Jewelling: 23 jewels
I don't know if there is a definitive list of all the movies and shows Hamilton has been involved with, but there is a rather extensive list of many of them on Hamilton's website right here. Most of those are from the last 20 years, but it is a good list to look at because it indicates the movie, the actor, and the watch. For more images and info there are fan sites out there with more details - though nothing super comprehensive.
Thanks to Luminox for the review unit. Opinions are 100% independent.
Inside the watch is a Japanese Miyota caliber 8215 automatic with hand-winding movement. A simple automatic, it has the time and date. Many will want a Swiss movement, but this Miyota is a decent workhorse. I am left with feeling that the watch is very straight forward. Montrek offers a pleasant watch with enough quirks to give it personality. The strong masculine design of the watch might not make it ideal for daily wear at work, but it is a fun piece that will hit the stop on many occasions. The guys will love it. This ref. M22.1222.M220 Montrek watch retails for ,100 and is available online via Montrek's website.
Konstantin Chaykin is a very accomplished watchmaker and is a member of the AHCI (where all the coolest indy watch makers want to be!). He seems to specialize in complex calendar clocks, so I recommend you check out his website for some neat stuff. The Lunokhod watch is something else entirely. The name means "moon walker" and it is his homage to Michael Jackson. No, that's a joke. It refers to a Russian un-manned lunar lander that went to the moon in 1970. It also happens to look a bit like Jules Verne sci-fi robot and Star Wars torture droid all mixed into one. Didn't I see a Lego version of this?
We also discuss the aBlogtoRead.com Limited Edition Watch Winder by Wolf Designs (that you should probably get), Hublot, A. Lange & Sohne, and the question of whether or not educated watch buyers are more valuable customers, per my recent study and article on that topic.
- Polished white gold/bead-blasted black PVD-coated grade 5 titanium
- Polished rose gold/bead-blasted black PVD-coated grade 5 titanium
- Platinum/bead-blasted black PVD-coated grade 5 titanium Hour and minute displays: Hours and minutes are indicated by two 4mm-diameter hollowed spheres weighing 0.100 grams that move past sapphire scales marked with thin Super-LumiNova graduations beneath the sapphire
- All wheels made after Geneva Seal Standard with â€žMoulure“
Thanks to Stolas for the sample unit. Opinions are 100% independent.
Not only are the bezels ceramic, but so are the new thin rectangular chronograph pushers, as well as the crown. The pushers and the crown do have metal elements as well, but AP wanted to make sure the parts you mainly touch are in smooth and wear resistant ceramic. The new pushers are very neat looking and are certainly a design improvement over the more basic looking round pushers from previous models.
The first watches to contain in-house Cartier movements were very high-end. Cartier offered a brand new look and feel to the type of watch that could bear the Cartier name. All these watches had exotic movements and prices were on par with that of some very nice real estate. In 2010 Cartier announced the release of the simply named Calibre, a story that I covered here. The new masculine watch offered a sporty look (more so than Cartier's other sport watches such as the Pasha, Santos, and Roadster) as well as, for the first time, an "entry-level" Cartier with an in-house movement.
Unlike the Jumbo the AP logo is placed under 12 o'clock as opposed to over 6 o'clock. For the hands and hour markers there are small but important changes. First, they are no longer really rounded. Audemars Piguet went with inspiration from the newer Royal Oak Offshore actually in making the hands and longer baton hour markers. Ironic how the classic piece took inspiration from the new piece. You'll notice how on them both the edges are more beveled than they are rounded. The new look is more modern and helps update the look of the dial. It sort of all reminds me of Rolex, and I playfully consider this to be AP's "Maxi Dial" version of the Royal Oak (a few years ago Rolex updated the Submariner with a new dial with larger indicators that they called the Maxi Dial).
