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Silicium PVD coated titanium; limited edition of EIGHT pieces
I do applaud Romain Jerome for being so ballsy and avant garde. They have made some nice one-off or limited edition pieces that spit in the face of fellow Swiss who are highly conservative most of the time - especially in terms of watch design. Actually, even Romain Jerome's non limited edition watches are "special." Love them or hate them you have to appreciate their niche and determination to be different. However, that doesn't mean I have to love everything they make. This new special "art" watch by French artist André Chéca is a bit much for me. It is one of those things that I freely admit not liking, but appreciate the artistic endeavors behind it, and that it exists. As though I wouldn't get pissed about it being in a museum ("That isn't art, I could do that!"), but I would openly discuss my distaste for it ("My lord this piece tickles the vomit enticing regions of my gullet").
I have been pondering how I should think about this watch for a while. I want to like it, and a big part of me does. Another part of me questions the wisdom of the watch. Is it wearable? Does it makes sense? Would you be considered akin to an alien from outer space for wearing one? The watch is a new piece from the Confrerie Horlogere, a watch making arm of the popular watch movement maker BNB Concept (that is about the declare bankruptcy). The model is the La Clef du Temps Tourbillon, and there will only be 24 of them ever made. Apparently one for each timezone. One of these watches was auctioned off in the Only Watch 2009 watch auction in September for well over 0,000 which was close to its retail price. As a limited edition of just 24 pieces, the watch can justify itself. Still, I feel the need to evaluate it as though they were going to me 24,000 of them.
There are several versions of the Technograph Wild watch, even in python skin. This is the gray version, or otherwise known as that Ref. P0334-2Q.SG.L3201. The watch has an interesting automatic chronograph movement. It can measure up to 30 minutes, and uses the right subdial for the chronograph minutes. Although the dials are partially covered, the dial uses a double sided hand, that is longer on one side. That way the same half of the subdial can be used for two purposes based on the length of the hand following it. Get it? This is the same for the time seconds subdial on the left side. The watch face is in the center of the dial, and smaller. The chronograph seconds hand is the largest hand on the face, and uses the whole dial. The watch also has a date complication. Overall a very attractive design if you ask me.
Moving to the dial of the watch you are again presented with a slew of options by DWATCH. The options are all color based, but can still prove to be difficult when trying to make a decision. I think the pictured watch is a good subdued version of the timepiece. Thankfully that guy didn't go with green or orange, just good classic colors that make for a honestly handsome diver's watch. If you check out the thread on WatchUSeek.com (linked below), you can see the incredible amount of CS Superluminova on the dial of the watch and hands. Looks good right!? Even the placement of the date is nice. Sure it looks a lot like the date window on the Breitling Superocean Heritage, but that is a good think, and both watches actually share a lot. You'll notice that the hands of the DWATCH Sting Ray are a combination of two types of diver's watch hands, put together here nicely. It makes for a nice readable face, and the different style for the hour and minute hand actually helps with legibility a lot.
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The Swatch Automatic Chrono models comes with metal, rubber, or leather straps. The Silver Class model has a metal bracelet that is comfy to wear and looks pretty nice. It has a certain relaxed charm to it. Swatch is able to apply a brushed and polished finish to the large links giving them a more dynamic look. I further had a very easy time sizing the bracelet that uses torsion pins. The deployment clasp has micro adjusts as well for precise fitting - something I more or less expect to be in bracelets, but get pissed when they are not.
It goes without saying that Project X Designs is not affiliated to Rolex in anyway. Their operation takes mostly brand new Rolex watches and puts them metaphorically under the knife for enhancement. As I have said before, companies like Project X take a good product and makes it arguably better as an aftermarket value-added retailer. Consider them like a tuner for fine automobiles. A Mercedes Benz, BMW, or Porsche are stellar right out of the factory. Though the enthusiast might want any number of modifications to make their vehicle more unique. This might involve adding new wheels or even enhancing the engine. No matter how small or large the changes are, they are fulfilling and something that the factory itself does not offer.
The style of the case is a smoother more soft version of what you'd expect to see in the male G-Shock variants - though it is still a rugged look. The bright electric yellow adds a friendliness to the character, while the color is done in a glossy tone. You'll notice that Casio has even made the screen yellow. The digital LCD screen actually is yellow on yellow. It looks very cool, but one draw back is that it is a bit hard to see in certain lighting situations. In those situations you can use the watch's excellent backlight. I recall a few years ago that the backlights used to not be very bright. Since then, Casio has implemented very bright LEDs for the backlighting. So they work quite well actually.
While other brands are scaling back and trying to focus on how to stay relevant in these times - Swarovski is taking their beloved crystals and developing their own line of watches, to properly exhibit the beauty - on a timepiece.