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Next you'll get a covert box that can be used to store anything you like. The box looks like a book and is made of wood. You can open it up and store your watch or other valuable goods. It also comes with the special US Agency coin. In addition to that you'll get a pair of American Optics USA made aviator sunglasses. Your choice of green or gray tint and they come with a security strap to keep them on your face. These are the same sunglasses that have been historically provided to countless US agency and military personnel. They retail for 9.00 each. Last, you'll get your choice of RFID blocked wallets. These special wallets shield against unwanted RFID reading devices. This is to protect your privacy and any personal information that may be contained on cards in your wallet that contain RFID chips. This includes some credit cards and ID badges - which can be remotely scanned by cheap RFID readers. Winner get's their choice of available wallet, which retail for each. Just enter below for a chance to win this bundle of cool stuff.
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The Doppel 2.0 watch celebrates the split seconds chronograph in a basic, stripped down way that is not overly minimalistic or boring. Split second chronographs are also called rattrapante chronographs - and their purpose is to offer an additional one minute chronograph that can run while the main chronograph is marking time. This is done with a dedicated "split" hand that usually activates a second chronograph seconds hand located under the main hand. It is an ideal mechanism for those who want to measure short durations while measuring something else. While uncommon in mechanical chronographs today - most digital stopwatches feature a "split time" function that evolved from the split second mechanical chronograph.
Dial designs are quite interesting. You can see that the layout of the 7751 has been reduced to make the display symmetrical. There are a few different dial displays - and each is both three dimensional and attractive. One version has a more retro dial that will appeal to some people as well. By the way, the watch is technically called the Grand Dome DT. Not sure what that DT stands for. Hmm. Most of the dials really excite me. They are really well done and I like the finishing, detailing, and the hands.Read more ›
A few months ago Ball Watches & BMW jointly announced that they would enter into an agreement to produce high-end watches from Ball for BMW. I got to see some prototypes and pictures a few months ago but was not allowed to discuss them until now. The relationship marks yet another watch brand plus car maker looking to make cool timepieces to appeal to both watch and car lovers. Will this be a success?
There are a couple of things I've seen on Swiss analog-digital movements that puzzle me. One is the crown and how it's used: Here, as with the Omega X-33, the rotation of the (non-screwdown) crown does nothing; it's a button that is also pulled for setting. It just looks like a conventional crown. The second is the lack of a second hand. The ETA E20.321 does the same thing and I don't know why. Less busy dial perhaps? Some Casios do this too, to be fair.
This year Audemars Piguet released a new version of last year's Royal Oak Offshore Diver watch. The new version isn't too different, but now employs Audemars Piguet's forged carbon case. The special case material is produced in-house out of carbon thread that is heated and compressed. The result is a very light and strong case material that suits the sporty look and performance of the ROO Diver very well.Read more ›
It dawned upon me that Flavor Flav may have played an instrumental role in the success of the "large watch" that has popularized the last decade by so loyally showcasing a truly "oversized" timepiece. A man such as himself is more often than not, ahead of his time. In all likelihood he is not even aware of the influence he has had on the watch industry and timepiece enthusiast community. To Flavor Flav I once again say. It was a distinct pleasure to have met you, and thank you.
Romain Jerome will produce a select batch of the PAC-MAN timepieces as a limited run of just 20 pieces per each of the four styles. The watches will be exclusively launched at the Colette store in Paris on September 3rd, and then at other Romain Jerome retailers thereafter on September 10th, 2012. Price for the Romain Jerome PAC-MAN watches is ,900.
18-carat gold triple folding clasp
Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic Tag Heuer Calibre 12 chronograph movement. It has a 30 minute chronograph and date in addition to the time. The Monaco look is cool, and still avant garde after all these years. For Walt, the undertone in the show is that it was the nicest item he received for his birthday. At one point in the epsidoe he shows the watch on his wrist to his wife Skyler (with whom he is in a disagreement). He says to her that the person who gave him the watch once wanted to kill him, but no longer wishes that. And that she would also change her mind about him. Walt handles and manipulates the watch at length in the last part of the episode. Such direct interaction with a watch in a television show is extremely rare. At no point is the Tag Heuer logo clearly visible, but the Monaco itself is such a distinctive design that it is hard to confuse who made the timepiece.Read more ›
In steel, the 48mm wide case is marked by steeply curved lugs and a slightly larger-than-life presence. It is water resistant to 100 meters and is surprisingly comfortable on the wrist. While the crown and pushers might seem a bit excessive, they are actually very comfortable to use - especially the crown. I enjoy the grated texture on the slightly concave chronograph pushers as well. Because the movement is flipped for a left-side orientation, you'll use the bottom pusher to start and stop the chronograph, while the top pusher is used to reset it.
