Top 10 BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends October 14, 2016 Eta Movement Replica Watches
This month’s roundup is all about new watches, and we have got all sorts lined up for you. We begin with the colorful, complicated, and limited HYT H1 Colorblock. Next, we have Bell & Ross’ very unusual and interesting new BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine watch. Is this a sign that Bell & Ross is going to make more maritime-inspired timepieces? Who knows. And rounding things off, we have a double-whammy featuring the very classic and elegant Patek Philippe 5396 Annual Calendar watch, and a rare very and shiny Rolex that you might never know existed.
The Master Date and Geographic are 39mm wide while the Master Chronograph is 40mm. With a simple but comprehensive two-tone dial, the outer element is brushed while the inner circle is grained, and the effect is lovely. The sector markings are black and the date display employs a snowy date wheel using glowing blue numerals. The palms, as with all three versions, are a skeletonised baton style that appears black in person but reveals as blued steel on JLC’s website.The Jaeger-LeCoultre Mater Control Date’s 39mm-wide case is merely 8.5mm thick, as a result of the slim JLC 899/1 automatic motion within. The 899/1 is a 4Hz movement with a 38-hour power reserve provided with one barrel. On wrist, the Date is easy-wearing and lovely, with a slender profile and superb legibility. This 12-hour chronograph has a 30-minute sub dial and no date. The equilibrium of the dial layout isn’t to be understated and of the three new models, the chronograph really sets the blue accents to best use. The outside tachymetre scale along with the chronograph scales are all left in this trendy, saturated light blue. Combined with the stark legibility of the black accents along with the baton hands, the blue manages to bring a young flare to the design.
Moving on, we pay tribute to a very important man who has helped shaped the watch industry. That man is Günter Blümlein, and he has been largely credited with reviving the fortunes of IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre, and also played a very big role in the resurrection of one of my favorite brands, A. Lange & Söhne. And finally, we end things off by learning more about the “Ghost” dial Rolex Paul Newman Daytona.
1. HYT H1 Colorblock Limited Edition Watches In Red, Yellow, Or Blue Hands-On
For anyone who is considering a piece from one of the independent watch brands, I think HYT should be on your list if you’re willing to pay for it. If you want something classical, HYT isn’t it; but if you want something that is refreshing, new, and technically interesting, then HYT is all of those things. The brand is most famous for using liquids in their watches and movements, and the H1 was their very first watch when they launched the brand in 2012. Here, the H1 has been updated in three very bright and bold colors, and they will only be available in very limited numbers. Have a closer look at them by hitting the link below.
2. Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine Limited Edition Watch In Bronze, Wood, & Titanium Hands-On
Bell & Ross’ guiding light has always come from the skies, but their new Instrument De Marine collection unabashedly draws its inspiration from the open waters and deep seas. Featured here is the BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine, the simplest model from Bell & Ross’ new and limited-edition-only Marine Instrument collection. Though this watch features the brand’s distinctive BR 01 case, the case itself is made using materials associated with the sea – bronze, titanium, and a dash of wood. The dial also pays homage to marine chronometers of old. It’s a refreshing take on marine-inspired watches and a real treat for fans of the brand.
The history of these dials is a little hazy, and most of the huge watchmakers produced them in one time or another (maybe not a surprise, since most manufacturers were using the identical dial manufacturers). They originate sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s and can be traced into two programs — officials watches to the military and technological watches for laboratory usage. Sometime in the late ’40s or early ’50s the prevalence of sector dials started to wane before almost entirely evaporating from catalogs.However, recently, the design has become popular again and watchmakers are producing new takes on the vintage style. Whether it has anything to do with the mania for mid-century everything that is cropped up within the previous half-decade or not is another matter for another time, but there’s no doubt that industry dials are hot at the moment. And this watch might be one of the hottest examples.The Jaeger-lecoultre Pocket Watch+military Replica Geophysic was first found in 1958 as a special edition watch and has since become a hot favorite for vintage collectors. In 2014, JLC revived the Geophysic label for a brand new line of watches. The Geophysic Universal Time in steel was a part of the lineup, followed by a gold model. Here, we look at the steel version on a bracelet and it’s really rather interesting how a simple modification like exchanging a leather strap to get a steel bracelet can considerably alter the identity of a watch. I am aware this point seems self-evident, but the change from quite dressy to quite casual is primitive here, especially considering that the timeless world timer dial.
