but none of them are noticeable. The dial is super clean; it and the bezel have only hour markings, for a relaxed, casual feel. It makes for a versatile watch with a secret for the wearer. As I'll show below, the result is amazingly versatile in appearance.
It is possible the future versions of the 5270 watch will come in the future in other metals. For now the 18k white gold case is stunning with decorative flared lugs and a soft, rounded and polished bezel. Notice the brushed surfaces on the retro-style chronograph pushers. Inside the watch is a gorgeously designed and decorated in-house made Patek Philippe caliber CH29-535PSQ manually wound movement. Patek provides both a sapphire caseback window for the 5270, as well as a solid white gold back that can be personally engraved.
My intent was to offer a very simple plug and play system that doesn't require any fussing around. The aBlogtoRead.com Watch Winder by Wolf Designs is based on their Cub Winder single watch winder system. You plug it in, put your watch on the cuff, and turn it on. The winder winds in both directions and requires no extra thought or settings. Perfect for the vast majority of automatic watches out there. Real easy - just how I like it.
small seconds wheel at 09:30
As you can tell, the green of the SuperLumiNova on the dial of the watches isn't quite as green as in the marketing images - which I think is good. It looks more white when not glowing. In fact, I provided an overall comparison shot of the new ROO with an older ROO so that you can see exactly how the dial and case trimming are different. One of the best changes are the main hands. The older ROO used hands similar (but a bit fatter) to the Royal Oak. Those were outlined in polished steel, and filled with lume in the center. The new ROO uses more sophisticated looking hands that are polished and faceted, as well as a bit more angular in their shape. It maintains the look people expect, but with what I consider to be an enhancement. Also note how the date discs are all black now. Of course, it would not be a Royal Oak without the "mega tapisserie" tiled block style dials.
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I have no clue what Alpina was thinking when their designer approved the hands on this Startimer Classic Automatic Chronograph watch. More like TinyTimer. This is exactly the type of crap that pisses me off. This watch makes me want to yell obscenities. Everything else about this watch is fine if you are going for that retro chronograph watch look - but those hands, what the hell is up with those stupid tiny hands? This isn't just a mistake, this is horological abuse.
According to Cuervo y Sobrinos the case is a mixture of steel and titanium parts. They have done stuff like that before and the result is generally nice as the two metals have different finishes and colors. You'll notice how the inner ring of the case (that extends in to the lugs) is titanium, while the top and bottom are polished steel. The case is 43mm wide and water resistant to 600 meters. On the back of the watch is said to be an engraving of the Manjuari fish - a good reason not to take your watch off.
The excessively long name of this reference number 703.20.92 LC05 Fortis watch pretty much says it akk. This is among the most complex and expensive Fortis watches I have ever seen. Limited to just 100 pieces the F-43 is a tour de force in its own right. Is it a good watch for you? Well that is for you to decide, but it does make for a good conversation piece.