Thus, there is a degree of boldness and humor at the brand, which exists in tandem with their rather serious outlook on quality and design. While you might dislike some of what they do, the quality of it is pretty good. You could easily go your entire life with "Montblanc conservative" style Montegrappa items and pens and ignore their more... entertaining selection of products, such as the Chaos and My Guardian Angel collection products. So what is the opposite of a Sylvester Stallone designed "bad-ass guy" watch and pen set with skulls and snakes all over it? One with angels and clouds on it, of course.
The benefits of the Version 3 engine are impressive. The compass features a continuous reading for 60 seconds (versus 20 seconds for prior versions) as well as consuming 90% less energy and having a 95% smaller direction sensor! The result is a faster and more accurate wrist tool.
The watch industry is a complicated one and it is in a unique phase right now. China, which has been a fertile ground for so many brands in the past couple of years, is slowing down. And this is a cause of concern to some industry watchers. But this is just one of the many problems that the industry is facing, and in this month's roundup, we try to analyze and explain just what is going on in the watch industry right now. That aside, we also spend some time with new watches from Bulova, Seiko, Frederique Constant, Ancon and Rolex. And finally, we have a chat with the revered Kari Voutilainen, and also talk to Maria Doulton, the founder of The Jewellery Editor, to find out how emotions and stories play a part in our decisions to buy watches.
The inner dial is host to the branding and model text, which is rendered in a well-proportioned font size and balances nicely with the rest of the dial. Also fitting for a field watch, the Khaki Field Titanium Auto has a 24 hour scale on the inner dial segment. While Hamilton regrettably does not offer a GMT version of this watch, the 24 hour scale aids the military appeal of the Titanium Auto.
Hublot designed the movement inside of the Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari watch - which is part of the brands "Masterpiece" collection (thus "MP") - to roughly resemble the engine bay of the actual LaFerrari car - a limited edition Ferrari that looks pretty spectacular (and is more than likely totally sold out). The movement is quite literally mostly mainspring, and the many barrels that populate the center are key to its performance. At the lower end of the stack is a tourbillon-style escapement which is vertically positioned and visible through a window at the bottom part of the case.
Total diameter 44.5 mm
Thickness 13.9 mm
Water-resistant to 100 metres
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Titanium crown and pushers
Steel bezel with black aluminium insert, silver transfer and yellow dots
Back stamped with the Automobile Club de Monaco logo
What I found so appealing about the Sinn EZM 13 is not just its comfy size and focused design, but also its entirely hardcore nature. The Sinn EZM 13 is no lightweight, boasting anti-magnetic resistance to DIN 8309 (80K A/m), anti-shock to DIN 8308, low pressure resistance, Sinn's Ar dehumidifying system, temperature resistance for -45 C to +80 C and 500 meters water resistance. Speaking of water resistance, a basic 500M pass was not enough for Sinn, as they have had the EZM 13 independently tested and certified to German diving equipment standards EN 250/EN14143 and Din 8306 by DNV GL (click for more info). Clearly, Sinn's not messing around.
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Here is how it works. The complication's display is comprised of a daisy display in the center of the dial, as well as two windows underneath with the terms in French. Pressing the upper pusher causes one of the petals to slide under the dial and thus off the flower, and randomly selects a phrase to be displayed in the windows based on spinning discs below. Of course a chime sounds (due to the inclusion of a hammer and gong) each time the pusher is pressed. This is done until all the petals are gone and the last one reveals how he feels about you. The lower pusher resets the scene.
Mr. James is one of those people. He is part of a newer breed of stylized athlete superstars who don't just make a lot of money, but apparently decide to spend it wisely on nice things of good taste. At least that is their image. There is also the matter of the well-rounded athlete, that in addition to being a style leader, is also an idol and mentor. In basketball, men like Michael Jordan come to mind as being among the first. Though what has really changed since Michael Jordan is the new emphasis on luxury. So Mr. James isn't just a successful ball player for the Miami Heat who earns a handsome income, he is also a luxury taste maker and style connoisseur. And having gotten to that point I think is rather impressive.
While both the Chronograph 4 and the GMT 4 look great, I find a GMT to be a more interesting complication, especially when properly tuned for travel. There are a number of ways that a brand might attempt to implement a second timezone complication. For my wrist, a true GMT watch should be able to quickly, easily, and accurately change the time display to reflect local time while preserving some indication of home time and preferably AM/PM at home (so you're not calling friends or family when they're asleep). This is the methodology reflected by the Rolex GMT-Master II, which allows the user to advance the main hours hand in one hour "jumps," without stopping the seconds hand. So when you land in a new time zone, you can quickly update to the correct time without compromising the accuracy of the minutes or seconds display.
Though this does open up an interesting question. Why produce a new collection of ladies' watches that focuses on a complication? Over the last few years - especially high-end watch makers - have been pushing the idea that more and more women are interested in horology versus strictly fashion and aesthetics. While there are many very passionate female watch lovers, it hasn't been my experience that a lot of women are too concerned with complications. So I find it interesting that Chanel sees a lot of potential marketing what is essentially an astronomical complication-focused product.
You can see the movement through the sapphire crystal case back window on the back of the watch. There is a custom Bulgari rotor, but the rest is pretty much what you'd see in a Zenith watch. Does this represent a good value compared to Zenith watches? That is a good question. "Designer names" on otherwise equal products tend to result in higher prices overall. Is that the case here? Let's look at the Zenith Stratos with a Blue dial and bracelet also from 2013. Here you have an arguably similar watch. Steel case and bracelet, great attention to detail, and a movement which is more or less the same (both are El Primero automatic chronographs). Retail price on that Stratos in US dollars at the time of this review is about ,120.
If you are like me, you probably do not have many friends who are just all that in to watches. Sure, they might appreciate something you have, but they are not quite immersed in the scene, so to speak. Even with the amazing benefit I have got corresponding with our aBlogtoWatch team, and people in the industry, it is nice to get out from behind the emails and spend some time chatting over drinks about horology.
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Longines Heritage Diver Watches
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Longines Heritage Diver Watches
In essence then, the Rubber B Rolex Deepsea Glidelock watch strap stands out because, thanks to its two distinct features, it feels more like something the folks at Rolex might actually offer as an option. First and foremost, the strap is designed so you can swap over your Glidelock clasp (for more about this clasp, check out our review of the Rolex Submariner). This way, you can still keep that micro-adjustment ability to tune things throughout the day. Oh, and if you don't particularly see yourself diving, you can remove the divers extension, cutting down on some weight as well.