What I Learned Building A Watch At Frederique Constant

The following article was written by Andrew E. who accompanied aBlogtoWatch Founder Ariel Adams on a trip to Geneva to build a watch with Frederique Constant. This is his account of the experience and you can read Ariel Adams’ full account of “What It’s Like To Build A Watch” here. We thank Andrew for recounting his experience and sharing his mutual passions for watches:

When I first tried to describe what it was like to win the watch lover’s trip of a lifetime, I ended up writing a lengthy travelogue that while descriptive, failed to adequately put into words how it felt to win the aBlogtoWatch/Frédérique Constant Holiday 2012 giveaway. How can you write about something so insanely cool for a watch nerd? Even though the experience has come and gone, I still struggle to describe the mixture of elation, incredulity, excitement, and gratefulness that I feel about the whole thing. So in this article, I would like to paint a broad – and wholly inadequate – picture of what has happened to me since that fateful January day that Ariel Adams told me I was the winner.

So a little about me: my name is Andrew and I’m a surgeon from Indianapolis, Indiana. I’ve always liked watches, but only within the last few years have I really cultivated an appreciation of mechanical watches. Part of my fascination with timepieces is that they are such intricately designed and expertly assembled tiny machines that turn the unwinding of a spring into a useful device that accurately tells time. More personal to me, though, is that with a little maintenance, a watch can serve someone for a lifetime and then be handed down to the next generation for his or her enjoyment. I treasure my father’s and grandfather’s watches, and since I became a parent, I wanted something that I could pass down to my children. So when the opportunity arose on ABTW to travel to Geneva to build a watch at the headquarters of Frédérique Constant and Alpina, I jumped at the chance to enter the contest. Certainly I was comfortable working with my hands, and the chance to assemble something to pass down to my kids was very intriguing. I didn’t think I had a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning, but I figured I would give it a shot.

What I Learned Building A Watch With aBlogtoWatch At Frederique Constant   look inside manufacture

What I Learned Building A Watch With aBlogtoWatch At Frederique Constant   look inside manufacture

When Ariel emailed me on January 2nd to congratulate me on winning, I thought I was the victim of some cruel Internet hoax. Luckily it actually was Ariel and not a Nigerian diplomat or the UK Lottery, and he assured me that this was real. We made plans for the dates to visit the manufacture, and Frédérique Constant graciously allowed my wife to come for the coolest wedding anniversary trip ever. Sylvie at Frédérique Constant was a great help in arranging travel and preparing me for my first-ever visit to Europe. After the longest 4 1/2 months of my life and a red eye flight (and the accompanying jet lag), I was in Geneva!

We were able to schedule some time to see a little of the city, but obviously the big attraction for me was going to be my time at Frédérique Constant. The evening before the watchmaking program, I finally met Ariel. He’s a lot like he sounds on the HourTime podcasts: funny, extremely knowledgeable, and a veritable encyclopedia of the watch industry. He also seems to know everyone in the watch business, so he was a great resource in getting me familiar with the Swiss watch industry. I think he was as giddy as I was to get a chance to make his own watch. My overall impression of him was that he’s just a neat guy and fun to talk to, and we had a blast over the next few days.

I was surprised to find out how long these watchmakers and artists trained, with 4-6 years of schooling followed by an apprenticeship. Considering the skills needed to design, build, and detail these watches, I understand the price premium that we pay for a Swiss timepiece. Not only do we pay for tiny, difficult-to-fabricate pieces and the materials themselves, but also the long development processes and the highly skilled labor that bring these designs to light. For me it makes the relatively attainable prices of the Frédérique Constant and Alpina manufacture lines much more remarkable.

As we were under time pressure at the end of the program and the personalized plate for the automatic movement still required finishing, I was not able to complete assembly of the automatic winding mechanism. Despite this, Pim was able to get it cased so I could see what it would look like and take some pictures. Ariel and I were given choices of dial colors, steel or rose gold-plated cases, and different straps. I chose the classic appearance of stainless steel and the dark blue face, but couldn’t decide between the blue alligator strap and the steel bracelet. Pim made it easy by giving me both! Sadly, I left the Manufacture without my new watch, as it still had to pass Quality Control, but it would be sent to me once testing was complete. As a testament to the excellent and nearly foolproof design of the movement as well as Pim’s expert instruction, my watch passed QC with no problems and was shipped to my home. But the several weeks of waiting were excruciating.

What I Learned Building A Watch With aBlogtoWatch At Frederique Constant   look inside manufacture

What I Learned Building A Watch With aBlogtoWatch At Frederique Constant   look inside manufacture

Frédérique Constant really knocked it out of the park with presentation of the watch. It came in a beautiful lacquered wooden box that, according to my coworker, looked like it cost more than her wedding ring. Upon gazing at my now-complete creation, I was smitten. The first thing you notice is the expansive blue dial with a subtle sunray pattern in the light, but it can look matte black on first glance. The markers and leaf-shaped hands are long and thin, offering a timeless appearance that harkens back to 1960s-era watches but in a much more contemporary size of 42 mm. Despite the size, it doesn’t look huge, even on my skinny 6.5-inch wrists, and it easily slips under a cuff. When compared side by side with my other watches, it doesn’t look much thinner, even alongside my wife’s FC-700 (yeah, she wanted a Frédérique Constant too). On the wrist is a different story; the elliptical or lens shape of the case in cross section really allows it to sit with a much lower profile. With its large convex sapphire crystal, thin bezel, and low height on the wrist, it seems to fit the Slimline name well. The watch is very comfortable and has a nice weight. I have been wearing it on the highly polished steel bracelet, which is very flexible thanks to its seven-element links. This was my conceit toward having a more custom watch, since this model is not available from the factory with the bracelet, but rather the blue alligator strap with a tang-and-buckle fastener. And in the spirit of customization, I got the alligator as well with a beautiful deployment clasp prominently featuring the Frédérique Constant shield. Overall I love the looks and comfort of the watch.

