From a dive watch perspective, the Kentex Marineman Seahorse is water resistant to 200 meters with a sapphire crystal, rotating diver's bezel, and well-lumed hands and hour markers. The bracelet also happens to have a diver's extension on it. The AR-coated crystal offers a lot of legibility, and you'll either hate, love, or feel ambivalent toward the magnifier lens on the crystal. I'm personally pretty ambivalent about it.
There are notable changes on the outside as well: the new caliber makes its debut in the Zenith Elite 6150 – apparently baring the same name as the caliber inside – which is now 42 millimeters wide, "a new benchmark size for the brand," as Zenith puts it. That slightly larger case size is matched with a thickness of just 10 millimeters, rendering the watch highly wearable and relatively elegant, despite the larger diameter. At the time of this release, the previous Zenith Elite models with the Sellita movements no longer appear to be displayed on the brand's website, which implies that the Zenith Elite 6150 means an old-new chapter in the dress watch collection's life.
Compared to the original limited edition Spacecraft, the Romain Jerome Spacecraft Black ref. RJ.M.AU.SC.002.01 is going to be even more limited. The original 2013 Spacecraft was limited to 99 pieces and the newer Romain Jerome Spacecraft Black is limited to just 25 pieces. Price is a bit more than the original too, and about what you'd expect for a totally niche low production timepieces like this, at ,500. romainjerome.com
Longines Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph Hands-On
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Longines Heritage Diver 1967 Chronograph Hands-On
Dominating the dial and the overall appearance of the timepiece, a re-imagining of Cronos, the God of time, sits dejected atop the hour dial. One hand grasps the scythe that will cut you down when the hourglass, on which his other hand rests, finally runs out; and behind this morbid scene, we can see that the end has come for daylight too. A night sky of expertly blued steel, studded with eleven diamond stars, provides a stunning contrast between the 18k rose gold and sterling silver relief of the dial.
Moreover, these are casual dressy watches with a lot of decorative value. Yes, there is a distinct "Japanese look" to them, but it is in a good way that feels more refined than designs such as this have looked in the past. The watch dial begins with a textured face with very legible hands filled with luminant. A flange ring has lume points for the hours as well as minute indicator. The sharply cut applied hour markers on the dial are good looking and help with overall legibility. The failure of most watches like this in the past has always been legibility, with a lot of good intent but a less-than-successful execution looking like less than the sum of its parts.
It was just about six months ago that English watch brand Bremont announced its new partnership with fellow English car manufacturer Jaguar, and now, with the Bremont Jaguar MKI and Bremont Jaguar MKII watches, we see that collaboration result in the first series of non-limited edition watches. At Baselworld 2015, Bremont will debut two new pieces inspired by the famous vintage Jaguar E-Type road car: the Bremont Jaguar MKI, a three-hand model, and the Bremont Jaguar MKII, which is a bi-compax chronograph.
Jack Ryan: We have a name for Rolex watches in Texas. We jokingly refer to them as the “Texas Timex” and they are very popular all over the state. They are ubiquitous, across all demographics. Amongst younger buyers, we see a lot of TAGs, Omegas, and Breitlings in the mid-range mix, with the occasional trendy brands like SevenFriday showing up here and there. Amongst the older, more affluent collectors, we see a wide range of high horology pieces. Complicated Patek calibres, various UN models, JLCs, various Panerai calibres, the occasional F.P. Journe; all can be encountered on a regular basis within our community. With the tremendous growth in our community, coupled by the large influx of technology folks from both coasts; our demographic is probably not much different than Silicon Valley in most respects.
Covered in Vanitas imagery, the Carpe Diem encourages you to consider death and your own mortality every time you glance at your wrist. There is a skull nestled amidst some fine gold engraving at seven thirty, and another at nine o'clock on the side of the case. Beyond the – very trendy – skull theme, there actually is some very intriguing, and arguably more refined mythology on display.
Mickey Nolan: Yeah that’s right, I’m going to strip down a Rolex Submariner Date 16610 with a 3135 movement. It’s probably the most common Sub out there. They were made from the late eighties all the way up until 2010. This particular one is from 1995. It’s just come in. It looks to be in pretty good shape, but it’s fast, so it needs checking over.
Tomorrow on May 2, 2015, world boxing champions Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will fight in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand - and you know the luxury industry will be there too. Hublot's tenacity in working with a range of sports that the more conservative Swiss watch industry has traditionally shunned continues to pay off, and today, Hublot gifted a unique watch to Floyd Mayweather and also announced that the champ will be wearing the Hublot logo on his trunks during the fight - apparently, the first time Mayweather has ever worn a company image or name in such a way.
As part of the "relaunch" of Tiffany & Co. watches for 2015 the debut collections include the Tiffany CT60 watches (hands-on here) as well as these interesting Tiffany East West watches which are pleasantly whimsical while also elegant looking. The idea is to take a traditional rectangular-shaped watch case and orient the dial vertically versus horizontally. So, in other words, the Tiffany & Co. East West watch is all about putting time on its side (so cliche to say, I know). According to Tiffany & Co., the Tiffany & Co. East West collection was inspired by a "purse watch" they produced in the 1940s.
Exclusivity breeds desire, or so it seems Hublot are hoping. The Classic Fusion “Chronograph Aerofusion” model is a collaboration with the Watch Gallery and only 25 will be made. It is the fifth collaboration of its kind and the second with Hublot, following the dual release of their Classic Fusion Automatic and Chronograph models last year. As well as Hublot, Bremont, Zenith, and Bell & Ross have had the Watch Gallery treatment. So why did LVMH-owned Hublot get another call so soon? Maybe it has something to do with the sheer size of Hublot watches and how well they become a canvas for design.
