Sometimes I wait a bit after news "breaks" to discuss a topic. That was the case with MB&F's new HM (horological machine) 2.2 watch. The timepiece is a further extension of the quite pricey luxury HM2 watch. MB&F has given the watch several version done in combos of metals (gold, titanium...), ceramic, and of course colors and styles. I've worn a few of them, and admit they are sorta cool. One of the biggest criticisms of that watch is that it was unwearable. True, the the wide box is tough to wear on your wrist, but it isn't exactly "unwearable" (like the DeWitt WX-1). From a practical standpoint MB&F watches are wearable art. Few people would actually wear and HM1, HM2, or HM3 watch all the time, but I for one quite appreciate them. Max Busser of the brand is a marketing master as well. He really knows how to get people excited about his watches, and items such as this limited edition of 8 pieces HM2.2 watch are a great was of doing that.
I am probably not worthy of this watch. This ain't no fashion timepiece or wrist accessory. The watch doesn't care too much about looking good with a tie, or being civilized. No, this watch instead a bona fide tool. Made to endure the rigors of tough adventuring, tours of duty, and combat situations. All that, and it is made to be affordable so that you don't need to be an aristocrat who likes to rough it, to afford one. This is the Red Cell by Rogue Warrior Watches, and it is now available to the public in addition the law enforcement and the military.
In the end, there is no wholesale way to evaluate the effectiveness of an app, because each app will be different. If a company allows for some manner of commerce or sales via or through the app, it will all depend on how well such functionality is integrated. Making sure a user interface and e-commerce specialist is on the application development team is a must for such complex functionality.
Check out an article I did about the Christophe Claret Dual Tow watch here on Luxist.com. There you will get the basics. Let me say again that Claret is making the limited edition watch customizable. The website configurator for the watch allows you to choose all sorts of personalized materials and colors. The watch further comes with an alligator and rubber strap. I don't want this article to be filled with numbers and figures. My other articles or Claret's website will tell you the little details. I want to share with you what it is like to wear, operate, and look at the Dual Tow watch.
Cargo will feature a few Fortis watches in the movie, but these two limited edition ones are the most interesting and have the name of the movie in them! The more basic watch is the Fortis Cargo Limited Edition Spacematic. It comes in a limited edition of just 2012 pieces and has the title of the movie right on the dial. The watch is in sandblasted steel and 40mm wide. Movement is a Swiss automatic, and probably the ETA 2836. It has a sapphire crystal, rubber strap and 200 meters of water resistance. The revolving Arabic numerals are large, and Fortis here is at their best when it comes to that black/white high contrast dial look that makes them easy to read. An attractive watch fit for a spaceship crew member.
The reasons why people want to blacken their watches varies, but it usually comes down to being able to have a unique watch. People with large collections often alter watches that they have stopped wearing to revitalize them and bring back the joy of wearing them. Others envision what some of the watches we have in stock would look like in black and purchase them for that reason. Watches who's styles have faded into the fashion archives can be modernized with the treatment.
Project X and its partners keep up the intellectual and engineering battle of overcoming Rolex's latest challenge. The two companies that aren't connected still seem to need each other, and in the end actually effectuate that each is better in the long run. Project X help Rolex maintain that their watches are harder and harder to replicate (as Rolex keeps making their basic parts harder to make), while Rolex keeps up a challenge for Project X as it continues to modify Rolex watches giving us its wonderful modified creations. This challenge for Project X may make its work hard, but maintains that fewer and fewer competitors can offer what they can given the skill and know-how required.
Why does Breitling need to continually tease me? I have really liked the Superocean Heritage line of watch every since they came out a few years ago, and they just keep upping the ante with watches that I want. Well here are the second line of chronograph watches for the collection. The first were simply the Superocean Heritage Chronograph watches with Valjoux 7750 movements, but these limited edition models have a sweet bi-compax subdial array which is infinitely more classic and "heritage" in style. Instead of using a Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, the watches uses a Breitling Caliber 23, which is a Valjoux 7753 automatic mechanical movement. Instead of a 12 hour chronograph, it is a 30 minute chronograph, and the date is placed in a nice little window at 6 o'clock. The movement has also been certified as a COSC Chronometer.
Which leads me to clarify again, Seiko is a true watch manufacture. They make all of their own movements, dials, bracelets, and cases. They even make such hard to make parts such as hairsprings and mainsprings. Which are coincidentally considered the most difficult of watch movement parts to make. Everyone is done by Seiko, and this allows them to produce many impressive watches. So what does this mean to you? Well, it means that those “hand assembled” watches with “manufacture movements” from European watch companies that are tens of thousands of dollar if not more, have a competitor at Seiko. Most of their “Grand Seiko” and related high end lines are just as nicely made, in-house, and cost on a few thousand. Not just that, but Seiko watches are extremely reliable and durable, and very accurate.
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You might want to consult with your horologist about your current levels of Orthorhombic titanium aluminides. They might be dangerously low, or even, "gasp" not present. If you are Orthorhombic titanium aluminides deficient, not to worry. Richard Mille's new RM022 Aerodyne Dual Time Zone watch has got JUST what you need. Up from the RM021 watch, the Areodyne's gotten fancier. The tonneau shaped case in titanium holds many secrets and complexities. Richard Mille has the crown these days for watches that make you feel like there is an impossible amount of stuff going on inside of the cases.The RM022 is about 40mm wide and 48mm tall. The case is in titanium, or 18 white or red gold. All versions come with alligator straps and matching buckles.
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Arpa sued Romain Jerome for wrongful termination, and won via decision by a Swiss court. They found that he hadn't done anything wrong, and Romain Jerome was in the wrong. What his future holds in unknown. What his present holds is this Black Belt watch. Yvan Arpa is known to be a martial arts enthusiast, participating in it himself having a black belt. Perhaps he was constantly threatening to fight (literally) the Romain Jerome board, which is why they freaked out.
I recently discussed the Arlanch watch, another Swedish timepiece. That watch and this "Dragon" from Gustafsson & Sjögren (who call themselves GoS for short) couldn't be more opposite. One a distinct bore (Arlanch), while this one (GoS) a distinct work of art. Their real contribution to the work of horology is their uses of Damascus steel that they develop themselves. You might not like all the watch they do, but you have to admire their talent and dedication to their artistic pursuit. What started as a talent for collector's knife making eventually found its way into working on watches. They have a few models, each similar in tone with the specially created and polished metal being the main attraction. Plus, all the Damascus metal they make is done by hand.
What I am trying to indicate is that many watch companies are already behind the times, and need to catch up before venturing into the creation of an iPhone application. Brands who embrace current media technology will have a hard time deciding how to make us of the many available programs and communication tools. The best results will be from examining what words for other more established luxury brands, not necessarily watch brands. Remember, that working simplicity is more important failed ambition, and that watch companies need to embrace what makes sense, not just what looks cool.