Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II Watch Hands-On
If you can imagine Rolex as Ben and Jerry's, then the Oyster Perpetual is vanilla ice cream. It's the building block from which models like the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Daytona have evolved. For 2015, Rolex has created a new 39mm version of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, offering a slightly larger iteration of one of their entry-level models.
So, a bit more about the movement... Again, it is the in-house made calibre FPJ 1300-3 automatic. The movement is mostly produced from 18k rose gold and has a 22k gold automatic rotor that has been decorated with guilloche engravings. The movement operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with 192 hours of power reserve. The movement is gorgeous in typical F.P. Journe style - and visible through the caseback's sapphire crystal window. I'm also happy to see another perpetual calendar movement that doesn't, by some odd sense of necessity, have a moon phase indicator.
Let’s not forget that also upcoming for TAG Heuer are things like an Android-powered smartwatch as well as a (mere) 14,900 Swiss Francs tourbillon in the Carrera collection that uses the same case as this Carrera Calibre Heuer 01. Mr. Biver has a lot of exciting things planned which will offer affordable and interesting timepiece creations sure to get the buzz he wants for the brand. A lot of it is marketing, but it is marketing the Biver way, and even if you don’t like the result, it is entertaining to see it unfold.
This design was chosen for its very low friction when compared to standard pinions set in jewels, as seen in traditional movements, and also since they require support at the base they also allow for a thinner movement. While the double-circular sapphire display on the case-back is a very subtle and rather awesome hint at the MB&F HM1, at least for this MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition, I feel it would have been nice to see a larger opening that revealed a larger portion of the back of the movement.
Looking beyond the name itself, you will find that all the new-for-2015 Rolex Oyster Perpetual models are available exclusively in steel and that the different sized versions come with a different range of dial color options. At Baselworld 2015, we went hands-on with the latest, 39 millimeter wide selection of three new watches. Available in a range of sizes at 26, 31, 34, 36 and 39 millimeter wide, they are priced at ,850 for the 26mm, ,400 for the 36mm, and ,700 for the 39mm-wide versions. It is the largest, 39mm version, reference 114300, that we have selected for this feature article because it is the model most men will choose to wear out of all the Oyster Perpetual options.
Blancpain has released a brand new high-complication timepiece in its L-Evolution collection that I think finally answers the question of "what is the L-Evolution watch family all about?" For 2015, we have the Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel whose in-house made caliber 2322V2 movement contains both a carrousel and tourbillon which are visible on the dial - something which Blancpain did in the past with a more conservative timepiece in 2013. Now, the same concept and a revised version of that movement exist in a modern-style ultra-watch that might finally point to where the exotic Blancpain L-Evolution watch collection is going.
Simple, satisfying, good value proposition, and timeless... these are some of the things Bulova is doing a good job at becoming known for over the last few years, especially when it comes to their quickly developing Accutron II collection with their UHF movements. "UHF" stands for Ultra High Frequency and refers to their extra-high frequency quartz movements. These are to be differentiated a bit from Bulova Precisionist movements - which are similar but larger in size. Battery life for each is about two years.