It is true that overall we tend to admonish the purchase of fake watches, but perhaps for reasons you might not expect. The replica watch industry, no matter how underground it may be, is still a billion dollar plus market each year. Timepieces are among the most mass produced fake items around, and for good reason: people want watches and watches are expensive. If you are curious about fake watches or the reasons people buy them. Or perhaps you just need to be talked out of it, head over to "The Truth about Replica Watches" here »
"Over the past twenty-five years, we have watched Breitling transition from its ‘infancy’ to a horological superpower with a true cult following," Third generation President & CEO of Govberg Jewelers Danny Govberg said. "We are honored to celebrate the Breitling collector community with such an exceptional timepiece." For Govberg, this Breitling watch is "for the fans."
The SmartWatch 2 features a 1.6" LCD display, via which you'll be able to interact with a whole suite of of applications such as Facebook and Twitter, pull up weather information, and see alerts about incoming mail, text messages, and phone calls. It's also billed as the first smartwatch that's water resistant, and packs in some NFC technology which is used for simplifying pairing (it also packs in Bluetooth 3.0). Of course, that would require that your phone has an NFC chip - which, of course, the Sony Android phones do. Unlike previous iterations though, they are opening up compatibility with other makes of phones - you can check the full compatibility list on this page.
With a US price tag of 80, the Spirit Mark 2 is a decidedly exclusive watch with a refreshing design which will stand out against the usual suspects from Rolex, Omega and Panerai. I think this new model looks stunning and should prove to be just as successful as the Spirit Pioneer. While a Speake-Marin may not be for everyone, well-heeled collectors should take note of their individualistic styling, very low production numbers, and a production process which incorporates almost exclusively bespoke parts.
If all this sounds confusing to you, it doesn't matter, just know that the carrousel has a plain technical difference, even though the purpose is essentially the same as a tourbillon - to average out gravity related losses in timekeeping. Just let us know if you want a full technical article explaining the difference, and I will see what I can do. Still, have a look at this video if you are technically inclined, and perhaps you will be able to perceive the difference yourself. Of course on the watch, Blancpain makes it easy by labeling which complication is which.
While sport lovers felt it was interesting and perhaps a bit strange for tennis champion Rafael Nadal to wear a half million dollar plus watch while competing, it was all about an assertion of brand values for Richard Mille. Be it tennis, golf, automotive racing, flight, or diving, Richard Mille has proven that its timepieces not only have a place, but the durability and character required to be part of some of the world's most demanding activities. The Rafael Nadal watch for example wasn't just about a luxurious object placed on the wrist of a famous athlete, it was a luxurious object that could keep up with his game.
Daniel Strom hand-sculpts the design on the tonneau style case, and it is available in pretty much any luxury metal you want. Sorry, no steel or titanium models. Why? Too hard to engrave - especially titanium. Wow, what a pain that would be. However, the Angelus case is actually two sections. An inner steel barrel and an outer section which is engraved. The Angelus design aesthetic is like "serious angels." Thematically serious to the point of being a bit creepy. I mean at least the skulls on the Agonium had faces. These guys all look like posing artist's dolls, and put into oddly provocative positions. There are also enough feathers engraved on this watch to almost make it Native American themed. That is especially the case with all the turquoise tones in the optional black (Tahitian) mother-of-pearl dial.
Now, think "PRS 516" and most watch lovers are going to imagine Tissot's muscle car era revival watch with its slick retro lines and beautiful minimalized 1960s/1970s style. We especially like the three hand automatic models, while the quartz and automatic chronographs aren't too bad either. The new PRS 516 Extreme Automatic has a design that is very different from existing PRS 516 collection models, but if you take a close look you can see the resemblance.
