They represent a more refined luxury. Some of the people who purchase these watches might not ever even wear them - instead leaving them in a box for display among other like pieces. Whether you wear them only once in a while, or never at all, you can easily appreciate the look and feel of these impressive little pieces of art. Using the Time Galley watch case with diamonds on the lugs and bezel, this latest round of artistic watches is know as the Crown Jewels of Nature collection. The name doesn't make a who lot of sense, unless it refers to the entire animal collection. Not sure why three Cockatoos and a Kingfisher make up the "crown jewels of nature."
Each watch is a little bit different in size and from about 40-41mm wide in 18k white gold. Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic movement with the time being displayed on the disc through the window. As you can imagine, each watch done with this level of effort (how long do you think it takes the artist to paint each dial? A long time) is exhausting, so the collection is limited in production, though I am not aware of exactly how many pieces. One of the things that I like about this collection from Angular Momentum is that only a few people in the world are not only going to have this type of watch, but are going to be interested in this type of watch. Eventually watches such as this are going to be in museums for future generations to speculate about. They will wonder about the types of people that purchased timepiece like that, and the social circles that they were worn in. Prices for the watches is likely to be around ,000 each.
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The polls ran through most of December 2009. I was careful not to really discuss the voting too much as I didn't want to stay the results in any way. Those of you here that read my daily articles on Luxist.com probably noticed the presence of the "Luxist Awards." A few days ago the polls closed and the winner was announced. Out of the 5 brands I nominated the winner was IWC. Now I don't know the statistics for how many votes they got or how close it was. I anticipate it was close. While IWC has recently received a top luxury watch brand pick from wealthy households in a private study, Patek Philippe is the favored high-end collectors brands, Jaeger-LeCoultre makes some of the most beautiful and complex watches with a great image in most circles, A. Lange & Sohne keeps winning best German luxury brand, and Rolex, is Rolex (enough said).
The Louis Vuitton Tambour Mystérieuse has a floating manually wound LV115 movement in the center of the dial sandwiched between sapphire crystals. The "Mystérieuse" part comes from the fact that you cannot see how the movement is connected to the rest of the watch (or for the crown for that matter). Not really sure how it works actually. I guess that if there is no actual hidden rod, there would have to be a special sapphire crystal that itself turns, acting to adjust the time and wind the movement. The good news is that the watch has a power reserve of over eight days, which means you won't have to wind it all that often. The movement itself is has a built-in power reserve indicator, and has been designed to look quite pretty with the exposed palette jewels. The hands of the watch are attached inside and come out from the sides of the movement. It is a nice effect, and relatively legible. Certainly unique. The Tambour case itself is likely to be quite thick, but its tapered look is designed to allow for that without it looking too awkward. The highly sloped chapter ring around the face has attractive but simple hour markers. The lug structures are almost futuristic looking, but tasteful, and specially made alligator straps bit into the lug settings for a satisfying cohesive look.
You loved the Perrelet Turbine watch collection. It was not only a popular watch to look at, many of you enjoyed it. Will it will finally be available starting this weekend at a special Perrelet watch event that will be held at the Lussori luxury watch store on Carmel-By-The-Sea, California (August 29-30). In addition to the Turbine watch, there will be other interesting Perrelet timepieces that will amuse and delight (and possibly lead to a new purchase). Among the crowd will be Virginie Perrelet, who is related to the great Abraham-Louis Perrelet of "way back when." Please don't pester her with questions about what Abraham-Louis was like.
Last I heard, Kobe Bryant himself was sporting the Nubeo Black Mamba MVP with the natural whiskey sapphire stones - a truly awesome timepiece once you handle it. Let's check out the bling for a moment on these watches. It should be obvious why whiskey sapphires are named as such. Pour yourself a glass and you'll see a familiar color - oh, and they are also called orange sapphires. The Black Mamba MVP has 48 baguette cut stones on the chapter ring of the dial, 72 black sapphire round brilliant cut stones that line the chronograph subdials, and then another 48 baguette cut whiskey sapphires on the watch bezel. Nubeo's founder Ivan Castro is a skilled jeweler and it shows through not only the choice of stones, but the design and setting on the timepieces. Black sapphire stones are quite interesting. They certainly shine, but have a more under-the-radar style of luxury that asserts itself in confidence and pride of ownership each time you glance at the watch. The Ultimate is an interesting version is the Black Mamba with the precision-cut Arabic numeral bezel (with natural rubber inlay) and the black sapphires in the chapter ring - quite cool.
