Information for the sensors is obtained through the back of the watch. There are some slits in the caseback that allow air and pressure to enter. Still, recall that I mentioned this watch is fully water resistant to 100 meters. Other watches such as Sunnto or Casio (that offer watches with similar functions) often place the sensors on the side of their watches. Tissot has each of these watches beat when it comes to user enjoyment as well as watch style. Operating any of these functions has the hands of the watch magically come to life and either point to the function you are using, or actually help. For instance, in compass mode, the hands of the watch form a compass need pointing to North, while the LCD panel reads out the degrees. This little aspect of the Tissot T-Touch line never gets old, and you’ll find yourself fiddling with it when you are bored. The people behind the ETA E48.351 movement (both ETA and Tissot are part of the Swatch Group) that powers the Tissot T-Touch Expert have really created something special. There are two major complaints people have behind the movement. Well, they are more wishes than complaints. Fans want to see a solar powered movement (though that would affect how nice the watch dial is, as that is where light would need to come in), and people have wished to have an atomic clock controlled Tissot T-Touch. I don’t know if either of these are really necessary. My take is that they would be nice, but only if Tissot was able to incorporate them and keep the Tissot T-Touch the beautiful watch that it is. In fact, I know of just one European watch maker that features atomic clock controlled watches (known battery hogs), that being Junghans (and the watches aren’t nearly as awesome looking as the T-Touch Expert). The majority of the atomic clock controlled watches out there are Japanese and simply fall into a different category than the Tissot T-Touch Expert watches.
The Casio Riseman GW-9200 is a bit tricky to review, mostly because Christian already wrote a pretty complete post about it already. It's also a bit of a hybrid watch, something of a merger between the worlds of the G-Shock and Pathfinder lines. I'll dive into feature lists after the break, but a short summary is this: Metric units only, and no compass.
Burlet almost exclusively paints images relating to automobile and motorcycle sports, along with watches. While his art style is not meant to be photo realistic, it can be described as "preservationist," meaning that his work preserves each and every detail of what he is painting, yet adding his own artistic style.
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Before moving on to 12 rings of calamitous aesthetic, lets look at the watch itself. An almost tawdry looking quartz movement based chronograph that is barely legible underneath all the pseudo-glitz. The hands are so small, I can barely view them, and the menage of polishes and textures just really doesn't do it for me. If you say that I am making a judgment call about the design, well I am. And in my humble opinion, it is ugly.
Inside you have the same ETA 2892-2 movement with a Dubois-Dupraz chronograph module. Bell & Ross made good use of the black colored date disc, which looks infinitely more classy than a white disc would look in this application. While the dial is technically flat, efforts are made to add some three dimensional qualities. The chronograph dials are inset a tad, which the number indicators are applied with so much luminant, they actually visibly pop up from the dial. Two screws at the top and bottom of the dial are functionally unnecessary, but add a nice industrial feel alluding to a quality of "function first" that Bell & Ross is know for.
Speaking of Cruise, his character in the movie is Les Grossman. A satire (and reality) of certain Hollywood execs and Tom Cruise himself, who is as many know, in addition to being an actor, is also a Hollywood exec as co-owner of United Artists Pictures. You can read elsewhere about the ridiculous amount of makeup and body padding (and massive amounts of faux body hair) he wears, but the most noticeable part of his wardrobe is the large Panerai watch on his wrist. Cruise is not the largest man, and the PAM on his wrist looks enormous (it is 44mm wide which is big but not huge), and pretty bad-ass to be honest. Certainly a watch fit for the role. Like Sylvester Stallone, I would guess that this Panerai is from Tom's personal collection as opposed to being furnished by Panerai. Mainly because if I have correctly spotted the model, it is no longer being made and Tom Cruise is a known watch lover often with other large watches such as an IWC.
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Each of these watches are undeniably feminine, and obviously luxury watches with prices of ,000 plus. There is a growing subset of the luxury market that places less emphasis on formality and more on whimsy and visual interest. They are all worth checking out.
Today's mod is another Seiko SKX013 made to look like a Seiko Orange Monster Ref. SKX781K3. The Orange Monster is a bit of a cult watch for Seiko being adored by many for its looks and low price. It is also very popular due its lume. Seiko has a special proprietary lume that is licensed by many Swiss watch firms. The Orange Monster Diver is known as one of the brightest night watches. However it is 45mm wide, and for some people it is just too big. The SKX013 however is 38mm wide, which is considered medium (or small to many of you). In this instance, the idea of not being able to wear an Orange Monster because it was too large did not seem like a good enough excuse to not enjoy the style. So a smaller SKX013 was used as a base for this modification. The dial, hands, and other minor cosmetic changes needed to be made, and the result is really nice looking believeable watch. There are a number of minor technical considerations to take into consideration when modding a watch, so this is a skill as much as an art, so it's often a good idea to consult with an experienced modder if you have a complex project in mind.
Seiko Pullsse Odograph Watch Is Little Japanese Overlord Of Walking, On Your Wrist!