Last, there is expected to be a higher-end segment with the "Salon de TE," where products of brands aiming for the luxury market will be exhibited. How this translates into actual quality and value to the finer consumer is something that we can tell only once we have seen this selection of "over 150 top-end international brands and designer collections." There certainly is a lot to look forward to so stay tuned for our comprehensive coverage of the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair in which we will try and find the answers to all those aforementioned issues, while also providing insight into this massive fair. hktdc.com
According to Omega, the Master Co-Axial movements are tested to resist magnetic fields to about 15,000 Gauss. Apparently that is the strength of an MRI machine - so if I understand Omega correctly you are now safe to wear a Master Co-Axial equipped watch while being scanned in an MRI machine... if you really needed to.
The reasons that we cover smartwatches on aBlogtoWatch is because I am curious to see how their market is developing, I like to observe how they are influenced by the traditional watch industry, and I am keen to find those smartwatch devices that offer traditional watch lovers a compelling reason to take off their mechanical watches and put on a digital smartwatch. While the luxury watch industry does have a lot to fear from the smartwatch market, the more immediate threat are to mainstream quartz watches that will experience far fewer sales when similarly priced smartwatches compete for wrist space.
We made an important step towards our goal, winning in 2011 the International Chronometry Competition with a total of 915/1000 points with the Double Tourbillon 30° Technique. Time keeping precision and performance is one of our goals, and we believe and continuously work towards the highest precision possible with all our timepieces.
The answer whether in 2014 the glass of wine was half full or half empty for the luxury industry is a moot point. It was, indeed, a challenging year. Obviously, geo-political developments occurring in the Middle East, Ukraine, Hong Kong, or China impacted business. Also, lower than expected economic growth rates in the BRIC-states, plus the still sluggish economies in Europe had a negative influence.
As I said, my watch shipped with the stainless steel bracelet, as well as a leather NATO-style strap. The bracelet is extremely high quality. The links have a brushed finish and subtle polished bevels on the links. The clasp is a very solid piece of machined steel also with a brushed surface and polished edges. The bracelet does not have any half links, and at first glance, I was worried because I did not see any micro adjust holes. Upon further inspection, I found that they are hidden inside the clasp. This gives the outside of the clasp a much cleaner look. The clasp also includes a diving extension which is easy to use. A note to potential DIY bracelet sizers: there are no arrows inside the links, and the pins are quite tricky. I ended up taking mine to a professional.
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Model: New Irony Alu Big
Dial: Blue with white and orange designs, date window at 3 o’clock
Case: Aluminum with opaque blue plastic insert and blue crown
Bracelet: Rubberized blue leather with white stitching
Wearability is not just about more ergonomic shapes and sheer performance: when it comes to wearable tech, a major issue was – and basically still is – battery life. While most mechanical watches have a power reserve of around 38-45 hours, and we never mind taking the few brief moments to wind them up every two days, when it comes to smartwatches, we know they have to spend hours hanging on a charging cable that would breathe new life into them. The new LG G Watch R smartwatch packs a 410 mAh hour battery, a negligible 10 mAh more than its predecessor. To give you a better idea of what one can expect, the 410 mAh figure is about 1/5 of the capacity of most modern smartphones; which does not sound that bad, but once we consider that there is a relatively large screen, a powerful processor and ceaseless wireless connectivity, all requiring constant power from the tiny battery, things soon start to look rather dim – quite literally.
Ariel Adams: Design and visual appeal are very important considerations consumers make when choosing to buy a product. Has the smartwatch industry to this point been getting it right? If not what mistakes are they making?
We have seen tool watches specifically designed to be used by divers, fighter jet pilots, navy seals, scientists, railroad engineers, and a vast number of other unique professions. Tactical watches, however, are few and far between, for they have to be designed to meet the unique requirements of an extremely niche market of professionals. The Luminox Surefire 2211 Wristlight Tactical watch is among these "endangered species," as it combines the legibility and reliability of a Swiss Luminox quartz watch with the 2211 Wristlight by SureFire.
Why is that important to mention? Because, in the watch world, the "holy grail" for any brand is to produce their movements entirely in-house, even though that is rarely actually achieved. Watch makers are notoriously misleading when it comes to discussing the origins and nature of their watch movements. In fact, this entire article is about putting down a set of terms and guidelines for brands to follow when describing the movements inside of their watches.
You don't get warnings before traveling to most cities – at least I don't – but I did get a few precautionary tales before traveling a few hours south of Los Angeles via plane to Mexico City. One of the highest altitude cities in the world, Mexico City is also one of the most populated, with about 20 million people. It is vastly spread out over a wide area, and the colorful buildings add a friendly sheen to what is in reality a mixture of haves and have-nots in what I understand to be a rather dangerous place. This, and a regular selection of "gringo kidnapping" stories up in LA framed the beginning of my first trip to what was once Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztecs, and the current home of the annual luxury watch show SIAR.
