Monthly Archives: May 2011
There's an interesting read over at ablogtoread about the use of liquid metal in watches and watchmaking. If you're interested in the back room business of watch making it's a good read:
"The modern arms race with watches isn’t about gears and pinions, but rather materials. It may appear that brands are hot on beating each others’ movements but they know that such a war would be a joke. The race for the most accurate movement slowed to almost a halt when quartz watches hit the scene, and there are almost no new viable complications to be invented. The secrecy and excitement in the world of high-end watches is all in discovering, creating, and exploiting the hottest new materials."
There's a review of the Seiko Sportura Alarm Chronograph watch up over at crunchgear. If you're into the Seiko's go over and check it out:
"One of Seiko’s new “nicer” mainstream watches for 2011 is this really attractive Sportura Alarm Chronograph watches. The Sportura range has always captured my attention pleasantly – for offering attractive designs, logical functions, easy to read dials, as well as competitive pricing. This model is really a treat, coming in a few versions that borrow design cues from the higher-end Ananta collection."
This is a very nice watch. Shame the Breitling family of watches are so expensive.
From ablogtoread "Last year Breitling came out with an entirely new Superocean watch. It featured a modern looking design in a smaller 42mm case. While a lot of people wanted a smaller Breitling diver, even more didn’t. So, just one year later, the Superocean II has been refreshed and enlarged. Now, for 2011, Breitling offers the Superocean 44. It comes in two versions: A three-hand, and a chronograph. There is also a GMT version but that comes in the 42mm wide case and will be discussed elsewhere."
This is a nice looking watch, but at over $3,000 it's just a bit out of my price range.
From ablogtoread "The Legend 42 comes on a steel or gold bracelet or an alligator strap. my choice is the Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 42 with the silvered face on the steel bracelet. A really great formal or casually nice watch that embodies the spirit of the Admiral's Cup theme with a look you can wear daily."
Patek Philippe have just released this limited edition watch. From Patek's website:
"Oscillomax® in the real world: New Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5550P in a limited edition of 300 Patek Philippe Advanced Research timepieces
The last three development steps in Silinvar® technology based on silicon were translated into Patek Philippe Annual Calendar watches with the caliber 324 S IRM QA LU movement. These watches were presented in limited editions of 100 to 300 pieces as “Patek Philippe Advanced Research” models, and each edition sold out within months."
This is an interesting looking watch.
"A lot of watchmaking is aspirational. Since the 1700s, watchmakers have wanted to create simulacrum of the items that explorers, engineers, and soldiers carried into their daily scrum for dandies on the boulevard who ascribed a sense of romance to their professions. That’s why watch collectors love war watches. They basically allow folks who may have never been to war to feel like they own something that could survive in the thick of things or, more valuable still, items that actually saw fighting." crunchgear