Matt Mullenweg’s Bell & Ross Radar Watch

On August 23, 2012, in DWU, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
Matt Mullenweg Bell Ross Matt Mullenwegs Bell & Ross Radar Watch This one's for you Matt... aBlogtoRead.com readers know that I don't spend a lot of blog space explaining which watch actors and athletes are currently paid to endorse. I will however discuss watches on the wrists of people I respect and that have good enough taste to choose something nice. WordPress and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg is also a watch lover. Like many San Francisco and Silicon Valley horophiles, Matt is a bit more private about his fascination with watches. He told me once that it started with a Panerai he saw in a store window. Nevertheless, these important captains of industry and genius engineers are one of the largest and most important watch loving demographics in the US. These guys buy watches because they appreciate the mechanics and craftsmanship, not because they saw them in a fashion magazine.

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Romain Jerome PAC-MAN Watches

On August 23, 2012, in DWU, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
Romain Jerome Pac Man watch 1 Romain Jerome PAC MAN Watches Romain Jerome's relationship with classic video games continues with their newest watch in honor of PAC-MAN. Namco's (today Namco Bandai) PAC-MAN arcade game is probably one of the most recognizable video games in history and originally came out in 1980. Following the success of the Space Invaders watch (hands-on here), Romain Jerome will soon release this high-end limited edition timepiece for those who remember their joystick youth.

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Jorg Gray JG3700 Watches

On October 15, 2011, in LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
JG3700 31 3Q Jorg Gray JG3700 Watches One of Jorg Gray’s new for 2011 models is the JG3700 collection that comes in both three-hand and chronograph models. For an interesting watch under $1,000 Jorg Gray offers a lot of good choices. Visually interesting though still classic in their proportions the JG3700 watch collection is an interesting range.

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Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo Watch Review – from ABlogtoRead

On October 10, 2011, in LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo 1 Ulysse Nardin Freak Diavolo Watch Review

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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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Sea-God Dive Watches

On September 18, 2011, in LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
  Ariel Adams from ablogtroread.com, reviews a new Italian brand of diver watches... sea god watch 6 Sea God Dive Watches As I discussed on the HourTime Show watch podcast, the term "Sea God" for a dive watch brand sits somewhere between clever and obnoxious. The new Italian brand is an enthusiastic yet unabashed jab are Rolex. From the sharp visual resemblance with Rolex's dive watches to the almost satirical text on the dial of "Superlative Design" - this fashion function line of diver still seems to satisfy.

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GRAHAM+Chronofighter+Oversize+Diver+Turbo+Tech GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Diver Watch   Turbo Tech & Deep Black Because the name of this watch sort of brought it up, I am going to go ahead and once again rally for people to cease over-use of the term "oversize." This term has a very limited use, and refers to things that are actually too big to work. If something is large, but still works, it is by definition not "oversized." Now that I think about it, I think I discussed this complaint starting here. Anyhow, can you hear me watch brands (and anyone else), stop using this term. Not for me, but for the simple respect you should for "words." GRAHAM+Chronofighter+Oversize 1 GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Diver Watch   Turbo Tech & Deep Black Anyhow, this is one of Graham's latest refreshes of the Chronofighter Oversize ('grrrrr...') Diver watch. A popular piece in their line up for a while, this new version gets some new colors and a new new subsidiary seconds hand. There are two versions, an all black  "Deep Black" model, and the other one in polished and PVD black steel with orange called the "Turbo Tech." That's right, names fit for a porn (you may or may not want to watch) and a hip new auto mechanic franchise. But here as luxury dive watches! Oversized! At 47mm wide the watches are large, but no so big as to slide comically off your wrist. The feature Graham's cool but questionably useful trigger style chronograph pushers, and a rotating dive bezel. The subsidiary seconds dial is fan shaped. These style of dials ALWAYS look cool in action. At 1000 feet (about 330 meters) of water resistance the watch is at least a serious diver. It also has an automatic helium release valve. The style of the watch is cool. Sorta gimmicky, but sort rich-boy fun. I can get down with it, but I think non-watch people would look at a watch like this oddly. GRAHAM+Chronofighter+Oversize+Deep+Black+02 GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize Diver Watch   Turbo Tech & Deep Black Darkness viewing should be rather good. With hour markers and hands that size, being covered in SuperLumiNova should be impressive. I really do love a well lumed dial. Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic movement that Graham calls their Calibre G1734. Probably a base ETA. Prices are between 9,300 - 10,500 Swiss Francs. My favorite part of the press release on the watch is the following statement: "By the way, if you are not a professional diver and you use your watch in water no deeper than your bath tub, that’s also fine."
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Romain Jerome Space Invaders Watches

On June 23, 2011, in DWU, LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
RJ.M.AU .IN .006.02 700 Romain Jerome Space Invaders Watches The best part of these timepieces is easily the box. I wasn't allowed to take pictures, but Romain Jerome showed me a sneak preview of the Space Invaders watches back in March. The idea is to recall some of the fun and playfulness, as well as the novelty of the late 1970s video game.

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Urwerk UR-202S Watch Steel Bracelet

On May 31, 2011, in LUXURY, STYLE, Syndicated, WATCHES, by SOURCE: aBlogtoRead.com
Urwerk UR 202S 5 Urwerk UR 202S Watch Steel Bracelet Hands On The Urwerk UR-202S, aka the Hammerhead, also bears the name "Full Metal Jacket." The Stanley Kubrick movie reference points to the fact that this Urwerk watch is the first this brand has offered with a metal bracelet. According to Urwerk, bracelets have been part of their plans for a while but for various reasons was never fully realized until now. Components are limited by manufacturing realities which can hinder designs concepts tremendously. Having said that, the UR-202S watch that comes on a bracelet is limited to only 50 pieces.

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