• Domed glareproofed front and back sapphire crystals, hardness n°9
• Water resistance : 5 bars
Leather-bound, the book is nicely presented and of a much higher quality than most of the things you'll find at office stores. Nivrel gives you lots and lots of extra X47 pages. The set also comes with a metal mechanical pencil which is pretty cool. What is also special is that the X47 company is from the same area in Germany where Nivrel is from - making it a pleasant "regional partnership." Nivrel is located in Saarbrucken, a city in Germany that I actually visited - which helps me enjoy the watch even more actually.
For a while I was talking to Giles Ellis as he was in the midst of starting a watch brand. It was interesting to see yet another independent watch brand thrust themselves along supported by one enthusiastic founder faced with a number of challenges. Ellis, and Englishman, wanted a watch that reflected his tastes and ideals. For him Schofield is a true Gentleman's brand and offers the types of watches he wants to hear. He has great admiration for both the historic and contemporary English watch makers that are helping to bring horological street cred back to the UK.Read more ›
A few years ago I first encountered a Gerald Genta Gefica Bi-Retro at a watch event and got to put the watch on my wrist for the first time- it was amazing. I was stunned at the quality and level of detail. A watch design like this is really not easy to manufacture. Not only is the dial very complex with many colors and levels, but the case is literally made out of two materials. Most of the case is finely cut bronze, and all the little "balls" around it are applied individually and in titanium.
Down the mountain to Geneva you'll find another Piaget. More hustle and bustle - with a creative spirit thanks to a cleverly designed manufacture. Here is here the watches themselves are make and assembled. Using lessons learned from industrial psychologists, the Piaget manufacture is a large factory, but one built using a lot of exposed wood and greenery. It feels much less industrial and a place you wouldn't mind spending all day - even with the noise and smell of machines.Read more ›
First of all, who is that little character on the back of this watch? It looks like a disco dancing Roman whose head is the Milus logo. I like that little guy. Why haven't I see it before? Oddly, it makes the watch suddenly a lot more charming. Actually, it is apparently the historic logo. Anyhow, I was waiting for Milus to release this watch after I heard the story behind its origin.
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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on October 31st, 2011 for the winner to be chosen at random.
The dial of the watch shows the date, month and day-of-the-week on red aluminum rollers. The concept is very cool and was later applied in other ways to watches such as those Claret designed for Maitres du Temps (the Chapter One). Activating the minute repeater, a Christopher Claret specialty, requires pulling down on the lever on the left side of the case.
Whether or not the Chrono DNA pieces actually have the DNA component, they are nice looking timepieces. In steel, the case is 44mm wide and water resistant to 100 meters. The dials a chic looking and come in light and dark tones. Not sure what the pusher or extra crown over by 10 o'clock is though. Maybe it holds a bit of DNA like in the Personal DNA watch.Read more ›
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Replacing Jean-Claude Biver as CEO will be Hublot's current Managing Director and # 2 man Ricardo Guadalupe. While Guadalupe has been friends and a colleague of Biver for about 20 years, he has been part of Hublot since 2005. He is no stranger to Biver's tactics or personality. Guadalupe however is a very different man than Jean-Claude. It is unclear how things will change once Guadalupe is placed in the top position at the brand, but with Mr. Biver around for advice and as a spokesperson I don't anticipate much change for the next several years.Read more ›
The movement is made by ETA (of course, since Longines is in the Swatch Group along with ETA), but has been made exclusively for Longines. It has a blued-steel column wheel and ample decor that you can see through the sapphire caseback window. The blued column wheel is rather neat and the movement reference is the ETA L.688.2 automatic. Featuring the time, 12 hour chronograph in a tri-compax array, and the date, the only issue I have with the movement is that to change the date you need to press an inset pusher located on the case rather than use the crown.Read more ›
In a Manero case, the watch is larger on the wrist being about 44-45mm wide (I would guess) and in steel. You can tell that it is available with an almost slate colored dial or a silvered one. The chunky style case is thick and brushed all around. There are polished elements on the dial for a nice contrast. That includes the nice looking applied arrow-head hour indicators and dauphine hands. Thankfully it is a sport watch so there are lume dots for the hours and lume on the hands. I also need to mention that the hands could be a bit longer - but it isn't bad.
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I sat down with Nilson to discuss the Pole2Pole trip, his trials and tribulations, as well as what it is like to do what he does. As a Zenith brand ambassador he wears a special limited edition Zenith El Primero Stratos watch with the Pole2Pole logo on it. In Alchron (an alloy of titanium and aluminum that has been anodized) the watch looks pretty fresh even after being on his wrist through the entire trip. Johan prefers it on a durable fabric and Velcro strap.
Number of components: 349 including 44 jewels
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