In this roundup, Ariel explains the ramifications of the recently signed Switzerland-China free trade agreement, while we find out what was Jean-Claude Biver’s first “Grail Watch”. Harry Winston’s Opus 3 is finally ready for delivery (after nearly a decade), and we learn about the differences between “precision” and accuracy.”
1. Switzerland – China Free-Trade Agreement Will Greatly Disrupt Swiss Watch Sales Globally
Switzerland and China recently signed a bilateral free-trade agreement. It goes without saying that this move was partly motivated by the interests of the Swiss watch industry. Swiss watches make up roughly 32% of the total $26 billion trade value between Switzerland and China. While such a move is seen as potentially beneficial to Switzerland, our Editor-in-Chief Ariel believes that it will also have disruptive effects on global Swiss watch sales. Find out what he thinks in the link below.
2. My First Grail Watch: Jean-Claude Biver
It is a fair assumption to say that nearly anyone who is interested in watches has some form of a “Grail Watch”. A Grail Watch can mean many things to different people, but personally, I like to think of it as the ultimate watch that will be the jewel of my collection. It won’t satiate my desire to collect more watches, but it will be my most prized piece. In the first part of this new series of articles, we ask Jean-Claude Biver of Hublot what was his first Grail Watch. Curious? I bet you are.
Taking a look at the dial of this Graham Geo.Graham Orrery Tourbillon, it’s easy to get confused as to what it is you’re seeing, although in fact the concept is quite straightforward. First are the off-centered hands for the hours and the moments which are why the item is well worth toting around on your wrist. Then, there’s the tourbillon beneath the engraved cage that lends “haute horology” cred to the piece. From that point, you have the more intriguing astronomical acts that want to monitor the relative movements of the Earth, Moon, and Mars around one another, in addition to sunlight. Heaven forbid you let the 72-hour power book wind down and have to reset this functionality yourself.One additional purpose is a 100-year indicator on the back of the watch on the movement. Around the periphery of the movement is a year scale to monitor the present year. Graham comprises two extra discs with the watch that can be set up by means of a watchmaker for two additional hundred year intervals. Sometimes I truly wish I had a time machine if only to see what’s going on with those watches 290 years to the future.
3. Top All-American Watchmakers
The Swiss are not only ones with a great history in horology, America was also once home to some of the finest watch brands and watchmakers in the world. Unfortunately, the American watch industry is not as it was years ago. Few brands are truly American these days – Hamilton and Ball Watches are now owned by foreign companies and have their operations in Switzerland. However, a handful of true American watchmakers still remain and as part of our 4th of July special, we take a look at some of them.
4. Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne Watch Hands-On
Some watches are instantly recognizable thanks to their distinctive crown guards. Panerai, Graham and Ball Watches instantly come to mind. This year, Ball is refreshing their Engineer Hydrocarbon lineup with a new model called the Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne. This watch instantly reminds me of the older Ceramic XV, but with a highly-textured sunburst dial and an additional day window. Inside, the ETA 2836 is modified with Ball’s new SpringLock shock protection system.
5. Graham watches silverstone gmt Replica Tourbillon Orrery Watch With Christophe Claret Movement Hands-On
Man’s fascination with space dates back centuries and in the past, an orrery was a mechanical device that showed the positions of planets and moons in the solar system. The Graham’s world watch online Replica Tourbillon Orrey Watch does exactly that, hence the clumsy-sounding name. Graham is perhaps more famous for its loud sports watches with oversized crown guards, so it came as a surprise to me that they produce such exquisite and complicated pieces too.
6. The Evolution Of Wristwatch Sizes
Watches used to be small, like really small. In the early days of the wristwatch, men’s watches were just around 32mm in diameter. Can you believe that? Today, most men’s watches begin at 40mm and more and more watchmakers are offering watches that are 45mm and above. Interesting then, how watches have grown, but is this a trend or is it a natural evolutionary process that is here to stay? Your guess is as good as mine.
Lately, Loth also believes, unlike so many now chasing the tech watch innovations, that it’s once more the human element – humanity’s metaphysical appreciation of art – that will make the watch business endure the test of time. While Graham might seem to be the perfect match for the next high-tech “smart watch” with military functions, Loth rather thinks that the value in mobile watches and technology are not always linked and that the true significance of “wrist technology” has not yet been uncovered. In an interesting sci-fi turn, he reveals to us that he believes chip-implant cellular technology will probably be discovered and publicly accessible within the next 10 years. Anyone know any good chip improvement stocks?Eric Loth tells me that the Graham watch customer is one who has grown out of the initial consumer point of “wanting to have a watch to help them fit in with everyone else.” The Graham customers are in a point of succeeding in their personal and professional lives where they find the liberty to think for themselves and don’t necessarily want to blend in with their peers. He informs me that the Graham client is a customer who now appreciates being different and expressing themselves personally as such by using their watches.
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In the facts, the consequent watch is like a personal reflection of Loth himself – every facet precisely measured and only decided upon after a great deal of consideration. To give you an example, for only the carbon components, critical to the design’s weight specifications, Graham had to source from five completely different providers in extremely different industries to acquire the exact custom pieces created. Including watch buckle manufacturers, clearly, but also programmers of medical grade carbon, plane brake makers, auto makers, and even hockey stick manufacturers — in case you were wondering, the signature Chronofighter cause for this piece has to be developed at a multi-layer way, the exact same manner that a hockey stick is made, to be super light and springy.Secondly — cool variable — did you know that the US army recently altered the pattern of their camouflage to adjust to the electronic era? Neither did I, but based on Mr. Loth’s explanation, the US military has developed a new camouflage pattern which accounts for its pixelated images in enemy satellite monitoring of our troops, helping our folks hide much better. Additionally, unique, almost mathematical, camouflage patterns are designated to certain missions so that tactical teams can quickly recognize if an enemy has got a uniform and is trying to infiltrate a current on-the-ground mission. Graham’s brand new Navy SEAL Chronofighter is the first commercial product on the market to apply this new digital camo pattern.