Where Breva will easily win is sex appeal. The Génie 01, with its skeletonized dial and mechanical movement, is by far the better watch to wear on a date. Casio hasn’t quite figured out geek-chic yet – at least not in the ProTrek range. But alone on a stormy night… I think Casio might have my vote for reliability and functionality.
Dimensions: 31.6 x 10.56 mm (without gong)
37.6 x 10.56 mm (with gong)
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John and I go back and forth jesting on Memorigin's Batman tourbillon watch. We also talk about the new Maison Patek Philippe in China, as well as what real Chinese watch tastes actually are. Last, you get to hear more about the new aBlogtoWatch website and all the blood, sweat, and tears behind it.
Even though the Deep Space Tourbillon is a nice looking exotic watch, it won't have the same effect as earlier pieces like the Antiqua. No matter, given Halter's almost zealous followers who have been waiting so long, this piece will sell as he has traveled to Asia in order to debut the piece. Sadly, Vianney Halter will not once again disrupt the market or create something truly memorable here that people will be thinking about. The concept just isn't original enough, but perhaps with Vianney off the couch he will find new inspiration once again. Price for the Vianney Halter Deep Space Tourbillon is 180,000 Swiss Francs. vianney-halter.com
Urwerk has finally unveiled its EMC watch after teasing the movement back in May. If you'll recall, the EMC (Electro Mechanical Control) watch is a mechanical timepiece with a uniquely designed electronic module that acts as a rate measuring tool. On top of that, the movement has a fine adjustment screw that allows for you to adjust the rate results of the watch yourself. Confused? In short, Urwerk EMC is a watch with a movement you can fine tune yourself (for accuracy) and comes with a built-in tool that measures how accurate it is. Nothing like this has even been done before, and perhaps, no one ever will again.
We will likely need to wait until Baselworld for a brand new Carrera - which is not guaranteed but certainly likely. So what is this Carrera CMC watch all about? Essentially it is an 1887-powered chronograph with a Mikrogirder bullhead-style case - which is actually the point that deserves most of the attention. The case has been carefully crafted from Carbon Matrix Composite, a material used in Formula 1 and aerospace applications due to its lightweight yet exceptionally strong construction. A version called the Carrera Jack Heuer is a more "metallic" version of this watch. Crafted from carbon fibers that are just 0.007 mm thick, CMC is processed, heated and compacted into a defined shape. The end result is very strong and very light, so much so that the entire case assembly on the Carrera CMC Concept (excluding the crystal) weighs only 19g. For reference, I have leather straps that weigh considerably more than that. Total weight as shown in the photos is 76g, still a massive achievement for a chronograph that is likely ~45mm across.
Inside all of the new 44.25mm wide Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph watches is the in-house made Omega caliber 9300 automatic chronograph movement. Silicon parts for accuracy (COSC Chronometer certified) and resistance as well as a long power reserve along with a Co-Axial escapement. Inherent to the movement's design, are two hands in the right subdial to measure both the chronograph hours and minutes (it can also be used as a second time zone). This gives the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph the flattering appearance of having only two subdials.
I was amusingly surprised when the video I made of the original Devon Tread 1 watch went viral (you can see it here on YouTube). Posted in 2010, the video showed me playing with the Tread 1 and displaying how its belt-driven time telling system worked. It had about 450,000 views at the time of writing this article - and it was an off-the-cuff video I took on one of the Devon guys kitchen counter here in LA. Later, I was lucky enough to get a Devon Tread 1 for a while and wrote about it here in the full review.
Casio has been busy updating some of their most popular lines and we are seeing that work come to fruition when looking at all their Baselworld 2013 releases. Welcome in the great-looking Edifice EQW-A1200 timepiece family. Not only are the G-Shocks (the 30th Anniversary limited edition and the Gravity Defier pieces) getting new editions, so too, are the Pro Trek watches we've covered and the Edifice. Casio announces the release of four new Edifice EQW-A1200 models. They come in different colors, are loaded with functions and are built to resist vibrations. Flagship models, they have all the bells-and-whistles packed the Edifice-way.
The snowflake dial, just stunning in person. Seiko really is superb at dial making.
Girard-Perregaux watches are however very conservative in their design. If you love traditional restrained looks you'll love them. If you are looking for edgy avant-garde design, then they offer a bit less. That isn't to say they don't offer some wild stuff, but their primary focus has been on fluid, non disruptive design. Lovers of classic design are looking for precisely that. This 1966 Chronograph is a perfect example. What you see before you is the 2012 version of the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Chronograph in a 42mm wide case. This is 2mm up from the other 1966 Chronograph. Let me first discuss the differences between the two models.
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