To say that I was excited about my first visit to the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair – and my first time in Asia, for what it's worth – would be a massive understatement. You see, over the years, we have written dozens of Inside The Manufacture articles, accumulating our experiences in plenty of Swiss and other manufacturers, from the tiny one-man workshop to the state of the art manufacturing facilities of industry giants like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and many others.
True enough, a survey of the many watch faces on FaceRepo finds many homages to actual watches that are just plain wrong. Sometimes, the design has included various enhancements to build upon the ability for a smartwatch to indicate lots of useful information, such as calendar and weather data. Other times, these homage Android Wear smartwatch dials aren't even of "real" watches but of fakes. Yes, you can find Android Wear watch faces inspired by fake versions of real watches. However, I think the value to the watch industry of participating in the smartwatch watch face game outweights the potential risks. First of all, no one will mistake a smartwatch for a real mechanical watch. Second, the positive name recognition and branding benefits of having limitless consumers "try before they buy" is potentially priceless.
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A few years ago, the watch industry was brought back to life by the efforts of small independent watch brands that were suddenly able to reach new audiences thanks to the internet. Without major advertising budgets or retailer networks, these small brands sought to capture people's attention via use of innovative or just "different" designs. Some hearkened more to classic design, while some were plainly novel with a focus on the abstract, avant-garde, or just plain futuristic. Many very good designers struggled to get their often very good designs noticed without having to latch-on to a larger company.
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This same Blancpain Villeret watch can be obtained in a simpler form without the perpetual calendar and moonphase complications, but there is something about this model that fits the Blancpain brand so well. The Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours watch combines the elegance of a classic gold case and smooth mesh-style gold bracelet with an attractive and highly refined in-house made self-winding perpetual calendar mechanical movement. It is among the rare complicated timepieces that one can wear on a daily basis, given the reasonable dimensions of the case and straight-forward legibility of the dial. It also happens to have a striking amount of 18k red gold when on the matching gold bracelet. Priced at ,200 for this ref. 6659-3631-MMB model.
You will most likely immediately notice that the dial layouts of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph and the Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph are a bit different. Blancpain merely decided to remove the running seconds hand above 6 o'clock to offer a cleaner, more simple layout on the Villeret model. So if you want to measure seconds on this watch, you'll need to run the chronograph. Also, the space left open by the subsidiary seconds dial's absence leaves room the date window, which feels more symmetrical being over 6 o'clock than between 4 and 5 o'clock, as it is on the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph model.
Originally, Abraham Louis Breguet created the tourbillon back in 1795 to counteract the effects of gravity on the escapement of the pocket watch while kept in a pocket. The theory was that the constant force of gravity pressed down on the regulating system of the movement and hampered its precision. Whether this is true or not, I don't know. In any case, it does not really matter as the actual original purpose of the tourbillon is redundant anyway. The tourbillon has rather become a testament to exemplary craftsmanship. The more complex the tourbillon, the more credibility is given to the company.
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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on November 30, 2014 for the winner to be chosen at random. A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non-US entrants may apply based on sponsor's policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor's inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner, you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.
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What happens is that as the mechanism starts to function the sapphire crystal dial (on which the numerals reside) begins to rotate counter-clockwise while the hour hand proceeds clockwise, at a different pace – and this is where the artistry comes in. Essentially, the point is that such "destruction" of the accurate indication of time should set you free from the limits of time and allow to proceed at your own pace. From a more down-to-earth approach this clearly is another, unique "tour de force" in mechanical engineering, something that they did because they could and not because it was in any way particularly necessary or useful – but we are already used to seeing Richard Mille doing that.
The A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual was the world's first watch with an automatic movement, perpetual calendar and an "out-size date" – and that achievement is all the more impressive if we consider that all this complexity has been squeezed into a three-tier movement that is only 5.7 millimeters thick. So, if you are a person "expecting technical progress," you will be delighted to know that we are off to a solid start here. All in all, the A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual offers a rather mind-boggling array of functions, that includes a perpetual calendar with large date, day of the week, month, phase of the moon, leap year, and day-night indications, as well as a subsidiary seconds hand with zero-reset function, and of course automatic winding.
You can see that previous article for more information, but in a nutshell, rather than work with outside partners, Porsche Design will be doing watch production themselves. Apparently, that also means in-house movement production in the future, but we aren't there yet. For now, Porsche Design has released two new timepieces (essentially the same watch with different case finishes, but with two different names) that are the Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 and the Porsche Design Chronograph Titanium Limited Edition. Nice watches, but the names are a bit bland.
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While most recreational divers tend to plan dives with no-decompression stops, having the knowledge that you need that decompression stop readily during a dive makes for a safer experience. And again, while I realize that a modern dive computer will readily give you this information and much more, there remain two realities that still make the Citizen a great companion for me.
IAT is no boutique; the event offers unlimited access to all watches, and hands-on is the rule, not the exception. At “It’s About TIME” Get-Togethers for Watch Enthusiasts, watch fans from the Greater Miami Area are assured of VIP access to the best of times.
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However, on purchasing the Ultimaker 2 3D printer, i thought it would be interesting to try and create a more detailed version of the watch. I had achieved as much detail as I could at real size with the previous project, so the option of up-scaling for this new project was chosen.
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Of course, there are still two major issues with the Apple Watch replacing your wallet. First, is the fact that if the battery runs out on your Apple Watch or iPhone, then you effectively have nothing. Second, is your ID. As far as I know, there is no digital equivalent or copy of an official identification card such as a driver's license or passport. Once such unique identifiers become safely digital, then it might be possible to kiss your traditional wallet goodbye. I know I'd like that because my wallet averages about two inches thick - and I hate carrying it around... as much as I seem to like filling it up with pieces of paper and plastic.
How Does The Quality Of The Apple Watch Compare With Traditional Luxury Watches?
ABTW: Do you still have it? Or have you moved on to something else?
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