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Common to many of the Campanola watches, this minute repeater also offers a full perpetual calendar and two alarm functions along with its minute repeater function. A minute repeater is watch with a chiming complication. Meaning that at various time intervals, the watch will chime. The Citizen Campanolas are quite adept at this, and use the chiming function for a variety of purposes. These include, telling the time without looking at the watch or indicating specific times of the day or hour. The chiming sound is really a pleasure to hear, and is worlds beyond the beeps you might be used to hearing coming from a watch. I recall the smile which appear on my face the first time I heard my Citizen Campanola sound its little bells.
The gift giving season is upon us, and at least for myself, the biggest issue is always, "what should I get ____?!" Of course, the commercialized nature of the season imbibes us with the notion that our paramount motivation for the next few monthsis ardently selecting those gifts that, "they will remember/will mean something to them/will make them think fondly of me forever." Often times this task requires far more dedication and thought than is possible for busy people such as ourselves.
It is easy to blame watch makers for this lack of watch review material, but understand where most of them are coming from. Other than a handful of mega watch makers, watch firms are usually smaller more old-fashioned businesses. They have no direct sales, and rely almost exclusively on dealers to move watch product. So perhaps it is the dealers and stores to blame? They have limited advertising, and often limited stock. Without direct instructions from the watch manufactures, they probably don't have the time, or don't see the point in handing out their expensive and limited inventory to people for review.
Affiliate marketing, in a nut shell, is when an site that sells a product pays a site that draws a customer to the product seller's site. The two entities here are the advertiser (has product to sell), and the publisher (drives traffic). An enormous trend these days, is recommendation-based affiliate marketing. Essentially, when a publisher promotes a product or service by writing an article about it and referring it. This natural-looking marketing seems to work wonders with consumers looking for product reviews.
These two watches together are being offered starting at over k. Which yes, Is a lot of money, but considering that is less than a quarter of what they would if purchased together from a retailer, it is a great deal. Coming together in a dual display box, you have watches that can be worn for any occasion. My personal preference would be to switch the bands, as I love the black on all gold look, and the brown alligator strap looks very nice complimented with the shimmering arctic blue.
Symmetry is an area where most watches fail. This is not to suggest that watches all need perfect radial symmetry. Not at all, more important is that there is a proper balancing of where lines and features are placed. Often times it is this balance which acts in concert to off-symmetrical themes which takes a watch from being pleasing to non-pleasing. The Edox Classe Royale plays with radial symmetry very well allowing for the successful implementation of a sun burst on a square surface, well done.
I am impressed that despite it being a 1000 meter diver, the watch still has a sapphire window for viewing the movement on the rear of the case. Typically, you'll need to completely seal up a watch for that level of water resistant. I'd love to see just how thick the rear crystal is (I think it is between 3-5mm thick). Size is good at 43mm, which to me is the prefect size for an everyday watch. Maybe 44mm, but it depends on the watch.
Don't expect much to change with the Speedmaster, companies tend not to mess with a proven formula. Years of Speedmaster watches don't signify an evolution, but rather minor revisions from time to time along with technological improvements. The history is fascinating, and itself is telling of the progress made by the watch making industry. What is my pick? I like the modern approach to the time-test classic. The thinnest white hands on the minimalist functional face with, with conveniences such as automatic movements, sapphire crystals and high quality comfortable bracelets. That will do nicely for me.
Now here is the odd part. The whole idea of a "spy" watch is to be stealthy. James Bond's toys were so cool because they were disguised. Otherwise the villains would have just stripped them off him each time he got caught. The Veldini Q watch doesn't exactly hide the fact of what it is. Rather it embraces it. If I were a villain, it would be the first thing I look out for. So while the watch will function as a cool wearable pocket knife, it isn't exactly going to blend in too much. And honestly, where is my friggin' laser cutter? I don't care if I have to attach the watch to a car battery that I wear on my back, I want my spy watch to shoot laser beams!
