2010 is the second year of Alpina being the official timekeeper for the storied 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida. The manufacturer celebrated this partnership with the production of a limited edition, two-timezone chronograph creatively called the 12 Hours of Sebring Automatic Chrono GMT. The watch is strongly influenced by style elements of race cars. This concept, unless overdone like in several AP Offshores, works fantastically. The sporty, yet subtle style and quality specs of this watch appealed to me when I first received the press release but playing with the actual timepiece at Baselworld 2010 was when I really got to appreciate it.Read more ›
The dial also pops with detail, from the swirling guilloche to the individually cut and polished faceted hour markers.
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Eterna KonTiki Diver Automatic Chronometer Date Pwr Res
.40 (3 Bids)
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For the dial Bianci went for applied triangular hour markers that feel like they match the theme of the watch pretty well. The hands and hour markers both have lume applied to them, and contrast with the black dial well. The face of the watch isn't too original, but feels highly acceptable and conservative. I happen to like the rounded edges on the square date window. The sloped flange ring is a tachymeter scale.
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Right here you have the Pierre DeRoche SplitRock Big Numbers. Why? Cause it has big numbers. Around the dial are four large applied numerals in large, 1mm tall metal. To say that they pop is an understatement. There is another version of the same watch where instead of these numbers being applied, they are lume covered. On this watch, the only lume covered parts are the hands - both for the time and the chronograph. The dial itself is round and easy to read. While the watch face is a large rectangle, the places where you need to read information are more traditional looking and not confusing - though small given the dimensions of the watch. This is an art watch that isn't hard to read, rather than an experiment in clarity. And as an art watch, it looks pretty cool.
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Seiko more or less invented the formal digital watch in the late 1970s. You know, decent looking metal case and bracelet matched with and LCD display? Everyone else was "cheapening" watches by placing them in cheaper, plastic cases. Seiko offered most of the "nicer" digital watches that I know of. Fashion conscious and the luxury aware moved away from digital and quartz watches when it became clear that everyone could have one. As such, analog and mechanical luxury watches came back into style. And here we are at the status quo. Then Seiko started playing around with a fun little technology called e-ink. They offered a few limited edition e-ink watches (for women) several years ago, but those didn't really excite gadget lovers enough to pony-up several thousand bucks for a ladies' timepiece. But the technology was great, and showed a lot of promise. Enter the second generation of Seiko e-ink watches. For a while I have been expecting Seiko to release another e-ink watch, and I finally saw it in March. It doesn't have a proper name yet, being known as the "Seiko Active Matrix EPD" watch. EPD is their preferred method of using e-ink technology and it stands for "Electrophoretic display." Unlike other e-ink watches, the Seiko EPD watch uses an active matrix display. This allows the screen to refresh itself "actively," as is necessary in e-ink watches (as they are basically composed of light and dark particle that are either "on" or "off." This is how they display information all the time without draining battery power. The battery is only used when changing the display.
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Inside the watch is a marvelous movement that looks as good as it should operate. It is the automatic Bovet made Calibre 16BA01. It has a micro-rotor in solid platinum on the rear of the watch, and a number of functions. The Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch has the time (with smaller single hand dial on the back of the watch), special seconds hands that makes a revolution each three minutes, but has indicators for each minute, big date indicator, power reserve indicator (watch has about 80 hours of power reserve), and a unique 80 second tourbillon. On the side of a case is a minute repeater style lever, but it is used to flip the watch over or transform it into one of its other forms. The movement alone has 514 parts, and is interestingly made mostly from brass. Quite beautiful in design and decoration. The type of movement you feel proud taking home to mother.Read more ›
See my Glashutte Original Senator Diary watch article at Haute Living here.
People have argued over the placement of the power reserve indicator. For what it is, the design is pleasant. Though I do understand it is still controversial to some. The dial is very easy to read and has a vertically textured engraving compared to the flat, almost metallic tone surface of the rest of the watch. Is the power reserve indicator bigger than it needs to be? Perhaps. It is too big? No. Seiko is likely interested in branding Spring Drive based watches. It doesn't want people to have to check out the small "Spring Drive" label underneath the Seiko logo. As such, a large power reserve indicator such as this might be the way it wants consumers to identify Spring Drive apart from other Seiko watches. Spring Drive does after all, have a very bright future, and there will be more of them released over time.Read more ›
Unlike the Panerai deal that saw the production of many pieces in the mid-range luxury price market - the Cabestan deal is totally different. Ruchonnet designed the Scuderia Ferrari One watch that will be part of a limited edition of just 60 pieces - with about 20 pieces being made each year. That will be 30 pieces in black and red, and 30 pieces in black and yellow. Interestingly enough, the watch will not be sold through traditional retail outlets, but only through Ferrari. While the details aren't 100% clear yet, it seems as though you have to be an existing Ferrari car owner to be a Scuderia Ferrari One by Cabestan watch owner. Plus, you'll likely need to go through Ferrari in order to purchase the watches. Either way, expect long waiting times.
The design of the case makes is such that you can only comfortably turn the bezel but twisting it from the sides. I believe that this is a security mechanism to prevent erroneous turning of the bezel. The bezel has a nice hint of gloss that contrasts with the matte dial, while the very slightly glossy yellow flange ring is an intermediate texture between the dial and the bezel.
The Pininfarina Tourbillon Ottana watch can be worn in few different watches. First, the case can be placed in a special alcantara-style calf leather strap to be worn on the wrist. The case is reversible, meaning that it can be mounted with the front or back facing you. The time can be read from both sides (though the small one-handed dial on the rear of the watch isn't as precise as the time on the main dial. The watch can also be taken off the wrist straps and used as a pocket watch or a table clock. It comes with a little stand as well as a titanium pocket watch chain. As such, this watch clearly fits into the convertible watch list that I wrote about here.Read more ›