October 10-13, 2013 is the inaugural "Festival of Watches" event in Beverly Hills, California. Los Angeles has sorely needed a decent watch event and this is a good start. The Rodeo Drive Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with a range of watch boutiques will have some special events, open store hours, and watches during the festival period. The real night to enjoy the event however is October 10th starting in the late afternoon from about 6-9pm. Many of the boutiques will have special "open houses" that include everything from an exhibition of special timepieces, watchmakers, gifts, and probably a decent helping of complimentary drinks.
On the steel metal bracelet, the Bulgari Bulgari Chrono ref. 102045 is about ,000 more. It is worth mentioning that the bracelet and case on the two models are not the same, nor are they produced in the same place. Is the Bulgari ,000 more watch? That is hard to say, and in this instance you have a situation where it is a matter of target demographic. Zenith and Bulgari aren't aiming at the same consumer markets and their pricing is as much a factor of that as it is the materials and designs. It possible that you aren't mathematically getting ,000 more watch in this case, but you are getting a Bulgari with a great movement, and that alone is worth it to many.
Additionally, the steel version of the chronograph (or now the three hander) can be optioned with a matching steel bracelet. The bracelet is heavy and very nicely made, with a brushed finish and a button-release butterfly clasp.
Officially, these timepieces are referred to as the LEGO Watch System because pieces such as the bracelet links and bezels can be interchanged with each other. The links for the bracelet can be arranged in a series of colors and styles, but we think most people will enjoy them in solid colors (as they come out of the box). Though, it is fun to play. I grew up with LEGO models so this watch collection is sort of a big deal. While inexpensive and cheeky, it is a fun reminder of something that had a big impact on my youth.Read more ›
Welcome back to an original aBlogtoWatch feature, "My First Grail Watch". In this series, we ask prominent people in the watch industry about the first timepiece that they lusted after.
What is your opinion regarding the new entry level hacking and handwinding Japanese automatic movements from Seiko (4R35B or NH35A) and Citizen (Miyota 9015) compared to the Swiss ETA 2824? Obviously, the ETA movement is a proven reliable and accurate movement, but the initial reviews of the Seiko and Citizen movements are also very reliable and accurate but at a much lower price.Read more ›
For 2014, US-based Shinola in Detroit will release their first titanium watch with the Shinola Black Blizzard Chronograph. The Shinola Black Blizzard will come in two case sizes and is very much part of their 2014 theme, which seems to be all about the rotating diver's style bezel. Buzz around Shinola is still high and their products genuinely look attractive; the question for me is whether or not their pricing is starting to get a bit more ambitious than the market can withstand in the long run.
Pricing is the same as the 2012 model at ,100 USD on the leather strap and ,425 with the stainless steel bracelet and, much like the previous model, this new Black Bay has a massive range of appeal. Technologically identical to the 2012 version, the new Black Bay really completes the look and leverages all of the strengths of the original design. Tudor really knows how to please and we're excited to see what else they announce tomorrow with the official start of Baselworld 2014. Stay tuned for so much more. tudorwatch.com
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As of late, world timer and GMT watches have really captured my attention, and I've had the pleasure of checking out quite a few different ones from different brands as well. While I still think I prefer the tried-and-true method of a secondary GMT hand, there is something alluring about the use of a world city disk that allows you to see the time in any of the main 24 time zones around the world at a glance.
Since the Fiddy, Paneristis have been clamoring for a “base” Fiddy. Base in Panerai speak refers to a watch with just the hour and minute hands and nothing else. In addition, the watch should be a regular production piece (not limited) so that everyone can have a chance of owning one at a slightly less insane price. Panerai listened, and in 2011 answered Paneristis’ prayers with the PAM 372 - a two hand 1950-style model that was not a limited edition.
PR: Later in the 1960s I managed to put together the money and buy one from a Military Surplus Store.Read more ›
Mr. Dufour is a known friend and protegé of the famed Jean-Claude Biver, former CEO of Hublot, who continues to retain a position of influence at the brand and who now has a more senior role guiding the watch brand divisions of LVMH (which also includes Zenith and TAG Heuer, among others). Mr. Biver greatly assisted Mr. Dufour when he started at Zenith and most agree that their combined work has turned Zenith into a brand which has recaptured and in many ways exceeded much of its former glory.
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Gold dust is mixed into the equation with individually placed pieces of New Zealand abalone and great green turban shell. These tiny fragments are first assorted into shape and color and then carefully placed in order to create the mosaic art which makes the Hisui, the Hisui.
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So now the design component of the event was completed, I could move on to the auction stage.
Sure, the overall messaging around this new case material is a bit full of hyperbole. In the end, though, it does look to be another interesting (both technically and visually) option to mix up the looks of the Richard Mille catalog. I think this will be one to keep an eye out for once we start seeing pictures of the assembled watch. richardmille.com
Yes, the above words of praise are deserved because MB&F once again releases a thoughtfully designed work of wrist magic that - true to the brand's promise - exists because of a collaboration of talented people (the "friends") whose combined talents make items of desire such as this possible. One of the things I've learned about during the last few years is that it isn't inherently that hard to get a watch made if you can afford the production process. I've also learned that money alone doesn't promise a good watch. It takes a lot of work and diligent tweaking (Swiss style) that allows for designs like this to be eventually created and look fantastic. It is becoming more and more difficult for us to become impressed with high-end creations because we see the world's top creations on a regular basis. Having said that, MB&F, through its founder Max Busser and the rest of the team have an eye for design and features that strikes a very positive chord with the horologically enamored.Read more ›