This however is a wonderful opportunity for a novice company to step in and change the ETA has run the watch manufacturing ecosystem. We might see new complications, lower prices, and one can only wait and see as to what the quality will be. Until 2010, I am not going to hold my breath. Most watch consumers will not even likely realize the transition.
Overall I have a deep appreciation for NauticFish, Enza Mechana, and Tiffany & Co. watches, although in my humble opinion, I don't think these companies collaborated in this effort. The time frames just don't add up, and the watches have enough differences to make the relationship unlikely. Besides, you'd think that at least NauticFish or Enzo Mechana would have press releases reminding its customers of the relationship. Regardless, I could be proven wrong. This unlabeled watch remains a tantalizing piece of Tiffany & Co. history that shows the watch maker knows how to beguile its fans. Or it is simply fan work well done. I like this watch a lot. With a bit of cleaning and a polish, you'll get a very solid piece to any rounded collection.
Xemex watches are a good value and constructed well. The company offers automatic and quartz models, both with the same high level of quality and finish. Metals used are impressive, and detailing is crisp. Having a Xemex watch myself, I can easily attest to this, and would happy to own such an interesting model as the Xemex "Quarter" Avenue 2805.04. Prices range from 00 - $ 2,500 depending on configuration and where you purchase them.
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Many higher end skeletonized watches have what are called "decorated" movements. Meaning exposed areas are machined with patterns and polished to enhance the look. Piaget takes a different direction and uses a radial burst of lines flowing not from the center of the watch, but the seconds hand which is placed in the upper left corner of the dial. This clever approach to dressing up the movement adds a sense of flow, but does not distract from simple nature of the design.
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In response to the confused looking (but nice) watch, Seiko has added a few models to the Velatura line, but did something interesting. Not all of them have a Kinetic Direct Drive movement. In back the diver watch shown here has a traditional automatic made by Seiko. The movement (Seiko 8R28 automatic) in the new Seiko SRQ001J, could most easily be compared to an ETA Valjoux 7750, in terms of functions. Oddly enough, this new automatic is only rated at 100m water resistance, while the two quartz models are rated at 200m resistance. Don't asky why, but 100m resistance is not considered a true divers watch, which 200m will cut it, and 300m is the standard. Take my word for it. The cost of the Velatura diver automatic will retail for about 2,500 Euros. This is serious watch territory, but other Velatura watches are still in the sub ,000 dollar range.
The newest addition to the Piaget watch line family is the Piaget Altiplano Petit Seconds. That is a fancy way for saying that it is a three-handed watch with a small subsidiary seconds dials asymmetrically placed in the top left-hand corner, which is really the major appeal of this watch. Traditionally, Piaget watches have focused on detail orientated minimalist watches, with a high degree of symmetry using high quality materials. Look at most Piaget watches and you will discover platinum, gold, or white gold watches that are very easy on the eye with a distinct symmetrical appeal. Stepping away from this tradition, the Altiplano Petit Seconds throws an extra point of focus on the watch. Not just a mere sub-dial either, this seconds dial has a half circle adjoining the full circle. The effect is appealing, but it is unclear why. There is a degree of three-dimensionality that is created, as well as another semi-circle that add to the overall theme. Another effect is for the semi-circle to help "anchor" the subsidiary dial without it looking too misplaced on the face. Not being enough of a designer, the best comment I can make is that the placement is well-done and fitting of the Piaget name.
Lately they have been taking avant-garde and bold looks to a new level with their very massive watches. You really either love them or hate them but you have to admit they make a strong presence. Because Invicta watches are sold in many stores, I recommend taking a look at them to see what I am talking about. The good thing, is that for even the most casual of collector, they are cheap enough so that you can buy one that suits you or catches you eye, from time to time, and not feel guilty about wearing them only rarely.
You'll probably notice at some point or another that many of your watch searches on eBay come up with little results. You'll hear about a great small watch maker based out of Germany or Switzerland, go to eBay or the forums to see what you can find, and nothing! Are people not selling these watches? Are they so rare? No, the simple answer is that very few make it to the US.