by Kyle Stults on May 11, 2014
A few months ago I was fortunate to receive a copy of a new book titled Vacheron Constantin CALIBRE 1731. Having had a chance to read it a couples times now, I am here to recommend it to Perpetuelle readers, and in particular Vacheron Constantin collectors. The 108-page book is focused around Vacheron Constantin’s new caliber 1731 which was introduced in early 2014. Named for the birth year of its founder Jean-Marc Vacheron, the Calibre 1731 measures only 3.90 mm and bears the prestigious Geneva Seal. It was unveiled as part of the new Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731, itself a svelte 8.09 mm thick, making it the thinnest minute repeater in production today.
by Kyle Stults on June 01, 2013
Just before I left for Baselworld last month, I shot a quick review of the Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph, done in a limited edition of 500. My review is encapsulated in the video and photos posted here.
One thing which I do not discuss in the video but which I would like to note here is the complexity of the Clerc case. After meeting with Gerald Clerc in Geneve, I have a new appreciation for this aspect of his watches. This particular case is 43.8mm (49.9mm including lateral protectors) and is constructed of over 100 parts. This is one of the most complex case constructions in all of high watchmaking — and although more does not necessarily mean better — I like the attention that Clerc has given to its case and its features. Some of these are unique to Clerc or rarely seen elsewhere– articulating lugs, lateral protectors, special crown-activated rotating bezel, special chronograph triggers. As an independent brand, having unique features and design elements such as this can make all the difference as far as standing out in a crowded watch world.
And on top of this you get the not-oft-seen, but incredibly useful and legible, central chronograph complication.
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I recently had the opportunity to review the Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch, a very unique watch which was first announced by the St. Imier-based in October of 2012. The Avigation Type A-7 is one of those extremely eye-catching pieces that you can’t help but wonder how it came to be. As I mention in my review below, this piece is part of the Longines Heritage collection. The large diameter (49mm) and the angled dial of the Avigation Type A-7 are the first features one recognizes; these key elements are in fact what make this watch a proper “heritage” piece that stands in worthy tribute to aviators’ watches of the 1930′s. My video review pretty much covers the ins-and-outs of this fine timepiece. Below the video are several photos that I took that I think you will also enjoy. The green uniform that serves as a background in some of the photos is an actual U.S. aviator’s uniform from WWII — I could not think of a more fitting pairing for the Avigation Type A-7.
Recently I had a chance to spend some time with the LIMES Endurance Leviathan. Below is my review and several photos from my hands-on experience with the watch.
In short, I found the LIMES Endurance Leviathan to be an excellent — and reasonably priced — wrist companion. What I like most about the Leviathan is its “no nonsense” design — it is a very functional watch with excellent day and night-time visibility. The brand is based in Germany, and no doubt this watch has great German sensibility in its DNA. The Endurance Leviathan would make a great diving companion (300m), or for someone like me (not a diver, but an avid outdoorsman), a great daily wearer. Thus I recommend the LIMES Leviathan for anyone who is looking for a hefty, dive-style watch in the $1,500 – $2,000 price range. You can purchase this watch direct from LIMES in Germany, here is the website>>>
Hope you enjoy the review, and if you have any thoughts feel free to drop a comment below.
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