After parts which are small, tiny, and impossibly fragile looking are made, the longest part of the watch making process begins. This is the finishing and decoration phase. Where leagues of skilled workers dedicate months of time to going over virtually each part of the watch movement in extreme detail. This time is dedicated to polishing, engraving, texturing, and of course quality assuring. The bottom line is that when you pay for an A. Lange & Sohne movement, you are paying for a fanatical attention to detail, beauty, and perfection - as well as the amount of time involved in the process as each component is specially finished and/or decorate. I asked the Lange people how often mistakes were made as most of the processes are manual, and what they do with the imperfect parts. They just looked at each other and then calmly stated to me, "this does not happen." It was confident enough an answer that I had no problems believing it. When your business is steeped in generations upon generations of a craft perfected over time (no matter the technology used) you get the point where all the kinks have been worked out, and all you have left is a seamless system.
The reason I really like Jumping Hour watches is their convenient simplicity and ease of use. To tell the time you glance at the digit in the hour window (for the hour), and then observe the position of the minute hand. It reduces the mental calculation required to tell the time, and it's more 'pure' that a wholly digital watch. Just think about using a Jumping Hour watch and consider how it would be easier. Jumping Hour watches have a lot of use, but are difficult to design because it is hard to play with the orientation of the hands to make each new Jumping Hour watch look fresh. Perrelet has taken the approach of adding a large seconds dial to enhance the interest of the look. I think the contrasting colors and textures are well done.
With an obvious nautical theme, the Nautilus plays nicely on land and sea, but you don't want to expose this beautiful rose gold version to diving too often. You can imagine that a solid gold Patek Philippe watch doesn't come cheap. Thankfully on JamesList right now, you can find this watch for about ,000. This is about the retail price for the steel version of this hard to find watch. This model comes on the alligator strap with signature lug design that results in a very comfortable fit for this thinner than expected luxury timepiece.
Rolex Daytona watches
A lot of what I want to say about the Cameo in this article will be from my personal experience with the watch. I've written a few pre-release articles here that you should look at for the fullest 'picture' of what the Cameo is all about. There you'll get a few details that are important but I won't reiterate here. I will however add again that the movement is an automatic ETA 2892A2 with some decoration. This is the highest grade base type three-hand automatic movement that ETA offers.
A high-end timepiece would be the perfect gift to give when proposing marriage, a symbol of love - and a gift to truly enjoy for the rest of your life together. More than a diamond, timepieces (specifically Swiss watches) represent: tradition, craftsmanship, exclusivity, perfection, performance, longevity.. I could go on.
The skeletonization is not total on this watch, but rather, is combined with the look of a quasi-aviator or racing watch. I tried to figure out exactly why I liked the overall look of the watch, even though it didn't serve any formal functional purpose. The design seems to ride between being a tool watch, and being a watch that showcases how a mechanical movement works. Then I remembered the Terminator, from the movies. Everyone remembers the cool look that Schwarzenegger had when he was between looking like a person and a machine. You got a glimpse of what was making him work, but you still were connected with the human part, and the functional "covering" over the machine underneath. This is the same idea behind this Orient CFT00004B watch. See what I mean? Look at the face and see how it is roughly sectioned off into three pieces. One that is mostly clean with what the watch would look like without the cut-aways, then a section with reduced hour markers with more of a view into the movement, and then another section that is more or less totally open. The concept works because it appeals to our sense of wonder into how things work, but combines it with something that actually does work. This makes for a perfect "guys watch," that few men would refuse to like. The whole concept JUST WORKS.