Two major elements of the Ball Engineer Master II Aviator GMT that separate it from different aviator watches are the inclusion of the micro gas tubes and the large red GMT hand. As you likely know, the gas tubes are filled with a harmless (more or less) radioactive compound that is a light source that will last for about 35 years. This way you don't need to "charge" the luminant. Needless to say that Ball watches all have this feature, and are very well suited to night or low light viewing. The Large red 24 hour hand rides along a dedicate dial making it easy to identify the 24 time. For some reason, I feel as though the watch hands are all a bit short, but this is not likely to be an issue for most people.
It is always a pleasure to hear good news from Linde Werdelin. I recently got word of an interesting new release from the Britain based company. Watch companies are usually silent about new products until the official announcement. You talk with them regularly with no word of something new brewing, and then one day you get the news. Once in a while I'd like to see some "leaked" concept art. Well, this is a really cool new watch, which is actually part old watch. Frankly, it takes a bit of involvement in the industry to fully "get" this watch. Maybe you don't know who Svend Andersen is, or why Linde Werdelin chose to use a 1970s NOS automatic movement for a thoroughly modern timepiece. In a nutshell, it is a clever way to produce something really individual, based on unique partnerships, and a process that other companies can't easily replicate.
Maybe LUM-TEC will use a sophisticated technique like the one that Breitling used for pushers. Read here to see how Breitling used magnets create 'no contact' pushers for its Avenger Seawolf Chronograph watch. I don't know if this concept can be translated into a design for a crown meant to rotate an internal ring, but it might be a good start for them. Another approach would be to use one hell of a heavy duty gasket system. As the development of this watch continues, we will get a better idea of LUM-TEC's inevitably clever solution.
Originally the Temption CGK203 went for well over 00, this good condition model is starting at ,000, which is an excellent price given that these watches are hard to get, at all. It is worth noting that this model has the special gold rotor and movement, which did not come on all models. Temption's large and link-filled bracelet is one of the best out there. Quality steel is used throughout, and the bracelet is extremely comfortable. My own Temption CGK203 is of my favorite watches, which I reviewed favorably here. Do check out this very rare opportunity for a Temption watch at a reasonable price. Gotta love Temption, straight outta Stuttgart!
The T-Touch line is famous for its "touch" ability that turns the regular-old sapphire crystal into a touch sensitive interface for selecting one of the many, many functions. Lets take a look under the hood:
As a final touch the dial has been personalized with the inscription “Monte-Carlo 1973” and the case-back is engraved with the winners’ number plate, the names of the car and its drivers.
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The iPhone is many things to many people. For many it is an item of high fashion, and a clear signal to phone companies that tools like mobile phones carry a fashion element along with obvious utilitarian function. Watch makers have known this for years! We know this. The new iPhone 3G comes with a black or white glossy backing, a difference over the first generation iPhone that simple had a polished metal back with a black plastic section at the bottom for the antenna (signals don't penetrate metal very well). In addition the iPhone 3G sports additional hardware and software capabilities. The iPhone is able to receive higher speed data signals through 3G GSM networks, along with GPS location with the built in receiver. From a software perspective there are a few changes, most notable the ability to use (Apple approved) third party developed software.
The characters themselves are plastic stand-ups, and not watches themselves. I have a feeling that people's love for these guys is going to force Casio into creating more of these for the consumer market. Otherwise they are bound to remain highly sought after collectors items. Check out the image gallery below for more pictures.
