3. Wait until the giveaway is over on August 31, 2013 for the winner to be chosen at random.
One of the many straps I have recently come across is from the Etsy-based brand Teenage Grandpa (TG). This one-man operation is based out of Toronto, Canada and produces a range of handmade leather straps and a series of pocket squares. These TG straps are solid leather and do not offer an edge stitching, padding or added bulk. I prefer a strap that is thin and not too rigid, so the TG style works well and should suit a wide range of watches while being comfortable on a boney wrist like mine. For the past few years, the strap market has seen a lot of Panerai-style straps which, while they look great on Panerai watches, tend to be too thick, rigid and bulky for the smaller watches that I prefer.
Casio has been busy updating some of their most popular lines and we are seeing that work come to fruition when looking at all their Baselworld 2013 releases. Welcome in the great-looking Edifice EQW-A1200 timepiece family. Not only are the G-Shocks (the 30th Anniversary limited edition and the Gravity Defier pieces) getting new editions, so too, are the Pro Trek watches we've covered and the Edifice. Casio announces the release of four new Edifice EQW-A1200 models. They come in different colors, are loaded with functions and are built to resist vibrations. Flagship models, they have all the bells-and-whistles packed the Edifice-way.
What follows are not a set of rules, they are your watches – wear them how you like. This is more an exploration of coordination, purely for fun, that might tempt a few more of you to admit that you do take that extra moment of thought in the morning and match either clothes to watch or vice versa.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture Only Watch
We will likely need to wait until Baselworld for a brand new Carrera - which is not guaranteed but certainly likely. So what is this Carrera CMC watch all about? Essentially it is an 1887-powered chronograph with a Mikrogirder bullhead-style case - which is actually the point that deserves most of the attention. The case has been carefully crafted from Carbon Matrix Composite, a material used in Formula 1 and aerospace applications due to its lightweight yet exceptionally strong construction. A version called the Carrera Jack Heuer is a more "metallic" version of this watch. Crafted from carbon fibers that are just 0.007 mm thick, CMC is processed, heated and compacted into a defined shape. The end result is very strong and very light, so much so that the entire case assembly on the Carrera CMC Concept (excluding the crystal) weighs only 19g. For reference, I have leather straps that weigh considerably more than that. Total weight as shown in the photos is 76g, still a massive achievement for a chronograph that is likely ~45mm across.
Baselworld 2013 is one hell of an exhibition and there was over a thousand brands on show this year. With this many brands, it was physically impossible for us to visit all of them and this year, by Ariel’s count, the team managed to meet 65 or so brands and managed to see a great deal of watches. As Ariel puts it so correctly, Top 10 lists are great, but many are written by people who didn’t ever see the watches in person. Our Top 10 list is different because the watches in the list are those that we had managed to see, feel and touch in person. Naturally, this meant missing out on some watches, but out of the many, many watches the team has seen this year, these are our top 10.
Overall, I am somewhat satisfied with the RW Maestro Automatic Moon Phase since its classic looks and superb dial gives me a watch that I can wear at the next play or at the opera, at least until I can afford a Breguet…
MB: Two to three years ago when journalists would ask me I would answer ‘No, there are so many more ideas I want to explore in watch making that I have no intention to create something else.’ And they were all pretty disappointed. Well, in Basel, in a few weeks, we will unveil the first MB&F Machine which doesn’t give the time. The first piece of MB&F kinetic art which is not a watch. I designed it with Xin Wang, a young design graduate from ECAL. It was an idea which had been niggling in my mind for some time. Once the design was finished, we visited the only manufacturer who could craft it, and now the first MB&F Machine which doesn’t give time will soon be unveiled ! That creative adventure really whet my appetite, so am now working on different other projects which relate to kinetic art. Even though it was I dream in my youth, I am no longer interested in designing a car because it would boil down to designing a bodywork. It would just be a design.
Rolex offered a significant bracelet upgrade for its newest generation Rolex Submariner models. The most important elements of the upgrade are the bracelet's profile and ability to be micro-adjusted. More on that in a second. For years, the Rolex Submariner bracelet was a three-link tapering steel bracelet. Tapering means that the lugs get narrower closer to the deployant clasp. This actually helps the bracelet be more comfortable, and visually makes the case look a bit larger. Few brands make bracelets with tapering links because it increases the numbers of part types they need to produce to make them. Though I recommend tapering bracelets when they are available.
