Written by James Stacey
Breil was smart to give the dial legibility as well. The hands are lume-covered and bold enough to be read easily - something which I cannot say for many skeletonized watch dials. There is still a prominent set of hour markers which means that the skeletonzied view is nice, but not distracting to see. A ring of perlage polish and some other special finishes give the dial a classy, yet interesting industrial feel.
People can visit us.chopard.com to check out Chopard's new online store here in the US. The website isn't half bad. There is no bulky un-navigable Flash and the website seems to offer the right options and information. Chopard even invites people to contact them for more information and I believe a live chat function is also available. Chopard made sure that their e-boutique wasn't just one by name, but also offers the features people expect to actually shop online.
Retail price USD 14,900.-* / CHF 13,500.-* / EUR 12,500.-*
There are three versions, in steel and PVD gold:
As a beginner's skeletonzied watch, the Orchestra ref. TW1020 is a good choice. It is also not bad for style conscious types looking for a unique watch that isn't several thousand bucks. With a retail price of 5, the price is fair for the interesting design and nicely executed skeletonized mechanical movement.
As I wear this watch a smile comes to my face. I smirk knowing that this watch is not something that would have been designed today. This sport version of the iconic Grande Seconde watch by Jaquet Droz is a curious item that has a lot of merit but isn't something I ever saw coming from the brand. I first wrote about it back in 2008 when it was still called the Jaquet Droz SUW (yes, "Sport Utility Watch"). Today, the name has been "clarified" a bit, and I am glad to see that it still has a happy home in the house of Jaquet Droz.
Movement diameter: 28.6 mm, thickness: 7.5 mm
Thanks to Phosphor for the review unit. Opinions are 100% independent.
In addition to lower priced quartz models, many of Fortis' best mechanical watches in their aviator (and otherwise) collections are offered. Chronograph models with already busy dials might be hard to private label, but that doesn't mean you can't opt for special colors and caseback engravings. I think that this is a really good idea for any group or event that wants to produce a meaningful item for their members. The type of item that is more than a cheap giveaway and represents something people would actually like to wear. If you are interested in Fortis private label services then you can contact the Gevril Group.
When Chanel first released the J12 they likely had the same issue... where men simply could not take men's Chanel watches seriously. Nowadays, you have a lot of men wearing Chanel watches. Perhaps not all types of men. but enough to see how a feminine brand can successfully offer a male product. While not as revolutionary, perhaps the Octea Abyssal Automatic will be Swarovski's J12.
Having a dive watch with an Urushi dial is a cool idea by the way. I love the melding of traditional artistic techniques with functional timepieces. 2011 also marks the beginning of the Seiko Ananta Diver. This limited edition model joins a regular production model that comes in a polished steel case. The limited edition model has a slightly flatter dial as they wanted the chronograph subdials to be part of the Urushi construction. Aside from the larger diver watch hands, hour indicators, and chronograph - Seiko wanted to minimize features on the dial that would distract from the Urushi (sort of ironic with a dial like this, I know).
Going back to the dial you have a lot of things going on - even though it looks pretty simple. There appears to be a lower level with a textured silver background on the bottom of the face. While everything looks rather large, the hands are a bit puny. Cacheux seems to make an artistic statement with the strangely put hour indicators, but I find the dial hard to read. I think Fabien wanted to emphasis other parts of the dial for design purposes and only dedicate part of the dial to telling the time. This is apparent when realizing that the huge diamond would totally block the path of the hands if they were larger. So I get what needed to be done, but I still think dial space could have been utilized a bit better to make the watch dial itself more legible. The hands also seem to look like mini Royal Oak or Nautilus hands.
The Opus 6 - 2006 saw the announcement of the Opus 6, an absolutely gorgeous model whose dial could be the work of none other than Greubel Forsey. GF is a definitive force within the watchmaking world and the Opus 6 mixes their distinctive styling with a highly technical implementation of a double tourbillon featuring a fully hidden gear set so that the tourbillon appears to be completely separate from the mechanics of the watch. Independent co-axial discs separate the hours and minute displays from the seconds (at eleven), allowing ample space in the 44mm white gold case to show off the beautiful tourbillon movement. Limited to just six units, Christie's had something of an especially rare find on their hands and this example of the Opus 6 fell within the 0,000 - 0,000 estimate, finding a new owner for the impressive sum of 5,313 (lot 5122).
Bovet offers the Recital 0 in five versions. This includes a case size of 41mm wide or 45mm wide. The one I reviewed was the 45mm wide version. In addition to the two case sizes, you get a choice of a clean 18k red gold case or one that is decorated with an inner bezel ring of large baguette diamonds. That explains four versions, but I am still curious about the fifth. One thing I also don't quite understand is the variation I have seen in the dial and movement finishing. This model has a super cool dark gray-toned movement with 18k red gold hands. Other models I have seen (such as those in the above linked article on the full range of Bovet Recital watches up to that point) have a lighter finished dial with blued-steel hands and blued steel screws in the movement. Like I said, I prefer those of the piece I reviewed as they help the dial look beautiful, being able to clearly see the many movement parts individually.