ABTW: That's quite an impressive start! What do you consider your grail to be these days?
aBlogtoWatch: What types of watches are popular in your market? What makes Burlingame a unique place to buy watches?
Yep, it's a first-ever from Citizen, their first watch that combines solar power with radio-set capability in a women's watch. As a man whose wife prefers zero-maintenance watches, I like that a lot. I also like that, in my opinion, this one works for men too. At least for bold ones, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
For that reason, the GMT-Master from 1955 was very similar to the Submariner, which itself quickly adopted the hands from the Explorer. What made the GMT-Master different was the 24 hour GMT hand, and 24 hour scale bezel. The GMT master was also unique (and later iconic) because of its two-tone blue and red bezel that was meant to be a sort of AM/PM indicator. This would later be known as the "Pepsi bezel" due to its similarity with the color tones of the soft drink. In many ways it was similar to the Submariner, but with some important but visually minor changes.
The Japanese have a manga for pretty much everything, so that they would have one to explain watch history is not particularly surprising. I think there is a manga version of the Christian bible as well. As a watch or F.P. Journe collector, it is a cool item to have since it is genuinely interesting as a novelty. It is also a great way of learning what Journe would look like if he was an anime character. This isn't actually the first time a watch brand has dabbled in comics. Linde Werdelin had a small comic series called The Perfect Five back in 2010, and in the same year Urwerk had a promotional comic book. Don't you just love the stuff that indy brands will do?
FK: I have one of each of my watches, the SKULL and the BLACK SKULL. I love them both. They are like my children, each with very different personalities.
What is it: As part of the larger Tiffany & Co. Streamerica collection of products a few watches were produced by the company in the 1990s. The Streamerica collection was a celebration of American industrialism. The items had small rivets on them and were a rare form of masculine jewelry and accessories in addition to the timepieces. A few versions were released offered in both steel and gold cases and either on a matching bracelet or leather strap. There were even two movement options including a basic COSC Chronometer 3-hand automatic as well as a world-timer. At 39mm wide it was considered large for its time, and it also has a unique style (not to mention bracelet) that you simply can't find in anything else. You should also know that the Streamerica watches were designed by Swiss watch designer Jorg Hysek.
As a pre-Baselworld 2014 announcement Blancpain will release a lovely new dress watch simply called the Villeret that we feel fits into that rare category of a daily-wear formal timepiece. Watches that work as regular daily wear watches must successfully combine versatile style, convenience, comfort, and of course utility. Most of these timepieces tend to be sport watches, and dress watches such as the Rolex Datejust or President that are good for daily wear are a bit less common. So why is the attractive 2014 Villeret a good choice for daily use?
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What struck me about Richard Mille's newest offerings were the prices. Of course Richard Mille watches will always be at the "cutting edge of exclusive," but some of the newest models were in the 0,000 range versus the 0,000 - 0,000 range. As such, the biggest mechanical difference between the 2014 RM 35-01 Rafael Nadal and previous series models is the lack of a tourbillon. Can the watch really be a "Nadal" without a tourbillon? In fact, Richard Mille has made it a point to imbue most of its athlete watches with tourbillon-based movements. While the brand is really at its most "Mille" with a tourbillon, I think some of the brand's non-tourbillon movements are its finest.
What I think you'll find the most interesting is that some of these business are almost entirely focused on buying watches versus selling them. They even go so far as to change the design of their website to emphasize "buying, trading, or consigning" your watch. Areas where you can purchase their inventory of watches are either hard to find or almost entirely missing. One of the reasons I researched this story is to find out why.
Along with his triple-axis tourbillon called Primus (which we will be looking at more closely in a dedicated article later, and a piece which takes a year to produce), he makes two considerably more "simple" watches called Dignitas Pure and Dignitas Power Reserve. Both are three-hand watches with the difference being the power reserve indication that is present on the latter. All watches in all instances are made to order and are modified to suit the requirements of the customer. These watches take between 3-4 months to finish (beyond the waiting list, that is), with minimal overlapping in the production of each piece.
Seiko Prospex watches are among the best sport watches out there when you want a very good bang for your buck. Rare in the United States, but popular in places such as Japan, the Prospex collection is understandably becoming more popular each year. New for 2014 are the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT Diver's 200m watches (references SUN019, SUN021, and SUN023) that will be available globally, and for a few hundred bucks, they are very hard to beat.
As my reverent attitude about pocket watches attempts to grasp for a sense of nostalgia, I am distracted by something that is a pocket watch, but smaller than today’s wrists watches. It seems that Audemars Piguet experimented with tiny pocket watches prior to the advent of wrist watches. Many of these were produced as pendant watches for women and in many ways acted as the first steps toward being able to create a wrist watch. Only these aren’t just small pocket watches, but rather tiny minute repeater pocket watches. I am amazed to see beautiful sounding minute repeater pocket watches with movements smaller than those in most minute repeater wrist watches today. It seems I have a lot to learn about the history of Audemars Piguet, a history many people consider only back to 1972 when they released the first Royal Oak.