You don't hear about detent escapements too much in wrist watches because for the most part they make no sense to put in a wrist watch. The lever escapement is what you'll find in virtually all mechanical wrist watches because they fare much better to the type of mobile life that a wrist watch demands. Invented back in the 18th century, detent escapements are arguably more precise as they allow for a more direct impulse from the balance wheel to the escape wheel. This direct impulse offers a more accurate transfer of power which leads to greater timing precision. The issue is that detent escapements are best used in stationary time keepers.
In the late 1980s the mechanical watch was slowly coming back into fashion after the quartz watch market more or less killed it with cheaper prices and superior timing accuracy. Swiss watch brands were able to rebound (in a manner of speaking) by upgrading the status of the mechanical watch to being a luxury item versus a utility item. Case designs and quality improved, and by the 1990s timepieces were more than ever a status symbol and designer product versus mere tool to indicate the time. This meant that more emphasis was being placed on people seeing you wear a watch versus just the wearer being able to see it.
The only criticism that we have after glancing over the top ten designs that Motorola selected is that although just about all of them present a relatively new and funky way of showing time, the majority of them fail to include any actual "smartwatch-related" indications, and even if they do, the windows are likely to be too small either for the human eye to see, or for the resolution of the screen that is likely going to be used for the watch.
JW: This watch was not to sell and, of course, also unaffordable for me.
As the “Official Watch” and “Official Timekeeper” of both Ferrari and Scuderia Ferrari as well as the “Official Watch” of the Ferrari Challenge, Hublot has capitalized upon its position as exclusive watch making partner of the legendary car company to create several ground breaking timepieces - including the record breaking Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari released this year at Baselworld. Completely designed, developed and produced by Hublot manufacture engineers and watchmakers, the LaFerrari further distinguishes itself by a 50-day power reserve - a world record for a hand-wound tourbillon wristwatch. Conceptualized alongside the Ferrari team, a complex shaped sapphire crystal echoes the sports car's outline, as does the case back, which is made from black PVD titanium.
An excellent example of an under-the-radar luxury timepiece, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu is the sort of watch that will get the attention of a true enthusiast or Jaeger collector. As if the Master Ultra Thin line was not impressive enough (being one of the thinnest manually wound watches in existence), this Grand Feu dial is exceeding complicated to produce, with delicate layers of enamel heated up to 900 C and laid by hand to lend a subtle but noteworthy artistry to the dial.
The name of Manousos' Tourbillon 1000% comes from the fact that he developed the tourbillon to fit into a wrist watch, and blew up the CAD design to exactly 1000% to be printed using today's technology. Having said that, the Tourbillon 1000% does not use off-the-shelf 3D printing technology.
The movement sort of sits in a bowl, surrounded by the altimeter and barometer scale, and resting on top of a space for the aneroid capsule system. The capsule expands and contracts with changes in barometric pressure, and when it does, it moves the altimeter hands. The hand operated by the crown at 4 o'clock can be adjusted to set the base altitude or compensate for environmental matters which can effect the reading. The crown at 4 o'clock is also how you activate the altimeter. Well, activation isn't the right term, exactly. Basically, for the system to work, air needs to enter the case so that the capsule can sense the pressure. When the crown is screwed down the watch case is water resistant to 100 meters, and when open, it displays a red ring which means air can enter. A membrane prevents moisture and dust from entering the case when the crown is unscrewed.
Since the early 1960s, the Carrera has been a staple watch model of Heuer and later TAG Heuer. Developed as a lifestyle racing watch, the Carrera remains one of the most important timepiece families of the 20th century in regard to its importance as a collectible and how it has influenced timepiece design for over 50 years. Today, I am going to look at a rather unique version of the Carrera that certainly sits toward the higher-end of the collection. This is the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Racing watch, and this article is actually the third piece we've done on it.
Looking to expand my knowledge and entertain my fascination with timepieces, I purchased a copy of the 2013 Watch Annual. This is an A to Z of watches, and contains high-level information about watch manufactures. What really caught my eye was a certain watch on the cover of this publication, which just happened to be a Maurice Lacroix Pontos S. Being a certified scuba diver, I really connected to the watch face of this dive watch with an active custom NATO strap. This book sits on my desk at work and is a great way to pull back from work during the day when I have a little down time. You can only imagine my excitement when I noticed a post by Ariel Adams announcing the November 2013 monthly giveaway, which just happened to be a picture of the watch on the cover of the book sitting on my desk.
