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If anything, Roger Dubuis is known for producing interesting mechanical movements which are in many ways attractive classics, and then putting them in edgy model collections, such as the Pulsion, Monegasque, and of course their most popular timepiece family the Excalibur. In the watch industry, Roger Dubuis is known for their always elaborate, mostly confusing, and always interesting to visit booth at the SIHH watch and jewelry trade show that takes place in Geneva each year. Sitting next to fellow Richemont brands such as Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, A. Lange & Sohne, and others.... Roger Dubuis is the welcome odd man out.
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First, let's take a look at the Snoopys, of which there are two. The first is sleeping in the running seconds sub dial at nine o'clock (just as he is often depicted atop his dog house in the comic strip) - and he is even lumed. The second Snoopy is rendered in sterling silver and protected under a domed sapphire crystal on the case back. Similar in design to the pin provided with the Silver Snoopy award, this truly silver Snoopy is surrounded by blue enamel with hand-applied silver flakes. Omega has a proven flare for case backs, but this one is entirely something else, and for a special edition such as this, I love the attention detail.
In partnership with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIA) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) school in Switzerland, Urwerk will soon release the Horological Intelligence System - aka - the Urwerk HIS watch. The Urwerk HIS is more than a watch and more than a connected device; it is about a relationship between time, human life, and the pursuit of efficiency.
Anyhow, "the wave of new smartwatches" – as HM&C calls it – is very much here, and it is slowly but surely turning out to be much more of a tsunami than a drop in the ocean. And while that in itself is no news, it is very unusual to see a high-end watch manufacturer address the issue with such an open assault. The point they make is very valid, as the mechanical timepieces – even those with simple functions – are incredible works of engineering; and so ones with additional functions, enhanced ergonomics and autonomy really do represent the finest achievements in the industry. And yet, the battle between smartwatches and some of the finest in traditional horology is Marvel superheroes against the Spartan Leonidas' army at Thermopylae: a few with magic-like superpowers against a couple hundred battle-tried veterans armed with experience and traditional weaponry. In this case, it's colorful touch screens and wireless technology against meshing wheels and chamfered metal. In essence, it is a senseless fight and one that I wish would not be happening in the first place – in an idealistic way I wish they could "co-exist peacefully".Read more ›
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Manfredi Jewels: The majority of our clients live within a forty mile radius of the store. That being said, we have collectors that live around the globe. Probably about 50% of our clients are very savvy about watches and own five watches or more.Read more ›
What Casio did do, however, is appeal to the markets that it was doing the best in. Such markets are areas such as watches for military and law enforcement personnel, outdoors enthusiasts, general sports lovers, and urbanites looking for "bullet-proof" timekeepers that require little to no attention. If anything, Casio has succeeded in making an ultra durable timepiece that doesn't require much attention and almost no upkeep.
The watch industry certainly did not need yet another pricey name, and the competition for ,000 plus watches was just getting too high. At that level, the majority of consumers only purchase timepieces from a few big-name companies - with very little room for everyone else. Now the circa ,000 segment is booming (again), with brands like Tudor and once again TAG Heuer vying for dollars. This is exactly where JeanRichard is playing its strongest hand, and the signature cushion-shaped case of the Terrascope, Aeorscope, and Aquascope is what the company hopes consumers will become positively familiar with.Read more ›
Setting up the Apple Watch is pretty simple, but so are most other smartwatches. What is different here is that you are really connecting two things which are meant to live together in the same ecosystem (Apple Watch and iPhone). The effect of this is that you automatically get all the Apple Watch apps that are available for the apps you have on your phone installed on the watch. The Apple Watch can also by default mirror settings on your phone so that you don't need to set preferences or do things twice. Last, and perhaps most important, is that I noticed that the Bluetooth connection between the Apple Watch and my iPhone was incredible.
Itay Noy is an independent brand for people who like to make a statement, for those who enjoy the bizarre and fanciful, and for people who believe in supporting skilled artisans and their work. The Itay Noy Part Time is a polarizing watch, with a host of contentious design elements that will pay back your monetary investment in conversation topics.
Jack Ryan: Austin is best known for its reputation as the live music capital of the world. You can walk into any bar, any night of the week, and find live music. It is an integral part of our culture, and one of the largest music festivals in the world is held here each year. Anyone visiting Austin must see some live music. In addition, we have a wonderfully young and active culture that can be experienced along the running trail at Lady Bird Lake, or at Zilker Park. You will find runners, cyclists, rock climbers, disk golfers, slackliners, and usually a guitarist or two.Read more ›
Hamilton Powell: Yes – I am currently on the hunt for an Heuer “Solunar” from the late 40’s/early 50’s which, in many ways, is the sister watch to the Seafarer.
The Bremont Jaguar MKII sports a chronograph, courtesy of the BE-50AE movement, which is based on the ETA 7750. Unlike the three-hand version, the chronograph is COSC certified. Displaying the running seconds at 9, the 30-minute counter for the chronograph at 3, and the date at 6, the Bremont Jaguar MKII offers a very clean, legible and, dare I say, handsome dial. The dial has good contrast between the properly sized hands and the Jag-dashboard-inspired numerals printed between 8 and 4. What, from the images, appears to be a large cap securing the three central hands is an interesting design element and one that I look forward to seeing "in the metal."
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By the way, even though the focus of this article is to discus the 40mm-wide Grand Seiko 62GS models, four of the pieces in the fuller collection come in smaller 37.6mm-wide cases, and they are the ref. SBGR091, SBGR092, SBGR094, and SBGR095. Each of those comes on a strap and are actually quite lovely, but for my tastes, 37.6mm wide is just too small. 40mm wide isn't huge, but these wear on the slightly bigger side, given the thickness of the lugs. Paired to that immaculate and classy Grand Seiko dress watch dial, these new Grand Seiko 62GS timepieces looks really sharp.
Of the three straps we had in, this one was probably my least favorite, just due to the feel on the wrist. Don't get me wrong, it was a comfortable strap, it just made for a much bulkier feel on the wrist than I (and my shirt cuffs) tend to favor. On a bigger wrist, or perhaps destined solely for warmer-weather wear, this could be a decent option.
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In some images it is difficult to tell, but the hands on the dial are all blued steel. The hour and minute hands also happen to be skeletonized. Given their large size, the hands are still pretty legible, but this was an interesting design decision for Zenith to make. I think it works out well in the end.Read more ›