To the wearer, what a conversation piece their watch became: outside at night or in a darkened theater the wearer could still tell time. The Industrial Revolution had created another wonderment of science and the human race could chalk up another notch on its belt. No more listening for the bells to toll out the hours to mark the evening time, and no more reliance on carriage clocks to chime out the hours and quarter hours at regular intervals. And like all new “technological” inventions, it became the rage for the fashion oriented watch owner. Of course, all watch companies started to include this technological advancement on their watches. Who today would buy a car if it didn’t have air conditioning?
With only about four dozen employees working at the company, the R&D department comprises only two engineers – one of whom was actually providing training to his younger colleague. On this note we will add that in the majority of departments of the brand there was one master craftsman at work who has been teaching the secrets of his craft to a trainee – hence keeping the know-how and manufacturing traditions alive.
Potts is 72 years old and resides in upstate New York. Raised in San Francisco, the first artwork he worked on was called "My First Car" and it was made in collaboration with his brother and artist, Don Potts. His later work included creating "audio kinetic rolling ball sculptures" with George Rhoads. Since then, he has been working in his one-man workshop in an 1850s barn in Trumansburg. As a few more notable points about his work, he received a three-month solo exhibition at the Butler Institute in Ohio and his "Pursuit II" won "Best in Show" at the "Made in NY 2011" juried show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center.
We considered the Accutron tuning fork watch so important we included it in a list of the 10 most important electronic watches. About a decade later in 1969, the world was introduced to the quartz electronic watch that made all tuning fork watches obsolete overnight. Quartz watches were less expensive (eventually), more accurate, and had longer battery lives. Quartz watches also had ticking versus sweeping seconds hands.
As a journalist in my day job, I totally understand where Ariel is coming from and I find it troubling when readers are misguided by our intentions and believe us to be working for the brands. Editorial integrity is of the utmost importance and is the key ingredient for any publication to succeed. This is no different for aBlogtoWatch, and editorial integrity and honesty are principles that we hold dear to us.
aBlogtoWatch is now the official Watch Media Partner of The Couture Show. Couture (@by_couture) is a high-end watch and jewelry trade show event that takes place each year in Las Vegas during the same time as the JCK event, which this year will be on May 29 - June 2, 2014. aBlogtoWatch will be bringing you exciting live watch coverage of the event from the Wynn Hotel.
Further, major brands such as Patek Philippe make most of their money by selling quartz-movement equipped ladies watches with diamonds. The margins on these timepieces are much higher than mechanical ones and if the female watch buyer market is perceived as wanting the simplicity and convenience of a quartz movement over a mechanical movement... brands will continue to rely on the income from these higher margin products.
Moritz Grossmann is a name you probably haven't heard of before, which is a bit surprising given the lineage of the man the company is named for. Back in 1842, Herr Grossmann began a watchmaking apprenticeship, which he ended up completing early due to his talent. Over the next 13 years, he traveled around Europe (including a stop in La Chaux-de-Fonds), before coming back to Dresden in 1845. And this year, a new chapter in the legacy of Moritz Grossmann sees a new high-end German watch brand.
Then again, if you're familiar with bronze (CuSn8 in this case), you might be thinking you'd not want to get it anywhere near a large body of water, given the fact that the bronze will oxidize with the water (be it pool, lake, or ocean). Frankly, I say go for it. With a bronze watch, the patina and oxidation that develops is part and parcel of the character of the watch, and truly helps you to make the watch your own. I myself didn't get into the water with it at all, but I did see some patina developing just from my own skin chemistry and sweat (the humid Chicago summer probably helped a bit as well). Just bear in mind that you'll likely end up with some green on your wrists (but it washes off easily).
Needless to say, that one-of-a-kind pocket watch was the first signed F.P. Journe, and kicked off the journey that brought us the eponymous watch company in 1991. To mark the occasion of thirty years having passed since the first watch came to fruition, F.P. Journe has created a new wristwatch, the Historical Anniversary Tourbillon.
The Arnold & Son DSTB wears a bit smaller than expected for watch with such a complex and open dial view. The red gold is matched with a lovely brown leather strap and the entire piece feels usable (thanks to the legibility of the hours and minutes display) and very special. The domed and anti-reflective sapphire crystal does an excellent job of managing reflections and ensures a clear and distortion free view of the dial and its three dimensional presentation.
Each Augustus I watch will be made to order per the specific wishes of each customer. That is natural because there is no way for Lang & Heyne to make the watch without knowing the the 12 events and their dates. To that effect Lang & Heyne has claimed that they will produce perhaps three Augustus I watches each year. The concept of how the watch works is relatively simple, but explaining it is a challenge mostly because their press release reads like East German shortwave radio instructions.
