Girard-Perregaux will offer the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date And Moon Phases watch in both polished steel and 18k rose gold. I only got to see the steel version, but given the smoked style of the sapphire crystal I have a feeling that I will enjoy it more given that the gray colors all work better together. Having said that, the 18k rose gold model might just surprise me when Girard-Perregaux releases these models with the transparent sapphire crystal dials later in 2014.
The biggest challenge with a metal G-Shock case is the ability to retain its shock resistance qualities. Plastic (also referred to as "resin," when people want to get fancy and illustrate more quality stuff), works great for standard G-Shock watches because it can absorb so much shock. Shock moves through metal much more, so it is a terrible material for a shock resistant watch. Thus, Casio uses resin and a material they created called Alpha Gel in the case as buffer zones. Some of this is visible, and other parts are not. The resin is also used at the back part of the bracelet. Casio makes a big deal out of it by coloring it brightly on some models. Some people love this, and others do not (both the material and the bright coloration). I don't mind it, and I do have to say that it allows the watches to be really comfortable, and never too cold or too hot. It also allows the bracelet to wear more snugly.
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DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT: Dimensions:
- 300mm wide x 511mm long x 168mm high. Total weight: approx. 8kg
Having seen first-hand how well done a high-end skeleton watch can be, I suppose I have become a bit spoiled in what I would look for. That said, I think the Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette sits in a sort of happy medium - not showing off nearly as much as those luxury watches, but keeping things so much more readable than what you would see in the bargain bin of your local shop.
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Only the subsidiary dial, to the right of the right part of the case, indicates the current time. Under it is a seconds indicator for the main time. The rest of the watch is dedicated to a collection of other indicators that range from useful to emotional. A good example of the latter is the sidereal time indicator that is adjacent to the main time, as well as the equation of time indicator at the top of the right dial.
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Laurent opened Chronopassion in Paris, aka "La ville lumière" (The City of Lights) in 1988. At the time, he was a monobrand retailer, selling only Gerald Genta. It stayed like that for two years, until he started widening the spectrum of brands to serve more of his potential clients. He went from being a monobrand to a multi-brand retailer and increased his offerings from 1 to approximately 15 brands.
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In a sense, the Formula 1 GMT lives next to the TAG Heuer Carrera Dual Time which is a dressier GMT watch that will probably be priced a bit more than the Formula 1 GMT. They each share the same movement and are both 41mm wide in size. Consumers really just need to decide whether or not they are more comfortable with a sportier timepiece or something a bit more elegant (as is the case with that particular Carrera model). Allow me to broach the obvious issue that TAG Heuer was clearly influenced by the 2013 Rolex GMT-Master II BLNR (hands-on here), with its two-tone blue and black ceramic bezel. Rolex is the subject of a lot of homaging, so I don't think they will mind. TAG Heuer did it gracefully and retained the Formula 1 DNA, as well as that Autavia-style case that the new Formula 1 watches have.
As the only dual timezone watch in the 1966 collection, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time offers a slice of WW.TC functionality in a classier and more reserved package. Additionally, it is hard to overstate the novelty of a push button second timezone feature; no messing with the crown, no compromising accuracy by stopping the movement, just push and go.
Amazingly, the new Seiko Recraft models evoke this spirit of olde Seiko amazingly well (albeit with some minor critical caveats where the choice of movement is concerned). At the same time, they are cleverly and impressively crafted to appeal to contemporary watch tastes as well. You certainly won’t look like a severe watch nerd if you wore these styles out and about, and they seem like an all-around great value, too. From the photos anyway – both official and from Seiko early adopters on forums like Watchuseek – the Seiko Recraft watches seem much more expensive and nicely finished than their list prices, which hover between a most affordable 5 and 5, might suggest. I’m guessing that – other than dipping in the gene pool of another Japanese mechanical-watch powerhouse Orient – you simply can’t find as good of an automatic watch for the money.
2015 sees three versions of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore in all diamonds - including a few models with matching full diamond-set bracelets. The watches all emphasize large baguette-cut diamond stones as well as a few versions highlighted with various colors for style, as well as legibility. The largest of the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore pieces with diamonds is the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm Ref. 26403BC.ZZ.8044BC.01. There is also a version of the 44mm model on a black alligator strap with the reference 26403BC.ZZ.D002CR.01 that has about 18 carats of diamonds and a few onyx stones on the dial used as hour markers.
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The vast potential of the smartwatch market is apparently now bringing some complete outsiders to this 21st century branch of watchmaking. One of these early adopters is Gilt.com, a major, US-based online shopping site that just announced it is teaming up with designer Michael Bastian and tech-giant Hewlett-Packard to design and engineer what will officially – and somewhat weirdly – be called the Michael Bastian Smartwatch.