Citizen Campanola Grand Complication Review: Radiant Example Of Detail And Refinement
A while ago I mentioned the new Limes Endurance 1 Tausend Diver watch that was due for release soon. The watch had a wonderful Germanic utility feel to it, and I looked forward to seeing one. The Endurance was a deviation on the existing Limes 1 Tausend (one thousand, as in the depth rating), which is pictured here.
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Placing the brick back inside the winding module was not particularly fun, but I managed to get it in there. Once I did, the watch looked comfortable and appealing against the black velvet. And when you close the hatch, the watch face is nicely visible through the port hole window. When I removed the watch from winder, I again feared for the watch and the winder. Once I got it out, I found that a piece of black velvet material came right out of the module. It apparently was not even glued or secured into place, and was used to cover a retaining screw that could easily damage a watch bracelet or clasp. I used some tape to keep the thing in there. I next tested the winder with a larger watch that had a bigger strap. After jamming the watch in the winding module, I found that I could not even close the hatch as the watch was hitting the top of the winder case. So much for being useful for all watches. The main point is that the Orbita RX Privee is made for just the right sized watch, not too big, not too small.
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Legally speaking, first off, is the idea that they will not accept cash. Because they are a private company, the law here allows them to refuse cash and accept only certain types of legal tender, such as credit cards or checks. Laws such as this started in the 1950's due to often obscure reasons. For example, the laws attempted to protect businesses from being forced to accept payments in all pennies. This law is now being used to allow Apple to reject cash whenever it likes.
I am afraid that the current state of the watch industry is not primed to appreciate watches like the Hysek Colosso. Today, fashion, looks, and style are very important. In essence, most of the emphasis is placed on offering watches to the super rich that look good. That is not always the case of course, and we still see interesting beasts like the Hysek Colosso.
Whilst this represents an exciting opportunity for many of the world's great watchmakers, it is also a strong indication of increasing consumer fickleness in an industry largely defined by brand loyalty. As many high-end consumers begin to seek timepieces that suit specific outfits and/or occassions brand may play second fiddle to the aesthetic features of the watch such as design and materials. Main stream consumers may compromise on price in order to be able to give their collections more depth, and thus watchmakers will need to respond to this accordingly.
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