Years of developing special modules for dozens of brands has given Dubois-Depraz a very large catalog of watch modules they can produce. They mostly work with base ETA movements, but also often with Girard-Perregaux and Jaeger-LeCoultre base movements as well. There is some extremely high-end work that goes on here, and most of their client projects are totally confidential until completion.
Crystal 5 non-reflecting sapphire crystals
1 red colored Omega baseball cap
1 fancy Omega ball-point pen
1 Omega branded magnifying glass loupe
Welcome to a new side of MB&F. This new watch is not a new Horological Machine. It does not exist as part of any current collection from the forward thinking brand. Rather, this is the first watch in MB&F's new product family - this is the Legacy Machine 1 (LM1). The Legacy Machine watches will exist as the other side of MB&F. Their products from now on will either fall into the Horological Machine range or the Legacy Machine range. Retaining the MB&F DNA all around, these watch collections will be like family members separated by 100 years of history.
Movement wise the Marine Royale Alarm has an automatic Breguet Caliber 519R. Nice 18k white gold rotor that I discussed above, and a 45 hour power reserve. In addition to the time and alarm, it has a date complication as well. The finishing and decoration on the movement is nicely done - though that is to be expect from Breguet. So in the end, as a Breguet "looking" watch the 2010 Marine Royale Alarm doesn't disappoint, nor does it as a luxury watch. But as a tool that is actually meant to be useful (at least to tell the time), it is lacking. And in Breguet's defense, it is by no means the only luxury watch that makes these mistakes. Maybe next year Breguet will do better.
MB&F HM2 Final Edition Watches Hands-On: Sapphire Visions
Finish: Satin-finish bridges
Tag Heuer Monaco Watch Re-thought By Parsons School Of Design
The model I am referring to is pictured in this article, but I am not sure which specific model number it is. The watch has an 18k rose gold case and totally hand-machine guilloche engraved dial done in a very traditional manner. The Central Tourbilon is very visible as are the blue hour markers and hands. In this case the contrast between the blue markers on the sapphire crystals and the dial is very high. This makes reading these solid dial models a pleasure.
A few years ago, Cartier decided that this was not enough. They wanted even more legitimacy, especially with the growing population of seasoned watch lovers. This meant adding a lot more high-end watches to their range, as well as offering in-house made movements. Well, sometimes "in-house" just meant no one else was using those movements but that's another matter altogether. I also suspect this push to make movements was partly due to ETA's (Swatch Group owned while Cartier is Richemont) continual threats to stop supplying movements to outside brands. ETA hasn't done this yet but Cartier was smart to invest in movement manufacturing in the event that it does happen.
Compared to the original Movado went back to the first Museum Dial watch as the inspiration for the Bold collection - but this isn't the first time they did that. Many Museum Dials that you know of have dauphine style hands, but the original clock has these type of baton hands that fit the look of the face better. This is also the case with the "sun" at 12 o'clock. The original had a larger flat circle rather than the smaller shiny domed ones that popular most of the 1990s models.
• 18-carat pink gold
• Diameter: 42 mm
• Thickness: 14.1 mm (including the sapphire crystal)
• Polished and satin-brushed finish
Scott's sense of style is most assuredly insane, however, I happen to appreciate the creativity. In fact, I think I need to start wearing black and pink matador jackets more often. Those would totally go with my... BMX biking pants or ... Something?
Back case : 18K red gold — Identical copy of the original, over 2,500-year-old coin. The original coin is the property of CYRUS, and can be viewed at www.cyrus-watches.ch.
See this Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Eight Days Perpetual 16124SQ watch available on James List here.
Breguet Reveil Musical Watch
12 luminescent points
Satellite complication — patented — with orbiting hours and telescopic minute hands
The dial itself is where all the fun is. It is a combination of carved, laser-cut, colored, and polished elements that make up the decorative skull motif. The dial materials are gold and rhodium plated brass. The perlage polished plate that makes up the teeth is neat. This is a very interesting combination between designer and mechanical elements. Even the caseback is cool.