Aside from the R8 Mk.I, there are other Roland Iten belt buckles out there - and each comes in a limited edition. You'll need to go his site and learn about the other lines. There are a lot of important people who wear Roland Iten's items. One guy who likes most all of Roland's stuff is Sylvester Stallone. He pretty much always wears the belts. He is actually the first person to be wearing the R8 MkII if I am correct. The main innovation behind the R8 MkII over the MkI is how it treats belts. The MkII has a special pin system that dramatically reduces wear on the belt holes. This allows the precious leather belts to remain in good condition for much longer. This is based on a system with a pin that moves around in the hole much less, and is attached to an arm that moves with the belt.
These images remind me of those non-sequitur motivational posters that were common in the 90's that showed up in offices to replace "fake" office art that is meant to just take up white wall space. These days such posters are mostly gone, again replaced by framed patterns on the wall that look about as bad as the fabric on bus seats designed to hide stains. I think Ulli Kampelmann might have designed a few of those.
JCB is greeted by the Hublot brand staff. They treat him with the reverence a boss deserves, as well as a slight level of intimidation. Not out of fear, but more that JCB has a very assertive and direct personality, which is in contrast to the more tranquil and reserved Swiss personality many people are familiar with. In fact, one of JCB’s most notable characteristics is his habit of “passionate annunciation” as I will call it. The volume of his thoughts is quite well equal his conviction — and manifests itself as a friendly reminder of why JCB often welcomes you with a flushed face.
The motion of this winder is the gentlest of any I've ever owned. It takes five minutes for the watch to rotate through 180 degrees and then it swings back and forth a few times and rest for another five minutes. All of the watches I put on the winder had ETA 2824s in them and they all continued to run for as long as they were on the winder. I wondered if there would be enough movement, as according to Orbita's web site, my watches with the 2824s in them need 650 revolutions/day. This Orbita's motor only makes 144 turns/day, but every 10 minutes the watch does swing back and forth. None of my watches stopped, but perhaps they were running down and eventually they'd stop... [Ed. note - Myself and Orbita have done lots of testing to ensure that the motion of the Orbita 1 Sparta Mini fully winds watches. It is true that it appears to wind watches less, but this is not actually the case. The momentum created when the weight drops is actually without and jerkiness, and results in a significant amount of force for the rotor to wind a good deal.]
I took one of my watches (the Glycine Lagunare 1000), shook it for a few seconds to get it going and set the correct time. I never manually wind an automatic watch, but simply get it going and then wear it. That's always worked well for me. I put it on the winder for 48 hours and then stopped it. The watch still showed the correct time. I then let it run until it stopped and it ran for about 26 hours. Perfect. The winder is slowly winding the watch. I know an automatic can't be overwound, but I'm sure there's more wear and tear happening if you're spinning the watch so quickly so that it gets fully wound in a matter of hours (like some I've seen) This winder would probably take a bit more than three days to fully wind this movement when it's completely unwound.
The Atlas Dome models are about the only new pieces from the partnership that speak to me at all. Of course, these are based on the previous Atlas collection, so there isn't too much creativity going on. The women's watches in the new collection are often too girly or described as "cocktail watches." Meaning that they have cheeky designs are aren't meant for serious occasions? What happened to Tiffany being the brand you could wear on your wedding?
Radio Controlled Active Matrix EPD Worldtimer
Caliber S770 movement
-Time indication for hour, minute and second
-Calendar indication for year, month, date and day of the week
-Perpetual calendar up to December 31, 2060
-World time function for 32 cities with daylight saving time capability
-Dual time function
-3-channel daily / single-time alarm function
-Sound demonstration function
-Automatic radio wave reception function with manual reception capability
-Automatic time correction function
-Battery level indicator
-Power reserve: 9 months (41 months in ‘sleep’ mode)
-Overcharge prevention function
-Power save function
-Accuracy: 15 seconds per month (when not receiving the radio signal)
-Movement dimensions: 30.9 x 32.9 mm, thickness: 5.7 mm (excluding solar cells)
-Case and band: Stainless steel (SDGA001J)
-Stainless steel with gold-tone hard coating (SDGA002J)
-Stainless steel with black hard coating (SDGA003J)
-Clasp type: Three-fold with push button release
-Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
-Water resistance: 10bar
-Case dimensions: 45.5 x 46.0 mm, thickness: 9.5 mm
Seiko Active Matrix EPD screens
Seiko EPD 1
Seiko EPD 2
Seiko EPD 3
Seiko EPD 4
Seiko EPD 5
Seiko EPD 6
Seiko EPD 7
Seiko EPD 8
OK, so before you begin reading this I need you to start the above video of a choir rendition of "America the Beautiful." The video has some cheesy imagery of course, but interestingly sums up my swelling patriotic pride in America's first made (and designed) tourbillon movement. It is no surprise that this comes straight from Pennsylvania at RGM. The brand recently announced America's first made and designed watch movement (in a long time), and now its very first tourbillon. Hailing from Lancaster county, it is funny how this innovation in the American watch industry stems from a place where much of its population is living in the past. I am of course referring to the wealth of Amish that live out there.
Dial and Hands:
Open worked dial with bridges in black PVD coating and different areas highlighting specific functions,
Newly formed skeleton hands,
Hands antimagnetic (Calibre 781)