Omega Speedmaster Day-Date Mk40

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Rolex Day-Date 40 Watches & The New Rolex 3255 Movement Hands-On

Rolex Day-Date 40 Watches & The New Rolex 3255 Movement Hands-On

Standing high and wide in a lot of titanium, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph ref. DC3036C-SA-BK watch looks intimidating as you take it out of the box. While it is a traditional Swiss watch through and through, the modern design elements and busy dial don't lend themselves to a comforting, familiar feel as you place the heavy (for a titanium watch), highly functional sports watch on your wrist. Ball watches are not known for their demure presence or restrained style, with an emphasis on marrying the historic once American brand into the modern age of the luxury sports watch. I am a known fan of Ball watches, but what was it going to be like to wear around this 45mm wide, 18.3mm thick mega-timepiece that contains features I'll likely never have an opportunity to use? Let's find out.

One of Seiko's more quiet new watch collections announced for 2014 was the Recraft range, which is all about re-imagining classic Seiko timepieces for today's watch lovers. Some of the Seiko Recraft watches are inspired by models that go back to the 1970s, but I wouldn't necessarily call Seiko Recraft watches to be retro-revival. More, they are a way of revisiting classic Seiko models in a modern light. Even though there are mechanical Seiko Recraft watches, the most illustrious of the pieces are these two Seiko Recraft Kinetic watches (ref. SKA651 and SKA659). Each uses a Seiko Kinetic movement and is mostly closely aligned with the 1990s' Seiko Artura Kinetic watch models.

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This goes along with what I have predicted are a series of "wow" moments that consumers will experience in various ways as they understand how a smartwatch can have a valued place in their already technologically crowded lives. The question MMT is trying to answer is how the traditional watch industry will react to timepieces no longer being about only tradition, luxury, and style, but also (once again), functionality.

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The watch you see here is the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50. SG50 because it was specially created to celebrate the 50th year of Singapore’s independence. However, before we go into more details on that, allow a few words on the history of the brand itself. The history of Ball is linked closely to the history of the American railroad network. As the American railroad network grew, it soon became clear that proper timekeeping was required for the system to run smoothly. The turning point came in 1891 where two trains collided at Kipton, Ohio, between Lake Shore and Michigan Southern because an engineer’s watch had stopped. The railroad officials then commissioned Webb C. Ball as the Chief Time Inspector, and he was charged with the daunting task of establishing standards and an inspection system for chronometers that would be used to manage America’s railway systems. This also marked the birth of Ball watches.

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So what is it that you may be missing out on? When compared to what may be its direct in-house alternative, also in steel and priced at ,150, the Rolex Datejust II (reference 116300) will of course offer the date function with a cyclops on the crystal, and notably, add another 2 millimeters in diameter, coming in at 41mm. Furthermore, the bracelet on the Rolex Datejust II has polished center links as opposed to the all-brushed on the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, and for the premium in price, you also get Rolex's Easylink 5mm comfort extension set into the folding clasp, while the Rolex Oyster Perpetual does not have this feature.

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Rolex Submariner 114060 (left) compared to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm 114300
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I'm too young to have lived through the quartz revolution. I was born in the middle of the eighties, two years after the foundation of Swatch. Back then, it was too early and too precarious to predict the startling renaissance of mechanical watchmaking, but it happened because the world wanted it to. As watch aficionados, we now live in blessed times. The output of major maisons is evermore complex, and the diversity of low-priced indie companies never more bountiful. And although the electronic invaders might well corner a certain segment of the market, they can't steal the heart of watchmaking. And if you're lucky enough to own a Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon With Gold Bridges, you'll be reminded what that sounds like every time the chime goes off.

Along side the new Oyster Perpetual watches (linked to above), the new Ref. 116655 and 268655 Yacht-Master Everose Gold Ceramic watches also generated a lot of buzz and are easily now two of the most eagerly anticipated watches of 2015. Available in 40mm and 37mm case sizes, these new Rolex Yacht-Master watches have black Cerachrom bezels and, most importantly, Rolex’s new rubber strap called Oysterflex, which, unlike other rubber straps, features a metal blade within for extra security and wearing comfort. This is the first time Rolex is offering their watches with rubber straps.

