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The acoustic resonance effect is one of the most complex and esoteric phenomena in horology, but in the right circumstances, its results can be enthralling. In essence, when two oscillating objects are placed close enough to one another (for example the tines of a tuning fork or two balance wheels), their oscillations will begin to interfere until they reach synchronization. This synchronization effect can take on many patterns, but all of them can aid in the overall accuracy of a timepiece. Boutique haute horlogerie brand Vianney Halter has harnessed the acoustic resonance effect for the first time in a wristwatch, pairing the delicate twin balance setup alongside its intricate three-axis tourbillon design. While not entirely finalized for production, the Vianney Halter Deep Space Resonance Prototype is a spectacular showcase of truly bleeding edge mechanical watchmaking, providing engineering innovation and visual spectacle in equal measure..
The reborn Tudor Royal was a new-for-2020 model (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here) that introduces the “Tudor equivalent” of the Rolex Day-Date (they are sister brands) to more parts of the world. Whereas the Rolex “President” Day-Date starts at more than $30,000, the Tudor Royal starts at under $3,000. This new Tudor Royal 41 is the reference M28603-0002 and is a top-of-the-line model featuring a two-tone steel and 18k gold case construction, as well as eight set-diamonds on the dial as hour markers. It still has a price of under $4,000 USD.
Tudor has been winning fans given its close connection to Rolex refinement and construction quality, and because consumers indeed get a lot for their money. Most of the Western world’s reintroduction to Tudor was spent getting to know its sports watches (such as the popular Black Bay, or Pelagos). The question now becomes whether Tudor can reach similar consumer acclaim with its dressier lifestyle-collection pieces. We might want to call these “socia..
A follow up to its thin 27.01 watch from earlier this year, Ming has just released a promisingly beautiful-looking follow-up in the aptly titled 27.02. Limited to 200 pieces, the 27.02 brings along the same case and movement of its predecessor while debuting a new “Gradient Guilloché” dial. The minds at Ming clearly have a keen understanding of when to innovate and when to refine. When the brand learned that some more ETA Peseux 7001 movements became available, they immediately scooped them up and took the opportunity to refine and reimagine the unique case of the 27.01.
What Ming did here is replace the bronze dial with one made of sapphire, and added a blue Clous de Paris guilloché ring around the outer edge of the movement. I really can’t wait to see this watch in the metal, as I have a feeling this second new step just needs to be seen to be appreciated. In addition to doing a gradient finish on the sapphire dial, the team at Ming also did laser etchings filled with white for the ..
A follow up to their thin 27.01 watch from earlier this year, Ming has just released a promisingly beautiful looking follow-up in the aptly titled 27.02. Limited to 200 pieces, the 27.02 brings along the same case and movement of its predecessor while debuting a new “Gradient Guilloché” dial. The minds at Ming clearly have a keen understanding of when to innovate and when to refine. When the brand learned that some more ETA Peseux 7001 movements became available, they immediately scooped them up and took the opportunity to refine and reimagine the unique case of the 27.01.
What Ming did here is they replaced the bronze dial with one made of sapphire, and added a blue Clous de Paris guilloché ring around the outer edge of the movement. I really can’t wait to see this watch in the metal, as I have a feeling this second new step just needs to be seen to be appreciated. In addition doing a gradient finish on the sapphire dial, the team at Ming also did laser etchings filled white for the ..
One of the greatest strengths of Casio’s seminal G-Shock series is its immense variety. There is a G-Shock to serve very nearly every taste, and for those looking for a more premium experience than its traditional resin offerings, Casio produces a bevy of designs in stainless steel. While this Full Metal series is comparatively more refined, Casio still allows these models to have fun, as evidenced by its latest release. The new Casio G-Shock GMWB5000RD-4 splashes the traditional G-Shock form in a deep ruby red, adding a striking new dimension to the rugged design.
The most striking element of the Casio G-Shock GMWB5000RD-4 is undoubtedly the 43.2mm stainless steel case, finished with a mix of brushed and polished surfaces accented by a red IP coating. The rugged industrial-inspired form of the original G-Shock DW-5000C takes on a new dimension with this finishing, particularly with the bright polished chamfer surrounding the octagonal bezel. The red tone itself is surprisingly dark a..
I absolutely adore how incredibly weird this watch is. Produced and designed in Russia by the traditional Moscow-based brand Slava, this is one version of the limited-edition Slava Russian Roulette (AKA “RUssian RUlette”). The elegance of the product is that even though its design and story are unique, the concept is very straightforward. This is what I like about all good Russian ideas; they do not circumlocute the issue. Wearing this watch, you can play a safe version of Russian Roulette, a strange and deadly gambling game.
The “Russian Roulette complication” execution is very good. The watch has two mechanical features that, together, allow you to play the game. First and most important is a caseback that spins (not connected to the caseback, which allows you to spin it while wearing it). This middle ring in the case is connected to magnets, which solidly hold the ring in place when it is not spinning on its own momentum. This action is very pleasing, and it would be an honest stat..
Just released by H. Moser & Cie is the new Endeavour Minute Repeater Tourbillon, a follow up to 2019’s debut piece that is “lighter” in a couple of ways. This high-complication piece now comes in a titanium case with an all new “Electric Blue” dial that cogently demonstrates another side of Moser’s minimalist aesthetic when compared with the original white gold case with a black lacquered dial model. Limited to 20 pieces, this Minute Repeater Tourbillon not only shows off the brand’s watchmaking prowess but also serves as an excellent case study for Moser’s truly special design ethos.
Most brands would choose to go in a more decorative or ornate direction when designing such a technically impressive halo piece. Just earlier this year, Patek Philippe released the 5303R Minute Repeater Tourbillon Grand Complication watch, an elaborately finished beauty that ironically enough is its first to have the striking mechanism on the front of the dial. I’d say this is about all it has in common ..
I came to this review with some previous high-end Seiko GMT watch experience. In a few ways, this Seiko Prospex SNR033 is the spiritual successor to the Grand Seiko SBGE001 watch (review on aBlogtoWatch here). The SBGE0001 is one of the best daily-wear GMT watches Japan has ever made, and when it was originally released over a decade ago, it was under Seiko’s Grand Seiko brand. Since then, a lot has changed.
Grand Seiko has formally split off from the Seiko brand as a sister company. And the price point at which Grand Seiko sports watches used to be is now inhabited by higher-end “Seiko Luxe” watches that fill this space, as Grand Seiko price points have moved even higher. The SBGE and SNR033 have the same movement and overall features; they differ in terms of style and case materials but are clearly close relatives given they share things such as having a sapphire crystal cap over the bi-directional rotating GMT bezel. This was a very exotic feature when the SBGE001 originally came o..
In a world dominated by perfectly accurate and constantly adjusted clocks in smartphones and computers, the functional role of the mechanical watch has shifted somewhat. No longer the pinnacle of precision, the niche a traditional mechanical wristwatch fills nowadays is more emotional and personally expressive, but also focused more on ease and convenience. With a constant display of the time available with just a flick of the wrist rather than pulling out and activating a phone, for example, the mechanical watch still has an efficient and useful role in everyday life. While most brands try to tacitly avoid that this paradigm shift has ever really happened, Ressence has made this idea the focus of its latest limited edition release that emphasizes the ease, comfort and aesthetic experience of telling time over the pursuit of ultimate accuracy. The last of the brand’s 10th anniversary celebration models, the limited edition Ressence Type 1 Squared X adds a unique color coded new complic..