Collector's Corner: Could I ever be a one watch guy?

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Perrelet Double Rotor Turbine Watch Collection

Perrelet Double Rotor Turbine Watch Collection

The attrition rate is huge amongst opera singers, so it is a small, close-knit community. With such a small group of creative people, many share the passion and freely discuss and compare. While I love Omega and Rolex, many of my associates are interested in Breitlings and Panerai models.

The rear of the watch has a metric to standard conversion chart of some basic units of measurement that you might be interested in. This might come in useful once in a while for you, but consider the purist who will use it frequently. The case of the 44mm wide is constructed out of tegimented steel that is much harder that normal steel. The case is also water resistant to 200 meters and can resist magnetic fields of up to 80,000 A/M. Not a magnetism expert, so I am going to assume that is enough to fend-off Magneto level magnetic fields.

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Longio 1000m Diving Tourbillon Watch

Longio 1000m Diving Tourbillon Watch

This is one of those watches that I have been seeing in magazine advertisements for a while, slowly determining whether it was just a fascinating design that would get old, or a really lasting good design. I've decided that that the Bovet Sportster is an awesome watch that fits perfectly into the definition of what a luxury sports watch should be.  I know, a departure from "I am not sure if I really like it," but this appreciation hit like a lingering aftertaste. First, the watch is elegant. Yes, it is a strong and sporty looking watch, but it isn't wildly designed with a busy array of elements on the face shoved in to make it looked interesting. It uses a clever bull-head style 46mm wide case, with a top lug structure that wraps nicely around the crown, but if moved allows for easy operation of the screw down crown. The case and pushers are made of 18k red gold, which is interesting in the black version of the case, which is PVD covered gold giving it the black color. This isn't the first time I've seen the gold coated with black PVD, but does it make sense? The only point of gold is knowing that it is gold, but Bovet just covers the gold up with the PVD. Still, there is a little sense of gratification I would have knowing that my watch is gold, even if I cannot see it - plus the gold is seen in other parts of the watch.

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This should be no problem for the woman wearing this, though, as I doubt she is someone who sits still a lot. A woman who owns an RSW Moonflower goes wherever she wants. And this is one timepiece that is up for a challenge.

This Arctos Elite GPW K1 Limited Edition watch was release a little while ago (in 2008). As the run was for only 50 watches there are rare. However, Rufus Lin Designs has a very limited number (three pieces or less) available. The price for each is reasonable at ,200 Because this model is is nicer AND less expensive than the standard Artcos GPW watch it is a choice pick for me.

Inspired by a compass, the outer most disc rotates the hours, and with meticulous care and precision, the minutes are then also displayed. Mimicking the 4 points of a compass, the seconds disc rotates with a grid of four lines, suggesting the seconds as they pass. The pink gold "monitor" in the center of the dial opening is positioned to read the exact time, from hour - to minute - second. Such synchronization is hard to replicate, as you must well know.

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Sinn 900 Flieger Watch: The "Big Aviator Chronograph" Watch Releases

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I am excited to see what else comes from this brand as they are positioning themselves very well, in my opinion. Too often brands get caught up in trends and competing with each other that the very art of innovation gets lost. I hope that RSW continues to move forward with blinders on, creating their own real path.

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Possibly The Best Watch Deal Around: Robert Lighton New York Big Closeout Sale

Possibly The Best Watch Deal Around: Robert Lighton New York Big Closeout Sale

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The movement is the Cuervo y Sobrinos 3050 Calibre movement based on an automatic Valjoux 7750. The movement modifications include a periphery date, removal of the day of the week, and a moon phase indicator dial. at 3 o'clock. That leaves the movement with the 12 hour chronograph. Even though the movement is a Valjoux 7750, the modifications and nature of the watch are appropriate for a watch of this price. We are talking about a pretty large watch case at 45mm wide, which is about as big as you can get and still look good on most wrists. That is sort of the point when it comes to a watch like this. Loud and proud is the major theme. Use of gold and bronze tones, as well and the blacks with a hint of blue in the moonphase are perfect to setting the tone, and I wholly enjoy the images that looking at the watch inspire in my mind. The watch issues a two tone rubber strap to attach to your wrist with a titanium buckle. The top is black rubber, while the bottom is light gray rubber, with gold stitching.

