Thus far, the independent Dutch watch brand of Grönefeld had two distinctly different watches in their portfolio: their debut piece from 2008, which is a highly complicated and rather crazy-looking minute repeater tourbillon, and the One Hertz from 2010, which thanks to its unique design dead-beat seconds hand procured the attention of watch enthusiasts. But that was four years ago, and so it was just about time that they showed us a new piece, something that illustrated what direction the brand has been taking. The answer to that question was revealed at Baselworld 2014 in the form of the Parallax Tourbillon, a novelty that carries on some trademark Grönefeld design cues and introduces us the Grönefeld brothers' idea of the perfect tourbillon.
Android Wear, which Kairos hopes to include, isn't some very small OS borrowing the Android name, it's Google's project based on the same software development kit. Android Wear, like Google Now on Android and iOS, is intended to provide "information that moves with you." It offers the wearer some of the same kinds of suggestions based on time, location, and habits. Just like Google Now, when you drive somewhere consistently every morning, it will start to offer traffic and routing information before you leave the house, and ask, "is this your work?" If you're riding on public transportation, it will tell you how many more stops until your destination. Also expect to be able to answer phone calls, start navigation, and read and reply to emails. Android Wear appears to have functionality similar to Google Glass.
On the rear of the case is an engraving similar to that on the other Pilot Montre d'Aeronef watches but a little bit different given the theme. The plane on the back is actually the Wright Flyer, taken from a famous photograph. This element makes it pretty cool in my opinion. In a sense the theme of this 1903 edition version of the Pilot GMT is quite subdued. Zenith makes reference to the Wright brothers in their marketing material, but the watch is more silent on the topic. There is the engraving of the Wright Flyer, and enthusiasts will no doubt recognize the picture, but there is no text at all on the watch signifying the importance of the 1903 date or mentioning the Wright brothers. The Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 ref. 96.2431.693/ 21.C740 watch is however limited to 1,903 pieces.
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch." In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after. Today, we're speaking with Eric Loth, the founder of Graham SA, about the grails that elude him to this day.
While the Orion can be had with a handful of dial colours, we'll stick to the 38mm version which can be had in grey with rhodium plated hands and markers (called the Orion 38 Grau), a silver dial with rhodium plated hands and markers with a date (the Orion Datum Weiss), or the silver dial with gold markers and blued steel hands as seen here (with or without a date). For me, the Orion 38 reference 384 is the one to have. The gold markers are visually quite interesting and I love the blued steel hands and the incredible contrast they provide for legibility of the time display.
The Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon breaks a different type of record being the world's thinnest watch that combines automatic winding, a tourbillon, and a minute repeater. The case is just 7.9mm thick, and none of its main features operate in a traditional manner. That means Jaeger-LeCoultre didn't just cram existing elements into a smaller movement and case size. Rather, they re-imagined and re-engineered the elements for this particular purpose.
The United States is for the most part an Omega Speedmaster and Seamaster market. Having said that, if what Omega says is true, they sell far more De Ville and Constellation models in the East. Thus, while these dressier models aren't a major part of the Omega image to the West, it is dress-style watches and not sport watches that make up the majority of Omega watch sales overall. With that in mind, I went on to review two different Omega Constellation men's watches.
Omega fully understood that a black ceramic version of the Speedmaster, to be successful, would need to stay true to the Speedmaster in all other respects. What the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon offers is an unadulterated Speedmaster experience in a new material - and in my opinion that is the key to this model's popularity.
Just a few more days to enter for a chance to win a trip with Maurice Lacroix and aBlogtoWatch to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Texas on June 6-7th, 2014. This quick mid-month giveaway is eligible for US residents only. Enter here by May 15th for a chance to come along.
Introducing The Modillian Bluetooth Smart Watch Strap Buckle
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Introducing The Modillian Bluetooth Smart Watch Strap Buckle
For 2013, MB&F announces this new limited edition version of the Horological Machine No 5 (HM5) watch in 18k red gold. aBlogtoWatch reviewed the MB&F HM5 watch here when it first became available in 2012. This fifth edition of the Horological Machine legacy is inspired by driving watches (and cars) from mostly the 1970s. The wedge-shaped case displays the time on the side, visible through a sapphire crystal prism that magnifies the hour and minute indicator discs for increased legibility. Originally in all zirconium (similar to titanium) this new HM5 RT version comes in a case using parts made from 18k red gold as well as titanium.
We are used to the fact that many new Romain Jerome watches are approached with a lot of emotion, given their typically controversial designs and unorthodox character. That, however, wasn't the case when we debuted the Romain Jerome Skylab watch at the end of 2013. Don't get me wrong, it just wouldn't be a Romain Jerome if everyone liked it, but people felt pretty positive about the Skylab. So after some hands-on time with the collection, let's see what the new skeletonized Romain Jerome Skylab timepieces are all about.
I think the high-end watch lover wants a brand like Shinola to do what Fossil was never able to do. That is to inspire more Americans to get into watches again, or for the first time. Shinola has an attractive and distinctive look which I think the mainstream can really rally behind. Being quartz-based hurts the brands rapport with watch snobs, but in a sense so does the price. There is nothing wrong with a quartz watch, but when they are priced like some mechanical watches then it is possible to take issue.
