The sale of the strap is almost over and we are about sold out. There are a few left and we wanted to give as many aBlogtoWatch followers a chance to order one. So here are some images of the straps on the strap maker's wrist. It is difficult to get a grasp of them in images. They are made to look a bit worn, but they are of a very high quality and hand-dyed. We hope you enjoy them. Price is about 0 plus shipping.
As seen in the video above, Mr. Coppoletta dreamed up a very dynamic and truly dramatic scene for the dial, one that tells us the story of a sinking ship and hence: "the sailor's grave." To bring some positivity into the picture, the anchor - a symbol of strength and hope, and the link to Mother Earth - plays a prominent role in the design. Speaking of the dial: at first glance the two lightning bolts and the big anchor clearly dominate the design and make any other detail rather difficult to see. However, after some further inspection, the stamped, engraved and decorated silver elements finally become visible and make up the clouds, the sinking ship and the sea. This is when the dial finally starts to form a complete picture and, for some, to trigger emotions!
Ed. note: And thank you Brian. To everyone else, please visit our Ritmo Mundo Persepolis Triple Time giveaway this month in April here.
These are our most viewed videos of 2012, a year that more than doubled the view count on the aBlogtoWatch YouTube channel. The playlist presented above shows serious YouTube love for complex, interesting, and eccentric watches like the Devon Tread 1, the Opus 12, the HTY H1, and the Tag Heuer Mikrogirder 2000. While photos may tell you a lot about your average three-hander, video helps to bring these visually stunning and massively complex machines to life, so it is of little surprise that the Top Ten includes so many envelope-pushing modern marvels of horology. Click here to see the Top 10 Most Popular Watch Videos of 2012 as separate clips on YouTube.com.
Sitting with Jaquet Droz during Baselworld 2013 we could notice that Jaquet Droz was excited to show us something. It turned out to be The Charming Bird, which in a sense is a follow-up to last year's equally impressive Bird Repeater watch also with automaton birds and a minute repeater complication. It is clear that Jaquet Droz has been working on both pieces for the last few years as flagship models for the brand.
In Honor of the Oscars: Hollywood and Their Favorite Brand Name Watches
Because while he is known for his complex creations and love of the high-tech, his spare time is spent exploring a second passion set more in antiquity than you may think.
The caliber 801 movement is simple and beautiful. Manually wound, with just the time and subsidiary seconds, it combines today's know-how with design influences of classic American pocket and wristwatch movements. RGM is very much a heritage brand, reviving themes and styles once common in US watchmaking practices. There was a time (albeit long ago now), that the United States was not only the most advanced watch producer on the planet, but also the most productive. The advent of cheap and accurate Asian-made watch movements changed all that, but the US was certainly the leader for a long time. That era left behind a rich history and catalog of designs that brands like RGM can borrow from today. This is the exact same thing that the Swiss brands do with their own country's watch history.
There is actually some debate on whether the tourbillon escapement is actually something which is technically a complication or not - this is because it doesn't actually add any functionality. Invented back in the late 18th century, the tourbillon style escapement assembly creates a cage which spins the balance wheel and associated parts around on their own axis (usually once each 60 seconds). It was designed to theoretically make pocket watches more accurate by negating the effects of gravity, as pocket watches are typically kept in a vertical position. In the 20th century some people built tourbillons into wrist watches - almost as an experiment - to attempt to make them more accurate. Toward the end of the 20th century the tourbillon starting showing up in an exposed form on watch dials, in timepieces that commanded huge prices. Why? Well because tourbillons are quite tricky to assemble, and they look stunningly beautiful in their operation. Having said that, there is no evidence that the tourbillon has any positive effect on mechanical movement accuracy whatsoever. At best they are just as accurate as a well made and regulated non-tourbillon watch.
Anyhow, going back to Chopard and this limited edition platinum version of the L.U.C XPS with that lovely blue dial. I got to thinking, "how would you properly wear a dress watch like this?" Most dress/formal watches are back, so how about one with a blue tuxedo? The most famous blue tuxedo that I came up with was worn by Jeff Daniels' "Harry" character in Dumb & Dumber. Given how in the film they start blowing through money, I don't think that purchasing a timepiece like this would have been out of the question. Though, given the duo's famous lack of good taste and judgement, I don't think something as classy as a L.U.C XPS would have caught their eye. Perhaps a watch like this is destined for a later, more mature and sophisticated Jeff Daniels character.