George explained to me how he got into customizing Rolex watches in the first place, and it began with a story of his first Rolex, back when he was a teenager. He was positively thrilled to get a Rolex Daytona as a gift, until he noticed that many of his peers had the exact same watch. Bamford recalls the experience with clarity and explains that he knew what it was like to feel like a confident woman entering a party in a red dress only to notice that other ladies in the party are wearing the same red dress. For many people, the idea of merely owning something really nice is enough, but it is true that most people want to feel unique in what you choose to show off via items you wear.
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Quick! How many hands normally appear on a MeisterSinger watch? One, right? Well, up until recently, that would certainly be the case. With the introduction of the MeisterSinger Paleograph, however, that answer is no longer entirely accurate. Sure, you've still got the singular hour hand (no minutes hand needed), but then there is a whole new compliment of hands showing up on the dial.Read more ›
The Junghans Max Bill design has stayed true to its origins, and has luminescent dots at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock and a double dot at 12 o'clock, ensuring that the pure dial is easily legible in the dark. The two automatic Junghans Max Bill models are offered in either a slate-grey dial and beige-colored calfskin strap combination, or in what Junghans calls jet black. Junghans also offers Junghans Max Bill watches in quartz, and has had a lot of success with the quartz-powered Junghans Max Bill ladies watches. Based on that success, they're launching a men's model called the Junghans Max Bill Quarz. The quartz watches will be available with dials in white, matte silver-plate, or a dark dial with sunray cut.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the story is that the price of the Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon watch has changed, and not in the way you might suspect. In 18k white gold the Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon watch was priced at 0,000, and in 18k red gold that price went down to 5,000. That isn't an insignificant amount, so what happened? Thum was very straight-forward about it and indicated that the initial price factored in the margin retailers would want to help sell the watch (something that isn't uncommon at all). Fonderie 47 has decided to work directly with its clients and cut out retail partners, so the price simply went down to what they wanted to charge and make a reasonable profit from. That simple. fonderie47.com
Like a traditional watch the Apple Watch will focus on a crown for most of its functions. However, where it all becomes very new and unique is how the digital crown functions in a way that we have never seen before in a smartwatch. The crown was designed to make navigating the beautiful interface a more efficient and simple experience than on previous smartwatches, as here it is to be used together with the multi-touch gestures on the touch screen as well as the buttons set into the side of the case.Read more ›
However, if you are neutral towards blue or partial to it, the next thing to note is that the hue of the blue changes depending on the light. In bright environments, under direct sunlight, for example, the blue is strikingly brilliant and is stunning to behold, and at certain angles, it looks almost purplish. In low lighting, the blue somehow disappears, and the bezel looks almost completely black. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that this bi-color bezel is something of a chameleon of sorts.
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During their first year (1947), Kirk Jewelers started selling Heuer (back before it was TAG Heuer) and included Omega shortly thereafter. These days, Kirk Jewelers is still run as a family business by Jeffery, his sister Allison, and Jeffery's wife Malena. They are the oldest Authorized Rolex and Patek Philippe retailer in South Florida. Allison and Jeffrey started their passion for fine Swiss timepieces early on, as they spent most of their childhood in the jewelry store.
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With the P.4000, Panerai managed to create a new caliber that does more than just allow the engineers to stretch their muscles a bit. The P.4000, thanks to its bi-directionally winding micro-rotor. which is literally sunken into the plane of the movement's top plate, is a mere 3.95 millimeter thin, which for an automatic movement, really is a very compact size. This, as we shall see, directly (and very positively) affects the overall thickness of the watch to which it is fitted.
Our biggest event is at the end of the summer right here in our store. It's kind of our grand finale of the summer. The last Saturday at the end of the summer we get our vendors to fly in from Switzerland, Italy, Germany and all over to present some special pieces. It's a great time and we usually do that with a car company as well so we have some spectacular cars parked out front as well. In the past, we have had Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Aston Martin.
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Finding the proper dimensions was one of the most difficult parts about this project because, quite simply, there weren’t any available (for obvious reasons). I began by compiling hundreds of pictures of the Urwerk UR-202 from various angles as well as getting the overall dimensions of the watch (case height, width and length). With this information, I was able to develop sketches of the outer case with proper dimensioning by using the overall dimensions to scale, and create a conversion ratio for the rest of the angles/measurements. Once the outer case had been dimensioned, I moved on to the case back, crown, rotor assembly, and any other component that could be seen externally.
TAG Heuer has evolved and developed a lot over the last few years, but for 2014 their new "Don't Crack Under Pressure" slogan is more than a new marketing message, but an indicator of a new direction for the Swiss watch maker overall. TAG Heuer, like many other watch brands, has experienced a lot of change over the last decade not only because of shifting economies, but also because of how the major players in the watch industry receive and/or produce mechanical watch movements.
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Decades or even hundreds of years old guilloché machines work in perfect harmony with modern, multiple-axis CNC lathes all in an effort to create a watch that blends the beauty of traditionally crafted dials and hands with the accuracy and reliability of modern movement components. Several traditional and modern manufacturing methods are introduced here in detail, in a way that makes them easy to understand and appreciate even for those less tech-savvy.
As we know, the benefits of an automatic rotor are constant winding of the mainspring and – thanks to the higher average tension in the mainspring when the watch is being worn – more consistent power through the gear train. This means the watch should keep better time as you avoid the diminished amplitude and associated rate loss as the mainspring winds down. It is also convenient in our hectic lives, when we may forget to wind our watch each morning before setting off. As long as you are reasonably active and wear the watch frequently enough, it should always be running and keeping decent time.Read more ›
Building a smartly designed ultra-slim watch that checks all of the boxes is a tall order for most manufactures. I do have a singular gripe, and that is that I would loved to have seen the blued steel hands used on other models in the Heritage collection make an appearance on the steel model Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim – but that’s just personal aesthetic preference speaking. Beyond that, this piece is in my opinion damn near perfect.
If you have been looking for alternative ways of accessorizing yourself with a piece of horology, the Speedometer Official Unidirectional Bezel bracelet may very well be worthy of consideration. As its name suggests, the designer of the Unidirectional Bezel bangles, the Italian Marco Gatti has clearly been inspired by some of the iconic Rolex bezel designs, those found on the Rolex Submariner and GMT-Master II, to be exact.Read more ›
Rudy Chavez: I had just started college and was working part-time in a jewelry store in New Jersey. It was there that I learned the jewelry and watch business, and over time, developed a strong affinity to timepieces. The best part of the job was being able to share in the special moments of our clients, and to assist them in selecting the perfect timepiece for themselves or their loved one.
MJ: The fundamental design goal of a watch is simple - communicate the time. The watch's 'interface' is what a watch uses to communicate the time and allow the user to change the time. Some watches take that a step further and add date, day of the week, timers, etc., but the concept is the same. Because the goal is so simple, it gives watch designers so much creative freedom. Should there be numbers? If so, what style typeface should be used? What about a second hand? A chronograph? Each design decision is compounded with the next to create a unique work of art that will inform its user about the passing of time. These design decisions will determine whether the watch feels clean and modern, or simple and accessible, or whether it evokes images of our grandfather and his generation, or a distant future. That's what a good design can do.