More recently Graham released the Swordfish Booster. This model upped the case size to 48mm wide and flipped the crown and chronograph pushers to the left side of the case. The Swordfish Booster retained the essential double magnifier concept which was Graham's attempt to embolden the idea of the cyclops magnifier that brands such as Rolex made famous as a means of making the date window easier to read. Graham's idea was to use a metal ring framed magnifier over the sapphire crystal to magnify the chronograph subdials by about 15%.
According to Breitling, in 1962 a Navitimer "became the first wrist instrument to share in the conquest of space by accompanying the Aurora 7 flight." That seems to sound like they are claiming "we did something first." The statement is probably technically true. At the same time I don't know what it means. There are lots of brands that claim being "the first" to do something in space. Omega and Tag Heuer are among those like Breitling with celestial claims. Frankly I don't care who did what first. Maybe being the second watch was better because NASA decided the first wasn't good enough? That someone chose the watch to go up in orbit or space is really good enough for me. If I had a watch brand, I would do everything possible to make the claim that my watch was "the first left in space." Breitling will produce a limited edition of 1,962 pieces of the Navitimer Cosmonaute watch.
4. Wait until the giveaway is over on June 30th, 2012 for the winner to be chosen at random.
Legibility is pretty good and you aren't likely to complain that the dial is dull. I have worn an awful lot of too-utilitarian dive watches out there with legible yet ultimately dull dial designs. With a fashionable-twist, John Isaac keeps enough spruce in their step. Did you notice how rather than state "Swiss Made", the bottom of the dial has cursive text that reads "Manufacture en Suisse?" Swanky right?
Often times the elements that makes a watch "luxury" are the materials it is made from. You don't find plastic in luxury timepieces, but you do find a lot of high quality metals as well as precious materials. Use of high quality materials isn't enough though. Those materials need to be finished and polished properly for the best effect. The iPhone has always been an incredibly solid feeling phone, but with the iPhone 5, Apple tells us that the phone is entirely made from aluminum and glass (more on that below). Metal and a hard crystal is exactly what most good watches are make out of. Like high-end watches, the iPhone 5 also makes use of various finishes and very well fitting parts. It will also likely feel very soft and familiar when it is being handled. Harsh edges and an awkward feel are something the best watches don't have - and neither will the iPhone 5.
What does any of this have to do with watches? Consider the Longines Master Collection L27394713 Retrograde Moonphase, a dressy 44 mm timepiece sporting multiple functions, a lovely bright white "barleycorn" dial, and the exclusive-to-Longines caliber L707.2 automatic movement. This watch looks fantastic in their photos but is truly a knockout in person. The 44mm sizing overpowers some of its more dressy conventions and makes the Retrograde Moonphase a rather versatile and easy to wear timepiece. Boasting standard time, day, moonphase, day/night indication, and retrograde displays for date, sub-seconds, and a second timezone, the Longines Retrograde Moonphase does not leave much to be desired from a complication stand point (probably because there isn't room for anything else). All of these functions are managed by the L707.2 movement which is made exclusively for Longines by ETA. The base of the movement is the ETA A07.L31 which offers a 48 hour power reserve, 25 jewels and automatic winding... more»
HD3 Slyde Watch Review
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HD3 Slyde Watch Review
The three register chronographs have base Swiss ETA automatic chronograph movements that Baume & Mercier nicely decorates. They do a good job at presenting the movements in their fullest glory. The bi-compax chronograph has the same movements, but those which have been modified by La Joux-Perret. The modification removes the 12 hour chronograph dial and adds a flyback complication. Fantastic, because I know how excited you are that each dial style has both a telemeter and tachymeter scale.
On the wrist, these watches aren't small, but it is funny to go from one of the Big Pilot Top Gun pieces to a 43mm wide watch. I would easily wear one of these Spitfire Chronographs on a daily basis given their handsome looks. IWC opted for a bi-compax chronograph that measures 60 minutes. It does have that open date window I am not a huge fan of, but it doesn't bother me as much here as it does in other watches. The movement is in-house made and is the existing caliber 89365 automatic with 68 hours of power reserve. Over the dials are sapphire crystals and the case is water resistant to 60 meters.
I am still counting up the times Burberry uses the terms "heritage, tradition(al), craftsmanship, innovative," and other similar adjectives brands commonly use when describing their new creations. In fact, most of the Burberry Britain watch press release is actually just a list of adjectives. Even when they describe the timepiece itself they use mostly adjectives to describe it. Consider me impressed - this document ought to receive some type of award for its incredibly elegant lack of substance (however it does have a fully operational set of tech specs). Allow me to share with you a few select passages if I may:
That shape again is placed on the sapphire crystal over the moon phase indicator and automatic rotor. It serves as the actual indicator showing the phase of the moon with the moon faces underneath. This layout offers full views of the faces all the time, along with the phase of the moon with the indicator window.
The King Power chronograph based watch is unique for NOT having a skeletonized dial. It is 48mm wide in 18k King gold. Clearly the green and gold tones are meant to match the WBC belt that is given to the best fighters. On the rear of the watch is a graphic that looks like the front of the noteworthy belt. The auction for the Hublot Knockout WBC watches will be in Las Vegas in September 2012.
Housing Material: black ceramic with tachymeter engraved on the crown and side buttons and rubberised Screw-down crown Diameter: 42.00 mm Height: 14.30 mm Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire Case back: Stainless steel, secured by 7 screws Water Resistance: 3 ATM
In this case, Poison Dart Frog is the name of the latest MB&F limited edition HM3 Frog watch. While I haven't been counting, it does seem that MB&F has been releasing a few more limited edition watches lately. The boutique brand's growing success gives them the ability to tackle more projects. I've written extensively on the HM3, HM3 Frog, and related limited editions. Just search aBlogtoRead.com for my previous articles as there are too many to link to in this article However, you can peruse a hands-on piece with HM3 Frog watch here.
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