Posted: July 27, 2017
The Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope men’s watch is an immediate eye-catcher. You are instantly struck by the lacquer dial which has a sand colored effect and complements the soft grey face nicely.
The large white Arabic numbers match the white luminescence of the hands making them remarkably striking. The hour and minute hands have distinct sharp tips that consistently communicate time accurately and have a “Super Luminova” substance.
The high polish stainless steel case measures 40.8mm in diameter with a height of 12.6mm and is extremely pleasing to the eye. The extended lugs arc from the case band, giving the watch an elegant presence. The exhibition case back is held together by four screws and gives an immaculate view of the structure of the watch.
The crystal is a convex hard plexiglass with SICRALAN coating that increases scratch resistance, improves UV resistance, and adds a more intense gloss to the watch.
It’s brown leather strap is composed of opposite stitches which contrast the high polished stainless-steel buckle. The strap width is 21mm and allows no daylight to pass in between, making the watch appear sharp and clean.
This watch has a self-winding movement J880.3 along with caliber ETA 7750.
The JUNGHANS MEISTER DRIVER CHRONOSCOPE is listed at $2,190.00. In comparison with other Junghan watches, this watch is priced extremely well. When compared to a similar watch, let’s say the JUNGHANS MEISTER DRIVER HAND WOUND SAND COLORED DIAL 027-3608.00, it’s different in the sense that it has two unique sub dials. If you are looking for something more minimal however, you might want to go with the simpler look of the 027-3608.00. These two watches aren’t cheap, but they surely aren’t the most expensive watches on the market.
- Chronoscope function with central stop second and 30-minute-counter
- polished stainless steel
- convex hard Plexiglas with SICRALAN coating
- screwed back with mineral crystal
- water resistant up to 3 atm
- caliber of case: 40.8 mm
- height of case: 12.6 mm
- lug to lug: 45 mm
- leather strap, lining leather with perforation, stainless steel buckle
- strap width 21 mm
- sand colored effect lacquer dial
- hour and minute hands with environmentally friendly luminous "Super Luminova" substance
- Self-winding movement J880.3
- ETA 7750
- leather strap, lining leather with perforation, stainless steel buckle, 70grams
Posted: July 26, 2017
At first glance, I am struck by the sleek and sexy white dial which is in complete contrast to the black Arabic numbers. This outstanding men's watch is the perfect example of a men's dress watch that can also be worn as a sport watch. This luxury watch is 39.5 mm in diameter and is beyond comfortable on the wrist. The watch even comes with a luxurious box to hold it in. Being one of the best watch brands, this may quickly become one of your favorite watches.
The basis of this watch goes all the way back to the year 1833, before the adoption of Standard Time. In this time period, time was dependent on the position of the sun. This resulted in every city having its own uniques time zone. This complicated system made it impeccably hard for the railroad companies to have synchronized railroad timetables. The U.S railroad companies soon changed this system, and since 1833, the way of ‘Standard Time’ has been used in almost every city across America. The Standard Time rule separates the country into four different time zones. This change has made the use of the sun to tell time seem like a vintage tactic, and has since led to the disappearance of more than 70 official time zones, and has continued as the official time system to the present day.
The Ball Trainmaster Standard Time NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH price is $2,499, which is considered a great price point for this timepiece. In comparison with its fellow Trainmaster watches, the watch is on the lower side of the price range. Watches such as the Ball Trainmaster Kelvin Celsius Scale and the Ball Trainmaster Kelvin Fahrenheit Scale just top it at a price of $3,899. And then theres watches such as the Ball Trainmaster Royal Blue White Dial Limited Edition and the Ball Watch Trainmaster Moon Phase Ladies that beat it by $300 at $2,199. It may seem as if it might be a little expensive after hearing this, but when compared to the Ball Trainmaster Manufacture Limited Edition ($8,999), it is said to be more of a cheap watch. All in all, the watch has a very competeable price compared to other watches like it.
