While the single winder is certainly compact at 4.3 × 4.3 × 5.9 inches (that is 11×11×15 centimeters) and occupies a relatively small amount of space on your desk or shelf, it is not that light or compact that I would recommend it for taking with you traveling. However, if such weird circumstances arose, it is good to know that the winder can also be operated by two AA batteries - in addition to the DC mains, obviously. On the back of this tiny, glossy box, you will find the AC socket, the AA battery compartment, and two small dials to operate the winder mechanism with.
While the 45 millimeter wide case is still crafted from grade 2 titanium, new is the beautiful blue of the ceramic bezel, the green and blue rings on the periphery of the dial, as well as the green seconds hand. The reason for this Earth-themed color selection is that with this limited edition, Omega connects the X-33 with the Solar Impulse project, which they have been a part of since its earliest phases back in 2006.
The majority of watch auction events include dozens if not hundreds of lots for sale. However, when many people read about a watch auction, there are only a few "auction highlights" that are promoted. These are the "superstar" lots that mostly include interesting or desirable vintage watches which have a known likelihood of achieving high values at auction. Sometimes, would-be bidders mistakenly believe that these highlighted watches represent the majority of the lots in an auction. That isn't true. In fact, if there is just one take away message from this entire article, it is that modern watch auction events are mostly sustained by the sale of much newer pre-owned or unsold retail stock timepieces. These are where the best values are for consumers, and what keep many of the auction houses going - not a steady stream of exotic rare timepieces or vintage favorites.
Complexity on its own, while certainly mind-boggling, is not what makes most grand complication watches special. Instead, it is the combination of complexity with excessive attention to detail and level of refinement – and, as we will see, when it comes to this AP, there's another element. That other element is interesting because the grand complication, as previously described, is traditionally accepted to be the most complicated movement design – with ultra-modern complications and new ways for displaying the time notwithstanding. As such, we have seen numerous – easily a dozen or more – major manufactures try themselves to creat a watch with the exact same list of complications that we mentioned above.
After offering a view of the detent escapement, constant force mechanism, hammers, and gongs, there isn't much left of an actual dial on the Bulgari L'Ammiraglio del Tempo's face. Though there is just enough of one to make you realize this is in fact a watch even if the dial on the Bulgari L'Ammiraglio del Tempo looks like an horological version of the Phantom of the Opera's mask. I won't even comment much on the too-short hands, which aren't particularly legible. Let's just say, people who wear the Bulgari L'Ammiraglio del Tempo watch probably aren't doing so for an at-a-glance-readable timepiece.
Inside the watch is the in-house made Hublot caliber HUB 1242 Unico automatic movement. I really like this movement a lot for its design and reported very good performance when measured with the competition. The movement has a 60 minute flyback chronograph and date indicator on the dial in addition to the time. Operating at 4Hz, the movement has 72 hours of power reserve. Even though the watch dial is skeletonized in order to view the movement, the red color helps the Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour watch to be surprisingly legible.
The Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 collection of watches isn't new, but I've never really covered these lovely watches before, so I figured I should at some point. One thing I am trying to do more of on aBlogtoWatch is cover modern watches that are perhaps not brand new, but are still available for retail sale and are worth taking note of. The Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 certainly falls into that category.
Skeletonization is a two-step process, which begins with deconstructing and cutting away at the bridge structure of a movement, and then decorating what remains. For the Glashutte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition watch, Glashutte Original begins with the in-house made caliber 49-18 manually wound movement. This simple, time-only movement makes perfect sense, because it is simple, thin, and has plenty to cut-away, making for a skeletonized experience people want. The movement also operates at 28,800 bph (4Hz), and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
At 41mm wide, this is among the larger "classic looking" Patek Philippe watches out there. Most other watches of this ilk in the Patek Philippe collection are more historic and smaller in size, being under 40mm wide. This is the first "modern sized" classic looking Patek Philippe watch that was on my radar and I like how it feels on the wrist. As a dressier style watch, it looks really lovely and it doesn't feel too small on the wrist, given my tastes. I think Patek Philippe hit a sweet spot here for classic watch lovers that normally feel Patek timepieces aren't quite exciting or modern enough.
To kick off October, I’m happy to say that our Editor-In-Chief has finally had the opportunity to handle and try out the Apple Watch for himself. And even though many things have been said about it, you don’t want to miss our extensive coverage of what is quite possibly one of the most eagerly anticipated products in the history of technology and horology.
With styling inspired by a rare version of the 1930s reference 325 Portugieser, this new edition is 43 mm wide and 12 mm thick, making it on the larger size, given its rather dressy and reserved vibe. The steel version (ref IW510205) sports a black dial with pale green accents on the arabic numerals and the surrounding minute scale and it manages to be distinctive but not at all flashy.
Some will appreciate the traditional curves of the small hands while others will prefer the modern, large, and angular design of the main hands – which seem to work better with the baton indices anyway – but the inconsistency is more difficult to swallow. Speaking of inconsistency, seeing the mixture of English and French terms (i.e. "Force Constante", "High Frequency" and "Bas Haut") within an inch from one another further emphasizes the two-faced nature of the dial – a weird and illogical choice. But just as I doubted this watch, my opinion became effusively positive when I saw the case back.
Breitling has cemented themselves not only as the watch of pilots, but also the watch of aspirational aviators. While the company continues to produce professional-style timepieces, they are no stranger to luxury. One of the reasons that most of the watches in this round-up list are sport watches is because of their larger size and bold design. Traditional dress watches simply don't have the case real estate to really show off gold in a way that one might desire, so going with an elegant sport watch is typically a much more preferred option. The Chronomat collection houses in-house made Breitling movements and is available in 41mm, 44mm, and 47mm wide sizes. The Chronomat 44 range is a nicely sized piece, and this ref. HB0421L3/BC18 model adds to the watch's chronograph complication with a GMT 24-hour hand for a second timezone. You also get an 18k rose gold case and matching Breitling Pilot-style bracelet for the retail price of ,650.
Graham is a curious brand. And I think most people associate them with large and flashy sport watches, not to mention also their signature - and frankly humongous - crown protection system, as found on their Chronofighter and Prodive models.
We also check out one of my favorite watches from SIHH 2015, the new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, and compare it to other worldtime watches that are on the market right now. Then, we take a closer look at one of my dream watches, the very rare and awesome Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication - only one of three in the world. Finally, we revisit the age old debate of column wheel vs cam-actuated chronographs. Is one truly better than the other?
Based on the standard Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial watch (hands-on here), the piece unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold for Goldfinger has a unique 18k yellow gold dial, with matching case and bracelet. Given that it is part of the Omega James Bond collection, you can see the "007" logo as the counterweight of the seconds hand on the dial. The dial is also a unique design for Omega, given the natural gold surface motif. On the rear of the watch, there is additional "Goldfinger" branding on the caseback, as well as the automatic rotor.
aBlogtoWatch: That's incredible. You don't even see many Speedmasters from that era that have survived. Can you even put a value on that piece?