Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011

On October 7, 2011, in LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
Breitling Colt watches Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 Fan of high-end quartz watches? Breitling has a nice new piece for you. What is high-end quartz? Well not cheap quartz! The perception that all quartz watches are cheap is a bit of a shame. It is true that you can buy a quartz movement based watch for a few bucks, but high-end quartz watches are out there - and they have their fan following for sure. Breitling is one of the few Swiss brands that continually offers high-end Swiss quartz movement based timepieces in addition to mechanical watches (and not just in women's pieces). The mainstay of the Breitling quartz watch collection has always been their Aerospace watches. Those pieces are undeniably cool, but not everyone wants both analog hands and a digital display on their watch dial. So Breitling has always offered watches like this new Colt that are quartz movement based, but not digital. breitling colt black Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 breitling colt chronograph 3 Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 breitling colt strap white dial Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 I am not an expert of Breitling watch collections - though my understanding is that the Colt line has not always been about quartz movements. This new move might mean that moving forward all Colt watches will be quartz. If so, maybe that is a good thing. While Breitling has a lot of great watches, they also have a lot of watches! Few brands confuse me as much having so many product families and styles that feel pretty similar. The new for 2011 Colt watches will come in three styles, a 33mm wide women's model, a 44mm wide three-hand, and a 44mm wide chronograph. Each will have a Swiss ETA quartz movement, but not just any quartz movement - a Super Quartz (SuperQuartz)! This is the name ETA has given their family of high-end thermoline (thermo-compensated) quartz movements that are much more sophisticated than your standard bargain basement quartz movements. In addition to being much higher-quality, they are also accurate to within about 10 seconds year (that is versus about 15 seconds a month for standard quartz movements). breitling colt chronograph 4 Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 breitling colt chronograph white Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 The watches are also COSC certified Chronometers. Please note that this certification is different for quartz and mechanical watches, meaning that the criteria for quartz watches to get COSC certification are much more stringent. I really like that Breitling is catering to those people who want the reliability and accuracy of a quartz movement, but also want the durability and style of a Breitling. In steel, the watches are typical Breitling flavor, but you'll notice a new type of rotating bezel design that separates it from the typical Brelting bezel with the four corner "claws." The bezel on the new Colt is more simple and a bit more diver versus aviator in style. You'll either love or hate the steel on steel look with engraved numerals in a modern font. They look like an evolution of the Breitling Chronomat B01 bezel design. BREITLING Colt blue strap Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 Breitling Colt black leather Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 The dial design is interesting. You'll notice how it is set up into four quadrants, with two types of texturing. The hour indicators and markers are pretty legible and there is a fair amount of lume for night viewing. The hands look proportionate as well, which is good as sometimes Breitling gets a bit shy with hand size. The placement of a curved flange ring (with minute indicators or a tachymetre scale is a good touch). Water resistance is 500 meters for the three-hand models, and 300 meters for the chronograph models. Each has a double AR coated sapphire crystal. Breitling will offer the new Colt in three dial colors - black, silver, and blue. Inside the three-hand models are ETA SuperQuartz caliber 74 movements. Inside of the chronograph is the ETA SuperQuartz caliber 73 movement. While it might look like lower-end ETA quartz chronographs at first glance, it has a lot more functionality. The 12 hour chronograph is accurate to 1/1o of a second, it has a split-second complication, as well as the date. All are COSC Chronometer certified and are very (very) accurate. breitling colt blue Breitling Colt SuperQuartz Watches For 2011 In addition to what looks like a new style of steel metal bracelet, the new for 2011 Colt watches are available with padded leather straps, and two types of rubber straps. Prices are pretty reasonable which is even better. On the metal bracelet, prices are $3,850 for the Colt Chronograph, $3,150 for the 44mm wide Colt three-hand, and $3,050 for the 33mm wide Colt three-hand. Look for them about now.  
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Hublot F1 King Power Suzuka Watch

On October 6, 2011, in LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
Hublot F1 Suzuka Hublot F1 King Power Suzuka Watch

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Paul Picot C-Type Yachtman 3 Watches

On May 29, 2011, in LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
P1127NBS SG 3608 Paul Picot C Type Yachtman 3 Watches

Paul Picot offers these new C-Type Yachtman watches for 2011. The naming schemas confuse me. The C-Type I know, but I am not sure whether these are C-Type and Yachtman watches, or C-Type Yachtman watches!? Screw it, I'm just going to use the Yachtman name for now. Yachtman 3 to be exact - which sounds like an awful movie name. The watches are still cool looking, though, and this year they make equal jabs at Rolex and IWC wanting to be something like a Submariner or Aquatimer.

