Aside from the meticulously polished case and attractive face, the features in this Campanola are useful. This version focuses on the calendar providing the month, year, date, and date of the week. Further, the calendar is perpetual, meaning it takes into consideration leap years and the different amount of days months have. Lastly, the watch has synchronized 24 hour hand built into the the seconds subdial. Citizen is able to lay out this information in a way with lovely intrigue.
It is worth noting that Virtual Ideas is based in Switzerland and is not limited to watch design only. It appears as though they offer a full industrial design shop, but watch design seems to be a specialty that they have. It is hard to say the type of work they do, and they are probably up there in price. You are probably going to have to help them along to get your idea just right. The good news is that they probably have a good concept of the available watch movements out there so that your watch will be at least somewhat based on a design that is possible to create without having to design a new movement.
Of great importance is the watch's movement. Yes this is a quartz watch. This is going to be a turn off for some people, but hear me out. While I prefer an automatic movement, there are numerous trade offs to having a mechanical watch. First, mechanical watches require more maintenance, and most importantly, they are far less accurate than quartz watches. At first I wished my Tag Heuer was an automatic model, but I slowly began to appreciate its high quality quartz movement. My Tag Heuer serves as the "I cannot decide which watch to wear today watch." It goes with almost any outfit. Always handsome, never out of place, and I always know people are going to like the watch. No one is going to ever ask me, "is that a Tag Heuer" you are wearing because they are not rare watch, but no one will dispute that it was a bad choice to own. Because my Tag Heuer Link has a quartz movement, I know I can pick it up anytime and it will be totally accurate. I never have to worry about adjusting the time, this is a rock-solidly reliable and accurate watch; and I love that about it.
The watch itself came in two versions. Each with yellow gold cases, but one with actual meteorite used for the dial of the watch. A good taste of the celestial for such a themed watch. The design is fitting for placement in a marble appointed museum, or alike, but the features make for comfortable daily wear. Size of the watch is 40mm. The watch is powered by an automatic in-house Ulysse Nardin movement, and is admirably legible given the amount of features that it has. I'd hate to see this watch run out of power, and the user spend hours trying to reset all the features. More likely, you'd have to send it back to Ulysse Nardin for such labor. There are several other similar watches in the aforementioned celestial themed series of watches made by master watch maker Ulysse Nardin, stay turned for more of them.
The JFA Four Watch Winder is also really quiet and only takes up as much space as necessary. I have two of them sitting next to each other, and I love them. They are easily the best watch winders I have ever owned. At a retail price of just under 0, they are not especially cheap, but they are a bargain given the market. If you are looking for a well designed watch winder at a reasonable price that is function first, and actually looks interesting while operating, my advice is to go with a JFA watch winder.
If you are a watch enthusiast or any other type of consumer who does not use eBay, you are tragically missing out on a world of available items and rare finds. Think about what eBay is. Essentially it creates a market for many types of goods which would otherwise sit in someone's house. It is monetizing the world of privately owned things that people want to sell. This means the market can determine the value, and the prices do not include company overhead.
A few years ago when Ford re-released the Thunderbird, they commissioned Ikepod to create a limited edition series of watches for the release. Apparently Ford realized that the target audience for the attractive to look at, not so fun to drive coupe would be aging Americans who perhaps had fond memories of the originals. Likewise, this demographic might be into fine watches, so the connection seemed logical. Whatever Ford was thinking, the Ikepod Thunderbird watches do the T-Bird's heritage justice. Very clean lines, inherently legible, with flamboyant colors that appear appropriate. You get lovely touches such as a nicely engraved "Thunderbird" logo across the top of the bezel, along with aquamarine cabochons in the pushers and crown that match the chronograph seconds hand. Of course, the iconic Thunderbird logo itself is proudly displayed on the face of the watch instead of the Ikepod logo for this special edition.