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I was a bit surprised at how much I ended up liking the 2014 Christophe Claret Maestoso watch. This is the first "time only" watch Christophe Claret has ever produced under his own brand name and, as far as I know, the only watch that he produced that solely indicates the time. The simplicity of a time-only ultra-complicated watch is ironic. How can a watch be so complicated if it just tells the time? How does it find appeal for watch lovers and high-end collectors who demand ever greater technical and visual achievements? Those are important questions and ones that I will attempt to answer.
In the action against defendant Maron, plaintiff Mayer makes a plea for damages in the amount of 6,000 plus punitive and compensatory damages through the five causes of action. We will continue to monitor the law suit as it progresses. What is the take away message? Well, first of all, the vintage and auction market is quite murky and it should be proceeded with extreme caution, especially at the very high-end. For this reason we at aBlogtoWatch are very judicious in our coverage of auctions and related "available" vintage pieces because all too often there is funny business. Also, even the most esteemed and respected celebrity watch lovers rely on expert advice.
I recall reading a pilot magazine and seeing an advertisement for a Breitling Emergency. What caught my eye at the time was the good looking case and the masculine presence of the watch. Then, I was aghast at learning that this wristwatch contained a fully functioning, water resistant ELT. I couldn't believe that they were able to reproduce that functionality in a package that fit under the cuff of a shirt!
The Sport Automatik has men's and women's variants, in black and silver dials. 40mm and 35mm, respectively, MSRPs of ,970 and ,825... more »
Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic 1/100th Watch Hands-On
The World Cup is one of the few global events that unites us as humans sharing one small planet in a vast universe. Every four years, the nations of the world compete in a mostly friendly atmosphere in one country to see who will be crowned world champions of football, or futebol in Portuguese (or soccer, if you are in the US).
Casio G-Shock G-Aviation GWA1100 Watch
The dial is a silver-toned collection of concentric rings that, along with the five centrally-mounted hands, communicates not only time but also a 24-hour chronograph. At first glance, the stack of hands can be quite intimidating but with a little understanding the complexity gives way to a rather simple chronograph display. The two blued-steel breguet hands show conventional time while the short blue hand displays the hours of the chronograph on the inner 24 hour ring. At the outer edge of the dial lies a combined minutes and seconds scale that is used by the gold-tone minutes chronograph hand and a blue chronograph seconds hand.
I really feel I became a constructor in chronometric mechanisms at the age of 25, when I finished my first (all handmade) pocket watch with tourbillon and remontoir. It took me five years to complete it during my spare time and weekends. You don't learn this in watchmaking school... When it was finished, I spent 24 hours straight gazing at it when it first started ticking!
For 2013, Breitling has released a very attractive blue version of the already rather rare Navitimer 1461 model. An interesting item, we take a hands-on look at this stunning piece. Let me address something first. If other watch writers are anything like me, there is one particular request (aside from "what watch should I buy?") that annoys us. That is to write an article or sum up current "watch trends." This is what happens when watches get mixed into the abyssal pool that is fashion, which apparently needs to reinvent itself each quarter else something chaotic happens - such as a mass neglect of wearing clothing amongst otherwise civilized human beings. The majority of watches I prefer to pay attention to are designed to look cool forever. Perhaps not all are timeless, but they have appeal (and ideally longevity) beyond this season.
ABTW: What was your first grail watch?
So, first things first, what is this "Magical Watch Dial" that I'm going on about? I will admit that I am not exactly a fan of the term "Magical Watch Dial," but the only reason for me to say this is that I am way too fond of what it actually does. The name just does not do it justice in my opinion. Anyway, what you see above appears to be two very different watches, but - you guessed it! - it's actually the exact same watch, moments later. What makes this "magic" possible is a very clever system that Revelation developed and patented. It consists of some gears hidden inside the bezel and the case, as well as a very unique dial-layout and surface treatment.
It isn't news that LeBron James has been an Audemars Piguet brand ambassador, but just last week Audemars Piguet decided to unveil the official LeBron James limited edition Royal Oak Offshore watch (which I debuted on Forbes right here). Still, the entire situation is remarkably impressive, especially for LeBron. Think about it, global luxury watch maker Audemars Piguet choose an athlete in an American sport to be one of the faces of their brand. American athletes don't exactly have a reputation for being well dignified brand representatives (as indicated by our frequent media-pushed scandals). Yet, in the last 20 years some of them have reached a level where their status as an athlete is just part of their overall appeal.