JS Watch Co. is Iceland's premier watch maker based out of Reykjavik. Though I can't say for sure if they are Iceland's only watch maker. As small brands go, they have done some nice things and their latest offering is a special product for them. It really takes the Icelandic heritage to a new level, combining a range of design features and cultural elements. This is the JS Watch Frisland God Special Edition timepiece.
The case here is seen in both DLC black and mostly polished steel with some DLC black components. The strap is rubber and the watch is more comfortable than ever. Even the Tread 1 was surprisingly nice ergonomic given its size. However, the Tread 2 is more universally attractive and feels more cohesive given the compact design. While it doesn't have that wrap-around crystal that the Tread 1 has, the Devon Tread 2 still offers a neat view into the movement where you can see the little one-step motors in action. There is also some water resistance now. Not much at 10 meters, but you can safely wash your hands with it.
On Saturday, April 28, the public will be treated to images of the state-of-the art watches that will be coming to America for the first time from Baselworld in Switzerland in the Gallery of Watches tent. Experts will be in the stores to show the most advanced timepieces and give talks and demonstrations on the newest technology and the Art of Watchmaking. Watch enthusiasts can also find out more about Watch Week festivities and register for invitations to boutique receptions during Watch Week.
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The original Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde watch was named as such because the seconds dial was placed in the larger part of the figure 8 style stacked dials. That is why it was called the "big seconds," because that dial was larger than the dial for the hour and minutes. In this case, to insert the tourbillon (which doubles as the seconds indicator), they used the smaller dial for the seconds. The watch is still called "Grande Seconde," but no longer is. Jaquet Droz could have produced a larger diameter tourbillon for the lower dial, or just changed the name of the watch. They didn't do either, but the second option would have made more sense in my opinion.
Will it be commercially produced? If anything about Citizen’s recent history is a clue then likely yes. It would not be too surprising if Citizen released the Eco-Drive Nova as a limited edition concept watch available only in a few markets. Even if you can’t buy one, it is worth checking out just what the Eco-Drive Nova watch looks like in action – and how far Citizen can take their Eco-Drive technology.
While Baume & Mercier continues its modern quest for an image and direction, they are still at least producing good quality relatively affordable Swiss watches. The Capeland collection is in the ,000 range, which while not actually cheap, is still a number that the brand's target demographic is more than comfortable with. More details on the Capeland here @ Baume & Mercier.
Inside the watch looks to be a base Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 movement. Bremont seems to use a special module that turns the subsidiary seconds and date indicators into retrograde hands. The result is a wonderfully symmetrical and balanced dial that feels fresh and new despite the intentionally "old" looking dial design. The retrograde seconds dial jumps back to its original position after each 30 seconds (as opposed to after each 60 seconds). I really like the decorative effects in the retrograde dials.
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Water resistance: Water-resistant to 200 ATM, 2000 metres.
Get ready for some offline watch love. Real Life Horology (RLH) is an event series that aBlogtoRead.com will facilitate dedicated to bringing you together with watch makers and other watch lovers. The idea is simple: sign up (below) as a Real Life Horology member and when an event in your area is planned, you'll be notified and invited. All events will be RSVP only, and anyone can join.
The watch itself is of course as interesting as the story behind the brand and the experiment. C3H5N3O9 even calls their watches "Experiments." Right now there will be just one model in two versions. If successful there may be more. It is impossible to tell. The watches are called the Experiment ZR012 and RG012. They are the same watch but with a zirconium or 18k red gold case. Design wise you see equal influence from the worlds of MB&F and Urwerk. Busser shared a telling anecdote about this and the involvement of egos in brands which in many ways do portray someone's soul. He remarked that when he saw the final designs he smirked and thought to himself "great, I have just designed an Urwerk." Nearby at Urwerk, Felix had a similar thought by thinking "great, I just designed an MB&F." For me the Experiment ZR102 takes the case concept of a MB&F HM4 and matches it with the movement concept of an Urwerk. In all it looks like a steampunk vacuum cleaner mixed with the Urwerk watch movement "that never was."
