Unlike ultra-precise chronographs and exotic escapements that use magnets, the Monaco V4 was a rather straight forward proposition. The notion was to build a purely mechanical movement that looked like a car engine and that in some places would use belts as opposed to gears to transmit power. The development of the V4 also led to the development of the tiny belts that went into transmitting power. Much like car engine belts, they are rubber and metal reinforced, and just 0.07mm thin.
- Hours and minutes in the centre
- Small seconds at 9 o’clock
- 24-hour second time-zone indicator
Given that the Zeitwerk Striking isn't the obvious choice when people think of Lange, I feel that people under-represent how cool it is, especially technically. And even if adding a quarter striker to a timepiece such as this feels random, it still makes a neat watch all that much more interesting.
Like the Day/Date (and unlike the Datejust) the Rolex Cellini collection will be exclusively available in precious metal. These aren't watches that right now contain precious stones, and they have one of the thinnest profiles available in a Rolex watch. Nevertheless, they still contain in-house made Rolex automatic mechanical movement.
I ask myself if it is possible to use lessons from the past to make a great dive watch that is very "today"? Further, what is it that watch designers in the mid 20th century knew in order to have made so many fantastic designs that still endure today, and will continue to endure for decades? I don't know, but older designs do have the benefit of the test of time. That means that we only remember the good designs. No doubt the last half century gave us loads of terrible watch designs that we have (perhaps for the best) forgotten. So the question remains, how does a company today make a good contemporary dive watch?
For those who aren't familiar with it, Citizen positions it as an alternative to the more well-known ETA movements, stating it falls between the 2824 and 2892. I'm not a watchmaker, nor am I a movement savant, so I'm going to take their word for it. I can say that it worked for myself, and I'm always a fan of seeing new alternative movements getting used.
The indication of the phase of the moon is among the most aesthetic, poetic, and practically useless complications that modern horology has to offer. While its everyday necessity undoubtedly is questionable, its splash of blue, its constellation of stars and the Moon's humble but recurrent domination collectively enable this small window to lend a unique charm to any watch dial. Since its restart during the early 1990s, A. Lange & Söhne has presented twelve models with this complication, but for the most part they did not entrust it with a more important role.
Apple has a history built up over the last fifteen years of selling an experience where everything the consumer interacts with, from the initial purchase to support, is meant to be meticulously executed. If they sell a wristwatch that isn't water resistant, isn't scratch or drop resistantant and have consumers entering the stores asking for managers to make exceptions to warranty policy over broken screens or moisture submersion, it's not going to go over well at all. Sapphire could play a big part in avoiding these concerns entirely, and if Apple does it, then it means other smartwatch makers will likely follow.
Yes, the above words of praise are deserved because MB&F once again releases a thoughtfully designed work of wrist magic that - true to the brand's promise - exists because of a collaboration of talented people (the "friends") whose combined talents make items of desire such as this possible. One of the things I've learned about during the last few years is that it isn't inherently that hard to get a watch made if you can afford the production process. I've also learned that money alone doesn't promise a good watch. It takes a lot of work and diligent tweaking (Swiss style) that allows for designs like this to be eventually created and look fantastic. It is becoming more and more difficult for us to become impressed with high-end creations because we see the world's top creations on a regular basis. Having said that, MB&F, through its founder Max Busser and the rest of the team have an eye for design and features that strikes a very positive chord with the horologically enamored.
With a titanium carriage, 14-carat balance and a cylindrical balance spring, this flying tourbillon looks as though it's floating in place at the six position on the dial. With the combination of the tourbillon and their perpetual calendar technology, Jaeger-LeCoultre claims that the Cylindrique Perpetuel is the world's most accurate perpetual calendar.
Other popular Luminor models that were refreshed with this new movement includes the titanium-cased PAM 176 and PAM 177. The P.5000 versions of the two are the PAM 562 and PAM 564 respectively and they have titanium cases.
I don't normally like to bore people with watch industry talk, but this does affect the products many people like, as well as affecting a brand that I am very much a fan of. Porsche Design just announced a few bits of interesting news. First and foremost is the formation of a Swiss subsidiary named Porsche Design Timepieces AG that of course will operated in Switzerland to produce watches. This will be under the larger Porsche Design Group whose CEO is Juergen Gessler. The second piece of news is that the CEO of the Porsche Design TImepieces company will be Patick Kury.
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There are many very high quality watch designers that participate in the design of today's new timepieces. Unfortunately, there are also many very poor designers. "Poor" in regard to their ability to design a proper watch dial that is both attractive and legible. The reason for this less than exemplary grade has much do with how they prioritize the design of watch hands. I posit that now and forever the design of a "good" watch dial begins with the hands.
Two quick presses makes the hands and discs all change positions. The process of switching between modes is simple enough, though we'd really have liked some instructions on the case itself in how to switch modes. People may either forget, or never look at the guide in the first place. In our opinion watches with less than obvious features should have methods of operation that are very intuitive. We've certainly seen worse. Anyhow, so press on the crown twice and the time display changes to the chronograph. All the hands line up and the discs remove to read out "00." You are ready to start the chronograph using the pushers on the case as traditional start, stop, and reset pushers.
The new Deepsea D-Blue is dedicated to James Cameron's successful descent in 2012 to the deepest point on our planet located at an immense depth of 10,900 meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. An upcoming film will be released a few days from now, known as Deepsea Challenge 3D. The film will explore Cameron's descent and some of the scientific successes of the voyage. Cameron himself would have never done the dive if there was not some scientific outcome possible. On the dial of the watch the green color of the "DEEPSEA" label represents the decent of Cameron's submersible as it is the same color.