Sporting Seiko's 5M85 kinetic movement, the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT SUN02X series uses a quartz movement with a rechargeable battery that is charged by the motion of your wrist which, when full, will offer six months of power reserve. Along with standard time, the 5M85 offers a push-button power reserve indication (button at two o'clock), a date display, an independent 24-hour hand and a jumping local hour hand for moving between timezones.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spent several minutes speaking in depth about the first collection of watches inspired by his time in the gym as a body builder. As a watch lover worth his weight in Everose gold, Arnold is keenly attuned to small details like the quality of a watch strap. Arnold recalled how amazed he was at the quality of the industrial leather used for his original weight lifting belt from the 1960s. According to him, he wanted high-quality watch straps that would look good over 40 years after being used. For Arnold, durability and longevity seem to be part of how he nerds out on timepieces and other gear (the man owns a tank), so appropriate details on his timepieces make a lot of sense.
If you are not entirely familiar with the Swatch Touch you can find our detailed review of it here. Swatch did announce the Swatch Touch Liquid Metal recently, which was to be a very limited edition Touch with Bluetooth connectivity. Now, Swatch has debuted the Swatch Touch Zero One – accompanied by a single page press document that shares very few exact details about Swatch's entry; but with a little extra research we did get much closer to the full picture. Here's what we know.
Winding the watch with F.P. Journe's distinctive "flat crown" is a pleasure, and the overall wearing comfort of this 40mm wide case is really outstanding. It feels so much like a welcome wrist companion sitting on the wrist with its slim 8.6mm thick case. F.P. Journe offers the Chronometre watch in either 18k red gold or platinum, with two dial styles for each, as well as a bracelet option (which is rather nice actually). While most people would agree the F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain is a dress watch, I don't think that is what Mr. Journe has in mind. While I wouldn't call it a sporty timepiece, this is very much at timepiece that can be worn casually - assuming you do classy Euro-casual.
I first went hands-on with the Kentex Marineman watch collection here. There, you can see images of other dial variations and colors. What so impressed me was not only the affordable price, but the finishing as well as attention to details such as the properly sized hands, quality polishing on the exterior of the hour markers, and general high-end components used in much of the watch. The Kentex Marineman Seahorse is a proudly Japanese watch, but it sends an uniquely alternative message to timepiece aficionados compared to its colleague brands like Citizen or Seiko.
Winding and setting are done without a crown and instead rely on the rotating sapphire case back for control over the movement. Once set, the new Type 3 offers hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, and oil temperature and, while the dial may appear rather busy, once you know what to look for, it's surprisingly easy to read.
The full functionality of the calibre F900 according to Citizen is: "Eco-Drive, Accuracy of ± 5 seconds per month, Satellite Timekeeping System (Reception Area: Worldwide), Global Positioning System, World Time in 40 Cities, Dual Time Display Function, Chronograph of 1/20-second measurement for 24 hours, Light-Level Indicator and Power Reserve Indicator, Perpetual Calendars." You can see that in addition to the two new subdials on the dial of the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 watch, versus the F100, there are a host of new functions which are lead by the ability to persistently see two time zones on the dial at all times - clearly, an important use of a travel watch.
When we first brought you a hands-on impression of the original watches Fiona Krüger was creating, Ariel mentioned that the pieces were very reminiscent of the skeletons you see associated with "Day of the Dead," or Día de Muertos. The exception, to my eyes, was the fact that they were rather monochromatic. Now, I'm not a necessarily a celebrant of that day, but it calls to mind something very vividly colored. With her latest model, the Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull, that's all changed.
“There is no better place to experience the new international collections of premier timepieces than within the flagship boutiques that display the full breadth and depth of offerings from each of our Madison Avenue Watch Week brands,” said Matthew Bauer, President of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District.
Welcome to the light-powered T-Touch, with the newer Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar. I've had a love affair with the Tissot T-Touch for well over a decade now (it originally came out back in 1999). Very few modern watches have remained as cool for as long. The T-Touch is easily the most popular type of Tissot you'll see on people's wrists, and many watch lovers have or have had at least one. When the Tissot T-Touch originally came out, it was difficult not to be mesmerized by its sapphire crystal touch screen. Offering similar functionality as Casio's popular Pathfinder (now Pro Trek) collection of outdoors/hiking watches with their "ABC" functionality (altimeter, barometer, compass), the Tissot T-Touch offered the same, with a slick analog/digital dial, with hands that repositioned themselves in order to show the various functions along with the digital screen.
