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I really enjoy the symmetry of the Voutilainen GMR's dial as well as the great colors used on the face. I look forward to seeing the Voutilainen GMR watch in person, and once again it is limited to just 12 pieces and as pictured in 18k white gold is 108,000 Swiss Francs. voutilainen.ch
I'll admit that I am taking this opportunity to discuss an idea that I've had for a while and perhaps I can be a part of building. Govberg's My Watch Box is a major step in that direction, but in my opinion, My Watch Box should turn into a fully fledged digital watch story journal that is accessibly by any device on the cloud, and whose data remain consistent with each watch.
The other unique characteristic of the watch is that the chronograph totalizer also has an additional tachymeter to measure average speed when a lap takes more than one minute. So, for instance, a five-minute measurement for a mile lap shows 15 mph and a 10-minute measurement shows 6 mph. This can be used for other track measurements, such as longer 10 mile track, and multiplying the tachymeter measurement by 10, or for running where the values will just measure the average speed of your one mile lap.
Really, that's what this sort of wrist-adjacent detail is all about. If you are getting into cuff links like these, you are giving careful thought to not just your watch, but what is adorning your french cuffs. For me, it was an interesting step up in my own cuff link wearing. I've got a decent selection, but these have all been in the sub- range, generally with flip clasps, or perhaps simple silk knots. With the Baz Persaud Horological Cuff Links (which start around 0), you have entered more of a realm of luxury.
Until now, smartwatches have have mostly existed as secondary screens for phones and computers, or as notification devices informing their wearers of information with relatively limited utility. The Urwerk HIS is about making meaningful suggestions and observations on the wearer's life that lead to better decision making. With that said, a mere explanation of the Urwerk HIS is mostly theoretical, until you understand how it works in action. The first phase of its life on one's wrist is as a passive learning device.
As I mentioned at the outset, the size and weight of the Longines Avigation really remind me of a diver (though the style, of course, hearkens more to an Aviator than a diver). With that mindset, the watch went on the wrist and accompanied me throughout the day without a second thought. Yes, if you are not used to bigger, heavier watches, something like this would definitely weigh you down. For myself, it was not really an issue.
The dial also offers the day-night indication, meaning that the transit of the sun and moon are displayed by the three-dimensional models of the heavenly bodies as they "chase" each other around the top half of the dial. As day turns into night and vice versa, the sun or moon sets at the three o'clock position, disappearing into a cleverly constructed tunnel for twelve hours, before emerging on the other side at the nine o'clock position. It is bizarrely simple and yet quite beautiful. To make the most of this dynamic display, Frédéric Jouvenot has created a custom sapphire crystal that also replaces the bezel by being attached to the case by a series of pins.
It sounds a bit silly for me as a serious "watch guy" to be focusing on something as seemingly trivial as dial colors - but it is important because style and aesthetics are very important in why we wear what we wear. That is especially the case when it comes to blue-dialed watches. Pretty much everyone likes the idea of a blue-dialed watch on paper, but few people actually own or wear blue-dialed watches on a regular basis. That is because blue is really difficult to get right. Produced without a requisite level of care or detail, the blue will look wrong and not have a high-end feel or simply not look right.
The L’Epée manually-wound clock movement consists of 334 parts and operates at 2.5Hz (18,000). Even though it is a clock movement meant to be stationary, the balance wheel system has an Incabloc shock protection system, because MB&F assumes people will be moving around the clock a bit more than they might most other desk or table clocks. The long power reserve is stored in five mainspring barrels.
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As far as the watches themselves are concerned, timepieces often have the T≤25 designation on their dials. That means, that the watch, altogether has a radioactivity level below 1 GBq (we remember seeing Ball make some special watches with T≤100 ratings, i.e., with under 4 GBq). On an excessively nerdy note, we will add that the reason why you see GBq, i.e., giga-becquerel is because it is used here as an SI measurement of radioactivity, while the sievert we referred to further above is the SI measurement for radiation dose. (Feel free to add corrections in the comments below, as this really is beyond our comfort zone.)
Again, by contrast, the Breguet Classique Complications 3795 appears to have only the bare minimum metal left in its movement's bridges – although, what is left has been extensively decorated with hand-engraving. On a personal note, I find that I like the model I am looking at at that given moment: once I get to appreciate the comparably less-busy look of the Breguet Classique Complications 3797, I just scroll up and end up getting lost in the countless details of the Breguet Classique Complications 3795, not wanting to give up the chance to appreciate how the movement works... Picking a favorite of these two is difficult and perhaps is not even required – but to see how the wheels are laid out and how the mainspring barrel turns when the movement is wound by hand is a sight any watch lover would have a hard time giving up.
Let's recap that point; the caliber 8900 family of movements is more or less the same as the caliber 8500 family but with the anti-magnetic parts which make it virtually completely resistant to magnetic fields. The 8900 movements are also in watches that receive the new METAS certification from Omega. An interesting added bonus is that the 2015 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Chronometer has a sapphire crystal caseback with a view to the movement. Yes, this a watch that is water resistant to 1,200 meters and has a display back. I don't think I've ever encountered that before - cool right?
Overall, the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 is a really fun piece that offers lots of bang for your buck. Thanks to the atypical case design, the watch wears small and is more versatile than you might think. Furthermore, the DLC finish makes the watch more resistant to the rigors of daily wear, and when combined with the trusty ETA-2824 movement and rated water resistance of 100 meters, it just means that this watch can take about anything you throw at it. Obviously, the SG50 arrangement of micro gas tubes on the dial might not have significance to anyone outside of Singapore, but it is cool in the sense that it is the first time Ball has used micro gas tubes to form letters, and it has the most micro gas tubes of any Ball watch, which means it absolutely glows at night.
And yes, you don't have to love HYT watches, but it is hard to deny that these are some cool products. Using liquid in a tube to tell the time? Having a cool carbon case and slick design? Again, if you are going to opt for something ultra-bold on your wrist you'd want it to be something like this.
In steel, the Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer starts at ,700, which, thankfully, is the price either on the alligator strap or the steel metal bracelet. From there, the price goes up to ,400 for the two-tone steel and 18k Sedna gold Globemaster on the strap. ,000 gets you the two-tone 18k Sedna gold and steel bracelet on the two-tone case, and the 2015 Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer maxes out at ,600 in full 18k Sedna gold on the alligator strap. Below you'll find the full price list along with reference numbers of the 2015 Omega Globemaster collection. omegawatches.com
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Internally, the chronograph uses not only a column-wheel, but also a vertical clutch transmission system. Together, these elements make for a chronograph that should last through a lot of starts, stops, and resets, but one that also starts very precisely when you activate the pusher. For me, this is one of the coolest chronograph systems around, next to the somewhat similar (as well as more expensive and limited) Porsche Design P'6910 Indicator watch from several years ago. The easiest to miss complication on the dial is the linear power reserve indicator that begins at 9 o'clock and goes to 3 o'clock on the periphery of the dial counting out "00" to "60" for the full length of the Calibre 780's 60 hour power reserve.