More images will come soon, but for now you can see that the most iconic aspect of the Z-33 is the case. This is the same case design as the original Speedmaster Alaska Project watch. It was a Speedmaster designed to survive extreme cold temperatures (such as those on Mars). The version of the Alaska project watch with this case I don't think was ever produced. Though it did exist and it is very cool. The case later showed up on the Omega Flightmaster watches.
This is not that model. Well not exactly. This is a special limited edition version of the Historiques American 1921 made especially for the Vacheron Constantin boutique on Madison Avenue in New York city (ref. 82035/000J-9717). Aside from special branding on the rear of the watch, the dial of the boutique model is different from the standard Historiques American 1921 piece. Frankly, I think this dial is the best. While the standard model has more classic, thin Breguet style numerals and pomme hands, the boutique model is the sporty brother. Here you see a military dial inspired watch with large Arabic hour numerals and beautiful hands all coated in lume. Mega bold look with mega legibility. Much more character than you might come to expect from a piece like this. My understanding is that dials such as this have been on some older Vacheron Constantin pocket watches and more important, the limited edition dial is more akin to the original 1920s driving watches that Vacheron Constantin produced.Read more ›
This is very much a pilot watch. It has only 30 meters of water resistance, but that should be fine for most people using it. The design is really cool, and I am glad that Omega is still focusing on those wanting high-function high-end quartz movement watches. The historic case and nod to Omega's past are going to be desirable touches. The watch will come with both a leather and rubber strap. More details on the new Spacemaster Z-33 watch as I get them.
A few years ago Vacheron Constantin began a marketing campaign dedicated to informing people of the true story of America's role in what Vacheron Constantin is today. It is a real fact that the US market during the earlier parts of the 20th century played a major role in the brand's success. A few years ago Vacheron Constantin released a modern version of the classic tilted cushion watch and called it the Historiques American 1921.
In steel, the 48mm wide case is marked by steeply curved lugs and a slightly larger-than-life presence. It is water resistant to 100 meters and is surprisingly comfortable on the wrist. While the crown and pushers might seem a bit excessive, they are actually very comfortable to use - especially the crown. I enjoy the grated texture on the slightly concave chronograph pushers as well. Because the movement is flipped for a left-side orientation, you'll use the bottom pusher to start and stop the chronograph, while the top pusher is used to reset it.Read more ›
Not much can beat a warm day, a nice new watch and a good camera! We don't get too many of the first part in London, so when the temperature reaches anywhere over 20 degrees Celsius it's best to take advantage of it!
I believe it was at SIHH 2009 where Ralph Lauren watches officially made their debut. I was there, and got a chance to see the seminal collection. The three main characters in the new horological drama were the Sporting, Slim Classic, and the Stirrup. The first two easily had the most mainstream appeal, while the Stirrup was to be Ralph Lauren's most distinct product, and hopefully a new visual trademark for the fresh brand. It came in versions for both men and women, with some of the latter being particularly poised and high-end jewelry pieces. One thing that always stuck out a lot to me, was the logo. "Ralph Lauren" was spelled out cleanly and in an unpretentious manner. I thought that was clever, and made it look like a name that had been around much longer than it actually was. Taking away the matter of price, I am happy to say that overall, Ralph Lauren watches are relatively speaking, nice and unpretentious watches. That even applies to this solid 18k rose gold Stirrup large, with a slightly glossy bund-style alligator strap.Read more ›
Functionally speaking, the watch has the time, second timezone in 24 hour format, perpetual calendar, signal strength indicator, and other data related to the GPS signal connection and location data. The dial is deep with large applied hour markers and bold hands. You can't tell that the dial is made for light to pass through it and all the indicators are quite legible despite the busy dial. I also like that the second time zone is very easy to read (being its own separate dial). While the watch is a perpetual calendar (you don't need to adjust the date), it only displays the date on the dial and not the month or leap year.Read more ›
Limited to a total of 5000 pieces, the Seiko Star Wars watch collection is a fun treat from the Japanese brand - though they aren't budget priced. While not high-end luxury priced, the Star Wars watches range from about ,620 - ,820 in US dollars. Only slim deals are to be expected as the best models are going to be really popular. Consider me excited. For the mega fan, Seiko will release a yet to be detailed "SPECIAL SET" (150 of them I believe) of all six Star Wars watches, which is said to include a few other fun items as well. Again, look for a Seiko Star Wars watch release on October 12, 2012. Seiko even has a dedicated micro site (in fancy HTML5) here in Japanese.
Details? TimeCrafters 2012 will be from September 14-15 (10am - 8pm) at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue) in New York City.