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This watch doesn't just have a dial that looks like a camera shutter, the prototype version actually used a camera shutter. Michael Bittel cannibalized a friend's vintage camera (he had permission) and took out the shutter. He ground it down and modified it, and used it to make an opening and closing dial on a watch. This isn't the first time that a shutter aperture style dial has graced my eyes, but it is one of the nicest renditions. I did mention the de Grisogono Fuso Quadrato Two Time Zone watch that applied a similar idea. Although on the Eclipse, the shutter opens up to reveal the decorated and diamond studded movement. Actually, I can't figure out whether the watch is called the Eclipse, Double Eclipse, Double Diaphragm Eclipse, or some variation thereof. Who knows, it doesn't matter. Not like there are other watches that look like this. By the way, I am gonna take this opportunity to mention to watch companies that you need to do two things: 1) make sure you give your watch a clear name, and don't make the name extremely confusing. I don't care if it is hard to choose a name, making a watch is harder. If you make a product, give it a name as good as the item is. 2) Just to remind yourself of that name (because they seem to forget), put that name ON THE WATCH. Yes, just engrave it anywhere. Maybe on the caseback, or on the side. Even placing it on the dial is a good idea. Remember that term branding? This is an important (and easy) part of branding.
The movement is an automatic made by Orient themselves in Japan. The overall accuracy of the movement is surprisingly good. Orient automatic movements do have a quirk though. Unlike Swiss movements you cannot currently manually wind then via the crown - meaning you cannot hand wind the watches. Only the automatic rotor will wind them. Those who are used to ETA movements haven't heard of this, but it is common in Japanese automatic movements, and here as well in the Orient caliber 46N4A movement. Orient is currently developing hand-wound movements that will show up into watches soon, and it is only a matter of time before they have an automatic movement with hand winding capabilities. Also, when you release the crown from the screw position it immediately adjusts the date. Typically you need to pull the crown out one more notch for this, but this is just another quirk of the movement. Something you should know about, but not a big deal.Read more ›
Check back here for addition deals as the holidays near. With hundreds of brands out there and countless watches to enjoy, who am I to tell you what watches are good for you or the lucky recipients of your gifts. All year long I've been making my own suggestions of the watches that I like. Now it is your turns to take all that I have bestowed upon you and put it to good use during the gift giving season (whether that gift be to yourself or others).
PLATINUM 950 CASE
BEVELED EDGE AND CURVED SAPPHIRE GLASS
HAND-SEWN BLUE ALLIGATOR STRAP
FOLDING BUCKLE WITH DOUBLE SAFETY PUSH-BUTTONS IN PLATINUM 950
See the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Limited Edition watch on James List here.
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A deep sense of childish excitement erupted when I laid my eyes on these early renderings of the new Star Wars collection watches by Marc Ecko. The brand and trademark (for Marc Ecko watches) is now owned by the Timex group, who are probably going to do a good job at making Marc Ecko watches look much nicer. I have not always been a fan of the brand's offerings, see this article of mine here. Actually come to think of it, I don't see at all how a Star Wars themed watch fits into the Marc Ecko style at all, though I am perhaps missing something the designer did in the past. Regardless, who cares? These new watches are going to be pretty darn awesome! I don't really care what brand name is slapped on them as long as they look good and are done with decent quality standards.
This watch review was contributed by a watch enthusiast from Finland. I am proud to continue you to present you with a world-wide, watch lover perspective. You can once in a while get a break from my snarky tone and listen to a different perspective on reviewing a watch. Ezteem is a newer Swedish watch brand (about 5 years old). I personally enjoy their smooth designer look. This is certain a suave modern dive style watch. The writer below is Santtu MÃ¤Ã¤ttÃ¤nen, a Finnish national and marketing professional, as well a and watch hobbyist who can give you a northern European perspective on our "horological imperative." By the way, please let me add that English is not the writer's first language, so please take that into consideration when reading his review:Read more ›
The top glass on this timepiece is a flat Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Each face has a unique carbon fiber look to it, enhancing the "sport" look of this watch. The hour, minute and indices are all treated with "Superluminova," and have a slight glow to them when fully charged. If there is one thing about this watch I would improve upon is the lume visibility, maybe slightly larger hands and lume on the second hand would make a nice improvement.
