My favorite of the current crop of Orient dress watches is the recently re-issued and somewhat improved Orient FER2400CN0 (true to its Japanese heritage, Orient watches have expectedly idiosyncratic model names and SKU numbers that provide no end of delight). This is an exceptionally classical variation of the Orient Bambino line: it’s a true, unequivocal dress watch. That’s clear from the roman numerals on the dial and their lack of lume. I enjoy the roman hour markers here not just for their antique anachronism, but also their strong legibility (to me, a crucial component of a successful dress watch). On this dial, the numbers are mirrored steel: they have a sparkle, but take on the color of what they’re reflecting, causing them to come into focus clearly.
The new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue is essentially the same watch as the 79220R but with a dark blue bezel, a black dial, and white metal for the hands and markers. While the change is just color, the effect is massive, and it feels like a different watch. Where the original Black Bay was perhaps a little twee, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue is rather stoic and wears like much more of an "everyday" watch (despite the fact that they are technically identical). It feels more modern, and the blue bezel appears almost black in low light, which gives the 79220B the wrist presence of a Submariner (Rolex or Tudor, your choice).
I found the Urwerk UR-202 to be absolutely incredible. However, they came at a hefty price, and still being a college student, it was not necessarily something that fit into my budget. Nonetheless, as opposed to deterring me from one day owning this great timepiece, it motivated me to try myself in getting as close to it as possible. Being a mechanical engineer, I thought there was no better way to learn from these great watchmakers, than to rebuild the watch on my computer using 3D CAD software. Now, I knew this would be no easy task, but my passion for watchmaking and engineering overcame any second thought, and I immediately began work on what would soon become a new found love for the world of horology.
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In 1988, when I was thinking about the opening a store, one of the most important things had to be its name, because it needed to have a soul. The idea was to find a name with the immediate image of the activity. At that time, most of the jewelers or watch retailers were using their own name. The name of Chronopassion was found by my father as a literal translation of why I threw myself into the business: the passion of time. And that was it! Also, it was a good idea, because the meaning could be understood internationally and pronounced (so remembered) easily!
People who enjoy 3D printing as a hobby tend to like mechanical things, and you know what that means - a lot of them are going to be watch guys. Even Bre Pettis, the founder of Makerbot (probably the most popular producer of 3D printers for consumers) is a big watch lover. The 3D printing universe has opened up a world of very interesting possibilities in the realm of horology. While 3D printed watches aren't a glorious reality yet, we've seen an number of developments over the last year, such as the 3D Printed Tourbillon here (which you can buy). Now, check out this 300% Rolex Submariner watch designed and produced by Franc Falco as an homage to his own personal Rolex Submariner.