This Marvin M104 model watch is among my favorites in the brand's current lineup. The design smoothly transitions between modern and classic styling in such a satisfying manner. Better yet, the watch has a high grade Swiss ETA 2897 automatic movement in it. This is like the 2892, but has a power reserve indicator as well - and 42 hours of power reserve. No specific statement can be made to sum up the design of the watch. Like I said it has bits and pieces of various styles in it. This includes aviator watches, dressy watches, and of course Marvin brand identity. One of the things I appreciate about all Marvin watches, is that although they are all different, there are common visual cues that tie them together. One example is the red color as part of 8 o'clock hour marker. Look closely, and most every Marvin watch has red in this place in one way or another.
It was only a matter of time until LUM-TEC created a diver watch, and I couldn't be happier about the result (that will be released late next year). While LUM-TEC still refers to the watch as the 500M concept sometimes, it is going into production as a limited edition of 500 pieces. The watch includes all of that LUM-TEC DNA we love in a package that we can't resist. Personally, I am a sucker for nice diving watches and this items knows precisely how to get my attention (and desire).
I recently discussed the standard Archimede Pilot XL Automatik watch here, for which there is a manually would analog, that has a subsidiary dial. A lot of you mentioned liking the good looks, fine iteration of the pilot watch look, and of course the reasonable price of 0. For those of you who are looking for a bit more, well here is something a bit more special with everything you liked about the original watch with a super nice movement. This is a version of the manually would model of the Pilot XL and has a subsidiary seconds dial. In all its German goodness it has a Swiss movement. Not just any ETA movement, but a "TOP" grade one. What does this mean though?
The black color of the case and thick alligator leather strap make for an appealing an aggressive look. The lume on the hour markers and hands is a friendly canary yellow color. It is a soft touch to the watch,and allows the Hard Black II to be very legible. Linde Werdelin has currently been experimenting with many different types of colors, which might sound like they are just trying to extend one look as far as they can, but I am surprised at how dynamic the core Linde Werdelin watch case line is. Overall, this black and yellow scheme looks great on the Hard Black II as much as the DLC coating looks good on the Linde Werdelin "The One" watch base. One of the best luxury reminders of the watch is the even though the case is finished in a matte tone, the laser-cut hands and hour markers (around the lume) is highly polished which makes for a nice shimmery look. The dial is easy to read through the AR coated sapphire crystal. The case is water resistant to 300 meters (1000 feet).
The bottom line is that iPhone applications are made in the hope that they will get people to buy watches in one way or another. Watch companies like to be where eyes are. With the millions of iPhones out there, and the over 80,000 (and counting) existing iPhone apps, it makes sense for them to want to vie for some of that action. So allow me to answer a few of the main items that are relevant and that the IC-Agency suggests are important. I further encourage you all to comment and add to my thoughts. Also, although this discussion is focused on the iPhone, I am going to use the term "mobile phone app" as much as possible. Mobile phone apps are here to stay, aren't just for the iPhone. Blackberry, Palm (for the Pre), Google Android, and Window Mobile all have downloadable application stores accessible via phone that have free and paid applications. These devices should not be ignored as they will quickly gain traction.
As a functional device, the 800 Series Linear Chronograph watches have always been very cool. Functionality involves the time, 4 hour chronograph, date, and a retrograde 24 hour format second timezone. As for the chronograph, the seconds are indicated around the main dial, the minutes are indicated on a very cool vertically linear retrograde dial, and the hours are told on a retrograde dial that doubles as the second time zone indicator when the chronograph function is not in operation. Unlike most chronograph watches, the Linear Chronograph has a centrally mounted seconds hand for the time in addition to the hand for the chronograph seconds. They don't look the same, so there isn't usually much confusion. While the movement is quartz, the chronograph seconds hand does sweep for a more precise reading.
The G-Rescue watches apparently have the largest pushers ever on a Casio G-Shock watch. Which makes sense if you need to operate them wearing layers of arctic cold gloves. Actually, I don't even think the pushers are large enough for gloves that bit, but OK for most gloves. There are the four case side buttons and the "G" button for the screen backlight. The case of the watch is maybe a bit larger that standard G-Shock timepieces, but not by much. You can see the new style screws that are used in the bezel as well. The watch is water resistant to 200 meters. A nice hardy little piece.
There are plenty of small things in this watch which makes it stand out. First of course is the shape of the case and the beautiful thin bezel, but there are few other things to notice too. Like the logo on the crown which is on black surface, nice and elegant touch. And there is a pretty engraved back, with all the crucial info about the watch. Also the logo on dial is applied and shiny which makes it stand out in a good way compared to printed logo. Bezel action is unlike any I've handled personally before, it's firm, easy to turn and clicks with muffled click (60 clicks per rotation) which made me think of the doors on high end cars (you just know which brand it is by banging the door shut, Porsche and BMW simply ain't the same not to mention some cheap Japanese car) These are the kind of small touches you would expect from quality Swedish design.
On the back of the watch you can see the exhibition back of the case (which itself is secured via four screws) The dial crystal and rear crystal are both sapphire. The movement decoration was the first thing about the Perrelet A1021/3 that greatly impressed me. The decoration is thorough and unique to Perrelet. There is a skeletonized automatic rotor with a piece of gold attached to the back (for weight). The center of the rotor has the Perrelet logo engraved on it. Around the edge of the movement lies perlage polishing, and the movement use blued screws. Now the best movement decoration is located on most of the exposed movement plate and are a repeating pattern of Perrelet "P" logos. Giving it a quick glance and it may look like a floral pattern, but you'll notice the clever branding upon closer inspection. For some reason the area immediately below the balance wheel is not decorated, but it is not a big issue as the overall movement viewing experience is quite positive.I am not quite sure what the movement is inside of the watch. Perrelet recently purchased movement maker Soprod, but I think that most of their movements are currently from Swiss ETA. I am pretty sure that this watch is maybe a base ETA 2836 that has been modified as well as given a power reserve indicator, though I am not sure, whatever the case, it is a automatic mechanical Swiss movement.