Like the author of this post, I like cars and watches. In many ways they are quite similar, representing the coming together of both mechanical engineering and design. However, while cars have changed quite dramatically over the years, some watches, on the other hand, seemed to have been stuck in time.
Many Richard Mille watches are birthed at the Renaud & Papi headquarters. The watch movement designers there were tasked with coming up with a sufficiently small, sufficiently mechanical g-force meter to place inside of the watch. While this is the most interesting feature of the watch, it is one that Richard Mille explains the least. The RM036 has a gauge that looks a bit like a power reserve indicator on the dial that shows the maximum Gs experienced. A pusher at 9 o'clock resets the "G-Sensor" hand. So after driving really fast you can look at your wrist and giggle as you check out how close to the red zone you got. Unfortunately, the G-Sensor meter lacks any numerical values. So you'll simply have to take safety cues from the colors.
A simple twist of the wrist should be adequate to accomplish this. To more accurately determine time, the hour indicators are integrated into the dial/case and are raised. A triangle denotes the twelve o'clock position while the rest are marked with lines with three, six, and nine being longer and textured. This allows for easy time reading through touch alone. The result looks a bit like a Deco sundial in a very good way. The case is made of titanium which should be lightweight and durable for years of hands-on use. Initially available straps include a stainless mesh and three fabric/leather bands in yellow, olive, and blue.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
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Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
For 2012, the Grand Lange 1 gets a refined look that is more in-line with a slightly larger version of the Lange 1 collection. While the older Grand Lange 1 was 41.9mm wide, the new for 2012 models are down to 40.9mm wide. The case has also been thinned down to just 8.8mm in thickness. To create the appearance of a larger watch, the bezel of the Grand Lange 1 is a bit thinner than that of the normal Lange 1. Aside from that, the dials of the two watches are now extremely similar - making them harder to tell apart aside from the size difference (which is either a good or bad thing depending on the collector). For me I am happy. Not that a Lange 1 or Grand Lange 1 is in my price range, but if it was I would appreciate the new Grand Lange 1 all the more. The 38.5mm wide version is too small for my tastes, but I love the appearance of the dial. With the 40.9mm wide Grand Lange 1, you can have the looks of the original Lange 1 in a more contemporary size. Even then, about 41mm wide is not considered a large watch.
A lot of the times that we post a video about some cool, expensive Swiss watch on the aBlogtoWatch YouTube channel, we get a regular type of comment. In some manner or another, one of our viewers says something akin to "I will wait until the Chinese make one for a few hundred dollars." Yea, I get that timepieces are expensive, sometimes crazy expensive, but it is true that the Chinese can copy just about anything? No, and I think most people know that. One area that they have however been more successful in stealing thunder away from the Swiss has been with tourbillon movements. The Chinese ardently pushed to replicate, in high-quality, the magic of the little revolving balance wheel. This is one of those.
In all, the Moonstuck is a wonderfully unique and complex watch. On the one hand it has an exclusive look and set of functions designed by a brilliant man, being also useful and luxuriously attractive. On the other hand it is very much a daily wear watch. The case is comfortable and durable being essentially a slightly larger version of the case on the Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time watch (reviewed here). It goes without saying that there is next to nothing else on the market quite like it, a description Ulysse Nardin seems to achieve rather often.
The Tissot Touch line of watches is no stranger to these pages. They offer practical multi-functionality through the use of a novel touch system. In this T-Race Touch, Tissot combined the Touch functionality of the Racing Touch with the looks of the T-Race while costing less than either model. This also marks the cheapest Tissot Touch watch to date so, if you found the other models just a bit too pricey, this might be the place for you to jump in right here.
There's a lot of overlap between watch folks and Aston Martin fans. I'm an amateur with cars, but even I've seen enough of the Bond franchise to appreciate a vintage Aston Martin. This car is a DBR1/2 that won LeMans in 1959. This is the only time that Aston Martin won that race, so this car is a very big deal indeed, and sold for a staggering 20 million UKP recently. Christopher Ward paid a chunk of change for this piece of the car:
The red colored crystal adds a certain "wow factor" to the watch. It hampers legibility just a little bit because it actually prevents some light from entering the dial to charge the lume. It is a small price to pay for the aesthetic in my opinion. If you don't want the red crystal, it certainly isn't required. A stickler for details, Dreifuss once illustrated to me how the difference between a domed versus flat crystal made a watch look. I was stunned at the difference. Our first look at a Maurice de Mauriac watch with a colored crystal was with the Chronograph Modern Tactical Vision with its rather impressive coloration.
The other interesting bit to this dial is the placement of the day and date displays. The date shows up at 6 o'clock (fairly standard) and blends nicely into the 12-hour register. The day display, on the other hand, is in a location I don't recall seeing before - at the 9 o'clock position, very close to the center of the dial. While intriguing, it's hard to say (just from pictures) if this is something you'd get used to, or if it would become an annoyance not having it over at the more common position of 3 o'clock.
Literally, the most complex element of the case is the crown, which is nicely designed with the double star logo of the brand. I believe that the watch has three dial options, with this one being the black "technical dial." There is also an "all black technical dial" as well as a more classic looking silvery dial. The latter being my favorite, but this technical dial is interesting. It actually costs a couple hundred dollars more than the silver dial. What is a technical dial? Here is how Jaquet Droz describes it:
Nevertheless Scott wasn't happy with the design of the Tread 2 as it was after Baselworld. The project was re-assessed and it was possible that the Tread 2 wasn't even going to be released. This was despite the fact that Devon had orders for the watches. There was even a possibility that the Tread 2 was going to be skipped in favor of another model.
It is important to be mindful of how the PRS 516 Extreme Automatic fits into the overall PRS 516 family. It isn't the most expensive model, but it is about 0 shy of it. The most expensive model arguably has a better movement, but not nearly the level of case and dial detailing. Like we pointed out, the PRS 516 is for the most part a retro-looking timepiece collection, while the Extreme is a sort of modern re-imagining of it. The case of the Extreme is 44mm wide and it is thick at 15.73mm. Lug for the odd-sized 23mm wide strap offer a happily imposing stance on the wrist.
OI: No, not at all. I only gave Ilkka a briefing of how the watch case should more or less look like in order to fit in the DNA of the new brand (never round nor squared was the design brief of the shape). I learned over the years that the shape of the watch case and the looks and details of the dial are 80% of what sells a watch. I like simple design and no ornaments and I wanted to see a bracelet that was integrated into the case without any horns.
The questions then are what will an iWatch product do? What will make it special? What features will it have? And for me, how will it change or influence the larger timepiece market? What the following article seeks to do is discuss what an Apple watch might look like. What features it is likely to have, and why we haven't seen one yet. I've also asked a few industry experts to chime in with what they think Apple has in store for us.