New Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches For 2015 With Red, Remade, Naimakka Models
For many brands, establishing an in-house manufacture automatic chronograph calibre is something of a grail, a sign that they've arrived. In a world of 7750s, the automatic chronograph is more common than it once was, but in-house development takes years, a considerable investment, and should really only be attempted by a brand that has the market to exploit their in-house prowess against their competition. For Baselworld 2015, Alpina brought a gun to a knife fight with the announcement of an in-house automatic flyback chronograph movement, ready for your wrist in the new Alpina Alpiner 4 Flyback Chronograph.
Already a fan of F.P. Journe, I will admit the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel is not the typical type of watch I lust for, because I am not particularly enamored with most perpetual calendar complications. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate them, but they aren't the typical types of complications I get super excited about. Well, not all the time, that is. I find most perpetual calendar complication watches to have busy, uninteresting dials or have too many fiddly issues to be useful. Take, for example, all those inset pushers on the dial of cases used to set them. That works fine for a cheap watch, but when spending big bucks, little else seems less elegant when it comes to setting a mechanism. Also, why all the bother for a perpetual calendar when, most of the time, I don't keep watches wound for years on end? It seems as though in most instances, an annual calendar will do just fine.
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One thing that MB&F understands very well is that most modern watch lovers aren't really interested in clocks. That's typically because clocks aren't something you can wear and aren't as enjoyable to take around with you. Watch collecting is as much about the enjoyment of wearing something you find aesthetically pleasing as it is about owning quality, history, or utility.
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It is true that you can go buy a watch for under that will tell you most of what you need to know, but these tend to be cheaply made items that we really don't have a lot to say about. aBlogtoWatch isn't just about helping people find items that can tell the time and might look interesting in the process, but about history, stories, mechanics, craftsmanship, engineering, and the art of perfection (or the pursuit thereof). The reality is that most of the watches that capture our attention and give us something to talk about come with high prices.
Most pertinently, the design of the Uhrenfabrik Junghans Max Bill range brings to mind the Lambda by Nomos. This clinical, bauhaus-inspired, form-driven design is typically German, and something of which I am a huge fan. The layout is so easily digestible and so readily legible, it is almost invisible to the brain. Without the slightest distraction, it is possible to tell the time. But where did this classic come from and why should we care?
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At Baselworld 2015, one of the most interesting announcements to come from TAG Heuer - apart from the fact that it will partner with Intel and Google to come up with a smartwatch - is that it will be reducing its prices in certain regions of the world. This is an intriguing move, as many brands did the exact opposite, taking the chance to use the increased value of the Swiss Franc as justification for raising their prices. Find out why TAG Heuer chose to do so and their plans going forward.
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