I might even wear a Zymosis watch if I can get my hands on one... if anything, just to see people's reactions. I've said it before, and I will say it again: I might not be Time Warp Creations' target customer for something like the Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown watch, but I am pretty happy to live in a world where stuff like this exists. You can order from their website (if so inclined) and the price (which is actually different on which version of their website - desktop or mobile - you visit) for each is ,200 - ,500. timewarpcreations.com
In their video accompanying this message, Moser takes a stab at presently available smartwatches by highlighting their greatest and most frequently encountered shortcomings: complex interfaces, poor ergonomics, and limited autonomy. In all fairness, smart wearables have been improving ceaselessly over the last couple of years – although it is true that there is yet to be one on the market that would tackle all these issues with complete success. Worry not, as the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue is here to save the day.
Despite its large size the Bulova Sea King Automatic isn't too heavy, given the titanium case, and it wears comfortable on the strap. Bulova includes an extension strap making it easy to put the watch over a diving suit. The case uses an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial which helps a lot with legibility. The timepiece very much looks as though it is ready and eager to submerge to depths of 1000 meters, even though anyone taking one down that deep is unlikely, to say the least. Though, I will say that the best diving watches are those which look to be perpetually ready for action.
One of Seiko's more quiet new watch collections announced for 2014 was the Recraft range, which is all about re-imagining classic Seiko timepieces for today's watch lovers. Some of the Seiko Recraft watches are inspired by models that go back to the 1970s, but I wouldn't necessarily call Seiko Recraft watches to be retro-revival. More, they are a way of revisiting classic Seiko models in a modern light. Even though there are mechanical Seiko Recraft watches, the most illustrious of the pieces are these two Seiko Recraft Kinetic watches (ref. SKA651 and SKA659). Each uses a Seiko Kinetic movement and is mostly closely aligned with the 1990s' Seiko Artura Kinetic watch models.
Bulova's serious diving watches for 2015 will be the reintroduction of the Bulova Sea King collection. You can see a fun vintage ad for a Bulova Sea King here. At least one of the Sea King models will exist in the Bulova Accutron II collection with a UHF chronograph movement. The Bulova Accutron II Sea King 98B243, here, has a 48.5mm wide IP black-color steel case with a rotating diver's bezel and rather masculine design. The case is 15.3mm thick and water resistant to 300 meters. There will also be a similar Bulova Sea King model with some different features, 1000 meters of water resistance, and an automatic mechanical movement that we will cover elsewhere.
The brand is also rolling out at least two limited edition versions of the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX for this year. These are certainly for collectors and niche audiences, but they are admittedly very cool. First is the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX "Remade In Switzerland" limited edition, which we will refer to as the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX "Remade." Using a base Victorinox Swiss Army INOX watch with a green dial, Victorinox Swiss Army uses leather from actual vintage Swiss army military bags that were produced between 1911 and 1970. The leather from these old soldier bags was cut up to make the strap as well as the case protector for the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Remade In Switzerland limited edition set.
At a glance, the Bovet Recital 12 and Recital 15 watch models are very similar. The case is the same 42mm wide style, though the Bovet Recital 15 is a bit thicker, due to the extra complication of the jumping hour and retrograde minute functions. In truth, I think it was very strange from a marketing perspective for Bovet to release both of the watches during the same year, and for the numbers in their names to also be so far apart. Though, that is sort of how Bovet works, being independently owned and operated. So they can do whatever they want.
The cam, for those less familiar with such more "niche" terms of watchmaking, is a flat piece of metal with rounded sides. Its periphery is tracked by some other component which in turn determines the action of a hand or other part. The shape of the cam, likely that of the number "8," is what matters here and is something that had to be calculated with extreme precision. The top and bottom outermost plus the inner "corners" in the center of the "8" determine when the hands will be fully expanded or detracted. What you see from all this engineering is a complex-looking column that contains the majority of components responsible for modifying the length of the hands as they track the aforementioned cam.
Manfredi Jewels: Greenwich is a unique place to buy watches because the clients here are world-travelers who are very aware of the newest inventions and innovations in the watch industry. For this reason, not only do they know renowned, well-established brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Brequet, and Audemars Piguet, but also brands such as F.P. Journe, Richard Mille, Laurent Ferrier, etc. Our client has a tendency to buy more classical dress watches. Even the majority of sports watches we sell have a somewhat conservative feel to them.
Ariel Adams: As the TAG Heuer CEO, you expressed to us in the past that TAG Heuer will return to more traditional pricing for the brand that will help realign it within the luxury watch space competitive environment. How does 2015 pricing relate to that policy, and in addition to price reductions, will we also see the release of more accessibly priced watch products this year?
With that little flashback over, let's look at the piece with which MB&F retires this collection: the MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition. Naturally, all the trademark HM3 design elements are very much intact; a uniquely shaped case with two large, very three-dimensional towers – housing the two cones done in paper-thin aluminum, used to display the hours and minutes – and a large, semi-circular opening exposing the movement and the enormous winding rotor. The 47 x 50 x 17 millimeter large case this time around is in black PVD-treated 18k white gold and titanium; and the result is without doubt the most stealthy HM3 ever made – even though that is not saying much.
Rolf felt that a good enough answer was to suggest that novelties such as new movements are often first purchased by watch collectors, and it seems like most watch collectors tend to have rather traditional tastes. OK, that makes sense. I was happy with that answer, but I still think that a lot of other watch lovers who are more into sport watches would be happy to jump on something like the Caliber 110 showing up in say... an aviation-style watch (something Oris happens to be good at producing).