Despite its unfashionable diameter, the watch looks sharp on the wrist. And thanks to these modest dimensions, the watch will fit comfortably on large and small wrists alike. Those who habitually remove their bulkier watches to use a keyboard may find that there is no need to do so with this slim watch. When viewed from the side, the strap can be seen to follow the wrist’s natural curvature, but the gap between the wrist and the bottom of the elevated lugs looks a bit awkward.
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That's phenomenal, and unheard of for a watch in this price range. Clearly, Lum-Tec has enormous confidence in this movement. Personally, I've had 3 SKX-series divers with variations of the 7S26, and they all had very poor accuracy and even worse isochronism. Even the 8L35 in my Marinemaster was worse than most ETA 2824s, so I was pessimistic that the NH35 would perform well. The results have been so good I've spent extra time verifying them. This watch runs a solid 2-3 seconds slow per day, whether worn, on the winder or even on a desk. Superb performance regardless of orientation, wind state or activity. Bravo indeed!
The Deep Space Tourbillon is not exactly innovative in terms of design. For me, it looks like a combination of Bernhard Lederer's Gagarin Tourbillon and complex tourbillons from Girard-Perregaux, Thomas Prescher, and Greubel Forsey. Of course those are great houses to emulate, but I simply wanted to be a bit more wowed after all these years waiting. I did get to see the Deep Space Tourbillon hands-on after meeting with Halter at Baselworld 2013. He didn't let me take photographs, but I got to see the real deal in action. The 46mm wide titanium case is very pretty, but reminded me more of the Gerald Genta (Bulgari) Gefica (look at the crown first) more than anything Vianney has introduced in the past.
Wristwatch enthusiasts are universally passionate about design, quality, and fashion. We bask in the glow of their heritage and history of the models and brands we collect or aspire to collect as part of the justification for our passion. It’s not a made up thing – not some sort of contrived culture we as enthusiasts have created for ourselves. We need look no further than modern reissues and homage models such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202 Jumbo (a tribute to the A Series Royal Oak of 1972), the Jaeger Le Coultre Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm, Bell & Ross’ Heritage Collection, and the Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carerra to see that, for the most part, the manufacturers themselves rely heavily on their history and early designs for inspiration – or at the very least, for marketing.
1973 was the year that Omega’s marketing department realized that the brand name contained the word ‘Mega’. The Basel fair of that year saw the launch of both the ‘Megasonic’ and the ‘Megaquartz’- an example of each watch is pictured above.
The back of the watches are also screwed down as part of the heritage of the Oyster case style. As is the case with all Rolex watches, the Rolex Datejust II and Rolex Day-Date II casebacks are totally blank, with a simple brushed finish. Comfort is rather excellent, though the larger 41mm wide case size requires a different sort of wearing expectation as the under-part of the case is quite flat, and the case is relatively long. It isn't less comfortable than the 36mm wide version, but it simply doesn't wear as snugly on the wrist. Note that these Rolex watches still bear the protective plastic over many of the surfaces as required by dealers on unsold pieces. That also goes with the little bar code on the side of the case that is removed upon purchase.
Ball’s Engineer Hydrocarbon watches are arguably their most recognizable, thanks to the prominent and unique crown guard. Earlier, we showed you the Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne and this time round, we are looking at its DLC sibling, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black. With a black DLC case, this new watch is perhaps Ball’s most stealthy one yet and the ETA 2892-2 movement within also features the brand’s new SpringLock shock protection system.
The depth gauge uses no hands and is a very simple system. The watch's sapphire crystal is extra thick and has a groove going around its periphery leading to a hole at 12 o'clock. When inserted into the watch, this hole allows water into the groove which pushes against compressed air. The deeper you go, the harder the water pushes and this struggle of air and water can be seen on the gauge as a function of depth. The idea is a good interpretation of this concept into a watch and I applaud its inherent simplicity. I don't however know how easy it will be to read while underwater with goggles or a mask. Probably not that hard actually (in clear water that is). Just saying that this is where a brightly colored hand would shine (literally).
I was amusingly surprised when the video I made of the original Devon Tread 1 watch went viral (you can see it here on YouTube). Posted in 2010, the video showed me playing with the Tread 1 and displaying how its belt-driven time telling system worked. It had about 450,000 views at the time of writing this article - and it was an off-the-cuff video I took on one of the Devon guys kitchen counter here in LA. Later, I was lucky enough to get a Devon Tread 1 for a while and wrote about it here in the full review.
CW: My hometown, Liverpool, is home to one (and only one) of the world’s best soccer teams but it also has a rich history in watchmaking. My first grail watch was a pocket watch by Thomas Russell, based in Liverpool. The company made early keyless watches, including Karrusels and chronometers, mainly in the second half of the 19th century.
ABTW: Of course, Ikepod - and now A. Manzoni & Fils, in its current incarnation - are relatively young brands. How did you come to find yourself creating watches?
SH: Actually, my grail watches have changed over the years based on my perception. As a child I had a great appreciation for old American timepieces. My first was the Gruen Curvex. The company dates back to 1894 and the current Rolex building you see from the train in the mountains of Bienne; was originally the Gruen factory.
Hey watch makers, can you do me a little favor if it isn't too much to ask? Well you sometimes put the term "Vintage" in the name of a new watch. While it is possible that you - and probably I - know what you mean, a lot of people are going to be confused. This is especially true when the watch is meant to look a bit older in style. I don't think you are intentionally trying to confuse anyone, but a lot of consumers are going to look at your new watch with a "Vintage" name and think that it is merely a descriptive term indicating that the watches are in fact, "vintage." Which they aren't. Imagine for example that I put the term "Used" in the name of a new watch. People would be pretty reasonable in believing that I was selling something that was owned by someone else before. Thanks...