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TAG Heuer launches its debut Fashion smartwatch

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He renowned Swiss watch manufacturer TAG Heuer might have been producing watches for more than 150 decades, but this week marked the launching of its debut smartwatch. The TAG Heuer Connected is a far cry from TAG’s basic mechanical chronographs — it’s powered by Intel Inside and runs Google’s Android Wear functioning system. And it has got people talking.
The watch was launched in New York City by TAG Heuer charismatic CEO Jean-Claude Biver, who had been eager to point out that unlike a lot of the contest — he did not name names — his name is a connected watch that looks like a standard watch.
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Which it does — sort of. However, the dial is unmistakably composed of pixels (360×360 of them at 240ppi of these, in fact). read more

Seiko Watch Brand

Seiko: A Chronograph Chronology

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CALIBER 5719

We survey Seiko’s half-century-plus of mechanical chronographs in this comprehensive historical feature from the WatchTime archives. Scroll down to discover the Japanese brand’s contributions to the world of chronograph wristwatches.

CALIBER 5719: JAPAN’S FIRST WRIST CHRONOGRAPH

When Seiko set out to design Japan’s first wristwatch chronograph, its goal was to produce a watch that was as much status symbol as timing device. Suwa Seikosha, i.e., Seiko’s factory in the city of Suwa, developed the watch, which was launched in time for the 1964 Summer Olympics. It was powered by the 12-ligne, hand-wound Caliber 5719. The salient features of this 6.1-mm-thick movement included a single button to trigger the chronograph’s functions, horizontal coupling, and a column wheel to control the start, stop and return-to-zero functions. The balance was paced at 5.5 hertz, or 39,600 vph. With the chronograph mechanism switched on, the movement would run for 38 hours. The case was made of steel and was 38.2 mm in diameter and 11.2 mm thick.

The watch had no elapsed-time counter, so Seiko equipped it with a rotating bezel calibrated in 1-minute increments. To measure an interval longer than 1 minute, the user started the chronograph and then rotated the bezel until the tip of the large triangle was directly opposite the tip of the minutes hand. After he stopped the chronograph at the end of the interval, he read the elapsed minutes using the rotating bezel and the elapsed seconds using the regular dial. The problem with this first chronograph series was that the bezel had a tendency to break. Seiko rectified this by replacing the fragile bezel with a sturdy, steel one.

Seiko brought out another version of the movement, the 6.4-mm-thick Caliber 5718, in a limited-edition steel watch that today is extremely rare and highly coveted by collectors. What looks like a date window at 12 o’clock is actually a golf-stroke or point counter, operated by means of the two buttons on the left side of the case. Another special feature is a subdial at 6 o’clock that doubles as an elapsed-minutes counter and a running-seconds display. There is a tachymeter scale along the dial’s periphery.

CALIBER 6139: FIRST AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH ON THE MARKET

It’s well known that Swiss companies were working feverishly in the 1960s to develop a self-winding chronograph, but no one knows whether their Japanese competitors knew about these efforts. Seiko started working on the self-winding Calibers 6139 and 6138 in 1967, even though by then much of the watch industry was focusing its attention on quartz technology. It took the company just two years to develop Caliber 6139. Remarkably small, it had a diameter of 27.4 mm and a height of 6.5 mm. Its mainspring was a ball-borne, center-mounted rotor, which worked in conjunction with Seiko’s innovative Magic Lever (still in use today), a click-winding system that can use the rotor’s kinetic energy regardless of which way the rotor turns. After being fully wound, the watch would run for 36 hours with the chronograph switched on.

To improve the rate performance, the caliber’s developers gave the balance a frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vph), instead of the then-standard 2.5 Hz (18,000 vph). Other technical specifications included a column wheel to control the chronograph’s functions, a counter for 30 elapsed minutes at the “6,” and vertical coupling. This last feature was quite innovative at the time: its debut here significantly predated its premiere in Swiss watches. In addition to a date display, Seiko also equipped this model with a bilingual (Japanese and English) indicator for the day of the week.

The new movement, housed in a watch called the 5 Speed-Timer, appeared in stores in mid-May of 1969. Seiko therefore won the race to bring the first automatic chronograph to market. (Two competitors, Zenith and a consortium of other Swiss companies − Breitling, Heuer, Hamilton-Buren and Dubois Dépraz – brought automatic chronographs to market later in the year.) Caliber 6138, which was 7.9-mm thick, debuted in 1970. It differed from Caliber 6139 because it had a running seconds hand and a counter for 12 elapsed hours. Seiko also incorporated Caliber 6138 into a so-called “bullhead” model, similar to Omega’s manual-wind bullhead, with pushers at the top of the case instead of on the side.

Incidentally, Seiko can also claim the honor of having sent the first self-winding chronograph into outer space. When U.S. astronaut William Reid Pogue flew aboard the Skylab-4 mission in 1973 to 1974, he wore a watch (nowadays nicknamed the “Pogue Seiko”) powered by Caliber 6139.

IWC

IWC Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

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IWC Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

Watchmaking and automotive racing world have shared for decades has strong links with the racing and high-performance cars often as a direct inspiration for the watch, including the classic models, such as Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Cary pull both become 50 in 2013

IWC’s revamped Ingenieuer line is inspired by the brand’s partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One racing team. The IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium has a titanium case and bezel, and also has a titanium crown, crown protector, and push-buttons, all of which are then coated with rubber for a better grip. The watch has a  chronograph mechanism (chosen for its usefulness in Formula One racing) with a split-seconds hand that can be used to record two intermediate times within a given minute while the blue- or white-tipped chronograph hand continues to run. When the push-button at 10 o’clock is pressed again, the split-seconds hand instantly catches up with the chronograph hand and runs synchronously with it again. As a result, the user can record as many lap times — important for determining pole position in an automobile race — as he chooses. The IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium retails for $12,700. Click here for more details.

