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Probably best to leave reading the text to the 33 buyers of this interesting timepiece. Aside from everything else peculiar about this watch, it tells time in a 24 hour format. Perfect for military types, and everyone else expect Americans who understand 24 hour time as much as they do degrees in Celsius. The watch doesn't use hands on the watch face in the traditional sense. Instead, it has hidden discs (in either blue or red) with little arrow hands that come out of them. This creates one of those "mysterious hands" situations. The watch also has a subsidiary seconds dial, power reserve indicator, and the inclined tourbillon. As the tourbillon is a 24 second tourbillon, you can't use it to really measure anything worthwhile (expect for a period of 24 seconds that is).
Black hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium/white gold custom designed deployment buckle attached to articulated lugs
Here is a special edition watch dedicated to Sea Shepherd and the activist writer Farley Mowat. The watch is based on the standard Tempvs Compvtare watch that I wrote about here. You can tell right away that the watch is all Tempvs Compvtare (Tempus Computare), but now with a yellow instead of blue trim, and one of the strangest set of hands I have ever seen on a dive watch (or any watch for that matter). Using the iconic Sea Shepherd flag, the dial of the Sea Shepherd watch uses the Poseidon's trident and shepherd's cane as the hour and minute hands (trident is the hour hand). You can see the skull shape (with the whale and dolphin on it) placed on the dial as well. The skull and crossbones symbol is meant to be pirate like of course, communicating the aggressive tactics of the team. Though I like how Tempvs Compvtare make the skull meaner looking. I got to handle the standard Tempvs Compvtare watches and they are pretty cool (though the Sea Shepherd was there as it was not released yet).
Price for the Cartier Roadster S is ,200 as seen on a rubber strap, and ,600 on a steel strap. You can even buy them direct from Cartier via their e-boutique online.
All watch manufactures are split up into two main areas: production and assembly/finishing. Production is where the parts are actually made. This is where the mega bucks machines live and doing their work quietly. Amazing inventions, an assortment of modern wonders are programmed to produce the tiny plates, pinions, and gears (etc...) that go into each watch. Here engineers work, in calm, slightly chemically smelling chambers which are well lit and remarkably peaceful. Go to the other side of things and you'll find watchmakers in white robes sitting at high desks which operate similar to those from hundreds of years ago. A white environment is kept extremely clean. JCB points out how clean the manufacture is - clean enough to eat off of. It probably is. Watch manufactures are quite operations, and the workers peacefully go about the delicate process of making watches. I stroll by with camera in hand. Some appreciate the opportunity to be immortalized in watch related media with a loupe over their eye. Others shy away from the ordeal - as though they chose watch making to be introverted. The characters at Hublot (like most modern manufactures) are young and upbeat. Despite the slowness of making little machines, there is an energetic feeling in the halls.
A big stainless steel case, wide and easy-to-read dial, military inspired triangular marker at twelve, thick leather strap with rivets. Where have I seen this watch before? Hamilton has not re-invented the wheel with the Khaki Pilot 46. Is is their take on the classic "Big Pilot" style inspired by watches worn by military aviators of the Thirties and Forties. This look has been undertaken by so many manufacturers that it has become almost as iconic as the Submariner style. While there is not much new that can be added to such a watch without looking gimmicky and departing from the true big pilot style, Hamilton has successfully incorporated some unique details and more importantly their ability to offer a good looking, high-grade, Swiss, automatic watch for under ,000.
On the dial you have a bi-compax subsidiary dial display, again with the sunburst pattern, and a fun mix of the six o'clock hour indicator spelled out balanced by the numeric "12" above. One thing you can't really notice is the colors of the chronograph pushers. The crown and lower chronograph have black rings on them, while the upper chronograph pusher has an orange ring to match the orange section of the rotating diver's bezel. Roger Dubuis watches celebrate the fact that they are not for everyone - not even close. The designs are intentionally made to arouse some, while seeing strange to others. Nevertheless, most of the brand's timepieces are still very well designed, and have a lot of enjoyment in store for people who like them. The EasyDiver Chronograph is no different, and is itself limited to just 280 pieces.
When I was visiting with Casio at their rather massive room at Baselworld 2010, it was almost an overwhelming, colorful adventure of Casiotopia. The G-Shock area was probably the most interesting to me because those Japanese designers frequently have something stimulation each year that you don't expect. This year it was a watch with a surprisingly affordable watch. Not like any Casio is unaffordable, but given the rise in quality and prices in Citizen and Seiko, I was expecting some similar high-end stuff from Casio. For me, one of their major 2010 stars was a very inexpensive watch - and I think most people will like it. At just and coming in a range of really fun colors - this Casio GA100 X-Large Combi line of timepieces hits a sweet spot catering both to G-Shock enthusiasts, and people who are often turned off by digital only watches.
Important to me however are the watches. Not sure if they are officially licensed by Lego, or if that is even necessary, but you get the idea just by looking at them. The simple bright colors, and the nubs on the strap all indicate that one special building block. The watches themselves are made with a JC DC partnership with watch maker odm - known for quirky and cool (mostly) digital watches. Look out for their military style dog tags necklace watch.
I really love the rubber strap size and feel. It has a double pin style buckle in metal, and a thick, substantial, and textured feel to it. Luminox opted not to mach the black case with a black coated metal buckle, and instead went with a brushed metal buckle signed with the Luminox logo. I don't mind the color discrepancy at all to be honest.
If Richard Mille and Hublot had a developmentally disabled child, it would be Cvstos. I kid! The Swiss brand never fails to amuse me. Especially the "V" style "U" in their name. I must admit though that the V looks better in writing. "Custos" just looks odd. Some of their designs I like, some I don't. This Challenge-R 50 Chronograph watch has some things to admire, and areas to make fun of. What is interesting is that most of these watches are available for half price online.
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The most peculiar design area of the watch is the dial. I overall like it, but I want to point out a few things. First is the two region style of the dial, with an outer ring and inner dial with a concentric circle patter done pretty nicely for the price. Because the dial is a bit busy, Candence seemed to not want anything to interfere with the legibility. So the Oarsman Hammer has large, high contrast hands, and applied hour markers. Both with lume. The really make the dial easy to read. Even if this watch were a Breitling, it would be harder to read. To achieve this, Cadence made the interesting decision to make the hands actually too long. Probably the first time I have ever said this - but it totally works. Notice how the minute hand extends past the hour markers into the rowing rate indicator zone. The dial also has two orange oars on it that are a nice reminder of the theme.
Yea, it is funny, and it is supposed to be. Guys like us though, can sort of see right through sales presentations like this. Such as remarking on how the sale price of is so much lower than the published 5 price on the watch box. We all know that MSRP prices on watch boxes are basically a starting point for discounts. I don't think anyone has ever bought a watch at the price printed on the box or label. The point of these videos is to draw attention to KenmarWatches and inject some humor into an industry where laughing is strictly forbidden! Exactly why is he wearing latex gloves?
50 years ago Breguet delivered to the French Naval Airforce 500 Type XX Aéronavale watches made on special order. Actually, they were ordered in 1958, but it took Breguet 2 years to make all the pieces. The French Naval Air force (known as the Aéronavale), wanted easy to ready flight watches with flyback chronograph functions. Still to this day, all Breguet Type XX watches have a flyback chronograph. The watch had a special engraving on the back which read: Breguet Marine Nationale Aeronautique Navale." According to Breguet, the watches were still being used in service by pilots until the early 1980s (and collector's love them today). Breguet has actually been working with the French Navy since 1815 supplying pocket watches.
Flat Tortue shape 45 x 37.5 mm
Height 8.00 mm
Dial Smoked Sapphire