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Rolex Oyster

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in Rolex | 0 comments

Rolex Oyster

Les Artisans De Geneve is a company that was created in early 2016 with a mission of “recreating” existing and vintage watches. Initially distinguishing themselves from the customizers like Bamford, they chose to create pieces like their tribute to the Rolex Daytona 6263 watch which strayed from being too radical in how it was reimagined. Later in the year, came this watch, the Les Artisans De Geneve & Kravitz Design LK 01 Rolex Daytona. Partnering with Lenny Kravtiz’s design firm, Kravitz Design, Les Artisans De Geneve went all out in creating a brash and audacious black DLC and gold Daytona on a black military cuff strap. The mere inception of this concept is designed to generate love or hate opinions, but after spending time with this watch there is one undeniable fact – the product is meticulously done and objectively impressive in its execution. The LK 01 is based on- the Rolex Daytona Ref. 116523. This is the two-tone steel and gold model introduced in 2000, but the two have little in common when you consider the before and after. Les Artisans De Geneve disassemble the watch and movement by hand and then begin their extensive process of modifying the piece. The case is treated with a black DLC and the bezel is replaced with one that is bakelite treated, done using a machine that dates back to the 1970s. I really appreciate the use of bakelite for the bezel as it’s a novel and actually practical material. For those not familiar, bakelite is a temperature resistant plastic made of phenol and formaldehyde that is flexible to mold and durable once set. This is no ordinary plastic, and vintage bakelite items like jewelry, billiard balls, and chess sets (among many other items) are highly valuable and prized. And, of course, the Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 has a bakelite bezel and was sold for something around six-figures. Of course, part of the reason for this value may be due to the fact that the watch was discontinued when the decision to fill the numerals with radium was met with the unfortunate reality that bakelite could break, subjecting the wearer to the radium. In any case, in a world of ceramic bezels, I really enjoyed and appreciated the distinct aesthetic and feel of the bakelite bezel on the LK 01. The black bezel has white tachymeter numerals and indices with a gold inner and outer ring. In addition to this, the chronograph pushers and crown are also done in gold which contrasts quite nicely with the black DLC case. It’s far from being an entirely original pairing of contrasting colors, but the exquisite quality and finish is clear as soon as the watch is handled. The theme continues on the dial, with gold hands and indices set against the black dial. It’s all pretty attractive but it’s impossible to not want there to be a line or two less of text. Some editing here would have aesthetically paid off, in my opinion. On the other hand, I think the touch of the red chronograph hand was a good choice in breaking up the gold and black aesthetic. That dual color scheme can get a little too serious, so this was a good decision. Legibility is sacrificed here, there’s no way around...

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Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in Breitling | 0 comments

Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT

Breitling was one of the very first Swiss watchmakers to produce generously oversized men’s wristwatches in the early 2000’s and the Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT makes a bold statement on the wrist with a stout 47mm diameter, 19mm thick case in polished premium grade stainless steel. The handsome brown leather strap with contrasting white stitched detail adds distinction. The unidirectional rotating bezel with engraved markers surrounds the dark brown dial with a tachymeter outer dial, three silver-colored sub-dials, a red arrow GMT hand, luminous hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour countdown timers. Additional features include a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 500 meters or 1,650 feet, a glare-proof scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and a 70-hour power reserve. This Breitling watch has been awarded official Chronometer certification from the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test...

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Tag Heuer Space X

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Tag Heuer | 0 comments

Tag Heuer Space X

Tag Heuer Space X Watch Built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a Heuer watch’s first trip into space — aboard the wrist of John Glenn — the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 SpaceX Watch ($5,800) pays tribute while looking to the future. It’s based on the stanard 1887 Carrera, and features an in-house caliber 1887 movement, a white dial with custom anthracite hands and hour markings, a polished stainless steel case, a brown perforated leather strap, and a smoked-sapphire case back with the SpaceX logo and an illustration of the company’s Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft. Limited to 2012 individually-numbered...

