Archive for: July, 2015

Boutique Special: Breguet Réveil du Tsar Enamel Dial Watch

Boutique Special: Breguet Réveil du Tsar Enamel Dial Watch

A lesson learned eons ago and since then routinely dismissed is that watch dials should be easy to read. In modern times you’ll find even very high-end watch makers pushing the envelope of design and visual complication to create timepieces that look modern, but often eschew predictable function. One school of thought teaches that to really make a name for yourself you need to study new and complex ways of presenting a watch dial. This often leads to visually interesting, but difficult to read watch dials. Step about 100 years back (and longer) and the predominant feeling on the matter READ MORE

Green Light: DeLaneau Rectangular Dôme Sunrays Watch

Green Light: DeLaneau Rectangular Dôme Sunrays Watch

What you can’t easily tell by looking at the dial of this attractive and artsy timepiece is just how complex the mechanics of it actually are. A mere handful of watch makers have been able to achieve the development of the movement type located on the inside — for its sheer defiance of how standard mechanical movements want to work. The automatic movement displays both the hours and minutes in what is called a “jumping” style format. The digits are located on discs that move behind the dial. They “jump” into place (rather than slowly move all the time) when READ MORE

Khaki Hero: Concord C1 Radar Watch

Khaki Hero: Concord C1 Radar Watch

The quaintness of Switzerland seems an odd venue for the design and dissemination of future craft such as this C1 Radar watch from Concord. With the majority of timepieces coming out of Swiss shops being linked in various forms to the past, it requires a sincerely rebellious spirit to break the mold of tradition. Concord is a famous name among the Swiss watch industry, but totally revamped their image a few years ago. The new motto was “time deconstructed,” announcing that the well-known maker of slightly avant garde (though conservative) fine watches was about to go full bore in a READ MORE

From Ralph’s Personal Collection: Ralph Lauren Sporting Wood Dial Watch

From Ralph’s Personal Collection: Ralph Lauren Sporting Wood Dial Watch

When it comes to design, it is often said that a sure-fire formula for success is to make something for yourself. Too many products today are conceived by talent and birthed by committees. Good designs and ideas get molded and degraded by the need to satisfy the many. If a good designer puts their heart and soul into an unadulterated product to satisfy their own picky needs, it usually has the potential of being fantastic. Ralph Lauren proved his ability to design fashion that has appeal to many, while keeping true to his own sense of aesthetic. The man has READ MORE

Music Minded: Breguet Réveil Musical Watch

Music Minded: Breguet Réveil Musical Watch

Musical watches have a very long history that begins with bells — church bells more specifically. Historically speaking it was a luxury to have the time, expensive if one could have it at all. There was a long period when clocks were large affairs, huge machines that could take up part of a building. Small towns in Europe often had one or just a few clocks — if any. Most of which were placed on towers that were part of churches. When people were not paying attention to the clock, they were reminded of what time it was via the READ MORE

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