Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”
by Kyle Stults on October 07, 2014

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon
OMEGA’s new Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”, bearing reference number 311., is hitting stores soon.  This piece is a follow-on to 2013’s highly-demanded Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” (see our “making of the Dark Side of the Moon” video here), and while it shares some similarities, it also features several design elements that distinguish it from any other model the brand has ever introduced, such as grey ceramic case, luminous ceramic bezel, and a sand-blasted platinum dial.
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I’ve been very interested in enamel-dialed watches lately, but when I saw Lancaster, PA-based RGM Watch Company’s new baseball-themed enamel dial watch, I was captivated.  Not only does this watch have an enamel dial depicting American’s past time on it, but the dial is inspired by another similarly-dialed — and extremely rare — watch made by one of American’s great watchmaker’s way back in 1892.  Oh, and it also has an American made caliber in it.  The simple fact is, you just don’t see watches like this. Which makes very this “American” watch, of which only 10 will be made, a wonderful collector’s piece as far as I am concerned.

To top it all off, there’s a great story about how it all came to be.

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The Rotonde De Cartier Second Time Zone Day/Night
by Kyle Stults on October 05, 2014

Rotonde de Cartie Second Time Zone Day Night Blue dial

Last week Cartier unveiled an elegant new edition to its Rotonde de Cartier collection, the Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone/ Day Night.  As the name implies, there is a second time zone indicator on the watch, though this may not be apparent given its somewhat unusual retrograde execution.  Offered in steel, pink or white gold, all 42mm x 12mm, this is a super looking watch at an attractive price point (in steel, at least).  I’ll break it all down, below.
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First look…

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 L'empreinte Du Dragon case angle view

Well, you’ve been treated to many special watches this week, as almost every brand has unveiled at least one or two new pieces at Watches & Wonders show.  But to be clear, there are special watches and then there are special watches.   This one-of-a-kind piece from Vacheron Constantin certainly stands at or near the top of the list.   The “L’empreiente du Dragon”, from the brands “Métiers d’Art” series, is entirely hand engraved with a gorgeous dragon scale pattern, a symbolic tie-in to the Asian market.  Of course such an impressively engraved case would not be complete without a complicated watch to show off.   Thus this piece has at its core the Vacheron Caliber 2253.  One of the manufacture’s most prestigious calibers, the VC Cal. 2253 is a 457-component masterpiece with tourbillon + perpetual calendar, along with with equation of time, sunrise & sunset indications. The Cal 2253 also delivers a robust 14-day power reserve.

Vacheron specifically notes that the exquisite engraving was done one of the most experienced master engravers working today — a man who was even named “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, or “One of the Best Craftsmen of France”, in 2011.  See “Did You Know?” below for more on the Meilleur Ouvrier de France.   Also below are several pics of the burin-master at work.

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