Circular Côtes de Genève on bridges
Lot 2: Bell & Ross, BR01 Casino
Wish Price: €20.000 to €40.000
Analysis: A bit of a disappointment. Though I don't find it surprising. I find all of the poker and gambling-related watches to be rather gaudy and quickly-dated.
Swatch wants you to have one of their New Gent Rebel timepieces for men. At 41mm wide, these colorful watches aren't the tiny Swatches you might remember. But they are still thin and have a nice modern style to them. The winner will choose the color they like - but the choice is subject to availability. Price for these is and you can learn more here.
Nice dial detail - note the stamped logo, model and depth rating. Subtle. Yep, Swiss made. The mineral crystal is anti-reflective coated on the inside.
Aside from brands not wanting to spend big money on products that might not sell there is another reason for the proliferation of ho-hum three-hand round-cased watches that seem to be so popular lately - we've been told that is what the Chinese consumer wants. In fact, for the last few years the Swiss watch industry has been trying to produce what it thinks, whilst sitting and pondering the question in the Swiss Jura, that Chinese consumers want. The market there is watch crazy - but not always for the reasons you might think. Chinese demand seemed at first to be very classic, wanting small round watches from the best brands. "Hello China" is about the European watch industry doing its best to accommodate the tricky Asian consumer who is about brand, status, and a display of wealth.
Pusher: Fast time adjustment is via an integrated pusher on the caseband at 12 o’clock
The cool looks of the HM4 with its various sapphire crystal pieces looks particularly cool in this neat vintage plane style. I can't wait to get some hands-on shots of these pieces. There is something so warm and celebratory about them. To complete the WWII look of the watch the strap is meant to look like vintage bomber jacket leather. It is in fact leather sourced from Swiss military issue bags. Good thing they didn't have to ruin a nice jacket for these watches.
In my opinion Breitling popularized watches like this for the mainstream. Although the Aerospace watch has a quartz movement, it is highly functional, and super accurate with its ETA Superquartz movement. This sold a lot of people on the concept. Like I said, it was the Omega X-33 that I think had collectors and more enthusiast types take notice. Why all the buzz? Well when it comes down to it, you can have the convenience and functionality of a quartz watch, in the shell of a nice analog watch. Toting around a plastic quartz watch simply doesn't give you the same feeling or respect that something with a good-link metal case does. Watches like this are one part "disguise," and one part nod to the need for watches to be functional tools.
-Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph
Unlike some people out there I am not an expert of Rolex watch history or Rolex collecting. In fact, the high-prices that some Rolex watches fetch at auction make me chuckle. For a better historical observation of the Paul new Daytona I will defer to my friend Jake at RolexMagazine.com. He wrote a nice summary of the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona here.
The movement has a power reserve of 65 hours and is visible through the rear of the watch. I think it looks very nice and the functions are acceptable given the complexity of the liquid system as well as the price of the watch. This is going to be a cool watch to get some hands-on time with at Baselworld 2012. Price was surprisingly not uber-crazy. The HYT H1 in titanium will be priced at ,000. No word yet on the price in 18k red gold.
Travel and some technical issues prevented use from putting up new episodes of the HourTime Show watch podcast lately - we do apologize. Episode 92 was recorded while in Geneva, and is a good one to start off the season of watch shows. See the new embedded podcast player below or go here to listen to episode 92.