As a young boy, I have one recollection of my grandfather (while to my chagrin, spending much time working, bringing watches home, and not allocating more time to play with me) did one time take me to his atelier in the house and showed me a mechanical movement that appeared still as an inert object. But then, he touched the escapement, and all of a sudden it started moving. In my young, 10 year old eyes, this was very magical. This object that was before dead, started moving. So when I first saw the videos of Theo's beast, the thing that came to mind was this memory of seeing my grandfather's watch movement come to life. And I told myself that we might be able to also learn something. Artists are people that tend to see things in a different viewpoint from most. If we could borrow his imaginary glasses, we might be able to evolve.
ABTW: What about revenue? We know that being the biggest doesn't always mean the richest. How has Watchuseek's revenue model evolved over the years. Was it always a money-making business?
The brilliant part about having a power reserve indicator on the dial is that if you choose to have the Amortiser engaged for a long time, you can a least know the power left on the movement so that you can manually wind it if necessary. So for that reason, the Amortiser works really well with a power reserve indicator, because with it engaged, an automatic watch is turned temporarily into a manually wound watch. It is thus impressive that even with this moving caseback part, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley watch has 200 meters of water resistance. It also has shock resistance of up to 7,500 Gs and 4,800 A/m of anti-magnetic resistance.
At 40mm wide, The Rolex Submariner 114060 is among the smallest watches I wear. Having said that, it does wear large for its size, given the wide lugs. I would say that it wears much more like a 42mm wide watch. The on-wrist comfort is outstanding, but of course Rolex has had decades to perfect the design and the newest generation Submariner is at its best. The bracelet wraps nicely around your wrist, and best of all, the Glidelock system allows you to adjust the bracelet a few millimeters with ease. Wrists can expand naturally in different temperatures, etc... so being able to properly micro-adjust the watch at all times is a very welcome added feature.
The Calibre 942A is a remarkable automatic movement that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers 43 hours of power reserve. Therefore, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater is not only one of just a handful of minute repeaters designed specifically for women, but it also is a chiming watch with automatic winding – another highly unusual combination. The minute repeater is equipped with a host of unique adaptions which result in a complication of supreme technicality. In the Calibre 942A, Jaeger-LeCoultre has replaced its traditional hammers as found in the Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie watch, with trebuchet hammers.
This isn't the first time Omega watches have done well in James Bond-themed auctions. Omega has been the official watch of James Bond since Omega's partnership with the franchise that began in 1995, with the release of 007 Goldeneye. Since then, various James Bond actors have worn a series of Omega timepieces in the films. The relationship has been extremely successful for Omega. Fans know that, traditionally, James Bond wore a Rolex, which I believe was actually creator Ian Fleming's intent, as he wrote about 007 wearing a Rolex in at least one of his books.
This three-dimensional view is not just cool, but I believe is also very interesting to any watch enthusiast who is fascinated by the inner workings of a mechanical movement. The movement's plates display a subtle Côtes de Genève striping decoration, not as noticeable as seen on the backs of some other calibers – but that, in this case, is a good thing, as it helps the wave pattern and the skeletonization stand out more, and there really is no need for a third attraction on the dial.
Botta Design single-handed watches (as is the case with most) come in two forms. All of them have one hand, but some display the time in a 24 hour format, and some in a 12 hour format. The wearing experience between the two is very different. Botta Design Uno watches indicate the time with one hand in a 12 hour format, whereas Botta Design Uno 24 watches indicate the time in a 24 hour format, meaning the hand goes around the dial one time each day.
Ernie Romers: Oh yes, definitely. At least to a majority of people it is. One of the reasons why Watchuseek remained a leader for all these years is my good contacts in the industry, but most certainly also the way my team has been working for the site. Last but not least, no site can become democratic and a leader without its members and visitors, and the (right) sponsors (finances are important to keep a site growing and up and running).
