With all that the watch retains the same functionality as the standard Monaco model with the chronograph complication as part of the Tag Heuer Calibre 36 automatic movement. The updated dial uses a lot of the three dimensional design elements that are popular today, and makes for a good look as the hands stand out enough. No doubt every automobile fan will appreciate the "racing stripes" on the dial as well in 1970's cool orange and blue. Actually the colors are those of Gulf Oil that was instrumental in Le Mans. The Monaco 24 is a pretty sweet timepiece in my opinion but it will undoubtedly be rare, hard to come by, and expensive - but man, if there was a Tag Heuer Monaco to want, this would be it.
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To really reward your dad this year, a Patek Philippe is most assuredly the way to go. What father, or any man for that matter, has seen the Patek Philippe "You never actually own a Patek Philippe - You merely look after it for the next generation" and not become emotional. Not even one little tear? Doubtful. Patek Philippe knows its market, and knows that a watch, whether new or handed-down, encapsulates all emotions and well-wishes better than anything else on the planet. So why not reward your dad or grad with a Patek Philippe Calatrava, whether in white or rose gold. This is a throw-back design, reminiscent of simpler times. This design will remain relevant and inspiring, no matter which generation holds it at the moment.
The hardened mineral crystal on the case is impressively domed (just a bit), which is a nice touch. It just wouldn't have felt right being flat. There is no AR coating on the mineral crystal, but this is usually reserved for more expensive sapphire crystals that would have increased the price of this watch by at least 50%. On to the bracelet which is a great part of the watch. I was excited to have my first mesh steel strap ever, and it is really cool. The construction uses a thin weave of metal that results in more than enough flexibility. It is also really thin at just over a millimeter. The fit is very comfortable on your wrist, and attractive. It does not go with every piece of clothing I have, but overall a good and modern look (even though mesh bracelets have been around at least 60 years). For us men, the mesh bracelet sometimes catches arm hair. Not a big deal, but something you should know about if you are particularly sensitive to this.
"Everything must go! Deals! Deals! Deals! Robert Lighton has be committed due to criminally insane deep discounting! For legal reasons we can't stop the sale so take advantage of it right now for the accountants burn down the store for the insurance money! [readers, please take all that in jest as it was intended] Yes, I can hear it now... the silly commercials, and marketing copy that gets you excited about the sales, and all the rest of the hoopla. That applies to most sales, but sometimes you get something really good. This is one of those times.
Hard to know if this watch actually made it (or will make it) to production. You can see the "emergency button" being the yellow-ish football shaped area on the lower part of the watch face. Now you'll never again need to carry your Life Alert pendant with you anymore - cause white plastic went out of a style... like forever ago. Thing of this watch as a modern Breitling Emergency. This beauty does a few things well. In addition to telling the time, you have a fine faux gold in the middle of the bracelet links. Like the two tone luxury watch you so want it to be. Don't let there be any mistakes about it, this IS Life Alert, and this is quality. When showing off your new timepiece to buddies, you'll want to be damn proud that your watch is AARP newsletter back-page ad fresh. "How much did it cost you?" "I managed to score this baby free with my subscription!" Crafty my friend...crafty. Try that at Tourneau.
The offset second hand at the 6 o'clock position further enhances the rhythmic motion of this watch, by displacing the seconds from the central hour and minute indicators in a subtle twist. Yet another sexy level. A very mythical, unexpected design element that totally works.
It should be clear how the time is displayed. The dial is constructed from three circular plates, each with a section of inset diamonds (or diamond). These sections are the hour, minute, and seconds indicators. The central seconds spins continuously thanks to the Calibre BL706 Automatic movement inside of the watch. The movement is actually quite impressive as it contains a rotor that winds the movement no matter which direction it is spinning in, and is set on ceramic ball bearings that help reduce friction. You can see an image of the rotor in the image of the back of the watch - how cool is that with the "blu" logo as the rotor?
Remember the Chinese watch maker Longio? I talked about them here when discussing their first tourbillon watches. I applauded the Hong Kong based watch maker for having the courage to thrust itself in the tourbillon watch market that is dominated by European watch companies that have the process down pretty well. China's strength is in ingenuity and keeping costs low. The highly sought after tourbillon complication could be had from Longio at a fraction of what the European makers charge. Not that Chinese tourbillon watches are a replacement for the Europeans, but it is was certainly a knock on the door of the stalwart giants.
Tell me that this isn't the ultimate luxury pirate themed watch. The Torpeda Pirata line of watches has pirate (Pirata) in the name, starting the obsession with pirates that Cuervo y Sobrinos needed to make this watch. I don't ever recall instances of pirates using torpedoes though, but the source of the Torpedo name comes from another collection from the brand. Cuervo y Sobrinos is a brand that relaunched a few years ago from a classic Cuban watch brand. Style choices for the brand's designs include traditional Havana style and tastes from the Caribbean. The self motto of the brand is that they make watches with a Latin spirit and Swiss heart. Oh, and it is good to mention while I still have your attention that every Cuervo y Sobrinos watch comes in an actual humidor that doubles as a watch case. The Torpedo Pirata Moon Phase adds to last year's Torpedo Pirata GMT watch, which was the first in this limited edition line. The Moon Phase version is limited to 125 pieces.
The 585XLTMXB and 585XLTMXM watches are traditional two-hand (no seconds) watches with full titanium cases and bracelets. The faces are totally minimalistic with just the hour indicators and thin hands used for quick reference by the wearer, not everyone around him. I like how the crystal shape integrates with the bracelet design, something you don't see everyday. The watch case is thin at only 8mm, and the case is 38mm wide. A quartz movement powers the watches, and Skagen is nice enough to provide a lifetime movement warranty. They can easily do this as problems with the movements are very rare (and they don't cost that much anyway).
So if you like the asymmetric look, enjoy high quality, yet less common brands, and want something you'll be really comfortable owning (,000 - ,000) financially and physically, you'll like a Perrelet Jumping Hour watch.
Alfex Pazzola Giant Alarm Watch For Its 60th Anniversary
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Alfex Pazzola Giant Alarm Watch For Its 60th Anniversary
The story started in 2005 with Swiss Military's 12,000 Feet CX Diver, which was the deepest diving watch of its time. The 12,000 Feet watch was an automatic, but not a chronograph. Though impressive and record breaking, it just wasn't enough! "We Must Go Deeper!" Swiss Military Watches by Charmex had the drive and skills to make it happen, so development began on something that went even deeper. The goal was 20,000 feet (about 6,000 meters).
To please a more fashion-savvy, modern dad or grad, definitely check out Nixon. I love this brand. They definitely keep up with the trends, but any age could wear this watch. In fact, I first glimpsed this model on the wrist of an up and coming, socially conscious, green architect in Mill Valley, CA. If it's hot out there, it's perfect for anywhere. It's also available in different metals/colors, if wood is not your thing. Can't beat the futuristic flexibility of the design - or the 0 price tag.
This is a good article to read for anyone who has an interest in design classics as well as a bit of history behind them. Watches are a range of items that have many classic designs. These designs fit into two areas, ones that are classics because they look good, and others because they function well. The best designs do both. I wrote this article as a preview of a new line of books from Phaidon Press, and covered just five of many modern design classic watches that will be featured in the upcoming books.