This article was written to generally inform people about titanium as a watch case material and has been obviously simplified. A larger discussion of titanium would expand on each of these topics and include many more. Though as watch lovers you hopefully have a new perspective on the popular metal. In conclusion, if you buy a titanium watch, especially one with a good coating, you will be happy with your decision.
Miles or MPH to Kilometers or KPH conversions:
- The goal: Calculate a distance or speed in Kilometers where the distance or speed is known in Miles.
- A Kilometer is roughly 0.621 of a mile.
- Set the outer ring's "6.21" over the inner ring index ("1").
- Find "2" (for 200) on the outer ring.
- The inner ring shows "3.22" which is 322 kilometers.
Internet sales for the Swiss watch brand Chopard will currently only be available in the United States. In reference to my above statement (ironically), Chopard USA President Mr. Marc Hruschka stated that, "the watch and jewelry market has changed dramatically in the past four or five years thanks in great part to the rise of social media, and we aim to be on the forefront in all realms, including luxury e-commerce." Chopard continued to point out that the e-commerce site is intended to service people outside of metropolitan areas who cannot visit a Chopard retailer. In defense of their retailer network, Chopard does state that the experience of going to a store and touching and feeling a product cannot be reproduced online.
The dial of the T-Race MotoGP 2012 is highly legible and the use of color prevents it from feeling too cluttered, a pitfall of many chronographs. The chronograph hands are painted yellow while hands related to time telling are silver. Lume is restricted to the hour and minute hands alone but that should be sufficient for telling the time in a darkened area.
Live from a semi-secluded warehouse in Las Vegas, John and I vent and muse on the then watch shows in Vegas and talk about a few new models as well as the hopelessness of horological humanity.
The movement in this Seamaster GMT James Bond is the Omega caliber 2628 with 44 hours power reserve, it is a modified ETA-2892-A2 that includes the famed Omega co-axial escapement. Once you unscrew the well protected crown, the hours hand can be quickly changed accurately while the seconds, minutes, and GMT are still functioning. Pulling the crown once more stops the seconds hand and allows the minutes hand to move along with the GMT hand. There is a hacking seconds feature that allows the time to be set more precisely.
Perusing Baume & Mercier's website you'll find at least 15 versions of the new Capeland available. This is because the case comes in both 42mm and 44mm wide version, with two different dials styles, and two different movements. Plus, many versions of the Capeland come with a few dial color choices and on a strap or metal bracelet. Really a lot of Capelandian options.
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor;
This composition titled "The Sea of Time" by English artist Kyle Bean well represents my feelings a lot as I navigate my way through the (sometimes stormy) world of watches. I thought you'd enjoy it as well. You can see more of Kyle Bean's work at his online portfolio website here.
To be honest, I got excited when the character Jesse (actor Aaron Paul) handed a box over to Walt (actor Bryan Cranston) as a gift for his 51st birthday. While it wasn't clear that the gift was a watch yet, I was pretty sure it was something like that based on the presentation box. Sitting in his car, Walt opens up the lid to reveal a Tag Heuer Monaco. He isn't sure what to make of it, no doubt. Until now, Walt's character has been wearing an inexpensive (but reliable) digital Casio watch. Fitting watch for his character? Not sure to be honest. But it is good enough for Steve McQueen (Monaco watch from Le Mans movie sold for about 0,000), and Stephen Colbert. I wonder where Jesse got the idea?
I would love to know more history about how these androids were created, by whom, and how complicated they were at the time. Jaquet Droz was not the only one making them, but he probably created some of the more impressive machines. The idea was to wheel in a mechanical life-like puppet, impress a rich family, and have them order everything from pocket watches to elaborate table automata from him. This showmanship gained his company international prestige and acclaim. History seems to show that people even paid admission fees to see his automata in action.
A couple of years ago, Vostok Europe came out with the Anchar. The name harkens back to the fastest submarine ever built, and yes it was Russian. Despite the removed nature of Vostok Europe's relationship with actual Russian watches, the brand is still very much thematically connected to mother Russia. To be frank, I wouldn't wear most of the Vostok Europe watches even though I like their designs. Does that sound strange? However, a few of their watches really speak to me. The Anchar is one of them. Since the collection's launch I was curious about the piece, and later getting it on the wrist, I am not disappointed. Also, the Anchar comes in a lot of styles, this piece is the reference 5105143 with a mostly black dial and bezel with gold-toned accents.
aBtR: The Touch Time has already greatly exceeded its goal with over 1000 backers, what's next for Phosphor?
DB: First we are anxious to get this product shipping and in the hands of all of our Kickstarter supporters, and in 2013 introduce this product into major chains/resellers to make a lasting impact in the watch market. After that, we have some new exciting ideas...
The piece(s) for review here are the Gucci i-Gucci Sport watches. These come in a few styles and I had two i-Guccis to check out. They also comes in a few sizes. What you see are the XXL models, but they also come in the more petite XL (Extra Large) size. XXL models are 49mm wide and the XL models are 44mm wide. Though with the wide sloping bezel and lugless design they wear smaller than they are. Also note that I think the smaller i-Gucci model has less features.
The most basic model will be a 40mm wide Ball BMW watch with a simple dial that includes a large BMW logo. This model to me looks the most like IWC's Ingenieur timepieces. Other models add in colors and textures to the dial for a look that is meant to go with the sportiest BMW car models. One thing that I really like about this watch and car maker relationship is that the watches are priced to be affordable by owners of the cars. We have seen situations where car watches cost as much or more than the cars themselves. I always thought that was quite silly. Reports indicate that there will be over two dozen watches including variations of the Ball BMW watches available by the end of 2012.
Other things of note: The movement has a 2-hand subdial at nine o'clock. The longer hand is actually the second hand, and the shorter is a 24-hour hand, basically showing AM/PM. The movement handwinds but does not hack, and the setting procedure is a bit more complex due to the triple date. There's no lume, and the crown is non-screwdown, this is not a sports watch and you should keep it dry.
For the UNICO All Carbon, Hublot uses a King Power chronograph case. The 48mm wide case is actually carbon fiber, as is the bezel. There are PVD black titanium screws used for the case and bezel. A ring of rubber lines the side of the bezel. The black carbon fiber case looks cool, and the visual texture of carbon fiber is really at its best here with the high-quality material. The case is very light and strong despite the size.