With the presence of COSC, Poincon de Geneve and a number of other lesser known certificate programs, you may rightfully ask what necessitated the creation of yet another program and how it might affect your future purchasing decisions. While the program is not in operation just yet, what we know is that with the "Chronometric+ Observatory,” Timelab offers a certification program that is open to all mechanical watches made in Switzerland (unlike the Poincon de Geneve which is restricted to watches manufactured in the Canton of Geneva) and it applies to finished watches which are independently checked in every aspect (unlike COSC which tests uncased movements only). With that in mind, what necessitated the creation of this new certificate was the lack of "universality" of the others or, in other words, the industry needed a program that could be applied widely to any and all Swiss made mechanical watches and checked complete watches for not just their accuracy or aesthetics, but also for their claimed water resistance, power reserve, anti-magnetic claims, and quality of assembly.
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The last time we looked at a Blancplain L-Evolution watch, it was with the L-Evolution Split Second Flyback Chronograph (hands-on here). It was released in 2012, and in 2013, Blancpain followed-up with this more simple Blancpain L-Evolution R Chronographe Flyback Grande Date. Aside from the visual cues, they each have very different movements. The main difference of course being that the former model has a split-second chronograph and this one does not.
We've written before about the trend towards smaller watches, and today's datum is the Christopher Ward W61 Trident Pro. Based on customer requests, CW took their C60 Trident (42mm) and made a version at 38mm.
We are always interested to check out any new model from Ball, as they are a brand that just does things their own way, keeps an eye on details and their micro gas illumination system always brings a smile. With a US list price of 00, the Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro is one watch that we are definitely excited to check out in person later this month at Baselworld. ballwatch.com
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For years now, we've seen dive watches with wave patterns on the dial. Brands such as Omega and Ulysse Nardin have been doing that for a while. Using instances like those as precedent, Jeanrichard decided to replicate some rather famous waves on the dials of two Aquascope models, that it touts as being produced to celebrate 150 years of Swiss-Japanese diplomacy. Honestly, I think the connection to the 1864 "Treaty of Friendship and Commerce" between Japan and Switzerland is a bit off-point and unnecessary. Swiss watch makers love to celebrate real and made up holidays, so we put up with it if interesting watches come as a result.
Are you ready for something new and fun at aBlogtoWatch? It is a fresh type of watch giveaway contest that we think you'll enjoy. It combines this post page on aBlogtoWatch with the image sharing social media platform Instagram. The giveaway involves two elements, and to participate you will need to have an Instagram account. Further good news is that there are THREE watches we are giving away.
Trust means that the seller will do the right thing if there is a problem, and that you are getting a real watch. The chances of buying a fake watch from an authorized dealer are very low. Though it does happen from time to time when dealing with gray market retailers as well as individual sellers.
It used to be the fact that looking at the outside of a supercar was wonderful, but once you sat inside you more or less felt like sitting in a race car with some wrapped leather. Over the last decade or so, more ultra-wealthy people started to buy supercars as lifestyle versus performance items and they began to improve the look and feel on the interior. The Aventador and Huracan look fantastic on the inside, with parts, of course, coming from cousins such as Audi–specially made with a Lamborghini look and feel. The dashboard is mostly (or totally) digital with a video game aesthetic that adds to the experience. There isn't the pure ergonomics of a Japanese car, but neither is it a terribly frustrating experience that Italian UI has been known for in the past. Aesthetically, the Aventador looks gorgeous on the inside, and the Volkswagen Group team has ensured that it is fully outfitted with all the bells & whistles you'd need mixed with the passion-fueled Italian design you want to look at.
Jeff Kuo (JK): I am the founder of Xetum, which offers a collection of modern automatic watches, designed in California and made in Switzerland.
Wearing the SP-1 Landship makes me wonder who the target demographic is. Azimuth is based in Singapore even though the watches are Swiss made. Singapore is a very healthy market for both popular and unique watches. As a timepiece hungry place, it is great to see how varied their tastes can be. The downside of the Singaporean watch market is their thirst for novelty. Brands are asked to continually surprise and impress watch collectors, which is oftentimes why we perhaps see so many strange niche watches being marketed to the Singapore consumer.
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Perhaps one of the best indications of how complicated it is to design, manufacture and assemble a watch from scratch, to the finished, reliable, and beautiful product, is that a manufacture as potent and well-equipped as Julien Coudray still makes time-only watches with hour, minute, and second hands, and a service indicator (which we will discuss later), with a tourbillon-version being the most complicated piece in their selection. No perpetual calendars, chronographs, or other complications – just time-only watches. The primary reason for this is what most watch enthusiasts who have studied a watch movement more closely will certainly know: a watch movement is mind-bogglingly complicated.
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch." In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we're talking with Bill Yao, the man behind the independent watch brand MK II.
Inside the watch is the Arnold & Son caliber A&S1209 manually wound movement. It is quite thin at just 3.9mm thick, and has a power reserve of 40 hours running at 3Hz. What you need to know about the architecture of the A&S1209 is that it is essentially two movements in one that share a winding system. The two dials each have their own independent gear train. The rear of the movement allows you to understand this, as its symmetrical design helps highlight the fact that the single movement is essentially a marriage of two. What this means for setting the time is that each is completely independently set. There is a crown on either side of the DBG that allows you to set each time in whatever way you choose. Most dual timezone watches allow you to set the hours of each time, but the minutes are shared. In this case you can set each to whatever time you like. The AM/PM indicator as represented by a synchronized 24 hour dial is useful so that you now whether it is day or night in the other time zone.
Steel lovers can rejoice as 2014 is about high-complication steel models from Patek such as this new Nautilus ref. 5990/1A. When it comes to Patek Philippe, the Nautilus design is one that needs no introduction. While I wouldn't consider myself an expert on the brand, I am fairly certain that their latest definitely has some new tricks up its sleeve.
For a kick-off, it is important to clarify that the Rolex Oyster indeed was the first properly waterproof watch–as validated by Gleitze's swim and the time it spent in fish tanks. However, it was with reason that she wore it on a necklace and not on her wrist: this way the watch had been not subjected to the rather brutal forces of it splashing into the water with every motion of her arm, for hours on end. The first step towards improved durability was the already discussed Omega Marine, but even so, it saw little use as professional diving (not to mention its much later developed, hobby-inspired alternatives) had not been fully developed at the time. In fact, it took the better part of another decade or so until underwater activities became more ubiquitous; the primary reason being that diving equipments were very heavy, not very safe, and limited in availability. This radically changed with the 1942 invention of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan: the aqua-lung.
2013 has been an interesting year for Chopard. On one hand they officially unveiled a new collection of Classic Racing SuperFast watches with in-house made movements, and on the other hand they have released this curious new collection of very well-priced Mille Miglia models that are purported to be a limited edition for 2013 alone. Is that the deal or is this an experiment for the future? Let's take a look at these new racing watches from Chopard.