MTM as a brand makes a series of "tactical timepieces." Actual or weekend warriors can get a kick out of these durably built quartz watches. The Falcon is among their more elegantly designed watches, and is reviewed here in its "Black on Black" style. As a "phantom" black on black watch, the dial is remarkably easy to read. Don't worry, MTM offers this model in other styles with more traditional dials that are easier to see. Still, I quite like the look of the piece. Why is it legible? It is because of the many textures and shades of black used. The dial, numerals, and hands are all different shades of black with different textures. The dial is actually carbon fiber, while the matte finished hands and hour numerals contrast rather well making it easy to see.
Right now the Tyndall PVD will only be available on a black leather strap. Perhaps a PVD bracelet will be available in the future. Another piece of good news is that the PVD black version of the Tyndall will only cost 0 more than the polished metal version. That means a retail price of ,495 and you can pre-order them here. The watches ship on October 23, 2012.
Clasp: deployant buckle in satin-finished black PVD titanium with carbon insert (Titanium) or satin-finished titanium with carbon insert (Magic Gold)
Unlike most diver's bezels, the one on the Omega Ploprof rotates in both directions. This makes it easier to set. Only the bezel can't be moved unless the vertically aligned pusher on the top right-hand part of the case is depressed. The original models had this piece in plastic, but Omega put a metal one with an orange aluminum ring around the pusher on the 1200M models. At first, having to press down the pusher and rotate the bezel ring with one hand is rather awkward. I worried about what this would be like with diving gloves on. While I never did test it with gloves, the process became simple rather fast, and now I don't mind or think about it at all. I also like to pretend that the pusher is a little antenna. For what? I don't know... let me have my nerdy fantasy.
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The newest limited edition watch is called the Hublot King Power Maradona Limited Edition - and is a really handsome piece. While there is distinct "Maradona branding" on the watch, you don't need to be a big fan to enjoy the piece. There are actually two versions. In addition to this black, white, and blue model in ceramic, there is an 18k King gold cased model as well. The King Power style case is 48mm wide and the matte black ceramic case looks quite nice against the skeletonzied dial. I really like the hints of sky blue and the different color chronograph pushers.Read more ›
Article and images contributed by Michael Maximilien:
Today’s Citizen watches are products that most people associate with light. This is thanks to the Japanese brand’s extremely successful Eco-Drive family of movements. Most Citizen watches you are likely to own these days contain one of these useful movements. The hallmark characteristic of an Eco-Drive movement is that they are solar powered. In reality, most any light will do. Eco-Drives are quartz movements that run on batteries, but batteries the owner does not need to replace. Inside each Eco-Drive movement is a rechargeable battery that Citizen says can be good for up to 30 years or longer in many instances. Light enters through the watch dial to recharge the low energy consumption movements.Read more ›
(Note: this article was written to generally inform watch lovers about various materials and is very simplified in order to cover a lot of topics briefly.)
Attached to the watch is an "upholstery" black leather strap with gray stitching. It is meant to resemble the seats in the car. Romain Jerome will produce just 81 pieces in the limited edition DeLorean DNA watch collection (as a testament to 1981, the year the car debuted). The watch will be priced at ,900. What is next for DeLorean? The now Texas-based brand has confirmed that it will be releasing electric-powered versions of the car in 2013.
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Chronograph measurement up to 12 hours
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I am still counting up the times Burberry uses the terms "heritage, tradition(al), craftsmanship, innovative," and other similar adjectives brands commonly use when describing their new creations. In fact, most of the Burberry Britain watch press release is actually just a list of adjectives. Even when they describe the timepiece itself they use mostly adjectives to describe it. Consider me impressed - this document ought to receive some type of award for its incredibly elegant lack of substance (however it does have a fully operational set of tech specs). Allow me to share with you a few select passages if I may:
Tech specs from Graham:
The first limited edition Colosimo The Spike watch winder is inspired by Louboutin spike high heels (and other shoes). The black leather housing is lined with steel spikes - just like the shoes. Matching the red under-surface of the shoes, Colosimo The Spike also has a red base color. My only question is, "how do you safely lift it?"
Britain AUTOMATIC Ref. BBY1203
Design: Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Movement: ETA 2824. Swiss Made self-winding mechanical three-hand movement. Three-hand movement with date function. 28,800 vph. 25 jewels. Incabloc shock protection system
Case: Distinct rounded octagonal case. Stainless steel finished with fine vertical brushing and polished beveled edge. Distinct bolts in brushed stainless steel and polished beveled edge fasten bezel to the lugs. 32 components. Water resistant up to 5 ATM (165 feet/50 metres)
Case back: Rounded octagonal case back screwed down by hand. Three-piece construction. Sculpted curved case back, inspired by antique British pocket watches. Stainless steel finished with fine vertical brushing,. Transparent case back with double curved sapphire crystal for insight into the movement. Custom rotor with circular Geneva Stripes finishing, featuring engraved Burberry logo in black
Dial: Dial in matte black. Date at 3 o’clock. Dial features applied Burberry logo and Automatic signature. Hour and minute indicators in fine-brushed, faceted silver stainless steel. Hands in fine brushed stainless steel with Super Luminova in off-white. Anti-reflective, scratch and shock-resistant sapphire crystal protects dial from the elements
Strap and clasp: Stainless steel (316L) bracelet with H-links. Combination of brushed links with hand polished centre links reflect light and emphasise. the faceted structure of the bracelet. Deployment buckle (triple folding clasp) with pushers
Dimensions:43 mm case
This specific Swordfish Booster model has the little term "Iris" as part of its title - and that signifies something rather unique. In this instance "Iris" is another word for rainbow, and refers to the special iridescent coating on the steel case. Using a PVD application process, the case is coated several times and heat treated to get this special iridescent black case color. As I understand it, the case has several layers of this coated film - each being a slightly different thickness. This property offers a unique type of light reflectivity.
Little titanium balls are all over the case and are inspired by African tribal items. These add a special dimension to the design and have since been copied in other watches. Double rings of beaded titanium are sandwiched on the sides of the case and also on the crown. For its time (and now), the Gefica was a large watch. It is over 19mm thick and about 47mm wide. On the wrist it sits tall, but is very comfortable thanks to the flat bottom and curved lugs. Very much an ergonomic design and the case is water resistant to 100 meters.
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