Seiko has a few hand engraved watches as well. Seiko has a few in-house engraving masters that have developed techniques that beat those of the Europeans. Only difference is that some of the designs are pretty traditional Japanese. So now Seiko needs to take those skills, and apply some more globally appealing designs. The techniques that Seiko uses require engraving tools made by Seiko that are more precise, cut better, and result in a much better polish and clean look to the polishing. It is quite remarkable. A beautiful gold Seiko watch all hand engraved with a manufacture movement will run about ,000 as I understand. You’ll never find a similar Swiss watch at this price.
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Just how accurate is the PHARAO atomic clock? Get this, the clock will deviate by one full second each 300 million years! There is a ton of science here that I either don't understand, or am not willing to go into. Suffice it to say that true mastery of time may allow humans to reach "the next step" scientifically. The eye in the sky now will know EXACTLY where you have been and what time you were there.
The Shabaka watch starts with a specially made Christophe Claret Calibre CLA88QPRM manually-wound movement. Complications are plentiful including a perpetual calendar three cylinder displays. The dial shows the time, day, date, month, leap year, and moon phase. This might be the first appearance of the cylinder style information window. This has been used on several watches since, most notably for the top and bottom displays on the Maitres du Temps Chapter One and Two watch. The Chapter One movement is also made by Christophe Claret. In addition to all this dial information, the Jean Dunand Shabaka is also a minute repeater. You can see the lever on the left side of the case. There is also a power reserve indicator, but you'll have to look at the rear of the watch for that information (power reserve is open mainspring barrel with indicator bar). The movement is extremely complex, which is easy to tell by viewing the case back. I mean the thing has 721 parts. An incredible amount of pieces to shove into the 44mm wide x 17.65mm thick case. The movement plate itself is 29.5mm wide. The watch is not exactly a sport timepiece so you want to treat it well (you'll be convinced of that if you are among the select few who can afford to acquire the watch). It has 30 meters of water resistance - meaning you can basically wash your hands with the watch.
The Easy Diver SED Tourbillon is really large and really light. The 48mm wide case is in all titanium an feels light as a feather. Give then fact that the movement is barley there, this fact makes a lot of sense. In addition to the rubber strap with a titanium deployment, there is some rubber sandwiched into the construction of the case. Everything about the watch is very sporty, but also luxurious. Look closely at the slanted chapter ring around the dial - you'll notice that the hour markers are rubies. Very cool in my opinion. There is a sly nature to Rober Dubuis watches that present luxury in an unapologetically pronounced manner, without the pretention that you might expect from a luxury watch company.
The Jewish new year just ended. On the Jewish/Hebrew calendar scale the year is 5770. The Gregorian calendar that is the universal standard for the US and business all over the world has the year at 2009. There are other calendars out there too that I am not familiar with that have the date as something else still. I find this concept interesting. Think back to the turn of the century when such a big deal was made about the year 2000. It did feel like a big change, as though something special would happen. Then again, if you think about it from a logical standpoint, it is just an arbitrary number, as are most calendars. It all depends on when you start counting. Most calendars "began" counting based on some religious event. So many years later, we forget to an extent that the beginning dates of these calendar systems is so arbitrary. Still, they have lots of meaning for us both actual and symbolic.
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I really loved getting this e-mail. It makes sense too. A watch company using daylight saving time (DST) as a reason to send out an piece of marketing e-mail. You'd think more watch companies would do this. I don't really have many people reminding me to do this, and with the new times for DST lately (thanks Congress!), it is more difficult than ever to remember. Being two days from now, Ernst Benz is the only company that took this opportunity to "say hi."
When I first handled Lynx Aqua it was clear to me that this piece is a serious watch. It really shows the heritage of Swedish design and is both modern, funky and utilitarian, as well as classic and timeless in design. It made me think of Bruno Mathssons furniture (Specially The Grasshopper and Anna as pictured) The fluid shape of hard material is the key here. Watch case is both round and soft looking as well as rigid and tough. There's the key to this watch, fluid essence which comes out in firm form. This watch is a bold statement which seems to be yelling "Tool watches want to be elegant too". It's hard to say which came here first, the form or the function, but they both work together amazingly well.