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What a great way to get concept watches. You might not like each of the concept watches from this year's Power Design Project, but you have to admit that most of them are interesting. It is very easy to design a watch that works, but it is very hard these days to create something unique, and something that has a lasting design that really "talks to you." That is really Seiko's goal here, and I think they do a good job at it. Get artists that aren't necessarily involved in watch design to make watches. Give them some direction, and tell them that if you like the watches enough you'll make them. I want to join the next Seiko Power Design Project!

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I was particularly keen on the decoration component of the watch making phase. I looked over the shoulders of many a worker to consider their work, and the skill seemingly involved. Each worker goes through training. for some people it can take years and require special educational degrees. This is particularly true with anyone assembling movements. Work rooms are divided by specific tasks. I entered a room called "Perlage" for example,  and perlage polishing is all that they did. Notice the image with the polished movement plates. They are applied with a perlage polish. While the process could be done completely automatically with a robot, Lange does not do it that way. "This way each piece that is decorated comes out just a little bit different. It is unique - and that is the way we prefer it." I liked the response. The workers have total ownership of their work stations - and they spend as much time working on small parts as they do maintaining the machines they work on to keep them working perfectly. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and it is common to see watch makers decorate their own work stations with trinkets, images, and other person belongings. These really are homes away from home. Turn-over for these positions is very low, and a position working at A. Lange & Sohne as a watch maker is a secure and highly regarded position. Most workers will do the same task each day. Some of them are content doing this, others slowly move their way up to room leaders or other facets of the watch movement making process.

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* 40mm, across by about 14mm thick.
* List price is 9 and includes a two-year warranty and free shipping from the website of Sea-Gull USA.
* ST-16 movement, 21 jewels, 21600vph, hacking and handwinding, quicket date.
* 316L stainless steel case, display back, mineral crystal, screwed caseback.
* Alligator-patterned black leather strap with thorn buckle.
* Signed, non-screw-down crown
* Water resistant to 30m.

The Moana Pacific watch will be available as a limited edition of just 500, with the first 100 pieces being more special. Flip the watch over and notice a special wood inlay on the caseback of the watch. The inlay also has a piece of Paua shell behind the Magrette logo. The wood is made from New Zealand Kauri wood. The wood is played under a crystal on the caseback  so as to protect it. Here is some cool information about the Kauri wood used that I just learned. Living Kauri trees are protected on New Zealand - so they aren't used. The wood used is actually prehistoric wood that has been preserved underground in the Kauri Swamps of New Zealand. The wood is harvested and then used for special purposes such as this - how cool is that? A real unique piece of New Zealand character if you ask me. Again, these special wooden inlays are available in the first 100 Moana Pacific watches only (read the caseback carefully and you can see the label "Ancient NZ Kauri Wood" spelled right on there).

That's it! Once I get 750 valid confirmed comments, UPDATE: the winner will be chosen at random at the end of this June. Also, for legal reasons, all participants must be in the US (or have a place in the US where the watch can be shipped to). Sorry everyone else! If you don't win, you can still buy the watch, and Gnomon Watches does ship internationally.

"The specific model outlined in this review is the T3C313 in a 47mm PVD titanium case with the white dial and the rubber strap. The 800 series is a definite step forward over the TX 730 whose feature list was so long that it couldn't readily show all the information on the dial. The case on the TX 800 is solid titanium, with both polished and matte finish on the lugs and side and a unidirectional matte bezel that is pleasantly stealth. The sapphire crystal is flat, flush with the bezel, and doesn't appear to have any scratch-able AR coatings."

"Everything must go! Deals! Deals! Deals! Robert Lighton has be committed due to criminally insane deep discounting! For legal reasons we can't stop the sale so take advantage of it right now for the accountants burn down the store for the insurance money!  [readers, please take all that in jest as it was intended] Yes, I can hear it now... the silly commercials, and marketing copy that gets you excited about the sales, and all the rest of the hoopla. That applies to most sales, but sometimes you get something really good. This is one of those times.

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