That last statement has an important implication - which is that the new Oysterflex strap (which Rolex calls a bracelet) only fits on these new 2015 Rolex Yacht-Master watch cases. Rolex is pretty notorious for making it difficult to "part swap" pieces from one Rolex watch to another, and unfortunately, you will not be able to purchase the Oysterflex strap independently.

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I prefer F.P. Journe watches where the time is indicated in the center of the dial, as opposed to an off-centered indicator. So I am additionally happy that the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel was designed with the time in the center. The windows for the calendar indicators are logical and easy to see, but also symmetrical. All of this together makes the dial both attractive and useful. And on top of all that, the watch dial is still unique and interesting. The internal bezel plate that is screwed on the dial creates a distinctive look and separates the inner dial from the outer dial that has the hour indicators.

If you prefer your straps to be a single tone, but still want some flash to what is on your wrist, then the Da Luca Straps Timbuctoo (5may be more to your liking. This has a sort of a leafy tattoo pattern embossed on to the leather. As the strap remains a single color, this allows the pattern to be a bit more subtle, unless the light is hitting it at an angle.

The Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph isn't new to white ceramic, actually, but hopefully, the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon will do better than the last one. In 2012, Omega debuted a white version of the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph watch (hands-on here) that I understand was never commercially released. I really like that model, but agree that the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon that matches the white ceramic dial and bezel insert with a fully white zirconium oxide case does it even better. It is entirely possible that in 2012 the world simply wasn't ready yet for a white Speedmaster. My understanding is that, since then, it has finally become cool to wear white men's sports watches (which I've personally been saying is cool for over five years now - so, pat on the back, Ariel).

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The truth is, a mechanical watch will never be able to house as much functionality as a pure smart watch. So should we even bother with these half-way houses? One option would be for haute horlogerie to go in the other direction entirely and consolidate the ways of old, to reject everything non-mechanical (even quartz), to batten down the hatches and prepare for war. But is it a war the traditional wristwatch can win if it eschews modernity? Let's just say I'm not rushing out to buy confetti and streamers...

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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition Watch

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition Watch
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My biggest worry about the Montblanc e-Strap was that it was going to be too large. It is a legitimate concern to believe that some item attached to the bottom of your watch might feel like an unwelcome tumor. In fact, the clever design of the Montblanc e-Strap in terms of its dimensions as well as how it attaches to the strap make it not feel nearly as thick or "extra-on-the-wrist" as it might appear in images at first. I further found wearing it on the specially made watch strap to be rather comfortable. The actual dimensions of the steel Montblanc e-Strap are 40mm long by 14.2mm wide and just 9mm thick.

Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta 'Les Voiles De St. Barth' 2015 Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On Richard Mille RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta 'Les Voiles De St. Barth' 2015 Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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To ensure 30m of water resistance and to protect the time display from accidental change, the pushers for the travel time feature a patent-pending locking pusher design that only requires a light quarter turn of the pusher cap to lock the pusher in place. In hand, this feature feels and works beautifully, and it's an elegant solution that is much more user friendly than a traditional screw-down pusher (especially given that the pushers are on the left side of the case).

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Oris 110 Years Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

Oris 110 Years Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
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And despite the large modern sizing and finish, the case design, with its stepped bezel and lyre lugs, is actually more reminiscent of classic dress watches. The lyre lugs also make the watch deceptively comfortable to wear and more versatile, despite its large size. That said, it has good wrist presence, but it definitely wears a little smaller than most watches of its size. So if you typically shun 45mm watches because you find them too large, give the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 or the Ball Fireman Night Train DLC a go - you might be surprised.

In the 1960s, the Museum Dial became very popular as both wall clocks and table clocks. Production was done by Herman Miller - the popular furniture maker. I am not entirely sure of the business arrangement which led to the clocks being sold and distributed by Herman Miller. In the advertisement above, you can see that the Herman Miller clock indicates a few interesting things. First, that at the time, the design of the clock was considered strange - yet agreeably beautiful. That is clear from the "Odd Ball" statement. Second, that in their advertisements Herman Miller acknowledged both Nathan George Horwitt as well as the "design collection" of the MoMA. I think the issue is salient, given the fact that at this same time during the 1960s, records seem to indicate that Movado continued to produce wrist watch versions of the Museum Dial.

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