Some may be disappointed with the lack of a seconds hand. Typically I like having a running seconds hand, since one of the joys of owning a mechanical watch is seeing its smooth movement around the dial compared to the tick of a quartz watch. However, on this watch I don’t miss it since the dial is so classic and legible, and the moon phase complication and date hand at the 6 o’clock position add additional visual interest. The moon phase is a feature I’ve been interested in for a while now, since one of the superstitions in medicine is that the most complex or strangest patients come out during a full moon. I intend to use the moon phase to gauge for myself if there may be some truth to this (though the literature indicates otherwise). The moon phase, like all settings in this watch, is controlled through the crown.

What I Learned Building A Watch With aBlogtoWatch At Frederique Constant   look inside manufacture

What I Learned Building A Watch With aBlogtoWatch At Frederique Constant   look inside manufacture

Of course, I have to mention the personalized movement! The automatic caliber FC-705 is fully visible through the sapphire caseback. Ordinarily it is decorated with perlage and circular Côtes de Genève and bears the Frédérique Constant logo and descriptive text. The customized plate engraved at Blandenier instead features my hand-engraved initials “A.C.E.” on a brushed background that allows the letters to pop. The brushed finish also nicely complements the finish of the large, open gold rotor that allows a largely unimpeded view of the balance wheel and escapement. This is a lovely movement; I find myself taking off the watch often just to look at the back.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Ariel Adams and aBlogtoWatch for masterminding this incredible giveaway, and Frédérique Constant for their sponsorship and for giving me an amazing experience that I will carry with me forever. I have to especially thank Pim Koeslag for being an unflappable and patient instructor, as well as a lot of fun to hang out with on our field trips. I would also like to thank Rhodior and Blandenier for allowing us to peek into the world of the suppliers and decorators, which while seldom acknowledged, are the craftspeople who give detail and warmth to the mechanical watches we watch nerds love. After this experience I have a far greater appreciation for watchmaking as a whole and an enhanced love for well-crafted timepieces.

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Black Watch

This is one of the most military-looking Ball watches in quite some time. It is also a new DLC-coated piece, something that Ball doesn’t release all that often. Say hello to the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black. While I like this piece a lot, it is more a conceptual remix of other Ball watches versus something totally new. New for 2013, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black is really a sister product to the new Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster – which itself is based on the Engineer Ceramic XV. Each of these watches share the same case, but there are dial and other differences.

Unlike the more decorated look of the Spacemaster, the Black has a slightly textured matte black dial which reminisces the Engineer II DLC watch from several years ago. That former watch also had Arabic numerals made out of tritium gas tubes as well as some yellow on the dial. The Engineer Hydrocarbon Black mixes Arabic numerals with baton hour indicators, each in tritium – the hallmark illumination feature on all Ball timepieces. I further always appreciate it when Ball uses those wider fat tubes rather than the perfectly cylindrical ones.

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In black DLC, the 42mm wide steel Enginner Hydrocarbon case is as great as ever. I am thinking that the edges of the lugs could use polished beveled edges, but maybe that is just my opinion. In black, the piece has a fantastic stealthy look, and this may be the first DLC black Hydrocarbon-style case ever offered by Ball. At just over 13mm thick, it isn’t too chunky of a watch but it is water resistant to 300 meters making it a rather good diver. What I still don’t understand is how some of these models keep flopping around in their water resistance.

I’ve mentioned before how the Ceramic XV watch was water resistant to 300 meters, then the Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster from 2013 was rated to 120 meters, and now this Hydrocarbon Black model is water resistant to 300 meters. They all have the same case so I really don’t understand what the deal with the new Spacemaster is. It really begs the question if Ball is just putting a lower water resistance rating on the Spacemaster to help differentiate the models more. When it comes down to it, the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black and Spacemaster are only separated by a DLC coating, different dial, and different movement.

Two newer elements that they share are a ceramic bezel and a new system in the movement. More on that in a few seconds. The new style of ceramic bezel debuted this year in the two models. The Spacemaster has a polished ceramic bezel, while the Black version has a matte finished bezel. Each has lume inside of the bezel which is nice. Another difference is on the crystal. Once again Ball has given the Hydrocarbon model a cyclops magnifier window on the sapphire crystal over the date. I happen to like these, but not everyone does. They are designed to make it easier to read the date.

In most instances I would complain that the date disc should match the dial color and be black. However, here Ball was trying to match the light color of the hour indicators, so there is a reason they chose white for the date disc. Yellow accents are on the dial in a few places which includes the “Chronometer” label, seconds hand, and minute indicator on the flange ring. I love the relatively clean look of the dial and then the busier look of the flange ring. It makes for an attractive, and purposeful-feeling contrast.

