An Overview of Speedmaster Books

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer

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Even though the caliber SH21 movement is Swiss, Christopher Ward is British. For that reason, they decided to not finish the SH21 like a traditional Swiss movement. The bridges are mostly brushed but little details, such as machine-beveled edges, add a hint of flair to the otherwise intentionally industrial design. I inquired as to what a movement like this lacks that a much high-end movement might have, and we had a nice discussion about that. The short of the story is that with a high-end movement from a Swiss brand, you'll probably get a lot of hand-finishing and more decorative parts, but for the most part, there aren't any major features lacking in the SH21. Overall, Christopher Ward has a pretty serious contender.

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How I Learned to Love the Speedmaster

Ball includes more tech into the Engineer II Magneto S watch including SpringLOCK (covered more here), which protects against the accuracy destroying nature of vibrations. This is all part of the Ball caliber RR1103-CSL movement which is a base ETA that has been heavily modified and is COSC Chronometer certified. It is cool that if you anticipate being around magnetic fields you can use the bezel to "secure" the movement, but if you want to see the movement through the sapphire crystal caseback you can do that as well. Of course, you need to be aware of whether you are going to be exposed to a magnetic field, but if you are at least you don't need to remove the watch from your wrist to protect it.

Hublot decided to base the Atomic D-38 on their new 45mm wide updated Big Bang case and develop a unique complication particularly well-suited to the watch's radioactive properties. Hublot understands, and even suggests that customers who order an Atomic D-38 not wear it all the time. In fact, like a fine aged spirit, only a small amount should be enjoyed at a time. When the Big Bang Atomic D-38 watch is not in use, Hublot supplies a lead presentation box to store the watch when it is not worn in order to protect the lives of children and animals.

The Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Titanium Blue (ref: 311. on the titanium bracelet) is an absolute stunner. The warm tone of the titanium case and bracelet is perfectly matched by the rich iridescent blue of the tachymeter bezel and dial. The finishing on the blue dial is remarkable, smooth and glassy with a subtle metallic look that is quite similar to the quality seen on the lovely black dial of the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. Aside from the lightweight metal and the blue coloring, this latest titanium Speedmaster is carrying the same look and layout as the current bi-compax Speedmaster Co-Axial.

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Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 from 1971

So when touching the display, you'll get a far more direct and organic sensation and a lot more 'grip' than with most comparable watches – you can take the latter part quite literally, actually, as the watch pretty much feels as though it's made of rubber. On the upside, you won't ever get greasy fingerprints on this display. On the downside, anyone with a preference for more 'classy' materials like steel, glass and leather should stay away from it and the Mutewatch is also significantly less responsive than its e-ink counterparts. So you'll have to exert some pressure to trigger a response from the display. On the other hand, this is probably for the better, as you wouldn't want the settings to suddenly change by themselves when wearing the watch underneath your sleeve.

Many years later, I found myself asking the same question again, as in 2010 MCT (or Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps) elevated the idea of louvers to a completely different level, by placing four extremely intricate and fully mechanical sets of them into their Sequential One S100 in an effort to display the time in a way we never saw before in a wristwatch. At Baselworld 2014, we went hands-on with the Sequential Two, the latest and most wearable reinterpretation of MCT's trademark time-telling device, and saw that it offered a number of much welcomed improvements over its predecessors.

This episode features Ariel Adams and ABTW Managing Editor David Bredan as a guest host as John was away. We discuss the interesting topic of how Rolex prices have increased over the years and how it relates to the industry overall. We also talk about how watch launches can fail and the importance of honest communication, as well as who might be buying Chinese tourbillons in honor of the Transformers. We also talk about the artistic renderings of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon from our Watch What-If series.

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Speedy Tuesday – Ken Mattingly’s Omega Speedmaster

The Reference 16600 Sea-Dweller was a fan favorite but it was discontinued in 2008. This year, Rolex resurrects the Sea-Dweller with the new Reference 116600. The new Reference 116600 comes in a familiar 40mm stainless steel case, but in 904L steel and is still water resistant to 4000 feet, but it now has a ceramic bezel and Rolex’s awesome Glidelock clasp.

The best news is that the 24: Live Another Day timepiece will not be extravagantly expensive. Pricing for the timepiece will be just 9, and they will be available for purchase starting July 1, 2014. It looks like the company is, however, taking pre-orders.

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The dials themselves are very nice overall, albeit perhaps too simple for some tastes. The face itself is matte black and each of the hour markers are Arabic numerals. The luminant - which is used on the hands and hour markers - is purposely very green and should work well in the dark after it has been charged. Even without charge, the dial is very easy to read in poor lighting conditions.

