Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Casio EDIFICE Sebastian Vettel Edition

Casio EDIFICE Sebastian Vettel Edition watch pictureCasio EDIFICE Sebastian Vettel Edition watch picture
A couple weeks ago I was contacted by a PR company named LaunchGroup, who work with Casio watches. They told me about a new special edition watch being released by Casio, which will be limited to 100 pieces. An exclusive Red Bull Formula 1 inspired racing EDIFICE chronograph watch in honor of Casio ambassador, Sebastian Vettel, who is the youngest Grand Prix winner ever. Since Sebastian drives for Red Bull, they decided to add a splash of red and blue into the dial. Engraved on the case back is Vettel’s signature and logo. After looking deeper into this commemorative piece I was very impressed with the technology and overall design of the watch.

The 45mm case contains a solar powered cell and is water-resistant up to 10 bar (100 meters), but given the nature of the watch I wouldn’t do anything more than snorkel with it. Also inside the case you’ll find a radio signal receiver that uses Wave Ceptor technology. The watch updates itself six times a day, talking to multiple international satellites to provide the most accurate reading of time depending on where you are in the world. Not stopping there, Casio listed the names of 29 cities worldwide around the dial just in case you are curious what time it is in Tokyo.

The glass is mineral, not impossible to scratch, but it is resistant to scratches. The Casio EDIFICE features the date at the 7 o’clock position on the dial and a full automatic calendar. Keeping time isn’t the only precise characteristic of the watch though. The timer function and stop watch offer extremely accurate measurements. The stopwatch records with an accuracy of 1/20 of a second and shows the start and stop time, while the timer records at a 1/1-minute and can be set to the nearest minute up to 24 hours in advance. It seems that this racy sports watch truly captures the essence of the racetrack and the spirit of Sebastian Vettel. Casio watch reference: EQW-M1000SV-1AER

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier central chronograph

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier central chronograph watch picture
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier central chronograph movement
Celebrating their 100 years, Cartier has been unveiling several unique timepieces. One that I am particularly a fan of is the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier central chronograph. The creative design of the dial is what caught my eye. It actually features a two-level dial. The lower dial displays the time, featuring Roman numeral hour markings and blue colored hands. Partially covering the hour hands is the upper dial, operating as the chronograph. The arc shaped aperture displays the 30-minute counter while the second hand sweeps along the upper dial.

The eye-catching dial isn’t the only new element of the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier central chronograph. Inside the 42mm pink gold case lives the new 9907 MC caliber movement, designed and manufactured in house by Cartier. The new movement contains 272 parts and is designed to reduce the energy consumption of the chronograph function. Instead of a cam system, the movement features a column wheel with vertical coupling system for the chronograph.

Usually extending out fairly far from the case, the crown is one of the most unique characteristics of a Cartier watch. Consistent with other models, the elegant Rotonde de Cartier features a classy screw in crown with the typical blue cap on the end. As mentioned earlier, the design is extremely creative. Cartier has registered for a patent on the design of the dial as well as the position of the chronograph.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Linde Werdelin Element and Instrument

Linde Werdelin Element watch picture
Linde Werdelin Element watch picture
Just recently, a company by the name of Totally Worth It (TWI), based in New York City, contacted me. For more information about TWI, you can e-mail them at info@totallyworthit.com or call 1-888-TWI-4ALL. They came across my site and wondered if I would be interested in doing a review on a particular watch. TWI deals with brands such as IceLink and Armin Strom, but the watch they wanted me to look at was unlike anything I have ever heard of or seen. They wanted me to look at a Linde Werdelin Biformeter watch and the clip on sports instrument, which I will explain later. Linde Werdelin is an extremely innovative watch company that makes the ultimate luxury sports watch, which could be worn with a suit or while skiing in the Alps.

Of course I accepted the invitation to review one of these incredible timepieces. TWI sent me a packet with some information about the company. The extreme sports nature of the watches is depicted in the unique cartoon advertising of the marketing packet I received – I was very impressed so far. Learning about the two childhood friends, Jorn Werdelin and Morten Linde, I was able to see how these beautiful watches were inspired. I was then put in contact with the jewelry store where I would be able to see the watch and instrument. There are only two places in the country that feature Linde Werdelin watches and to my surprise, he was right in my back yard.

