Posted on 07 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
The Devon Tread watch was one of the first of the way out there modern watches that I found absolutely fascinating and drool worthy. The First Tread was a modern engineering marvel, ready to be worn by captains of industry and political movers and shakers, but it also had an ascetic that would feel at home on the wrist of a steam-punk enthusiast. Continue Reading
Posted on 06 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
A new Kickstarter campaign is starting from Zelos, offering a 100M water resistant diver with a couple of unique twists (project page). Common to the line is an internally rotating bezel, which I am seeing on a few higher end dive watches, but not in this price and feature range yet. What is most unique in a relatively inexpensive watch like this is the choice of a bronze case as an alternative to the 316 stainless that is also offered. Fitting for the materials of choice, the watch is named the Helmsman. Continue Reading
Posted on 05 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Ah, copper. It’s a material that surrounds us (just think about all the miles of wiring in your home and office), yet it’s something we rarely see. Which I think is a shame. Sure, you might see a brand new shiny penny, but that’s the exception. While today’s watch from Bulova is labeled as a rose gold tone piece, I think it might be more accurate to call the finish copper colored. Why am I so enamored with this particular finish? Continue Reading
Posted on 04 March 2014 by Matt Himmelstein
Cvstos is a small, relatively new high end Swiss boutique watchmaker which has zoomed out of the gate, making several very highly detailed designs over their 5 year history. Several of the watches are housed in very elaborate tonneau style cases, as it is utilized for the brand new Gustave Eiffel design. The latticework on the case and the symmetrical archways made this watch instantly recognizable as an homage to Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel’s most well known design.
The 53.7mm by 41mm case is really an exhibition for the movement itself, with large sapphire crystals front and back. The dial elements are minimized and are more suspended over the movement than trimmed away to provide a skeleton look. The three-hand watch is available in either stainless steel or bronze PVD treated steel, and is powered by a skeletonized Cvstos CVS350 automatic winding movement with black rhodium treatment. The date wheel has also been skeletonized, and the screws, crown, indices and hands are all rendered in 5N rose/red gold.
- Brand & Model: Cvstos Gustave Eiffel
- Price: TBD, but not for the faint of heart
- Who we think it might be for: High end watch collector
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: Recommend, most certainly; but since it is likely out of my price range, buying isn’t in the cards.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Courtesy copies to bloggers?
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The exhibition movement.
Posted on 03 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
It’s a new month, which means it’s time for us to get a new giveaway rolling. Remember our review of the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II watches from back in January? Well, today is your chance to win the chronograph variant, aka the AV-4001-04. Read on for how to enter. Continue Reading
Posted on 02 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
When it comes to the history of watchmaking, one of the most popular (and complex) complications that have come to be seems to be, time and again, the chronograph. While I myself seem to be personally moving away from an interest in chronographs, I certainly understand the appeal, and still believe it to be an amazing feat of engineering with the accuracy we’re able to get to these days. If you’d like to learn some more about the chronograph, and things like how it came to be, and how to use one, read right on.
First things first – this is a Historical Horology post, so we need to tackle some history. While a man by the name of Louis Monet created what we would consider to be the first chronograph watch (in 1815), it was actually Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec who created the first market-ready version that was commisioned in 1821 by King Louis XVIII. Why did the king want such an ability? To time horse races, a favorite pastime of his.
Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec
The watch proved popular, although it had an interesting quirk (by today’s usage of chronographs) – it was constantly running. It wasn’t until 1844 where we had a reset capability added by Adolphe Nicole. After that, while the watchmaking industry underwent massive changes, the chronograph itself didn’t see any massive innovation, until we come to 1958, when a rotating bezel tachmeter was added by Tag Heuer.
Of course, since that time, there’s been all manner of scales added to the chronograph, allowing for a variety of different measurements that are able to be captured. If you’d like to dig more into the history (as well as have a primer on how to read some of those scales), check out this article from Gentleman’s Gazette.
Posted on 01 March 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Welcome back to our weekly installment, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week, as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a great meteorite-dialed watch, an upcoming release from Devon, plus, as always, a pointer to some of our more popular articles from the last week. Continue Reading
Posted on 27 February 2014 by Patrick Kansa
Let’s keep the smart watch ball rolling, shall we? Yesterday we saw a smart watch merged with an analog quartz piece, and today we’ve got the same – albeit one with a much smaller display. As a matter of fact, this isn’t the first time we’ve taken a look at Martian – you can see our review of their first entry right here. Their latest, though, has a much more refined look, and has a notification trick up your sleeve. Continue Reading