The Climber’s Timer: Testing the Rolex Explorer I

Time spent some time with the 2010 model of Rolex’s classic Oyster Perpetual Explorer — a Top Swiss Rolex Replica Watches originally made for a Mount Everest expedition and recently revamped with a larger case and modern caliber. Click here to read our test of the watch from the magazine, along with original photos by Nik Schölzel.

The 1950s were a decade of adventure. Mankind strived to conquer nature, to descend to the depths of the ocean’s trenches and to climb to the peaks of the world’s tallest mountains. The first mountaineers reached the summit of Annapurna, more than 26,000 feet above sea level, in 1950. Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak, in 1953. Seven years later, the bathyscaph Trieste descended to the planet’s deepest point: the bottom of the Marianas Trench, more than 35,000 feet below sea level. It should come as no surprise, then, that the decade also saw the debut of two Fake Rolex Watches for Sale tailored to adventurous pursuits: the Submariner divers’ watch and the Explorer expedition watch, both in 1953.

Rolex Explorer I - front angle

The first Explorer watches were provided as tools for the successful Everest expedition of May 1953. Rolex released a modified version of the Explorer later that year, with a black dial and painted-on luminous indices and numerals, which made it more legible under all lighting conditions. This model was designed to live up to the promise implicit in its name, by satisfying all the requirements of expeditions and other adventures. The Explorer underwent more improvements over the years and, beginning with the 1989 model, it was also designed to be more luxurious. Its indices and numerals have been made of gold since then, although there is still luminous material inlaid into the indices.

The Latest Replica Watches For UK Sale version of the Explorer, launched in 2010, has a bigger case: 39 millimeters, versus the previous model’s 36 millimeters. It also has a new type of shock absorber, along with an in-house, Parachrom hairspring and a new Oysterlock folding clasp.

5 New Grand Seiko Watches Pay Homage to 1964 Classic

At Baselworld 2014, Seiko added several new models to its prestigious Grand Seiko watch collection. Along with the new hi-beat GMT models, which we covered here,Rolex Replica Watches UK for Men include five new models that pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of a fondly remembered Grand Seiko from 1964.

The Grand Seiko Homage to 1964 watches are all limited editions, with three of the watches equipped with Seiko’s hybrid mechanical-quartz Spring Drive movement and the other two containing a high-precision quartz movement, Seiko Caliber 9F82. The clean simplicity of the new Grand Seiko models echoes that of the 1964 Seiko “Self-dater,” the very first Grand Seiko watch to incorporate a date window. The “Self-dater” — intended to be a more “practical” version of the original Grand Seiko — is a favorite among devotées of Seiko’s historical watch models.

Seiko Grand Seiko 1964 - SBGA103

The three watches with the Caliber 9R15 Spring Drive movement (References SBGA103, SBGA105, and SBGA107) include two in stainless steel cases (with silvered or blue dials) and one in a platinum case, with cream-colored dial. The Spring Drive caliber, which is characterized by a quartz oscillator powered by a traditional mechanical mainspring barrel system, gives the watches a high level of timekeeping precision, accurate to within +/- .5 seconds per day (+/- 10 seconds per month). The cases are 39.9 mm in diameter and water-resistant to The dials of the Spring Drive models also have a hand-type indicator for Replica Watches UK Online 72-hour power reserve. The steel versions of the Grand Seiko Homage 1964 Spring Drive watches are limited to 500 pieces (price: $6,500) and come on a stainless steel bracelet with triple-fold push-button clasp; the platinum version, which comes on a crocodile leather strap, is limited to 50 pieces (price: $34,500).

Seiko Grand Seiko 1964 - SBGA105

A Fleet of Ferraris: 6 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watches

Hublot released the first Big Bang Ferrari 2015 Latest Rolex Replica Watches, products of a collaboration with the famed Italian automaker, in 2012. Since then, the brand has expanded the Hublot Ferrari collection with six new models, all equipped with Hublot’s in-house Unico movement.

