Perrelet: The New LAB Collection

At Baselworld 2016, Perrelet launched its very latest creation: LAB. The new model heralds a casual chic collection complementing the current collections. Building on its mastery of all phases involved in producing a watch in-house via its own Manufactures, ranging from the development and production of movement components to designing and crafting the cases, dials and finishing work.
This timepiece remains true to the values and DNA of the brand with its signature “dial in motion”. While the many variations of the latter include the classic Double Rotor, the Turbine or the Amytis for women, Perrelet has opted for a discreet and refined version in the LAB line.

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The stainless steel 42 x 42 mm case is cushion-shaped with soft, rounded lines along with brushed and polished lugs. The case middle features a vertical decoration composed of tiny raised rectangles. The polished octagonal bezel with its satin-brushed profile endows the model with considerable character. The case back fitted with a sapphire crystal is assembled with six screws, forming a sturdy and strong case guaranteed water-resistant to 5 bar.

Perrelet Lab CollectionParticular attention has been devoted to the architecture of the dial boasting an original construction. A three-dimensional effect is achieved by the multi-level structure graced with a variety of finishes. The dial available in silver-toned, anthracite or black versions features a central part adorned with vertical lines, while the rim is circular-brushed. The cut-out hour markers are enhanced with white Super-LumiNova and applied to a sapphire crystal ring. The decision to use a transparent element was specifically intended to enable the owner of the LAB watch to admire the most distinctive feature of this timepiece: its oscillating weight.
While the latter is generally visible through the case back, the motion of the oscillating weight can also be observed while reading the time. This was made possible by the calibre P-411, a in-house movement.

Displaying the hours, minutes and seconds by central hands and the date at 6 o’clock, the LAB has a 42-hour power reserve.
The watch is fitted with a black alligator leather strap and a stainless steel clasp.

Go All-In With The Mr. Jones King & Queen Watches

Mr. Jones King & QueenMr. Jones is known to design really unusual watches for both, men and women and the King and Queen are no exception.
These watches are two halves of a pair of watches based on the classic playing card characters of the King and Queen of Hearts. The watches feature hands of cards to depict the minutes while the hours are shown at the royal breast in form of a “jumping hour”.

So, how do you read the time exactly? The minutes are indicated by hands of cards, every 10 minutes is marked by a different hand: Ace – 0 minutes past, 10 – 10 minutes past, 2 – 20 minutes past, 3 times 10 – half past, Ace and 4 – 40 minutes past, Ace and 5 – 50 minutes past. There is also a grey marker on the dial (like a shadow of the playing cards) to allow you to read the times between the hands of cards. By observing how far the leading or trailing edge of the cards is from the marker shape, the minutes can be judged. Here’s a chart to clarify that a little:

How to read the minutesThe use of the playing cards symbolises the transitory nature of fortune – lucky streaks, while always welcome, are only as short lived as those runs of bad luck. The watch is a gentle reminder to keep your cards close to your chest, but to be bold and go all-in when fate has dealt you a winning hand.

Mr. Jones QueenThe cases of this watches are made from polished stainless steel, coming in the typical shape of all the watches of Mr. Jones. They are 37 mm in diameter. Every case houses an automatic mechanical movement and is water resistant up to 5 ATM. Every watch comes on a woven stainless steel strap.

Mr. Jones KingThe watches are produced in the London workshop of Mr. Jones. All components are printed by hand before assembled and regulated also by hand.
Retail price for the King and Queen watches is £195 a piece and can be purchased online here. The King and Queen are limited editions; there will be only 100 pieces available of every watch.

The system which displays the minutes sounds a little complicated, and maybe it takes a little while to get used to the system. But one can imagine this a little price to pay for wearing such a fun timepiece.

Minimalism from Iceland: The Arc-Tic Retro

1424799078683Maybe you’ve never heard of Arc-Tic, based in downtown Reykjavik. It’s a small label, producing beautiful watches.. Now you can’t say that anymore, because we are introducing the Retro-watches of this Icelandic watchmanufacturer today.

Arc-Tic-Retro-The Retro-watches from Arc-Tic emanate a relaxed Nordic coolness. The Scandinavians are best known for their sparse minimalistic design, which made their furniture (and especially Ikea, yes) a huge hit world-wide. Now, we all can wear their famous style on our wrists; austerity with a splash of color.

The Arc-Tic Retro-watches are beautiful and simple three-hander. These quartz-powered watches are undeniably wearable and absolutely affordable. The only color on the dial are the red seconds hand and a red hyphen. These watches stand out in their starkness with their polished stainless steel case, generously-sized rhodium hour markers, rhodium logo and rhodium hands. These features catch the light – and the attention.
Arc-Tic-Retro-WatchYou won’t find any Super LumiNova on the dial, the hands or hour-markers; you will definitely need light to spot the time. That’s not for everyone but this decision emphasizes the retro-look considerably.

