What exactly is a Cosmopolite? A "Grande" one at that? You may find out... In 2012 at Baselworld, I was excited about my forthcoming meeting with Glashutte Original. The (probably) under-appreciated Swatch Group-owned brand makes some fantastic watches. While they have their place in the Swatch Group and can't do everything they like, they still abide by Germanic principles to produce useful, high-end watches focused more on function and tradition versus mere luxury lifestyle. So I waited eagerly for my meeting, I even showed up with my own Glashutte Original watch that I actually own! They sadly didn't seem to notice or care. Like many other brands, 2012 was not exactly prolific when it came to the release of new models. Glashutte Original had a series of line extensions, some new sizes, but nothing really new. Guess I will have to wait until this upcoming Baselworld to see fresh stuff, but there was one interesting piece I did come across...
Main characteristics: Perpetual calendar with instantaneous jump. Unidirectional automatic winding. Simultaneous correction of the date and day in one direction, rotation of the day only in the other direction in position 2 of the winding stem. Discreet and secure corrector in the lug of the watchcase for correction of the month and leap year.
Source: Link to Part 1 of interview , Link to Part 2 of interview
4. NOMOS Tangomat GMT Watch Review
Wearing the Saxonia is a quite simply a joy. Its size and height are minimal, svelte, and comfortable. It fits under shirt cuffs and complements both formal and casual attire with its dial coloring and simple black leather strap. But it's not a watch that you’ll forget you’re wearing – the platinum adds serious heft for a watch this size, and the piece weighs in at 114g (compare that to a steel 42mm IWC Portuguese Automatic, which weighs about 95g).
This blue version of the Reverso Ultra-Thin is new for 2013, but mimics one of the original colors used on the Reverso watch collection. Missing the chronological mark by just a little bit, the Reverso family of flip face watches didn't come to market until 1931, but chances are that it was being developed in the 1920s. It is worth being on the list as the Reverso is one of the iconic (and enduring) art deco style timepieces that is sold today. Timeless and masculine, the two dials offer different time zones and a glorious recreation of a 1920s style design [See an aBlogtoWatch Review of a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch here.] jaeger-lecoultre.com
Aside from looking good, and having a manufacture movement, this watch has the trademark flipping case, which is always a good conversation starter at parties. From that point, one can then begin the tale of the Reverso's beginnings as it relates to polo and the protection of the fragile watch crystal in the 1930's. Reverso is a high-end watch that while pricey, is still remarkably accessible. For what it can give you, an iconic design and a dress watch for life, there is no better bargain. Prices start at ,150. jaeger-lecoultre.com
Among controversial watch brands there are controversial models. MB&F is no stranger to this. While I personally found a lot to enjoy in the HM4 watch collection it was not everyone's favorite. Which is less than ironically the case for the HM1, HM2, HM3, and now the HM5. MB&F sort of relishes in the love and hate relationship people sometimes have with their products. I mention all this not to state the obvious but because I think that MB&F itself had this relationship with the HM4. Not that they disliked the watch, but rather that it proved so difficult to play around with - making for a difficult watch/watch designer relationship.
The MegaSonic 720Hz is a movement unique to Omega and at the time had the smoothest moving second hand, ever. It was designed by Max Hetzel, the creator of the first ‘Tuning fork’ watch (the Bulova Accutron) but it works in a very different way. It has a micro-motor which, in simple terms, is a 1.2mm ruby disc studded with magnets which is shaken between two ruby springs in a sealed, oil-filled box by the tuning fork. This causes the disc to rotate four times per second. This disc is not directly connected to the gear train or any part of the watch but rather uses magnetic gearing to pass on its motion as does some of the reduction gear train.