Seiko Spring Drive Spacewalk Commemorative Edition Watch Announced
Once the Seiko Astron Quartz watch arrived, it was like a magnum bullet shot at the most sensitive spot of the mechanical watch industry. Switzerland was terrified. Depending on who you were at the time, this hailed in the era known as the "quartz revolution," or "quartz crisis." Revolution and crisis because it was the father of digital quartz watches that became so cheap to make that almost totally destroyed the luxury watch industry. Before the quartz watch - but still battery powered - was the electronic tuning fork regulated watch. Quartz was a lot better than the tuning fork watches. While mechanical watches averaged about 10-20 seconds a day, the Seiko Astron was accurate to within 5 seconds a month. You can tel that the Astron was not some nerdy tech watch. Again, it was conservatively styled and in 18k gold. A luxury watch by standards of the past and of today.
The 41.50mm wide steel case has a Breitling Caliber 22 automatic chronograph movement that has been COSC Chronometer certified. It is a flyback chronograph and it has a date complication as well. The dial is attractive with plenty of lume, and you get Beitling's signature sliderule bezel for the 3 people on the planet that actually use it. Its value is far more steeped in looking cool than anything else these days. You also have the newer "Steel Air Racer" bracelet that is rigid metal and perforated as you can see. I've never worn this type of bracelet and have no idea if it just looks cool, or maybe actually is cool. Good news is that if you don't like it, Breitling has a universe of other straps and bracelets to choose from.
Many, many of you want a simple and classic watch versus everything else that is out there. These watches don't have the immediate sex appeal of a lot of the complex or flashy watches that are out there, but instead grow on you like a good friend, instead of grow tiring once it takes you too long to figure out what time it is. This is the Union Glashutte Noramis, and this type of classic watch has just two hands, and a simple and appealing dial. Really just want you need to have you tell the time, but isn't minimalist in design. Faceted Dauphine hands with an index laden face and soft dial are perfect for that functional classy look that many search for. Here you can have a German Union Glashutte watch, for a good price, that will serve these need. And really, do you want to spend a lot on this?
The movement of the watch is a Swiss made automatic ETA 2789. I don't know much about this rare movement, but Guer Man gives it a nice personalized rotor and uses various types of gold and steel in the movement. I wonder if the movement is particularly accurate given the large size of the balance wheel. The watches will also be as part of a limited edition. By the looks of it, no more than 100 pieces. Also on the dial, is a large "quality" ruby set at 12 o'clock. No matter how cliche it is, nice jewels on a watch face are always appreciated. Know what I mean? In addition to many other details, pricing is still a bit of a mystery as this point. I imagine it will be quite optimistic, as "art" watches tend to have that "designer premium" place on then. As they deserve is someone is moved enough emotionally by the look. Oh, and you can be sure that every watch box for the Trace is going to be different as you can't find these natural looking logs that look the same. More information and their website up in September.
No watch is worth being on your wrist if it stops working. The most delicate part of a watch is the movement - with the biggest enemy to it being high shock. Using a Japanese quartz movement in the watch is important for a few reasons. They aren't susceptible to magnetic fields, they are typically more hardy than mechanical movements, they are most often more accurate, and fixing them or changing the battery is easy in almost any place on the planet. This is even more so the case with Japanese versus Swiss movements that Rogue Warrior Watches says have more universally acquired batteries.
Inside the watch is mostly the same HM2 automatic movement that has always been a joy to check out. Alain added a 22k blued gold (yup!) automatic rotor that is shaped like a battle axe. And yes, that is not just me talking, but the automatic rotor is intentionally shaped like a kick-ass weapon! On the side of the watch is a simple inscription that should sum it all up for you. “Le vrai bonheur est d’avoir sa passion pour métier,” which translates into “True happiness is having one’s passion for a profession.” I agree, and hence why I do the work that I do commenting and reviewing watches. I seem to be in good company with these two men. I look forward to hopefully checking out an HM2.2 Black Box watch sometime, though that chances of that are not likely. With only 8 pieces ever, and enough fans of both M&F and Alain Silberstein out there, these watch are gonna go fast (if not already).
I like to post about these milestones -they feel important to me. I've written over 1000 aBlogtoRead.com articles. And I must remind myself that I also regularly write for a few other sites such as Luxist.com, AskMen.com, and more (see all my current work on the About page here). So the total watch articles I have written since starting in late 2007, is over 2000. But aBlogtoRead.com being my own place, I think 1000 here is still pretty impressive. I wonder if I put it all in a single book, how many pages it would be? I think we are talking more than War & Peace here. In this time of reflection I feel as though I have only scratched the surface of my passion for watches and entrance into the watch industry. Last month at exclusive invite-only SIHH in Geneva, I felt as though the occasion was my symbolic "true entrance" into the watch industry.
Maybe you agree with me, have no idea what I am talking about, or just don't see it. Regardless you have to enjoy the bright friendly colors used and the different application of luxury in these women's watches. Though at 42mm wide, a daring man could sport any of the Bestiary Ronde Seconde Folle collection watches withouth it looking petite on his wrist. There will be the girly colors to deal with though. With cases made of 18k gray gold, and use of a universe of precious stones including many diamonds, there are serious luxury jewelry watches. Still, there is such a tender and simple tone that is easy to appreciate about the watches.