If Switzerland is home to the most complicated mechanical watches, Japan could arguably be said to be home to the most complicated digital or quartz watches. The new G-Shock MRG-G1000 from Casio is possibly the ultimate G-Shock. Like all G-Shocks, it is extremely shock resistant, hardy and tough, featuring Tough Solar power regeneration and also Tough Movement. What’s more, it features a GPS atomic function, which means that it can detect your location via GPS and then sync the time accordingly - not unlike the new Seiko Astron. If you appreciate high-end quartz watches, few come with as many features and gizmos as the new MRG-G1000.
The movement is one of the most interesting features of any Nomos Glashütte Watch. The Non-Date models feature their Epsilon Calibre, shown below. The Datum models feature the Zeta Calibre. Though the non-date Epsilon provides a 1-hour power reserve advantage (43 hours vs 42 hours for the Zeta), the movements have identical dimensions and both feature the traditional German elements of a three-quarter plate and blued screws. The movements also feature attractive pearlage patterns on the outside of the movement and incredibly smooth finish on the bridges, plates, and rotor.
Kevin Rose has been in the watch world spotlight lately because he recently released an iPhone and now Android app called Watchville. Kevin's primary work is at his company N-O-R-T-H, but admits that he used an outside developer to create the Watchville app, because it is more of a personal project for him. The idea of Watchville is simple; Kevin wanted a simple and efficient way to consume all of his favorite watch news in one place. Watchville presents a curated selection of the sites that Kevin personally vets, and then allows the user to select which of those they want to view in their feeds while using Watchville. While so much of reading about watches is seeing high resolution "watch porn" (as I call it), Watchville doesn't mean to totally replace a desktop or larger screen experience, but rather, to offer watch lovers on the go (like Kevin) an opportunity to not miss out on content.
I recently had a chance to sit down with Claude Greisler, Armin Strom's Director of Horology and gain some insight into why they create things the way they do. As we have discussed in the past, large portions of the design language comes from the direction set by the brand's namesake founder over 40 years ago. One of the present day features that is immediately drawn from that direction is the tab on the case down at 6 o'clock.
For starters, lets talk about how the watch is powered. There is an internal battery running things that needs to be charged (nothing new there). But how do you charge it? Well, friends, that's done via an inductive charging stand built in to the watch box (complexity in simplicity). You might be thinking, well, how often do you need to charge a time-only watch?
Ariel has been after me to write about the process of designing and bringing a watch to market as a boutique brand. And someday I will write an even longer post about the 3 year process that produced my men's Ka La watches. But for now, I will describe the (ongoing) process with this ladies watch and the process in general.
aBlogtoWatch: I was impressed at the depth of your collection - not just wristwatches, but pocket watches, wall clocks, vintage ash trays... Where do you find these finds?
I am huge proponent of a well-executed three-quarter bridge. It takes a great deal of restraint to get this right and Zenith have passed the test with flying colors. With just enough to entertain the eye, without relying on gimmicks or flashy finishing, this full view of the movement reveals its humility and begs to be taken seriously as a horological exercise rather than a bombastic market-driven statement. This watch means business. It is a watch made by watchmakers to honour one of the greats, designed for a discerning and intelligent audience.
Virtually all new watches take a depreciation hit after purchase, but many owners fail to realize this until a trade negotiation is in progress. That’s too late. It is important to meet a trade partner half-way with an honest assessment of one’s own watch and a realistic expectation of trade value. Always be certain to know your watch before you trade.
By re-introducing a two-tone model into their lineup, Audemars Piguet is proving their willingness again to be a leader of change. Despite the inherent associations of the configuration, they have gambled that the market will shift and that trends will cycle to re-embrace the type of cool that has been long out of vogue. Time will be the great decider of course, but I’m willing to bet that they are right.
Grenon's of Newport: There are many, many events here that we participate in. Newport loves to throw a party and there are several charities that benefit. We are proud to have been able to support the local museums, hospitals, cancer research, kids programs and are big supporters of public education. Being a big automobile fan myself, we also like to get involved with all the car shows like the Newport Concours d'Elegance and other local shows.