A bit of watch porn for you now – the 4N is alive :-)
Harry Winston unveiled the amazing Opus 12 at the recent Baselworld event.
You can see it in action in the video below, but essentially each of the dial markers is able to rotate to indicate both the current hour and 5 minute marks. The exact minutes are shown in the centre dial. At 12 O’Clock the dial markers all do a little ‘twist’. Fantastic stuff.
Only 120 of these will be made, measuring 46mm in 18kt white gold
There are double AR-coated sapphire crystals and water resistance to 50 meters.
That’s all rather academic however, the real magic is in the movement. This is a manual-wind Harry Winston caliber Opus 12 which has 607 parts. It also features 80 jewels, 2 barrels, 24 hands(!) and a power reserve of 45 hours – quite amazing considering what it has to drive.
Also shown on the dial is a power reserve and seconds dial.
The watch will come wearing a hand-sewn black alligator leather with 18kt white gold folding buckle.
Price? Best not to ask!
Rolex have unveiled a number of ‘interesting’ new model variants at this year’s Baselworld. I’m using that word advisedly – check out the rainbow Daytona for example … :-)
Nevertheless, new models there are. Here’s the official video for the Sky-Dweller:
Not much in the way of actual detail, but if you enjoy extreme close-ups of Omega watches, this one’s for you!
Tag Heuer pulled back the curtain on an incredible new concept (something they’re rather good at at this time of the year!).
The Mikrogirder can measure down to a phenomenal 5/10,000th of a second. The movement beats at 1,000 Hz – 7,200,000 beats per hour.
If you hold it above your head and activate the chronograph function, the watch doubles as a helicopter.
Check out the video below.
Did I tell you I was a huge Hamilton fan?
Despite my Khaki Diver keeping terrible time (I really should get it adjusted!), I’m sure that given a bit more free cash I’d have a few more of their models in my meagre watch collection.
One model definitely on the list is the Khaki UTC, and amazingly – purely for my own pleasure – Hamilton have made me a special video.
Oh, alright then, it’s for everyone. I’ll share! :-)
You may have seen some previews of the Reno Air Races featured on the news and across the Interwebs recently.
If you haven’t, I’d encourage you to check it out: some scary, exhilarating, mad flying skills!
The event will be held between September 11th to the 14th 2011.
What’s that got to do with timepieces, you might well ask?
Breitling, as a major event sponsor, have released an iPad and iPhone game where, for those who’d rather keep both feet on terra-firma, one can virtually take part in the race.
It’s free, and available for download from the iTunes now. Follow this link to check it out.
As part of the series, there’s also an accompanying video, embedded below:
“I need your clothes, your boots, your motorcycle, half your fortune and your watch collection” – Maria Schriver.
Grab a piece of history and help the divorce fund by snapping up Arnold ‘The Inseminator’ Schwarzenegger’s unique Audemars Piguet Grande Complication at Antiquorum’s June 8th auction.
This signed piece is expected to fetch upwards of $300K.
Check out the video below:
I have to say, there’s a fair bit of hating going on over at some of the gadget forums around the price vs the functionality of this new piece from Mutewatch.
Priced at $259, it’s not outrageously expensive, but – barring the touchscreen – it’s certainly a long way off in functionality from HD3 Slyde territory (and so too is the price of course!).
Nevertheless, good to see this move from concept to production. Pre-orders should hopefully secure you one around July time.
Me? I’m waiting on that HD3.
Mind you, by the time I’ve saved up for one we’ll probably have touchscreens built into our own bodies!