Omega's 4 New Speedmaster "Dark Side of the Moon" Watches for 2015
A shade of “vintage” Super-LumiNova, not unlike that used on last year's Omega Seamaster 300, coats the three center-mounted hands, the hour indexes, and the two dots at 12 o'clock. The Sedna Black comes on a black leather strap with a ceramic folding ...
April 5, 2015
For Vintage-Watch Lovers: Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph
It also allows for a modern redesign of the Speedmaster's old tricompax dial design: there are now two subdials rather than three, with hours and minutes at 3 o'clock and small seconds at 9 o'clock. The date window occupies a window at 6 o'clock, while ...
September 18, 2013
Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia
Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Two plain-faced beauties, the Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel ...
December 2, 2012
Peter Kuitenbrouwer: Time is winding down for Toronto watch repair shop
This year the brothers gave Shelley Kholsmith, Fidea's saleswoman, a white ceramic Bulova with diamonds inside and out, to mark her 20th anniversary here. “Isn't that sweet? There is a lot to unload, from vintage Omega stopwatches to Henschel ...
November 19, 2011
They all have a bicompax chronograph layout: the chronograph hours and minutes are in the 3-o’clock subdial, running seconds are at 9 o’clock and a date window is at 6. They all bear a tachymeter scale around the bezel. The first of the new watches has an extra-demonstrative name: the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon “Black Black. ” So nice they had to say it twice, the Black Black has a polished and brushed ceramic case and a matte black ceramic dial. The chronograph subdial hands as well as the indexes have black Super-LumiNova on them. On the bezel, the scale for the tachymeter is in black lacquer. The Black Black comes on a coated nylon fabric strap with a black ceramic clasp. ” Its case is in polished black ceramic, while the ceramic bezel has been brushed for a different finish. It has matte black subdials with varnished hands. It has a black leather strap with ecru stitching and a ceramic folding clasp. Price: $12,000. Omega used its special proprietary alloy for the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon “Sedna Black. ” The brushed black ceramic case is complemented by a.
The movement is Omega’s co-axial Calibers 9300 (in the steel, titanium and two-tone steel/gold versions) and 9301 (in the 18k gold versions), which has a column-wheel chronograph incorporating both the 12-hour and 60-minute counter hands onto a... This arrangement means that the chronograph hours and minutes can be read together intuitively, much like the hours and minutes on the main dial. It also allows for a modern redesign of the Speedmaster’s old tricompax dial design: there are now two subdials rather than three, with hours and minutes at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The date window occupies a window at 6 o’clock, while a center-mounted hand tallies chronograph seconds. Another hallmark of the movement’s design is that the two chronograph pushers function independently of each other, so there is not risk of inadvertently operating the chronograph mechanism. The two movements, both of which boast Omega’s hallmark co-axial escapement , differ only in their level of decoration: Caliber 9301, which powers the gold models of the Speedmaster ’57, has a “luxury finish” that.
A complication is a pretty thing, but it certainly doesn’t improve the legibility of a watch’s time display. And since the time of day is the most frequently sought information on a watch’s dial, it makes perfect sense to concentrate on the bare essentials: hours, minutes and perhaps also a subdial for the seconds hand to show that the watch is still... The beauty of A. Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia and Patek Philippe’s Calatrava Reference 5196 resides in their simplicity. Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded the original A. Lange & Söhne in the small town of Glashütte in the Kingdom of Saxony (in what is now eastern Germany) in 1845. Lange developed the three-quarters plate and built pocket watches famous for their high... The company was disbanded in 1945, and only in 1990 was the A. Lange & Söhne name resurrected by a new company founded, like the first, in Glashütte. This manufacture has created numerous spectacular timepieces in the course of its illustrious history, including the world’s most complicated pocket watches, which were built on commission from the banker Henry Graves. Patek Philippe was also among the first brands to produce wristwatches. The Calibre 89 pocket watch, which debuted in 1989, has 33 functions and remains the world’s most complicated portable timepiece (roughly the size of a grapefruit, it’s so large that the term “watch” seems like a misnomer).