UNIQ supplies each P-47 watch with a pilot-style leather strap as well as a nylon ZULU strap. An attractive pilot watch, the P-47 is also something few people will have. Retail price for the UNIQ P-47 is 0, and you can enter for a chance to win one this month on aBlogtoWatch.
"Galet" actually means "pebble," (now there's a name that isn't at all popular for watches these days) and that refers to the shape and style of the case. With its graceful edges, it does look like a river polished stone. "Galet" has actually been used for a long time to describe watch cases, it is even the name of an historic watch brand (Gallet). The case of the watch only comes in precious metals and is 41mm wide. It is luxuriously made with no sharp surfaces and excellent detailing. Completely mirror polished, the fluted crown completes the classic look.
The focus on the Augustus I watch is the anniversary system. The way it works is rather interesting. Let's take a birthday, for instance. One of the 12 items on event ring is the name of the person whose birthday it is, followed by the date (date, moth, and year) of their birthday. Right there you have a simple reminder to indicate important dates, but that isn't the clever part.
For 2014, German/Swiss watchmaker (honestly they ride both lines) Montblanc is equipped with a new CEO who happens to be Jerome Lambert. He arrives after spending a good long time up in the Swiss mountains with one of our favorite brands - Jaeger-LeCoultre. After captaining Jaeger-LeCoultre into the perpetual center of our horological attention he is engaged on a new and very different journey at Montblanc. Nevertheless, with new and interesting products like the Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar watch in a brand new product family, we begin to see a lot of what Lambert is good at coming out at Montblanc very early into his tenure.
Do you see the six small dots on the hourglass part of the dial? Those are ten minute indicators. As the glass "fills up" you count the dots to learn the time to the closest 10 minute mark. There is a traditional dial that indicates the hours at 6 o'clock on the dial. No, this isn't the type of watch that will indicate the time to the nearest minute (or second for that manner). It is intended to be novel and interesting versus a piece for precision. Eventually we will probably get a chance to offer a video that demonstrates how the Carpe Diem watch operates because it is cool to see in action.
That means that a brand like Frederique Constant will mostly appeal to knowledgeable watch lovers who know when they are looking for a classy dress watch or conservative sport watch - with an in-house movement or not - Frederique Constant is a quality choice. Honestly, I hope it stays that way. I don't want the brand to start getting ideas about putting tons of money into marketing, raising their prices, and hope that they will upgrade their status by BSing people and abandoning the values that made them great. Countless other brands have done so - and I can't say that they have all fared well as a result. The good news is that I don't think Frederique Constant will do this. Their CEO, Peter Stas, has a slightly different agenda if I can predict his actions correctly. He is sort of making a public challenge to the Swiss watch industry as a whole, showing consumers that as a brand you don't need to charge a ton for a handsome, well-made watch. He is clearly a businessman, but there is something really noble in that mission.
As a vintage inspired timepiece, the Eterna Heritage Military watch is a modern version of a timepiece from 1939 that Eterna produced for the Czechoslovakian army. On the rear of the original 1939 model was an engraved statement of "Majetek Vojenské Správy," which roughly translates to "property of the military" from Slovak to English. Further, some (but not all) of the original 1939 watches had a small set of crossed daggers engraved into the upper left lug of the case. These military property watches where apparently used by pilots and other important soldiers in the Czechoslovakian army.
