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Several months ago I spoke to some people at Porsche Design to get a better understanding of what the future held. I was informed that Porsche Design was of course going to continue making watches but they were not looking for a new production partner. Instead they were going to focus on in-house production, as well as in-house made Porsche Design watch movements in the near future. I was told to wait a bit and that more would be revealed soon with their first "in-house" Porsche Design watch released by the end of 2014 - less than one year after their split with Eterna.
The brand itself dates back to 1805, but was acquired by the Dixi Mechanique Group during the Quartz Crisis. It was later revived in 2005 and one of its earliest and most notable pieces was its simply named Perpetual Calendar watch, which we had covered some time ago in 2010.
When you see the word "wind" do you think of moving air or what you do to your watches? Well, its both in the Windy City of Chicago which is home to Geneva Seal, a watch store which has served the mid-western metropolis since 2002. But the Geneva Seal story began over 35 years ago when this family business founded a diamond wholesale operation (they still have a diamond buying office in Chicago to this day).
The next giant leap in energy source technology came in 1957 with the introduction of the American Hamilton Electric watch. This attempted to “replace” the mainspring with a battery source, a hearing aid battery. This remarkable watch engineering is really the beginning of the trend toward electric watches and its quartz grandsons. Now the watch owner wouldn’t have to worry about not wearing the watch all the time to keep its time current…the battery assured a constant energy source. more »
With the moonphase window occupying the dial as it does, you must admit that a standard date window would only serve to sour the overall design. As such (well, it's my best guess), they've instead gone with a central hand (tipped in red, to differentiate it from the seconds hand) that indicates the date via the numbers printed on the chapter ring. This was the one area of the design that I wasn't as much of a fan of - I think removing that date indication would make for a much cleaner look, without much loss of functionality.
As most ébauche workshops have gathered under the virtual roof of Ébauches SA, the companies assembling and selling complete watches saw the benefits of such a move as well and so they began looking for a way to join their forces. Soon enough, in 1930, the group SSIH was established by the merger of the houses Louis Brandt, Omega and Tissot. In 1932 they were accompanied by Lemania, now enabling the group to create chronographs.
Among their tourbillon-based models, is the TE8 (Tourbillon Escapement 8, which refers to the 80 hours of power reserve) and it comes in a few versions. This TE8 Métiers d’Art I version is perhaps the most visually arresting as it contains a unique machine engraved design for much of the dial that was created exclusively for this piece. It takes up more than half of the overall face, and is really stunning to look at.
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In MAD MEN, some of the issues regarding the marketing of the Bulova Accutron, as well as all luxury watches for that matter come up. The pitch goes beyond the mere utility of the watch and describes how the ideal approach is to make the timepiece a conversation piece. The idea is that smart, interesting, successful people wear Bulova Accutron watches, and that people are going to ask about them. Today as well, the utility of timepieces has waned in favor of their status or decorative values. That isn't to say timepieces aren't functional, but rather that people often require a secondary reason to wear those which come with higher prices.
It's not surprising to hear that the new model is simply called the Runwell Chrono 41mm. As with their other models, this is a quartz-driven piece. This model uses their Argonite 5021 movement, which is assembled from 84 components provided to them by Ronda. This movement is housed in a fully polished 41mm stainless steel case. The overall feel of this case is one of compactness. You don't have a lot of extra steel to the edges of the dial - just the bezel, and then its onto the side of the case.
Things I dislike: The date wheel would be much better if it were white on black. The crown is long enough to sometimes dig into my hand a bit. And I really don't like the buckle on the Isofrane strap; it's way too big and catches on everything.
SM: That's hard to say, as I've fancied so many watches over the years. Right now, it's the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Tradition Gyrotourbillon.
Now that we are all knee-deep in Pre-Baselworld news, Ball has announced one of their new models in advance of this year's fair. Called the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro, this new chronograph is a distinct variation from the Storm Chaser and Storm Chaser DLC models we've seen in the past. Borne of a partnership with notable storm chaser, meteorologist, member of the Ball Explorers Club and Ball Ambassador, Dr. Joshua Wurman, the Storm Chaser Pro brings a new case size and bezel design to this lineup of glowing sports chronographs.