The MK1 is a 44 mm wide pilot's chronograph that is powered by an ETA/Valjoux 7750 Swiss movement. Measuring in at 13 mm thick, the MK1 is certainly a masculine watch but should be quite wearable and perfectly practical given its sporting/military intentions. The case is stainless steel with mixed finishing, screwed lugs and a flat sapphire crystal. The dial design is all business and has been tuned to be as legible as possible, including a flat black base, Superluminova luminous treatment, and the deletion of the day/date function that is normally available in the Valjoux 7750.
Gadget writer and blogger Nilay Patel wrote an extensive and well-considered review of the iPod Nano as a watch while he was working at Engadget (he currently is the editor at The Verge). In his review, Patel spent a great deal of time discussing the "potential" of the iPod Nano as a watch, but that Apple wasn't really there yet - that is granted. The most important thing a watch needs is to be is attractive, comfortable, and easy to read at a glance. Most smartwatches these days are not. A lot of this is because gadget makers simply don't like to work with small screens, and find them limiting these days (with good reason I suppose). Designers at Apple will need to find a way to make information on a small screen both attractive and minimalistic.
The X-Trem-1 one also features a tourbillon displayed toward the bottom of the case, and all winding and adjustments are performed via fold-out crowns on the rear of the case. If you click on the link to our original Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 article above, you can view a video animation on how the watch works, but we've also included a video with Mr. Claret himself on the X-Trem-1. This one-of-a-kind Pinball version of the X-Trem-1 will be sold in September in Monaco, and after that it is possible that this theme may be continued with more X-Trem-1 Pinball style pieces. Retail Price will be around 0,000 and we can only guess for what this piece unique will go for at auction. christopheclaret.com onlywatch.com
HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 138 – Ugly Smart Watch, Fun Making Watches
Later Bell & Ross began to produce its own designs, but even today the professional diver and aviation style borrowed from Sinn remains. Watches from the two brands today are quite distinct, but if you love Sinn you'll probably love Bell & Ross, and vice versa. So getting back to the BR 126 Blackbird, it all focuses around a movement that honors the famous Lemania 5100 movement (no longer made today), that was in a lot of Sinn watches about 20 years ago (and of course before that as well).
Casio's G-Shock has always been an unquestionably fresh, energetic, but also - with its countless editions - a superbly professional wristwatch, with durability and richness in features scarcely paralleled by other pieces. It has been owned - or to say at least acknowledged by - watch nerds, enthusiasts, and "normal" human beings alike. This recognized and beloved timepiece just turned 30 years old and Casio is celebrating with a limited edition of 5,000 pieces.
Fans of the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams will now have a new way of showing their allegiance via the limited edition Tsovet SVT-GR44 chronograph. This sporty 44mm automatic chronograph is being produced to commemorate the 145 wins that the various Chip Ganassi teams have claimed between 1994 and 2011. With teams running in Nascar, IndyCar, and Grand AM series racing, Chip Ganassi represents a very successful American racing institution. Tsovet is a Los Angeles -based brand which launched in 2008 and has become known for their gauge-like styling and punchy wrist-presence. I find their look to be somewhere in the overlap between Bell & Ross, Hamilton and U-Boat and appreciate that they offer both mechanical and quartz timepieces which all feature Swiss-sourced movements.
To be honest we listed this Breguet watch before (back in 2012), but it is even better for 2013. When we last visited this watch, it had one feature no one seemed to like, which was red print for the 10Hz label on the dial. Red is unsurprisingly gone from the dial (your comments do influence changes so keep them up). The 43mm wide case is size able and modern, while the hand operated guilloche machine engraved dial is picture perfect Breguet. While putting a 10Hz movement in an automatic movement doesn’t necessarily make a lot of practical sense, it is something Breguet himself would be proud of in its pursuit of accuracy and consistency in designing innovative watch movements. Silicon allows for the ultra-fast movement to operate and aside from the label on dial, you are reminded of the high beat by the quickly moving small small seconds hand (produced intentionally from silicon). breguet.com
A new feature is what Jaeger-LeCoultre calls their "radial power reserve display." It uses twin red strips on the top of the dial which are placed into the chapter ring. These curved linear indicators recede as the power goes down. The video will give you more details on how it works. This is all part of the new in-house made Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 756 automatic movement with 65 hours of power reserve, the above indicated complications, as well as the date.
In-hand or on-wrist, it is hard to deny the charm of this new Speedmaster edition. The 41.5mm sizing is modern without being too big and provides an excellent alternative to those wanting a bi-compax Co-axial Speedmaster that is smaller than the 44.25mm Moonwatch Co-axial. Dial design is a mix of old and new, featuring hands that are similar to those used on the Moonwatch "First Omega in Space" model (ref 3188.8.131.52.01.001) and the bezel is done in a matched metal brushed finish.
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Watch
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Oris Aquis Depth Gauge Ref. No. 733 7675 4154 Set, Ø 46.00mm
Mechanical watches never need batteries and with proper care can last for a very long time. They will need to be worn or wound regularly, but can prove highly reliable. You also want to look cool while taking head shots and lobbing heads off with that shovel you sharpened into an axe, right? One additional consideration is watch weight. A plastic quartz watch will be light and out of the way, but won't offer any protection at all. A thick metal watch and bracelet will stop even the ravenous hunger of an undead's death bite. It might just be your lucky life saver. Having said that, why don't you have wrist and ankle armor on, anyway?
Now in 2012 IWC has partnered with UK authorized watch dealer theWatchGallery.co.uk to sell a unique limited edition version of the IWC Vintage Ingenieur watch (first discussed here) in the UK (or online from some UK dealers). The 2012 limited edition piece has a metallic brown dial and brown reptile strap. It will be a limited edition and only 36 of the pieces will be available in the UK (exclusively through The Watch Gallery's stores and website).
Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 136 here.