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Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Mechanical Watch With A Memory - Memoire1


The watch blogs are all abuzz about the Memoire 1, a new watch from Maurice Lacroix that promises to be the first mechanical watch with a memory function. It has a simple dial with two hands, one for minutes and one for seconds with a disk to show the hours. By pressing a button in the crown you can switch the watch from "Time" to "Chrono". The hands and the hours disk then switch into the measurement of time intervals. Press the button again and it is a normal watch once more. It is even possible to toggle back and forth when the chronograph is running. The ML 128 calibre movement of Mémoire 1 is constructed of 537 components. Full pictures of the watch haven't been revealed yet and the watch will be shown at Baselworld 2008 next spring.

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Breitling Montbrilliant Legende Watch


The latest Navitimer watch from Breitling is their biggest model yet. The new Montbrillant Légende chronograph has a 47 mm case. It comes in both steel and steel and rose gold versions. The watch has a black dial in the rose gold version and a white dial in the steel version and uses a selfwinding movement with a 42 hour power reserve. I'm not always a fan of the rose gold and steel combo but it definitely works here especially with the rose gold numeral indicators on the black face.

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Mazda Limited Edition Chronograph Watch


Mazda has done watches before, but not quite like this one. Working with German watch maker Sinn Spezialuhren Frankfurt, Mazda is releasing a limited edition watch chronograph that was specifically designed and created for Mazda. Many features of the watch were inspired by and can also be found on Mazda vehicles, such as the rounded square theme found in the air intake, tail lights, and door handles, and the silicon rubber watch band shares its design with the tires on the Mazda Hakaze. It will be available in Europe in mid-August of this summer for about $2000.

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Breitling Bentley Mark VI Complications


The Mark VI design of the Breitling for Bentley line is absolutely swoonworthy. The Mark VI Complications 29 has a 42mm case which is available in gold or platinum. The movement is the automatic Breitling caliber 29B, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, with 38 jewels, beating at 28,000bph and with a power reserve of 48 hours. The chronograph consists of nearly 500 parts. The dial shows 1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour counters, a perpetual calendar indicating the date, day, week, month, season and the moon phases. The limited edition consists of 250 in gold and 100 in platinum.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Timex launches ‘Racing Chronograph Collection’

T Series Racing Chronograph



The new Racing Chronograph Collection from TIMEX once again reasserts the brand’s sporty, techie and fashionable imagery. This collection draws inspiration and influences from formula-one racing, grand prix cars, bikes and drivers and vividly captures the essence of the sport through the use of material, colour and detailing. The Racing Chronograph watches feature iconic leather driving straps. The cut-out circles and the choice of classic racing colours – black, classic tan, racing green and traditional red – together create a strong identity. The dial design has also been enhanced to reflect the racing influence, with the subtle inclusion of colour details and an enhanced minute tracker on the reflector ring. And most importantly, the new Racing Chronograph watches have the Tachymeter feature that helps measure speed over a predefined distance. These styles in the collection also have built-in INDIGLO night-light feature and all the models are water resistant from 50 to 100 meters. Available in leather strap and bracelet options, the new collection has a range of 14 men’s styles that are priced between Rs 3000/- to Rs 6000/-.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kapil Kapoor, Sr. Vice President-Asia & Managing Director-Timex Watches Ltd. India, said, “ The Racing Chronograph Collection skillfully combines sports-inspired looks with performance and technology to create a contemporary range of watches that am sure will appeal to anyone with a flair for speed and precision.”

Brett Lee, Australian Speed King and TIMEX’s Brand Ambassador, remarked, “I am delighted to have launched the new Racing Chronograph Collection as brand ambassador of Timex. I find the new collection to be very exciting as it beautifully captures my passion for speed and my fondness for watches.”

Sourced From: Lexicon Public Relations & Corporate Consultants Ltd

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Watch Review - Riedenschild DarkSeaDiver Multi


Riedenschild Original has once again delivered a tremendous product aimed at the market for gadget-loving aficionados of bold, modern mechanical watches.
The DarkSeaMulti automatic (ref. 1113) is a tour de force, with a massive steel case and bracelet, textured black dial, luminous hands, rotating inner dive bezel and canteen-style locking crown cap. As with every watch from Riedenschild Original, the styling is distinctive, but this watch incorporates many quality elements and signature touches that set it apart from other watches in its price class.

The Multi is so called because it is an elaboration on the theme established by Riedenschild's ground-breaking DarkSea Diver, a time-and-date automatic dive watch with dual canteen crown protectors. The Multi offers additional features such as day display, pushers for keeping track of the month & year, and a 24- hour indicator. The 20-jewel automatic movement includes a hacking feature and is nicely, though not elaborately, decorated with Geneva waves and the company name engraved upon the rotor.

The stainless steel case, a generous 45 mm wide (53 mm crown-to-crown-lock) and 20mm thick, is fitted with sapphire crystals to protect the front from scratches and to safely expose the movement to view. The substantial steel bracelet and a set of hefty rubber straps attach via hex screws threaded through the lugs. More than half of the bracelet links are removable, making size adjustment very precise. The straps are quite sturdy and are embossed with brand and model logos near their attachment points.

A limited edition piece, the DarkSeaMulti is water-resistant to 10 atmospheres and, like all models from Riedenschild, is assembled in Germany according to rigorous DIN quality standards. MSRP is $475, available in North America through the brand's network of on-line retailers and a rapidly growing number of US-based stores (for info visit www.Riedenschild.com).

The DarkSeaMulti is quite a gadget for the price and will suit the desk diver seeking something distinctive--especially with the scuba tank packaging and accessories such as a handy hex key to facilitate swapping the bracelet for the straps provided. In addition to their impressive two-year guarantee, Riedenschild Original's little touches--signed strap buckle, solid bracelet links all
around, polished case screws, logo crowns--help complete a thorough package for the price. This brand has really targeted a specific market, and they appear to be delivering well above expectations.

Source Credit: Watchcarefully, Mr. Bradley Jacobs

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