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.
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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

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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.