The case is a gorgeous 39.5mm stainless steel case. It has fine finishes of satin and polished edges, giving the watch a clean look. The case also has a smooth finish making it extremely comfortable for everyday wear.
The crystal is antireflective convex sapphire crystal which serves to eliminate glare when staring into this beauty. The case back also features a convex sapphire crystal for viewing of the intricate structure.
The date at ‘3’ is very readable as is the entire watch. The markers are luminescent as are the beautiful blue steel hands which make for great reading at night. These hands are heat treated to provide the rich looking blue color. The small seconds indicator at ‘6’ is a tradition of the more classical watches. The white, enamel dial makes the black Arabic numbers stand out in contrast.
The view of the stainless steel screwed-in crown also gives a glimpse of the slimness of the watch, for a 11.15 mm thick watch is very thin which adds to its wearability and comfort. This view also shows the fine finishes of satin and polished edges of the stainless steel. The combination of finishes provide a very impactful appeal.
This beautiful Ball watch is an automatic movement and I am immediately struck by the precise winding of this movement, which after about 10 winds starts up this wonderful engine. Setting the watch is a breeze, simply unscrew the crown and set the time and date. The crown proved very easy to unscrew.
Best of all, the Trainmaster has great accuracy in telling time.
The black alligator leather strap is the perfect color for this white dial. The buckle is a polished steel tang buckle. The exhibition case back provides an insight into the beauty of the decorated movement. The blue screws and jewels that are visible add to the elegance of this movement.
- Automatic caliber BALL RR1105-C
- Chronometer certified COSC
- 14 micro gas tubes on hour and minute hands and dial for night reading capability
- Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds and date
- Stainless steel
- Ø 39.5mm, height 10.5mm
- Anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal
- Convex sapphire crystal case back
- Screwed-in crown
- Crocodile leather strap with standard buckle
- White enamel
Posted: July 14, 2017
A Project Worthy of Its Name: The Omega Skywalker X-33
Omega has teamed up with Solar Impulse, a clean energy an ambitous project that aims to create airplanes that can fly anywhere around the world - using only solar energy. In their partnership with Solar Impulse, Omega has created a watch inspired by the innovative aernautic company.
"Made in collaboration with the two pilots of the ambitious flight, The OMEGA Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition has been tested and qualified by the European Space Agency, featuring a polyamide "NATO" strap, and with just 1,924 pieces available." The Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition is more than a remarkable timepiece. It is a celebration of a project whose ambitious aim is to circle the globe in an airplane powered only by solar energy.
The blue and green dial, with its white transferred indexes and hour markers coated with white Super-LumiNova, has a central opening allowing the wearer to read the liquid crystal display digital elements. The grade 2 titanium Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition is powered by the multi-functional quartz chronograph movement, OMEGA calibre 5619, and its grade 2 titanium outer caseback is stamped with the Solar Impulse 'Around the World' patch and engraved with the name of the timepiece as well as the words 'TESTED AND QUALIFIED BY ESA (European Space Agency).
Their Contribution to Solar Impulse
- The landing light system, which weighs just a kilogram.
- The OMEGA Instrument, designed by ESA astronaut and Solar Impulse head of flight test operation Claude Nicollier, indicates flight path and alerts the pilots if wing angle exceeds the normal limit.
- The DC-DC Converter which uses solar energy to power the instruments in the cockpit through high-voltage batteries in the plane’s gondolas.
- To learn more about their project visit here.
Only 1,924 pieces available, get yours at Exquisite Timepieces.
Posted: May 18, 2017
William Henry's B30 Victory Knife
The William Henry B30 Victory is an impressive knife, even for William Henry. Known for their innovative design, this top of the line, fully dressed in damascus, carved silver and fossil mammoth tusk handles is one of our favorites.
The Gentac ‘Victory’ features beautiful bolsters in hand-carved sterling silver, inlaid with the 'ring' section of a 10,000 year-old fossil Woolly Mammoth tusk . The blade is 'Wave' damascus with an extra strong core of ZDP-189; the one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with diamonds.