TAG Heuer

A Detailed Reviews Of TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Chronograph Watch CV2A10.BA0796

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A Detailed Reviews Of TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Chronograph Watch CV2A10.BA0796

It is known to all of us that there are many reasons why Switzerland became so famous for the creation of accurate and desirable timepieces. The main reason why so many Swiss craftsmen became watchmakers is because the wearing of jewellery was banned in the country in the mid 1500s by Jean Calvin. This left jewelers with a choice of either shutting up shop or turning their hands to the new craft of watchmaking instead , it required the same attention to detail and working with precision so many craftsmen chose this new path instead.

One of the many companies to appear as a result of this ban on the wearing of jewels was when Edouard Heuer opened his first workshop in St. Imier in 1860 and Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG continued their fine family traditional of making exceptional timepieces until 1985 when the company joined forced with the TAG Group and the TAG Heuer brand name was born as a result. Heuer Watchmaking already enjoyed an enviable reputation as a Swiss watch manufacturer of note but the amalgamation with the TAG group took the company to a whole new level.

So stick with us while we proceed with our review of the TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Chronograph Watch CV2A10.BA0796, a pinnacle of TAG Heuer design skills

Swiss Chronograph. TAG Heuer have long been the darlings of the motor sports and racing industry as a whole and this affiliation dates back to around 1910 when Heuer Watchmaking Inc. created and released the first dashboard stopwatch for racing drivers. Since then TAG Heuer timepieces have become the firm favorite timekeeper for multiple high-speed sports from skiing to high octane sports such as track racing and a lot of this is due to the earliest achievements of this company, such as creating the first stopwatch which was accurate to 1/100th of a second. The TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Chronograph Watch CV2A10.BA0796 has 3 sub dials which have a 12-hour, 30-minute and 60-second function and you can see from the very first moment you hold this watch that it’s styled for the sports and racing market where split-second timing is the difference between utter defeat and absolute victory.

   Automatic Movement. You’ll never need to worry about winding this TAG Heuer men’s watch as it features an automatic, self-winding movement. So instead of having to remind yourself to wind your watch instead you can simply put it on your wrist and allow the motion of your body to “charge” your watch for you. One thing to bear in mind is that if you’re not going to wear this watch on a daily basis you should leave it in a winder to stop it from causing you any problems. Even if you do wear your Tag Heuer Carrera watch on a daily basis it’s important to understand that how you place your watch when it’s not being worn can and will affect whether or not it gains or loses time each day. Finding out which resting position works best for your watch is a matter of trial and error however. Please also note that although this TAG Heuer Chronograph watch is automatic and self-winding it will still require a full service at least every 5-years or so.

Stunning Looks. Even by TAG Heuer stands this TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph is a beautiful looking watch and it will immediately catch your eye, even from a distance and it will no doubt have the same effect on your friends and colleagues. The black dial and bezel provide a perfect, and very stylish, contrast to the brushed and polished stainless steel case. The watch dial itself features large silver-toned Arabic numerals and several red accents on key features of this watch create a very visually appealing appearance.On top of the various sub-dials the main watch dial also has a calendar function in the usual 3 o’clock position and each of the silver-toned hands on this watch are also luminous in nature so you shouldn’t have any problems using this watch in the dark or dusk for example. The dial window is made from the ever-reliable, durable and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal but if you turn this watch around you’re in for yet another visual treat because of the “Exhibition Back”; which is another layer of sapphire crystal in place of the case back. Although this is a novelty to some it never ceases to charm us when we see the inner workings of such a fine timepiece as the TAG Heuer Carrera range.

Color Choices. The TAG Heuer Carrera Day Date Men’s watch CV2A10.BA0796 comes in a stainless steel finish on the watch case and bracelet band but the bezel and watch dial are manufactured from black aluminum instead.

Dimensions. You’ll find that most gent’s luxury watches tend to share the same basic measurements and the TAG Heuer CV2A10.BA0796 is no different in that regard, although the case thickness is about 1.5mm more than you’d find on other watches of this type:

In Conclusion, this TAG Heuer Chronograph watch is also water-resistant to 330-feet (100 meters) so ideally you should never expose it to water for prolonged periods of time or at all if you can help it.This is a watch with truly stunning looks, the jet black dial and bezel with red accents being the perfect contrast to the stainless steel case.If you need absolute timing accuracy then a TAG Heuer Carrera Men’s watch CV2A10.BA0796 is a great investment to make for yourself.The “Exhibition Back” is always a wonderful inclusion on a watch such as this. An automatic movement means hassle-free enjoyment of this Swiss work of chorological art. Although the TAG Heuer Carrera Automatic Chronograph Watch CV2A10.BA0796 is styled and designed for sports use it also makes a perfectly acceptable and functional day-to-day watch. Although it may seem too “sporty” to wear as a dress watch you won’t fail to get admiring glances from anyone who does notice you wearing it.

I can’t  wait to buy it as soon as possible for many reasons.Do you have any common  idea with me?Hope this helpful.