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BALL TRAINMASTER 25 JEWELS 12 HOUR DIAL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BOX
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Each watch is a little bit different in size and from about 40-41mm wide in 18k white gold. Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic movement with the time being displayed on the disc through the window. As you can imagine, each watch done with this level of effort (how long do you think it takes the artist to paint each dial? A long time) is exhausting, so the collection is limited in production, though I am not aware of exactly how many pieces. One of the things that I like about this collection from Angular Momentum is that only a few people in the world are not only going to have this type of watch, but are going to be interested in this type of watch. Eventually watches such as this are going to be in museums for future generations to speculate about. They will wonder about the types of people that purchased timepiece like that, and the social circles that they were worn in. Prices for the watches is likely to be around ,000 each.
For me, this collaboration with watch maker Alain Silberstein is very impressive. I don't know whose idea it was, Max's or Alain's but the result is said to have quite shocked Mr. Busser. What Alain did is take a watch, make some arguably minor changes, and totally alter the look of the timepiece. His inspiration was vintage box style cameras from the 1940s, and you can see the connection in the design. Only the little colors triangle, square, and circle indicate his hallmark touch. Well those and the smiling moon phase indicator (styled after art nouveau characters. This "Little Nemo") .
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This is the ugliest watch case I think I have personally ever seen. What is so ironic is that the watch movement and dial itself are just fine, and totally mismatched with the watch case. This timepiece gets a "Fraggle Rock's Finest Award" for most cartoon rock formation style watch ever. What was Andre Checa thinking when he designed this watch? He was likely watching episodes of old Jim Henson Muppet television shows or movies. I get the watch, I just don't like it. This is another "home run" design from the radical French artist.You might remember the first quizzical creation of his that I discussed here (that he made as a piece unique for Romain Jerome).
A great way to get a good deal on a nice watch is to check out a "watch deal of the day" site. These sites have special prices on watches that last for 24 hours. Each day there is a new deal. If you are an avid follower of these sales, it can be a problem as there are so many to look at. Plus, there are some you don't even know about. I recently learned about WatchDODdy.com. It aggregates many (maybe all) of the watch deal of the deal sites together in one easy place. I think it is a great idea. Frankly, I appreciate it, but don't know what WatchDODdy.com gets out of it. They must have some super special plan. Or alternatively, they are watch lovers themselves who wanted to share their little creation.
Like most Chinese watch makers, Longio started out as an OEM watch maker (and still is one). This means that they are an "original equipment manufacturer" for other watch brands. Essentially, they make all or part of the watch, while someone else puts their name on it. Longio eventually decided that they want to put their own name on watch. One thing that is most striking about Longio watches is that they are original. The Chinese are known for copying things that others have made. The design of this watch is totally original though. We begin to see character and design that is innately regional to Hong Kong and the surrounding areas. It took Japan a long time before the watches they made had a Japanese character to them. China however is able to learn these lessons observing them from afar, and are already making watches that suit them, not just others.
So what is new for the RGM 300 watch? The mother of pearl dials of course. Two will be available including a standard white toned mother of pearl dial, and a black Tahitian mother of pearl dial. Both are impossible to photograph with any real appreciation for the colors, but this will no doubt be a good look. This isn't the first time mother of pearl has been applied to a diver's watch. The Hawaiian watch brand Bathys is well-known for doing this. I think that the RGM 300 with this dial is certainly interesting because as a functionally inspired timepiece it utilizes mother of pearl as a tasteful decorative element.
The Split Rock collection watches are pretty cool and feature as 12 hour chronograph complication all put into one three hand subsidiary dial. Pretty cool right? The pushers are located on the right and left side of the case in a unique fashion. I like how it looks, and it appears pretty easy to use, just don't mistake it for another watch face. The watch itself uses skeletonized orange-red hands and a subsidiary seconds hand at the top. The watch isn't exactly the epitome of easy to read, but this is for style, and you can make out the time. Plus, the orange stitching on the black crocodile strap is always a chic sporty touch.
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