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Black Watch Hands On   hands on

With a high degree of legibility, a lot of people are going to be drawn to this Engineer Hydrocarbon Black watch. Inside is a Ball-modified 2892-2 automatic. In addition to the movement being COSC Chronometer certified, the movement has Ball’s new SpringLock system over the escapement. SpringLock is a cage that sits over the balance wheel and reduces the effect of vibration shock on accuracy by something like 66%. The case is also quite anti-magnetic which is nice. Lots of durability in here.

On the back of the case is one of those nice relief style engravings. Once again Ball offers no indication on the watch itself of what you are seeing. I’ve mentioned this in the past and think it is something that they should consider (among other brands). Imagine someone picking up this watch 30 years from now. How would they go about guessing the name of the dude pictured on the back of the watch? The only hint is that he is climbing. Of course anyone at Ball today will know the answer because it is a depiction of one of their current brand ambassadors.

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Watch

Before I review the Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 I’d like to discuss my own personal history with aviation and the brand. When I received my pilot’s license many, many years ago, I invested in a couple of aircraft. In each of these airplanes was a box called an ELT or Emergency Locator Transmitter. This box was designed to detect a crash and send out a signal to SARsats orbiting the earth so that search and rescue teams could react. The ELT was about the size of a long battery and weighed about as much. It was, in a sense, mostly a battery with some electronics and an antenna thrown in.

I recall reading a pilot magazine and seeing an advertisement for a Breitling Emergency. What caught my eye at the time was the good looking case and the masculine presence of the watch. Then, I was aghast at learning that this wristwatch contained a fully functioning, water resistant ELT. I couldn’t believe that they were able to reproduce that functionality in a package that fit under the cuff of a shirt!

Ever since then, I’ve been enamored with the brand. However, it’s only recently that I’ve been able to spend time and money on beefing up my collection with other than a preponderance of fashion watches.

My first real luxury purchase was a Breitling SuperOcean Steelfish. Again, Breitling’s technical prowess impressed the hell out of me. This watch was good for over 6000 feet of water pressure. Who needs that? Apparently I did!

I’ve always wanted to add a chronograph version of the brand to my collection and about six months ago, I fell in love with the look of the Breitling SuperOcean Special Edition Heritage model with a beautiful blue dial and black bezel.

Breitling SuperOcean Special Edition Heritage

Breitling SuperOcean Special Edition Heritage

The Breitling mesh bracelet is the nicest looking, well made piece of hardware that I own. Although the watch came with a blue leather strap, I doubt I’ll ever use it. The bracelet is just that nice.

I love the homage to vintage Breitlings and the larger, more modern case size. The rich blue dial changes hues under different lighting. At times a deep blue and at other times, a reflective patina that adds a bit of bling to an otherwise mostly understated dial.

SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Watch

SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Watch

The date window is black numerals on a white disc at the 3 o’clock position and there are applied hour markers around the edge. There’s a lovely little Breitling “B” in polished gold above the text on the right side of the watch.

There are sub dials for the small seconds, chrono minutes and chrono hours. I’m happy to report that the chronograph functions like you would expect from a Valjoux 7750. The minutes counter only advances as the seconds hand comes around to the top position. For some reason, I detest chronographs where the minute indicator starts moving before a complete minute has been attained. Are you listening Citizen?

Speaking of seconds, the chronograph seconds hand on this Breitling is in polished silver and is a little hard to see at times. There’s no lume on the seconds hand. The hour and minutes hands are nicely sized and all it takes is a very quick glance to read the time.

Small pips at the top of each hour marker are lumed with the exception of those opposite the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock markers. The 12 o’clock position contains a lumed triangle. But, the bezel indicators are not lumed so that more-or-less eliminates this watch from timing deeper dives (where visibility is poorer) using the bezel. Since we’re on the subject, this watch is good for 20 ATM – 200 meters  or 660 feet of underwater exploration.

Around the edge of the bezel are tiny screws whose purpose I cannot fathom. They may serve to hold the bezel against a track or perhaps used to adjust friction. More likely, they are decorative only. The pushers are a joy to use and engage with a nice solid feeling. The watch, of course, contains a screw-down crown which is signed with the usual “B.” It’s angled enough that it is quite easy to operate.

As I mentioned before, I love the bracelet which contains a friction clasp….the only part of the watch I don’t like. The flip-up friction overclasp is difficult to grasp and I often need a small metal object to open it up. Why Breitling continues to use this design is beyond me. A pushbutton clasp would be much more luxury oriented and be a valuable commodity to the bracelet.

The watch measures a nice (for me anyway) 46mm in diameter not including the pushers. It’s a bit thick at 15mm but the convex base plate fits nicely into the wrist and it wears thinner than you would think. I can wear this watch with all my dress shirts including those with tighter French cuffs and links. The lug width is a pretty standard 24mm so finding other straps/bracelets to change up the look will be an easy task.

Breitling SuperOcean Watch As I’ve been wearing the watch fairly often, the photos do show my Breitling with a few signs of wear, especially on the clasp.