Inside the SBB Vintage is a manually wound Swiss ETA 2801-2 mechanical movement that you can see through the display caseback. This older movement is not commonly used, but you can see it here. It sort of looks like a smaller UNITAS. Personally I would have liked the watch to contain an automatic, but I suppose that wouldn't have been "vintage" enough. Manually wound watches to do have their fans however. Mondaine claims that the piece will be limited to just 400 pieces - though the watches are unfortunately not individually numbered it seems. What I would like to see is Mondaine to step it up a bit and have some nicer watches that have quality on par with say Movado. I think that a very slick, refined version of the classic SBB Railways watch in the 00 range on a nice bracelet would get a lot of takers. Price for this piece is about 4.
Tech Specs from Breitling:
Meistersinger tells you in their brochure that this is not a problem (glad they thought of it). Most people when asked for the time, never say 1.07 or 1.09. Instead, they round off the time to the closest five or ten minutes. In fact, in most aspects of our lives, the kind of precision in timekeeping to the minute is not really of much concern. Therefore, by removing the parts of the display that we really do not need, we simplify our perception of time.
Why is it useless?
N.O.A isn't totally clear on who produces the automatic skeletonized movement, aside from the fact that they are "Swiss Made." They don't look like ETA, and the uncommonly accessible price of the collection (for this brand), makes me think that the movements are from one of the newer or less common 'technically' Swiss Made brands. The movements should however make for a cool skeletonized look, offering just the time and all the "skelet-ness" you can eat.
According to Kelly, having a good watch is actually very important - especially when flying some older planes. As an example, he talked about flying A-6 Intruder jets. Those seem to have 8-day power reserve mechanical clocks - that in Kelly's experience often were really inaccurate or did not work at all. Having a good watch on your wrist meant that you could keep track of time properly, which was often essential for the mission. He discussed using his watch to time bomb drops while flying missions during the Gulf War. For him, having a good watch as a military pilot wasn't just a luxury, but a necessity.
Indications: Central hours and minutes / indication of leap year with centred small hand, 1, 2, 3, in black; 4 for the leap year in red / day and month at 12 o'clock in 2 apertures / large date at 6 o'clock in double aperture / power reserve at 9 o'clock.
Inside the presentation box was the Delma Santiago Blue Shark. This model is a limited edition dive watch of 500 watches per model. The Blue Shark is impressively water resistant to a depth of 3000M or 9842 feet. The Blue Shark comes with the choice of a stainless bezel or black PVD bezel.
This is the Hublot watch for people who don't traditionally like Hublot. It is in the Classic Fusion collection and has a skeletonized tourbillon movement. To be honest, I sort of get a sense of glee when I post a picture of a Hublot watch on my wrist, share it on Instagram (aBlogtoWatch), and people battle over whether it is wonderful or hideous in the comments. Whether they are beauties or beasts is really not the issue, but rather that this determination is so fantastically subjective. I like to see the opinions squirm and fight.
The new Calibre 3834 (38 series) makes a lot of sense for Eterna. First of all because it is an automatic - which is a key part of the brand's heritage. You need only look at Eterna's logo. It is actually on the Adventic watch five times, but I will get to that part in a moment. The five dotted logo represents five ball bearings. The five ball bearings that were traditionally used in the mounting point of an automatic rotor. I believe Eterna might have been the first to use ball-bearings for mounting a rotor. Though the 3834 movement uses at least seven ball bearings for this purpose.
Well, Mark shed light on this mystery for me. Basically, they choose you, but you still have to apply. NASA doesn't exactly make loud statements that they are looking for new bodies, but they quietly announce on their website or other media before that, that they are looking. Out of around 6,000 applicants each time they need people, they choose about 10-30 fresh astronauts. About half are military pilots, while the rest are a mixture of engineers and medical doctors. Yea, and there are lots of tests to pass.
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The Tissot SeaStar 1000 Chronograph Valjoux Limited Edition is better than the standard SeaStar 1000 Chronograph in almost every way. Better case, better movement, better dial. However, it does add about 00 to the price compared with the Tissot SeaStar 1000 Chronograph. So let's see what that extra money is going toward.