While it does not surprise me much, I can't say that I would have guessed Rado would bring out a watch with the aesthetic of Tron. In a way I get it. Rado had a nice time in the 1980s when it started to popularize ceramic cased watches, and Tron came out in the 1980s. Both were futuristic in their own avant garde manner. The Rado R-One (R-1) isn't per se a "Tron watch" as there is no official connection, but you'd be amiss to find the R-One's design not wholly inspired by the movie franchise.
"Fortis is opening up its Private Label Program to any US or Canadian business or group wanting fine Swiss timepieces for members, staff, or clients at costs far below their respective retail prices. Buying in bulk gets a great price. We reduce prices substantially for our private label customers. Of course, the final cost will depend upon quantity required, colors used, and any add-ons, such as engraving the watch back (e.g., “2012 top sales division,” “National Pennant winners, 2012″). Fortis offers private label clients a wide selection of mechanical timepieces, as well as watches from its lower-retail Fortis Colors quartz line, and only 25 watches are needed for a minimum order. Delivery can take from two weeks to six months, depending on the number of watches ordered and the extent of customization requested."
Arcadia's take on being different was to have a highly sculpted cushion-style case with a unique dial and movable lugs. In fact, the AC01 Version 1 looks more avant garde than the Version 2. The AC01 has the more bubble-style hands and wild dial. The AC01 Version 2 has a more angular minimalist dial. I believe it was offered to give people a more subtle way of enjoying the unique case.
I am not a gambler but gaming can be fun. So fun that a lot of high-end watch brands have devised casino-themed timepieces that either suggest or directly emulate gaming. A popular example was the Girard-Perregaux Jackpot Tourbillon of several years ago. It had a tourbillon, actual slot machine, and cost over 0,000. More recently, Christophe Claret offered his extremely complicated 21 Blackjack watch with a roulette, dice, and blackjack game all in one timepiece. There have been watches that focus on everything from poker to simply being in a casino. This Bell & Ross BR01-92 Casino is all about roulette.
Romain Jerome's relationship with classic video games continues with their newest watch in honor of PAC-MAN. Namco's (today Namco Bandai) PAC-MAN arcade game is probably one of the most recognizable video games in history and originally came out in 1980. Following the success of the Space Invaders watch (hands-on here), Romain Jerome will soon release this high-end limited edition timepiece for those who remember their joystick youth.
So what happened with the original? Unfortunately, a rather cool and ambitious feature never made it through pressure testing. Romain Jerome dreamed up a good internal bezel that would be adjusted by turning the outer bezel. If you look at the dial there is an inner 60 minute ring printed on a transparent crystal. This was meant to be turned by using the outer bezel. I don't think anyone had done anything like it before - and it was an exciting feature. Though for whatever reason, Romain Jerome was never able to have it work to satisfy the watch's desired 888 feet (about 300 meters) of water resistance.
Mr. Mojon sits as one of the few top indie watch movement developers around today. Many brands solicit him for work and I have a feeling that he only takes on projects that he likes. These days, dreaming up cool new ways to indicate the time is very en vogue. Mixing special hands with retrograde indicators is especially valued. The Klepcys does all that. The time is indicated via two moving discs and a retrograde hour hand that doubles as a day/night indicator. The system is very cool.
The most obvious element of the Type A-7 is the 50 degree offset dial which is more often seen on vintage watches or perhaps the vintage-inspired Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 watches. The Type a-7 is meant to be worn on the inside of a pilot's wrist so that the watch will align with the orientation of an aircraft's instrumentation. This offset design meant that pilots would not need to cock their head to the side or remove their hands from the controls to directly view the time or the chronograph measure. While certainly not a feature that proved to have long-term popularity in everyday watches, it certainly makes the Type A-7 stand out in the crowd. Longines has priced the Type A-7 at 00 USD, which is not considerably more than the 50 asking price for the L27764213 shown above.
At almost 56mm wide, the piece is rather massive - especially considering the design of the case and strap. Though the X Fathoms watch is made out of titanium, so it isn't that heavy. In line with the popular bezel style of the 50 Fathoms watch, the rotating bezel is topped with a curved sapphire crystal. This timepiece really makes the most out of its size, and it will stick off your wrist like a tool made for underwater Batman. Speaking of Batman, that titanium clasp on the buckle certainly looks like his logo a bit right? Especially with the convenient letter "B." I think I see a collaboration in the future. Bruce Wayne would certainly sport a Blancpain - for sure. Blancpain should make a watch set that includes two watches (or perhaps a convertible one), that would be for Bruce Wayne's formal wear, and for Batman's high-tech durable needs. I think Mr. Hayek would be all over that.
Case and lugs: Zirconium case with titanium lugs
The P'6540 Heritage Chronograph will be limited to 911 pieces and is overall a pretty cool watch. It is still very masculine, and the "function and form" design philosophy of the original makes more sense than ever today. Porsche Design has created a special collector's box set for the watch that includes a pair of P'8478 aviator sunglasses also based on the design of Porsche Design sunglasses from the 1970s. Pretty cool stuff. Price is ,440.
As useful as they are, people still don’t get super excited about watch winders. Well, perhaps most watch winders. The upper echelon of watch winders are incredibly impressive machines that do way more than merely keep your favorite automatic timepieces well-wound. A fun and stimulating example is the Hublot Safe produced by watch winder and safe maker Dottling.
Zegna uses the exact same hands for the Chronograph as they do on the Sea Diver. However, the dial space on the Chronograph is a bit larger so the hands end up being a bit too short on the Chronograph. Cost saving was likely to blame for this. The High Performance Chronograph is available with a black or white dial – with contrasting rings around the subsidiary dials. The red outlined Arabic numerals return as well, along with a few baton hour markers. I do like how bold the hour markers are, but only a long term test will help me understand how good they are on the eyes over the long haul. Around the dial is a tachymeter scale on the bezel. This element was practically guaranteed on a race-themed chronograph piece.