Like many high-speed chronograph watches, the Timewriter II has two balance wheels. One for the time running at 2.5 hertz, and another one used for the chronograph. 50 hertz is still fast, but is slow enough that Montblanc feels it can resist wear and tear for a good while if the chronograph is used a lot. The power reserve for the chronograph is a full 45 minutes. Which is actually a long time given the speed and power requirements of the system. The chronograph has a double column-wheel system and uses a pusher located on the top of the case to activate, stop, and reset the chronograph.
Article and images contributed by Michael Maximilien:
More than many watches, the Executive Dial Time watch received a fair number of compliments while on my wrist. I guess it does have a nice "executive" look to it. The strap is available in both textured rubber and alligator. The double-fold over push-button deployant is made from smooth polished metal in a style I've never seen before. Even that element has a lot of attention put into it. Overall, it is the many small details that make this a good watch. I glowingly praise it to anyone who might benefit from its functions and can see this handsome watch sitting on their wrist. As seen, the retail price for the Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time watch is ,700.
Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Dome Watch Hands-On
3 Commentsby Ariel Adams
Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Dome Watch Hands-On
Jaquet Droz automata didn’t end with birds. A range of animals and humans were created in an endless assortment of incredibly decadent items. Again, these were marketed toward the ultra-wealthy, who wanted each to be more magnificent than the last. In an age of electronics, computers, and robots, these two centuries old mechanical creations don’t at all fail to put a smile on your face when seeing them operate today.
Ernst Benz as a brand is many things - with an interesting assortment of watches and celebrity relationships. For me, Ernst Benz is most importantly the brand that uses the Disney font for their logo. Who else can claim that? Now you'll never look at their logo the same way again. For review I have been strapped to their new Chronolunar Officer - a steel beast with a heart of gears.
The 1:Face watch will retail for about when it is available soon. Mirza's agency will no doubt use their full efforts to push as much buzz as possible on the brand and its "charitable" mission. Personally I approach products such as this with extreme skepticism. I understand the business, the tactics, and what is at stake. I also understand the profits to be made. Those interested in charitable contributions should simply charitably contribute to charities. Sometimes doing it with a limited edition product or auction is fine, but don't do it by buying a product if your actual goal is to help people. Although sometimes we can use that as a mental justification for simply buying something we desire.
The core of the Nike+FuelBand is the simplified gamification of living an active life. Think of the colored LEDs as if they were a status meter to your next level. That's where the FuelBand succeeds. It doesn't beg for your attention in any way but allows you to access and track your stats when and how you want, even unlocking achievements over time for reaching certain goals. Since it does blend into your daily life, the FuelBand might just keep you using it and help in getting you moving. Those unsure if it's a good fit for them might find the 0 USD price point a bit steep. I would imagine that the price will drop in the future as Nike sells more and potentially comes out with new versions but that probably won't happen too soon given the current hype and limited availability. If you are looking for device which tracks your daily activity without the need to input information as you go along this might be for you. Watch-lovers will also appreciate that it isn't as much of a watch replacement as many competing products are and can be worn at the same time. Nike didn't reach too far with the FuelBand but did manage to put together a solid addition to their Nike+ line of products. It does exactly what you expect of it and should find its way onto many wrists.
Measuring 44mm across and 11.5mm thick, the GAF is nicely sized for a sport watch and its stainless steel case exhibits a simple style that is fitting for a tool or military application. The overall style would suggest that the GAF is a pilot's watch with its flieger-style hands and military-inspired dial and I think the proportions are pretty good, though the minute hand is a little shorter than I prefer.
This was a pretty cool and innovative new watch that I got to learn about at the 2012 GTE event in Geneva recently. The brand is called DDietrich (by Mr. Dietrich) and they have at least two models right now. One is called the Night and another is called the Snow. The Night is nice and good but the Snow really caught my eye.
One of the top watches that I was excited to see at SIHH 2012 was the updated version of the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph. The original Datograph from quite a while ago was an awesome watch and one of Lange's best aside from their iconic Lange 1 range. It is one of the only Lange watches you could sort of call sporty, and it was I believe the only Lange watch with a black dial. Those high contrast chronograph subdials and that smoothly integrated chronograph along with the big date indicator made for a great look.
eBay's Fashion Vault is holding a dedicated high-end watch sale called the "Luxury Timepiece Event" which is going on now for a few more days. It features mostly (but not all) Rolex watches. The Fashion Vault is eBay's answer to semi-private sales for discounted high-end goods (mostly fashion stuff, of course). They work with their trusted retailer partners to schedule these sales events from time to time. Being part of the Fashion Vault membership informs you about when new events begin and also offers other useful promotions, but anyone can buy/bid on the items in the sale. By the way, joining the Fashion Vault is free can be done here.
Inset chronograph subdials with a hint of texture offer exactly the right amount of decor and sense of dial depth. The hands are the right length, which really (really) helps the dial look its best. Too short hands on a watch like this would have totally killed it for me. Right now Dent offers three versions of the Ministry Chronograph, with black, silver, or cream dials.
Tolerance between hour and minute indication rotors and inside of epitrochoids: 0.20mm
I am not sure what Mille Miglia watches aren't limited editions these days. Most all seem to be. The steel version will be available as a set of 2,012 pieces, while the 18k rose gold version will be available as a set of 250 pieces. Inside the watches are a modified Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. The movement has been upgraded with a GMT hand for a second time zone, and has been COSC Chronometer certified for accuracy. Price for the steel model is ,610, and in 18k rose gold it is ,880. For that cash you at least get the iconic racing tire tread rubber strap.
Each of the watches is in steel, but some of them are black ion plated (IP), which Seiko calls "hard black coating." My favorite feature on each of the pieces is an engraving on the side of the case. Seiko uses the Star Wars universe "Aurebesh" language when engraving the name of the character. I thought that was pretty cool. On watches for Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Yoda, Seiko uses a central seconds hand (might be for the chronograph) that is in the same color as the character's light saber. It makes sense but I've never thought to see a watch hand as a light saber. I like how in the Seiko press release they go out of their way to explain that a light saber is the weapon of a Jedi knight in Star Wars. As though the people interested in these watches aren't familiar with that fact?
When I wrote my Baselworld 2012 recap, I pointed to this watch as being one of my top picks from the show. There is nothing inherently novel or innovative about it. Nor does it represent a new design direction for Bell & Ross. Still, the piece is extremely appealing and well-done from a design perspective. So why is it still a top pick and great watch from Bell & Ross?
For a solidly made Swiss watch at a price that won't make most people's heads spin around, Hamilton is one of the few good options. In fact, between Hamilton, Tissot, Certina, and Longines, the Swatch Group has the sub ,000 Swiss made mechanical watch market almost cornered. This Hamilton Cushion in the Jazzmaster collection is a solid mechanical watch buy for under ,000.
aBtR:Many readers will know Phosphor for its use of E INK displays on models like the World Timer, why was E INK not used for the Touch Time? DB: We are huge fans of E INK and we are the only watch manufacturer currently making watches with that display technology. On this particular project we needed a display which had a higher resolution on a small screen size than E INK displays are currently able to do.
Matt white or black dial with round or pyramid-shaped LumiNova index markers at all hour markers. Date indicator at 4.30
A little while back I discussed the full Bovet Recital collection going from the Recital 1 through the 0. The curious collection started out simply, but quickly grew more and more complex. For a while, each new model seemed to just build on the last and add complications. This Recital 0 goes back to the Recital 1 and 2 in terms of having the time, tourbillon, and power reserve indicator only. As far as the "simple" Recitals go, the 0 is my favorite.