An exceptional design that offers rigorous performance in a sleek, comfortable knife, the Gentac is also the perfect canvas to showcase William Henry’s range of exotic materials and techniques.
The ‘Victory’ features some of the exotic materials and forged metals that are the hallmark of William Henry's collections; a distinctive personality statement to be worn and used for a lifetime..
Features & Specs
One-hand button lock system
Blade 3.25" (82.5mm)
Handle 3.80" (96.5mm)
Overall open 7.00" (177.8mm)
All William Henry knives feature a unique serial number which is engraved into the blade to assure the authenticity and lifetime traceability of the product.
This knife is shipped in an elegant wood presentation box, and it comes with a pocket clipcase made from soft, high-grade leather, with an integrated stainless steel pocket clip
Posted: May 02, 2017
Seiko Astron Introduce their New Line with Novak Djokovic Limited Edition
The Astron dress watch has arrived.
Like all Astron GPS Solar calibers, 8X42 offers the remarkable ability to adjust to local time, anywhere in the world, at the touch of a button and using just the power of light. With the addition of the big date window, the inclusion of a dual-time dial at the six o’clock position and new, slimmer hands, the new designs have a refinement that makes them as perfect for an evening out as they are for international travel. With several versions featuring roman numerals for the first time in any Astron design and with more components having mirror- finished surfaces, the Astron dress watch has truly arrived.
The 8X42 core collection comprises four models in stainless steel and three in titanium, but all offer a remarkable level of scratch resistance thanks to their ceramic bezels, sapphire crystals and the superhard coatings that they all share. Indeed, a new coating technology allows even the rose gold tone designs to be highly resistant to scratches, ensuring that the luxury look of every Astron 8X42 watch lasts as long as possible.
The 8X42 collection is completed by a very special limited edition made in honor of one of the great sporting achievements of our time. By winning the 2016 French Open, Seiko’s partner Novak Djokovic joined the small and very select group of players to have won a Career Grand Slam in tennis. In fact, Novak held all four titles at once, an even rarer feat. We are delighted to use the new caliber as the base for a design that celebrates Novak’s remarkable achievement.
Posted: April 27, 2017
MONTEGRAPPA MAKES PLAY FOR THE IRON THRONE WITH NEW LINE OF GAME OF THRONES® PENS
With its epic storylines of treachery and nobility, family and honor, ambition and love, and death and survival the hit HBO® series Game of Thrones has captured the imagination of fans globally and made it one of the most popular shows on television. Montegrappa is proud to announce a series of writing instruments that convey the grandeur of this most remarkable saga.
Montegrappa’s collection of writing instruments represents of each of the four key families: Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Targaryen. Each is available as a fountain pen, rollerball and a ballpoint pen. The desirability of the pens is enhanced by a collective style, each pen individualised for the family it represents through sigils and emblems representative of the clan.
All barrels and caps are made with colourful lacquered surfaces, while the trims are fashioned of palladium, 18k gold or bronze plate, with “Game of Thrones” engraved on the cap ring. All of the fountain pens’ nibs are formed in stainless steel, decorated with a sword, and are available in the four writing grades: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium and Broad. The fountain pen is both cartridge and converter-fed.
Montegrappa’s Game of Thrones pens arrive in a double box consisting of a rich, black outer carton bearing each family’s symbol. The inner box is covered in material evoking the styles of the historical period that inspired Game of Thrones, with sigils and patterns relevant to the four families.
Lannister: For House Lannister, a regal red accented in contrasting yellow gold is the dominant colour. The House Lannister pen features a lion’s head for its pocket clip, and a lion rampant on the cap’s top, above the motto, “Hear Me Roar”. A floral pattern, reminiscent of the Tudor Rose, decorates the cap.
