We received an invitation for the finish of the Tour de France in Paris with official timekeeper Tissot. While we are not exactly known for being very sporty, some of us do enjoy a workout every now and then. In-between work, traveling, quality time at home and the typical Dutch weather (rain is falling straight down) I find myself on a road bike from time to time doing recreational trips. Nothing compared to the participants in the Tour de France. Spread out over 22 days they cycle over 3500km on their racing bikes.
Today 47 years ago, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission was dominating the news everywhere. On July 20th 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module put astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the surface of the Moon. On July 21st, at 2:56 UTC, Armstrong set foot on the Moon and spoke his famous words. Not much later, Buzz Aldrin followed him.
On his wrist, the Omega Speedmaster Professional. From that moment on, the ‘Moonwatch’. Omega is a brand with an active museum and archives team and in the last couple of years, they have done a massive amount of research on the Moonwatch topic. It is time to share some of that information with you here, and update our past articles.
We had the opportunity to test drive the Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic for a while. Before we continue with the actual review, let’s spend some words on this remarkable manufacturer first.
When it comes to fashionable manufactures, Hublot is easily in the top 3. The industry considers them one of the hippest brands despite their relatively short history. Even though the company was established in 1980 it had mediocre success. Until 2003, when Jean-Claude Biver went on-board. Before, Jean-Claude Biver was responsible for Swatch Group brands.
His approach to the brand was different and revolutionary. As a result, the Big Bang was released in 2005. It was an instant success. In 2008, French luxury conglomerate LVMH acquired the brand from its founder, Italian businessman Carlo Crocco. The story of Hublot from this moment on is pretty well-known. A success story thanks to Biver and his unorthodox marketing approach.
Make no bones about it; the Seiko Spring Drive Tuna is the most over the top watch I own. Strike that, mine is even zanier because it’s the limited edition Spring Drive Golden Tuna. Yes, I know that this article publishes on a Thursday, which means it’s #TBT and vintage, but I’ll bend the rules – big time I suppose – because I will review a watch that isn’t vintage but it has been out of production for roughly three years. You see, I have a soft spot for the big brand from Japan and, therefore, I’ll invoke some license to talk about a seriously different watch.
We’ve covered Tunas here on Fratello Watches and, in fact, a comparison I wrote about the original 6159 Tuna as compared to its now-retired distant offspring, the SBDX011, was one of my earliest articles. These automatic pieces are really the most iconic and emblematic of the case style. However, quartz Tunas came around only a few years after the original 6159 – the battery-powered pieces debuted in 1978 – and they’re not to be dismissed. Seiko even put a kinetic movement into the case in the 1980’s for a brief period and sis loves me deviations. So, in 2013, I was more than intrigued when Seiko, in celebration of 100 years of watchmaking, decided to put its coveted movement into the big case to create the Seiko Spring Drive Tuna – and then they added some gold.
Chanel has revealed a new timepiece to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the popular Chanel J12 and it is a diving watch. This J12 marine is a veritable diving watch that can withstand the pressures of underwater environment up to 300 meters.The J12 Marine watch ranges in price starting from $5,000. This luxurious timepiece is stylish as well as functional.
The watch comes in two different size ceramic cases; a 38 millimeters and a 42 millimeters case. Both are good sizes and should be suitable for people with different tastes. Both sizes also come in three versions, which include an all-white, all black, and black and blue. The all black with black bezel is only available in 42 millimeters case. The all-white version has a glossy finish, while the all-black is bead-blasted for a matte finish. This timepiece has a high-strength anti-reflective sapphire crystal that covers the entire watch face, including the rotating diver’s bezel. This unidirectional rotating bezel is graduated to 60 minutes and is easy to read the immersion times. Inside this case is the movement that powers the watch, which is the mechanical Swiss automatic movement that has 42 hour power reserve.
Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watchmaking companies in the world. They specialize in fine movements and precision combined with rich designs, and their new line for the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is no different in terms of keeping with the classics. But there is a something new about this line which has surprised many: the entire line is comprised of women’s watches.
While a line consisting entirely of women’s watches is a bold move, it is somewhat less surprising when you consider Vacheron Constantin’s history. Vacheron Constantin has always seen the necessity of creating timepieces for women. In 1810, the company began to produce timepieces for women celebrating their high status. Throughout history they have continued to support strong women with their beautiful timepieces. And with this new line, Vacheron Constantin hopes to continue to celebrate the beauty and strength of women.
The new line is described by Vacheron Constantin as “an interpretation of time from a feminine perspective”, and consists of three new models in separate collections. These collections have officially been named the Patrimony Contemporaine Lady, Malte Lady, and Métiers d’Art Florilége. The last of these three pieces is stunning, and immediately became the centerpiece of this new line.
here is a bit of sibling rivalry goin’ on over at Richemont, and rivalry is good! We’re talking about the battle to be the thinnest. And what a battle it’s been!
First up we had Vacheron Constantin, producing the Historique Ultra Fine 1955 back in 2010, the thinnest mechanical watch at the time, at 4.1mm. Then Jaeger-LeCoultre, being the Manufacture that they are, said, “Oh no you didn’t” and released the Master Ultra Thin Jubilee at 4.05mm in 2013, as part of a collection to celebrate their 180th anniversary. Piaget was having none of it. Master of the ultra thin, holder of a dozen ultra-thin records, scoffs, and tells her sisters straight up, “You’re doing it wrong! You can’t do ultra-thin without thinking outside the ‘case’! Step aside. THIS is how you do Ultra Thin.”
Omega is pleased to introduce its new Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15’000 gauss watch. The novelty is animated by the brand’s highly innovative Co-Axial caliber 8508. The mechanism boasts supreme resistance to magnetic fields exceeding 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss).
I love finding just the right dress shoes that I can wear for a variety of different occasions. There are so many cool styles to choose from for all of my needs. I love buying dress shoes that are unique and that you don’t see that many people wearing. I have pretty big feet and I like to find shoes that fit my feet and look good at the same time.
Zenith has captured the adventurous spirit of exploration in its Christophe Colomb timepiece. This inspiring complex yet exquisitely designed timepiece embodies Manufacture Zeniths’ historical developmental journey of its precision Lépine chronometer movement, which was manufactured at the beginning of the 20th century. This 201/2” NVI chronometer, whose escapement was known as the “Echappement Colomb” (Columbus Escapement), received three First Prize awards from the Neuchâtel Observatory and an “Especially Good Class A Certificate” from the Kew Observatory, Teddington.
Precision, it is all about precision at Manufacture Zenith. A century after Christopher Colombus’ amazing New World discovery, a shipboard compass that featured a precision “Cardan suspension” on gimbals system, a type of universal joint in a shaft that enables it to rotate when out of alignment, developed to enhanced maritime navigation. This system was instrumental to a ships survival out at sea, as ships were affected by the gravitational effects of rolling waves that constantly altered ships navigation. This Cardan suspension system was subsequently used to equip marine chronometers and inspired Manufacture Zenith to incorporate this very same system of complex precision technology in its designed tourbillon movement for its Christophe Colomb wrist watch.
Baume & Mercier unveils its new Capeland Worldtimer watch. The novelty is destined at those passionate about travelling – globe-trotters and international businessmen. It allows at-a-glance reading of the time in the 24 cities representing the world time zones.
The case of the new Baume & Mercier watch demonstrates an original pebble shape and a distinctively vintage design. The 44 mm case is sculptured from 18K red gold or polished satin-brushed steel.
The restrained dial provides superb readability. It is available in ashen gray or off-white.
The sapphire crystal case-back reveals the inner life of the timepiece – a self-winding delicately manufactured mechanical movement characterized by supreme precision and endurance.