When it comes to high-end dive watches, IWC's Aquatimers are one of my favorites. Why? Because they pair boldness with refinement, while some of the brand's models come spiced up with a selection of more unusual colors, rendering them distinctively different and unique from other dive watches out there. This year's new Aquatimer collection builds on these very traditions, and so we were excited to go hands-on with the Aquatimer Automatic 2000. With its vivid colors and 2000 meters depth rating, it might not be as vibrant as Aquatimers of the past, yet it still looks modern with its aquamarine color palette and unquestionably over-engineered construction. If you are looking for an extreme dive watch, the new Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is definitely worthy of consideration.
As an aside, the annual calendar complication came to be via collaboration with Musée International d‘Horlogerie (MIH) - specifically, their curator Ludwig Oechslin. For more details on the complication, check out Ariel's writeup here, Paul's review of the MIH Watch, and then head on over here.
In addition to the new Steel model watch, Pebble is introducing a Pebble appstore. The appstore has six categories of apps that include Daily, Tools & Utilities, Remotes, Notifications, Fitness, and Games. Daily apps include quick access to news, stocks, weather, and the sort of things you'd want to check frequently. Remotes control home appliances, car door locks, cameras and more. There's a fitness category, utilities that include conversion apps, games, and notification apps that push customized notifications straight from apps and web services to the watch. Overall it looks like people with a Pebble have a lot more reason to play with and rely on their smartwatch than those with pieces from competitor brands.
If you are curious, the style of the hands are known as "Assegai-shaped," and they work perfect on the dial with their proper length and proportions. I've said this many times, but I really love well-proportioned dials with thin and long hour hands and indicators. Not all versions of the Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Balance Spring watch have Roman numerals. In fact, there are some with guilloche machine engraved dials that have more simple baton hour markers. This was first used on Laurent Ferrier's later automatic watch model called the "Galet Classic Micro-Rotor Automatic" (hands-on here).
Given that it's pulling inspiration from the world of automobiles, let's see what the Oryx offers up in terms of a tie-in, shall we? First, and most prominently, you've got a bezel topping the 48mm cushion case that has the look and feel of a miniature brake disc. It's a little hard to see on our IP sample, but on the others in the lineup, where the disc is bare metal (shown here) , you can see the influence. Of course, the side view, where you can see the "vents", helps reinforce the look.
I discussed a very special version of the Percheron with the 24k gold model here. Thankfully, Manchester United fans will not be required to spend ,000 on watches with the logo of their favorite team. The Bulova Percheron Treble collection has three watches specially designed for the Bulova Manchester United relationship, and this ref. 63B195 is my favorite, with its steel case, matching brushed metal dial, and full two-tone Manchester United Logo on the dial.
Therefore, you can see that both the CO7.111 and 2824 movements have their own advantages. The Swatch Group is heavily leaning on the former as being the type of product that they feel will help get people more excited about watches because of the increased power reserve which tends to be unavailable in other watches at this price. Further, for the time being, the Powermatic 80 and other similar movements (Hamilton has some as well) are not going to be available in watches outside the Swatch Group brands.
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There are really two separate topics that need to be discussed in this article. First are details about the Moto 360 smartwatch itself, and secondly (which is perhaps more important), is the new Android Wear operating system. Google's Android was originally developed as an open operating system for developers to use in mobile devices such as phones and tablets. Some developers have tried to develop smartwatches with versions of Android, but it doesn't really work given the resources and screen size necessary for the system and interface. Some time ago, Google realized that a distinct version of Android would be necessary for the unique challenges of a wearable device, so development has been ongoing for over a year and has now been made public.
Being a so-called "Manufacture" in the Swiss watch making industry has probably never been as important as it is today. To be clear, a manufacture is commonly defined as a company that makes most all components itself (and hence probably in Switzerland), with the possibly acceptable exclusion of jewels, the hairspring, and the crystal. This previously unseen craze in regard to being a vertically integrated manufacturer has been brought about by two different causes: for one, it is the Swatch Group's decision to cut the amount of supplied ETA-movements to non-Swatch companies; and second, the recent marketing "strategies" that created a perception of added value and prestige around the status of being a manufacture. During the last decade or so we have even seen a few brands try and achieve this status prematurely – and the result of those trials clearly highlighted some of the difficulties linked to this Herculean task.
When you look at surviving Breguet pocket watches from the days of Abraham-Louis Breguet himself, this fact becomes incredibly obvious. Produced in a time before electricity, many original Breguet pocket watches appear to have been produced just a few years ago. The perfection of the cases, the crispness of the dials, and the technology employed is outstanding, and there is no question that every available ounce of effort was put into their design and construction. Today we look at an antique original Breuget pocket watch, as well as two modern pocket watches they produce in small numbers that of course are inspired by the past.
The first step was ensuring the newly designed system has a mechanism to prevent the detent from "turning over." The in-house made Caliber DTC07 has an anti-pivot cam that puts the escapement between two sapphire crystal bridges which allows for shock absorption. There is also a "flexible thrust bearing" that is fitted on the wheel and connected to the balance to absorb shock. Further, the watch also has a constant force escapement.