The company is really not watch enthusiast-focused. So, don't expect such specifics such as how large the cases are. Seriously, why does this information elude people to include? Fullspot confuses the matter by saying that they come in three sizes. This actually just refers to the strap that come in "small, medium, and large" sizes. The straps have no connectors or clasps. They are silicon-based watches with a bracelet-like strap. The top of the strap has a casing for the watch - which fits in the case/strap as an insert.
There are times that I wish I could have experienced the watch industry in the 1970s. Oh what an interesting time. Quartz regulated movements debuted in the late 1960s and was still an extremely expensive novelty which everyone was interested in, but no one quite knew what to do with. Mechanical watches still reigned supreme, and the era saw the creation of the modern sports watch as we know it. It was also a time of extreme optimism and experimentation from a design perspective. The world's interest in space travel and futurism was at an all-time high, and product makers began to have more and more materials to play with. It was a good time marred by some ugly designs and outrageous ideas, but the overall sentiment seemed to be positive.
Each of the Emperador models have the slick looking wrapping dragons in relief. The dragons on all versions have diamonds. Piaget did a good job making them look impressive without looking silly or overdone. You'll also notice that Piaget was still able to get in a figure eight to satisfy Chinese love of lucky number 8. What amuses me is that Piaget really tries to pack the luxury in on these models. The Emperador XL Flying Tourbillon Dragon watch even has a caseback that is mostly covered with diamonds.
View of bridges
- Analog date (dedicated hand aims to the date)
The movement is also quite interesting, and sometimes I think that the back of the watch is more impressive that the front of it. The movement is done in a series of black tones with a pleasant modern design. The large sized Corum caliber CO397 automatic movement is made to full most of the case and looks impressive through the sapphire caseback display. I particularly like the black perlage polish around the periphery of it next to all the matte surfaces. The movement has a large tourbillon (with Corum's signature key style cage) that is visible through the dial of the watch and goes right through the entire case.
One person said something interesting to me about how they didn't like the metal crown and pushers as matched to the ceramic case. They felt the ceramic look was incomplete. I see their point but it doesn't bother me. The truth is IWC really can't do that. Machining ceramic is a pain in the ass, and the technology doesn't yet exist for tiny ceramic pieces with intricate details like crowns and pushers to be made in any cost effective manner. As it stands these watches use grade 5 titanium for the crowns, pushers, and casebacks.
Urwerk will offer the UR202S in a few finishes including steel coated with AlTiN (which is coating made of aluminum, titanium, and nitride), as well as a polished steel case. Urwerk will also offer an 18k rose gold version of the UR-202S will also be available. The case is 45.7mm tall, 43.5mm wide, and 15mm thick. Inside the watch is an automatic Urwerk calibre 7.03 movement (love that it is an automatic). Telling the time as always is done via satellite rods which have the hour on them and run along the minute scale. The bracelet has a lot of work that goes in to it and should be really impressive. Overall a nice looker in black and with a bracelet that fits the design of the watch well. The UR-202S will be available as a limited edition of 50 pieces total.
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A few of these pieces will come to the US and will be exclusively available at Arizona Fine Time.
I sat down with Nilson to discuss the Pole2Pole trip, his trials and tribulations, as well as what it is like to do what he does. As a Zenith brand ambassador he wears a special limited edition Zenith El Primero Stratos watch with the Pole2Pole logo on it. In Alchron (an alloy of titanium and aluminum that has been anodized) the watch looks pretty fresh even after being on his wrist through the entire trip. Johan prefers it on a durable fabric and Velcro strap.
As a classical timepiece this isn't a boring one. Chronoswiss made sure that modern and decorative elements mix well together with the traditional theme behind the watch. This traditionalism shows through most in the case design, blued steel hands, and machine engraved guilloche dial. Chronoswiss, of course, is well-known as a brand that offers cool looking yet classically inspired timepieces. Success in this design isn't an accident. By the way, this piece is a pre-production model. That means that the retail versions will have some better detailing and polish.
Movement thickness: 11.25 mm
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