Located in Manayunk, a trendy borough of Philadelphia is Martin Pulli Timepieces and Fine Jewelry. I stopped in to Martin’s shop on a Saturday and even though I live near the store, I have never been in there. Shame on me because I had a great time talking to him about watches, he is very knowledgeable, as well as looking at his collection of vintage Omega watches, the Bell & Ross display and of course the Linde Werdelin pieces. After talking for a while, it was time to see the watch and instrument. Martin already had a light box set up for me, so I knew I would get some good pictures.

Linde Werdelin Element watch pictureLinde Werdelin Element watch picture

Martin first showed me the Linde Werdelin Biformeter Element watch, a classic and unique design to Linde Werdelin. There was not one thing I didn’t like about this watch. Everything from the look and feel of the case to the durability of the strap was quality. The 46mm case is made of 316L steel and sits up 11mm from the wrist. It houses the automatic ETA 2892-2 movement with a 42-hour power reserve and is water-resistant up to 300 meters (1,000 feet). The top and sides of the case have a brushed finish, while the facets on the outer edges are polished. Behind the unidirectional bezel sits a double anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

The color of the dial might look white, but up close you can see some properties of silver. Linde Werdelin calls this a silver galvanic dial. The dial is accented with 12 super luminova hour indicators, which overlap a sporty 60-division minute track. The date is indicated in the aperture at the 4 o’clock position. The polished, diamond cut hands on the dial are also equipped with super luminova, making it extremely easy to read in the darkness. As I mentioned before, I was very impressed with the durability of the strap. The Biformeter Element had a heavy-duty black textile strap, so thick a great white shark couldn’t chew through it. The strap is decorated with hexagonal screws and has a steel deployant buckle. Other options offered by Linde Werdelin are rubber straps in black or red, alligator straps in brown or black and finally a steel bracelet.

Now, let’s talk about what the watch can really do. As I mentioned earlier, there is a clip on sports instrument, which looks like something from a James Bond film. Linde Werdelin offers two types of instruments, land or sea, the land instrument is what I got to experience. To attach it to the watch, first clip it into the two holes on the left side of the watch (at the 9 o’clock position), and then clip it in to the two holes next to the screw in crown. Inspired and intended for skiers, the land instrument is constantly tested by professionals in the mountains. Offering guidance and protection, the instrument will help you have a safe and enjoyable experience on the slopes.

Linde Werdelin land instrument picture

Linde Werdelin land instrument picture
Some of the features offered are chronograph, compass, altimeter, barometer, heart rate monitor and frostbite alarm along with calculating the snow temperature and inclination of the slope. The feature that impresses me the most is the instruments ability to combine the snow temperature and inclination of the slope and determine a possible avalanche. It contains a Lithium-Ion battery, so just make sure you have your instrument charged up before you carve some fresh powder. If you do not want to clip it onto the watch, there is the option to clip it onto your jacket. Taking your own body heat out of the equation, clipping the instrument to your jacket will provide a more accurate reading of the outside temperature. Linde Werdelin will soon be releasing a new version of the land instrument, known as "The Rock". I will be given the chance to review and write about that model as well.

To say the least, I was blown away by the quality and functionality of the Linde Werdelin Element watch and the land instrument. The design and construction of the watch are nothing short of incredible. When Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin set out to create the ultimate luxury sports watch, they succeeded. Not one aspect of quality is sacrificed on a Linde Werdelin watch and I am honored to have experienced one. Thank you to TWI for the invitation to review the watch as well as Martin Pulli for allowing me to take pictures and experience the watch.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Maurice Lacroix Le Chronographe

Maurice Lacroix Le Chronographe watch pictureMaurice Lacroix Le Chronographe movement picture

I’m sorry this is overdue; I had a request to write about a Maurice Lacroix watch, which I did not forget about and as promised, I would like to write about any watches you request. Again, I am sorry for the delay, but this watch might have been worth the wait. I decided to review and write about the Maurice Lacroix Le Chronographe, which is part of the “Masterpiece” collection. The elegant 45mm case is attached to a hand sewn crocodile leather strap with a folding clasp closure. An anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal sits inside the stainless steel case and is water-resistant to 100 meters (328 feet).