Regardless of what the Yachtman watches are trying to be, they can stand on their own. As you can see, there are two versions of the new Yachtmaster 3. The "Classic" three-hand automatic and the "Chronograph." Like the Aquatimer watches, Paul Picot says the bezel inserts are sapphire but that there will also be all steel bezel options.

PP yachtman 3 Paul Picot C Type Yachtman 3 Watches P1151 SGB 2614 Paul Picot C Type Yachtman 3 Watches Size wise, the Yachtman 3 watches are decent at 43mm wide and the cases are steel. They are water-resistant to 200 meters and have AR coated sapphire crystals. The watch dials are textured, which is nice. They have little waves that are meant to remind of you being in the water (or drowning) and feeling secure that your watch will survive. The blue and yellow dials are fun and sporty but might be a bit too reminiscent of IWC Aquatimers. There are likely to be other color combos available as well.  Overall, I am a big fan of the dials for their polished looks with easy to read hands and markers, and it is OK that they aren't super unique.

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Richard Mille RM 032 Automatic Chronograph Dive Watch

On March 22, 2011, in DWU, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
RM 032 front1 Richard Mille RM 032 Automatic Chronograph Dive Watch

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Regate Navy Limited Edition Watch
Louis Vuitton is really getting serious about its watches being near water. First we see a new Tambour Diving watch collection, and now a new yacht racing piece. This is the utility focused Tambour Regate Navy, and is a true regatta watch. The point of it is to have a specially designed chronograph that is able to quickly and easily measure a 10 minute countdown. So, in a sense, this watch has a chronograph complication, as well as a timer complication.

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Bvlgari Papillon Chronograph Watch

On January 3, 2011, in FASHION, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: Luxist
For the time being it seems like Bvlgari (Bulgari) is keeping up production of most Daniel Roth watches. Here is the (former Daniel Roth) Papillon Chronograph. Still with the existing movement, it now has Bulgari clothing. This was a really clever watch from Daniel Roth - and it does in fact tell the time. It has jumping hour display along with a minute indicator with a trick hand. That blue "spike" turns downward when used to indicate the minutes, and it twists back in when the next spike has a turn. So this isn't a retrograde hand - even though it vaguely looks like one. While the Bulgari version of the dial looks more complex, the Daniel Roth version was a bit more complex done with Geneva stripe polishing and some other textured elements. Though in the end they are very similar (just with different colors). While the Papillon Chronograph uses a case shape we have seen before it is larger at 44mm wide and done here in 18k rose gold. The Calibre DR2319 movement is quite impressive, and this watch is made to be a serious chronograph. It starts with a Swatch Group made Frederic Piguet automatic movement with a Daniel Roth chronograph module. With dials measuring up to 12 hours, the chronograph has a column wheel and vertical clutch. Features often only found in the finest of mechanical chronograph movements. Look for this Bulgari (ex Daniel Roth) watch out now. Price is $44,500. Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.
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Porsche Design P’6930 Chronograph Watch Review

