Frequency: 2.5 Hz, 18’000 vibrations per hour
There is something comical about just how busy Fortis made this B-47 Calculator watch. Even the name is silly. When you hear the term "calculator watch" you immediately think of something digital quartz, and Japanese. I've had calculator watches when I was a kid. I loved those. I wouldn't wear them today as I am a grown up, and I don't know if I would wear this comically designed watch either. With enough stuff going on to make a weak-minded person tremble. "I just wanted to know what time it was.
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Price isn't too bad, and you can order them online. The sandblasted steel Squad 1000 Meter retails for 1,748 euros, while that price jumps up a bit to 1,798 euros for the PVD black version. All around a nice watch from a brand that you don't see on wrists too often.
Rarely do you see a vintage piece with hands which are too short or completely preposterous design features. Purism with a hint of class was the predominant aesthetic choice back a couple of generations ago. In today's sea of retro-themed watches I see the good and the bad. The high-end and wannabe high-brow. To be honest I wish there were less of these watches, and that brands would focus more on having fun and making unique watches rather than playing follow-the-leader after they just finished a speech on how they were the first to do everything and overly using the term "audacious." In fact, my new rule to watch brands (and yes, I not speaking directly to all the European brands) is stop using the term "audacious" or "audacity." I don't care what you think it means or what the dictionary says, but to us native English speakers, it more or less means "rude." So stop proudly claiming how you, your watch makers, and your brand's founders are so unapologetically audacious.
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What does it take for one to spend about ,000 - ,000 (or more) on a quartz chronograph watch? And I mean an educated watch lover who knows about movements and isn't just buying for looks? Is there such a watch? Maybe... and maybe it is something like this Quinting Mysterious Chronograph. Certainly a rare breed, Quinting is a Swiss brand that makes all quartz movements, I mean mysterious quartz movements.
This year at SIHH the Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Square has been renamed the 867 and is solely a femme timepiece. In fact, a larger version of it was released for men. Imagine that. Basically, not even a year later the small watch movement fizzled out and died. Not just that, but 2012 is all about the bigger classic watch. I feel a bit vindicated, and the guys at GQ can enjoy their words with some beef heart tartare and candied white asparagus served on sheets of vegetable paper.
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Thanks again Ron who is enjoying his watch and good luck to everyone who enters future aBlogtoRead.com blog giveaways.
On the dial you have a simple, elegant design with a minimalists chronograph layout and nice applied hour markers. The polish on the hour markers and hands helps contrast nicely with the more flat tones of the case. This is a watch that revels in the dial and has a case that is there for shape and comfort alone. Features like a tachymeter scale and red chronograph seconds hand are there to give the watch a sportier feel - and they more or less succeed in that.
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