In addition to the new Rolex Explorer 2 watch model for 2011, Rolex offers a new range of Daytona watches for men this year at the Baselworld show. 2011 is …
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The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs considered enormous when the Offshore, the more “masculine” successor to the original, smaller Royal Oak watch, was launched in 1993 — but adds some modern aesthetic touches for today’s luxury-sport-watch aficionado.
The case’s crown, chronograph push-pieces, and push-piece guards have been slightly redesigned and resized; the rubber used for the crown and push-pieces of the earlier “26170” Royal Oak Offshore watches has been replaced in the new “26470” models with black ceramic. The dial’s Arabic numeral hour markers have a more sculpted look, with polished fillet borders; the subdials and round date window are also surrounded by polished borders. The new hands are faceted and have a luminescent coating. The colors of the date disks matches those of the dials for greater uniformity.
Of course, the Royal Oak Offshore DNA is still clearly evident: the hexagonal bezel (in satin-brushed and polished steel or rose gold) secured by eight polished steel hexagonal screws; the waffle-like “Mega Tapisserie” pattern on the dial that helps enhance its depth; and the applied Audemars Piguet “AP” initials in white or rose gold directly above a white transfer brand logo on a raised cartouche.
With an 8-day power reserve and a vertical, rectangular dial case, a Reverso Sun Moon from Jaeger LeCoultre watches is worth the respect it receives from the luxury watch community. Classic appearance and engineering are coupled with modern features and conveniences, and the phases of the moon present on the dial are what give this series its sense of distinction. Fine metals such as pink gold and sterling silver make up the materials used for the cases, with leather straps and large Arabic numeral inlays completing the fine presentation.
These watches are manual wind, in the classic style of fine watchmaking, but with a generous power reserve provided by the double movement, which is clearly visible through the sapphire crystal on the back. Each watch in the series is pleasant in the hand due to its relative lightweight, yet large enough to be clearly seen when worn on the wrist. Fashionable in any situation, Jaeger LeCoultre watches are a worthwhile addition to any collection, either as an occasional fashion accessory, a piece of jewelry collected for value and aesthetic purposes, or as an everyday watch.
The hour and minute hands, the phases of the moon, and the date are all conveniently located on the dial in a way that is tasteful, giving a good appearance and letting these features clearly be seen in all conditions. Luxury timepieces of this sort deserve a special place in your collection. They will last a long time due to the quality of the fine metals and the quality of the craftsmanship. Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Sun Moon watches are a special collection worthy of your perusal.
The Yacht-Master was not the first of Rolex’s watches to be designed with sea adventurers in mind. However, rather than focusing on the usability of the watch as a tool, as they did with the Submariner, Rolex seems to have set out to create a tool for boating, while focusing on the luxury and aesthetic look of the watch.
When the Yacht-Master was first introduced in 1992, it seemed to capitalize on the success of Rolex’s first nautical inspired watch, the Submariner. The original Yacht-Master may have been a redesign of the Submariner, though it looks like early Rolex Daytona models. There were many changes, including the size, which was slightly bigger than the Dayton’s 36mm, at 39.5mm. Other changes included an etched bezel insert that was permanently soldered to the bezel, larger hands and maxi-markers, and smooth, rounded edges.
Corum Golden Bridge in 18K Yellow Gold
Truly an ethereal conception the Corum Golden Bridge featuring four sapphire crystals framed above, below and on the sides by four slender gold ribs, almost like crystal windows opening onto the expanse of time. The sapphire crystal case-back on the Corum Golden Bridge is secured by four golden screws to ensure that the watch is perfectly water-resistant to a depth of three atmospheres. The production of the Corum Golden Bridge employs the most recent of technological discoveries. The winding and time-setting crown at 6 o’clock, engraved with the CORUM key, runs in a straight line down from the movement and activates a “slipping spring” winding system to avoid forcing the delicate mechanism. Fully wound, the movement in the Corum Golden Bridge has a powerreserve of 40 hours.
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