On November 15, 2010, in LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
Porsche Design P6930 1 Porsche Design P6930 Chronograph Watch Review The recent designers of this Porsche Design P'6930 watch are quite lucky. Lucky in that they more or less didn't have to do to much to make this timepiece look good. Being quite complex, this design was probably a pain to come up with properly when it was designed. The watch is based on the hard work of Porsche Design when they worked on the P'6910 Indicator Chronograph. This amazing piece that came out a few years ago was an extremely expensive digital chronograph watch (that stole my heart). I discussed the P'6910 here. "The Indicator" as it was commonly known, was priced at about $120,000. It is still sold today, but only if you special order it from Porsche Design. After the P'6910 came the P'6920. This was a rattrapante (split second) style chronograph version of the same case that shared the look of the P'6910. It was less expensive, but kept the lineage of the collection going. Now in 2010, Porsche Design offers an even more accessible option with the P'6930 Chronograph. What is interesting is that all the models have a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 movements in them - some just more modified than others. The P'6930's 7750 is decorated and has a special Porsche Design "wheel" automatic rotor on it. The P'6910 on the other hand had a 7750 that was incredibly modified for the digital chronograph and power reserve complications. Currently Porsche Design indicates that the P'6910 has an Eterna Calibre 6036 movement in it. Porsche Design P6930 3 Porsche Design P6930 Chronograph Watch Review Not everyone can see themselves wearing the Porsche Design P'6930 (which I am just going to refer to as the 6930 from here on out), but everyone seems to like it. Porsche Design did a great job initially with making a timepiece with a standout design that draws a lot of attention - but at the same time is very usable.It is hard to get this combo right, but then again - we are talking about Porsche Design. According to Porsche Design, the original 6910 had a style that was based on the Porsche Carrera GT super car that came out around the same time as The Indicator. See a resemblance? Well, there is a thematic similarity - they are both highly attention grabbing. The 6930 of course continues that look and it still feels modern and enjoyable. Porsche Design P6930 4 Porsche Design P6930 Chronograph Watch Review Two things stood out to me when I first looked at the watch in person. One was the very nicely AR (anti-reflective) coated sapphire crystal that makes looking into the dial so clear, and second was the dial itself. The dial is not only very easy to read due to the large indicators and well suited black/white contrast, but also is wonderfully three dimensional. It starts with the honeycomb pattern on the dial, is appreciated via the multi-level subsidiary dials, and extends to the applied hour markers. Touches of red enhance the feel of the dial, while the stylized look of the large hands and hour indicators just feel good to the eyes. Porsche Design clearly invested time into all of these elements. There is uniqueness here in terms of a look that is exclusive to Porsche Design, and I really appreciate that. Lume on the dial is intense - there are few easier to read dials at night. A really cool design feature is that the outermost minute and chronograph second scale is actually applied under the sapphire crystal as opposed to the dial itself. silver porsche carrera gt Porsche Design P6930 Chronograph Watch Review Porsche Design continues its own little traditions with features such as the two letter date and fonts that they like to use. This is more than just a nicely designed sports watch with a Valjoux 7750 - this is how Porsche Design makes a wild watch with a 7750 (but by no means is it their only watch with a 7750). Though charmingly Porsche Design does refer to the watch as "The Chronograph," which is a nod to "The Indicator." Porsche Design decorated the Valjoux 7750 inside of the watch quite nicely. Decor features include Cote de Geneve stripes, perlage, and blued steel screws that are quite dark they almost look black at times. Of course there is the awesome looking automatic rotor that looks like a wheel and has a fantastic level of detailing to it. The movement is also COSC Chronometer certified. Porsche Design P6930 11 Porsche Design P6930 Chronograph Watch Review No doubt the 6930 is a large watch. The case is 47mm wide, and looks as big as it is loud (over 17mm thick and water resistant to 50 meters). Though it is really comfortable and light as well. The case in PVD coated titanium. There are two versions of the case, one with less PVD and slight different colored dial with gray lume. The all black case is my pick. Porsche Design is clever about the use of different finished. When you apply a brushed or polished piece of metal with PVD, it looks different. As such, while the case is black, some areas of polished, while others are done in a more matte finish. This helps the overall complex look of the case construction look all that much better. Like I said, the watch is really quite light on the wrist - almost deceptively so. The case also uses PVD black titanium screws on the back and bezel. Note how short and stubby the lugs are. This helps the watch from overpowering smaller wrists and looking too large when wearing it. I love how it looks and feels when wearing it myself. Porsche Design P6930 8 Porsche Design P6930 Chronograph Watch Review Chronograph pushers are meant to look like pedals on Carrera GT car. That connection doesn't really interest me much, but they do look nice. Their shape visually integrates with the screw down crown and overall the case and dial together have a lovely cohesive look to them. Porsche Design matches the watch to a high-quality rubber strap that has a design you'll agree matches the case. Porsche Designs smooth modern minimalism is most apparent here in the look of the strap. Note the indented sides of the strap to match the sides of the watch case. Under the strap is a tire tread pattern. What I don't like is that the strap is one of those "cut to length" varieties. The watch does have a cool looking buckle, and when sized properly it does fit well, but overall I tend to always prefer straps that tuck rather than need to be cut to size. My time with the Porsche Design P'6930 Chronograph was very fulfilling. The watch is more than just a P'6910 with a less expensive movement. It does have differences and Porsche Design's attention to detail is great. Don't forget that it is actually Eterna that builds the watch for Porsche Design. Price is high at $10,800 - buy you get a lot of bragging rights and attention for your money. Porsche Design has a rather wealthy list of customers, so I don't think this stunning timepiece will have too hard a time finding a home after people put one on their wrist. 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Bertolucci Forza Chronograph Watch