Have you ever bought something and then been upset because it doesn’t live up to your expectations? This purchase was a bit like that for me. Let me explain. As I started wearing the watch all day at the office, I noticed that the time seemed a bit off after about four to six hours.

As a COSC certified watch, I really didn’t expect to notice any rate issues without going to the trouble of testing the accuracy. So, I decided to test my casual observation of the lack of accuracy by performing some measurements. I found that the watch was fast by about fifteen to thirty seconds per day. Outside the accuracy limits of the COSC standard. I was disappointed, but it’s something that can be regulated by a watchmaker. During transit or wear, watches can become de-regulated or slightly magnetized which can cause this to occur.

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As many of you know, sending a watch like this in for repair is a royal PITA. You have to find the repair depot, prepare the watch for shipping, cart the whole thing over to a courier, pay for the shipping, pay for the insurance and then wait, and wait and wait.

Well, I lucked out. I happened to be on Catherine Street in Montreal one day and found a boutique called La Swiss featuring Breitling and a few other brands. They took care of everything for me and about three weeks later I got the call saying the watch was ready.

Happy to report that it’s now my most rate accurate automatic, keeping excellent time. How the watch became so badly adjusted in the first place I’ll never know.

From an attire perspective, the watch works great for just about every occasion. It looks good with jeans and a t-shirt, suit and tie and I guess, with scuba gear.

Swatch Sistem51 Under $200 Automatic Watch Now For Sale

The Swatch Sistem51 watch collection is finally out for sale (in some places). Are you excited? If you don’t know what it is allow me to explain. At Baselworld 2013, the Swatch Group announced what is probably a major breakthrough in watchmaking; a new automatic mechanical movement that is completely assembled by machines and is priced around 100 – 200 Swiss Francs. We first covered the Swatch Sistem51 watch here upon its debut.

We first thought the retail price was about $100 but then it turned out to be closer to $150. So we are simply saying between 100 – 200 Swiss Francs as we aren’t sure about the final price at this time. As of publishing time Swatch hasn’t put the price on their website. UPDATE: In Switzerland at least the retail price of Swatch Sistem51 watches is 150 Swiss Francs. Also, the watches are only currently available for sale in Switzerland. Swatch has announced that the first four models of the Sistem51 collection will be slowly released around the world in 2014. The Sistem51 is actually already delayed as it was supposed to be available for global sale at least a month ago for the 2013 Holiday shopping season. Yes I know, surprise surprise, delays in the Swiss watch industry.

Swatch Sistem51 watch

Swatch Sistem51 watch

The watch itself is pretty much a standard Swatch. We aren’t even sure of the actual size of the case. I would imagine around 40-42mm wide or so and the cases are plastic. Further, it is in the Swatch Original’s collection. The dials of the watches look mostly like star charts. There is a reason for that. There are six “points” on the movement that are a distinctive feature. These six points have been highlighted on the dial and look a bit like a constellation. So Swatch went with that theme and ran with it for the design. Each of the four Sistem51 watches have the six dots in red on the dial.

So the real appeal is in the movement. Why all the hubbub around a new inexpensive mechanical movement? Well first of all it is very inexpensive. The Swatch brand proper isn’t without its mechanical watches, but they are few and far between. Plus, this is a brand new one for a very low price. The movement is an automatic and made up of only 51 parts (hence the name). Further, the movement is completely assembled by machines (no hands) in a hermetically sealed container (no water or dust shall enter). Swatch Group apparently has 17 patents protecting the movement. Last… the Sistem51 is 100% Swiss Made.

OK, so that sounds pretty interesting. How does it perform? Not to shabbily after all. The movement operates at a frequency of 3Hz and has a 90 hour power reserve (almost four days). That isn’t bad at all, and don’t forget that it is an automatic (self-winding). Functionally it offers the time and date. Want to know an interesting fact? The Sistem51 movement only has one screw in it. Just one screw?! Yea, I know… that is like the “anti movement.”

Swatch promises that the Sistem51 delivers “precise, long lasting, maintenance-free performance.” I believe them. No word on accuracy, but something tells me that it isn’t bad. Sure the Sistem51 won’t be as pretty as more high-end movements, nor as complicated, but you really can’t beat the price. Beyond the four debut models, I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of the Sistem51 in the years to come.

original Swatch

original Swatch

The Swatch Sistem51 debut models include the Sistem Red (ref. SUTR400), Sistem Blue (ref. SUTS401), Sistem Black (ref. SUTB400), and Sistem White (ref. SUTW400). The Sistem White has a different dial that is a bit more feminine, and also a different colorful case back design. The Sistem Black comes on a leather versus silicone strap (as the rest do), and also has a slightly different case back design. The Sistem Red and Sistem Blue each have the same case back design (but in different colors).

Overall I think the Sistem51 will find many early adopters and should be worth the wait. The real question is why? It is hard to consider all of the reasons but a few are obvious. First I think that Swatch is looking for a new and popular “starter mechanical” watch that will help people get into mechanical watches early, and then stay with them. Someone could get a Swatch Sistem51, then a Tissot, then maybe a Longines, and then an Omega. And perhaps after that a Breguet or Blancpain (as each of these brands is under the Swatch Group). With young people not being into mechanical timepieces as much these days the “starter automatic watch” makes good sense to get them introduced. Swatch Group may also be looking to head off the Asians by producing an arguably very good mechanical watch that is 100% Swiss Made at this price. It would be very similar to what they did with the original Swatch.