The time is displayed by blued hour and minute hands, which, along with the dial backgrounds, are identical despite the fact that one dial (at 6 o'clock) features Arabic numerals and the other (at 12) Roman numerals. It was wise of Arnold & Son not to add seconds hands to these two independent dials: they are governed by separate escapements, which means their timekeeping would be unavoidably different – although for the ultimate watch nerd experience, it sure would be cool to see by how much the two are off from one another. One would hope that a properly functioning tourbillon would eliminate the majority of positional error, but even so, we could expect infinitesimal fluctuations.
Citizen watches will follow-up the very impressive Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 watch (hands-on review here) from 2014 with this 2015 Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 watch that adds additional functionality and only marginally increases the case thickness. Each of the initial Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 watches will further be part of a limited edition and even offer some case durability upgrades. If you liked the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 and wanted just a bit more to push you over the edge in making a purchase, the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 might be the piece that makes you pull the trigger on this great-looking GPS watch.
Few brands have a stable of secondary features at their disposal like Sinn's, and the Sinn EZM 7 S gets all of the best bits of technology that they have to offer, including antimagnetic protection to DIN 8309 (80,000 M/a), anti-shock to DIN 8308, water resistant to 200m (DIN 8310, with a screw down crown), Sinn's Ar-dehumidifying system, low-pressure resistance, temperature resistance from -45C to +80C and a captive bezel system (secured snap-on bezel design). Be sure to check out Sinn's tech glossary for more information on these features and technologies. The Sinn EZM 7 S also features a left-side crown to ensure that the watch is comfortable, even when your wrist is at awkward angles or when you're wearing gloves.
Change number one: The case is now in white gold as opposed to pink. It's 45mm wide and 15.7mm thick. That's a lot of gold to begin with, but it doesn't end there. Surrounding the round table and set beneath the feet of the twelve knights is a white gold ring of satinated cobblestones. Further still, a white gold circular flange has been installed around the edge of the dial. The cobblestones are a particularly nice addition and a noticeable upgrade from the original. In the first Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table watch, the knights were standing on a simple, brushed ring. This attention to detail in the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table II really completes the diorama.
The 43mm case sizing is carried over from the 2014 Bremont Boeing models, but the cases are now crafted from Boeing's Ti 6-4 aviation-grade titanium, with the familiar middle barrel treated to a DLC finish. The cases are both beautifully brushed with polished edges and the Bremont Boeing Model 1 Ti-GMT retains the distinctive crown guard design originally seen on the steel Bremont Boeing Model 1.
With those indices, the sapphire crystal has another treat in store for the wearer. From the photos we have seen, it does certainly appear that the sub-displays are floating over the dial. This is one of those aspects that come into play with having the translucent surface, and something we more commonly see on a carbon fiber dial (which generally has a layer of clear epoxy over it). Aside from being a rather neat effect to notice in person, it also manages to further separate things from the movement underneath.
The Bremont Jaguar MKI watch is the three-hand version, driven by the same partially in-house made BWC/01 automatic caliber that runs on a La Joux-Perret base and that we saw in the Wright Flyer watch and in the E-Type limited edition. What is new is that the Bremont Jaguar MKI, beyond central hours and minutes and the seconds-subdial at 9, actually offers the added functionality of the date at 6. Despite that small change, the movement looks exactly the same as it did in the limited edition, which is good news, as the large sapphire opening does provide a nice view of the movement and its cool, vintage steering wheel-inspired winding rotor. The three-hand movement runs at 4 Hertz and has "50+ hours" of power reserve.
Victor Marks: At the time in my life when I had the money to purchase such a thing, I wasn't interested in watches. I would have had a hard time justifying spending that amount of money on any watch, which I suppose says that just because you may have the available funds doesn't mean you can afford a thing, necessarily.
This all sounds well and good, but that's a lot of sensitive data to carry around on your wrist! To put minds at ease, Bulgari remind us that this is a purely Swiss timepiece in the hope that is enough to allay our fears of fraud. Swiss company WISeKey do have plenty of experience in the field of data storage, though, and are already set-up with Android and iOS apps for securely storing passwords and credit cards, so their track record is reassuring.
For 2015, MCT presents their second major watch collection - the Frequential One, as a new piece next to the existing Sequential One and Sequential Two watch families. The MCT Frequential One F110 also represents a new entry-level price-point for the brand, coming in at about half the price of a Sequential Two S200 timepiece. With a movement that is more traditional than the Sequential series, the Frequential One nevertheless, offers an exciting and highly visual mechanical experience for those looking to wear a luxury watch that is clearly outside of what one might consider ordinary.
Like the Tambour éVolution Chronograph GMT in Black watch, the Tambour éVolution Spin Time GMT in Black is 45mm wide in steel. This is going to be the most expensive of the new Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution in Black models knowing that the original Spin Time watch back in 2010 was priced at about ,000. Louis Vuitton wants the cost for the new Tambour éVolution Spin Time GMT in Black to be "price upon request." The Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution GMT in Black will be priced at ,500 and the Tambour éVolution Chronograph GMT in Black will be priced at ,100. louisvutton.com (watches)
The design that is now so much a part of the Junghans brand, came from the mind of Max Bill, a Swiss architect, product designer, painter, sculptor, academic, and educator. In 1956, Bill collaborated with Junghans to launch the Max Bill Kitchen Clock. It was an instant classic and an enduring success. Further collaborations followed and a long, mutually beneficial relationship ensued.