I recently nominated a few key luxury watch brands for a reader poll on Luxist.com. The poll was to determine what brand people considered to be the top luxury brand. Not exactly a scientific study, but it is interested to see what people who read the world's top luxury blog had to say on the topic. It wasn't too difficult to consider the nominees. It wasn't a matter of who necessary made the best looking or most mechanically perfect watches, but rather about perception.
Watches by the way make excellent gifts. They are always appreciate, highly sentimental, and of course functional. Below you will find a growing list of special deals or recommended places to buy items for the holiday season. Some specials are only for aBlogtoRead.com readers, and may be limited in duration. So act soon.
2CAn Watch And Intica Watch Winder
* Shock Resistant
* 100M Water Resistant
* LED Light with Afterglow
* World Time
* 29 time zones (48 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off
* 5 Daily Alarms (1 with snooze)
* Countdown Timer
* Mearuring Unit: 1 Second
* Measuring Capacity: 24 Hours
* 1/100 second stopwatch
* Measuring capacity: 59'59.99"
* Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
* Hourly Time Signal
* Full Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099)
* 12/24 Hour Format
* Button Tone Operation On/Off
* Accuracy: +/- 30 seconds per month
* Battery CR1616
* Approx. battery life: 3 years
* Module 2994
Next for Seiko is working to share with people outside Japan what they have been doing for decades. While it may be late, Seiko has finally decided to share themselves with the world. You’ll be hearing more impressive things about Seiko, and more importantly, you’ll have access to some of these fantastic timepieces that mostly only Japan has been able up until now. The first step is the new Ananta line of luxury Seiko watches that will beat your expectations.Read more ›
Sapphire crystal is bit domed which gives it a personal look, it doesn't distort the vision of the dial as high domes do. But it gives the watch more of the look of it's own. Dial of the watch is clean, bold and utilitarian. Time is easy to read at glance and the hands are easily distinguished from each other. Bold orange color starts to be bit of a cliche at the watch industry since everyone and their niece is doing them. But in this particular watch the color, which is nice sunset orange, gives it some character and sort of reminds me of northern lights, warmth of the midsummer sun and fire in the fireplace when having a cup of coffee after a dive in icy waters. It's not that it's terribly unique choice for a dial, just that it has been carried-out in a way which makes it just right.
Indulge in a venerable orgy of carbon fiber as it caresses your wrist and arouses your eyes. I just made myself laugh with that last comment. But really, for carbon fiber watch lovers, you'll be happy to know Bell & Ross is there for you. In more ways one - case, strap, and dial. New in this BR01 limited edition watch collection are two all carbon fiber watch. The BR01-92 (three hand) and BR01-94 (chronograph). You'll further notice that the watches pick up the "Pro" styling that was first seen in the BR01-94 Pro Titanium watch discussed here.
* Case: 44mmx12mm
* Lug width: 22mm
* Glass: Flat sapphire glass (case back mineral)
* Movement: Swiss manual movement ETA 6498-1
* Modifications by Soprod
* Cote de Geneve finishing
* chronometre grade adaptations, screwed balance
* Dial: Hand forged Damascus steel with grade-5 titanium index markers.
* Crown: Oversize in Damascus stainless steel with large gold fitted diamond
* Hands: Polished and blued
* Handcrafted and naturally tanned reindeer strap with traditional Lappish tin ornamentation
A lot went in to the durability of the watch. The case is 1000 meters water resistant, has shock protection, and is antimagnetic. The case also has a built-in helium escape valve. The sapphire crystal is domed a bit and 3mm thick. You have an overall very capable design, plus some unique little cues. Take for example the special caseback screw - shaped like the Kazimon logo, the tool shaped like a propeller fits into the back of the watch if you need to remove the case back and access the Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement.
Mondaine has a truly dizzying array of watches. So many to choose from. Good news is that they have a relatively useful watch finder on their website that you can check out here. I really dig the Sports II collection of watches. Just great looking timepieces, and they have textured dials with tritium gas tubes in the hands. They also have some automatic versions of their watches, and the ladies' timepieces are pretty nice as well. You can tell that the last two images are of women's watches.
