This article is by Kristin Kramer who is typically on the back-end of aBlogtoWatch but has taken the time to share a recent interesting experience
Apparently in England "crash" is another term for car accident. Which is exactly what seeded the design of the watch. In the mid 1960s, Cartier's vice president was in London and died in a car accident. The crash caused a fire which burned his body and the Cartier watch that he was wearing at the time. The piece burning on his wrist happened to be the tall and oblong-shaped Bagnoire Alongee. The watch survived - well sort of. It is sort of morbid that after the event, Cartier took great interest in what happened to the watch that was on the corpse's wrist, though I supposed I would too. They inspected it carefully and found that the case had melted as though it was in a Dali painting. Whether it was enough LSD or a deep emotional connection to the now-deceased vice president, Cartier decided to produce a watch that looked like the melted Bagnoire Alongee. It of course became the Cartier Crash - a super strange watch for men that fit perfectly into the art scene of the era. For a bit more history you can consult this article by Richard Paige who was the guy who originally founded Timezone.
Each has the same wonderfully original manually wound movement that has a revolving retrograde minute hand and hour markers on triangular shutters. We first wrote about MCT here back in 2009 and there is a video there showing how the watch works - it is super cool. The minute counter moves sequentially in a clockwise manner as the hours change. There are four points on the dial that each can display three of the 12 hours of the day.
After a presentation highlighting JeanRichard’s new timepieces, examples of the 1681 and Terrascope collections made their way from table to table. Among the more striking pieces was the steel, cushion-shaped Terrascope, with a blue lacquered dial and steel bracelet. Its case, 44mm wide and reinforced by two lateral arms, is reminiscent of the Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date, which itself is evocative of the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Not all cushion-shaped cases are created equal, of course, but given the JeanRichard’s attainable price point, 42-hour power reserve and self-winding JR60 movement, it’s clear that Sowind is taking this relaunch as seriously as Captain Sully took the safe deliverance of his 155 passengers. As always, time will tell (pun intended) how the market takes to the new models — and the new face — of JeanRichard. Limited edition watch to come soon.
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As a steel watch, the Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT is among the more expensive Breitling watches, mainly because of its in-house made movement. When I first saw this piece it impressed me enough to be included in my list of top watches from Baselworld 2012 (see article here). After reviewing it I still feel that it is a very good watch and certainly worth the real estate space on your wrist. At around ,000 the competition is fierce for high-end sport watches. With a solid brand name and a good design, the Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT epitomizes what the brand is known best for (especially in the US). Price on the bracelet is ,820.
When I was operating the chronograph, I noticed that the minute counter moved leisurely into place after the seconds hand touched the zero mark. There was something quite "gentlemanly" about the way that it moved, prompting me to ask Roger if this was intentional, as the hand didn't snap to the next index like other chronographs. Roger replied that he didn't know if that was intentional, but during the service, he would look at the mechanism to find out. I personally felt that this little detail, if intentional, actually had more character and would not be surprised if Daniels had designed it this way.
Inherently, that definitely has some "wow" factor, that's for sure. That said, I certainly wouldn't want to have my hand to my head for a lengthy call. I picture something like this being handy for a quick call to home or the office, or perhaps for a private chat on a mass transit commute where you could prop your arm up. Regardless of the situation, it would be fun to try out. Oh, and then when you're done talking? You can simply wave bye-bye (yes, literally wave your hand) and the call will be hung up. I don't know about you, but I'd feel pretty foolish waving at nothing (especially after people saw you talking to your hand). Fortunately, you can also dismiss the call utilizing the multi-touch capable e-ink screen.
You also mention movement by the seconds hand when you move around the watch. That isn't normal, but I've seen it before. I would take that piece in for them to swap out the movement or tighten things up.
Here is where it gets really cool - the external charging base. Each SP watch comes with a puck-shaped charger that does a few things. To put the watch in the dock you pull out part of the side (cool), and the charger can be hooked up with USB to a computer or AC adapter for juice. There is more. As you can see, the charger even has a solar panel on it... and a battery inside. While solar power generation isn't quick, you can place the charger in the sun if you are away from a power source and it will either directly charge the watch or a battery in the charger which can store enough energy to fully charge the battery inside of the timepiece twice over. This my friends is what happens when German engineering gets involved with a device such as this.
[Update: July 8, 2014 - While we value the quality of their product, in light of recent events, aBlogtoWatch will no longer cover RGM products and cannot endorse RGM as a company. - Ed. ] What's This?
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