This is the tenth Opus collection watch from Harry Winston since 2001.It is deviously complicated to explain what it does or how it works. Just looking at the Opus X watch makes it seems like a simple matter of having various dials for various pieces of information. What you wouldn't understand is that the entire dial is moving, while the entire dial is moving. Harry Winston calls it a "planetary system." Aside from that the white gold case is pretty sweet, and the overall look, while technical, has a certain pleasantness to it. Don't you agree?
[Ed. note - I loved wearing and photographing this piece. A great dive watch. Simple good looks with AP quality. Like Meehna said, not cheap, but not still lower on the AP range of prices. Great daily wear.]
These are great looking classy timepieces with a beautiful mechanical spirit and high, Seiko quality. Japanese in spirit, the Men's Automatic watch collection hearken back to the mid 20th century in terms of design and function, with enough modern elements to make them highly relevant for today's watch lovers. Price for the 2010 Men's Automatic watches starts at 9, but this top of the line model retails for 0.
You can move the HM4 around in all sorts of angles being able to easily see inside of it. The movement is a thing of beauty - designed specifically for the case, and very symmetrical. It has 72 hours of power reserve. This is one of the most artistic machines that MB&F has ever created. On the top of the movement (visible through the sapphire crystal) is the balance wheel, and on the other side of the watch is a visible bridge over a gear that is MB&F's signature battle axe shape. The movement is manually wound.
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For girls or young kids there is the Swatch Sporty Friends. One of the more unique pieces, this watch is smaller in size with a silvered dial, clear plastic case and blue silicon strap. The top part of the strap is fitted with an image of the Vancouver Olympics sporty friends mascots. You can see this duo right at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics official website. Fans of these characters can now have them on a watch. No, it isn't for me, but I am not an 9 year old girl - who the watch is more meant for. While the watch is off the wrist you can see the image well, but when you are wearing it, the image is sort of lost on the far side of your wrist, and on-lookers will only see it upside down. Odd placement by Swatch of the characters, as it feels the watch is better meant for box display. At 34mm wide in size, price for the Swatch Sports Friends watch is a reasonable .
The Nabucco Va. Pensiero houses a Swiss ETA 7753 automatic chronograph movement. This is basically a modified 7750 with the chronograph subdials in a tri-compax layout and the day of the week indicator removed. The date is still there though. A solid movement that is nothing to be ashamed of. The chronograph pushers are screw down, and there looks to be a helium escape valve on the watch (though I am not really sure why). I like the deeply-engraved Raymond Weil "RW" logo in the crown. The large watch is matched to a black crocodile strap. Price is probably in the ,000 - ,500 range when it will be released soon. Last, let me give you one final gem from the press release. "Let the Nabucco Va, Pensiero spirit you away on the wings of freedom." I have decided that these press releases are more or less like Mad Libs when it comes comes down to it. "add brand name here, add adjective here, add animal part here."
Price for the non limited Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Buceador 2806 Carbon watch is ,900, and the limited edition Robusto Buceador Melges Edition watch is ,300. How limited is the limited edition? Well, I am really not sure. The watches should be available late Summer 2010.
[Ed. note - since I've seen Hamilton screw up designs before, I look closely at each new release to make sure they look 'proper.' This one is interesting, and actually feels retro in a fresh way. You'll have to love large applied metal numerals - and I sense the polish on them is "unique."]
Each of the Xtreme 1 collection watches are 45mm wide, but the SEA-HUM 3TZ is thinner and has (only) 500m of water resistance. It goes up to 1,500 or 2,000 meters of resistance respectively. Here are the basic stats for the T3Z:
This is your last chance to enter to win a brand new Reactor Gamma watch in all titanium with tritium gas tubes and SuperLumiNova - not to mention a 10 year battery quartz movement. A kick-ass watch with your choice of red or black dial. Priced at 0, but you can win it right here for free, only from aBlogtoRead.com. Hurry though, the giveaway ends at the end of June, 2010.
I have to admit that even though the watch dial is really busy on the PAW-5000 watch, it isn't that tough to read - in fact, I would say it is easy to read. Casio is smart not to add clutter underneath where the hands travel (too much), which greatly assists with legibility. I personally find the hands easy to spot and they have a high contrast with the dial. So legibility is good! Casio took some inspiration from the popularity of the Tissot T-Touch family of watches. Not in the "touch" department, but in using the hands for some of the features. Thus, the orange seconds hand is used a lot in the various functions. It isn't quite as slick as in the T-Touch watches, but the Casio is clearly much less expensive (and will probably last longer). As such, the seconds hand is used as the compass needle in the compass mode, to assist with the barometer reading, to see what timezone you are switching to in the world time function (see the abbreviated reference cities spelled out around the dial), and a few other things. Casio does a good job making you feel that the analog part of the watch plays nicely with the Pathfinder part of the watch.
I discussed a little while ago about how Bulgari (Bvlgari) incorporated Gerald Genta, and Daniel Roth (brands it already owned) into the Bulgari brand. You can read all about that and see a video interview with Bulgari talking about it here. The first product of this digestive affair is this watch. Basically a re-branded Gerald Genta Octo Bi-Retro, that has a bit more Bulgari-ness to it. The overall shape and dimensions of the watch are the same, but styling has been "face-lifted" and injected with some of the Bulgari DNA. It feels like the outcome of a mad scientist combing the DNA of multiple animals, err, I mean watch brands. Why must these men play god!? This horological Chimera is without true soul. Soon we will have an army of "Bvulgenta" and "Daniel Gari" watches all over the place.
As a compliment to a new Spyker car - or for existing Spyker car owners, the watch makes a lot of sense. In fact, when you are dropping over 0,000 for a new custom Spyker car, and you are offered a limited edition Spyker watch that isn't just some other brand's watch with a logo slapped on the dial - you'll be hard pressed to say no. It is on a short list of "ultimate accessories." That and custom Louis Vuitton Spyker luggage (Spyker is the only car company that Louis Vuitton makes special custom luggage for). How will the Spyker watch do with non Spyker owners? Probably not as well - unless you are a huge fan of the cars, but for whatever reason don't want one, or can't afford one. While more than a fashion watch, the Spyker Chronograph timepiece is a luxury item, but isn't intended for the intense watch collector looking for fascinating mechanics. It is rather a fun addition to your Spyker owning, and driving experience, and helps get you in the Dutch driving mood (define for yourself whatever that is).
It is possible to get good watch deals these day. But they don't always come to you. I would have never heard of Bianci watches had they not contacted me, and chances are most of you would have never heard of them without me sharing them with you. Actually, it allows me to mention something about the watch world - no one has ever totally indexed it. That means there is no definitive list of every watch brand. That would require each brand that pops up to (A) know of the list, and (B) take the time to be included on the list. So as it stands (and as it will stand for the conceivable future), discovering good watches can be a spontaneous adventure.