The case comes in two sizes – 36mm or 42mm in diameter – with 8mm in height. Both sizes are available with a white or black dial like mentioned earlier. The white ones come with a genuine honey-colored calfskin strap, the ones with the black dial with a black strap, including red stitching. The straps can be easily removed and replaced with a NATO-strap which is included in the delivery, its colors based on the Icelandic flag.

Arc-Tic-Retro-Watch-The Arc-Tic Retro is powered by a Swiss-made quartz movement and is water resistant to 50m. The case back is beautifully decorated, showing a map of Iceland, compass points and degree markings; also the Arctic Circle which inspired the name of the company.

The retail price of the Arc-Tic Retro watch is around 213€ and the watches are only available in stores around Iceland or from the Arc-Tic online store.

The Lattice: Shinola salutes Oscar de la Renta

Shinola created his new watch, The Lattice, in partnership with designer Oscar de La Renta. The hand-assembled 36mm women’s watch was inspired by de la Renta’s American-made jewelery collection, and embraces the embellished style that is signature to the designer’s work.

Features include watches_oscardelarenta_black_f_243x243polished stainless steel case, inset with 68 VS, full-cut diamonds, black, red or blue alligator strap, a faceted sapphire crystal, white mother-of-pearl dial, signature mosaico crown and Detroit-built Argonite 751 quartz movement. The components of the hand-assembled movement are Swiss-made.

The Lattice comes packed with a book, which complements the timepiece and offers an in-depth look ath Oscar de la Renta and his work.

Chrono Diamond – my new beloved

Ariadne_rosegold_IP_front AusschnittWhat comes first to your mind when you hear the names Ariadne, Leandra and Lenya? Most definitely you think these are the names of the ex-girlfriends of Lothar Matthäus the famous german soccer player

When I hear these names I think of diamonds, design, elegance and high-class workmanship. My beloved watches from Chrono Diamond!

They are not quite a steal. So I was really thinking: should I spend so much money for a watch? But when I saw that a famous online shopping portal was offering the watches for 70% under the retail price I did not think twice and ordered Ariadne (who should become my new beloved very soon).

Since I like earthy tones and warm colors I decided to order Ariadne Rosegold IP. The watch case has a warm rose gold color. The real leather watch strap has a reddish brown color. It goes perfectly together.

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! The designers of Chrono Diamond obviously know that! Many sparkling zirconia and even two real diamonds can be found on the dial. The watch case is made of gilded stainless steel. Ariadne has a really nice size. The watch is not too small but also not too big. The quartz movement is made in Swiss. Unfortunately, 2999 other girls can have Ariadne too. The watch is limited to 3000 pieces. But I can cope with that.

I really love my new watch and I’m sure we’ll spend a long and happy time together. And hey …. Lothar Matthäus. Maybe you should give your next girl friend a Chrono Diamond watch as a present – I’m sure this will make her stay longer 🙂

 

Test report Richtenburg Nightflight – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

nightflight1For our taste there can’t be enough sparkling stones on a piece of jewelry. That’s why we couldn’t wait for the Richtenburg Nightflight to arrive. For quite a time we are having an eye on this noble watch. I’d only seen pictures of it but I instantly knew: I have to have this watch! After only a couple of days the watch arrived at our house. I love the design of Richtenburg’s Nightflight. Less is usually more. The design of the dial is simple and clear. No numbers no outsized date/month displays. Nothing distracts from the extraordinary beauty of the sparkling zircons that are arranged around the dial, on the lunette. The real leather wristband is of good workmanship and it feels very soft and comfortable on the wrist. Behind hardened mineral glass works the automatic watch movement Richtenburg Kaliber RK226 with 20 Stones. This movement has proved to be very precise and reliable.The Richtenburg Nightflight is waterproof to 10 bar – Yay! I’ll definitely wear this watch to my next pool party!

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Hindenberg Retrograde – i like retro!

I admit! I’m not only a fashion victim but also a victim of the retro-wave. I’m attracted to everything that screams vintage and retro. Therefore, it’s not surprising that I’m also very attracted to the new Hindenberg Retrograde.

The Hindenberg Retrograde is retro in two different aspects. The design is doubtlessly retro. The oversized numbers on the dial, the dark brown real leather wristband, the matted stainless steel – design elements that take me back to bygone times.