Jaeger-LeCoultre asserts that guilloche-style machine engraving can be utilized for the appearance of the oceans on the “Earth dial” which is in the center of the world-time display disk. It isn’t a particularly useful dial facility, but it’s visually appealing and is exactly what some people believe makes the Geophysic, nicely, the Geophysic. Additional Geophysic watch collection themes along that same vein include small points of luminant applied round the periphery of the dial.On the wrist, you get a coherently “real” tool watch with the added allure of decoration together with all the blue lacquer-covered guilloche partial-globe, precious materials from the platinum case, and of course, mechanical exclusivity from the haute horology motion. Obviously, this all comes at a price. Future versions in less precious metal might cost a bit less, but the limited edition of 100 pieces mention Q8126420 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon in platinum is priced at around $145,000. Bucking the current trend in watchmaking in which ‘old’ is hot, but ‘too-old’ is not, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso spent the year celebrating its 85th birthday using the Tribute Calendar declared at SIHH 2016 — a fully modern, yet closely preserved icon which we recently had a chance to encounter in 18k rose gold. Even those a little more weary of this ubiquitous Reverso will likely understand that the execution of watches like this one is precisely why the line has come to specify Jaeger-LeCoultre, for worse or better.85 years is a long time. For view, in 1931 when the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso surfaced as an ancient genuinely purpose-built ‘sport’ watch, Herbert Hoover was president of the United States and a loaf of bread cost 8 cents. And in all that time since, the Reverso has mostly escaped significant alteration to the double-sided swiveling event arrangement and art deco design language, yielding one of those impossibly classic watches that just never gets old — quite literally and figuratively. And while it is horribly easy to lose count of the myriad of versions we’ve seen through time, one thing is certain — the Reverso is a veritable time capsule, precious and readily counted among the ranks of different icons such as the Rolex Submariner, Omega Speedmaster Professional, or the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak — just this view predates the aforementioned by several decades each.
3. Azimuth SP-1 Crazy Rider ‘Bike Chain’ Watch Hands-On
Electric Blue includes a striking matte blue enroll atop gloomy Clous de Paris markings on the dial. Military Marble is made up of matte green enroll surrounded with a unique-looking green marble. And finally, Tiger’s Eye features a reddish brown enroll in the middle of the dial surrounded by Tiger’s Eye stone, which includes distinctive alternating bands of different colors of brown and gold. And if you want, Jaeger-LeCoultre also offers fitting straps to go with these three new dials.I have always liked Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches together with 2 faces, and I feel these three brand new dial options will be popular amongst Reverso lovers who want something a little out of the ordinary. Personally, I am very fond of dials made from exotic stone as I find them to seem much more exciting and lively. Of the trio, the Electric Blue dial does not really do much for me personally, and I’m more interested by the Military Marble and Tiger’s Eye dial choices. Military Marble is definitely something unusual and may be interesting in the flesh. On the flip side, Tiger’s Eye is a wonderfully striking stone and I think that it would make for a visually arresting watch dial.Prices of this Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Big Duo Small Second watch begin at $8,400 and will vary based upon your dial and strap choice.True to its nature, SIHH isn’t just a touchpoint for people who love a simple steel sport watch. But surprises do occur, and one of a sea of tourbillons, a handful of grande sonneries, and sufficient precious metal to underwrite a little ground war, Jaeger-LeCoultre pulled a fast one and dropped a trio of metal Master versions that quickly turned into a highlight of the series. Having a crisp but romantic layout and a complication for nearly any flavor, the newest Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date, Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic, and Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph demonstrate that JLC has not lost any of their signature range.
As I noted above, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon will not make use of the deceased beat seconds complication – however I did not miss it. What it does include from the larger Geophysic set is the in-house-made and -developed Gyrolab balance wheel. I’m pretty sure we’re safe to suppose that this is actually the first time the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrolab balance wheel was put within a tourbillon-equipped timepiece.The flying tourbillon seems to come right from the dialup, which can be improved by the fact that most of the dial is domed and three-dimensional because it is. What’s very cool to see is the way the tourbillon literally orbits round the dial (some folks would call that a tourbillon within a tourbillon) using world-time disk. Yes, it will block reading some of the dial only a little bit, but no real functionality is lost with the inclusion of the tourbillon. This really is an excellent mixture of components for men and women who love world-timers and who also need the mechanical complexity (and luxury standing) of a tourbillon.Adding to overall practicality from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon is the simple fact that the motion is an automatic. This convenient mechanism with its utility and beauty is your in-house-made Jaeger-LeCoultre quality 948 automatic movement. Running at 4Hz (28,800bph) the motion has 48 hours of power reserve and is produced from 375 components. You are able to view the 22k pink gold automated rotor through rear of this situation’s sapphire crystal exhibition window.Despite the domed dial, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon watch isn’t terribly thick at just 14.85mm (water-resistant to 50 meters). It does not have the intense lavish ending of some tourbillons that could be somewhat more expensive – but then again, you’re not spending that much money while still getting what many would consider a grail. This watch costs just like a high heeled yet stock-production luxury European car. You could go for something more private and pricey, but you know they won’t really serve their intended function any better than this.