Actually, I went to a Tiffany & Co. store here in San Francisco to inquire about this. Remember, the instruction manual has no mention of fitting the watch yourself, even though doing so is really simple. Ah, and what a terrible experience visiting Tiffany was. Once I was instructed to visit "customer service" on the second floor, I had a feeling things were going down hill. There was no wait, and I got to sit down at an available desk station (think Lenscrafters) where a woman asked if she could help me (as though there was some other reason I was there). I then attempted to explain to her in as simple terms as possible, "can you find out if a half sized link is available for this watch, as there is no other means for precise fitting; and the watch is just a bit too loose or tight on me." What ensued was utter confusion at how I could possibly have this question (perhaps it was filtration of my words through her limited mental capacity). Apparently, it was too complex a notion that perhaps I was able to size the watch myself at home, given the fact that I don't work in the back room at Tiffany's. She of course had no idea what I was talking about and said the watch would have to be sent to the service center in New York. An idea that appalled me. "Look, I just want to know if such a part is available, and how much it costs." She then committed the biggest offense. I don't care who you are, but you don't take someone's expensive watch from them, and walk into another room and close the door. You just don't do that, especially without asking. So I sit there, extremely impatient and upset at her ineptitude, and ask someone else to go in and inform her that I am in a need to depart. A minute later she reappears and in no direct manner, says that no such part is available. I concede that I was stupid for even asking her, and left Tiffany & Co. in shame. Little lesson, don't ever go to a corporate store; A) expecting that they will place any value in your possessions, and B) with any hope that they will properly answer your watch related question, or even harbor the knowledge necessary to answer your watch related question.
You don't see watches like the Angular Momentum Illum Aqua very often. It is very hard to describe from a style perspective. You could say that this watch is the natural combination of watch making and black light poster creation, or you might better connect the watch as product of Tron and Star Trek instrumentation having a night together. There is also an air of vintage diving bell water exploration and mystique of Russian submarines. I don't really know all that went into the design philosophy, but I like it.
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The design of the dial allows for a perfect amount of legibility. The markers are raised a bit, and closely resemble the markers on a Rolex Submariner. The hands are large and lume covered for easy viewing. Also, notice the application of the slanted chapter ring with indicators on it as well. There is of course the traditional black rotating bezel that adds extra functionality and style that I appreciate. It is also nice that Seiko colored the date and day discs to match the dial of the watch (rather than leave them white). And all this is available for under 0, often close to 0 depending on where you get it. At prices like that you have no worries about subjecting these stylish and functional, fully mechanical watches to anything, and you can tell why I present this Seiko SNZF17K1 Submariner styled watch with my aBlogtoRead.com's Good Value Award. Note that you'll most likely need to get one of these watches online as US distribution is limited with this new 2009 watch model.
Who is this guy? Is he Gray? Is he one of the "sons?" Banish the thought the someone actually hired this monotone-voiced mood killer. I am sure he is a nice guy, who knows a lot about watches, and loves Breguet watches with all his heart, but honestly, is this the best you can do? Give it some life man! Could you sound any less enthusiastic about this watch? The company is over 200 year old, and the father of modern watch making. The watch is a beautiful solid gold alloy timepiece with a design rooted in an almost a century of perfection. And here you are sounding like a mid 1980's chemistry class educational video on noble gases.
* The complete Tourbillon rests in flexible springs to absorb any shocks.
* The third axis is synchronized with the minute hand, with each revolving one time per hour.
* The time setting turns the third tourbillon axis, so minute hand will rest synchronic with the third tourbillon axis.
The Casio AQ160W-1BV comes with either a resin strap or a metal bracelet (according to Casio, the metal bracelet is only more than the resin strap. Size is 42mm wide, and the crystal is mineral. The batter probably lasts between 1-5 years. The watch is also rated to 100m water resistance.
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The No. 3 has an interesting date display. Most of the disk is exposed, and an arrow to the right of the disk indicates what the date is. MB&F makes a big to do about how this has "never been done" before. Watch makers love this phrase. The date display is nice... nothing to have a press release about, but the high quality nature of the disc makes it interesting to look at. What is cool however, is the rotor for the automatic movement being exposed through the front of the watch in the middle of the date disc. Done in gold, and shaped like a boobie trap axe, the rotor reminds you that this is no watch you are looking at, but rather, an "Horological Machine." This is luxury marketing at its best ('wink wink').