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Just a few more days to enter for a chance to win your very own skeletonized automatic mechanical Breil Orchestra watch. Click here to enter for a chance to get one.
Two of my favorite features, which are new in this model, are the oysterlock with easylink clasp and the ceramic bezel. First, the clasp. It is secured with two locks, the first to close the bracelet and the second to lock it with a fall over gold buckle adorned with the Rolex crown logo. It is by far my favorite clasp on a steel bracelet watch as it is comfortable yet very secure. It has a feel that you must wear to understand… simply superb.
Get ready for some offline watch love. Real Life Horology (RLH) is an event series that aBlogtoRead.com will facilitate dedicated to bringing you together with watch makers and other watch lovers. The idea is simple: sign up (below) as a Real Life Horology member and when an event in your area is planned, you'll be notified and invited. All events will be RSVP only, and anyone can join.Read more ›
Few watch brands have as strong a symbiotic relationship with motorsports as Tag Heuer. Many of their most famous models are tributes to notable elements within the world of motorsport, consider the Camaro, Carrera, Silverstone, Monza, Formula 1, and of course, the Monaco. Tag has made special editions for not only Mercedes but also McLaren, one of the most successful F1 teams of all time. In addition to the manufactures, Tag Heuer has also seen their brand represented by some of F1's best drivers, including Alain Prost, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna. Other brands have tried to connect themselves with motorsports but from track day junkies like Steve McQueen, to modern day World Champions like Jenson Button, Tag Heuer has become the reigning watch brand in motorsports. A big marketing campaign success by most accounts.
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The skeletonization is very thorough and you can see each of the important elements of the watch in detail. Those who appreciate mechanical movements will enjoy seeing the escapement and balance wheel moving while viewing the front of the watch. Pulling out the crown to adjust the time provides a clear view of how all the gears work together to move the hands and adjust the time. The skeletonization is not only visually satisfying but really helps you appreciate a mechanical watch movement without having to spend a fortune.
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PAC-MAN has probably been the subject of less expensive watches, but this is the first time the popular yellow glutton is featured on a luxury product. Based on the RJ Moon Invaders watch collection, the PAC-MAN watches recreate a view of the game play complete with high-quality rendered pixelated characters. Romain Jerome uses a very sophisticated dial production process which layers material to be crisp and offer a true three-dimensional view.Read more ›
The most obvious design element carried over from the car is the general look of the dial. It was clearly based on the dashboard clock found in the GAZ M21. This multi-layered display consists of a raised grey central disc and outer ring while the space between is black with a phonographic finish. The Arabic numerals around the outer ring are printed with SuperLuminova. The numbers at 12 are flipped to read "21", a subtle tie in to the model number both the watch and car share. The hour marker at 12 o'clock on the inner black ring was swapped for a profile view of the GAZ 21 stag hood ornament. A date window sits in place of the 3 o'clock marker and is thinly framed in orange, the color used in the GAZ company logo. It's a nice splash of color that is just enough to be fun without looking out of place on the otherwise monochromatic watch. UNIQ's brand logo sits unobtrusively at 6 o'clock on the central disc. It would have been nice to see hands closer to those on the original dashboard clock but that would have likely pushed the price significantly higher. This choice is understandable given the company philosophy of affordability. The ends of the hands are also painted with SuperLuminova which help with night legibility. The hands do look a little small for the dial but that is the same on the original clock. Also like the clock, there is no second hand.
To start, the Hublot Safe is 180 kilograms in weight. The mostly steel safe is like a large outer cylinder with an inner rotating cylinder. That rotating cylinder has two sides of winders with the capacity to wind 42 watches. In mostly black, the safe has panels of carbon fiber, and you’ll notice that it uses larger versions of Hublot’s signature “H” screws.Read more ›
Featuring the same pusher locking system seen in the original RM032 Dive Chronograph we showed you here, turning the inner ring around the crown locks both the crown and pushers from use and secures the watch for dives of up to 300m. Similar to the locking system seen in much of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor range, the Richard Mille system offers an easy and visually verifiable way of locking its controls, not only for water resistance but also to ensure that the measure taken by the watch cannot be interrupted while diving. As cool as this system, and indeed the entire RM032 Dark Diver is, I doubt that many buyers will take such a watch diving, let alone to great depths.
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2. Breguet Classique Chronometrie 10 Hz Watch
The watch case is 48mm wide in black ceramic. The gold tone is mixed with a dash of green in honor of the Jamaican flag, and are actually a product of using a 2N gold powder coating on the strap and flange ring. In the subsidiary seconds dial is a silhouette of Usain's signature pose. The best part is that it looks good on his wrist, and if you are a tall Jamaican Olympic runner it might look good on your wrist as well. Again, Hublot will make 250 pieces of the limited edition King Power Usain Bolt watch.Read more ›
The Richard Mille 032 Dark Diver Chronograph is both undeniably cool and almost completely impractical. The original RM032 carried a price tag of 5,000 and the Dark Diver, being limited to just 30 pieces, will cost only 0,000 USD. Just like a top-tier supercar, a Richard Mille should be prohibitively expensive, the price is part of the attraction for a sensational product like the RM032. Pricing aside, the Dark Diver is very large and tonally quite boisterous, but I suppose that is the point of a watch like this. Regardless of the fact that I will never own one, I love Richard Mille watches as they represent the cutting edge, a product of one of the dynamic elements within modern watch making. Surprisingly, there is a lot of competition to be found at the six figure price point, but Richard Mille is doing as they please and the RM032 certainly won't be confused for a similarly priced Patek, Lange or Opus.
Live (when recorded that is) from Philadelphia John and I talk business and politics (watch politics). We cover the new MB&F MoonMachine, Buben & Zorweg, as well our new friend Tim.Read more ›