Friday, January 16, 2015

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Review

Royal Oak Offshore by Audemars Piguet in titanium. Automatic w/ chronograph & date.

Basel, April 1972: at the annual Swiss Watch Show (later renamed BaselWorld), Audemars Piguet  introduced a luxury steel watch with integrated bracelet characterized by a daring and revolutionary design.  After the initial disconcert of the market, the watch - the Royal Oak - become a huge international success and one of the most iconic watches ever.

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 sub-dials 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.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 18k rose gold -
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 25854st/0/1150st/01 -
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Ref AP26400SOOOA002CA01 -

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso Sun Moon

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.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Corum Golden Bridge Review