Azimuth is a brand that specializes in offering interesting & unique watch designs at affordable price points. To keep prices down, Azimuth uses regular ETA movements and then modifies the hell out of them. And one of the watches that best encapsulates this philosophy is the new SP-1 Crazy Rider ‘Bike Chain’ watch. As the name suggests, the SP-1 Crazy Rider watch has a design that is heavily influenced by motorbikes, featuring hands that are linked by chains. It’s a fascinating design, and looks in concept like something a more high-end and expensive brand like MB&F would make.
4. Patek Philippe 5396 Annual Calendar Moonphase Watch Hands-On
The annual calendar complication is so called because it only requires one adjustment every year, and that’s at the end of February. It’s less complicated than a perpetual calendar, but it’s actually a rather recent invention, debuting only in 1996 on a wristwatch by arguably the biggest brand in the business – Patek Philippe. As a result, annual calendar watches by Patek Philippe are a little special, and for 2016 they have released two new variants of their revered reference 5396. The new variants are available in white and rose gold, and are easily distinguishable by the use of Breguet-style numerals for their hour indexes.
5. Grand Seiko SBGX093 Quartz Watch Review
The history of the dials is a little hazy, and most of the huge watchmakers made them in one time or another (not a surprise, because most brands were using the same dial manufacturers). They arise sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s and can be traced into two applications — officials watches to the military and scientific watches for lab usage. Sometime in the late ’40s or early ’50s the popularity of industry dials began to wane before almost completely evaporating from catalogs.However, recently, the design is becoming popular again and watchmakers are producing new takes on the vintage style. Whether it has anything to do with the mania for mid century everything that is cropped up within the previous half-decade or not is another question for another time, but there is no doubt that industry dials are hot right now. And this watch might be among the hottest examples.The Are Jaeger Lecoultre Watches Handmade Replica Geophysic was first found in 1958 as a special edition watch and has since become a hot favorite for classic collectors. The Geophysic Universal Time in steel was a part of this lineup, followed by a golden version. Here, we look at the steel version on a bracelet and it is really rather interesting how a simple modification like exchanging a leather strap to get a steel bracelet can considerably change the identity of a wristwatch. I am aware this point seems self-evident, but the change from very dressy to quite casual is stark here, particularly considering the timeless world timer dial.
The history of these dials is somewhat hazy, and most of the huge watchmakers produced them in one time or another (not a surprise, because most manufacturers were using the identical dial manufacturers). They originate sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s and could be traced to two applications — officials watches for the military and technological watches for laboratory usage. It is unclear which came first, but the design flourished from the ’30s and ’40s, for both pocket watches and wristwatches, with Patek Philippe, Omega, and IWC making a number of the most lauded examples. Sometime in the late ’40s or early ’50s the popularity of sector dials started to wane before nearly completely evaporating from catalogs.However, lately, the design is becoming popular again and watchmakers are creating new takes on the vintage style. Whether it has anything to do with the mania for mid-century everything that is cropped up within the last half-decade or not is another matter for another time, but there is no doubt that sector dials are hot at the moment. And this watch could be one of the trendiest examples.The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic was initially launched in 1958 as a special edition watch and has since become a popular favorite for classic collectors. In 2014, JLC revived the Geophysic tag for a brand new line of watches. The Geophysic Universal Time in steel was a part of this lineup, followed by a golden version. Here, we look at the steel version onto a bracelet and it’s really quite interesting how a simple modification like exchanging a leather strap for a steel bracelet may significantly change the identity of a wristwatch. I am aware this point seems self-evident, however, the change from very dressy to very casual is primitive here, especially considering the classic universe timer dial.
Seiko’s Grand Seiko line encompasses all three major types of movements that Seiko makes. We have purely mechanical watches, and then we have the hybrid electro-mechanical Spring Drive, and finally there are the pure quartz watches. This is apt because it was Seiko who produced the world’s first quartz watch. Today, Seiko’s continues to produce quartz watches and movements. It even has its own facility where they grow their own quartz crystals! Unsurprisingly, the Grand Seiko SBGX093, which is powered by Seiko’s 9F family of quartz movement, is one heck of a quartz watch. This watch takes accuracy and precision to a whole new level as it is rated to be accurate to -/+ 10 seconds a year!
6. Super Rare €430,000 Rolex Day-Date 40 Green Emerald Platinum Watch Hands-On
I love browsing watch catalogs to see all of the collections and models that a brand offers. Rolex’s catalogs are one of the more interesting ones to browse, because littered within are also explanations and descriptions of the its technologies and capabilities. However, not all of the watches that Rolex makes are in the catalog. And one of those watches is the ultra rare solid-platinum Rolex Day-Date 40 Green Emerald Reference 228396TEM. I’m usually not a fan of blinged-out watches, but in this case, I think it’s fair to say that even the most conservative of watch lovers can appreciate the amount of craftsmanship that goes into producing this extremely rare piece.
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