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a.Lange&Sohne Factory Visit, and some Brand History…
Article publié le 25/06/2014
If we talk about ? manufactures ?, the first names to pop up are, most of the time, Breguet, Patek Philippe, Rolex, for the major ones. Ulysse Nardin, Christophe Claret, when it comes to independent brands. And what about replica tag heuer Grand Carrera ? It’s also a pure manufacture, spiral included, but more modest, with only 1000 pieces a year. We visited it. a.Lange&Sohne is a young ancient brand ! It has been waken up at the turning of the century, while it has been created in 1828. At the time it was headquartered in St Petersbourg, Russia, where the brand made a lot of business. However, a manufacture based in Le Locle was open the year after, in 1829. The brand only settled down in Schaffhausen in 1848, where it’s still based today. On his return to Schaffhausen, Heinrich Moser committed himself to the development of the town, in particular by building a hydraulic turbine, providing it with its own source of energy. From 1860 onwards, major watchmaking brands called upon his services because of the quality of his movements. When he died in 1874, his wife took over the company and sold the various departments, on condition that they retained the name of ‘Franck Muller replica uk’. The Russian revolution in 1917 brought an end to business there, so for the next sixty years a.Lange&Sohne refocused on the Swiss market. In 2002, entrepreneur Jürgen Lange once again registered the name of a.Lange&Sohne. Four years later, the manufacture returned with the first collection bearing the original illustrious name. More recently, in 2012, former director of Audemars Piguet Georges-Henri Meylan became its majority shareholder. Today, A.Lange&Sohne replica uk is two different things : the manufacture as such, which makes in house a full range of six calibers, and Precision Engineering, a business unit dedicated to provide other companies with escapements – fully assembled or just the spiral. Moser today masters a wide range of complications, from QP to tourbillons, and is distributed in a very limited number of locations. Surprisingly, the best seller of the brand is…its QP ! The model has won the highest prize of the GPHG, the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève, in 2006.
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Tag Heuer To Release Watch Phones Based On Link Model
Article publié le 24/06/2014
It has been done before, but with no particular success. The phone in the watch. It makes sense from an ergonomics and functional standpoint, but is the world really ready for what might be even sillier looking than people who wear their Bluetooth headsets even while not on the phone? While it is not clear what the final production A.Lange&Sohne replica uk will look like, there is no doubt that Tag Heuer is going to release watches with mobile phones built in. The pictures above are meant to serve as realistic ideas of what the Tag Heuer phone is going to look like. The watch bracelet and case are taken from Tag's Link line of watches. A very comfortable and respectably watch by most standards even though they are so mainstream. The meat of this this phone is in the face which has a number of pushers on the side. Close inspection of the face reveal indicators around the bezel that suggest a touch screen. This has been implemented before well on the Tissot T-Touch line of watches. While the Franck Muller replica uk apparently has a microphone and speaker built it, it will rely on the user talking via a wireless Bluetooth headset. No news on whether one will be sold with the phone or separately, nor whether Tag Heuer is also designing a Bluetooth headset. The real selling point of this watch will be whether data entry and retrieval will be simple enough. Without lots of input options, it could be a real pain just trying to dial someone's phone number. There is a possibility that the Tag Heuer phone will connect via Bluetooth to other phones for data or a computer to enter and retrieve information. The real functionality of the phone has yet to be seen. Further, battery life is guaranteed to be an issue in a device so small. From an aesthetic standpoint, the face of the watch breaks no new ground. The screen appears to be an OLED (organic light emitting diode) screen, which utilizes its own light generation (based on the photo luminescent organic compounds) to save battery power. Everything will be small on the watch face, but that is given considering the surface area. It would have been smart for Tag Heuer, or any other maker of replica tag heuer Grand Carrera phones, to utilize the surface area of the watch bracelet/band for data input (placing buttons there). Other than the setting pushers around the face, the watch fucntional areas are "Time, MP3, Alarm, and Phone." You can be assured that the Tag Heuer phone will accomplish each of these tasks in at least a mediocre fashion. One can easily gather that this is a first generation of phone watches from large watch makers such as Tag Heuer. Here you basically find a phone jammed into a watch. In the future, one can anticipate phones taking the looks of watches, while retaining their expected level of functionality and reliability, until then the world has these toys to play with. The skepticism regarding the usefulness of such watches stems from the history of failure when companies have tried to combine too much into a watch. The Microsoft SPOT watches are a good example of this. Using radio signals, the watch provided updated information based on a monthly subscription service. It was a more or less failure, but the SPOT service is now being successfully implemented into automotive GPS systems. Time will tell how well Tag Heuer is able to execute the functionality of a phone and MP3 player into the convenience and comfort of a watch.