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What's most interesting about the Dior Christal Mysterieuse is that the electro-mechanical movement is always in motion. Featuring a total of six sapphire discs - the Quinting manufacture is composed of three fixed plates and three mobile discs rotate to indicate the days, hours and minutes. This mechanism allows the dial faÃ§ade to perpetually rotate, returning to its initial position only once a month.
For me the watch is an impressive tour de force of the magic that gets so many of us interesting in mechanical watches - the type of item with a spirit that would inspire us to put up a poster of it up, the same way a child too young to drive hastily tapes a Ferrari poster to his wall. A item that remains most likely an unattainable dream, showing the world that we too, can appreciate those things in life which are finely engineered. And with the Gerald Genta Arena Metasonic watch that too is a reality. For it is part of a limited edition, of only 10 pieces which are painfully hand made and assembled. Coming with a lofty, fantasy-like price of 0,000. Even though that is less money that the .5 million Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica watch set, it feels less tangible and more of a story book relic.Read more ›
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Compared to many other watches out there Cartier watches are simple, but the devil is in the polish and the details. The refined designs are flattering to the wearer and function well as timepieces. The smooth sides of the square Santos are enhanced by screws on the rubber coated black bezel and on the segmented rubber strap. Contrasting finishes of polish and brushed finished adorn the surfaces of the case. The dial is angular and sharp in its lines, while the case itself has softer curves to it. A utilitarian feel comes from the bolt style crown - finished off with a jewelry style black jewel cabochon in it.
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Another retro themed watch from Breitling? Who'd have thought it? The brand we love to love, but that itself hates the Internet (just visit their website and you'll know what I mean) brings us a new watch with the Breitling Cosmonaute Automatic Chronograph. Sort of an overly simplistic name if you ask me, but I like the whole connection with space travel. Interestingly enough, the watch has the word "cosmonaute" (cosmonaut) in it that I at least associate with Russian astronauts, but the watch is meant to celebrate an American feat. So what exactly is going on here in the Breitling marketing department? It used to be that watch companies mostly focused on the American space industry, but now you have an incredible shift in focusing on the Russian - and to smaller extent Japanese - space programs. I believe it is because Omega has the US market cornered with the Speedmaster Moonwatch, and Russians are buying watches like mad (and will again as soon as the economy rounds itself out a bit). Just some speculation though.
I am about to discuss modified Rolex watches more often. I have been fascinated by this concept for a while and it is about time I delved deeper into this world. There are really two major types of Rolex watch modifications. One is modifying new Rolex watches, while the other is modifying older or vintage Rolex watches (usually Submariners and Daytonas). This is the Pro-Hunter Military Single Red DeepSea. It is one of the former varieties of Rolex modders (there they secretly buy up new Rolex watches to do their mad scientist work on the watches). Pro-Hunter starts with a Rolex DeepSea Sea-Dweller, and ends up with this interesting result. What I like is that the watch is immediately noticeable as a Rolex, but has its share of little differences that give it that "pimp my Rolex" vibe.
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Check out this video from TheTimeTV.com that has Mr. Patrizzi talking about the Only Watch 2009 auction. Osvaldo Patrizzi is the guy behind Patrizzi & Co., the auction house and major organizer behind the Only Watch events. The video has lots of shots of the watches. You'll want to see this unless you were among those people who got to see the watches on their traveling tour around the world. Getting you all excited pre-bidding time. Don't you love the logo for the event? It is so 1981 cheesy. Some of my favorites for the event are from Omega, Louis Vuitton, Bovet, Gerald Charles, Confrerie Horlogerie, and Chaumet.
I love Gucci - just not their watches. At least, not yet.
Apparently, I am not alone in my feelings. Tourneau knows that times need a-changin'. Gone are the lovely days of yore when their business model was sufficient. I anticipate that sales are down, compensation for staff is poor, and the only people who are hired aren't qualified enough to do the job, and that there are other issues to boot. It was not until this last year when Tourneau's online presence seemed anything more than symbolic (their site does have a degree of e-commerce present right now, but it feels wonky). The company needs change.Read more ›