UPDATE: Pricing for the Speedmaster '57 Co-axial Chronograph will range from 7400 CHF (steel) to 8900 CHF for the titanium with the gold models topping out at 30, 000 CHF once they are available later this summer.
The Oris Air Racing's BC3 style case is 42mm wide in steel, but in this case coated in black DLC. The dial and hands have a lot of SuperLumiNova. This even includes the numerals for the day and date indicators - which is rare. The case is further water resistant to 100 meters and has an AR coated sapphire crystal. We know these watches are durable and mean business when it comes to utility and comfort. Attached to the case is a black textile strap.
We are basically technically oriented. As far as Pierre DeRoche is concerned, the technique first drives our product developments. Then, after having defined the technical specifications and features of a new complication, we ask our designers to work on the design of the movement. The TNT collection (and the GrandCliff Milady Royal Retro) have no dial. As a result of that, the movement design is essential as well.
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According to Romain Jerome CEO Manuel Emch, the Space Craft is a side-read watch inspired by 1970's futurism design, architecture, and Darth Vader's helmet. Emch is frank about the inspirations, but the resultant watch is no mere throw-back design gimmick. On his desk, Emch has models and prototype versions of the Space Craft. A year ago he showed me early versions of the watch and the final timepiece is quite cool - albeit sharp. Those angles don't just look pointy, they are pointy. Using "anglism," the Space Craft is all about sharp corners and flat surfaces. It is sort of a watch that a mother might warn "don't hurt anyone" before letting you put it on.
We’ve recently written about Shinola’s awesome new operation based out of Detroit. From all outward appearances, it looks like they are catching on like wildfire, as all of their timepieces have been sold out for months. This is an exciting time for a revival in modern American watchmaking, and Shinola has the production capacity to be a national leader. In addition to releasing additional wristwatch models over the coming months, they are also opening two boutiques this summer – in Detroit and New York City. We look forward to what this brand has in store for us down the line, and can’t wait to see them move towards in-house manufacturing on a large scale. 0-0 shinola.com
EG: This watch carries some poetry and mystery which fascinates me. It is unique in its approach regarding the movement. It is almost mystical for me….
In the beginning, I first came to the concept of the watch with immediate disdain. Just say the words "luxury digital watch" to yourself and witness a weird feeling come over your body.
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CONSTANT ESCAPEMENT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Case: white gold
Diameter: 48.00 mm
Glass: domed anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: white gold with engraved GP logo
Dial: silvered with grained finish and rhodium-plated appliques
Hands: dauphine style
Case back: sapphire glass, secured with 6 screws, all inscriptions hand engraved
Water resistance: 30 meters
Girard-Perregaux movement MVT-009100-0007
manual mechanical movement
Caliber: 17½ ’’’
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h – (3 Hz)
Power reserve: Approximately one week
Number of components: 271
Functions: hour, minute, central second, linear power reserve
Black alligator strap
White gold folding clasp
With about fifteen pieces to choose from in the current ladies’ collection, my recommendation would be to skip the larger models and diamond dial/bezel variants and stick with the 27mm base version pictured here, available with either a silver or black dial and a great price point. If your lady is more Lara Croft than Paris Hilton, this is the watch for her. Priced from ,700. tagheuer.com
Fortunately for us, the Zetios lineup (on which this edition is based, if you recall) has the technical chops to match the design. Tucked away within the case you have a DD 4500 automatic mechanical movement with a 40-hour power reserve, which drives the aforementioned chronograph, as well as the large date display. On top of the case you have a curved sapphire crystal; around back you've got a flat sapphire set into the screwed-in case back. Lume is present on the dial and hands (apologies, we weren't able to locate a lume picture), and you do have a limited bit of water resistance (rated at 30m, so don't go swimming with this one).
-Caliber RJ3000-A – Mechanical self-winding movement
-Frequency 28’800 v/h
-Jewelling 32 jewels
-Power reserve 42 hours
-Water resistance 3 atm (30 meters)
-Functions Hours and minutes at 3 o’clock, flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock, power reserve at 6 o’clock
-Case 44,5 x 48,5 mm Steel, steel with elements from the Apollo 11 space shuttle
-Five shaped anti-reflective sapphire crystals
-Fitted with cylinder system for optimal wrist adjustment
-Case back Opening with sapphire crystals
-Dial Black dial containing Moon Dust. Integrated X-shaped traverses Circular satin-brushed counters
-Hands Oxidised black and satin-brushed hours and minutes hands with red lacquer Red lacquered power reserve indication
-Crown Steel screw-lock crown with black rubber
-Strap Black alligator strap
-Limited edition 25 pieces
-Retail price CHF 107,000.-* / EUR 99,000.-* / USD 115,000.-* / GBP 79,300.-*
Similar to the new Mark XVII and the new Pilot Chronograph, the IWC Worldtimer includes a cutout date that shows three date digits at a time. IWC claims that this is done as a reminder of the altimeter instrument gauge on an airplane. Sure, but since we can only be in one date at a time, and the date jumps, this cutout is done mostly for show, though on the Worldtimer it's somewhat useful when changing the hour and crossing the date line…
We have not heard from Zodiac for quite some time now, and it's true that there have been some ups and downs in their previous collections. They have been doing some very modern and generously sized (50-52mm) timepieces lately, like those in the Special Ops or the Sea Dragon collections. Bringing out a vintage-inspired edition, like this LE Sea Dragon, certainly shows that the brand wants to discover and build on its heritage better than it had done previously.
Name : CM01
Movement : ETA2892A2 or Soprod A1
Case : D 43mm , height 9,8mm
Bottom : screwed with sapphire window
Top : Sapphire . Cyclops eye ground into sapphire
Crown : screwed with Onyx Cabochon
Strap : calf leather with deployant clasp
Water resistance : 10Bar
Price : 1480 € (1940 US$)