First Series Omega Speedmaster CK2998-1, an absolute grail watch
Mechanical movement lovers with a place in their heart for affordable automatic watches that are made in Japan are likely going to have the same positive feelings I do for the new-for-2015 Citizen Signature Grand Classic 9184 that contains a brand new in-house made movement. Priced at just over ,000, this new Citizen-made movement will power this dressy yet legible timepiece with enough character to keep it from being boring and enough distinctness to make it different.
At 45mm wide, the newer Big Bang case (originally released in 2013) offers that bold Hublot style with a lot more comfort than the King Power case (that you may have noticed Hublot hasn't been using all that much). I continue to love the pushers that offer a quick release for each of the straps that allows you to mix up the look of most Big Bang 45 cases. Of course, there is a proprietary lug connector system, but when you are spending these prices it probably won't irritate you too much to go to Hublot for new strap options.
"Aesthetically and in suppleness and comfort, it resembles a rubber strap, while its resistance is comparable to that of a metal bracelet. The bracelet attaches to the watch case and the Oysterlock safety clasp by a flexible titanium and nickel alloy metal blade. The blade is overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer which is particularly resistant to environmental effects, very durable and perfectly inert for the wearer of the watch. For enhanced comfort, the inside of the Oysterflex bracelet is equipped with a patented longitudinal cushion system that stabilizes the watch on the wrist. The bracelet is fitted with an 18 ct Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening."
Beyond the case and dial color mix-and-match, the selection of straps bring one extra variable into the picture. The red gold models are offered with a choice of either a matte black Louisiana Alligator leather strap or alligator nubuck leather strap, while the steel versions are on dark blue calf leather or alligator nubuck leather strap. Official prices for the new versions are yet to be announced and we'll update this post once they are available. glashuette-original.com
ABTW: I can only imagine how exciting that occasion must have been! What other creations have been highlights for you?