You can see that the Genghis Khan Haute Joaillerie watch isn't even on a strap yet (being factory fresh). For this watch, the 18k white gold case (44m wide) is set with over six (6) carats of diamonds. Diamonds line the lugs and bezel, as well as around the periphery of the dial. Black diamonds are used for the hour markers. Ulysse Nardin keeps this masculine by opting for baguette style diamond cuts. Note how the dial background is onyx on that piece.
"Operation Guide 5262" (which you can download here) is the user manual for the Casio Edifice EQWT720DC-1A watch. Casio doesn't actually list the manual by model number, but by some less intuitive module number. The reason for that is likely to do with the fact that the same watches may have different model numbers in different countries. At least Seiko does that. Just another of those Japanese watch maker curiosities that we like to mull over. The operation guide is about nine pages long with rich details and pages full of diagrams and instructions. That is what you'll need to study in order to use this watch. I would like to say that you can pick up this and many other multi-function analog watches and use them intuitively - but we aren't there yet. At the same time, the feature set and options are very robust and the little things you can do with the watch are impressive. For instance there is a feature to let you swap the home and local times if you like. But again, good luck trying to figure out how to do that on your own.
One of my favorite parts of this watch is the strap. The Cartier "toile de voile" strap is made of a thick black nylon with a leather doubling interior. While the complete watch stands at just under 140 grams, Cartier's choice of a nylon strap results in a very comfortable and easy to wear timepiece.
It is always a pleasure to see these types of beautiful and effortful artistic creations from Cartier. From time to time Cartier offers exhibits showing some of this stuff and I recommend you check them out if possible for a better look at creations you may never see again. Of course, head over to your local Cartier boutique if you want to start talking the required numbers to be on your way to owning one.
The standard Pulsion watches are all chronographs and contain the same RD680 automatic chronograph movements with a micro-rotor that other models such as the Monegasque Chronograph contain. These movements also bear the Seal of Geneva and are COSC certified. Unfortunately the final versions were not ready for the SIHH show so these pieces don't yet have the movements inside of them. I look forward to seeing how the final retail version looks with the RD680 inside of it. For the Pulsion Chronograph there are three models available for 2012. Two in titanium (one with black DLC coating), and one in 18k pink gold.
It gets a bit easier when choosing case and dial styles. It is a matter of taste, but still, with eight bezel options it is easy to get stressed over which to choose. That can lead to a potential customer going to Google and searching out buyer pictures. If there are none, then the brand may have lost a sale. The bottom line is that the consumer should feel that no matter what choice they make, it is a good choice. Brands with customizable watches also need to make sure that they carefully explain the merits of each choice when those choices are more than just color options. H20 offers a watch customizer tool of sorts. Basically it is a PSD (Adobe Photoshop) file with a bunch of layers that you can turn on and off. As a budget customization tool it works - but requires that you have the right software and a download. I have a feeling they are working on making an online tool. This is what you get with boutique brands that don't charge Richemont Group prices for new watches. A sort of do it yourself experience, but it can be fun and interesting, and you know your money is going into the watches themselves - not marketing budgets.
The major change to the Gefica collection under the new Bulgari branding are the dials. The new dials are shaped the same, but have some color and design differences. The new ones are slightly more subtle, with darker dues and more of an Italian feel to them. The art deco aesthetic ghost is still there, but not quite like the original. Having polled several people, I have found that some prefer the original Gerald Genta look, and some prefer the cleaner Bulgari look. For me they are both nice in their own way - and this model specifically is unique to Bulgari with no older GG analog.
Inside, the Type A-7 features the same L788.2 column wheel chronograph movement used within the L27764213 Monopusher Chronograph we saw in Paris earlier this year (seen below). The L788.2 is an automatic movement produced by ETA exclusively for Longines and features a 54hr power reserve while running at 28,800 vph. The movement can be viewed through a sapphire display back that is protected by a small hinged cover.
aBtR:Many readers will know Phosphor for its use of E INK displays on models like the World Timer, why was E INK not used for the Touch Time? DB: We are huge fans of E INK and we are the only watch manufacturer currently making watches with that display technology. On this particular project we needed a display which had a higher resolution on a small screen size than E INK displays are currently able to do.
While we know that all Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance watches will have Swiss ETA movements, it isn’t clear which one is in the Sea Diver. I suspect a 2892 automatic. An interesting note about the watch is the case back which is secured with a series of hex screws versus having a screw-down caseback. That is uncommon in a diver. Attached to the watch is a black rubber strap.
The majority of new "fashion" brands we see fit this mold. The watches themselves can be fun or stylish, but aren't anything to dedicate a cool technical article to. So how do people sell them aside from just their looks and price? Often they associate the watches with a cause. I have seen a number of these in the last few years being associated with everything from environmentalism to providing watches to doctors in third world countries. The latter company made the amusingly wild suggestion that "thousands of people are dying each year because of lack of watches." Boy, if only that were true it would be a real industry boom, no?
Inside the GP Foudroyante Rattrapante (say that five times fast) is an in-house made Girard-Perregaux Caliber 8020 automatic movement. The case of the watch is highly polished with brushed sides and I like the no frills caseback which is just a nice piece of polished steel. Attached to the watch is a fitted reptile strap for a nice refined look. There is a lot to like about this incredibly unpretentious high-end timepiece. Price isn't that bad either considering the complications and the brand. Another upside is that this is a chronograph mechanism you'll love to use because watching it in action is so fun. Brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre even built watches with constant foudroyante hands because some people like watching them all the time.
Kids really need to start wearing more watches these days and the Swatch Touch is a good choice. It combines a lot of desirable traits. It isn't boring, it is digital without looking like a calculator, the UI is meant to be different, and it doesn't look like dad's watch. It is still a watch however and will help them graduate to bigger and better things in the future. I am not saying that adults can't enjoy the Swatch Touch either, but Swatch is clearly targeting a younger demographic, so I am evaluating how well they succeed.
Like millions of other blogs out there, aBlogtoRead.com is WordPress-based. That makes it extra special to me that the guy who developed this software is into what I am into. At the San Francisco WordPress Wordcamp Hack Day, Matt is seen above wearing a Bell & Ross BR01-92 Radar. I first discussed it here. The original one from about 2009 where Bell & Ross first swapped hands for moving discs to tell the hours, minutes, and seconds. What a perfect picture of Mullenweg (taken by Sheri Bigelow). Watch on wrist, WordPress logo on hoodie, and hand on computer. All that's missing is jazz music and a serious camera.
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