When we went hands-on with the Arnold & Son DTE at Baselworld 2014, the brand also had a tiny, vintage pocket watch to show with their 2014 novelty. Sebastien Chaulmontet (Arnold & Son's head of movement development, who we interviewed for our Grail Watch article series here) said that this tiny watch with its white enamel dial, blued hands, red gold case, and exposed mechanism inspired him with the design of the Arnold & Son DTE. The similarities are quite obvious, although it is fascinating to see the differences in size and, of course, intended purpose: one was designed and made decades or perhaps centuries ago and painstakingly crafted to invisibly hide in ones pocket, while the other is relatively large (even by today's standards, at 43.5 millimeters wide) and is worn on the wrist, where it is – for the most part – exposed for everyone to see.
Hamilton, for instance, could claim that its movements (produced by ETA) are in-house, because both Hamilton and ETA are part of the Swatch Group family. That doesn't happen. Most of these major brands are careful not to call their stock movements in-house, because there is nothing particularly unique or exclusive about them. We have found that the larger companies tend to be pretty straight forward about "in-house made." They may not be particularly open about who their suppliers are, but they don't go around blatantly advertising, "in-house made."
The rose gold (ref IW510206) opts for an off-white dial with metallic brown accents and a matching rose gold feuille hand set. On both versions, note the use of a long minute hand that reaches all the way to the outer minute track, a small detail, but one that makes all the difference. Both versions of the IWC Portugieser 75th Anniversary come fitted to matching alligator leather straps from Santoni.
The 20mm reddish brown straps are nicely adorned with the inner Marvin red liner - another Marvin signature to their watches. I especially like the push button straps. The strap is easily released from the case with a push button. I wish I could get a black strap with the same features making this watch even more versatile as a dress watch.
When I first met Kevin, he was wearing a watch that has become particularly popular for those transcending the line of being a lover of mainstream luxury watch brands to the more exclusive realm of the independent watch maker. The entry point into F.P. Journe is the wonderfully simple and beautifully blue-dialed Chronometre Bleu. Mr. Journe, of course, couldn't produce just a basic watch for his entry-level piece, so he decided to make the three-hand Chronometre Bleu with a tantalum case (that looks a lot like tungsten) and unique metallic blue dial. The movement is, of course, in gold and remarkably attractive. You won't see Kevin Rose wearing an 18k rose gold Rolex or a diamond-decorated Chopard. That isn't his style, neither is it the type of so many of today's most important emerging watch collectors. For Rose, watch collecting seems to be all about discovering timeless beauty in items of strong inherent value that tantalize his love of things that work well.
Roughly the size of a last-gen Ford Fusion, the Bugatti Veyron is not a huge car, but it has an amazing amount of presence, especially when you approach it with the intention of cracking a door and dropping into one of the body-hugging bucket seats.
As a dive watch 100 meters of water resistance might not sounds like all that much, but it is actually more than enough for most divers. What I like is that in this case 100 meters of water resistance actually means "100 meters," and not some other number. Most of you know what I am talking about, but there is of course an issue with watches being labeled "100 meters water resistant" when all you can do is light swimming with them. So what I like is that the depth rating and depth gauge represent what people actually do. There isn't a depth gauge for 1000 meters where people would be long since dead going down that deep.
There is a wonder in having a tiny machine on your wrist, and the Devon Works Tread 2 Shining takes that concept and makes it look more like a miniature factory on the wrist. This is the sort of watch that can reignite that wonder for many, even us watch reviewers. Even if it is not on your radar to buy, if you have the chance to see one in person, I recommend you take that chance. With the Devon Works Tread 2 Shining, you will see something that you cannot find from any other brand. devonworks.com
After the movement selection, the materials used for case construction have the largest cost impact. Those watches aren't going to use 316L (surgical grade) stainless steel or have domed sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coatings. Quality materials cost more – simple as that. A rule of thumb is that every dollar you add in a part's cost results in at least 4 dollars more in the retail price of the watch - for reasons I can go into another time.
Having said that, reading the time is much more pleasurable than one might expect. The dial for the time begins with a ring of minute indicators and an inner ring of Roman numeral hour markers placed on a sapphire crystal. The blued steel hands are relatively easy to read and for what it is (mixing aesthetic elements with minimalism) the dial works pretty well. Just above it and one layer down on the dial is a subsidiary seconds dial. This element is slightly hard to read, but it is looked at less.
Beyond mere technicalities, another interesting feat is how Arnold & Son - this brand with excessive British watchmaking heritage, modern Swiss manufacturing know-how, and Japanese ownership - manages to consistently turn out complicated, yet tasteful and distinctive-looking watches. Despite the dual-timezone layout and the two large tourbillons all finding their way onto the dial, the face of the watch looks well balanced – something that cannot be said for all other, similarly complex watches. Since there is no one large dial to cover up the movement from the front, what makes these four large circles stand out even more is the traditional Côtes de Genève striping that has been applied to the large, dial-side plate of the movement.