The clean elegance of the Luminor Marina 1950 dial is difficult to dispute. The dial features the time with subsidiary seconds dial at 9 o'clock and the date at 3 o'clock. The sandwich-style dial puts a layer of Super-LumiNova underneath the main dial which is seen through the cut-aways at the hour markers. The hands, of course, have additional luminant on them. Darkness viewing is typically really good with a Panerai. These were, after all, originally designed to be read in dark murky waters.
One of the more recent upgrades to the Alpina Startimer Pilot watch collection (at least some models) are the applied hour markers. Framed with a polished metal finish and filled with lume, the hour markers significantly upgrade the look over more "flat" pilot watch dials and also assist with legibility. You see this in both the three-hand and chronograph Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic models, and it is an aesthetic feature that really helps me enjoy the collection as much as possible.
Hamilton has two versions of the three-hand Hamilton Pan Europ with either a metallic blue or gray dial. Over the dial is an AR-coated sapphire crystal, and the dials are both legible and attractive, with their block-style hands and sloped flange rings. One slight concern, as these are sport watches, is the relatively limited amount of luminant painted in the applied hour markers, but we haven't tested the Hamilton Pan Europ in the dark.
Kelly Rowland: It was a collaborative effort, definitely. I definitely had a lot of ideas about how the numbers looked – from the font to how they read – as well as the concept of an all-black watch. When it came to the subdials, the TW Steel family really knew what to do; it’s a signature.
If you want to run the battery down a bit more quickly, there are other surprises hiding in the watch. For instance, if you want to see the running seconds for some reason, you can do that. This function (and the next one we discuss) are engaged by the lever that flanks the case. Putting things into running seconds mode means you lose the minutes readout (as it uses the same belt), but I guess minutes may not be as critical if you're looking at seconds.
The initial TAG Heuer ads for the new campaign will feature people such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Maria Sharapova, Steve McQueen, and Patrick Dempsey. This is a shift from Hollywood-style personalities to athletes (for the most part) ÷ which we anticipate to be a continuing trend moving forward for the brand. TAG Heuer is well-funded, and it is probably a positive thing that they are part of the LVMH group, as changing focus on products as well as a brand message is tough.
ABTW: As we know, the watch industry has not always been amenable to free and open discussions about their products and business practices. How did you manage to maintain good relations with watch makers, or was that less important to you than good relations with the users?
Westime: A wide range! Oversize luxury sports watches are very popular, as well as more conservative, traditional styles. And of course, we attract collectors who are looking for really unusual timepieces they haven’t seen anywhere else before, and even from watchmakers they haven’t heard of yet.
Ultimately, the purpose of these apps should be to facilitate access to information for the user and to create an application which is unique to a smart watch and would not have the same effect if it were on a phone. This, however, is no easy task, considering just how easily we can already access information through our phones. Thus, creating something which is viable as being unique to the smart watch is another challenge entirely.
ABTW: As a business, do you sponsor or participate in any local events, watch-related or otherwise?
It took me a little while of reading about the Christophe Claret Aventicum to really understand it. Christophe Claret is a master of the complicated and recently released the Blackjack 21 and Poker watches... which do just what it sounds like - they allow the wearer to mechanically play a game of blackjack or poker on their wrists. So what would a "Roman complication" be? It turns out, Christophe's idea is an optical illusion known as a mirascope.
Alternatively, we find that many smaller or independent watch brands are more likely to say "in-house made," when there are doubts about their ability to apply such terms. One likely reason is that smaller companies perhaps want to appear larger or more important to consumers next to the "big boys." Small companies also have a reputation for putting sourced movements into their watches, and are often penalized for doing so, when trying to charge high prices. Thus, my assumption is that small companies use the term "in-house made" as part of a larger branding and value proposition strategy with potential customers.
The Irony Of Who Cares About In-House Made Movements
Derek Dier: Very rarely do I sell locally. In fact, only recently in the past year, people have discovered that I’m here. But 99% of my sales are scattered around the world, with the US being #1, then the UK, Asia, and the rest of the world.
Today well over 90% of Omega calibers are Co-Axial movements and about 10-15% of that amount are Co-Axial Master Chronometer (i.e. anti-magnetic) movements. Omega has promised that eventually all of its in-house made movements will be "Co-Axial Master Chronometer." A really neat feature of METAS certification - unlike COSC certification - is that the wearer of any one watch equipped with a METAS certified Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement will be able to visit the Omega website and use their unique watch serial number to check the specific performance of his/her watch during the certification process. Also, Omega says that the Co-Axial Master Chronometer will have an "Officially Certified" label on the watch (of course).
I am going to keep the Wrocket watch concept with this new Rpaige DuoFace; that is, I’ll mostly be using original antique enamel and painted metal pocket watch dials. There is just nothing made today that can match the quality of the original fire enameled pocket watch dials, nor the vast array of whimsical, and serious, Art Nouveau and Art Deco antique and vintage dials manufactured between 1870 and 1935.
Our hand-selected and expertly curated treasure trove of luxury watches is yours for the night; hands-on is the rule, not the exception. Watches are meant to be worn, and full-dress tryouts are the centerpiece of our events. Want to know how a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 looks and feels on your wrist? Try it and find out.
When I first met Kevin, he was wearing a watch that has become particularly popular for those transcending the line of being a lover of mainstream luxury watch brands to the more exclusive realm of the independent watch maker. The entry point into F.P. Journe is the wonderfully simple and beautifully blue-dialed Chronometre Bleu. Mr. Journe, of course, couldn't produce just a basic watch for his entry-level piece, so he decided to make the three-hand Chronometre Bleu with a tantalum case (that looks a lot like tungsten) and unique metallic blue dial. The movement is, of course, in gold and remarkably attractive. You won't see Kevin Rose wearing an 18k rose gold Rolex or a diamond-decorated Chopard. That isn't his style, neither is it the type of so many of today's most important emerging watch collectors. For Rose, watch collecting seems to be all about discovering timeless beauty in items of strong inherent value that tantalize his love of things that work well.