The watch will be able to connect to iOS 8 on iPhone 4S and newer, as well as all Android 4.0+ phones, including Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC and others. The connection will be established via BLE, i.e. low-energy consumption Bluetooth so that the watch can receive notifications and other data from the phone as well as send the data it compiled with its movement and activity tracking sensors.
Artur Akmaev began his journey studying the art of jewelry design, taking classes on hand engraving and attaining a degree as a Jeweler. It wasn’t until his continued education at the University of Applied Arts in Moscow that his passion for watches and watchmaking quickly grew. His early work began on a robust Russian movement known as the Poljot 3105, as part of a project that was created for his personal enjoyment – and that fueled what would soon become a long line of beautifully crafted pieces.
It's true that a lot of what Urwerk HIS will monitor are things related to the wearer's health and fitness. This isn't necessarily by intent, but it is where Urwerk and social scientists have determined most people need the most help. Most people need to exercise more, eat healthier options, and get more sleep in order to live longer, happier, more productive lives. Urwerk HIS is aware of that, but it also understand that life isn't just about staying alive. Enjoyment is hugely important to the human condition and Urwerk HIS makes itself useful during leisure times as well.
While the Perrelet Turbine Skeleton retains the case shape of some of its larger cousins, it comes in at a reasonable 44mm (water resistant to 50 meters) wide among a few model styles and even has a new strap option for the Turbine collection. Inside the Perrelet Turbine Skeleton is the Perrelet caliber P-381 automatic movement (with a sapphire exhibition caseback) which is a base Soprod (both Soprod and Perrelet have the same parent companies). Note the special "fold out" crown which has always been a cool part of the Perrelet Turbine watch collection's trademark design.
On aBlogtoWatch, if a watch with "Ferrari" in the name is mentioned, you will probably think of Hublot. That is mostly accurate, since Hublot is an official partner of Ferrari and their official high-end watch making partner which started back in 2011. So while Hublot makes all of Ferrari's most expensive timepieces, there needs to be a collection of Ferrari watches for everyone else. The company that has that privilege is Movado. In 2012, I covered the Movado Ferrari watches here that replaced the "sun" on the classic Museum Dial watch with the Ferrari prancing horse logo.
Oster Jewelers: Denver is a city of extremes. We have a lot of sports and outdoors enthusiasts. It's no surprise that this crowd has really embraced Bremont, a watch "Tested beyond Endurance." Our clientele tends to favor functional, well-made timepieces which exude quality yet retain a more understated presence. We also have a fantastic core business community. Many top level executives live in Denver and travel for business. Our location in the center of America makes for an ideal base. The business client really appreciates the level of knowledge and education that we provide. Audemars Piguet is always a top choice for those with affluence and taste. It is especially appealing due to the excellence in technical quality combined with a luxury status that appeals to those who know, but it can still fly under the radar in other situations. The more conservative Denver client also appreciates the proven, timeless appeal of established leaders in Haute Horlogorie such as Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani Fleurier and Ulysse Nardin. On the other hand, Hublot holds tremendous appeal and is firmly established as one of our sports watch favorites.
At Baselworld 2015, one of the most interesting announcements to come from TAG Heuer - apart from the fact that it will partner with Intel and Google to come up with a smartwatch - is that it will be reducing its prices in certain regions of the world. This is an intriguing move, as many brands did the exact opposite, taking the chance to use the increased value of the Swiss Franc as justification for raising their prices. Find out why TAG Heuer chose to do so and their plans going forward.
On the wrist, the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel is a handsome 42mm wide - which is my preferred size for a watch like this. Actually, there will also be a 40mm wide version. This is one of those instances where you can get the same F.P. Journe watch in a 40mm or 42mm wide size. The case is also quite thin for an automatic perpetual calendar, at just 10.8mm thick. At launch, the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel will be available in either 18k red gold or 950 platinum, and probably stay that way, though I have a feeling F.P. Journe might mix it up a bit with additional dial styles in the future. Since the 2013 debut of the perpetual calendar watches, the company has developed some interesting new dial production techniques which F.P. Journe has been slowly integrating into more and more of their models - even existing ones. That means F.P. Journe's first obligation is to produce the F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel models promised in 2013 and then flesh out the collection a bit more with additional dials. So we will see how that goes. I have a feeling this collection is going to be quite popular, so some variety will be merited.
