3rd Annual Madison Avenue Watch Week

Baselworld and SIHH are two of world’s greatest horological shows. Watchmakers from all over the world participate in both of these events, making them a watch enthusiasts dream. Both take place in Switzerland, however, making it a bit difficult for many to enjoy the stunning pieces and events at these horological shows.

 

But not all horological shows require a plane ticket to Switzerland. This past week, from April 8th to April 13th, the third annual Madison Avenue Watch Week took place in New York City. Featuring a myriad of exhibitions and product previews from luxury watch designers, Madison Avenue Watch Week was a huge hit.

 

Boutiques between 57th and 86th streets opened their doors to participate in the event. Madison Avenue Watch Week featured a broad range of price points and styles; from vintage timepieces to luxury pieces.

 

This years events included a Girard-Perregaux watchmaking demonstration, a Breguet watch viewing, a private viewing of Hublot’s 2013 collection, and an F.P. Journe sneak preview.

 

Participants this year included Antiquorum, Asprey, Blancpain, Breguet, Biccellati, Chopard, David Yurman, De Grisogono, F.P. Journe, Fabergé, George Jensen, Girard-Perregaux, Graff Diamonds, Hublot, Montblanc, Porsche Design, and Vacheron Constantin.

 

To learn more about Madison Avenue Watch Week, visit www.madisonavenuewatchweek.com.

2013 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph Review

The countdown chronograph is the first of the ceramic 500m Chronograph models. The Countdown function, or otherwise known us the “Regatta” function, has been seen previously in other TAG Heuer watches, but shows a slight variation with this watch. Unlike previous chronographs, this watch introduces the “5-segment” display window seen in previous models of the brand. The design is similar to the 1982 original Aquaracer watch, which is when Jack Heuer launched the Heuer 2000 series. The first watch by Heuer sold that featured the “Regatta” function was the Aquastar Regate, which was first made available in the 1960s. In the 1970s, Heuer released Autavia-based Heuer Regatta. The “Regatta” or Countdown function is designed with the idea of yacht racing in mind. It splits time across 5 windows that each show 1 minute.

The Aquaracer 500m has case similar to the Aquaracer 300m series, except for a thicker case back and bezel. The bezel features over-sized numerals which are there more fore function than aesthetics. The case measures 43 millimeters in diameter. Many of the components of the Aquaracer have been made to ensure water resistance to a greater depth. This case is water resistant to 500 metes or 1660 feet. This round case is made of stainless steel and has brushed and polished finish. Inside this case is Swiss made movement that powers the watch. It is a self winding, automatic caliber. Other features of this watch include a ceramic bezel and a helium-escape valve.

The black dial of this Aquaracer 500m Calibre 72 countdown chronograph is quite attractive. The horizontal streaks on the dial nicely contrast the circular pattern of the two counters. The two counters are located opposite each other on the three and nine o’clock positions. The date window is located below the 12 o’clock position with the TAG Heuer logo located above the six o’clock position. Flashes of blue can also be seen in this dial creating another visual contrast when looking at the watch face.

Technical Specifics Aquaracer 500m Calibre 72:

Case: Round shape
Stainless steel case with brushed and polished finish
Diameter of 43 millimeters
Water resistance of up to 500 meters / 1660 feet / 50 atm

Movement: Self winding / Automatic
Swiss product
Functions include – hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph

Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Stainless steel clasp / deployment buckle
Also available in Isofrane-inspired rubber strap

New Watch: Glycine Airman Base 22 “Mystery” Watch

Glycine is one of the pioneers of aviation watches and those that frequently travel. Glycine introduced and started producing the Airman in 1953, which is the watch introduced multiple time-zone watches to the world. It was developed in flight between Bangkok and Calcutta. The Glycine Airman Base 22 Mystery watch is unique and beautiful watch. It combines the colors grey and black with hints of color in a very subtle way to create a watch with great design and look. Glycine has since continued to make aviation watches that are highly regarded and sought after.
Glycine Airman Base 22 "Mystery" Watch
The watch comes in a 42 millimeters black PVD case. Inside this case is a rhodanised ETA 2893 movement that powers this watch. The front of this case is covered with sapphire crystal while the exhibition case back is made of mineral crysal. It is water resistant to 20 atm. The “Purist” version of this watch displays two time zones while the “GMT” version displays three time zones with a red hand. The all steel bezel is also PVD treated and has triangular markers and numerals with grey etched surfaces.

The 24-hr dial of this watch is a dark matte charcoal grey with steel blue numerals, with the 24 and 12 hour markers being slightly different in that they are light grey. Additionally, there are rectangular and circular grey markers around the dial that have applied lume. The hour, minute, and second hands are glossy black with grey lume. The GMT hand is in bold red and stands out very prominently against the darker background. All the colors complement each other well. This watch is currently priced at $2350.