On November 10, 2010, in FASHION, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: Luxist
Bertolucci timepieces almost always amuse and inspire me. Models like this make me want to wear them as well. This automatic mechanical chronograph model in the Forza collection is a cherry in the range, and features a Swiss Soprod 2025 automatic chronograph movement. It comes with a black or silver toned dial (with other color elements as well), and is actually among the cheaper pieces available in the Forza collection. The case is 45mm wide in steel with a PVD black coating and a unique case design that hints at something "just a bit different." This is the typical Bertolucci way of doing things. Note the "different" style of the chronograph pushers as well as the shape of the lugs. Models like this seem to imbue an organic quality into the style of traditional sport watches. On the dial I like the placement of the date window with the little red ring. It goes with the red on the chronograph subdials. On the black dialed version the subsidiary seconds dial is in silver tone, with that dial being in black on the other model. Dagger style hands are sharply angular and provide a major visual contrast from the organic curves of the case and rest of the dial. Price for this Bertolucci Forza Chronograph is $4,250 on a rubber strap. Look for it out now. Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com. Filed under:

Bertolucci Forza Chronograph Watch originally appeared on Luxist on Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Movado Bold Chronograph Watch

On October 27, 2010, in DWU, FASHION, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: Luxist
After firmly type-casting themselves as offering the museum dial watch and only the museum dial watch, Movado has been relatively successful lately in offering some different (and mostly) appealing designs to mix things up a bit. It is true that for years they have offered other deigns, but the museum dial watch is what seems to define them. So taking the "sun 12 o'clock" indicator and playing around with new designs, Movado has been able to successfully offer a range of "other" watches over the years. An example is this is the simply named Movado Bold Chronograph. It comes in black and white (possibly a few other colors) . It has the simplicity of the museum dial, with a modern look and more utility. Don't miss the actual hour markers! The case is 42.5mm wide and comes in a plastic case (OK, "polymer") that is cheaper than coated steel or ceramic. The movement is a Swiss ETA quartz chronograph, and it comes on a matching leather strap. Price for this quite attractive fashion forward watch is $495. Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com. Filed under:

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Chronoswiss Pacific Watch

On October 21, 2010, in FASHION, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Luxist
Coming in 2011 is this new, simply named "Pacific" watch from Chronoswiss. The Pacific will have a 43mm wide steel case and comes in three-hand and chronograph variants. The Chronograph especially will feature hints of green, a color that Chronoswiss likes to play with. While all Chronoswiss watches are retro in design - the Pacific aims at a new era for the brand. It has hints of the 60s and 70s, with hands and hour markers clearly inspired by classic Rolex timepieces. The cases on the other hands shadow Chronoswiss's other offerings more. The dials start as sterling silver and will come in silver or black colors. Do you like the green elements on the chronograph pusher stems? Should be interesting in person. Movements are a base Swiss ETA 2892 or Valjoux 7750 automatic. The pieces will come with black alligator straps, and should be an interesting change of pace for the German brand. Prices will start at $3,800. Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com. Filed under:

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