But there is also another reason why the Hindenberg Retrograde is so retro – retrograde more specifically. Retrograde means anti-clockwise. Of course the Hindenburg Retrograde doesn’t let the time run backwards but it uses a  time-display feature that was very popular in former times. Both second hands are so to say marching to a different tune. After the first second hand counted the first 30 seconds backwards it is set back 0 and then the other second hand starts to count the next 30 seconds.

This feature was already used in the year 1650 by a watchmaker called Hans Buschman who used it for his pocket watches.

I really like that this feature is still used.

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  • model no: 180-H
  • stainless steel watch case (316L)
  • real leather wristband
  • automatic movement Hindenberg Kaliber H-09.180
  • 20 stones
  • scratch-proof sapphire glass
  • flying second
  • blued screws
  • diameter without crown: 45 mm
  • height watch case: 14 mm
  • 5 ATM waterproof
  • weight 106g incl. wristband
  • Limited Edition – limited to  3750 pieces
  • recommended retail price:  1190 €

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Nixon: stylish retro look from Cali

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16 years ago, Andy Laats and Chad DiNenna founded a company that quickly became a favorite among fans of retro design and style conscious: Nixon. The reason for the formation of the company was, as it often is, a personal one: For a long time, DiNenna had been looking for a watch meeting his preferences, but couldn’t find any.

Laats, a former product manager for Burton snowboards, was preparing for his MBA title at Stanford when he met DiNenna. Together, they rustled up nearly a million US dollars for their newly-founded company. The first catalog was published in 1997 and featured six watches.

In 2006, Billabong International (a surfer brand) bought Nixon for approximately 55 million US dollars. Six years later, Nixon became an independent company again, with not quite half of the stock still held by Billabong. Its current market value is about 464 million US dollars.

Nixon offers a huge variety of analog and digital watches, both for men and women.

Style: "Neutral"

Style: "Neutral"

Presented: Mathis Montabon´s Rectiligne brown

MM-11-braunToday we have for you the test of a very particular watch – the Mathis Montabon´s Rectiligne brown! This noble friend for the demanding man is characterized by its extreme elegance. This watch is particularly suitable for the office and for special occasions, but also for leisure and sport!

Package and first impression
When the watch reached us it was packed in a thick carton. We find the Rectiligne brown in a black gift box. In the box near the watch there are the plastic guarantee and the complete and easy to understand manual of instructions. This package gives an elegant and expensive aspect to the watch and leaves no doubt about its quality!

Quality and processing
A very complicated and highly treated automatic movement drives the Mathis Montabon´s Rectiligne brown. We were also able to open the box for locating quality defects. But also from the outside you can not see anything like this. We have not found no scratches or poor workmanship or materials. Even in this case is true, the overall impression that the brown Rectiligne gives.

Function and everyday use
Based on our tests, also in this case the Mathis can convince of its best quality. Tests were not a problem for this wonderful watch that has shown great qualities. For example, the scratch resistance of the glass (it is not impossible to have a scratch on the glass, but it is very difficult!), and the extremely high accuracy, that is better compared to many cheap quartz watches.

Conclusion
We are very impressed with the test results of Mathis Montabon´s Rectiligne brown. So impressed that we repeated the test more times, because we could not believe the results obtained! One recommendation is therefore granted and we like to talk about this. This watch is absolutely great for any lover of watches-collector but it is also suitable for the “Eight – the average consumer”.

Test: Richtenburg Nordkapp

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Today we will test the Richtenburg Nordkapp for you. A noble watch for men by Richtenburg.

First impression:
The new Richtenburg was delivered well packed in a fancy box already few days after order  along with the warranty card and instruction manual. Already the first look discloses:The Nordkapp is a quite unique watch. The bracelet and the watchcase give the impression of high-quality. The robust bracelet, which is made of scratch-proof stainless steel, feels very comfortable on the wrist.

Design:
The watchcase of stainless-steel has a convenient, masculin size with a diameter of 42 mm. In our opinion its display is very felicitous regarding functionality and design. The displays for the date, day and month as well as the 24 hours display are combined with the design of the clock face in a very hormonious way. The Nordkapp is available in six colour variations – with stainless-steel bracelet or leather strap.

Procedure:
The Richtenburg Kaliber RK008 automatic movement with 20 stones works behind a scratch-resistant watch glass. It is easy to set the watch by the protected crown. The watch is protected against water pressure up to 100 meters. Above all, the test exemplar catched our eyes with its excellent time accuracy.

Result:
The high-quality manufacture and the dependable movement satisfied us. The price for the Richtenburg Nordkapp is 1.500 EUR. We can get a high-quality watch joining functionality and design for it.