In closing, I would like to apologize for being so linguistically sensitive to my close colleagues who work at the many watch brands we work with here at aBlogtoWatch. I am not claiming that anyone is implying that as a media source we aren't focused on consumer benefiting content. I am saying that perhaps thanking us "for our support" isn't the best way of acknowledging what we do. It is great that you like it when we cover you–we'd be just as thrilled if you covered us–but try to understand that we are really doing it all for the people who buy the products, not the people who make them. That is who aBlogtoWatch works for.
For 2013 there were some major winners and losers. All the lots sold of course, with some going over estimate, and some under estimate. Most of the lots however sold within the estimated price, and those aren't covered in this article. So let's take a look at the major winners and losers of the 2013 Only Watch auction. This article will only cover select lots, and for a full list of all the watches that were up for auction you can see our original Only Watch 2013 article here.
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"Various tests, including those undertaken by the applicant, have revealed that these casing-up solutions not only transmit a shock from the case to the movement, but also amplify it. Accordingly, a cased-up movement in a watch which experiences a shock of 10,000 g will be subjected to a shock of 25,000 g, that is to say amplified by a factor of 2.5."
Rolex used to use the same steel as everyone else, but in around 2003 they moved their entire steel production to 904L steel. In 1988 they released their first 904L steel watch with a few versions of the Sea-Dweller. 904L steel is more rust and corrosion resistant, and is somewhat harder than other steels. Most important to Rolex, is that 904L steel, when worked properly, is able to take (and hold) polishes incredibly well. If you've ever noticed that steel on a Rolex watch looks different than other watches, it is because of 904L steel, and how Rolex has learned to work with it.
The Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer entered the collection in 2009 and quickly became one of Glashütte Original‘s most recognizable timepieces. It is differentiated from the other watches in the collection as it adheres to the German Chronometer standard. While the accuracy standard of the German Calibrating Service, DKD, is similar to the more prevalent Swiss C.O.S.C. test, the German Chronometer standard requires the watch be tested after it’s fully assembled. Last year at Baselworld, Glashütte debuted a regulator version of the Senator Chronometer. This post compares the Glashutte Original Senator Regulator Chronometer to the original Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer.
The Seiko Astron Solar GPS watch receives satellite signals much like older "atomic clock watches" received radio signals–insofar that you more-or-less need to be outside, and with the Astron, also have line-of-sight to the sky. That means if you are indoors or in a covered area you very may well have reception issues. In fact, with atomic clock watches, I've suffered for years with reception issues, especially in big cities. So much so, that when I first learned of the Astron and similar GPS watches, I was highly skeptical of their ability to consistently connect with satellites. It wasn't until I was able to review one that I found out…
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an artist who defined an era of pop art and sent the visual arts movement into high gear. His bold creations extended far beyond the canvas to photography, sculptures, silk screening, printmaking, sculpture, film, music, album covers and products. His concepts of branding continues to influence the industry today. He painted iconic objects and celebrities in the American lifestyle of the 1960's: Celebrities such as Marylin Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mohammed Ali and Elizabeth Taylor…and he adored fine watches. He personally knew Gerry Grinberg, founder and former chairman of Movado Group, who master minded the Movado Andy Warhol Times 5.
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The latter of which was for a while a mere ongoing set of limited editions watches. 2014 more-or-less sees the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique collection ("Monaco Historique") become a more permanent pillar of products in the Classic Racing family. Thus, these new models, which debut in a black and yellow color theme, don't have special names applied to them, but are simply the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Collection 2014 watches. They include the "Automatic" three hand model, the "Power Control" version with a power reserve indicator, and the "Chrono" that is, of course, the chronograph model.
In addition to being both shock-resistant and anti-magnetic, the Sinn EZM9 case is also able to handle a wide range of temperatures and still operate just fine. Sinn claims that the EZM9 can reliably function between -45 and +80 degrees centigrade. Last, the case is water resistant to 200 meters, so it is safe for most diving scenarios - but recall that Sinn does make other more dedicated dive watches and the Sinn EZM9 is more or less intended to be a pilot watch, Yes, we've said it before and we will say it again, if you need a Superman mechanical watch, the people at Sinn in Germany are going to be on your shortlist of options.
So, that includes some Tissot T-Touch models, several mechanical models, a few quartz models, and three models for women. Each of the limited edition Asian Games watches will feature red color themes to go with the colors of the Incheon games event. The watches will further have either engraved casebacks or applied plaques commemorating the games. If you are really into red then some of these Tissot 17th Asian Games Incheon watches might be a good choice, but ideally these are watches you will be interested in if you are going to visit the Asian Games yourself.
So, after you've neglected your finalist watches for a week or two and checked out the competition you are ready to revisit what you originally wanted. A few things will happen. The first, and don't be afraid to admit it to yourself, is that at least one of the pieces will have lost its luster. Either it isn't as nice as you recalled after looking at other watches, or your love affair with it wore off with haste. It happens, get over it. What should also happen when you return to your finalists is that one seems to dominate. It was probably the one you wanted from the start, but merely needed a good reason to pull the trigger. Perhaps you felt that it was just hair too expensive or maybe too ordinary. Nevertheless, you wanted it and whatever reservations you have you've been able to put aside.
I will admit that just a few hours before the official opening I was still wondering how successful the following days were going to be, how many people would attend and how the exhibition will perform as an important forum that strives to bring watch making closer to its audience. Having said that, I never imagined anything quite like what it turned out to be. The interest for the opening night was beyond my boldest expectations! All three levels were packed with true watch aficionados and the occasional watch lovers, all of them tirelessly visiting exhibitors in every hall. Large crowds gathered around every booth as brands repeatedly presented their latest and greatest timepieces. Some brands tried to further enhance the night's buzzing atmosphere. My absolute favorite of these efforts had to be the 1940's band playing by the Bremont stand. Their lovely style lent a unique flair to the gallery while perfectly matching the British company and its showcased timepieces.
This little fact is a good start to what is a more long term review of the Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture ref. FC-710MC4H4 watch. We actually received this watch in late 2012, and this will be the second review aBlogtoWatch has published on the Classics Manufacture (we did so first here back in 2013). So why another review? Well for one thing this model is slightly different, having a PVD rose gold case versus a polished steel case. I also have a non-standard strap on this one. If the retail models look like they have a slightly different deployant and strap, that is because they do. We can't claim that at aBlogtoWatch we never get to ask for custom stuff. But the real reason for a second review (in addition to the fact that I didn't write the first one) is that I think this watch has not only aged well, but continues to be a good buy 1-2 years after its release.
The funny thing about many of the different Panerai case styles is that they wear differently and cannot be judged by the size alone. For instance, a 44mm wide Luminor 1950 case will wear larger than this 47mm wide Radiomir 1940 case. Why? Well a major reason has to do with the relatively flat caseback. The exhibition caseback window on the PAM514 is thin and allows for the watch to sit with a much lower profile than some of Panerai's taller fare.
It brings up an interesting question of why prices go up in the first place? The watch industry is actually very price sensitive because of materials, manufacturing, and currency fluctuations. The weak dollar has been tough for the watch industry that is mostly based on the Swiss Franc or the Euro. A still weak dollar has a lot to do with increased prices, especially because doing business in Switzerland is so expensive. As is the price of materials, such as gold. So over the last few years, the high price of gold has translated into higher prices, but the problem is what happens after gold goes down in price.
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