A celebration of BVLGARI’s 125th birthday, the Sotirio BVLGARI series gets to showcase some of the awesome horological tricks that they picked up along the way. Remarkably, they only started their journey watchmaking in 1980. Among the first things which make this watch stand out is its unique grooved & flared dial layout with lines emanating radially outward in the 6 o’clock position. This gives the impression that it was motivated by a picturesque sunrise. This dial pattern brings your eyes downwards as you follow the beam to its source; the retrograde date complication that sits just above the 6 o’clock position.
This disadvantage shows the date otherwise than most watches with date windows that use a round disc in the motion. The retrograde date complication utilizes an arch with the typical numerals 1 through 31 for each day of this month. The small skeletonized hand travels from 1 side of the arch to the other. Next, after the end of every month, then the hand bounces straight back into the day number 1 place. The opinion has applied polished hour markers which are multi-faceted for its hours 1 through 11 and utilizes a daring Roman numeral’XII’ for its 12 o’clock position. A finely printed second/minute track could be seen between these hour mark and sit beneath a ribbed texture chapter ring across the flange that’s in the outer edge of the dial. For the interest of staying focused let us discuss the Sotirio Bulgari watches Retrograde Date that is well worth reviewing on its own despite all their other achievements. The retrograde date gives it the impression of a speedometer and with its highly polished case with brushed side end, it seems like an ideal watch for a classy person with a small wild side.
The lugs (the horned part of the case that is connected to the strap displayed in the preceding picture ) possess a unique design. These lugs aren’t actually a part of the situation itself fit into grooves that are made into the situation. The part of the lugs that attach into the watch ring with visible screws dips slightly below the case back which protects the transparent sapphire crystal making it slightly elevated when you lay the watch down face up on a flat surface such as a table. The video below also offers some different versions in the Sotirio Bulgari series too. It gives you an inside look at what makes this watch move in addition to how the dial is so intricately constructed. This view is powered by the Swiss made BVLGARI Caliber B89 automatic movement dependent on the self-winding ébauche known as the ETA 2892-A2. It is beautifully finished in house and is fitted using an in-house retrograde module; engineered and designed by Bulgari. I hope this is only the first of several such horological complications that BVLGARI intends to make moving ahead. It defeats 28,800 VpH, contains 21 stones and contains a approximate power reserve of 42 hours on a single full wind. Even the box and packaging appears exquisite.
No Time to Die is the next James Bond film due to hit cinemas in April 2020. The 25th instalment of this hugely popular James Bond saga, actor Daniel Craig limbers up for action in his fifth performance as 007. Although there was speculation which Spectre would be Craig’s final Bond role, he is back to save the world taking orders from M (Ralph Fiennes), the head of MI6. With only six months before the official release date, Omega capitalises on Bondmania to present a limited-edition of 7,007 Seamaster Diver 300M models for diehard fans of the planet’s best-loved secret agent. Ostensibly aimed as observing the 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the 1969 Bond movie starring Geoge Lazenby as James Bond, the opinion is customised to the gills with Bond paraphernalia. The fascination with all that Bond rolls hasn’t abated and committed sites allow you to know where to buy his matches, his swimming trunks, his Aston Martins as well as what concerns us, his Chronometer watches. Even though Sean Connery’s Bond began life sporting a Rolex Submariner, Omega’s lineup of Seamasters have been time Bond’s escapades since 1995 using the movie Goldeneye. As befits a spy who’s all brawn and brains, a rugged opinion is a basic bit of kit. Given its resilience, water-resistance and rugged good looks, Omega’s Seamaster has become the watch of choice for most post-1995 Bonds. In fact, just recently, the Seamaster enjoyed another stellar moment when a specially developed ultra-deep Seamaster accompanied the crew of this Five Deeps Expedition to the deepest aspect of the five seas (10,928m at the Mariana Trench) placing all kinds of depth records and more importantly, surfacing unscathed and in perfect functioning order.