Last, Swatch might be looking into developing new and interesting ways of producing movements and much of this technology is a result. If I were Swatch Group I’d want to ensure that only high-end stuff is made by hand, and that for such service a premium is required. If the Sistem51 concept takes off it could usher in a new era of mechanical watch wearers leading into more mechanical watch sales over the long run. It will be an interesting experiment and I know for a fact enough people already want one. So if you aren’t in Switzerland you have just a bit longer to wait for the Swatch Sistem51 watches to hit a  Swatch Store near you.

Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph Dark Side Of The Moon Black Ceramic Watch

This is a review of what may have been the hottest watch of 2013. It certainly was based on internet buzz, and when we first laid hands on the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon (ref. 311.92.44.51.01.003) earlier in that year we knew it was going to be big. Finally, aBlogtoWatch offers a full, hands-on review of the famous all-black ceramic version of the new Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph which we are proud to offer as our first watch review of 2014.

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon feels so much more than a ceramic version of the modern Speedmaster. Omega has cleverly been able to produce yet another model which really feels like more than the sum of its parts, and if you look at the minor details you’ll realize that this isn’t just another black ceramic-cased timepiece. It combines the history and mystique of the Speedmaster collection, with a useful material, and very satisfying design that is both masculine, and just plain cool. What do you get when you upgrade one of the world’s most iconic sport watches into a cult item? You get the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon watch

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon watch

When we first went hands-on with the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon watch we were instantly thrilled by it. Usually it takes me a few seconds to really take in something I am going to like, but when I saw the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon for the first time I think I spontaneously uttered “cool.” Omega knew it was going to be appreciated, but they didn’t know how much. Omega’s CEO even confided in me that they were sitting on the concept for a few years because he wasn’t sure when the right time to release it was. One of the issues he said was production. Getting the case just right was the real issue, and that is one of the major challenges of ceramic. Further, if you are new to all this and wonder why watches should be made out of ceramic in the first place, then it is because of ceramic’s very high scratch and wear resistance.

In theory ceramic is anything but a luxury material, but in practice it can be very complicated to produce correctly. This, and most other luxury watches that use ceramic are actually using Zirconium Oxide (ZrO2). The ceramic base powder is mixed with pigment and then formed into a shape. That shape is then baked, which shrinks it and yields its final form. Because the material shrinks, getting it into precise colors and sizes is anything but easy. So the tricky part of working with ceramic is conceiving the process to produce and finish each part. Once that process is down, it is relatively straightforward in terms of production.

Omega Planet Ocean

Omega Planet Ocean

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon case is fully made in ceramic, and that includes the case pieces, pushers, buckle, and also dial. The “ZrO2″ label can be found on the back of the case as well as on the dial just over where the main hands connect in the center of the face. This isn’t the first watch made in ceramic, but as far as we know it is the first production Omega watch with a full ceramic case. Though Omega has been using ceramic for several years, being used as a bezel material (mostly in the Planet Ocean and other Seamaster pieces) as well as for parts of the case on their Ladymatic models. Ceramic is an important part of modern Omega watch production, and the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is an accumulation of that dedication to the material.

What makes this particular ceramic case special is the finishing and this is a really important point with regards to understanding the larger appeal of the watch. Most ceramic watches have a single finish over the entire case. Most ceramic watches are polished, and some are matte finished. I don’t think I’ve seen a ceramic watch that is fully brushed, but I have seen ceramic parts such as bezels which are brushed. What Omega did with the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is mimic the finishing of their metal Speedmaster watches for the ceramic case. This means that the upper part of the lugs as well as the sides (flanks) of the case is brushed versus polished, which helps frame the personality of the watch and is a major element of the design.

Omega Speedmaster Co Axial Chronograph

Omega Speedmaster Co Axial Chronograph

Omega fully understood that a black ceramic version of the Speedmaster, to be successful, would need to stay true to the Speedmaster in all other respects. What the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon offers is an unadulterated Speedmaster experience in a new material – and in my opinion that is the key to this model’s popularity.

“Dark Side Of The Moon” is engraved into the rear of the case, which forever tells the owner that this is a special model. Rarely do you see the names big brands give to their more exotic timepieces right on the cases. I find it really cool that Omega decided to put the name on edge of the case back – where there isn’t really that much room given the expansive sapphire crystal window offering a view into the movement. Another unique element of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon piece is the strap. Unlike other Speedmaster models that come on a bracelet or alligator strap (for the high-end 18k red gold models), this one comes on a black Cordura strap. Cordura is a coated fabric, and is offered here with a leather liner. On the inside of the strap is some red contrast stitching – just a hint to go with the touch of red on the dial. That the buckle is ceramic is also a rarity.

Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph

Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph

Omega fans know that the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is built on the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph that was debuted just a few years ago as the most modern Speedmaster watch ever. We offered a full aBlogtoWatch review on the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph here so that you can better understand it. Though we will go over it again briefly right now. The famed Speedmaster collection gained world fame in the late 1960s for being on the wrists of the Apollo 11 astronauts when they traveled to the moon. Since then Omega has left the collection relatively classic looking, but has updated it over the years. Nevertheless, the classic “Moonwatch” has always continued to be in production.

