The Sky Dweller, and as the name implies, it is a watch for the traveler with a second time zone feature and annual calendar. The big news is that the watch is set not only with the crown but also by rotating the bezel. The 24-hour second time zone is a rotating disc just below the dial. It also boasts an annual calendar with the months displayed next to the corresponding numeral on the dial. And all done in the classic Rolex Oyster look.
The watch comes in three variations: White gold on bracelet, yellow gold on bracelet, and Rolex’s patented “Everose” with a brown leather strap. This is sure to become a pillar of the Rolex family and great piece for collectors. The first pieces are expected to be available in October.
With the start of summer and vacations, it is a good time to consider a manual wound watch. The IWC Portofino Eight Days, introduced at SIHH 2011, allows you to wind your watch only once a week. The watch will go for a full eight days keeping perfect time without needing another wind, so you can “forget” about it and relax. The watch features IWC’s calibre 59210 movement, with a power reserve indicator on the dial. The watch also features a large date and a second hand sub dial.
The power reserve indicator is much like the gas gauge in a car. When the watch is fully wound, the indicator hand is in the “full” position, in this case indicated by the number 8. While the watch’s power reduces, the indicator hand slowly moves towards “empty.”
The Portofino Eight Days also features a date indicator at 3 o’clock and a seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, and the design allows the wearer to read everything at a glance. IWC has had huge success with its Portofino line, and deservedly so. Portofino watches are know for clean design and ease of readability, and of course accuracy.
The town of Portofino sits on the Ligurian coast if Italy, with wonderful cafes, charming architecture and a relaxed atmosphere. It is easy to see how this picturesque town first inspired the IWC Portofino line over fifty years ago.
Van Cleef & Arpels, legendary jewelry makers, also produce exquisitely unique watch complications. Far from the more “standard” fare of chronographs, dual time zones, and alarms, Van Cleef excels in the area of aptly-named “poetic complications.”
The Midnight in Paris watch displays the night sky over Paris and the dial rotates once over the course of 365 days, exactly matching the shifting of the stars over a one year period. The stars are depicted as gold dots, and as the disc rotates ever so slowly they are revealed in the circle aperture on the lower portion of the dial. The opaque area masks stars that are out of range on any particular date.
For centuries, the heavens have inspired artists and craftsmen. Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a wonderful depiction of France’s night sky. The painted ceiling of the Main Concourse in New York’s Grand Central Station is an astrological mural of the constellations in gold against a rich green background.
Another great feature of the watch is that is has an officer style back: the cover hinges open to reveal a calendar that is rimmed in a disc of genuine meteorite. The calendar enables the owner to set the watch to the accurate date. The movement is a manual wind mechanical with a 40 hour power reserve.