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Posted on 20. Sep, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Once again Ulysse Nardin is a sponsor of the Monaco Yacht Show (Sept. 22-25), probably one of the most important yacht shows around (ritzy ritzy!). Each year they have a special limited edition watch for the event, and this year the piece take a dark, sinister tone. The watch is in all black save for some midnight blue elements on the dial (hands and some of the markers). The steel case is actually covered in a matte black vulcanized rubber coating. This has been places on other dive watches in the past (think IWC), and it makes for a cool, professional type of look. Aside from perhaps parts of bezel, there will be no glitz to this watch. The case is 45.8mm wide (200 meters water resistant) and has a rotating diver’s bezel and a rubber strap with a black ceramic link in each end. The clasp is also in black ceramic.
Inside the watch is a standard Ulysse Nardin automatic movement (UN-26) with a subsidiary seconds dial and power reserve indicator. On the back of the watch you can see the movement along with a special “Monaco” image on the sapphire exhibition window. The Ulysse Nardin Monaco 2010 Marine Diver watch will be limited to just 100 pieces.
Posted on 13. Sep, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Breitling has issued a timepiece (perhaps one of many) to celebrate their sponsorship of the “Jet Team” (known now as the Breitling Jet Team.” These crazy pilots do amazing things in the air including aerial acrobatics with their plans and flying in spectacular formations. Breitling is pretty proud to be a sponsor, and has released a 1000 piece limited edition version of their new for 2010 Chronospace watch. The Chronospace Jet Team has special branding on the dial including an image of a jet team jet (an L-39 Albatros), and the team’s logo.
Aside from this dial imagery (and likely some new message on the caseback), the watch is the same interesting Chronospace model that is new for this year. I did a more comprehensive write up on the Breitling Chronospace watches here. In short, the new collection uses their Superquartz COSC Chronometer movements with a range of functions, and comes in a 48mm wide steel case and mesh steel bracelet. Not sure on price, but expect a premium over the non-limited Chronospace models.
Posted on 29. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Love the new Prometheus Recon 5 by Brian F. Green. It reminds me of an IWC Big Pilot with its massive face, simple design, clear numbers, and its leather strap. This Swiss made collection was the result of a design competition at Watchuseek Watch Forum… how awesome is that!? It is definitely a win for me!
Posted on 29. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Brad Pitt, known watch lover, has a seriously intense watch collection. From the timepiece I’ve heard he buys (and at the frequency he does so), he must have a very large collection. Enough so that each of his kids are likely going to get a sizable timepiece inheritance someday.
Here is Brad wearing his Patek Philippe Nautilus timepiece while doing work with the Make It Right project in New Orleans . This watch debuted in the late 1970s, and came about when luxury steel sport watches really became en vogue. Today’s Nautilus watches comes in a few varieties, but Brad likes his in the classic style with a steel case and bracelet, with a blue face, and a three-hand Patek Philippe made automatic movement. Like all Patek Philippe movements, it is beautifully made and decorated – and visible here through a sapphire exhibition caseback window. I like how Brad matched the blue dial with his shirt. The watch is 43mm wide and in all steel except for the while gold hands and hour markers – which are applied.
The Nautilus is an interesting piece – and took a little while for me to appreciate. What really sold the watch for me a few years back was seeing it on the wrist. As you can see, it has a very masculine, flattering look on the wrist. The specific reference number for this piece is 7511/1A, and retails for about $23,000.
Posted on 27. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
While this isn’t exactly a brand new timepiece, it is a revision of their 3-Timer watch made for women’s tastes (and wrists). Basically the first Linde Werdelin watch made specifically for women. While the 46mm wide steel case is the same as on the men’s model, the strap has been made shorter, and is here in a white pointed calfskin leather. I like the white color application inside of the hex screws. Linde Werdelin has been playing with the idea of coloring in this area, and I think it works nicely.