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Omega Seamaster Co-axial 007

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Omega | 0 comments

Omega Seamaster Co-axial 007

OMEGA’s sporty Seamaster collection is a tribute to the brand’s maritime legacy. This exquisite example of our renowned watchmaking pays homage to OMEGA’s dive watch heritage and our adventurous pioneering spirit. This Seamaster Diver 300M commemorates 50 years of James Bond. It features a black dial decorated with the James Bond 007 logo in a diagonal pattern and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The distinctive dial is visible through a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The black ceramic unidirectional rotat 3ing bezel is mounted on a 41 mm stainless steel case with a helium-escape valve at 10 o’clock. The watch is presented on a stainless steel bracelet. The unique caseback is stamped with a gun-barrel design with a “bullet” decoration on the rotor. This certified chronometer is powered by the Co-Axial calibre...

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Tag Heuer McLaren Formula 1

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Tag Heuer | 0 comments

Tag Heuer McLaren Formula 1

Tag Heuer McLaren Formula 1 In celebrating the 30-year partnership between Tag Heuer and the McLaren Formula One race team, the Manufacture released the Formula 1 McLaren Limited Edition. Its bold, undeniably motorsport-inspired design is immediately obvious if not by the tachymeter, then by its distinct red colour scheme. The red is not just any red – Tag Heuer has named it ‘rocket red’, and is inspired by McLaren’s 1985 campaign. This historic hue is found on the aluminium tachymeter bezel which proudly bears the marque’s name along the first 15 seconds. The 42-millimetre diameter brushed 316L steel case features a opaline black dial, and all hands tipped with rocket red save for the central hours and minutes. The red is hinted at the 12 o’clock position of the running track and the 30 mark, reiterating the auspicious anniversary. The only Arabic numeral on the main dial is the oversized 12 while the others are baton indices – all of which are coated with...

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Mont Blanc Twin Fly

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Mont Blanc | 0 comments

Mont Blanc Twin Fly

Mont Blanc Twin Fly In 2011, Montblanc unveiled the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph, which contains a caliber called the MB LL100. The movement has an unusual feature: a center-mounted elapsed-minutes hand. Such hands were common until the mid-1970s, but have since become rare. Rarer still: the elapsed-minutes hand, like the elapsed-seconds hand, is a flyback hand. This feature is the source of the name “TwinFly.” The MB LL100 has certain features in common with Montblanc’s MBR chronograph calibers, which are used in the brand’s Rieussec watches. (Launched in 2008, their most notable feature is the two rotating disks used to display elapsed seconds and minutes.) These features include the gear train’s translations, the subassembly for the escapement, the column wheel and vertical disk coupling for the chronograph, the setting devices for the time-zone display and date and the movement’s two serially arranged...

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Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Ulysse Nardin | 0 comments

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine This watch features features 42.70 mm 18k Rose Gold case with uni-rotating bezel. Front and back sides are protected with scratch resistant anti-glare sapphire crystal. Black rubber strap with double-locking foldover clasp. Automatic movement. Date window is located between 4 and 5 o`clock position. Power reserve 42 h. This watch is water resistant up to 200m/600ft. 8006-102-3A/926 Ulysse Nardin 18k Rose Gold...

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Mont Blanc Timewalker

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Mont Blanc | 0 comments

Mont Blanc Timewalker

Mont Blanc Timewalker The clear-cut contours of the TimeWalker Chronograph combine traditional values with the aesthetics of the 21st century. They bear the unmistakable influence of Bauhaus-inspired form and functionality as clearly as the boldly contoured, airy lines of architectural forms that have only been made possible thanks to state-of-the-art materials and methods. The case of this timepiece still appears extremely light despite its imposing diameter of 43 mm. This is due not least to the watch’s dynamic silhouette and the fluid contours of the lugs, which are painstakingly skeletonised. The self-winding mechanical movement with its built-in chronograph function is an expression of the art of watchmaking at its...

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Rolex Submariner

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Rolex | 0 comments

Rolex Submariner

The Oyster Perpetual Submariner’s robust and functional design swiftly became iconic. With their subtly redesigned Oyster case, distinctive dial with large luminescent hour markers, graduated rotatable Cerachrom bezel and solid link Oyster bracelet, the latest generation Submariner and Submariner Date are firmly in line with the original model launched in...

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Breitling Chronometre Navitimer

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Breitling | 0 comments

Breitling Chronometre Navitimer

Ever ready for takeoff, the Navitimer World travel watch features an extremely practical and easily readable dual timezone system. A red-tipped additional central hand displays the time in another part of the globe on a 24-hour scale – thus indicating whether it is day or night in the relevant location. The selfwinding chronograph movement is protected by a large case available in steel. The caseback is engraved with the timezones of the world’s major...

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