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.