There is little to add on to Bob Dylan‘s statuesque pop-star status, but Swiss manufacturer ORIS has taken on the gargantuan task of paying tribute to the master songwriter with its Bob Dylan Limited Edition watch.
And we have to say, it doesn’t disappoint.
Powered by an automatic ORIS 733 movement and channeling Dylan‘s perennial classicism, this timepiece features a stylish stainless steel rectangular case and a plain black leather strap that transcends time and trends, much like the man himself. A swirly patterned dial harks back to the vibrant pop art scene that dominated the 1960s along with Dylan‘s then-rising musical star.
And for those who are seeking a more tangible portrayal of Dylan, the watch bears an image of him on the case back as well as his signature on the dial. Shielding the watch on both sides is a sapphire glass that wraps around it coupled with an inner and outer anti-reflective coating.
Limited to 3,000 pieces and presented in an exclusive box set with Dylan’s wind instrument of choice, a Hohner Marine Band harmonica, this timeless watch is the perfect tag-along for any fan worth his salt.
For the past few years, Zenith has charmed its way into many a lady’s heart. The Marque’s four flagship women’s collections – Star Sea, Star Love, Star Rock and Starissime.
Each collection dished out personality in spades: You could choose to be a beach bunny (Star Sea) one day and glam rock goddess (Star Rock) the next, indulge your inner princess (Star Love) or live the life of a high-society maven (Starissime).
This year, country club kittens get their share of the limelight: the Chrono Masters Moonphase Lady is just the thing to don on golfing green. Its sporty character is highlighted the chronograph functions, powered by an automatic chronograph movement with column-wheel mechanism.
Rounding off this dynamic athlete is a triple calendar, function and moon phase indicator. A glimpse through the transparent case back will reveal a powerful heart, the 357 part El Primero 410 movement with 22K gold rotor.
Keen observers will note that the watch derives from men’s ChronoMaster range, hence the similarity in appearance. The double godron case is smaller (37.5mm in diameter) but the dial maintains the same Roman numeral appliques and grain d’orge (barleycorn) guilloche that made the ChronoMaster so successful. The female of the species also bears a distinctive tiara of diamonds totaling 4.88 carats. In 18K rose or white gold with a white or brown crocodile strap.
Forty years after its birth as the world’s first square-cased water resistant sports watch, and deified a year later, thanks to Steve McQueen who famously strapped it on during the set of his 1970 movie smash, Le Mans, TAG Heuer‘s Monaco remains an icon for fans of sport watches, with the ability to turn perfectly coherent gentlemen into squealing school boys with each new roll-out.
This year, the brand has gone the whole nine yards to celebrate its 40th birthday. There is an ultra-robust concept watch, the Monaco Twenty Four (read about it in Lab Dance), an all-white beauty for the lasses (see Dame Game), and two limited editions – the Calibre 12 Chronograph and the Automatic Calibre 11 Chronograph which are the subjects of our affection in this review.
Departing from the traditional refined aesthetics of skeleton timepieces, Maurice Lacroix’s Masterpiece Squelette unveiled in 2007 bowled aficionados over with its contemporary and futuristic leanings. This year, an exquisite chronograph version housing the brand’s first in-house movement extends the collection’s repertoire.
A 45mm leviathan, it incorporates the in-house ML 106-7 calibre (developed from the ML 106 base chronograph movement) bearing the patented lever which guarantees precision by locking the zeroing function when the chronograph hands are in operation. The 60-minute chronograph counter, along with the small seconds counter is shaped like skeletal discs, resembling tyre rims.
Further into the labyrinthine structure, the hand-decorated bridges plated with black gold come into view. And against this chic mechanical web is the snailed architecture and black screws of the bottom plate, golden gears, and black balance wheel that blends inconspicuously into its surroundings.
As an indication of refinement, Maurice Lacroix combines a variety of finishes on the steel case: Polished sunray, circular- and vertical-brushed. The dials are coated with anti-reflective coating on both sides for a clearer view of the movement, and treated with a slate-grey metal coat to enhance the effect of the double counters. A black hand stitched crocodile strap rounds off the watch. Limited to 250 pieces.
Omega is ‘sharpening’ its claws this year. By this, we’re referring to the signature bezel “griffes” on the best-selling Constellation line, that’s undergone a glitzy facelift.
And echoing the immortal words of ex-brand ambassador and supermodel, Cindy Crawford, lasses the world over will be declaring ‘My Choice’ after setting eyes on the refreshed collection.
For starters, the “griffes” are softer and more refined. While it retains the inimitable constellation star at ’6′, its feminine appeal is enlivened by striking dials in silver, champagne, black, brown and white mother-of-pearl that boasts a wave pattern radiating from the star. Elsewhere, it’s re-designed ‘mono rang’ bracelet with linear links is sporty and elegant all at once.
The collection comes in many different flavors – five case sizes and different combination of case metals with diamond studded options. But we’re sure of particular interest would be the 31, 35 and 38mm variants, which brandish the Marque’s famed Co-Axial manufactured calibers.
Launched a decade ago in 1999, the Co-Axial’s escapement calling card is its configuration that helps reduce friction among key components while ensuring accuracy and longevity. Fitted in the 31mm size is the Calibre 2500 with 48-hour power reserve.
The larger 35 and 38mm counterparts are anchored by the 8520 and 8500 calibres with 50-hour power reserve respectively. All models available in 18K red or yellow gold, bi-color (stainless steel with either 18K red or yellow gold), or stainless steel, with matching bracelets.
Part of Chopard’s 2009 Red Carpet Collection, which consists of 62 new jewelery models launched as part of the watch brand’s celebration of a decade-long partnership with the Cannes Film Festival, the quartz timepiece packs a glitzy punch of star power with a steel case totally bedecked with an assortment of differently sized diamonds.
A diamond set case cover unhinges to reveal more diamonds within a minimally designed diamond pave dial face punctuated by a pair of spear hands to tell the time.
With bulging magnified sub-dials and prominent pushers, Graham‘s Swordfish was never one for shrinking violets. Its latest rendition of the standout timepiece, aptly named Lucy in the Sky, reaches new levels of audacity and opulence with its smattering of inlaid diamonds — 155 in all — to beguile the lasses.
The ‘bones’ of the iconic Swordfish are still apparent in its stainless steel case, rhodium-plated skeleton hands and stamped rubber strap, but the sporty aesthetic is luxuriously updated with 2.024 carats of diamonds prominently displayed on the case, bezel, lugs, crown, push-button ends and the dial. Not forgetting, the striking pair of silver rimmed ’12′ and ’6′ hour markers set with — you guessed it — more diamonds.
So far it comes in black or white dials with matching rubber straps.
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The first step for interested NJ residents is to understand why so many people are making the switch. There is no doubt that most of the people in New Jersey have noticed the solar panels on their neighbors’ homes. Many even have friends or family who have already switched over. Solar power is becoming very common these days, and the list of people waiting for their home installation is only going to keep growing larger. One of the main reasons why this is happening is due to the fact that New Jersey’s utility costs are significantly more than the majority of the rest of the nation.
American homeowners are often frustrated by their increasingly costly utility bills. Part of the problem is the nation’s excessive dependence on wasteful, environmentally damaging fossil fuels like natural gas, petroleum, and coal. These resources are non-renewable and will eventually be depleted. These precious resources take millions of years to form in the Earth and are being exhausted at an alarming rate. Fossil fuels are also responsible for 90 percent of toxic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The frugal, environmentally conscious homeowner would be wise to look into solar power for their residence.
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