This breathtaking chronograph is brought to life by a hand wound, hand decorated ML 106-2 calibre movement, which is manufactured by Maurice Lacroix. As you can see from the pictures, the bridges and screws are PVD coated. According to Maurice Lacroix, the movement also includes, “2 gold 18K 750 chatons, gold-plated wheels, 20 jewels, column-wheel, swan neck precision adjustment, KIF shock protection, polished steel pallet and escapement wheel, Glucydur coiled balance wheel, 18,000 a/h”. The chronograph movement gives it a sporty personality, but the black and anthracite dial with the Arabic numerals against the leather crocodile band gives the Maurice Lacroix Le Chronographe an elegant feel and look.

Pictures from Maurice Lacroix

Friday, July 17, 2009

Daniel Roth Perpetual Calendar Time Equation

Daniel Roth Perpetual Calendar Time Equation watch picture

Daniel Roth Perpetual Calendar Time Equation watch picture

Due to a comment recently posted, I have been looking more at the Daniel Roth collection of watches. All Daniel Roth watches are made by hand and feature the same curved case shape. There are two different collections of these elegant pieces. The first is the Masters and the second is the Academie. From platinum to pink gold, from leather to steel, Daniel Roth offers many variations of their timepieces. The one particular model that stood out in the Masters collection was the Daniel Roth Perpetual Calendar Time Equation. This magnificent piece not only looks good, it features many complications, one being very different. As stated in the name, this Daniel Roth watch features a Perpetual Calendar and a Time Equation indicator, which is located at the ten o’clock position.

Time equation is the difference between apparent solar time and mean solar time (read more about it here). In addition, the Daniel Roth Perpetual Calendar Time Equation features the day, date, month, moon phases and finally, an indicator that shows the number of days in the month. The 44mm case houses the Daniel Roth 114 self-winding movement finished with the elegant "CĂ´tes de Geneve" and offers a 44-hour power reserve. Aside from everything else, I really like the “Mother of Pearl” finish at the twelve o’clock position where moon phases are shown, but this beautiful Daniel Roth piece really comes together, around the wrist that is, with a classy hand stitched aligator strap and folding clasp. Daniel Roth reference: 121.Y.60.721.CN.BD

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote

Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote watch picture
Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote watch picture

As I was reading and responding to the comments on this blog, I was asked if I had ever reviewed a Graham watch. Realizing that I have not yet posted an article about this brand, I thought I would do some looking. What I found was a brand new watch introduced to the Tourbillograph series as a limited edition. It’s called the Graham Tourbillograph Woodcote. As mentioned, this black and gold beauty is limited to only 50 pieces. The case is 46mm and is water-resistant up to 50 meters (164 feet). This classy chronograph houses the Graham Calibre G1780 movement, a chronograph function with a tourbillon and has a 42-hour power reserve.

I thought there was a lot going on when I first looked at the Tourbillograph Woodcote dial, but it is a classic display of a luxury watch with the sporty look. On the outside of the 18kt red gold case there is a carbon fiber bezel. The black dial features two sub-dials, also made of carbon fiber. The first is a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and the second is a 12-hour counter located at the 6 o’clock position. The red gold hour and minute hands are white luminescent, as well as the sweeping second hand, which also has a red pointer. This unique Graham timepiece is offered with a large black crocodile strap or available with a hypoallergenic black rubber strap. Graham watch reference: 2TWAE.B02A.K49B

Friday, June 19, 2009

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak "End of Days" Offshore

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore End of Days watch picture
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore End of Days snap shot picture
As I was flipping through the channels on the T.V. a couple of days ago, I came across the movie “End of Days” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Three quarters of the way through the movie there is a scene where Arnold pushes his leather jacket sleeve over to see what time it is. The camera holds for a couple seconds, showing the watch that he is wearing. It is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore chronograph. This collectible timepiece is know as the End of Days model, which is limited to 500 pieces. The case is 44mm (48mm if you include the crown), which houses the Audemars Piguet chronograph Caliber 2226/2840.

