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When you wear a watch, do you wear it for yourself... Or do you wear it for everyone else? As an avid watch collector with a self-admitted wrist fetish, I am curious to know the varying answers to this question... and varying answers we received, as this topic has made for a heated discussion about trends, watch wearing habits, and the (greatly different) roles and purposes of timepieces in people's lives.
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The Leatherman Tread will use a traditional folding clasp similar to those uses on many metal watch bracelets. Even the folding clasp has tools built into it, which is cool. Given that the Leatherman Tread is held together by screws, you might need to carry around a traditional Leatherman in order to take it apart or adjust it. It the Leatherman Tread attractive? The issue does come up, given that you are talking about something you need to wear. While I find tools such as my Leatherman Wave cool - I've never had to consider whether or not it looks good enough to wear.
A few years ago Bulova (owned by Citizen) released an interesting new family of quartz movements called Precisionist. aBlogtoWatch has reviewed a series of watches with Precisionist movements, and what is important to know about them is that they are more accurate than traditional quartz movements and they have a sweeping seconds hand like mechanical watches. While most existing Precisionist-based watches are quite thick, for 2014 Bulova has released a slimmer collection of Precisionist-based watches under the Accutron II sub-label.
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The dial is slightly domed and coupled with the domed sapphire crystal, giving the watch vintage vibes. For a classic looking dress watch, some may argue there is quite a lot going on on the dial, but overall it can still be described as clean. There’s a fairly large seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator for the hand-wound movement's massive 8 day reserve at 9 o’clock. The hours, minutes and seconds hands are gilt steel, whereas the hand for the power reserve indicator is blued steel.
The dial layout is attractive and more or less symmetrical with different colored hands for the time and chronograph indication. I typically don't like watches that feature two larger subdials on the face, but the Duometre collection is among the few noteworthy exceptions to that rule. While the dial is conservative, Jaeger-LeCoultre makes use of excellent materials and finishing for a highly refined and legible look. It really has a wonderful mixture of class and horological taste.
The event was done near the practice range of the famed Torrey Pines public course in San Diego, California. Accompanying Justin Rose was Matt Kemp, the long time LA Dodgers baseball player, who recently joined the San Diego Padres. As a self-proclaimed WIS (internet watch forum slang; Watch Idiot Savant) and Hublot fan, Matt was there to help introduce Justin Rose and help him win some money for his charity.
It is difficult not to want an automatic Ateliers DeMonaco watch because of the lovely two-tone hand-engraved automatic rotors they produce in Monaco. These are stunning, and visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The movement is the in-house made caliber XP 1, and the automatic winding mechanism winds the watch when the rotor swings in either direction. For whatever reason, DeMonaco hasn't published the power reserve of the XP 1 movement, but I imagine it is about two days or so. On the dial side, the indicators are limited to the off-centered (and rather legible) display for the time as well as the visible tourbillon.
Notice that the black LCD screens now have much more white-colored numerals, as opposed to the more greenish hued numerals on previous models. Breitling points out that the numerals are much easier to see, and that the backlight is very impressive. The Breitling Cockpit B50 dial design is very similar to that on the Breitling Emergency II. This dial design debuted in 2013 on the Breitling Aerospace EVO (hands-on here).
Ariel Adams: What do you think the Swiss watch industry can bring to the world of smartwatches that technology makers could not get anywhere else?
One of the things that Girard-Perregaux got right in the design of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date And Moon Phases watch with the transparent dial is the mixture of transparency and legibility. This watch could have easily been a monumental collage of dial confusion and people's eyes may have struggled to identify dial elements from movements elements. That isn't at all the case. The attractive dauphine-style hands and polished hour markers are the most legible elements on the face, and that is a very good thing. The visibility of these primary elements above all else allows for the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date And Moon Phases watch to boast an impressive level of legibility given the transparent theme.
The nine o’clock portion of the dial and bezel edge of the Mühle Glashütte Kampfschwimmer.
Allow me a small sidebar here: this move to create a "women's" version just seems a bit lazy to me. Taking the existing model (which is generally targeted at men), putting a coat of white paint and some sparkly gems on it just seems like a lazy move. Sure, it is not the first time we see this happen, and yes, women are wearing larger watches – although clearly not all of them. So, with the technical developments in place, I wonder why not leverage the smaller movement into a smaller case? Yes, I am not the target audience, but this is certainly not a watch I would imagine buying for my wife.
Why you need to do this or not do this: your case maker can make their own 3D CAD drawings from your 2D drawing (showing multiple views), so strictly speaking, you don't have to make your own 3D CAD drawings. But what looks good in 2D, often is not quite right on the wrist. So I strongly suggest making prototype cases before committing your design to hundreds of units in metal, only to find it looks weird or does not fit well.
By contrast, the flying tourbillon flies because it has nothing that would secure it from the top – and that is exactly what the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate had to have, as the only thing that is above the tourbillon is the sapphire crystal... and the amazing, fold-down titanium shield.
At present, the current flagship models will be within the Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph collection of watches. There are actually nine distinct models available when you combine the various strap options for the PVD black and gold C41/SRG-01, PVD gold C41/SGO-01, and steel with PVD gray bezel C41/SRG-01 pieces. Each of the three versions are available with a matching rubber, leather, or Milanese mesh metal bracelet.