Archive | May, 2007

Blancier BWT 1: An Amazing New Worldtimer

Posted on 31 May 2007 by John Biggs

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WWR fave Blancier just launched an amazing new world timer. This is a fully manufacture movement and, as such, costs over $20,000. Gah!!!! Trying to figure out how it works.

Worldtimers? There are a great many worldtimers. Almost every respected watch brand has such a model in its collection. In reality, these watches could only show the various time zones of the world in approximate terms… until now.
The master craftsmen of Lottermann & Söhne from the Germany city of Mannheim pre­sent the Blancier Worldtimer 1. Their self-designed mechanical timepiece shows all 39 of the world’s time zones at a glance. Behind the beautiful harmony of the colourful yet subtle watch face is the mechanical movement which took two years to develop.

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Rolex Milgauss

Posted on 22 May 2007 by John Biggs

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I’m slowly starting to dig Rolex more and more. Sure, it’s “common,” but they’re well made and have history. I’d put them on par with Omega for class and provenance.

The Milgauss comes in the new, slightly larger case size of 40mm, with the 3131 movement. There are white and black dial versions available, both with a nifty and surprisingly modern lightning shaped second hand and ‘ROLEXROLEXROLEX’ around the face on the chapter ring. (As Christian noted, for better or worse, the new models are more heavily branded than their predecessors.) One difference between the two versions is that the black dial has a sapphire crystal that is slightly green at an angle, as you can see from the image gallery on their site. List price on both is rumored to be $5,900.

The New Rolex Milgauss [WatchReport]

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Watchmaking, Step By Step

Posted on 22 May 2007 by John Biggs

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Watchismo did it again. He found some amazing video of watchmaking from soup to nuts. If you’ve ever wondered what makes a $8,000 better than a $500 watch, take a gander. It’s literally the hand work involved in assembling these monsters.

Culture de la Haute Horlogerie Films [THE WATCHISMO TIMES]

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WebTime Elite

Posted on 17 May 2007 by John Biggs

ele020_m.jpgI never loved TokyoFlash watches — they were usually too gimmicky — but this one looks like a great design. You tell the time using the two rotating polygons and it comes in blue and orange resin. How much? $123 plus shipping, which isn’t to shabby for some real Tokyo-inspired time-telling.

Truly one of the nicest watches available at Tokyoflash.

* Time only
* Resin Inlay
* English & Japanese Instructions
* Butterfly Clasp
* Super 2035 movement
* 4 year battery life

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The Latest from DBrooker, Custom Face Maker

Posted on 15 May 2007 by John Biggs

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Here’s a great NOS Gruen redone by Dennis Brooker, a custom watchmaker.

I just put one of my custom dials in my 1st mechanical watch – A NOS Gruen I got off of Ebay with an ETA 2824-2 – I used a reallllly nice piece of Awabi shell.

Quite striking, non?

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Alain Silberstein TOURBILLON PAPAYA

Posted on 14 May 2007 by John Biggs

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Apparently Alain Silberstein’s design team is blind.

This Alain Silberstein Tourbillon Papaya limited edition watch not only uses orange alligator skin for the strap, it also utilitzes alligator skin for the case. The date dial is made of mother-of-pearl and the watch dial uses papaya alligator skin like the strap and case.

Alain Silberstein TOURBILLON PAPAYA [PROFESSIONAL WATCHES]

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eBay Follies: Gimme $5 For a Rolex!

Posted on 14 May 2007 by John Biggs

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For $5, the price of a cup of Starbuck’s coffee, you can help some douche buy himself a Rolex. The world, it seems, is full of all kinds.

BIDDING ON THIS AUCTION WILL, I HOPE, GIVE YOU THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING YOU PERSONALLY HELPED A HARD WORKING FATHER OF TWO AFFORD HIS TIME PIECE DREAM.

YOU ARE BIDDING ON:

* A FUND TO ALLOW ME TO FULLY PURCHASE AND PLACE ONE OF THESE FINE TIMEPIECES ON MY WRIST.

What a joke… “Give Me Money To Buy A Rolex” [Watchuseek Watch Forums]

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F. P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain Super-Chrono

Posted on 14 May 2007 by John Biggs

“The Centigraphe Souverain from F.P. Journe. An in-house designed and manufactured fully-integrated chronograph, beating at 21,600 bph AND able to record elapsed time down to a mechanically nanoscopic 1/100 of a second! Combined with the tachometer scales, being able to measure intervals of 1/100th second makes it theoretically possible to time something moving at 360,000 km/hr.”

Wait, what?
Centigraphe Souverain by F. P. Journe [THE WATCHISMO TIMES]

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