Aside from the white gold screws in the bezel, the case is PVD black coated. Arnold must have gotten a decent workout wearing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “End of Days” because this black beast weighs in at a whopping 134 grams (almost 5 ounces). The dial features a very attractive Clous de Paris pattern with a nice contrast of the distinctive yellow hands and numbered hour markers. In addition, it shows the magnified date located at the three o’clock position. The unique, luxury sports chronograph has a very durable black Kevlar strap with a Velcro closure and a PVD black AP buckle. Audemars Piguet reference: 25770

Thursday, June 18, 2009

IWC Aquatimer Deep Two

IWC Aquatimer Deep Two watch picture
IWC Aquatimer Deep Two watch picture
Even though I am not a scuba diver, nor do I have my license, I love learning about the instruments that divers use. Now, even though this particular diving watch cannot be taken to depths deeper than 120 meters (393 feet), I would not say that is not worth taking a look at. After all, we know what kind of watch IWC makes and they are nothing short of exceptional. The watch I am referring to is the IWC Aquatimer Deep Two diving watch. Similar to the GST Deep One, a discontinued model, the Deep Two features a built-in depth meter that can record up to 50 meters. There are two indicators, one that is blue and the other red, located on the outer ring of the dial. The blue indicator represents the current depth and the red indicator displays the maximum depth that has been reached by the diver. Notice on the left side of the case, at the eight o’clock position, there is a small button. Push this, and you reset the maximum depth achieved, sending the red indicator back to the “home” position.

You will notice that there is another crown located on the left side of the new IWC Aquatimer Deep Two. This crown houses a special membrane, where the measurement device is built around. How it works is, the deeper the watch is submerged into the water, the stronger the membrane is forced into the case triggering the blue and red indicators. This new attractive diving watch has an immense case size of 46mm, which houses IWC’s automatic Caliber 30110 with a 40-hour power reserve. Consistent with the rest of the IWC Aquatimer watches, the Deep Two features a beautiful PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coated bezel providing outstanding water resistant properties. The IWC Aquatimer Deep Two is offered with a rubber strap, weighing in at $14,900, or one with a steel bracelet, which breaks the bank at $15,900.
Pictures from IWC

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronograph

Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronograph watch picture
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronograph watch picture

Being one of the top watch brands in the world, Audemars Piguet has been creating precise, well-crafted watches since 1875. As soon as I layed eyes on this exquisite, off-white lacquered dial watch I fell in love with it. It is one of the latest creations by the prestigious label known as the Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronograph. The 41mm case has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, which also features a transparent sapphire crystal caseback, showing off the 18kt gold rotor. I'm not recommending that you get this watch wet, but if it's good to know that that is water-resistant up to 20 meters. As mentioned, the dial color is a beautiful, unique looking off-white lacquer. The watch displays the hours, minutes and a central chronograph seconds hand along with two sub dials, which show the small seconds and a 30-minute counter.

There are two variations offered for your liking. Whether it is black leather and white gold you fancy or brown leather and pink gold, the Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronograph can accommodate your preference. This classic timepiece houses the self-winding caliber AP 3124/3841, which has a power reserve up to 60 hours. The crocodile leather strap, available in either black or brown, is fastened by an 18kt white gold or pink gold folding clasp. All parts featured on the watch are decorated by hand. I have yet to come face to face with this handsome piece, priced at around $32,000, but maybe in my journeys I will have the pleasure. Audemars Piguet 26100BC.OO.D002CR.01

Pictures from Audemars Piguet

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bvlgari Diagono Calibro 303

Bulgari Diagono Calibro 303 watch picture
Bulgari Diagono Calibro 303 watch back picture
Combining the unique Italian design and the Swiss art of watch making, Bvlgari watches are a personal favorite of mine. They have recently released a watch to celebrate not just their 125 years, but also the 20 years of the Diagono model. It is the new Bvlgari Diagono Calibro 303 chronograph. According to Bvlgari, they “devoted 6,740 hours to develop the 506 components.” The 42mm case features a glistening 18kt white gold bezel with a beautiful steel bracelet. This astonishing chronograph has a triple layered dial. Featuring Satine Soleil and vertical treatments, the Diagono dial flaunts two rose-gold sub dials at the three and nine o’clock positions.

The hour, minute and second hands are also rose-gold toned. The Bvlgari Diagono Calibro 303 has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal with a transparent caseback showing the automatic winding Caliber BVL 303. It is water-resistant up to 100m and has a power reserve of 45 hours. Even with keeping the classic look of the Diagono, Bvlgari really made the Calibro 303 stand out. I love every aspect of the timepiece. From the three-layered dial with the contrasting gold sub dials to the shinny stylish bezel, it all comes together to form an elegant, yet sporty, watch. This Bvlgari Diagono has a retail price of $10,700.