The dial is white, with steel hands, and applied steel hour markers. Linde Werdelin uses light colored lume to match the white look of the watch. Although the watch is 46mm wide, it wears smaller. The dial itself is 42mm wide and it has a nice feeling over the wrist. I’ve seen this style watch on women before, and it looks just fine – especially as large watches are in. With the smaller strap, the watch should fit nicely. As the watch is a Linde Werdelin 3-Timer at heart (which I reviewed here), it is a GMT timepiece with a Swiss ETA 2893-2 automatic movement on the inside. Limited to just 51 pieces, “The White Watch” won’t be easy to find. Price is 4,680 euros.
Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
For a while Fortis watches have come in special “art edition” forms. These highly artistic renditions of the popular dive, pilot, and overall high intensity activity watches provides an interesting departure from staunch utility. This is the Fortis Art Edition Mattern watch that looks a lot like something from the 1980s. With a look that mixes pop art and bauhaus, the timepiece is part of a collaboration with artist Michael Mattern – whose work is known to use a variety of colorful geometric shapes, and mechanical style imagery.
He designed the dial (and perhaps case) of the watch. To me it feels like a combo of Swatch and Max Bill. The case is 40mm wide in satin finished steel with a fascinating dial in white, black, yellow, and blue – that is partially skeletonized. While artistic, the dial is still easy to read. In addition to the metal bracelet, the watch is available with a black, yellow, or blue rubber strap. The movement is likely a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic, and the case is water resistant to 200 meters and has a sapphire crystal. Overall a very cool design and great project between Michael Mattern and Fortis. The watch is limited to 2012 pieces, and is priced at about $2,000.
Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
IWC watches are displayed on the wrists of the two main characters in the new Oliver Stone movie, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Wasn’t this movie supposed to come out already? I think it got pushed. The infamous Gordon Gekko has Michael Douglas wearing an IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar watch in rose gold, while lead Shia LeBeouf is also wearing an IWC perpetual calendar timepiece. Only his character Jacob Moore is wearing an IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar in 18k white gold (model ref. IW376205). I guess they both really like knowing the precise date.
Probably too ritzy for his character in real life (maybe he bought the watch after making the money), the Portuguese Perpetual Calendar combines the classic look of the famous Portuguese models, with the intricate complication of IWC’s very popular 7 day power reserve automatic perpetual calendar with the date, day of the week, month, leap year, year indicator, power reserve indicator moon phase indicator, and the time. Like I said, the case is in white gold, just over 42mm wide, and retails for $38,800. Check out IWC watches in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps when it hits theaters soon.
Posted on 25. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Florentine designer and entrepeneur Giuliano Mazzuoli has lately taken wraps off the new Contagiri 8c Competizione watch to honor the celebrated sport tradition of Alfa Romeo.
Posted on 22. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
How special is the Mido Multifort PVD Special Edition Chronograph? Pretty special. It looks really cool for the price. I’ve been a fan of the “new” Multifort (dumb name for about 50 years or more now) watch (in both three-hand and chronograph models), but this black with orange marker and hands edition is pretty cool. The orange is mostly all lume, and the design of the hour markers is very attractive. The watch has a satisfying combination of sportiness, utility, and cool avant garde style. At a price under $2,000 for a Swiss watch – that isn’t too bad!
The case is 44mm wide in a PVD black coated steel case with a sapphire crystal (double AR coated). Water resistance is 100 meters and it comes on a comfy rubber strap. You can also get the watch is a more simple non-black, non orange version (but it wouldn’t be as “Special”). The dial also features the look of Geneva stripes (cote de Geneve) that is a decoration usually reserved for movements. Speaking of which, the Mide Multifort Chronograph has a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement – pretty straight forward. Pretty cool and worth a look with a price of about $1,700 – $1,850.
Posted on 19. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Audemars Piguet expands their Royal Oak Offshore line with the introduction of the Diver. While other Royal Oak Offshore models were built to endure your sporty adventures, there hadn’t been one that could accompany you underneath the sea. With the Diver, AP’s remedies that situation.