Baratheon: Coloured a sombre charcoal, but accented in contrasting yellow gold, the House Baratheon pen features a stag’s head for its pocket clip, with a stag rampant on the cap’s top, above the motto, “Our Is The Fury”. A fleur-de-lis pattern decorates the cap.
Targaryen: Only a fiery, metallic red against a coal-black background could represent House Targaryen. Naturally, a dragon’s head forms the pocket clip, while a dragon coils above the legend, “Fire and Blood”, on the cap’s top. A filigree pattern graces the cap.
Stark: With House Stark’s northern origins, the colour chosen for the family’s pen is a silvery-white, accented in palladium, conveying winter. The cap is patterned with a runic symbol reminiscent of Norse artistry. A direwolf’s head forms the pocket clip, while the top of the cap shows the direwolf’s profile, above the motto, “Winter Is Coming.”
Posted: April 11, 2017
The World Number 1 Chooses Hublot
2016, the start of a bright future for Dustin Johnson. Gaining his first Major title with victory in the US Open 2016, DJ confirmed his star status in the discipline, rising to the world number 1 spot in 2017. At 32, the American champion joined the ranks of Major winners and became a friend of Hublot. An explosive athlete whose steely determination and resolve have been rewarded.
He is considered the most gifted and athletic player on the circuit, thanks to his ultra-powerful, precise drives and his superb skills on the putting green. His peers have long known him as the best player in the world never to have won a Major title , and voted him Player of the Year on the PGA Tour in 2016. A much-deserved accolade in recognition of 10 years during which Dustin Johnson has played with an extraordinary determination, confirming the notion that champions are simply those who never give up.
"I am honored to join the distinguished list of Hublot Ambassadors, especially since I have always been such an admirer of their timepieces. Each one is so unique, unlike many of the other luxury brands, which I appreciate and enjoy. I am very excited
about the partnership and hope to hoist a few trophies with a Hublot on my wrist."
At 32, Dustin Johnson, otherwise known as DJ , has entered the annals of golf to join the select group of Major title winners. His talent has finally been rewarded with victory. Gaining his first Major tournament title with a win at the US Open in August 2016, DJ enjoyed an exceptional season. He also won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship. As part of the American team, he brought the Ryder Cup back to his country eight years after they last triumphed over the Europeans. Having amassed an impressive Top 10 record, 2016 saw Johnson confirm his status in the discipline, rising to the top of the rankings and winning the PGA Tour Money List. At the peak of his prowess, he confirms his number 1 position in winning the World Golf Championships- Mexico.
The Hublot family brings together men and women who have altered history. Exceptional athletes who have left their mark on the history of sport. The fastest man alive, Usain Bolt; footballing legends Pelé and Maradona; charismatic football manager José Mourinho, and many others. And now, Dustin Johnson has chosen Hublot, a perfect match between the watchmaker symbolising the art of fusion and the man blazing a trail through professional golf.
Posted: April 03, 2017
Louis Moinet Space Mystery
Space Mystery is the world’s first “satellite tourbillon®”: the cage is balanced by means of a planet that rotates around it. And this is just one of several exclusive Louis Moinet features in the piece: Space Mystery also includes authentic fragments of a mysterious meteorite from the far-flung regions of space that holds traces of amino acids – possibly one of the first forms of life in the universe. This unique Fine Watchmaking composition is showcased on a dial in Magic Blue – a colour whose exact composition remains one of Louis Moinet’s closely-guarded secrets. This hue endows Space Mystery with all the depth of the cosmos so dear to Louis Moinet – in his day, he would gaze at the heavens night after night. With Space Mystery, the Ateliers founded in his honour have added a poetic dimension to their vocation – and provided unprecedented heights of watchmaking emotion.
Space Mystery is the theatre for this display. The 46-mm-diameter watch offers many other exclusive features, the fruit of almost two years of development. The first, and no doubt the most visible, is the Magic Blue dial. Its precise composition is secret – and known to Louis Moinet alone. The blue is unlike anything achieved using enamel, lacquer, or galvanisation. It offers unique depth and power, evocative of the immensity of the galaxy.