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Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 SpaceX Chronograph Watch Hands-On
Article publié le 24/06/2014
Elon Musk's SpaceX made big headlines recently as their Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station (ISS). They also recently announced a new deal with the US military to transport payloads into space - which was only possible after they flew three successful missions in a row. While sending people to space started as a government-supported goal, it is now up to private companies to further our galactic presence. SpaceX is among a select group of global companies that will continue our mission to space. replica tag heuer Grand Carrera has released what is probably the first watch in celebration of SpaceX's achievements. Tag Heuer and SpaceX's relationship likely started with Elon Musk - whom the brand worked with on his other company Tesla. I don't know if you recall, but Tag Heuer had a neat branded electric Tesla Roadster S car that they took around the world on a large tour. I actually don't know if there was ever a Tag Heuer Tesla Franck Muller replica uk - I don't think there was. With SpaceX there is, and Tag's relationship with Musk's ventures continues. This limited edition watch is called the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 SpaceX Chronograph, and will be part of a limited edition of 2,012 pieces. While it is branded SpaceX, the watch also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Tag Heuer's status as "The First Swiss Watch In Space." That same phrase is printed on the dial and caseback of the watch. In 1962, John Glenn wore a Tag Heuer stopwatch on his wrist over his flight suit when being launched into orbit around the earth. It was supposed to be a back-up clock or timer. This of course predated the Apollo XI mission to the moon later that decade. I am not totally sure how SpaceX fits into that, but the little picture of a rocket on the front and rear of the A.Lange&Sohne replica uk is of a SpaceX rocket and capsule. The white dial with blued steel hands is very reminiscent of stopwatch-style dials, while also being quite instrumental in design. The Carrera SpaceX watch offers a clean, legible look that I think many watch lovers will appreciate. The SpaceX logo and rocket image on the rear of the watch is placed on the sapphire exhibition caseback window which is tinted. The watch itself is 43mm wide and in steel. It looks good being polished and mixed with the more traditional looking dial. That gives it a nice tool/formal watch mix of aesthetic values. No doubt it has a bit of a retro flair. Inside the watch is the Calibre 1887 movement that the newer Carrera watches contain. The 1887 is an in-house made movement using a base design that Tag Heuer modified from a high-end Seiko automatic chronograph caliber. It is a pretty good movement and feels a bit more interesting than the standard Swiss ETA 7750s contained in most Carrera timepieces. Attached to the case is a brown suede-style leather strap with racing style perforations. The rugged looking strap helps give the instrument-style dial a bit more personality. The watch is also available on a metal Carrera bracelet - which will turn it into a watch that fits very well at SpaceX headquarters (I can imagine).
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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Caliber 36 RS Caliper Chronograph Watch Review II
Article publié le 23/06/2014
As I mentioned, the watch measures 43 millimeters with the well protected screwed down crown which is stamped with the replica tag heuer Grand Carrera shield armor logo in silver on a black sapphire crystal. The watch's dial is black with well visible hour markers in polished steel and marked seconds around the dial. The dial is recessed and a second smaller dial where the caliper moves contains markers for 1/5th second between any two second markers. The bezel is also polished steel with a black marked tachymetre that is done discretely, thereby, not distracting the users who may not care to measure speed. At 9 o'clock is a cutout vertical strip that allows the black and red hands to be seen and move to indicate the current seconds. While interesting and giving the dial an asymmetric feel, it is pretty useless and hard to read since there are no indications of what seconds we are at in a minute... The black hand is shown for the first 40 seconds and the red for the last 20 seconds, thus helping the guessing game, but what I found is that it simply just frustrates me, as it is still too hard to guess what exact second it is at. The movement also does not hack so this cut has an always moving hand, I guess it tells you the Franck Muller replica uk is functioning. The accuracy of the chronograph is in great part due to the El Primero-based movement which is a C.O.S.C. certified movement that beats at 36,000 bph. The beautiful movement can be seen from the sapphire window on the back. Unlike most visible casebacks, TAG decided to split this one into two viewing sapphire windows with the remaining steel marked with the TAG Heuer name and logo, model name and number, as well as the unique serial number of the watch. The self-winding rotor is decorated with the TAG Heuer name and logo and cut open to better show the movement which is itself decorated with rubies, blue steel screws, and brass gears. The whole thing is quite impressive and accentuates the feel of a solid instrument. While the A.Lange&Sohne replica uk is heavy (0.43 lbs) and large, it actually wears small and seats comfortably on my 7.5 inch wrist. This is due to the steel bracelet whose lugs start of at 22 mm and narrow down at the deployment clasp that contains two small pushers making a satisfying click on open and on close. The small buckle has an engraved, flattened, TAG Heuer shield armor logo. It is small but easily visible thus allowing one to quickly see where to detach the strap. The steel strap alternates with polished and brushed links that could not work better with the polished bezel and the hour markers. That combination gives the watch a slight shiny appearance that, while not ostentatious, makes it noticeable from far. While this watch is easily the most accurate mechanical chronograph that I own and its speedy looks makes one want to be part of a race, it has a few minor negatives. Besides the useless seconds strip on the dial, this watch is not meant to be used at night.The dial is simply not visible at night. There is a thin strip of Super-LumiNova application on the hours and on the minutes hands, but the hands are hardly viewable but for a few minutes after a charge.