Although the supply of master engravers and enamel painters is not as substantial as it once was, there are still young enthusiasts in the field of watchmaking that understand the value and emotions evoked by a well decorated dial and movement. Artur Akmaev, a talented young artist from Russia has taken this passion for art and design and turned it into some beautifully handcrafted time pieces.
Mickey Nolan: For me, the best thing Omega have done is the Aqua Terra with the Co-Axial caliber 8508. It’s full of silicon parts and non-ferromagnetic parts, so it doesn’t rely on an anti-magnetic case like the Rolex Milgauss. It’s 15 times more resistant to magnetism than the Milgauss.
The Olio operating system is designed to take advantage of other software services rather than force its wearers to use its system for a lot of functions. A good example is activity tracking features. The Olio Model 1 contains the same basic accelerometer sensors as most other current smartwatches, but rather than offer just one software solution, is about allowing you to choose which system you'd like to use in conjunction with its sensors - at least that is the idea. While Olio is about offering a curated and streamlined experience for the busy individual, it is attempting to extend its operating lifespan by understanding that it cannot tackle every software challenge internally - instead offering its wearers to select the latest and greatest services or whatever they prefer. It seems very likely that smartwatch-based services from third parties will be an inevitable part of the smartwatch wearing experience as the market matures.
ABTW: What are some of the watch brands you are known for carrying? If you could pick a watch brand or model that epitomizes the culture or style of Carmel what would it be?
Clock and mechanical artist, Mr. Miki Eleta, is a person we very much admire and whose work has really inspired and amazed us. We last discussed Miki Eleta when his work was featured at the MB&F MAD Gallery in Geneva, and as a surprise for 2015, he has introduced his first watches. The Miki Eleta Timeburner is a new type of exotic timepiece, with a movement dial, and heavily inspired by engines - namely motorcycle engines. At launch, there will be three versions of the Timeburner watch and even though it is a limited production timepiece I don't believe it will be stratospherically priced.
Sean Wai: After visiting Japan for the first time and discovering Grand Seikos there, in my view, there is no other watch that can match them in terms of finishing quality, movement specifications and understated value. The Royal Oak and, to a lesser extent, the PP Nautilus were groundbreaking designs by one of the all time great watch designers. What Gerald Genta did changed the way we perceived luxury watches, and created such a bold and iconic design that is still relevant today.
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.
Quirky and inherently interesting, there is a good reason why Halda produced the Halda Space Discovery as a limited edition timepiece. Not only are the potential customers who would fully benefit from it rather small in numbers, but it is a concept that sort of pulls at the limits of practicality. Having said that, Halda refined the concept enough to win them a Rod Dot award in 2012 for the Halda Space Discovery watch - and the overall design is attractive and relatively inspired. Halda produced 128 pieces of the Halda Space Discovery watch, which are available at a price of ,200. haldasweden.com
The new T-Touch system continues to use an AR-coated sapphire crystal and activation button for the touch screen system. What is new compared to the outgoing Tissot T-Touch Expert is the improved responsiveness of the screen as well as the extremely fast movement of the hands. This is something that Tissot also included in the T-Race Touch watch that is lower priced, has fewer features, and does not include solar power generation. The fast moving hands of the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar and improved movement performance alone are reasons enough to upgrade - the solar power generation is really the icing on the cake.
For 2015, on the Caribbean Island of St. Barthélemy, the colorful blue and orange accented on white strap Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta “Les Voiles de St. Barth” limited edition watch becomes the latest equatorial treat from Switzerland's highest-end modern sport watch. I travel to the exclusive island getaway in what is sometimes still called the "West Indies" to experience the "Les Voiles de St. Barth" regatta race, now in its sixth year, with title sponsor Richard Mille. It proves a good opportunity to check out their new and not wildly-priced (for the brand) cheery-styled yachting watch.