For 2015, the outlook promises no major changes compared to last year. China is expected to continue a controlled growth of its economy; anti-corruption measurements will remain on the political agenda. In 2014, consumption in Japan was only temporarily boosted as consumers anticipated an increase of the VAT-rate of 5% to 8%. The last months were not strong. Assuming that the conflict in Ukraine will not end soon, demand in the whole region of the former Soviet Union will stay at very low levels. In Europe, France and Italy are not expected to provide substantial impulses. After a flat 2014, Germany may return to a stronger growth, but will depend largely on foreign tourism. And the US alone will not be able to lift up the whole industry. Luxury remains a mood's business, and currently, too many "no fun" topics pull the markets down (e.g. global terrorism). The industry's slow-down of growth will continue for the time being. Given current high stocks on manufacturers' and retailers' levels and the general time lag of the industry's dynamisms after phases of downturns, The Bridge To Luxury (TBTL) expects a stronger pace of global sales only to return in spring or mid 2016 at the earliest.
Montblanc retains the same 43mm wide case design of the Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec, and for this limited edition, it will be available in either 18k rose gold or steel. While a dressier watch, the Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec is not thin, being 14.8mm thick. Then again, the MB R200 movement does a lot and is an automatic. The case is only water resistant to 30 meters and comes attached to an attractive and thick black alligator strap with deployant clasp.
We mentioned earlier that the Claude Bernard 83014 3M AB watch belongs to the so-called Sophisticated Classics collection of the brand – with the other two lines being the Dress Code that comprises ladies' watches, and the Sporting Soul that features, well, watches with a sportier aesthetic. The Claude Bernard 83014 arguably is one of the more handsome models of the brand, as this particular version features a sleek, 42 millimeter wide stainless steel case, large, easily legible Arabic numerals, elegant pomme hands and a "guilloché" pattern in the center of the dial.
Cellini Jewelers: I think watch lovers in all cities are approximately the same with similar tastes and desires.
While we have yet to see the Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue watch in person, it looks fantastic in photos provided by Nomos. As well, the transformation of the Ahoi model with a rich blue dial (via the Atlantik model Nomos released earlier this year, after previewing at Basel) makes us think this will be something special. The spike of red indicating the base home time on the new Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue adds a bit of sporty visual interest as well.
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Kari Voutilainen: I have missed two watches. The first was 20 years ago when I was on a summer holiday. While on the trip, I found a beautiful marine chronometer, which I bought. A few days later, I accidentally went in to antique shop and they had a very rare tourbillon demonstration model from Glasshütte watchmaking school, dating from the early 1900s. So, I bought that one as well! Then the seller told there is one similar one in another shop, which I went to see.
Although the smart watch industry has a separate market than that of the mechanical watch enthusiasts, it should be interesting to see how far this technology will get in its quest to become as standard a device as a phone is. Being a mechanical watch lover, one thing that I am excited about with the smart watch development is the potential for unique or custom watch interfaces. Fine watches with unique time displays are incredible to look at, although they usually come at a price which is out of reach to most. Although nothing can beat a mechanical masterpiece, giving a smart watch a bit of character when displaying the time could be rather interesting. Not only would it give developers and designers the opportunity to make some incredible looking time displays, but we can expect with some time and determination these once artificial time displays could be brought to life in a mechanical watch.
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Robert Michelsen: Hell no, and I probably never will. There will only exist 200 Simplicities when he finishes them, and the buyers are carefully chosen by Mr. Dufour himself. And forget about second hand Simplicities, since the prices only go up on the after market. I will most likely never be able to afford that kind of luxury. So a Philippe Dufour watch is only a dream, but what a dream to have, huh?
While Chopard has put forth a commendable effort in designing this beautiful and mechanically interesting tribute to the Scheufele family, don't expect to see one in the wild. Chopard is producing just 50 pieces of the Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph, and the ,440 asking price, while certainly a massive sum of money, can be considered a good value among competition from Glashütte Original, A. Lange and Söhne, Vacheron Constantin – and even Patek. Competition aside, I think the Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph is one of Chopard's most attractive chronographs and we're excited to see what other watches could house the L.U.C 03.07-L movement in the future. chopard.com
In it, Oris has paid tribute to many of jazz’s greatest artists – from Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, and even avant-garde fusion guitarist John McLaughlin. However, to be honest, despite my passion for this music, I haven’t always desired to acquire one of these models for my own collection. For one, I’ve sometimes found them a bit too illustrative and literal, more like a piece of memorabilia than something one might actually want to wear. Oris’ Miles Davis Limited Edition from 2001, for example, features a silhouette of Miles playing trumpet on its caseback along with his stylized signature; the tank-style case and rather garish deco-style hour numerals on the dial didn’t seem too great a fit for most contemporary tastes, either.
I chose the Omega Seamaster 300 for Kenny because his analog tastes mirror my own; we value history, form-follows-function design, and our possessions are a true reflection of our tastes. As a man who prefers three pedals to two, and mechanical movements with analog displays to quart digital, I felt that Kenny would appreciate the heritage-inspired design of the Seamaster 300, a properly modernized version of the storied professional diver from Omega. In addition to its killer vintage looks, the Seamaster 300 features a number of contemporary design elements, including the ceramic outer bezel and the brilliant Co-Axial movement – features I believe would appeal to Kenny’s equal interest in modern technical gadgetry and horology.
The wearing experience of the MB&F HM6 watch is similar to that of the HM4 watch (hands-on here). Both of these timepieces have similar articulating lugs so that the watch wears more comfortable as it wraps around your wrist, and the strap designs are similar. I'd say, while the MB&F HM6 has the potential of looking strange on your wrist, it doesn't wear uncomfortably. Part of that is aided by the timepieces surprising lightness. It really does feel as though it should be heavier, but the light weight is certainly welcome.
While most of the dial variations of the Nomos Tetra feature playful executions of vibrant color, the “Tetra,” which technically could be called the “Tetra” model within the Nomos Tetra collection, uses the signature conservative Nomos color scheme, consisting of heat-blued hands, black indices, and a galvanized, white silver plated dial. It is also the one 29.5mm version of the Nomos Tetra that comes in both a steel back (,080) and a sapphire back (,320). When Nomos has shipped us stock watches of the model, they have arrived on the short shell cordovan strap. While the short strap will be the length of choice on models such as the Tangente and Orion for owner’s wrists that are between six and a half to seven inches, the Tetra’s shorter case makes the regular strap the length of choice for this size range.