Ernst Benz John Varvatos Chronoscope Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
Admittedly, these watches are not conventional and that’s what I love about them. They are conversation starters with character and style. As Castro makes less than 1000 pieces a year, you won’t find them on everybody’s wrist either.
Given that whole "if money were no object" thing, one of the my top choices for modern women's watches is the Perrelet Diamond Flower. It mixes sport, style, complexity, luxury, and visual fun so well. While the collection starts in the ,000 range, these limited Prestige Edition Diamond Flower watches are colorful creations with prices in the ,000 to over 0,000 range (depending on the mixture of gold, diamonds, and other precious gems). It is one of those rare fun luxury watches that is elegant but doesn't take itself too seriously. Don't forget that the Diamond Flower features Perrelet's P-181 automatic double rotor movement. So the lotus flower on the dial spins with the automatic rotor in the back. Check out the gallery below for more of them, and see my full article on them below as well.
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Next is an interesting watch for skiing enthusiasts. It is the Swatch Happy Games and features Swatch Snowpass technology. Basically there is a small chip in the watch that can be loaded with a ski resort daily, weekly, seasonal (or other term) lift ticket. Instead of carrying around the actual ticket to show at the turnstile, you just wave your Happy Games watch against a sensor at about 700 or so participating ski resorts. It is a cool feature to have in a watch. For more information about using Snowpass and participating resorts you visit the Swatch Snowpass site here.
Eterna really outdid themselves with this piece. Easily among their list of masterpieces. I felt really lucky to be checking out this watch, and I thank Eterna for that. Will there be more watches like this? Probably, but not likely in the foreseeable future. With the downturn in the economy, the demand for watches like this is much lower. Until then, the Porsche Design Indicator will remain a wonderful and exotic novelty for those fortunate enough to afford one. If you can, I highly recommend it.
The Cruise Sport is comfortable and looks pretty good. It isn't the most beautiful or awesome watch in the world, but for the price point, it does offer more refined style than that a lot of what is out there. The pieces are also durable, and will likely survive some harsh treatment. Available with a few dial colors as well, it will likely be a solid seller.