This new version of the Anniversary Heart watch comes in an 18k rose gold case that is 42mm wide and paired with an anthracite dial. There are sections of the dial that are partially translucent, allowing for a review of the date ring and the movement. The little bits of exposed mechanics in the center of the dial as well as the hints of skeletonization are interesting. The skeletonized dauphine hands are bold and partially lume filled. The watch looks both good for formal occasions and impressing watch nerds alike.
Movement CO12 - Hand-wound
- Shock protection: Incabloc 908.22.211.100 (transparent)
Most high-end brands with ties to the 18th century are pretty serious, but Blancpain seems to have a bit of a sense of humor – or at least a sense of adventure. Making erotic watches using world-class engraver talent to carve miniature nudes copulating is just the beginning. They also do things like partner with famous chefs and of course, supercar maker Lamborghini. It is worth mentioning that viewing a 200,000 Swiss Franc erotic minute repeater watch in a small mountain town in Switzerland with their conservative inhabitants is amusing, to say the least.
I've always wanted to see the return of the Rainbow. Zenith played with El Primero chronographs over the years that got close, but nothing really was a true follow-up. With the Stratos we now have an official Rainbow heir. There may be a specific "Rainbow" model on the horizon, but it will be wearing these clothes. So it then brings be great pleasure to present you with the new El Primero Stratos Flyback watch - a winner in my top 11 Basel 2011 watches list.
Movement: Automatic P-221, exclusive module
Open-worked, exclusive decorated Perrelet rotor
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Vibrations per hour: 28’800 (4Hz)
Case: Ã˜ 42 mm
Case material: A1041/4: Stainless Steel
A3014/5: Pink gold (4N) 18ct
Anti-glare sapphire crystal (front & back)
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Dial A1041/4: Silvered white
Strap: Black alligator
Stainless steel deployment buckle
Public price: Steel A1041/4: CHF 8’200.— / Euro 5’900.— / US$ 8’275.—
Gold A3014/5: CHF 20’500.— / Euro 14’700.— / US$ 20’250.—
The dials are flat pieces of metal that underwent cutting via photolithography and then applied with a black enamel. This approach is Itay Noy's preferred dial style, and he makes very good use of the medium. If you browse his collection you will find many ways the brand has played with this concept. As applied to the identity collection, Itay Noy plays with the concept of different types of numeric indicators from different cultures. The numerals are then mixed with a pattern made from images that are associated with the culture. The star of David makes sense with Hebrew letters, and likewise there are associate elements with other Identity pieces that have Japanese numerals, Roman numerals, and more traditional Arabic letter numerals (not Arabic numeric numbers that we are used to).
Swiss Watchmaking tradition allied with the latest in high-tech telephony
I previously wrote about the RGM Pennsylvania Tourbillon MM 2 watch here. There you will learn more about RGM, the technical specs, and other facts that I don't feel like repeating here. This is about my hands-on experience with the first-ever American made tourbillon watch. A while back, the US made a lot of watches. We bested Switzerland and brands like IWC were actually created when the US decided to outsource its watch-making to Switzerland - no joke.
Dimension: 47 mm
See this Bell & Ross Diver 300 Chronograph watch available on James List here.
On the back of the watch is an engraving of a Oris Sky Racing Team plane. The collection is limited to 1,000 pieces (not sure of price right now). Oris offers the BC3 Air Racing watch on a titanium bracelet or a rubber strap. I really like this limited edition GMT model, and think that it makes a pleasing addition to the standard BC3 watch collection.
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- Case and hand engraved crown in 950 platinum
- Dimensions / 41mm x 11mm
- Lugs / milled from solid platinum with case
- Water resistance / 30 meters/3ATM
Giveaway watch 10: Orient Aviator ref. EM7A001B
Breguet gives the watch an 18k silvered gold dial (or in rhodium black) that is deeply engraved with a number of guilloche patterns. The light blue elements for the alarm ring are a nice touch, and most of the elements on the dial are applied. Without having to read the dial, it looks really pleasant. And now starts the confusion. I've mentioned that watch is an alarm. Mechanical it works well enough. Use one of the crowns on the right side of the case to set the blue tipped alarm hand, and then use the "wave" pusher to make sure the alarm is on or off. The sound is about as good as you can get from a mechanical alarm in a case of this size and design. Meaning it is not very loud - though most aren't really. The dial has a separate power reserve indicator for the alarm (though none for the rest of the functions). So you can be sure it has enough power. That indicator is not exactly a breeze to read. In bad light, forget about seeing the little hand in it. Worse is the tiny window for the alarm function indicator. The actual disc is so deep into the movement it is like looking into a pin hole. Without the right light or angle, you have basically no way of knowing whether the alarm is on or off. I doubt that many people who have this watch are going to use the alarm much. On the dark dialed version of the watch all these legibility and ergonomic problems are compounded.
From the side, the difference is more clear. Note the increase in bevel on the back of the chrono, this helps keep it comfortable and in place on your wrist. You can see that the bezel doesn't dome very high, which is why the acrylic is a minor issue.