Sponsoring: Player Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently plays on the Real Madrid Spanish team and will be the Captain of the Portuguese team for the 2014 World Cup. He is an official TAG Heuer brand ambassador.
Exclusive Arnold & Son mechanical movement, self-winding, 32 jewels, diameter 38 mm, thickness 7.39 mm, power reserve 50 h, 28,800 vibrations/h
An evolution versus a revolution is welcome for what is one of the most attractive collection of men's race-themed timepieces in the industry. Chopard has a great number of watches in their Classic Racing collection that evolved from the Mille Miglia line, and the Monaco Historique pieces tend to get very special attention. For 2014, the changes begin with the case that increases about 2mm in size to 44.5mm wide. We've always been happy with the roughly 42.5mm wide size of the previous generation models, but are not complaining about the new larger size. To help maintain a similar fit, the lugs are a bit more stubby and neatly designed on the 2014 models. Like the 2012 pieces, the case will be in titanium along with the pushers and crown.
From what I've been able to ascertain, the bracelet continues on with the same focus on comfort, courtesy the articulating lugs. I personally like how it seems to carry on both the brushed finishes, as well as the bevels, that we see in the top bezel (and, for that matter, the indices on the dial as well).
There are certain things one simply doesn't do with valuable watches. Some of those things include underwater diving with a minute repeater and taking apart and modifying a limited edition early A. Lange & Sohne Tourbillon. However, if you must do the latter, it might as well be done tastefully, and by a fellow German company - which is precisely the situation with the one-of-a-kind Blue Merit watch by Grieb & Benzinger.
I will be honest in saying that Maurice Lacroix has made me like features in the Pontos S Diver that I don't tend to like in other watches. Examples include inner rotating bezels, cases with two crowns on the same side, red colored minute hands, and oodles of NATO straps everywhere. Each of these are part of the design, but they are done in a way that makes me not just tolerate them, but appreciate them. Let's discuss the bezel first. Dive watches have rotating timing bezels that are usually operated from the outside. Some have inner bezels that use a crown to turn. I tend to not love the look of these (just a personal choice), but here, the inner bezel works very well. First of all, when looking at the dial it doesn't scream "there is a highly contrasting rotating part in here." The bezel could just as easily remain stationary and look very nice. Second, the system to operate the inner bezel uses a special crown that requires a short press inwards to unlock it and then it can be turned. Often these require unscrewing the crown, which I find annoying. Last, the crown for the bezel is placed in such a way so as to be at the 2 o'clock position while the main crown is still at 3 o'clock. Sometimes watchmakers place the main crown lower at like 4 o'clock in order to be symmetrical. I get why they do it but I've just never liked how that looks. For me, the crown layout on the Pontos S Diver is ideal when having two crowns.
Say hello to Breguet's newest Classique Chronograph, an update on a classic... with a twist. The new ref. 5287 is built on a solid and historic movement. Something about the watch got me thinking... So pardon our little tangent. OK, so there are two very contradictory types of feedback that we get on aBlogtoWatch. Well, I lied. We get many different types of feedback but I am about to refer two in particular. Some people fault us for covering so much "weird" stuff they don't want to buy. Other people praise us for covering such a variety of watches in terms of design as well as price point. No, you can't make everyone happy, but this type of feedback does make me stop and ponder people's sentiments a bit.
Another reason is the effect of gravity, hence the development of the tourbillon and gyro tourbillon. If a watch rests on its side the effect of gravity will pull the hairspring down more on one side and effect the timekeeping rate. This will happen also when the watch is laid flat, but across the hairspring as a whole and the effects on timekeeping are evened out.
The initial collection of Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk watches were difficult to wear if you had smaller or even medium-sized wrists. This was because in addition to the large lug structures, the strap jutted outwards more than it did downwards. By clicking on the article above you can see how the original "new" Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk watches looked on the wrist. I am really happy to say that Girard-Perregaux has redesigned both the strap (and now bracelet) such that the new "Hawk" watches are infinitely better to wear.
All of this masterful artistry is built atop the already supremely impressive Lange I Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar module (calibre L082.1), which features displays of time, day, month, leap year, and moon phase. All functions advance simultaneously, as the tourbillon movement features Lange’s proprietary stop seconds mechanism. Naturally, the entire piece is cased in platinum.
In future years we have many more ideas we will hopefully try to implement, but we and Couture are excited to bring you news, views, and fun from the show, Couture 2014. To follow along, stick around here at aBlogtoWatch, and of course be a part of our social media coverage on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Don't forget to comment on or follow #Couture2014.
I thought it would be interesting to display both versions of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon side-by-side. This includes that standard version that here is the ref. 89000/000R-9655 as well as the 14-Day Tourbillon Openworked ref. 89010/000P-9935 that is new for 2014. While essentially the same watch, the Openworked version has no traditional dial and a highly skeletonized movement. While the case and movement are the same, the two timepieces have very different personalities (and prices).