Eventually Omega wanted to produce a Speedmaster with a fully in-house made movement. That happened when Omega finally introduced its rather fantastic Caliber 9300 family of automatic chronographs with Co-Axial escapements. The 9300 is a great movement, and it also happens to look beautiful. We love that it fills up the back of the watch, and turning it over to view the movement through the case back is a treat. Unlike previous Speedmaster models, the 9300 offers just two subsidiary dials on the face, versus the traditional three sub dial layout. Nevertheless, functionality is not sacrificed because the right sub dial has two hands – which measure both the chronograph minutes and hours. Thus, the 9300 movement offers a cleaner bi-compax dial layout with a fully functioning 12 hour chronograph.

Omega designed the 9300 movement to contain a lot of modern technology. A big part of that is the movement’s use of their Co-Axial escapement technology. Acquired by them from the late, great British watchmaker George Daniels, Co-Axial escapements offer more timing consistency over time and are generally thought of as a modern innovation over more traditional escapement technology. The 9300 movement also features a silicon balance spring which means the movement is more resistant to temperature fluctuations, magnetism, and helps the 9300 be among the most accurate mechanical movements Omega has ever produced (it is also COSC Chronometer certified).

Functionally the Caliber 9300 offers the time, date, and 12 hour chronograph, all in a way that is still fresh but true to the spirit of the Speedmaster. I’ve always loved the legibility of Speedmaster dials and that remains true in the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon. What few people know is that the hands and hour markers are actually in 18k white gold. That is mainly because white gold will look better much longer than other metals. The hour markers are applied and filled with SuperLumiNova. Note that the luminant shot in this review is the same as from our previous Speedmaster review as the results will be rather similar. It is worth pointing out that despite what looks like a small amount of lume on the dial, it does perform quite admirably in terms of brightness. Unfortunately the sub dial hands do not have lume, but the chronograph seconds hand does.

One of the most controversial features of the new Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph collection is the size of the case at 44.25mm wide. These watches aren’t huge, but are larger than most of the previous generation Speedmasters which are 40mm wide. I have to say that on a strap and in black, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon wears smaller than its size would imply – though it is still a well-dimensioned timepiece. I guess black is a bit slimming. One downside of the ceramic versus steel-cased version of the Speedmaster is water resistance. The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is only water resistant to 50 meters versus the standard Speedmaster’s water resistance of 100 meters.

Comfort is very much a part of the wearing experience, both in legibility and in wearability. I should also point out that while most of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is black, Omega did not intend it as a “stealth” black on black watch. Nothing is difficult to read, and even the numerals on the tachymeter scale on the bezel have been filled in with a silver color so that you can read them. In fact, silver is the main color used on the dial versus white. This little detail is another of the watch’s secrets of success.

Wearing the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is a pleasant experience. It is a cool watch but certainly not flashy. Most Speedmasters aren’t flashy, but with a mostly polished case you might think that the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon would attract more visual attention. It offers the look many people enjoy from an all black timepiece, but is perfectly legible. I’ve never worn anything like it and to my knowledge the is the first all-black Speedmaster watch made by Omega.

Many collector’s are drawn to black colored watches, especially with popular timepieces from brands such as Rolex or Omega with classic sport watch. Many even go so far as to have aftermarket work done on their timepieces in order to get them coated in black. Brands are more and more responding and the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is part of that larger push to offer more options that consumers seem to be demanding. So whether you enjoy the benefits of a ceramic watch or just like the look of a black watch, there is a lot to enjoy about the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon. While I am thoroughly enthusiastic about it, one drawback is the price. It packs a noticeable premium over the comparable steel models. You get some special parts for sure, but the price difference is apparent. For instance, the Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph in steel on a steel bracelet retails for $8,700, while the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon version retails for $12,000. That is quite a bit more but Omega doesn’t seem to have much trouble with demand. If anything they have trouble keeping up with it.

Rolex replica for sale is the single largest selling watch on the site

We work on a very low profit percentage, and we are able to do that because we sell more than any other replica site. And one more value addition would be the free shipping for all orders. Whether you buy 1 or 10 watches, you will get free shipping, wherever you are!

Among the best sellers on the home page, the Rolex replica for sale is the single largest selling watch on the site. Not just on the site, but in the world of replica watches, a high quality Rolex replica for sale is always the top selling watch, thanks to the craze the watch has all over the planet. Look at the Submariner or the Daytona or even the GMT Master II Rolex replica for sale and you will see why these watches are so popular. These Rolexes are unbelievably Rolex like. We mean, the replicas are absolutely like the original in all aspects – Color, Shape, Style, Materials used, Weight, Markings and every other aspect, except for the price! The photo on display is of the replica watch that you are going to buy and when you look at the testimonials on the home page, you will see that most of the customers say that the watch they got looks even better than in the photo! We have a completely different department that takes care of the replica Rolex watches and hence we can guarantee you that. Don’t get fooled by fake replica Rolex watches sold on the streets. A replica Rolex watch from replica co will give you years of faithful service.