Capable of fathoming depths of 300 metres, the 42mm brushed stainless steel case of this Seamaster Diver 300M is fitted with a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock and includes a black ceramic bezel with a white enamel diving scale to time immersions. Despite its impressive underwater credentials, the case back is not sealed and the sapphire crystal offers a view of the powerful Omega watches Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 beating beneath. This is all pretty standard fare using an Seamaster Diver 300M, but what distinguishes this as a distinctive Bond watch is that the yellow gold plaque placed just beneath the helium valve onto the face of the case, engraved with the limited-edition number of the watch from a total of 7,007. The swirling pattern portrayed on the black PVD and black porcelain dial isalso, as any Bond fan will understand, a laser-engraved representation of the iconic gun barrel arrangement that has appeared at the beginning of every James Bond movie since Dr No in 1962. For complete fanatics, the 9mm diameter of the bullet is faithfully replicated in the centre of the dial. Another nod to James Bond is located on the 12 o’clock hour mark. This is not the first time the Bond family crest pops up on the dial of a Seamaster: in 2015 the coat of arms was emblazoned across the whole dial of the Aqua Terra 150M. The prominent 18k yellow gold hour markers are filled with Super-LumiNova that glows with a long-lasting blue lume from the dark. The only way to spot another Bond secret touch, which is hidden on the 10 o’clock hour marker, is in the dark if the grim lume reveals the amount’50’ in its centre. The central hour and minute hands are crafted from 18k yellow gold, full of lume and skeletonised however, the minutes hand glows green to coordinate with the scatter on the unidirectional diving scale which indicates immersion times. However, there is more… Every single day of the month, the number seven seems in the date window with exactly the identical ribbon as the 007 logo! A high-performance engine Under the sapphire crystal caseback, that bears a metallised black and gold engraving of the Bond coat of arms, ticks the automatic Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 using Co-Axial escapement plus a solid 55-hour power reserve. Along with being water-resistant to 300m, the watch can address a serious amount of magnetism, up to 15,000 gauss. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a limited edition of 7,007 watches and comes with a black rubber strap. The watch is presented in a dark box with gun barrel patterns using an additional stainless steel bracelet and instrument to switch the strap. At time of publishing, the watch retails for #5,220.
Aviation is the natural habitat of Breitling watches and, through the years, the brand has supplied cockpit instruments and innovative mechanical watches for the military and civilian markets. Just say the word Breitling and the picture that springs to mind – well at least in my mind – is John Travolta sitting on a tarmac somewhere with his private jet in the background, or in a newer reincarnation with an X-15 rocket airplane. Many will recall Raquel Welch from the 1967 film Fathom as the alluring American skydiver, more frequently than not wearing a lime green bikini. But and this is where we girls come in the picture, during one of her daredevil jumps she is pictured wearing a Co-Pilot Chronograph from Breitling watches, revealing the world that actions girls want appropriate action watches, and seem pretty good in them also. Breitling not only produces timepieces designed to resist the most stressful conditions at death-defying altitudes or for investigating the ocean’s floor, each and every model is accredited as a Swiss COSC-chronometer. For girls with a head for altitude and speed, the Breitling Colt watch is a traditional aviation companion. Through time, the Colt has become the most attractively-priced Breitling watch and is the timepiece of choice for its reigning world aerobatics queen, Aude Lemordant. The 36mm ladies’ watches are available with mother-of-pearl dials along with also the option of diamond indices plus also a diamond-set bezel for an excess touch of femininity. The chronometer-certified Superquartz movement offers a level of precision 10 times superior to standard quartz and has a battery life of eight decades.
The new Superocean II ladies’ watches are dependable, rugged and great-looking dive partners, that will see you to depths of up to 200 metres. With their all-white appearance and 36mm case designed for smaller wrist dimensions, these watches are serious superdivers. The unidirectional rotating rubber bezel – a crucial ally on your dip – screens large, clearly visible numerals using a luminescent mark at 12 o’clock. The numerals and hands are accentuated with luminescent coating, and the sturdy steel case using its screwed-down crown and caseback, is presented on a sporty white rubberized Ocean Racer strap using a row of holes for a trendy 1970s groove. It’s also equipped with a chronometer-certified automatic movement to keep the hours, minutes, seconds and date in perfect synch. Breitling’s more sophisticated Galactic collection also includes 36mm ladies’ watches offered in a combination of materials and finishes. I particularly like the striated crown of this Galactic model and the super practical and incredibly trendy wavy stainless steel bracelet. The COSC-certified Breitling 37 automatic movement delivers a 42-hour power reserve and can be shrunk to depths of 100 metres.