2. IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On
2. IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On
At present, the current flagship models will be within the Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph collection of watches. There are actually nine distinct models available when you combine the various strap options for the PVD black and gold C41/SRG-01, PVD gold C41/SGO-01, and steel with PVD gray bezel C41/SRG-01 pieces. Each of the three versions are available with a matching rubber, leather, or Milanese mesh metal bracelet.
Ferrari North America recently celebrated 60 years of the iconic Italian car maker's presence in the United States market. The main celebration was in Beverly Hills, California with a weekend of events including a tour of Ferrari cars on Rodeo Drive, a few parties, and a car auction. As the official watch making partner of Ferrari, Hublot was there attending the events and, of course, with a new limited edition watch, the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary reference 401.QX.0123.VR.FSX14 timepiece.
They were presenting the commercial version of what will be among the most exclusive watches in the world from one of the biggest brands – the Bulova Accu-Swiss Percheron 24k gold watch that we first debuted back at Baselworld 2014. It is the first watch in the world that has a solid 24k gold case. A bit odd at first, I have to say that the insane concept behind the 24k gold watch has grown on me, assuming I had a spare ,000 to spend.
While the TAG Heuer Formula 1 GMT doesn't have the fancy two-tone ceramic bezel as the Rolex GMT-Master II Day/Night, it does cost about ,000 less. Let's just say that the two watches aren't exactly neck-in-neck competitors, but it is a good idea to know how and when watchmakers "give design compliments" to one another. The bezel of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 GMT happens to be aluminum. As mentioned above, the steel case is 41mm wide but wears large, given the tonneau-style (barrel-shaped) case. Mostly brushed, the case and bracelet have a decidedly sober and sporty theme to them.
More restrained, and yet technically very impressive watches, are of course also available on Amazon – watches like this IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater. Those less into watches may be surprised to learn what a minute repeater does – and the amazing ways it may affect your life – as Bob Jenkins experienced:
The watch is placed on a satisfyingly heavy, somewhat rigid leather strap with a deployant clasp - it may be my favorite deployant I’ve ever worn. For one, it’s very comfortable on the wrist, almost to the point that I forgot it was there, and it never snags hairs. But what I like best about it is the exquisite perlage work on its locking mechanism – a detail that really personalizes the watch. With a deployant, you’re constantly locking and unlocking it, so to get this little visual surprise throughout your day is delightful: a secret only for the wearer of the watch. Alas, the movement, showcased via an exhibition sapphire caseback, has very little decoration – a surprise coming from Vulcain, which usually excels in this area. With little striping or jewelling, the movement comes off as a bit austere and industrial, with only a skeletonized rotor adding visual interest. (That said, the skeletonized rotor does look very, very cool).
The stock alligator-printed mahogany leather band here feels so much more luxurious than one might expect: padded and lined with supple suede, it feels great against the skin. The refined feel of the mechanism also feels like it comes from a much more expensive timepiece. Setting the hour felt unexpectedly smooth, and the quick-set date turns with a satisfying click; these were joys I looked forward to every time I put the watch on. And oh yeah, all of these watches kept near-perfect time over the many weeks I wore them.
The conclusion is that the new workforce is channeled to the city where it will certainly lower wages – as they have been earning only about 30% of the city wages, they will be willing to work for considerably less. In other words – and, I must say, I tried to imagine what it must be like for those who are working in the factories presently – keeping wages low is of top priority and should be achieved at borderline insane costs. Economically, all this makes sense, as (other then keeping the Chinese currency, the Yuan weak) wages are a key factor in keeping Chinese made products cheap and competitive on the world market. What made me go into such detail about this is that this forum was a brief and yet very telling insight into the cultural differences and the inner workings of China.
HM6 Space Pirate Tech Specs from MB&F
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Model: New Irony Alu Big
Dial: Blue with white and orange designs, date window at 3 o’clock
Case: Aluminum with opaque blue plastic insert and blue crown
Bracelet: Rubberized blue leather with white stitching
The three pieces are fairly similar to one another, all featuring the same 44mm case and similar dial layouts. For the Mühle-Glashütte Robert Mühle Auf/Ab (which stands for up/down, and indicates the inclusion of the power reserve meter at 12 o'clock), they have gone with a dial design that mimics those found on the early pocket watches produced by the brand. To further that effect, they have put several layers of varnish on the dial to give an enameled look to the piece.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite Dial remains in its 39 millimeter wide case. For those intrigued by its design and array of complications, but not necessarily by precious metals, it will be good news that both the original and the 2015 versions are available in pink gold and steel. Regardless of case materials, both 2013 models came with a silvered, "sunray-brushed" dial - certainly a very restrained canvas for the conservatively (and elegantly) styled dial, with its small day and month apertures, running seconds and moon phase subdial at 6 o'clock, made complete with the central date.
The sad thing about Ressence is that its appeal goes further than most people's budgets. It doesn't tout itself as a luxury product, but rather a well-made item for design loving engineers. It really does focus on function and form equally, and that is very rare to say about a watch, especially one from someone who entered the industry with such a big punch and who just keeps on refining his own ideas in a totally unpretentious way.
That circular part with the gold colored wheel displayed under the skeletonized bridge just by the two hammers is called the governor, and it is a key component of just about any repeater watch: in perfect harmony with its name, the governor's duty is to ensure that every single chime follows the previous in a timely manner, and that the individual chimes are not all over the place, ruining the musicality of the complication.
While I really like the Tudor Black Bay, I have to admit that the original brown dial and the burgundy bezel felt a little overdone to my eyes. Even in dressier forms like the Tudor Black Bay, I like my divers to be a bit more muted. So, when I was first handed a Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue (79220B) during a Tudor-hosted dinner at Baselworld this past March, I was thrilled to find the aesthetic had been dialled back. Though perhaps a little less romantic, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue is the quietly-confident and understated of these two nearly-identical twins.
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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.
Whenever I would rush through the ground floor to meet with some brand or another, I could see guests looking at the watch – and again, the reason why SalonQP is in a rather unique position is that the watch did leave its glass sarcophagus and was shown to anyone who requested it. Getting to personally see and experience such extremely rare watches is a special opportunity, and I feel that as long as the exhibition sticks to its open and welcoming nature, it will have new and returning guests year after year. Needless to say, this kind of "openness" also helps bring the particular brand in question much closer to the visitors.