Part of me has a love/hate relationship with Audemars Piguet. I really enjoy many of their watches, although I don't think they are perfect. Some of their designs are so classic and still hip, and I find myself really liking some of the pieces. Then I think to myself how overpriced some of the stuff is, and how a lot of what the company is - epitomizes the snobby luxury watch culture that I personally reject. Anyhow, this is the Forged Carbon version of the Royal Oak Offshore watch. A neat bumble bee of a timepiece with a lot of stuff going on. Stealth-wealth exterior and a fancy manufacture made movement inside.
Overall I really like this Orbita Futura watch winder. I seriously enjoy the looks of it, and it has a special meaning to me because I used to tinker with electronics a lot as a kid. Thus I can really connect with the design and enjoy seeing the "naked" look of how the watch winder is put together. Plus, being a person that feels comfortable working with computer mother boards, I don't mind going right on the board to look for information and adjust switches. This type of winder is for that specific type of person who enjoys tinkering and taking things apart, as well as understanding how things work. This unit more than most really looks like something that Orbita engineers had fun putting together and probably enjoy themselves.
My personal favorite line in the Cartier watch collection is the Santos. The 100 XL is their larger version of the watch, the standard model is a bit small for my tastes. At 38mm wide and tall the square 100 Xl Santos does not sound too large, but as a square shape it is a good substantial size on one's wrist without being silly in size. Of the coolest versions is this 18k rose gold and rubber model. While it is very sporty, the black with gold look is beautiful. I love how the Cartier Roman numeral style melds with the hues. Really attractive with a timeless quality to it.
It isn't still a new release, but it is still darn good. The Shabaka watch by Jean Dunand is a special style of watch that takes a bit from the world of art deco (look up artist Jean Dunand and you'll understand), and what feels like British mod artists in the early 1980s would have come up with if commissions to make a space ship (but a watch) designed by the ancient Egyptians. All that and a bag of tricks (the movement) as dreamed up and manufactured by Christophe Claret. The Egyptian theme is no accident either. The watch is intentionally done in this manner. The name "Shabaka" even refers to one of the Egyptian pharaohs who lived around 700 BC.
The top of the case features the seconds indicator and is actually shown in two ways - both on a vertical gauge using a spiral disc and almost digitally adjacent to the same indicator using the same disc. I don't know why Urwerk decided to show the seconds twice. They both look cool, and as far as novelties go, I think it is interesting to say the least. The disc with the seconds actually has each other second written out on it. This is done in a special form of light nickel and is made using a Mimotec photolithography production method that is supposed to be more precise than even wire erosion.
To be perfectly honest it is hard to write about a watch after you have been writing about ,000 watches. On the one hand, it is hard to be fair to the watch, and on the other hand it is hard to make a case to the watch market for a ,000 watch that itself may just tell the time. In writing this review I needed to metaphorically step back a few paces and review the Timex Classic Camper as though it were in a vacuum. I actually like the watch for what it is - a dead simply, sort of retro themed, basic timepiece. No frills, nothing fancy, and easily disposable if need be. Cheap, not very big, and a watch. Exactly what you need many circumstances. See what I mean?