A lot of people come to the site to buy replica watches from other brands too. Rolex, though it is the largest selling brand, is just one small part of the annual business that we do, including the replica Rolex wholesale collection. The other spectacular brands, ranging from Omega to A Lange & Sohne to Vacheron Constantin, all of them have their own loyal followings and have customers who would vouch by their quality. We keep the entire collection up to date and accurate as on today’s standards. Look up the best sellers and the new arrivals and you will be amazed to see the spectacular collection at the prices on offer! There is even a 30 day refund policy for manufacturing defects! You can order via credit card and get shipping via USPS or EMS.

Rolex replica watches are unique and are bound to fool even the connoisseur

There are a few things in life that are precious and cherished forever and Rolex replica watches are one of them. Though quite a number of people want to wear an original Rolex watch, they cannot afford to purchase them just because of its sheer price. Rolex replica watches give such men a chance to flaunt a Rolex look-alike on their wrist. Do not be fooled by the name of the watch. Even though it is not the original, the look, feel and craftsmanship of the Rolex replica watches are unique and are bound to fool even the connoisseur who knows all to well about the original. You can select from a wide range of models and most of the Rolex watch models are also available as Rolex replica watches.

If you are worried about the time keeping capabilities of this beauty, you can be assured that the Rolex replica watches maintain the same time as its famous namesake does. There are people who have a doubt about the workmanship about these Rolex replica watches and these persons should first flaunt one of these timepieces on their wrist before arriving at any conclusion. He is envied for the Rolex replica watches he flaunts, be it the party or a corporate meeting, his Rolex replica watches never fails to attract the eyes of others who look at him with envy. Have you ever seen action movies and have you noticed the personality of the main character? While his looks and clothes attract the attention of others.

Just wear one of these beauties to a party and see the attention you will be receiving. You do not have to approach any women. With Rolex replica watches on your wrist, the girls themselves will approach you. The watch you are wearing is by itself a fashion statement and it tells these women a lot about your taste. Women prefer men who lead their lives rough and tough and it is amazing to know that those who wear Rolex replica watches on their wrist do appear rough and tough. You have invested a princely sum in the clothes you wear and to woo the girl of your life, you have also hired one of the classiest cars but what about the watch? Good and reputed watches are not available for hire and it is at such moments that the Rolex replica watches help you out of a tight spot.

Visiting a notorious locality? Why take a risk by wearing the original. Rolex replica watches will help you to maintain your gravity at the meeting and at the same time ensure that you will not feel the pinch if you are mugged and your Rolex replica watches are robbed. There are some executives who will not settle for anything else than the best. They love to wear one exclusive watch for the office and another for the party. Check out the wide range of Rolex replica watches. They do not cost the earth and most people can easily afford more than one. If you so want, you can have more than a dozen of them and yet do not feel the pinch. Some people are reputed to have more than a dozen models of these Rolex replica watches with them.

As far as the looks and finishing is concerned, these watches give their real namesake a run for their money and as far as maintaining time is concerned, you can be rest assured that your Rolex replica watches will never fail you. However, before you purchase one of these works of craftsmanship, make sure you check out that you are going in for the latest model of the Rolex replica watches. People who wear these Rolex replica watches are famous all over the world for the passion they exhibit for these watches. They do not think twice before they purchase many different models of these famous Rolex replica watches. There are many of them who have been known to even replace their table clock with these Rolex replica watches. And why not?

They know the value for money that these watches are giving them. They know that these time pieces are known all over the world for their beauty and like the true fans that they are of Rolex replica watches, they do not mind replacing all the watches of their home with these Rolex replica watches. If you too are planning to replace all the watches of your home but are worrying of finding the same model in different locations in your house, dispel these thoughts. These Rolex replica watches come in a wide array of colors and models. You will never be able to exhaust the entire of these Rolex replica watches even if you keep a different one in all the rooms of your condominium.

People are known by the company they keep and those who wear Rolex replica watches are known and recognized by one and all. If you wish to be recognized wherever you go, it is imperative that you too go in for Rolex replica watches. These Rolex replica watches will ensure that you are the center of attraction at the party. With prices at an all time low you can have different Rolex replica watches for every day of the week. Make your presence felt with these Rolex replica watches.

Most professional who wear these Rolex replica watches have confessed that they have found a new image of themselves after they have started wearing these Rolex replica watches! So what are you waiting for? Get one of the countless models of the Rolex replica watches and see your life change immediately. Not only will the girls at the party shower all their affection on you, you can be rest assured that even your boss will pay special attention at you. Rolex replica watches perform these wonders and lots more.

Cartire Tank Louis Cartier Watch

Cartire Square Watch Tank series of profound history, from its launch has received independent personality, taste the unique table fans love.

Tank series watch changing shape, square shape based on the continuous innovation and development, introduced a variety of different styles of watches. The Cartire Tank Louis Cartier tank watch was launched years earlier Tank series watch, in 1922 has come out, with its different from the original section of square watch classic elegant style collect myriad dotes on. Cartire Tank Louis Cartier tank watch is Louis Cartire himself wearing the watch, Tank watch family representative called for.

Tank Louis Cartier tank table has a classical elegant shape, watches made innovation in a series of original square watches, watches the angular line soften, sharp angle becomes to mellow ease, replace sb. is to show more delicate and gentle aesthetic harmony as the love form.