The moon phase moon disc doesn't move on this watch, but rather a double-circle disc in sparkly blue moves over the moon to cover it as a way of representing the moon phases. The Bovet logo applied to the rear of the sapphire crystal is a tasteful touch and looks oh so nice over the "sky" blue area around the moon. Below you will see the tourbillon anchored only by the bridge assembly. What I like about this is how well it allows you to inspect the movement and see how the tourbillon operates. Her inner watch nerd (which she undoubtedly has if you are getting her this watch, or if she is getting it herself) will come to appreciate this as well. And if she doesn't, maybe you'll take a stab at wearing it? Come on, how far will you go to wear a rather exclusive high-end tourbillon watch?
aBlogtoWatch was one of the first to show photos of this new watch and now, we have updated our coverage of the watch with an in-depth hands-on article by our Editor-in-Chief Ariel Adams. As he notes, the watch is built with fantastic attention to detail - the transition from blue to black on the bezel is perfect. To add, this new Rolex is, in my opinion, the most noteworthy piece to come out from the Swiss powerhouse this year.
The main differences however, of the MikroPendulumS to the MikroTourbillonS (aside from the magnetic pendulum) lie in the case and overall design. The MikroPendulmS has its chronograph pushers moved to the top of the chrome and cobalt alloy case, bullhead style, in the same type of case we first saw on the Mikrogirder. At 45mm wide, I'm glad that this case was chosen, as it has become something of an icon for TAG Heuer, recalling the shape of old stopwatches.
Kelly started to get into watches while he flew for the Navy. He realized their importance very early as a necessary tool. When in flight school he was taught how to use a slide-rule, which watches like the Breitling Navitimer are famous for having. Kelly learned to use a slide-rule while in school about 25 years ago, and still today many pilots are taught how to use a slide-rule calculator as a back-up device. When flying he said that he would use one rather often, for measuring things like converting gallons to liters, as well as calculating the distance traveled as a function of looking at his speed and the elapsed time. It was actually quite handy in his opinion.
It is interesting that for example if you analyze the public forums when HM5 was launched it got a lot of negative feedback. Two things happened: A) we never had such a fast sell-out, the 66 pieces are all sold, the retailers all told us they have deposits and need the pieces as soon as possible. B) It disheartened part of my team: ‘We’re getting killed on the forums, people are saying they are disappointed’, and I had to remind them: ‘you forget that when we came out with the HM4 most said ›this is crazy; this is a toy; this isn’t watch making; who the hell do they think they are‹?’ – we got hammered! When we came out with Legacy Machine it was worse! People said ‘ahh, now they’ve gone commercial!; now they’ve sold their soul!’, etc. There will probably be more and more criticism as the expectations are growing higher and higher, but I will need to NOT pay attention to this. You need to take creative risks in life and not be unsettled by criticism. What really matters is that everything we craft is on the wrist of someone who understands us. As I told my team: ‘remember one thing, if everybody likes what we do, we are doing something very wrong.’
As a sporty dive watch, the Zhuke is a rather capable and good looking option. The 44-45mm wide case is water resistant to 500 meters and has a helium release valve to boot. You have a rotating diver's bezel with lume indicators, and I like the bronze on bronze look of the case and bezel. Because bronze is a poor choice for a crown and caseback (not good to have bronze making prolonged contact with skin), the caseback is in steel while the crown is PVD black with the Longio logo etched into it. Longio offers the Zhuke with either an olive green or black dial. I was intrigued by the green dial as it paired well with the bronze color, but in the end opted for a more classic black dial.
Looking like a mix between some of the more complicated Ocean watches and a Panerai style cushion case, the Histoire de Tourbillon 4 once again reminds us of its family with the blue and orange accents which mark the Histoire de Tourbillon collection. This piece also follows suit with a range of watches over the last few years with bubbles on or under the sapphire crystal. There is of course the obvious similarity to the bubble on the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb (we covered the most recent one here), but also think of Greubel Forsey's GMT, and other pieces which try to go all "wild half orb" on the dial.
This Hublot announcement comes hot on the heels of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Limited Edition announcement in which AP flexed its F1 credibility by working with one of the best drivers in the history of the sport. Rivalries and competition can be just as intense in the watch making world as they often are among teams and drivers that make up Formula 1 racing. We feel that such background stories make the watches more interesting. The Hublot F1 King Power Austin will be available soon and carries a list price of 200 USD. With 250 being made in the limited edition, we recommend only those with the wallet, wrist fortitude, and highest level of F1-in-America pride head to their nearest authorized dealer.
Refined Hardware The Harbinger Watch
Limited edition of 66 pieces in zirconium