It isn't still a new release, but it is still darn good. The Shabaka watch by Jean Dunand is a special style of watch that takes a bit from the world of art deco (look up artist Jean Dunand and you'll understand), and what feels like British mod artists in the early 1980s would have come up with if commissions to make a space ship (but a watch) designed by the ancient Egyptians. All that and a bag of tricks (the movement) as dreamed up and manufactured by Christophe Claret. The Egyptian theme is no accident either. The watch is intentionally done in this manner. The name "Shabaka" even refers to one of the Egyptian pharaohs who lived around 700 BC.
A lot of the appeal comes from the good looking case. It is 44mm wide, 54mm tall, and a massive 18.4mm thick! Awesome. The case is make out of two metals. Mixing steel or 18k rose gold with titanium. Each of the model styles looks good, and I believe there are a few more than are pictured. On the top is the marketing photo of the watch from Vulcain, and the rest of the watch shots are taken of the actual models by Ernie Romers over at WatchUSeek.com while he was at Basel. I like that the timepieces look good in reality as well as mere concept. The only non extreme feature of the watch is that it is not not an uber-rugged diver only having 100 meter of water resistance. That is probably OK though, because if you were to actually do diving with it - you could subject it to light depths and such with no problems. Last, the watch is matched to a cool looking rubber diver's strap or calf leather strap - both with matching folding deployments. As cool as this watch is, it will likely be pricey. Retail is probably over ,000. Plus it will only be limited to 150 pieces. Going to be a fascinating collectors watch and an overall nice diver from Swiss Vulcain.
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I really had no idea what to expect from the voting. All I did was write up a brand profile for each of the watch makers and allow the public to choose what they thought the top luxury watch brand was. In recent years, each of the brands had received accolades and awards for being top luxury brands. It would be interesting to see what my readers on Luxist.com where going to choose.
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While IWC is a great choice and a really spectacular Swiss watch brand, I can't say that I understand why it won. Then again, I wouldn't really be able to pinpoint why any of the brands would have won. Each is a fantastic choice in terms of quality and satisfying ownership. Rolex likely get's the win for being the most widely admired among people who don't know anything about watches.
By the way... don't forget to set your watches back on November 1st at 2am. Which is gonna be an extreme pain in the ass for me given all the watches I have. DST is worse than tax time...
One fact that makes the watch look so unique on your wrist (aside from the conspicuous looking globe) is the style of the case. It has no visible crown, and no lugs. This gives the watch a much cleaner look. The thick strap is attached directly to the case and the crown is integrated into the chapter ring. Looking on the dial you can see a hump over the mother-of-pearl chapter ring where the crown is situated. You'll have to access the rear of the watch to operate the crown. It is actually easier to use than it might sound. While looking at the rear of the watch you can get another map, engraved into the caseback beautifully. Nothing more fitting than that on the rear of the watch.
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Of course before that is all after figuring out whether or not an application is right for a company. Not only are you going to invest time and money into an application, but you need to consider what you want it to do for you as a watch maker. Before doing anything, a company needs to invest in media professional media (fancy images and videos of their products), and compiling standardized specifications for their products. No company just needs an iPhone app because "everyone else is doing so." For many people, the iPhone app might be the "face" of a company" - so brands need to evaluate whether they have what it takes to make this face look good enough.
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Project X ensures that the DLC coating process is done in a special way to ensure that all surfaces are even and the same color. I love how they got really tricky parts of the modifications right - proof of their years of experience that is required to make these dream Rolex watches a reality.Consider this and realize that a simple thing like making a watch all black with an ultra tough coating, and up to the standards people have with new Rolex watches... and you begin to get a lot more impressed with the result.
This is not even a list of their accomplishments and technologies, as this would be a very long list not suitable to this discussion. Seiko is part of a group of companies that includes Epson. There are actually a few companies that make up what the world knows as "Seiko" - and while the relationship is complex (maybe even by Japanese standards), I mention this to explain why some watches or Seiko products may have slightly different nomenclature. In America, Epson is a printer and scanner company (along with related items), but they are the proud part of the various Seiko watch facilities. Seiko right now has no real Japanese competitors. The closest one would be Citizen, but they don’t follow the same dedication to mechanical watches or watch movement technologies. For all the fine timepieces (and even luxury ones) that Citizen makes, Seiko is a different creature altogether.