three hander) can be optioned with a matching steel bracelet. The bracelet is heavy and very nicely made, with a brushed finish and a button-release butterfly clasp.
Double chronographs are an interesting complication that are mechanically very cool, but probably not something most people are going to use very often. They offer a second chronograph that measures up to 60 seconds outside of the timing of the main chronograph. When not being used, this second chronograph hand usually "hides" under the main chronograph seconds hand, until you want to use it to time something else. Watch nerds can go ga-ga over these, and they actually aren't that common, though you'll find a good variety of them in various IWC watches. Now it has come to this collection with the IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium.
With today's manufacturing abilities, creating the microscopic parts of a tourbillon escapement is difficult, but is nonetheless manageable, and so the real challenge lies in regulation, as the constantly rotating tourbillon is not only much more difficult to adjust than a fixed balance wheel, but is also a lot more time consuming to repeatedly check for accuracy as adjustments are performed. By contrast, according to Antoine Martin, the tourbillons in their watches are adjusted for five positions and for temperature changes; which is an appreciable, and again, not so ubiquitous effort.
One of the biggest surprises from Rolex at Baselworld 2014 was its three all new Cellini watches. Of the three, the Cellini Time and Dual Time are the ones I like the best. The former is a simple three-handed dress watch, while the latter has an extra dual-time complication at 6 o’clock with a day/night indicator. Both watches, I think, are very neatly and well executed and for once, these Cellini watches are a viable alternative to Rolex’s more illustrious Oyster models.
So, having worked for high-end watch companies like IWC, A. Lange & Sohne and others, either as an employee or external consultant, he is no stranger to high complications and high prices. So when it came time for him to make watches under his own name, the question is obvious, why price them so low?
EL: Unfortunately, I have not found the 3 watches together in any market. I have also spent a lot of effort into Graham’s development, and consequently less time spent in my quest of the grail, but I know I will get them one day.
For them, the recent quiet years of Anonimo meant a lack of information regarding the brand's present or future. That is something I will get out of the way right now, so before looking at the brand's future offerings, we will discuss its present. Anonimo (actually Anonimo Switzerland SA) is not linked in any way to Anonimo Firenze's management, meaning that it is a completely new company. While the brand's bronze cases (as we will see further on in this article) are manufactured in Florence, Italy, the watches are assembled in Switzerland. In short, Anonimo changed owners and it is a new company that carries on some of the key elements of the "old Anonimo", while totally restructuring its collections, and its networks of suppliers and distributors. Consequently, given that they are starting from scratch, they will not be able to create parts for warranty repairs of discontinued models by Anonimo Firenze, and have an extremely limited stock of only some select parts for the older models. Hopefully that gives the fans of the brand some insight into what is happening now behind the scenes. Anonimo itself is set to debut at this year's Baselworld.
With that in mind, we must note that we have seen an ever-increasing number of brands try and concentrate on bringing most manufacturing processes "in-house," and there are two main reasons for that. Primarily, they were forced to do so, as key components and base movements have become much more scarcely available, both as a result of high demand as well as restrictive measures from major suppliers – again, all discussed in our ETA article. Secondly, being a "manufacture" makes for a strong and much preferred marketing tool, often also allowing for a pricing premium on watches equipped with "manufacture calibers."
Thought we had forgotten about the watch, didn't you? Well, the Bremont Wright Flyer features the brand's signature 43 mm Trip-Tick case in steel, rose gold or white gold. The lovely vintage-aviation inspired design is bolstered by the inclusion of Bremont's first in-house movement, the BWC/01. Bremont has not confirmed anything yet, but from a design perspective the so called in-house made Bremont caliber BWC/01 movement appears to be based on movements produced by the high-end Swiss watch movement maker La Joux-Perret, and it is further likely that Bremont worked with the prestigious house on the development of their caliber.
Part of Bedat's plan is to have each of the different global Red8 brands offer similar watches with slight design tweaks such as unique dials, colors, etc... The goal is to have some regional differences while combining a core aesthetic. It is actually rather ambitious for a small brand, but the potential is there. Christian Bedat is a remarkably clever designer and is among the few people in the world that I've met that understands how to make a good-looking watch and makes it look very easy. Not only that, but he knows how to inject a very high level of quality into a relatively inexpensive package. Compare the Red8USA Fifty and Dive watches to other sub-,000 timepieces from micro-brands and you'll see where Red8USA easily stands out.
We've covered a number of Greubel Forsey watches here, and while they're all unique to one another, they share a common design DNA. Much of this can be seen in the various ways that complications are built and utilized in a watch. For many of the models, this uniqueness transmits itself all the way out to the case, which often has uncommon curves and bulges added, both to accommodate the mechanics, as well as draw the eye in. Their latest, the Platinum GMT, is no exception to that rule.
Under an AR coated sapphire crystal, the dial comes in three colors. I opted for the black, but it is also available in navy blue and a killer olive drab (with matching nylon straps to boot). Now, we dive a bit deeper into the dial. Tsikolia has done a truly magnificent job matching the appearance of the actual P-47 control panel clock, a Waltham 8 Days. The fonts are a dead match, as well as the sword-style hands. All are generously adorned with Superluminova; I can basically read a book by this beast at night.
At 42mm wide, in either 18k red gold or platinum, the Blancpain Villeret Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours is perhaps subtle, but not humble. And that is what I am talking about in regard to the personality of this object. With its modern size and dedication to useful features, this is the type of timepiece I'd feel comfortable about investing in when wanting to spend mid-level Mercedes-Benz car money on a timepiece.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on November 30, 2013 for the winner to be chosen at random.