Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 5227G-010

Patek Philippe 5227G-010 - Perpetuelle

Although alternative precious metal and dial combinations exist for the 5227, Patek Philippe took it upon itself to add yet another by introducing the Calatrava 5227G-010 with a stark, black face and a white gold case. Like other variations, the design is easy on the eyes and telling time is a breeze, as it should be for any dress watch. A date aperture located at the three o’clock position is nothing out of the ordinary, either—and why should it be, given that the 5227 is a traditional timepiece meant to fly under the radar and quietly radiate superb quality?

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MB&F Unveils Melchior, the Mechanical Timekeeping Robot (Video + Pics)

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MB&F Melchior Light - head closeup

Melchior is one of MB&F’s 10th Anniversary Pieces, presented in 2015 under the theme: ”A creative adult is a child who survived”.  Created in collaboration with L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s only specialized high-end clock manufacture, Melchior is not only an impressive kinetic robot which may remind you of your childhood dreams, but also an impeccably finished, 480-component mechanical table clock.  The name ‘Melchior’ is a traditional forename in Maximilian Büsser’s family.  The concept was specifically developed with designer Xin Wang, selecting a high-end L’Epée clock movement and reimagining it as the mechanical head and torso of a robot.   Melchior has plenty to occupy the senses, including moving eyes (double retrograde 20-seconds counters), an escaepement “brain” and steel arms which rotate.  I believe Melchior is also supposed to be a friendly, “happy feeling” robot, but he does hold a rocket launcher and Gatling gun in those steel arms of his, just in case something goes down.  And, by the way, that Gatling gun is detachable and cleverly doubles as a winding/setting key for the movement.

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Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, with Grey Ceramic Case, Ceramic Bezel

Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback watch front back - Perpetuelle

Late last year, Blancpain President & CEO Marc A. Hayek, unveiled the as part of Blancpain’s initiative to support oceanic environmental causes, with 1’000 Euros donated to the Ocean Committment fund on each sale.  First watch in the series, the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback, is seen here in all its beauty.  So far as chronographs go, this is among the best you can get, both in terms of looks and mechanics.  A brushed grey ceramic case with blue ceramic bezel insert.  Niiiice.  Not only that, but it has Blancpain’s new (2014) high frequency Caliber F385, a very impressive integrated chronograph caliber which I’ve lauded from the day it was announced.

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