I sat down with Yvan to have him show me the new collection of Volnatomic watches. Please note that these are prototypes, and it isn't clear which will reach production and what changes will be made. The collection is all in Volna's watch case style that is in PVD black steel and 46.5mm wide (and 50 meters water resistant). The bezels are interesting because the black and yellow colors (if applicable to the style) are really bold. They are designed to last as well - not merely being paint. They are actually a complex mixture between ceramic and I think either lacquer or enamel. Apparently they are a pain in the ass to make, but come out looking pretty good.
The myth of Jean-Claude Biver is as much a man, as the man himself. While many people wouldn’t necessarily consider the CEO of a watch brand a celebrity or an icon; to watch lovers and people working in the industry, few people have the level of respect and close to attention that Mr. Biver enjoys. And enjoy it he does. The prize for the man’s calculated efforts is a sense of pride and a pat-on-the-back attitude that comes naturally. Bright-faced and wide-eyed, Jean-Claude Biver (JCB) often has the enthusiasm of a teenager. Nevertheless, Jean-Claude prefers the simple joys in life, and is approachable in a way that can’t be said for most men at the helm of high profile brands. Aside from his deeds as a watch maker, Biver is amusingly known second best for his famous cheese making — a true Swiss, he does not disappoint.
Solid stainless steel case, black DLC plated, Ã˜ 47.0mm, thickness 17.0mm, weight 150gr total
Screw-down crown and pushers
Red safety marking on pushers (visible when unscrewed)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Bi-directional circular slide-rule bezel, Superluminovaâ„¢ indices
Genuine Swiss Made® nano-tech leather strap with black DLC plated buckle
Screw-down caseback, Limited Edition engraving . Water-resistant to 200 meters . Anti-magnetic ISO 764
Initial impressions aside, it's still a big watch (44mm x 50mm). But with a unique design. I simply love the case shape and the color of it, they call it coffee I would call it brass. Shape of it looks simple at first glance and then you start noticing it's edges, curves and smooth lines. Color is deep and rich, and brings to my mind some vintage water boiler or a distillery. It's still stainless steel (316L) case but with a surface treatment (not sure which technique is used). Case is something that might have been taken from a sci-fi movie and the color has definite steampunk vibe to it. This piece is not only large but also quit tall (12mm) which makes it look like some sort of retro sci-fi wrist communicator ("beam me up Scotty") or a tool Predator could have used. So what's it all about? It's a LED watch with time-date function. Nothing more nothing less. On wrist it's large black crystal keeps it's secrets and when the button is pushed it comes to life, for 3 seconds. Therefore, most of the time the screen is just blank black. The watch is a big, fashionable (debatable) and solid piece of metal. Build quality is surprisingly good for the price point (225£) and the brass colored surface finish is top notch. It has huge black mineral crystal that makes it look just as big as it is.
I love the hard industrial feel of the watch. The pure dedication to function and durability that still ends up looking nice. Sort of makes sense that Sinn made a limited edition watch for Hummer right? Does the addition of a PVD coated black on the watch make it fundamentally different from the non PVD version? Not really, but the look of an all black sports watch is a force to be reckoned with. Both models feature hard tegimented steel, and 44mm wide cases that are 200 meters water resistant and have massive endurance against magnetic fields and shock. The dials are also argon (AR) gass filled to prevent them from fogging up. This is useful when entering a hot humid day after being inside of a nicely air conditioned room. Also good when jumping out of a plane.
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Panerai PAM 505 Radiomir Black Seal Composite Case 3 Day 44 mm Special Edition
Time Remaining: 40m
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Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 3 Days Automatic Mens Watch PAM00388
Time Remaining: 1h 10m
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UNWORN PANERAI PAM 183 STEEL 45 mm RADIOMIR BLACK SEAL PAM 00183
Time Remaining: 1h 11m
It is already clear that I love this watch. I will more than likely never get the chance to get one. In addition to my lack of being able to shell out either ,700 for the titanium version or ,400 for the pink gold version, the watches are limited to just 300 and 200 pieces respectively. So I can lust, and I can dream - and I can hope that one of you out there gets one of these and brags to me how awesome it is.
The watch will be attached to a cool special leather strap - also in either black and yellow or black and red. The strap deployment clasp is pretty cool looking as well. I can't wait to see final versions of the watch - which are due out in a few months from now. I will of course keen look out for them. Again, there will only be 60 of these watches ever made over the next year years (hand-made, one at a time), and they will cost 300,000 euros a piece, on top of what you already spent on your Ferrari automobile.
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It has Miyota Movement inside (not sure which one) which is rather common choice for fashion brands, nothing special but gets the job done. It's cased inside this huge piece of metal which gives the watch rather common water resistance rating of 3atm (30 meters). So again nothing special. In all respects this watch has absolutely nothing peculiar about it, except the looks of it. Which is either fantastic or crap´tastic depending on your taste. For me it works, to my big surprise.
At first I was a bit odded out by the case and dial style. It didn't remind me of the ruthless instrumental looks of Sinn watches that thematically resemble the cold gaze of a Doberman Pincher while on patrol. Rather, the Model 902 is what Hans straps on his wrist after pulling on a black turtleneck and affixing his perfectly round lensed glasses before reading over Teutonic existentialism. The era of idealist futurism from 1971 is where the design of this watch seems to have come from. Like the guy selling timeshares for property on the Moon back then would have worn this watch. Despite the retro naivety, there is a handsome hopefulness to the design. The aviator style hands communicate strength and precision, while the hard Tegimented steel cases gives it that Sinn character the little name on the dial promises.
Dial: Hour and minutes sub-dial, seconds sub-dial, power reserve indicator, setting-winding indicator, Grönefeld logo and model name on individual screwed-down nameplates
Hands: Hours and minutes, long thin counter-poised seconds, power reserve and setting-winding
Strap and buckle: Hand-sewn matte black, alligator leather with stainless steel engraved tang buckle
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch
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In addition to taking from the BR Heritage collection, these watches have a lot of influence from the pre-BR01 Bell & Ross collection of watches. Consider what you see here as a combo of Bell & Ross old and new (even the names are like mashups). Design and case styles came from the older Bell & Ross Vintage (123 and 126), as well as the Geneva (123 and 126 models). While not exactly like Rolex (and certainly not as well), Bell & Ross is adopting a design theory that encourages retaining a core brand look and making very minor design changes over time, as opposed to coming out with wild new mainstream models. Bell & Ross certainly has their avant grade innovative stuff, but they are keeping their main selling watches closely connected in demeanor.