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Rather than go ultra complicated with something like a Rado tourbillon, they instead wanted to bank in on the pop-culture inspired futuristic look that has been popular as of late. The R-One does have that hallmark - enough though it is a decidedly strange watch. No designer would ever make something like this as a mainstream piece - it is art.

The versatile watch is designed to go either on your wrist or over your jacket while skiing or out in the snow (while wearing a larger jacket). The modern design is minimalistic, but also functional and pretty. Unlike most watches with two straps, this one has four. The straps come in green or black, and there is a special section on the strap that looks like a black box which is used for adjusting the length of the elastic strap. To adjust it, you need to use a special key.

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There are a range of other modes to explore, and each is rather straight forward in their use. Sometimes however I would get confused why Gucci added some of the features in the i-Gucci. Per the piece's name they are all sporty, but I'd like to meet the person that wears a piece like this and needs both a regatta timer and digital tachymeter. The i-Gucci Sport contains two chronographs, a digital tachymeter, countdown timer, alarm, regatta timer (basically a five minute countdown timer for yacht racing), and oddly enough - a pedometer. That's right, the i-Gucci is meant for counting your steps while shopping in the mall and then you can swiftly transition to a yacht race all while counting down the time until your flight to Milan. Yes, it also has a backlight.

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Dive watch purists will complain about the lack of rotating bezel. I agree, it would have been nice to have one given how common they are on diver's watches - especially since the original Oktopus had one. Linde Werdelin however simply wanted to be different. They said "screw it" we are gonna make a dive watch without a rotating bezel... and they did.

The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most famous and prestigious races in the F1 calendar. Even those who have never followed motorsports have heard of Monaco (maybe because of Tag Heuer), a highly technical course which winds through the roadways of the famed city-state and playground for the rich and famous. The Monaco GP, now in its 83rd year, highlights prestige, luxury and wealth in a way that few other F1 weekends can match. Super yachts line the shore as on-lookers watch some of the most advanced machines in the world run a tight and aggressive course with more than its fair share of elevation changes. Well-heeled race fans, celebrities and socialites flock to the south-east coast of France to enjoy a truly legendary weekend of screaming race cars, world-renowned casinos and swanky parties.

One downside to the Orbita Avanti 4 is a technical reality which means that you can buy them in either the vertical or horizontal position - but the same unit can't be oriented vertically or horizontally. This has to do with the nature of the Rotor-Wind modules. A small issue, but important to mention as many people might assume you could tilt the unit on its side. You'll need to decide what orientation you want when you purchase it.

The case is in typical Edifice form and actually wears smaller than its over 47mm wide width would suggest. The case is water resistant to 100 meters and is black IP coated steel. The case appears to have four pushers and a crown, but the crown is actually used to move the inner rotating bezel - which is basically the same as a inner rotating diver's bezel. That was a neat addition to the piece that was less than expected. Casio attempts to label the buttons for ease of use but they are used to do different things in different modes. The dial has seven hands and a date indicator window. Once again, the hands are used to do different things in different modes - which is the key to understanding how this watch is able to do so much. On the default "screen," the watch shows you the time, 24 hour time or second time zone, date, and day of the week. I highly suggest just leaving it at that.

Orient watches, as a brand, is still making itself known in the US and Europe. Long established in Asia, it's one of the few companies that makes its own movements and, similar to Seiko and Citizen, does so affordably. This model is from the upper end of their range, with sapphire crystal and decorated movement.

 

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Purists love the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. Like the originals from 1969, these pieces replicate today those watches worn on the moon years ago. Of course they are cool, but much of the time I lust for more modern timepieces. The new for 2011 Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph is the most modern Speedmaster to-date (and I first covered it here). Up to 44.25mm wide, it features a slick design, improved legibility, and a fantastic movement made in-house by Omega. Even with all that, it still retains the charm and timeless design of the original.


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The watch is made almost entirely out of polycarbonate, yet it does not feel "plastic-y" at all, the polymer is rock solid, and way more scratch resistant than I expected, after two months of regular use, the body of the watch is pristine, not a scratch.
The watch is water up to 200M which is very impressive considering the crown is not a screw-down one.

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As women's watches go, Van Cleef & Arpels pieces are beautiful, fun, classy, luxurious, and because VCA will be upset if I don't mention it, poetic. For men, their offerings have been thin over the last few years. However, I did get a chance to cover the Pierre Arpels Lateral Power Reserve watch from a few years ago here. Aside from some of their higher-end Midnight watch models, there is very little available from the brand for men. Will that change in the future? I don’t really know. Van Cleef & Arpels has stated to me a desire to focus more on men’s offerings but it is hard to say what will actually happen, and when. Nevertheless, here is a new men’s piece from the brand that fits the classy ultra-thin watch model.

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If you want a watch that has timeless style with fine craftmanship, is easy to wear, and has a long history, then the Cartier Santos 100 is an easy choice.

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H20 is a German watch maker whose collection debuted with the Kalmar collection I believe. They are what we like to call a "forum brand" because they spend a lot of time communicating with watch forum members (such as on WatchUSeek.com), and producing products to appeal to that audience. Those guys mostly like dive watches it seems. Nothing wrong with that, I mostly like dive watches as well. The ORCA is the second major project from the young brand.

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