When was the last time you saw a black and gold TAG Heuer by the way? There are some interesting design elements worth mentioning. The Calibre 1969 is a tri-compax chronograph with the date. But where is the date? TAG Heuer cleverly integrated the date indicator into the sub dial for the chronograph hours. How do you feel about it? It does help maintain dial symmetry nicely. With a mixture of both classic and modern design elements from TAG Heuer, the Carrera Calibre 1969 is a bold step in a new higher-end bracket for TAG Heuer that is firmly positioned over the Carrera models with the also in-house made Calibre 1887 movement. Having said that, we will see lower-priced Carrera Calibre 1969 movements debuting soon in 2014. This limited edition of the 500 piece Carrera Calibre 1969 Black Titanium & Rose Gold model is currently available in select TAG Heuer retailers and is priced at about 10,500 Euros (about ,200). tagheuer.com
In 1969 Omega introduced the Speedmaster Mark (Mk) II as an updated version of the outgoing Speedmaster. It happened to be in the same year that Omega also had a few of its older generation Speedmasters make their way to the moon in the NASA Apollo 11 mission, but that of course is another story. With a newly formed case that would become an iconic symbol of the brand as well as the era, the Omega Speedmaster Mark II will be re-introduced by Omega this year in 2014 with a modern movement but a design that is very true to the original. We even have the price below - which is lucky given how early this is being announced.
If you’ll pardon my incredulity, there is a reason for the madness. I was prompted during my visit with Richard to consider issues that I had never contemplated when visiting a watchmaker before. In the few days that I spent with him at his workshop in Volkermarkt, Austria, I observed how every aspect of his life abides by a strict set of principles. If I can distill it down to one thing, I would say this: Richard Habring, absolutely abhors the idea of luxury and what it stands for.
I was super stoked to get to experience hands-on all of the new Carrera models at the event. And getting to do so in an environment where I could geek out with fellow watch lovers was just the cherry on top. So I really want to thank all of the attendees and especially the staff at the boutique and especially Lindsay and Rachel, for quickly putting together the event and inviting us to be part of it. Based on the innovative models that we got to handle and that TAG Heuer has been releasing in recent years, I think it's fair to say that the innovative spirit that once made Heuer chronographs the de facto timing device of race car driving legends around the world, is alive and well today. As we like to say here in Silicon Valley, it is that way because it's in TAG Heuer's DNA. And I for one cannot wait to see what new innovations the brand will unleash at SIHH 2014 and Baselworld in the spring as I am positive that they are sure to wow us again. tagheuer.com
To be honest, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain is not new, and is derived from the earlier Invention Piece 3. Ariel had the chance to handle it a year ago and was blown away by its blue dial. Indeed, the "royal blue" dial is a work of art, and according to Greubel Forsey, they took a very long time to perfect the color. However, as pretty as it is, there are some who would inevitably find it too flashy. Fear not, for now there is a more sombre and serious version of the same watch.
When Autodromo sent us some Prototipo Chronograph watches to check out, the first thing I got excited about were the gloves that they also supplied. Based in New York and founded by watch and car lover Bradley Price, Autodromo is part of a new generation of lifestyle micro brands. Buying an Autodromo watch is as much about buying into the lifestyle they suggest as it is about enjoying their products. As a brand entirely devoted to the celebration of vintage European sports cars, having racing themed watches isn't enough.
Going back to my original question of who this watch is aimed at satisfying, I believe I have some suggestions. As we stated when we originally introduced the Rolex Cellini Time model, Rolex is intent on offering a tuxedo-style formal watch in a space they have previously not had a lot to offer. Rolex is taking on some of the competition available from brands at groups like Swatch or Richemont who more or less have dominated when it comes to formal watch attire until now. Rolex's sheer market power and availability will make the Cellini model a strong competitor for those looking to own a very "classic" wrist watch. We will see how Rolex continues to develop in this area in the years to come. Price for the Rolex Cellini Date reference 50515 in 18k Everose gold and the Cellini Date reference 50519 in 18k white gold is 17,000 Swiss Francs. rolex.com
Grieb & Benzinger got their hands on one or it was probably a client who gave them the Tourbillon Pour le Merite and ask them to have fun with it. The first thing they did was remove the Lange caliber L902.0 movement from the case and then proceeded to completely take it apart. While the original watch has a 38.5mm wide case in platinum, the Blue Merit uses a new case (also in platinum) that is 41mm wide - which is actually on the smaller side for Grieb & Benzinger timepieces.