Technical Specifics of the Airman Base 22 “Mystery”

Movement: Caliber – ETA 2893-2 automatically; Functions include hours, minutes and seconds, 24 hours hand, date display window; 21 jewels, Power reserve of up to 42 hours, 28,800 vibrations per hour, rhodium coated oscillating weight on ball bearing, Cotes de Geneve

Case: Stainless steel black PVD finish; 42 millimeters diameter x 10.9 millimeters height; See-through back with mineral crystal (smoked glass for black PVD version); Sapphire crystal glass in the front; Screw-down crown; Water resistance up to 20 atm.

Dial: Black with SL; Hands black with black SL and red GMT hands; GMT version has 4 hands and three timezones and Purist version has 3 hands and two timezones

Strap: Black, high-tech fabric material; buckle belt; 22 millimeters horns / 22 millimeters buckle

Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon Review

Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon summons its name and inspirational spirit from one of the legendary “Bentley Boys” Woolf Barnato, donned “The Most Interesting Man in the World”.

Barnato (one of the famous “Bentley Boys”) celebrated five victories in the LeMan 24 Hour Race between 1924 and 1930. Encapsulating that winning spirit is the Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon chronograph watch. Breitling has produced 1,000 pieces of the limited edition Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon for sale worldwide.

Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon sports black steel with a 42 mm diameter case. It revs its sporty engine with a dial that is reminiscent of a race car’s instrument panel. Three chronograph sub-dials are adorned with chromed steel rimmed counters enhanced by circular red accents; a tachometric scale along the inner bezel, the Bentley radiator grill inspired textured bezel.

Bentley has made the Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon easy to read adding large hour indices, oversized hour and minute hands customized with luminescent coating along with a vibrant red sweep second hand. This inspirational timepiece is engineered with Calibre Breitling 41B which is powered by a selfwinding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the prestigious COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).

Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon Technical and Functional Aspects include:

  • Black steel 42mm in diameter case
  • Dial is showcased in cool Black Ice
  • Dual-side glareproofed cambered sapphire crystal
  • Screw locked crown
  • Three Chronos: 12 hour, 30 minutes and 1/4th second chronograph
  • Calendar date window between 4 and 5 o’clock position
  • Movement is Breitling Calibre 41B which is selfwinding and is officially chronometer-certified by the COSC
  • It has a high frequency of 28,800 vibration per hour and 38 jewels
  • Watch strap is black sturdy rubber
  • 1000 piece limited edition

Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon sophisticated charisma invokes the winning spirit of the LeMans 24 Hours Race and the driving tenacity of the “Bentley Boys” with its exceptional styling and meticulous performance. Its strong masculine contours and powerful Midnight color captures Barnato’s interesting life declaration.

Bentley Barnato 42 Midnight Carbon is a limited edition watch of 1000 pieces. If you want to collect this timepiece you’ll definitely have to rev up your wallet’s engine to capture this spirited Barnato timepiece.

Swatch New Chrono Plastic Watches a Bright Splash for Summer

You can’t get much more modern than Swatch New Chrono Plastic Watches. With more colors available than a grade schooler’s crayon box and a mod look that is perfectly on-trend, the Chrono Plastic watches are the perfect combination of playful joy and functionality.
Not for the faint of heart (or in some cases, eyesight), these bright watches are a splash of color in the often drab world of watches. Ranging from a screaming hot pink to fire engine red to a blinding white, these watches can be loud or staid.

Whether you’re looking for a bright new accessory or neutral tool, the variety of colors and indices allow the timepieces to be a funky blend of colors such as dark blue and green or as demure as a white on white timepiece. You’ll find color combinations in the Swatch collection that you won’t find in any other watch of its quality, but all the color combos retain a youthful energy.
Though the colors can be primary, their functions are anything but. With date and chronometric functions as well as an optional tachymeter, this watch is as functional as it is fun. All the indices are luminous, making the watch visible under a variety of circumstances.
Fashioned from a blend of plastic and silicone, these watches are more resilient than you might guess. Even better, with a 42 mm cases and unique blend of materials make these watches are incredible light and comfortable.

The great thing about the new Chrono Plastic Swatch watches is that there is such a variety, not only in the color, but in the possibility of function. Whether you want something fun and bright for summer, a more standard colored tool, or just a timepiece that you don’t have to worry about surviving fun activities, Swatch delivers.
The Swatch New Chrono Plastic watches are a fun addition to any summer wardrobe and—better yet—are a great tool for any summer activities. The bright pink and orange versions may make the watches look like the goofy kid sibling to Swiss watches, but Swatch timepieces are anything but a joke when it comes to quality.
These watches are a perfect summer fling if you’re looking for something that keeps time with the hours and the trends. Bright, eye-catching, and water resistant up to 30 m/100 ft while still remaining comfortable, these timepieces take all the best qualities of Swiss watches without the price tag.