At first glance, the 41mm version doesn’t look much different than its predecessor, and that’s not a bad thing. The dial is clean and uncluttered with a silver satin finish and applied gold markers at 3,6,9 and 12. The remainder of the markers are simple drawn black lines, executed without much ado and effectively evoking historical designs from the brand’s history. A date window rests at 3, and the only writing on the dial is the “GP Girard-Perregaux” branding below the 12 o’clock marker and “Automatic Swiss Made” at 6. The hour and minute hands are gold feuille, and the central seconds hand is blued-steel, adding a subtle dash of color.
Excellent question! One I suspect many chronograph wearers don't know the answer to, as it can easily slip under the radar.
When I first discovered the Freak watch years ago I was a bit weirded out by the "freakish" design. It wasn't that the Freak looked bad to me, but rather that it simply looked so different I didn't understand what it was trying to do. The Freak was only strange because it was so radically different. Years later after a lot more watch education, the Freak started to grow on me, starting with an understanding of the innovative use of silicon, complex design, and legibility despite its highly unorthodox face. I became a Freak lover, but it didn't happen overnight. The Freak Cruiser is the most advanced "non tourbillon" Freak which means it is worlds more refined than the original. No doubt the watch is a statement, but it is a statement I want to make. Price is a dream-worthy ,500. This is a "wish list" after all right?
The picture above is an early drawing of what will be the Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1, the first watch actually officially made by Porsche Design as we understand it. Porsche Design has been involved in watchmaking since 1972, and has worked with a range of different watch companies to produce its watch designs. These have included brands such as Orfina, IWC, and Eterna over the years, but a new era of in-house production will come to Porsche Design soon.
This article contains the hands of mostly very popular watches along with some lesser known brands and models that nevertheless have distinctive hands which allow them to identified despite the relative volume of the watches they produce. Some, of course, are more recognizable than others but it is interesting to see these hands taken off the of the dials we often see them on.
Chopard will offer three exciting strap and bracelet options for the 2014 Monaco Historique Chrono in titanium. Standard is the perforated black barenia leather strap with yellow stitching. Chopard has also jumped on the NATO strap bandwagon which is proving to be very popular among high-end brands as they have been trendy with collectors. With the watch is an optional black with yellow racing stripe NATO-style strap that looks awesome with the watch. Chopard claims that the NATO strap is an option, but it isn't clear whether it is included with the watch or sold separately.
Chopard has taken a great interest in this cause as part of its "The Journey to Sustainable Luxury" agenda. The Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF is a testament to the companies commitment–but what does it mean to the end consumer?
One of the things that makes Bovet special is the owner. Mr. Raffy did not invent the brand, but is more a steward of its history and reputation. When he purchased the company in 2001, they were producing under 200 watches per year, and right now they are producing under 4,000 watches per year. That is still a small amount, but he was able to increase its size and yet retain an incredibly diverse amount of pieces in the collection. As of 2014 there are over 500 SKUs the brand currently has in its catalog.
The dial features two time zones at a glance, an AM/PM indicator, day of the week indicator, and date. The GPW1000 also seems to include various world time and travel functions, as well as a timer and alarm. It also appears that the GPS system will indicate whether you are located in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.
Bell & Ross owes much of their place on the watch landscape to the distinctive and long-standing design of their BR 03 series. With an instantly-recognizable square case shape and circular instrument-inspired dial design, the BR 03 is a watch that most enthusiasts could pick out from across a room. The look, while polarizing, successfully bolsters B&R's aviation aesthetic and has become an archetype of its own. Released at Baselworld 2013, the Bell & BR 03 Ross Golden Heritage collection offers a BR platform with some of its military charm swapped for a more dressy and classic look and feel.
Swatch's trademark is as a word and figurative mark. One of the things that will have to be settled is, is iWatch confusingly similar to iSwatch especially in a wrist-worn timepiece context? Another matter that complicates things is that the company which registers first gets can claim priority brand protection. Swatch registered in as early as 2008 in some countries, but hadn't registered in others until 2013, potentially giving Apple the upper hand in a dispute.
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