Sometimes you need to do more than merely appreciate or discuss what currently exists, you need to ask for things to be made. There are a variety of watches from makers such as Suunto, Polar, Linde Werdelin, and other that will tell you your body's temperature, and heart rate. With that information they will also attempt to tell you other information such as how many calories you are burning and peak exercise levels. But what if there existed a device that could turn weight loss and fitness into a more exact science.
One of the pictured models has a key pad right on the strap. That is pretty cool actually. Now you just have to imagine holding your wrist up to your ear to talk, Dick Tracy style. "What's that Chief?" You've got the picture. There is actually nothing particularly outstanding from a technological standpoint about these watches. We can make very small cellphones, but we are really limited by practicality, battery size, and sheer ergonomics. Watch phones like these are social experiments in what might come next. If they grow popular, more will pop up. Right now, it is nice to know that watch phones exist, at least somewhere, and it is cool that they will work in the US (AT&T and T-Mobile).
I am always happy to share when a Citizen Campanola watch is available. Here is a relatively rare version which incorporates a true minute repeater, with a regulator face. A regulator is watch that has a separate dial for the hours and minutes. Here, the larger main dial indicates the minutes, while a smaller sub-dial indicates the hours. Of course there is a lot else at play on this watch, and the selection of the dials and gauges is quite fascinating.
De Fine Time is an eBay store that often has a couple of Citizen Campanola watches available for auction. As the watches are becoming more popular, more people are bidding, but you are still getting an amazing deal compared with retail prices. Having purchased from them before, I can say that their products are as described, and they are pleasant to deal with.
Schwarzenegger: There are two things that the Schwarzenegger watch is trying to do, emulate Schwarzenegger the man, and Schwarzenegger the actor (in the Terminator movies mostly). The Schwarzenegger watch is based on the popular Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch. There are some new design cues, and the back is engraved with an ode to Arnold, along with his signature. Schwarzenegger is one of the worlds most popular actors. Married in to the Kennedy family, and is California's worst spoken Governor. Many hope that he will someday return to make movies, others hope that he will succeed in amending the US Constitution to allow for foreign-born Presidents.
Another illustrative example regards mention of eBay. The owner of Timezone.com is Antiquorum.com. A venue for conducting watch related auctions. The obvious competitor is eBay, but the differences are extreme, and you'll not often hear someone comparing to the two. Regardless, the mere mention of eBay on Timezone.com can get you banned. Members often have to result to saying things such as "that online auction site" i order to avoid mention of eBay. This is remarkably silly, and it is outstanding that the sophisticated members who add all the value that Timezone.com has by posting there, put up with this status quo. The only rationale being that most members don't know about these polices. Sure a member will occasionally discover that their friends and fellow posters on Timezone have disappeared. Those many who fall into the ether are banned for life, never to come back and complain.
The "highlight" of the night was a Powerpoint presentation over dinner. The host Jeff Kingston, made an overly length lecture on a bunch of new watches that were shown at Basel World. I spoke with Mr. Kingston after the presentation to thank him, he was obtuse and unfriendly. So during the presentation, there was some remark about a new low price level for platinum watches I believe. The watch was shown on the screen, and after indicating that it would go for only "k" the audience actually gasped. I rolled my eyes and figured I needed to get out of there.
For 2008, the Citizen Promaster line has some new looks, and incorporates and Eco-Drive and radio controlled movement. This means that they are powered by light, and accuracy is dictated by the radio signals sent from an atomic clock (if you are in Western Europe, Japan, or the US). The Eco-Drive movement has been around for a while, and works wonderfully as long as the watch is worn a few times a week, or is stored in a location with amble lighting. These models have no energy reserve indicator, but can hold a charge for months on end.
Citizen Calibre 3100 Watch: Perpetual Calendar With Eco-Drive
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Citizen Calibre 3100 Watch: Perpetual Calendar With Eco-Drive
Reference 145.022 Speedmaster Professional from 1982