The Breitling Avenger Seawolf Code Yellow is 45mm wide and is water resistant to 3,000 meters. Not that you'll ever need to dive that deep, but Breitling likes to give you the option (but even James Bond won't be going anywhere close to that depth without being in a machine). This style of watch is quite different than that majority of highly polished steel Breitling watches that you typically see. The all brushed, all black case has a tactical look that when combined with the stencil-style numerals gives the watch a very military/special ops feel. Breitling throws in a hint of yellow for needed style. The design is very satisfying as a fashion or functional object.
Much like our Editor-in-Chief Ariel, I’m a fan of the recently “revived” Baume & Mercier Capeland collection. The new Capeland models are clearly vintage inspired, and are really attractive. We recently reviewed the Capeland ref. 10068 which has a two chronograph registers and is powered by a Swiss Ja Loux-Perret caliber 8147-2. Movement aside, the highlight of this watch must be its snailed telemeter scale on the dial and the warm feeling the watch gives.
The Tourbillon Orrery by Swiss Graham was among the more unique watches we were lucky to see at Baselworld 2013. Graham vacillates between producing bold sport watches and classic timepieces often with an astronomical component. The Swiss brand's namesake is George Graham, a well regarded British horologist who was instrumental in many innovations and achievements, especially when it came to astronomical timekeeping and measuring. That should explain a bit why the Tourbillon Orrery has an old-world look, and little heavenly bodies moving around on the dial.
China has been a strong growth market for Swiss watches, with some high-end brands reportedly relying almost solely on Asia for their income. Though, slowed growth, high levels of inventory, and regulations against government luxury spending (which I discussed here on Forbes) in China have stifled the luxury watch retail market. Switzerland hopes that the free-trade agreement will help bring back some of the steam in the Chinese consumption engine.
It was certainly a marvelous experience looking at this watch in such great detail. As the only piece of its kind that Daniels made, it was interesting to see the fineness and the little details that it contained. The engine turned dial, complete with eccentric chapter ring and Roman numerals was just a treat to look at under a loupe. As I had mentioned in my previous article on Roger Smith, the hand crafted nature of the dial was just a marvel to behold, with its idiosyncrasies and character.
The solid platinum case of the 46mm wide Parmigiani Toric Quaestor Labyrinthe is weighty and beautiful. The unique “double coined” bezel makes for a good visual effect that I’ve not seen before. Parmigiani make a controversial decision to include a minute repeater in a watch with a dense platinum case. The material is usually known for absorbing sound and thus reducing the volume of minute repeater chimes. For that reason many brands prefer titanium as a material for minute repeater watches. Still, it was likely Parmigiani’s desire to make the Labyrinthe as high-end as possible, and you simply can’t do that with titanium these days.
Of the three, I fell for the white gold model due to the excellent contrast between its bright dial and black markers and handset. Surprisingly well-priced for a top-tier perpetual calendar, the white gold model will sell for ,700 with the pink gold version costing ,600 and the steel (boutique only) model carrying a massively competitive price of ,950 USD. While the steel model will likely be very hard to find, there is little in the way of equal competition at that price point. Jaeger-LeCoultre has a very appealing formula at play in the new Master Ultra Thin Perpetual: thin; legible; classically sized; and very well priced. We will update with more photos as they become available, until then, what do you think of these new JLCs?
Now, how are you going to read all of the information the sensors are picking up, preview the pictures you're taking, or get all of the notifications from your phone that we're expecting a smartwatch to be able to handle? Simple - look at the dial. While we've got a traditional handset spinning around, the dial itself isn't like any you've seen before - it's actually a 40mm 160 dpi color display - which means, along with communicating a variety of things, you should have a nice bit of control in customizing the look.
On the media side, 2012 was a big year for watches and it was also the year that the aBlogtoWatch YouTube channel exceeded both 5,000 subscribers and 5 million views. YouTube channel growth has been quite rapid, with almost 3 million of those over 5 million views being generated in 2012. With that in mind, we present our Top 10 Most Viewed Watch Videos of 2012.
Cartier, an essential name in the luxury watch world, announced a series of 2013 novelties at SIHH this year. Among the fray is the interesting and notable Tortue XXL Multiple Time Zones watch. Available in either pink or white gold, the Tortue XXL world timer offers what at first may seem like a fairly conventional GMT complication until you view the watch from its side. Along its left flank, Cartier has fitted a small window which allows the user to view a selectable range of cities and define their desired local timezone.
Under Fiechter's direction, the watch was developed much in the way that Maloubier and Riffaud had envisioned. Fiechter, being a diver himself, added that most famous aspect to the bezel, its unidirectional nature to decrease the marked dive time in the event the watch was bumped underwater. The resulting watch was so successful that it went on to be adopted not just by military personnel the world over but early explorers of the ocean. Jean-Jacques Cousteau for example was one such early adopter who wore it in the famous film "The Silent World".
From a style perspective there is an argument to be made about each of the dials, but collectors will no doubt enjoy the extra functionality of the Classic version of the Portuguese Chronograph. At launch there will be four versions of the new Portuguese available. Either steel or 18k red gold with a silver-plated or ardoise dial. Each comes with a case-fitted Santoni alligator strap. Really a solid collection, and certainly something to consider if you've been eying a Portuguese for a while. Prices for the steel Portuguese Chronograph Classic in steel is $13,000 (versus ,900 for the Portuguese Chronograph), and ,200 in 18k red gold (versus ,400). iwc.com
It seems as though the name of this watch has changed since I received it. So while it says "iTime" on the dial, the new brand name is ITAnano - which I presume is a combination of Italy and nano-particle. The designer of this piece is the prolific Alessandro Baldieri, who has an eponymous brand as well as a few other sub-brands. iTime and ITAnano are among them. iTime probably had some obvious issues with the name. Not sure if "ITAnano" is much better, but at least it is more distinctive. I imagine iTime might have had some legal issues with it as well - just guessing. Anyhow, the watch itself hasn't changed, and it is pretty cool as an affordable fashion piece.