Third generation Central Watch owner Steve Kivel never intended on perpetuating the family business. His grandfather Max opened the show in 1952, and his father Larry later handed the operation over to Steve - who was always intent on doing something else with his life. Perhaps it was that watch making was in his DNA that kept him at Central Watch. His father Larry is still at the shop working on watches regularly.
The Trident is a more military themed watch that can do double duty as a surf watch. That is probably the best way of explaining it. At 40mm wide, it is medium in size, but wears larger due to the thickness of the case and the lug width. Around the case are extra applied metal plates that Reactor claims offer more shock protection overall. There are actually stories of active military personnel explaining how Trident watches which have were subjected to extreme abuse seemed to happily survive. I believe it.
Is it strange for Piaget to be placing their movements in other watches that are also ultra-thin formal pieces? Not really. Piaget started out making only movements and not watches. And, as far as Richemont is concerned, it is positive branding for Piaget and for the marques that contain their movements. So I consider the Piaget movement in the Pierre Arpels watch to be a plus.
Hamilton will build 1,892 pieces of the limited edition Khaki Navy Pioneer. In addition to this model they will offer a non-limited version as I mentioned. The standard Khaki Navy Pioneer will have some distinct differences. First, the case is smaller - I believe about 42mm wide. Second, while it looks similar, the detailing on the case and dial aren't quite as sharp as the higher-end limited edition piece. The standard version is also not a convertible watch and will not detach from the case nor come with the neat marine chronometer box.
"Watch What-If" is a special column on aBlogtoRead.com that asks the playful question "what if an iconic watch you know and love was offered in a different style?" The idea embraces a good timepiece's core design and has fun by offering new colors and material concepts to stimulate your senses. These ideas may be provocative, artistic, or just plain silly. This is about fun, Photoshop, and the celebration of wrist watch design and experimentation. The original design we work off will always be at the bottom of the article. The designs are brought to life by Beau Hudspeth who does the artwork and conceptualizing after he and I choose the models and styles to focus on. These special design experiments are extremely time consuming and labor intensive but we hope you enjoy the results. Ideas and comments are more than welcome. Enough response may even lead to a round two of design of the same watch - so please comment below. You are also encouraged to suggest watches that make it into the Watch What-If section here on aBlogtoRead.com.
The Rolex models don't change much and some are so common that on a recent trip to the US east coast, I counted three of us, in close proximity, wearing Rolexes in the train at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson airport going from one terminal to the next.