Kirk Jewelers: Miami is a melting pot of American, Latin American, and European culture. We sell to a healthy mix of locals and visitors, with a lot of "word-of-mouth" advertising to build our reputation. Although our clientele now spans the globe and the store has significantly expanded, the original small, friendly, and personalized atmosphere remains unchanged. We also offer a wide selection of designer and bridal jewelry. We cater to first time buyers and educated collectors alike.
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The Lange Terraluna is a wonderful pick that I have liked for many reasons: to put it simply, it possibly is the most complicated watch ever made by one of the greatest brands in high-end watchmaking. Chances are I'd wear it "inside out" with the movement and that terrific moon phase facing up.
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With the best seat in the house, the driver has fast access to all of the controls and the gauge cluster that offers a view of the current horse power, a combo tachymeter, and digital display for gearing or additional messages (speed), and an analog speedometer that tops out at an indicated 280 MPH. Anything you can touch is metal or leather, and the steering wheel is small enough for the sort of spirited driving one might attempt in such a car. As the Bugatti Veyron is fitted with a sequential dual clutch gearbox, the driver can select gears via the steering wheel-mounted paddles or a lever in the center console. If you own a Bugatti Veyron, I suppose you could also use the fully automatic setting, but that option seemed both wasteful and entirely offensive on a test drive such as this.
As many of you know, there have been a few Wright Brothers-themed watches over the last year. In addition to the Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 there is also the Shinola The Wright Brothers Limited Edition Watch as well as the Bremont Wright Flyer watch that was recently announced. I wonder if there will be more watches to help celebrate the beginning of manned flight?
On the dial front, the latte is a great middle-of-the-road color. Just like your favorite pair of khaki pants, this dial (made from brass, by the way) will go with just about anything. As far as the markings go, there is almost nothing extraneous. The one thing that is perhaps unnecessary is the inclusion of hash marks between the minute markers. As there's no large, sweeping seconds hand, this is perhaps a bit of overkill. That said, it does then turn into more of a styling exercise, giving a light delineation at the edge of the dial that is not a chapter ring.
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Where the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication stands out the most is that it offers a blend of this extremely high level of complexity and refinement with a sporty looking case – replacing the round and more conservatively styled cases of most of its alternatives with the bold (and perhaps a bit "loud") case of the Royal Oak Offshore. And while we should not let the rugged looks fool us – a watch with such delicate a movement is not to be used for swimming or climbing a mountain – it nevertheless makes for an interesting and more unique aesthetic.
The smartwatch field has definitely become a bit more crowded than when we started to write about it here a couple of years ago. Now that we have the "big boys" in the arena with Android Wear and the Apple Watch, everything that the little guys can do to differentiate themselves is certainly of benefit. To this end, we caught word that a new watch, the Guess Connect (ostensibly a Martian smartwatch) picked up a 2015 CES Innovation Award.
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