Posted on 31 July 2013 by Patrick Kansa
Long-time readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of old movements gaining new life (see our posts on Archer here). Following that thread, it should be no surprise that I’m a big fan of the idea that created the Wrocket, from R. Paige. Continue Reading
Posted on 30 July 2013 by Patrick Kansa
At least, that’s what they’re looking to do with their latest batch of 100F Automatics. If you really only want to hear about the new price, just hop on down to the bottom of the article. For everyone else, read on to learn a little bit more about this watch. Continue Reading
Posted on 29 July 2013 by Patrick Kansa
In the past couple of months, I’ve written several times on how easily we can equate watches and automobiles – in fact, there is significant overlap between appreciators (and collectors) of both. To my knowledge, this latest limited-edition from Christopher Ward is the one of the first (if not the first) to make a direct link. Continue Reading
Posted on 28 July 2013 by Patrick Kansa
In our article a few weeks ago, we had an overview of the chronograph complication, and briefly mentioned that the column wheel chronograph is generally considered to be the higher-end variant. Today, we”ll have a closer look at this specific iteration. Continue Reading
Posted on 27 July 2013 by Patrick Kansa
Perhaps it’s due to my own experiences working in various manufacturing facilities, but I am enamored with seeing things made. Of course, watchmaking is a much different scale than I’m used to seeing, but it’s still of great interest (side note: if you’re like me, you really should check out the show How It’s Made).
When it comes to the manufacturing of watches, we might tend to focus foremost on the movement, due to its intricate complexity, or perhaps the case, given that it’s something we can easily touch and innately understand what’s going on with the casting, stamping, and machining. Dials, though, generally get short shrift. Sure, we’ll look at how easy it is to read, and look for symmetry, things of that nature. But when was the last time you thought about how they were made? At least, since our last post (link) on the subject.
The folks over at Franck Muller want to change that. It’s one thing to read that they make them in-house, with the sun guilloche pattern, twenty layers of lacquer (which require an hour to dry for each one), and hand-painted Luminova on the numerals – you can understand that these simply take time to make, and some skilled artisans doing it. What really can drive things home in that regard, though, is a video, and that’s what we have from them. Give it a viewing, and you’ll gain a better understanding of what goes into the dial of a higher-end watch.
Posted on 26 July 2013 by Patrick Kansa
Well, it’s patriotic if your national colors happen to be red, white, and/or blue. For those residents of other nations, you can simply view these as some great color additions to the existing lineup of their excellent Pilot 42 range. Continue Reading
Posted on 25 July 2013 by Patrick Kansa
When it comes to watches, determining the provenance of a component (say, the movement) can be a very difficult thing to do. Some of that is a brand wanting to keep a consistent identity, and simply rebrand an existing movement (say, a ETA 2824) by putting a logoed rotor on, or something to that effect.
Posted on 24 July 2013 by Patrick Kansa
The last time we looked at a G. Gerlach model (the Otago, reviewed here), we had a distinct vintage diver feel, that even hit a slightly military vibe when I paired it up with another strap (the Steveo, here). In contrast, one of their latest models, the Batory, dons the appearance of a dress watch.