Finally! Colorful Coatings For Most Metals: Rau-Tech Custom Rolex And Other Watches
I wore a tanned leather Everest strap affixed to a Rolex GMT 116710 BLNR (Bleu/Noir bezel) that my favorite dealer, Fourtané, let me borrow for a week. Although I have worn Rolex watches for over 25 years, it was never with a leather strap, as I felt that any non-original strap did not compliment the watch. I quickly found that is not the case with the Everest leather strap. The Everest endlink looks at home with the brushed finish. Unlike wearing a stainless or rubber strap, a leather strap conforms to your wrist. After a week of wearing the Everest leather strap, the strap was working its way to fitting like a well worn work glove. Unlike silicon straps that stretch and give, they retain their basic shape. The Everest leather strap, on the other hand, has the same feeling of strength, like the stainless steel bracelet, but the lighter weight makes it disappear from your wrist. After wearing leather on a Rolex, I see why Rolex offers a leather option on some of their watches.
Later in the day, we were ferried over to the islands edge and began the short hike up to the men's diving area. The winding path was lined with all sorts of pointy plants and sharp rocks, just the sort of environment that must feel wholly uninviting to those clad only in a tiny speedo. Nevertheless, we trudged our more modestly-clothed bodies up to the top of Hell's Gate and looked down on the bay below. The boats are toy-sized from this height, and any of the bravado that was present at the water's edge is quickly replaced by widening eyes and cautious footsteps.
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4. 2014 Tudor Heritage Black Bay “Blue” 79220B Watch Hands-On
Inside the Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Racing watch is a caliber CYS 5102 automatic movement, which is a base Sellita SW200 or ETA 2824-2 automatic with a custom Cuervo y Sobrinos rotor. The Historiador watch collection has a range of nicely classic looking models with a variety of movements including three-handers and chronographs.
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The Graff Diamonds Hallucination watch holds many of these rare finds in a single timepiece. Top notch designers, gemologists, and Master Craftsman spent literally thousands of hours creating this piece of horological jewelry. The diamonds are cleverly hand fitted into the invisible platinum setting to create a multicolored bracelet heaving under the weight of its valuable load.
It is no secret that manufacturing an accurate and reliable tourbillon was–and still is–a task difficult enough to keep most brands away from making additional modifications to it. That more or less explains why we scarcely, if ever, see highly re-engineered versions of the traditional single-axis version. However, as an interesting coincidence, let's call it that, A. Lange & Söhne has just very recently debuted the 1815 Tourbillon (hands-on here) with a similar mechanism, meaning that the single-axis tourbillon of the 1815 also hacks and resets. And while you could rightfully point out that hacking is a common feature on most conventional watches (and you would be right), it is a much more challenging task to implement for a tourbillon mechanism. Here is how Grönefeld's idea works.
Over the last five or so years Bell & Ross has been "stepping back in time" by examining key eras from the past and designing watches with those themes and time periods in mind. When the WW1 collection was launched in around 2011 (hands-on here), it was a Bell & Ross homage to the first wrist watch, or in their lingo "wrist watch 1." That of course was meant to look like WWI, or "World War I," but that is when most people agree the wrist watch became a mainstream object. Though wrist watches as a product started in around 1904.
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I actually asked TAG Heuer why the hands needed to have colors at all and they said it was because of their modern DNA and focus on sports. That is nice and all, but I think there is a very good argument to be made in support of creating at least one version of these specific early adopters of the CH 80 movement-based Carreras to have mostly black and white dials with out extra colors. It would be interesting to more or less recreate the classic monochromatic looks of the historic pieces in at least some form, especially given the layout of the new in-house made movement.
I recently learned that the watch brand Cuervo y Sobrinos had its own car rally. Yup, they call it the Cuervo y Sobrinos cup, and this year in July 2014, the second cup will be held, featuring a slew of vintage cars that will be driving from Milan, Italy, to Bormio over a three day period. This Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Racing ref. 3195.1RC14 timepiece is the official watch of the event and limited to 70 pieces for the event with another 200 pieces that can be purchased.
3. Wait until the giveaway is over on May 15, 2014 for the winner to be chosen at random.
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A fun little detail that I enjoy is the crown, which is placed at 2 o'clock so as to not jab into your wrist. No, that isn't the detail I am referring to. Rather that the concave look of the crystal is mimicked in the crown, which I find charming. The case overall is in polished steel and 44mm wide. This makes it a large watch, but not huge. It is certainly not trying to be a petite dress watch, but it doesn't have the look or feel of a large sport watch. Instead the Sablier Grand Cru is more of a lifestyle statement watch, which is a bit more mainstream than the "art watch."
For 2014, Swiss watch maker Artya, under the leadership of Yvan Arpa, presents a hidden knife as an option on most Artya (and Black Belt) timepieces. Part James Bond, part "I bet you didn't know I could put a knife here!," these "ardillon-style" watch strap buckles come with a small folding blade.
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