More enjoyable little detains include the design of the crown - which is unique with its textured surface and green logo inlay (a touch more green on the dial periphery). The watch case is a very fluid design with good contrast polish and an enjoyable shape. Also note the very cool looking engraving on the back of the case that is a top with watch gears inside of it. This is one of the neatest pictographic watch logos I have seen in a while.
One this I don't get is the Seastar "1000" name. The case is water resistant to 300 meters not 1000. At least when you have a numerical value attached to the same of a dive watch you assume it related to the depth rating. In this instance that isn't the case and it is confusing. It would just be the Seastar Chronograph or something like that.
People looking at your hands will likely notice what is on your wrist. Give them something to enjoy that is worth all the attention.
The cases are skeletonized on the sides - not the first time I have seen this but it keeps the case from being too ordinary looking. The cases are 45mm wide and wear quite comfortably. For these special limited edition Giovanna models, the case is done in titanium (with a blackish PVD coating) and ceramic (the bezel). I love the crown and pushers as they are quite sturdy feeling.
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Released in about 2006, this is one of those rare Van Cleef & Arpels watches meant for men. Though I do believe moving forward the brand will focus on men's pieces a bit more. The Latérale is named as such for a very cool little complication on the side of the watch where the power reserve is located. Here a "lateral" power reserve is placed where it is not only easy to see, but does not take up space on the dial.
This HyperChrome Chronograph comes with a Swiss ETA 2894-2 automatic chronograph movement while the HyperChrome Automatic contains an ETA 2681 automatic movement. While I don't know too much about the rest of the watches I do know that there will be additional case size options. All will be in either black or white ceramic, and there will be automatic and quartz movement options available. There will also be models of the HyperChrome with diamond decoration. The bracelets further look appealing - and according to Rado they have titanium deployment clasps.
"Watch What-If" is a special column on aBlogtoRead.com that asks the playful question "what if an iconic watch you know and love was offered in a different style?" The idea embraces a good timepiece's core design and has fun by offering new colors and material concepts to stimulate your senses. These ideas may be provocative, artistic, or just plain silly. This is about fun, Photoshop, and the celebration of wrist watch design and experimentation. The original design we work off will always be at the bottom of the article. Ideas and comments are more than welcome. Enough response may even lead to a round two of design. You are also encouraged to suggest watches that make it into the Watch What-If section here on aBlogtoRead.com.
Most recently we was wearing a solid 18k rose gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph (ref. 25960OR.OO.1185OR.01). I believe this is the piece shown in the article. I actually haven't been able to catch all of Entourage's final season 8 get get the full story on Gold getting the watch. OK, that is all nice and good, but such Hollywood watch placements are common. The fun news is that the show's creator Doug Ellin gifted Piven the watch to keep as a token of his gratitude for Piven's role in the series.
References 515.NX.0170.LR - Titanium, 1000-piece limited series
515.OX.0180.LR - 18K King Gold, 500-piece limited series
Case "Classic Fusion" - Diameter 45 mm
Titanium or 18K King Gold, polished and satin-finished
Bezel Titanium or 18K King Gold, with vertical satin finish
6 H-shaped countersunk, polished & locked titanium screws
Crystal Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating
Bezel Lug Black composite resin
Crown Polished titanium or 18K King Gold, with Hublot logo
Case-back Satin-finished titanium or satin-finished 18K King Gold with sapphire crystal, interior anti-reflective coating
Water resistance 5 ATM, i.e. approx 50 metres
Dial Sapphire with silvered or red gold Hublot logo transfer
Anti-reflective coating on topside/underside
Polished & rhodium-plated or red gold-plated indexes
Hands Polished & rhodium-plated or red gold-plated
Movement HUB1300 hand-wound skeleton
Small seconds at 7 o'clock
Thickness 2.90 mm
Frequency 3 Hz (21,600 Vib/h)
Power reserve Approximately 90 hours
Wristlet Black alligator strap stitched onto black rubber
Clasp Deployant buckle in black PVD steel or 18K red gold
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