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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Caliber 36 RS Caliper Chronograph Watch Review I
Article publié le 23/06/2014
For a lot people, TAG Heuer's many famous ambassadors are a positive attraction to the brand, however for others these celebrities are needless distractions. I have nothing against Leonardo DiCaprio nor Cameron Diaz, and the many other TAG ambassadors, but that's not what attract me to the brand. I have no clue if Mr. DiCaprio or Miss Diaz are horological aficionados, or if they are even knowledgeable about timepieces... So seeing their pictures on a TAG advertisement just makes me feel that the brand is simply banking heavily on the modern day infatuation with Hollywood stars to sell their A.Lange&Sohne replica uk. What is hidden from this pageantry is the fact that TAG Heuer has a long history of innovation in the area of creating the finest chronographs. This glorious past of measuring time intervals at ever finer levels of precision has recently resurfaced at the past few BaselWorlds shows where TAG Heuer has introduced increasingly precise chronographs that measure 1/10, 1/100, 1/1000, and 5/10,000 (or 1/2000) of a second; yes, all with a mechanical movement! The latest version, the Mikrogirder, will likely see the light of day as a highly limited commercial edition like the Mikrograph and Mikrotimer before it, nonetheless, TAG's recent dedication and R&D is boosting its brand and it is regaining its reputation in horological circles. One such early effort, and more affordable chronograph, is the Grand Carrera Caliber 36 RS Caliper Chronograph that can measure time to 1/10th of a second accuracy. Probably good enough for more people's needs (and finger response times). The TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Caliber 36 RS Caliper is an imposing Franck Muller replica uk. It is 43 mm wide and 15.75 mm high. At just over 190 grams, it is also rather heavy. Its steel construction reminds you that this is a manly instrument that can be used for serious timing tasks. The main feature of the watch is the 1/10th of a second chronograph which comes from the TAG Heuer Caliber 36 movement. It is a modified version of the famous Zenith El Primero movement that runs at 36,000 bph - giving it the ability to measure these smaller intervals. Like most two button chronographs, the replica tag heuer Grand Carrera can be started with a push on the top button. The start button has a solid click feel to it.The long, polished steel, seconds hand will move around the dial in micro-steps while the one-third quadrant at three o'clock tallies the minutes (up to 30) and three quarter quadrant at 6 o'clock tallies the hours (up to 12).When engaged, a second push to the top button stops the chronograph. The second button resets the chronograph along with both the minutes and the hours tallies.However, what sets this Grand Carrera apart is a simple, but wonderfully useful, and easy to use caliper that allows one to read the 1/10th second measurement right off the dial. Think of the caliper as a physical mechanical "magnifying glass" for the seconds markers.It works as follows, once the chronograph is stopped, you move the caliper using the distinctive crown at 10 o'clock, which is adorned with a red stripe giving the watch an unbalanced yet instrumental feel. That crown moves the caliper back or forth around the dial like an internal bezel. The caliper is simple, it has 11 digits, marked from 0 to 9 and then 0 again. The first 0 is red and has a special red marker. Using the 10 o'clock crown, one needs to align the caliper's red marker with the location where the seconds hand stopped. From that point, the 1/10 seconds is indicated by finding the number on the caliper that best aligns with one of the next 10 seconds markers on the dial. The whole thing works beautifully and precisely. It's no wonder that TAG Heuer won first prize in the sports watch category for this innovation at the Grand Prix d'Horologerie de Geneve in 2008. I made various short and long measurements during my Caltrain rides from San Jose to San Francisco (and intermediary stations) and back, using the Grand Carrera Caliber 36 along with my Casio Pathfinder and my iPhone 4S. The *non-scientific* results, shown in Tables 1 and 2, indicate that my TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Caliber 36 is not only accurate to 1/10th of a second, but it seems to deviate 0.05 seconds to the CASIO Pathfinder for short measurements and 0.15 second from my iPhone 4S clock application digital chronograph for longer measurements. This is a decent result if you account for the fact that the margin of error of me pushing both the watch and the iPhone start buttons at the same time likely has a margin of error of at least +/- 0.05 second which is in the same order of magnitude as the measured deviations. As Ariel indicated to me, I also realize that there exist electronic machines that will precisely measure the accuracy of your chronograph, however, I don't own one and am not about to invest in one either. Plus, while it took an hour or so of my time to tabulate and gather, it was fun to actually use the chronograph… How many can say that of your chronographs?
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