Tank Louis Cartier stainless steel tank table launched, rose gold, gold three kinds of materials and styles, different materials with different skin color and temperament, increases the selectivity. The eternal classic Tank Louis Cartier tank table also launched a large ultra-thin watches, lines more distinct, 5.1 mm thickness to be the thinnest tank family watch, watches with manual winding mechanical movement, with beautiful appearance and masculinity. If the Cartire Tank Louis Cartier watch gives a person is a kind of subtle gentle beauty, then hollowing Tank Louis Cartier tank gauge, let you feel a kind of carefree abundant grace. Hollow Tank Louis Cartier watch machine core is positioned in the tank, dial, as if suspended in the dial on a dancer.

Cartire Tank Louis Cartier tank table, square interpretation of the aesthetic and elegant, is the modern urban men and women choose one of temperament.

Replica Breitling Transocean Working Chronograph with Blue Dial S/S

The Breitling Transocean chronograph watch is one of the slickest Breitlings out there and I think that it surely deserves more attention than it usually gets. It has that slim 50′s classic chronograph looks and feel so maybe that will be one of the reason for which it’s not among the most popular replica watches models either. Also being among the cheaper Breitlings at around 5k might be another reason. Still 5k for me is a long way of making it affordable and worth spending on a watch at this point so let’s take a look into the Transocean replica watches side of this story. I have to admit that mostly the reason for this article is the screenshot below form the Breitling website showing the hot Transocean Unitime of which if you’d wanna find a really good replica right now all I’d have to say is: good luck, you’re gonna need a lot of it.

I’m going to focus on the classic Transocean Chronograph replica watches and try to give you some insights and photo guidance for those who might consider shopping around for one. I’ve noticed that when searching for images of Breitling Transocean replica watches there are a lot of photos of the original models showing up and that’s not good since websites advertising fake watches through photos of the originals always turn out to be scams. Here are some examples of the genuine Breitling Transocean Chronograph photos so don’t go off buying from websites that use these specially since this particular model comes in an array of variations and keeping track of each and every one turns out to be very hard.

So all these good looking classy pieces are the genuine ones. Being a simple design you will find well cloned replicas but still you have to take a good look at the quality and pictures seldom lie these days. Descriptions are also important so make sure you take a good look at all the details, read all the info’s and remember that everything has to add up. Usually bracelets are well cloned and the dials as well but you always have to pay close attention to everything. I’m planning of getting one of these babies pretty soon (I mean of course the replica version of one of them) and I guess this is a part of my homework. Below you will find some of the photos I found on the internet while looking at this particular model. They draw a pretty good map of what’s out there quality wise. This is pretty much the good selection out of everything and picking the good quality ones will take some skills so make sure you do your homework properly and get to enjoy a good looking good quality Breitling replica.

Daytona Rolex and Breitling Replica Watches

“Replica Watches vary in cost. Replica watches are the best solution if you cannot afford to purchase so expensive original Rolex and Breitling watches. Some individuals love the look of world renowned branded watches on their wrist especially Rolex and Breitling, but are reluctant to spend lots of cash that a genuine watch costs. We would like you to visit our latest assortment of famed replica watches. Our online shop can offer you wonderful replica watches collections.

Elegant Breitling replica watches that are exact, from the bracelets to the dials to the bezel, knobs and chorography. Breitling fake Watches long known for the blend of durability with a stunning, ever-stylish look. Breitling Bentley Series fake watches have been a piece of quality since breitling replica inception. Most often Breitling Replica Watches sell sound because of their design and quality of craftsmanship.

When you buy a Rolex Replica Daytona from E-Replica you can be certain you’re getting the best available.  In appearance, feel and function E-Replica watches are built on peerless precision. “”Daytona”” is synonymous with the race track circuits and is very famous through out the Grand Prix world. Daytona is also the name of a Rolex watch. It is also referred to as the “”Oyster Professional Cosmography””. Daytona Rolex watch has become the choice of many a racing driver and has earned the tag of being the “”racing driver’s choice”” due to reasons absolutely valid and justified. The <strong>Daytona Rolex</strong> was designed to measure time elapsed and calculate the average speed in a race. The Daytona Rolex also boasts of a sweep second hand and the minute and hour “”totalizators”” that can be activated by push buttons. The bezel is also modified to act as a tachometer. The latest replica watch model of the Daytona Rolex comes with a Miyota automatic movement (Japanese Grade 2 Rolex replica watch). The stainless steel replica watch has a white face with a full function chronograph, night illumination and a sapphire crystal glass. For more information and models of replica watches you can visit out site Replica Watches.

Now if we talk about the Breitling Replica Watches, there are so many sites on the internet who are selling Breitling replica. But there are only fewer who sell No 1 quality replica, that looks 90% original. The next level of replica Breitling watches is those that are physically similar to the original Breitling watch. But when it comes to functionality, none of the features work. Like the chronograph will be visible and physically will appear exactly like the original, but it won’t work! The signage behind the watch dial will announce that the watch is water proof up to 50 mtrs, but let a few drops fall, and the watch is useless! These are the kinds of replica Breitling watches that people usually buy. Especially when you go out to stores and see Breitling replica watches on display, most of those watches would fall into one of the above categories.”