Finally, before I delve into the topic of the Datograph Up/Down itself (which is why you probably came here), I'd like to briefly mention the last reason we are discussing what makes A. Lange & Sohne an attractive brand. It is that they take the production of movements as seriously as watch lovers want to believe brands do. The allure of a luxury mechanical watch is really the allure of hand-made items of function and art. Purchasing a mechanical watch doesn't require a large investment, but purchasing one produced with love, care, and a German sense of meticulousness is. Many mechanical watchmakers sell the idea of trained artisans sitting and toiling under magnifiers to carefully build small machines dedicated to telling time (relatively) accurately for their lives and the lives of their children. It rarely works that way, but it really does at A. Lange & Sohne.

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Another OMEGA Speedmaster Co-Axial Caliber 9300 Review

I've never personally been one to sell or trade watches with much frequency, but I know people who do it all the time. It can be tricky and takes a lot of time and knowledge to do it properly. In fact, where a lot of these companies come in with value is their ability to make the process easier and more productive for a lot of the consumers out there.

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While visually very satisfying, the Caliber RMUL3 movement inside of the RM 35-01 is relatively simple, offering just the time with hours, minutes, and seconds. It is manually wound and has a power reserve of about 55 hours. Most of the movement is made from titanium bridges and it operates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 bph). Again, this is a more basic Richard Mille movement, but still has a lot of the visual technical style people have come to expect from the brand.

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Sharing A Reader's Speedmaster Story

Prior to Baselworld 2014, Ball released images of its upcoming Fireman Storm Chaser Pro Watch that we covered here. I felt that it looked great and was eager to see it hands-on at the show. I can now say that the sporty, slightly retro design does not disappoint. Forget that Ball is combining the concept of a fireman's watch with one meant for chasing tornadoes. In fact, they even posit that the telemeter on the bezel is to be used to measure the distance you are from lightning–then again, that is among the very few things a watch telemeter can do….

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Rounding out the list of crises are not one, but two major downturns actually. Both stemming from the middle of the 1970s. At the time, in 1974 to be exact, the industry was at its best, producing about 84 million watches a year! Clearly, the oil- and quartz- crises could not have come at a worse time or be any more painful of a hit for the Swiss. In a nutshell, the primary issue was with relative value as, Swiss watches became horrendously expensive as a cumulative result of these two crises... more »

Cartier Calibre Diver Watch

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Kering Group Acquires 100% Of Ulysse Nardin

Kering Group Acquires 100% Of Ulysse Nardin

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According to IWC, they use a very robust bronze alloy that makes it harder as well as much safer for skin contact. That means it has a high ratio of aluminum along with the copper which gives it its warm color. That should translate into a harder case that will last longer. I believe that bronze scratches a bit more easily than steel, but people don't choose it for that reason–they like the color, they like that it sort of looks like gold (but doesn't cost the same), and that it is a bit unique. IWC chose to produce one out of many of their new Aquatimer watches in the material, and frankly I think it is pretty nice mixed with black rubber and other black tones.

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So Ulysse Nardin worked on doing just that, though in-house movements aren't new to them. All of the top-end Ulysse Nardin pieces already contained in-house movements. Having said that, the industrial needs to make a select amount of very complicated movements is very different (and arguably much more doable) than producing more basic mechanisms in larger quantities. Both designing and producing movements in-house is a rather expensive and tricky feat.

Aside from the exhibition caseback window showing a movement that clearly doesn't look like anything else, the only hint about the fact that the Eterna Royal KonTiki Manufacture GMT has a special movement is the "Manufacture" part of the name. Eterna would be unwise not to really stress this element of their value proposition.

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For one, there are the so called major manufactures (for the sake of comprehensibility we will now exclude the brands using supplied movements). These large companies have a great number of different departments, all dedicated to a very limited number of tasks. These include research and development, manufacturing of components (which has many different branches all to itself, depending on the piece in question), assembly and decoration of the movement parts and testing and finalization of the product. All of these fields have their own dedicated experts, those who are the masters of the field they are working in.

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Tech Specs from MeisterSinger

  • Model: Salthora
  • Movement: ETA 2824-2 with jumping hour construction, 38-hour power reserve
  • Case size: 40 mm
  • Case: stainless steel, open casing back, water resistance 5 bar, sapphire glass
  • Variants: white, ivory, anthracite, blue
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