The reference 912.ND.0123.RX Hublot MP-12 Key Of Time Skeleton watch is limited to 20 pieces and is priced at 8,000. hublot.com
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Watchmaker Takes Us Inside The Popular Rolex 3135 Watch Movement
For the Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights watch, Sarpaneva used his Korona K0 dive watch(-ish) design, with a massive 46 millimeter wide, beautifully crafted stainless steel case and a DLC-coated, laser-cut, skeletonized dial, only to set it alight in the dark by using a proprietary luminescent material.
Watch De Luxe: For the local population, TAG Heuer is probably the leader in the luxury watch sector. But this particular shop is famous for being the only point of sales for a unique selection of other luxury brands, such as Cartier, IWC, Panerai, Breitling, etc., and therefore, we have a nice mix of sales of several brands. We are the leader of the luxury watch retail sector in Hungary.
The new dial variations come from GO's own dial manufactory, Deutsche Zifferblatt Manufaktur (DZM) in Pforzheim – a dial-specialist who Swatch Group took over in mid-2012. As always, vertical integration generally brings the benefits of added flexibility and shorter development times when it comes to experimenting with new designs – while it, of course, also cuts out competitors who used to depend on the same supplier before the take-over.
One of the things I have a feeling will occur at TAG Heuer is the deployment of a strategy that I will just call “Hublot-Lite.” That means an emphasis on wide-reaching marketing initiatives as well as products that are bold and easy for younger (or younger-minded) watch lovers to approach. In some ways, that is literally taking what worked with the Hublot Big Bang watch and all of its iterations and offering more accessible versions at TAG Heuer – that, my friends, is what the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 is all about, in my opinion.
We have written a number of times before about the 4N – for some cool hands-on images, video, and a detailed explanation visit our hands-on article of the 4N 4N-MVT01/D01 watch here – so today, we will only briefly cover its key features once again. The 4N watch was designed by a certain Francois Quentin who had worked with Hautlance and Louis Vuitton before setting off to come up with this very unique creation - a mechanical movement which indicates the time through a "digital" display.
The "no date" version of the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M dial is a bit better as it offers a more symmetrical look, but otherwise it is going to look like the outgoing Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M dial complete with the iconic looking orange minute hand. Its sheer functionality and legibility is beautiful to some people. For 2015, Omega is offering four versions of the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer, including black with a black bezel, blue with a blue and 18k Sedna gold bezel, white with a blue bezel, and one with a gray ceramic bezel.
The Omega Ploprof is one of the most distinctive dive watches ever and is instantly recognizable thanks to its unusual case. For 2015, Omega is updating the Ploprof with new models that feature a new case and movement. To begin, the cases are now titanium and feature ceramic bezels and see-through sapphire case backs, which is amazing for a watch that is water resistant to 1200m. The movement is a caliber 8900 Master Co-Axial movement that is highly anti-magnetic and certified by both COSC and METAS. Few dive watches are as hardy as this.
But as much kudos as he deserves for a well-realized concept, has he succeeded in creating something that is wearable and actually nice to look at? From a practical point of view, this watch is large – 45 millimeters to be precise – and far too thick to be slipped under a dress shirt cuff. For me, its mammoth proportions make it much too noticeable. I love the strict adherence to a uniform aesthetic, but this watch would have benefited from being small and slim, subtle and sleek, not brash and bulky. Its hulking case leaps off the wrist and right into the face of its audience. I wanted it to be more like the Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’Art Perspectives D’Art Dove, which measures a much more discreet 40mm in diameter and 11mm in thickness. Instead, it has all the ostentation and none of the reserve. That is not to say it fails to make a statement, it's just that it seems to shout where, the way I see it, a knowing smile should do.
I know this violates every tender sensibility of the watch collector, but it's how I learn. So far, I've got quite a lot to learn. In my non-watch life, I've worked for iPod and iPhone accessory makers, working on making some of the best things you can use with with those devices. I've managed projects from concept through production to the retail shelf, and sold them into retailers across North and South America.
Jacob & Co. has a nice long history working with the Swiss movement maker Concepto, but it is another firm they worked with for the movement of the Astronomia. For this collection Jacob & Co. worked with Studio7h38 in Switzerland who is responsible for the wild-looking mechanical movement inside of the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon. Look closely at it, and the mechanism is deeply impressive, but it isn’t finished like a Greubel Forsey. Well, nothing is really finished like that, so it isn’t a fair comparison. The movement is a tiny industrial mechanical mechanism, and I don’t even know how to describe its complications. Let’s start with the triple axis tourbillon that exists as one of the four arms on the movement.