Unbeknownst to himself, Flavor Flav is a frequent topic of discussion and reference point in the watch lover community. His large, neck-worn timepieces offer a fantastic comparison point when attempting to phrase, in real-world terms, the hyperbolistic size of a large wrist watch. Without this cultural icon, watch lovers everywhere would be ill-equipped to comment on their love or disdain for wristwatch sizes. It was a blessing to have met this man in person, and it has allowed me to cross off a huge neck-worn-sized check off my life's bucket list.
These go along with the three case materials, which are 18k rose gold, platinum (with the black dial), and steel (with the silver dial). For some reason, Dent calls two of the watches the Dent Ministry Chronograph, but the steel version is the Dent Ministry Evolution. Not sure why that is as the pieces are the same save for the case material. Inside the watches is a modified Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph than Dent refers to as their caliber 301.
Placed sort of in the middle (price-wise) among their collection, the Orbita Avanti 4 Vertical watch winder is a fine unit that will provide reliable winding service for four automatic watches in a relatively compact space and attractive package. For whatever reason, I find myself using it much more than other units that have doors and other obstructions to the watches. For me, it really comes down to convenience. I want a simple unit that I can place in and remove my watch with ease - I think Orbita does that pretty well in units such as this. Price for the Orbita Avanti 4 Vertical watch winder is ,995.
Functions and displays:
Central hour and minute display
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and central sweep seconds hand
Date window at 3 o’clock
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The first limited edition Colosimo The Spike watch winder is inspired by Louboutin spike high heels (and other shoes). The black leather housing is lined with steel spikes - just like the shoes. Matching the red under-surface of the shoes, Colosimo The Spike also has a red base color. My only question is, "how do you safely lift it?"
The dial is nicely proportioned and features appropriately sized hands and markers, which should prove to be legible in a variety of conditions. The subdial at three (a 30 minute totalizer) and nine (a 12 hour totalizator) oddly remind me of the gauges seen in old Ford Mustangs and I really like the long hands and almost Bauhaus font used for the numbering. While this is a more modern style than the Tribute version of the Deep Sea, it is still a classic and rather reserved interpretation of the dive chronograph, especially for JLC. I suppose Jaeger-LeCoultre contrasts designs like the Deep Sea Chronograph with the more raucous and complex styling seen in parts of the AMVOX and Master Compressor lines (illustrated below).
Detailing is not exactly ultra impressive. Gevril uses the term precision several times to discuss the screws in the bezel and caseback. Is that really necessary? I had a really close look at the dial and noticed little things that didn't look amazing or pieces that didn't exactly match up. Perhaps I expect a lot, but when it comes to watch dials most of us expect extreme precision and detail perfection. The case is water resistant to 100 meters and it does have a sapphire crystal.
The new for 2012 Breguet Heritage Phases de Lune Retrograde 8860 watch is for women (in case you didn't notice). I like the woven leather strap and overall simple yet refined theme of the watch. It is also a rare "casual" ladies piece in the Breguet collection that doesn't need to be worn with an evening gown. I won't discuss it more here, but simply wanted to share the hands-on pictures of the Breguet watch. You can read more about the Breuget Heritage Phases de Lune Retrograde 8860 timepiece via my article on Centurion here.
A few websites online seem to disagree as to the movement used in this watch. Gevril however makes it clear that the Corsaro uses the Technosablier SEDD3C6912 caliber. The what? I have never even heard of movement maker Technosablier up to this point. Google their name and visit their website. You'll get a laugh. They claim the movements are Swiss made but I would put money against it. My feelings are that all Technosablier movements are made in China - with perhaps some final assembly in Switzerland (and that is giving them the benefit of the doubt). While the layout does remind you of the popular Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750, the movement itself looks like some other Chinese movements I have seen. I have no idea what the quality of these movements are - but I can say that it won't be as good at the 7750 or its Sellita clone the SW500.