An outsize tourbillon is located at 12 o’clock. Its balance wheel and bridge have been crafted in authentic Louis Moinet style; the upper part is in blued titanium. The tourbillon cage, boasting an exceptional diameter of 13.59 mm, hangs suspended in mid-air, 1.8 mm above the dial. Not only does this satellite tourbillon – also exclusive to Louis Moinet – rotate on its own axis, it is itself in orbit, as is its very own satellite planet, revolving every 60 seconds. What is more, contrary to existing off-axis tourbillons, the axis of rotation of the Space Mystery tourbillon is not the same as that of the hours and minutes hands.
We got a hands on experience of the Space Mystery earlier this month:
The Space Mystery is available at Exquisite Timepieces
- 4 Variances
- 8 Limited Pieces
- White or Rose Gold
- Engraved or Non-Engraved Case
Posted: March 29, 2017
A FUSION OF SWISS TALENTS IN THE KITCHEN
Hublot awards the best of its Chefs
Sunday, 26 March 2017 - Baselworld (Basel, Switzerland)
On the Hublot terrasse, looking over the Baselworld fair, the brand organised a culinary competition uniting 4 of its ambassadors – Andreas Caminada, Stéphane Lambiel, Michel Pont and Xherdan Shaqiri. Alongside Ricardo Guadalupe, a moment of friendship was shared. The common thread between these 4 talents – their culinary spirit. Whether its football, figure skating, watchmaking or gastronomy, it was a moment of happiness to share.
On your marks, get set, cook…..
As for the jury, Andreas Caminada, the 3 stars Michelin Chef and Gault & Millau 19 points – the latest to join the Hublot family - organised a competition for his fellow ambassadors.
With his rock star look, he coached Stéphane Lambiel, Michel Pont and Xherdan Shaqiri, during their preparation of a gaspacho. Behind the cutting board, the dish prepared by Michel Pont, captured the attention of Andreas Caminada after 20 minutes of intense cooking.
As a souvenir of this unexpected culinary moment, the Chef from the Grison area of Switzerland, gave the winner a knife he designed in collaboration with Güde.
Posted: March 27, 2017
New Brown Serpent Calendar
SIHH 2017 – Two years ago, Speake-Marin brought a touch of colour to its dials. This year, the Swiss brand unveils the new Brown Serpent Calendar featuring a curved gold guilded-steel date hand and multi-layered, satin-finished dial with enlarged calendar chapter ring. The new Brown Serpent Calendar is a limited edition of 28 pieces.
Several years ago, Speake-Marin revisited one of their most successful and iconic models, the Serpent Calendar, and redesign it from the ground up. While retaining the distinctive identity of the original Serpent, Speake-Marin worked on the design of the dial, of the case and of the hands. This year, the Swiss brand continues to work on the design of this watch by adding to its dial a brown snailing hours chapter ring and oversized calendar indication.
“The original Serpent was the first calendar watch I made and it quickly became one of the most popular Speake-Marin timepieces,” says Peter Speake-Marin. “The idea is simple and goes back over a century to early pocket watches that used a curved hand to differentiate the date from the time indications. The Serpent Calendar now brings a fresh look to this classic design.”
All the major elements of the Speake-Marin universe are present: the multi-layered, bright white dial finds its place in a Piccadilly case, 42mm, in titanium. The Serpent Calendar indicates central hours and minutes with Speake-Marin style blued hands and the date with a bright golden sculptured Speake-Marin calendar hand. On this watch, Speake-Marin brought a touch of originality on its dial by off-setting the ring of the date at 1.30. A simple swing to rock the rhythm of the time! Also adding greater equilibrium to the graphic aspect of the dial.
Finally, as with the other models of this collection, the new Brown Serpent calendar is equipped with a Vaucher 3002 automatic movement and signs the bottom of its dials of “Swiss made” to remind its Swiss origins, whilst retaining the English name and design of its creator.