These two jumping hour watches from Bell & Ross represent their most high-end timepieces for 2012. In the past, Bell & Ross has offered a few other jumping hour pieces - a style and complication that the brand executes very well. Called the WW1 Heure Sautante (Jumping Hour), Bell & Ross didn't want to just offer one watch in two materials. Instead, the brand decided to offer two distinct dials for the 18k pink gold and platinum models. Both are very beautiful, these are going to be highly limited edition watches.
An evolving category in the watch market are replacement aftermarket products not intended to mimic the original, but rather to improve or change the way the watch looks and feels. One of those companies entering into this category is Everest Horology. On August 10th, 2012 Everest Band releases the EH-1, a medical-grade silicone strap designed specifically for Rolex sport watches including the Explorer II, Submariner, DeepSea, and GMT. Unlike most other replacement straps, the Everest EH-1 is designed to fit the Rolex watch head exactly with a fit very similar to Rolex’s original Oyster bracelet.
Several years ago in 2007 Bovet added a name to its roster; Dimier. Bovet Dimier pieces are a sort of sub-brand aesthetically. Some actually have "Dimier" as the brand on the dial. Most Bovet watches have that interesting looking "ribbon" crown guard over the crown placed at 12 o'clock to remind people of pocket watches. Dimier timepieces aren't held by such aesthetic codes. While the dial of the Recital 0 doesn't say Dimier, you'll find the name on the movement back.
The LAKS Watch2pay is a 42.7 x 15.5 mm watch featuring an ABS (polymer plastic) case and a silicone strap. The Watch2pay sports an acrylic crystal and is powered by a Seiko-sourced quartz movement with date. Available in a wide range of colors, the Watch2pay is available to UK residents for £99. From a watch nerd standpoint, there isn't much to get excited about as the Watch2pay is essentially just a platform for a small Mastercard Paypass chip that slots into the back of the watch like a SIM card. We consider this timepiece a good execution of a proof of concept.
The experience with the Everest EH-1 Band was positive and I will continue to use the strap for my next travel and sporting adventures. Rolex should offer quality silicone straps for their sport watches, but with a company like Everest, there is no need. The advantages of Everest Horology’s EH-1 are that it conforms to the wrist well, the clasp stays centered on the wrist, utilizes the existing Rolex clasp and Easy Link, and 5 (US) for a quality silicone strap made entirely in the United States is quite reasonable.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on September 30, 2012 for the winner to be chosen at random.
Van Cleef & Arpels probably makes the world's most beautiful watches... that I would not wear. Of course they have plenty of watches I would strap on in a heartbeat, but they are just too nice. Too much work goes into making this art. Plus, many of them are for women. I wouldn't want to even risk a cosmetic interruption. If I had the money I would get them to sit in cool little displays on my desk to appreciate what watch dial art is really all about.
Few watch brands have as strong a symbiotic relationship with motorsports as Tag Heuer. Many of their most famous models are tributes to notable elements within the world of motorsport, consider the Camaro, Carrera, Silverstone, Monza, Formula 1, and of course, the Monaco. Tag has made special editions for not only Mercedes but also McLaren, one of the most successful F1 teams of all time. In addition to the manufactures, Tag Heuer has also seen their brand represented by some of F1's best drivers, including Alain Prost, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna. Other brands have tried to connect themselves with motorsports but from track day junkies like Steve McQueen, to modern day World Champions like Jenson Button, Tag Heuer has become the reigning watch brand in motorsports. A big marketing campaign success by most accounts.
Date on sub-dial at 2 o’clock
Urwerk is tired of your lazy ass sitting on the couch. That is why their small team in Switzerland has developed a brand new complication dedicated to getting you up and moving. This model UR-210 watch could quite possibly be the most expensive exercise timepiece ever developed. Anyway, I don't think it is recommended that you strenuously exercise while wearing it either.
Inside of these pieces is a movement that has three impressive features. First is the tourbillon, second is the Westminster minute repeater, and third are the automatons (jaquemarts). Each of these elements alone is a big deal, but together they make for something extraordinary. The jaquemarts move around as the minute repeater is operated. It is a fun thing to watch and it is impressive how detailed the figurines are.
What is different about JLC in comparison to even many of its sister companies is just how much of a manufacture they are. We are talking a place where movement parts, movement assembly, cases, hands, and dials are made. JLC really makes a lot more "watch" than most people are used to.
This composition titled "The Sea of Time" by English artist Kyle Bean well represents my feelings a lot as I navigate my way through the (sometimes stormy) world of watches. I thought you'd enjoy it as well. You can see more of Kyle Bean's work at his online portfolio website here.
There is an AM1 and an AM3, but the AM2 is among the most unique looking watches that MARCH LA.B currently makes. One of its most distinctive elements is the strap, with the cushioned section near the case. In addition to apparently being a pain to get produced in a cost effective manner, the design is meant to remind us of Mustang car seats from the muscle car era. You remember those right? If you don't (as I don't), then Google lends a helping hand. The rich reds on the strap make for a handsome look. I've always liked the MARCH LA.B buckle as well. You can't forget the green inner lining. One small issue on this early piece is that the red color on the strap wears off a bit where it rub near the lugs. I have a feeling they will remedy that.
I believe this is the second limited edition Maradona watch that Hublot has created for Diego. He is also a Hublot brand ambassador. In addition to being famous for his soccer skills, Maradona is known to most always wear a watch on each wrist. This trend more than likely started before he was associated with any watch brand. Now he sports dual Hublots.