For just under 1000 dollars retail, you can't find a more complete, comfortable, attractive watch than an Oris F1 Day Date. I am a particular fan of the black on black with red highlights; there is just something about a stealth looking watch that I enjoy, but each of the models has a distinctive look that sets it apart from its brethren.
Ever since the new Calibre 5 movement based Tag Heuer Aquaracer watches came out I knew that they were going to be a big hit. Now, after Tag Heuer has penetrated the market with loads of marketing many of us many not yet have seen any of the actual pieces. The new Aquaracer watches look nothing like the previous line, which is a good or bad thing depending on how you see it. Well, there are SOME similarities. In fact, Tag Heuer still makes both lines, calling the new one the Aquaracer 500m. I think it is interesting when a company replaces an old model with something else, but still makes the old model. I've always appreciated how the new line is both aggressive and stylish - as well as durable enough to serious diving needs.Read more ›
Moving forward I only wish to continue offering more and increasingly polished reporting on watches and the watch industry. This includes my work here and elsewhere, as well as on the HourTime Podcast. While I can't always respond to e-mails or comments in the length I would prefer (or at all), I continually encourage your daily feedback, suggestions, and of course rants. Thanks for giving me the purpose and motivation to do what I have done in over 1000 articles, and I will keep it up as long as you keep reading. Thanks and expect another such post in maybe after another 1000 articles - they too will be "well earned."
The Sparta 1 Mini is a basic and inexpensive model from Orbita, but does everything you want it to do for winding a single automatic mechanical watch. Orbita makes many watch winders in beautiful woods, or for multiple watches, so those are also available - but in all, there is no really "better" way to wind watches that what you are provided with here. One of the best things about this Sparta 1 Mini is the refinement and winding mechanism. I haven't always been so keen on all Orbita watch winders, but this model does the task of winding very well - with next to no fuss. It is prudent to mention right off the bat that the Sparta is available in both AC (plug-in) powered, and battery powered models (the Sparta 1 Min and Sparta Open respectively). I really would have liked the unit to do both of these things, and have the option to run off of either type of power, but it isn't that big of a deal. You just need to decide which is right for you. The AC powered model is pretty straight forward. The unit comes with plug that attaches to the rear of the unit. The plug separates from the back of the unit so that Orbita can sell the unit in various countries and supply the right plug type for that region. The battery powered version uses special lithium ion batteries that are the same size as a D cell battery. The batteries aren't the type you can buy at your local drug store, but they are available online and directly from Orbita. The good news is that you won't have to worry about this too often as the batteries last for at least 5-7 years. The has to do with two things. First is the fact that the winder uses very little power, and second is because of mAh rating of the batteries is very high.
A few weeks ago you may recall that I notified you that aBlogtoRead.com would be down for a bit. That was the first phase of the upgrades to make aBlogtoRead.com faster, and more powerful for you. Well that was a band-aid compared to what I am doing now. As such, I am undergoing a more intensive full web host migration. The site will be down a bit, can't say how long. No matter what, aBlogtoRead.com will be back and serious soon. Wish me luck!
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The pocket watch case itself is hefty in a really nicely polished steel. I am actually impressed with the high level of polish, and that the watch feels so solidly made. The dial is machine engraved steel that looks nice with its various textured areas. The Breguet style blued steel pomme hands as well as Arabic numerals fit the character of the watch well. Small steel orbs are placed behind the hour markers that enhance the look of depth, as well as the pocket watch's vintage style demeanor. The dial is covered with a sapphire crystal and the watch is water resistant to 30 meters. I must say that the dial layout is flawlessly done. That layout of the power reserve indicator, Orient company logo, and the length of the hands are done precisely as should have been done. I can tell that Orient's designers put their time into this one.
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