In early 2013, the brand released three new models headlined by the Hublot Big Bang “Red Magic Carbon.” Its Unico movement incorporates a flyback chronograph mechanism that uses two push-buttons and can be reset at any time. Unlike many other chronograph movements, it has a column wheel visible on the dial side, an hour counter driven directly by the barrel, and no jumper in the chronograph mechanism. Its pallet fork and escapement wheel are made of ultra-light silicon and affixed to a removable platform. First released in 2009 (and, according to Hublot, continually adjusted ever since), the movement has 330 parts, a high frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 72 hours.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic

The case, which is also designed and manufactured in-house at Hublot’s facility in Nyon, Switzerland, is made of carbon fiber that has been constructed in a “multi-layer” process, which involves stacking up to 12 sheets of the material before pressing it into molds and then baking it in polymerization ovens. With this method, there is no bubbling, thus providing the finished product with better homogeneity and higher mechanical strength. The in-house machining, by a team of specialists in this production method that only recently joined Hublot’s in-house  Swiss Replica Watches team, is done on a special machine with five spindles.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic Carbon

The red-tinted sapphire crystal gets its hue from the addition of chemical components directly to the material during its development, which makes the color unalterable. The Big Bang Ferrari “Red Magic Carbon” — as do both other models — comes with two straps, in black and red schedoni leather stitches onto black rubber; it is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, priced at $32,100.

The “King Gold Carbon” model is limited to 500 pieces (price: $43,600) and has a carbon fiber bezel with six H-shaped black-PVD titanium screws. Like the “Red Magic Carbon” model, its hands are coated with White Super-LumiNova. The crown and pushers, like the 45-mm case, are in Hublot’s proprietary “King Gold.”

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari King Gold Carbon

The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic (below) has a black ceramic case and bezel; the bezel has a brushed finish, a rarity in ceramic Fake Rolex Watches for Sale cases, most of which have polished finishes. Its hands are coated with black Super-LumiNova. Like the King Gold, its titanium bezel screws are coated in black PVD; those of the Red Magic are in polished titanium. This model is limited to 1,000 pieces, at $29,800.

5 Things to Know About the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100

Among the new Montblanc watches unveiled at this year’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva was the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100, a new chronograph Cheapest Replica Rolex Watches capable of measuring elapsed times to 1/100 second. Here are five pertinent things you should know about this innovative new chronograph from Montblanc.

1. It comes from a manufacture with an impressive chronograph pedigree.
The historic Minerva Manufacture in Villeret, which would later become part of Montblanc, was renowned for its expertise in making chronograph timepieces. In 1916, it launched one of the first mechanical stopwatches able to measure times to 1/100th of a second. Later versions of this timepiece also included a chronograph hand that completed an entire 360° sweep of the dial in just one second. The Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100, a modern iteration of these groundbreaking timepieces, applies and updates this technology with its newly developed manufacture Caliber MB M66.25.

2. The watch has one movement but two balances.
Montblanc’s first big challenge in making a watch that measures intervals with 100th-of-a-second precision was that its movement required a balance that vibrates at a frequency of 360,000 vph (50 hertz). In traditional chronograph Quality Replica Watches UK, one balance drives both the time display and the chronograph mechanism. Activating the “start” function creates a connection between the going train and the chronograph, which is severed when the “stop” function is triggered. Conventional chronograph calibers have a frequency of only 2.5 to 4 hertz.

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100 - front

The solution developed by the watchmakers in Villeret was to incorporate two balances into the movement — a large, heavy screw balance, beating at a traditional 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz) to ensure the precise rate of the going train, and a smaller balance, with the much higher frequency of 360,000 vph (50 Hz) to regulate the chronograph function.

Instead of being in constant motion, the separate balance for the chronograph starts to vibrate only when the “start” function is activated by a flexible, steel plate mounted behind the arrowhead of the chronograph rocker. When the “stop” function is triggered, the plate stops the smaller balance and holds it in place until the next elapsed-time measurement begins.

The chronograph function has its own barrel, which stores enough energy to measure intervals up to 45 minutes long. However, this limit can be extended indefinitely by turning the crown counterclockwise while the chronograph is running, thus adding fresh energy to its devoted barrel. The going train for Sale Best Rolex Replica Watches Online display draws its energy from a second barrel, which stores a 100-hour power reserve.