I love the hard industrial feel of the watch. The pure dedication to function and durability that still ends up looking nice. Sort of makes sense that Sinn made a limited edition watch for Hummer right? Does the addition of a PVD coated black on the watch make it fundamentally different from the non PVD version? Not really, but the look of an all black sports watch is a force to be reckoned with. Both models feature hard tegimented steel, and 44mm wide cases that are 200 meters water resistant and have massive endurance against magnetic fields and shock. The dials are also argon (AR) gass filled to prevent them from fogging up. This is useful when entering a hot humid day after being inside of a nicely air conditioned room. Also good when jumping out of a plane.
These fancy versions of the SpidoLite watches have alligator straps - but done in the special SpidoLite manner with the rectangular "portholes" on the sides. They look pretty darn good with the watches. Linde Werdelin's standard style case not only looks good but is also very comfortable to wear. You can see that the broad case is not very tall, making it very easy to wear. The style is incredibly diverse, which is why the same case has been used on pretty much every Linde Werdelin watch. In addition to looking like something out of a superhero's arsenal, the case is meant to have one of Linde Werdelin's Instruments (the Rock of the Reef) clip on to the top of it. Even though the case on the SpidoLite watches is richly skeletonized, it doesn't really have sharp edges. The two watch models are each limited to 88 pieces. The SpidoLite All Black Titanium DLC is going to be about 9,800 euros and the gold version will be 15,800 euros soon. Glad I got to check these out. If the styles appeal to you, I think you'll like what you find.
For starters you should know that Eterna makes all the watches for Porsche Design. So it seemed pretty clear that this was a deliberate move, meant to erase the history of the KonTiki Diver! If you compare the two watches, the Porsche Design P'678 Diver is a bit more simple, streamlined, and hopefully a bit less expensive. The KonTiki Diver retailed for bout ,000. Though it had a ton of cool technology. The complex titanium case flipped out of a cage for winding and for a new position on the wrist. It just felt totally space age. Also, you needed to pull out the inner case so as to move the bezel - that while you operated from the outside, turned on the inside. Powering the the 1000 meter KonTiki Diver watch was an automatic ETA 2897 movement with the time, date, and power reserve indicator. It was pretty kick-ass. So what happened? Well apparently Eterna didn't sell a lot of them. According to them, the watch "didn't fit into the brand." Most people don't really know about Eterna, especially in the US. If they do, they likely have some vague concept of the brand's merits, even though it is a great brand. They actually started ETA before selling it to the Swatch Group.Read more ›
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to laser-cut hands.
Aside from the Bell & Ross Vintage Original models, there is the classier Officer model with different numerals (applied metal numerals), dial, and hands. According to Carlos, this is the classier version of the Vintage Original - which historically was the Geneva model. The differences are slight, but important. For example the case is polished versus satin finished. In fact, all of the steel is polished, including the hands and hour markers. Gone are the dauphine style hands of the original Geneva watch, but these new ones aren't bad. I like the retention of the subsidiary seconds and date indicator that is beautifully symmetrical.
Limited to 4999 pieces, the T-Race Nicky Hayden 2010 is an interesting piece that shows how the T-Race is maturing gracefully. Before Tissot redoes the design (which I think will come soon), this is their stock watch used as a base for its motor sports limited edition pieces. The case bezel and crown guard is meant to resemble a brake disc and rotor. The bezel actually rotates and can be used to indicate the GMT time when set properly. While the case is "unique looking" it is actually quite comfortable.Read more ›
The back 0f the watch doesn't have an engraving, but rather a special plate to honor each of the 1000 pieces in the limited edition set. The colors of the watch are done in ocean blue and a high contrasting orange. It makes for a neat look, and a very easy to read dial. You can see for yourself. The Oris Great Barrier Reef watches comes on their standard rubber diver strap with metal deployment. Though I think that the steel bracelet is also available for the watch.
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The case is 40mm wide, which is a good size for a square watch - actually that makes it large. I can't tell whether I like the black rubber plate put over the lugs to hide the gap where the strap connects to the case. It is either a genius move, or looks cheap - hard to say. Really depends on how you look at it. It is dark enough not to stand out though. The case is in 18k pink gold. The dial is "flame orange" and uses orange garnet stones as the outer hour markers. Inside the watch is a highly decorated automatic movement with a micro rotor, that helps you view and appreciate the movement. Further, the chronograph complication uses a column wheel, which adds to the value. With the crocodile or rubber strap and titanium screws, I am pretty sure that this is in fact a sport watch, just with lots of Roger Dubuis upmarket "in your face" character. Note the matching orange stitching on the strap as well. Just a stunning piece in my opinion that will compliment an out-loud personality (like mine). Not sure about price, but in the over ,000 range more than likely. Certainly a lot cheaper than the newer version of this Kingsquare orange beast that has many more stones and a tourbillon.Read more ›
Four inertia weights
Flat Anachron microflamed spring
Mobile stud holders
Nivatronic laser-welded to collet
Pinned GE stud
Frequency: 21,600 v / h, (3Hz)
Inertia: 10.10 mg /cm2
Angle of lift: 52°
Amplitude: 0h dial up: > 260°
24h dial up: > 260°
Below that are two new models from NOA's 16.75 watch collection. Again, with Swiss quartz movement and awesome looking raised numerals and blend into the chapter ring. They are actually in painted metal and have a very high-quality look to them. These are among the best looking three-dimensional watches out there. You gotta love that refined, modern, technical look.Read more ›
Pictured here is also the limited edition Tag Heuer Carrera 300 SLR. Also including the Calibre 1887 movement. Limited to 1887 pieces, this more retro version of the watch is meant to honor the classic Mercedes Benz 300 SLR car. The watch is in brown(ish) with a gradient dial, and orange highlights. It has a very cool brown leather perforated strap (done in unique manner). The dial design is clearly different, but the watch is of course very similar to the standard 1887 watch. It does have a tachymeter, but on the chapter ring, not on the bezel. Price for it is pretty high compared to the non-limited models at close to ,000.
Resistant to a pressure depth of 300 meters (30 atm).
You may or may not know who Laurent Picciotto is, but if you look at watch marketing online at all you will at least recognize the face. In addition to owning and running the Paris based Chronopassion, he is a serious voice in the high-end watch world and very online social-networking savvy. He is also a really nice guy. I met him at SIHH, which was pretty cool. You can check out a lot of what Laurent does at his Facebook page here.Read more ›
TYPE XX — AÃ‰RONAVALE LIMITED SERIES OF 1,000 CHRONOGRAPH DESCRIPTION