The complex process of making them black is worth it. Each of these images I took of the watches pretty well indicate how good they look. I met with Project X Designs founder and owner Daniel Bourn recently to discuss the creation and what is involved. It is amazing to me the level of interest they get from high profile individuals. The ability to get a customized Rolex is seemingly a dream for many. What I had before me were a few of the DLC black Rolex watches they make. I spent an awful lot of time inspecting them with detail and was impressive with Daniel's meticulous knowledge of what goes into each watch and the challenges thereof. Anyone who would think to compete with Project X must realize that they are in store for years of trial and error to get things right - assuming that they can even get the right people or equipment to do it.Read more ›
Instead the wood is known as "Ancient Kauri" and is collected in Northern New Zealand underground. There, is located a series of swamps where Kauri timber is somehow preserved underground in perfect condition being there for as long as 50,000 years. The trees that have been preserved lived for about 2000 years before falling into the swamp. Extracting the wood is apparently a very difficult process and quite expensive. Though, it is necessary as living Kauri trees are protected, and thus not legally allowed to be cut down. So there you have it, you have a true piece of New Zealand's ancient history in the caseback of 100 of the first Moana Pacific watches. In addition to just the wood, the Magrette logo in inlaid with paua shell that is similar to black mother of pearl. Just really cool overall, and a great conversation piece once you take the watch off to show it around.Read more ›
Although many treatments and colors are available, PVD is most often used to blacken watches. Physical vapor deposit (PVD) applies a thin layer of metallic particles to the watch surface to achieve the color change. Because the particles are so evenly distributed, the finish of your timepiece remains the same as before the process. In the past few years we noticed a few small companies emerging, who did nothing but blacken Rolex watches and resell them. We even spotted John Meyer wearing a PVDed GMT Master II on the cover of Guitar Magazine. This inspired us to offer this service to our clients and the results have been fantastic.
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Returning to the design of the face, like I said, if you are a fan of Japanese diver's watches you will feel right at home. The hands are the right length (Seiko, sometimes you disappoint me here!), which i am glad that Orient designers are paying attention to. The hour hand also looks different that the minute hand to help with low visibility time reading. The date is placed in the unorthodox 9 o'clock position, and I appreciate the change of pace from the 3 o'clock date position. Then you have the power reserve indicator that is placed in a convenient spot and does not detract from your attention when telling the time. It is a simple layout for the indicator and it works well to tell you how many hours of power reserve you have left - such indicators are great to have in mechanical watches. The automatic movement also winds easily meaning that wearing the watch for a bit should provide a healthy amount of power in the barrel.Read more ›
Sorry about the slightly blurry image, this watch was a pain to get a pic of, and I couldn't tell I didn't get a good pic until it was too late. Still, you can tell that this is a really cool "phantom" style all black watch. This is the TX Pilot ref. T3C423 watch from TX's 600 Series watches. The watch has a quartz flyback chronograph as well as a second time zone. You also get the case and a rotating slide-rule bezel. The watch is probably about 45mm wide and is really cool looking. You can tell that the dial is deep and easy to read despite the black tones. People will want to know what that big black watch on your wrist is. All the detail on the dial make it quite intriguing. Still, the functionality is simple and you get used to the look of the dial with ease. It is matched with a black leather strap and retails for 5. For some people this is the best TX watch in their lineup.
Springing from extremely positive reception the original Dievas Flieger Timer pilot watch received, Dievas Watch Company went on the exact route of accumulating the highest engineering specifications and product design to present the Vortex, a term synonymous with aero and fluid dynamics consummating an integral part of flight and aircraft design. On a quick glace, allowances should be made for casual onlookers to be exonerated for assuming the multi purpose Dievas Vortex to be merely another pilot watch. In actual fact this is much more. This is a watch designed as a precise time keeping instrument for currently active military, security and rescue personnel, overbuilt to withstand harsh conditions on land, sea and air. Focusing primarily on attention to detail, the watch is powered by the ever so reliable and proven Swiss automatic 28,000bhp mechanical automatic movement, ETA-2824-2, each adjusted to its maximum efficiency for the most accurate time by our experienced watchmakers.
Like the Gucci Marina Chain Watch, above, introduced at this year's Gucci Women's Cruise fashion show. In the context of a fashion show, this watch works. And in this promo shot below, it definitely fits in. The iconic logo bag - the neutral color palette - the lush fabrics... But, for everyday wear - I do not see this as a wearable watch.Read more ›
The Red8 name is also part of Chinese culture. Red being associated with wealth and prosperity, while 8 being a lucky number of sorts with special meaning associated with it. Red8 did something that I've never seen before. That being the use of the large red ABS plastic crown. ABS plastic is very hard and solid feeling. It also looks like tasty red candy. The number "8" is done in relief on the side. Sure I worry a bit about the crown scratching, but that is just part of the character of the watch. Realize that the entire crown is not actually plastic. There is a standard metal crown that has a red plastic cap over it. It is a fun style and certainly goes with the theme. No complaints here.Read more ›
Philip Stein, the watch maker best known for their dual dialed watches, is embracing social media and wants your attention. The new trend today is the Twitter or Facebook giveaway. "If we get X followers/friends we will randomly give away something cool. Philip Stein wants 2,500 Facebook friends and will give away two watches when it gets that many. I've seen Philip Stein watches all over the place from people in restaurants to people on TV. The watches they are giving away are worth over a grand each.
[Ed. Note: I really like this Octea watch line. One that I am jealous is only for women (but take that comment for what it is worth). The type of timepieces that I would buy for a woman, for her to wear... so I could sort of enjoy it vicariously through her]
Seiko is one of the most important watch brands on planet, now, and historically so. Who do you think was responsible for the quartz wrist watch? Seiko. Who do you think was responsible for the popularity of the LCD digital quartz watch? Seiko. Who do you think also makes a series of luxury made mechanical watches? Seiko. The focus of the brand historically was less on style, and more on technical excellence and movement innovations. So they’ve built up a tradition of constantly improving their own products, but also those of others.
More interesting are some other watches that Alain Silberstein is apparently at work on. We are talking about hybrid or multi calendar watches. These will be timepieces that have more than one calendar on them. Such as the Gregorian calendar and Hebrew calendar. One watches that is apparently due sometime in 2010 is a triple calendar watches (not that type of triple calendar), that had the Gregorian, Hebrew, and Chinese calendar all on one watch. Probably perpetual calendars at that. Wow! That will be some complex looking (and functioning) timepiece. I can't wait.Read more ›