Bell & Ross

Reviews on Bell and Ross BR 01 Skull Bronze

2015 was a year when Bell & Ross firm took their design a step further with the unique design of their Bell & Ross watch BR 01 Skull Bronze which is to be a part of the Only Watch auction. From the sword-shaped hands to the bronze skull and crossbones, this watch looks like the kind of pirate watch that Captain Jack Sparrow would wear, with its historical design that fits beautifully in a retro-futuristic Steampunk style.
One can only imagine the picturesque moment of this legendary pirate holding his sword up high and staring at his Pirate’s Skull and Crossbones watch just seconds before giving the order: “Fire at Will!” followed by the deafening sound of splintering naval ships turning into nothing but floating wreckage. Many treasure seekers embarked on quests to find the remnants of the legendary ghost ship once commanded by this ruthless marauder of the seven seas. We at Prestige Time have a hunch that Captain Bartholomew Hawkins would have scoured the earth in search of a treasure such as the BR01 Skull Bronze watch. In absence of such a deserving owner, the 2015 Only Watch charity auction is now the lucky beneficiary of this iconic watch.

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Although the unique timepiece celebrates the legend of a two-hundred-year-old iconic pirate, Bartholomew Hawkins, whose pirate ship known as “Black Wind” sank off the coast of Monaco in 1815. Captain Bart Hawkins owned a watch that he had custom made with the notorious pirate’s logo, the Skull & Crossbones and wore this watch during every confrontation. Rumor has it that the face of the watch he wore held a piece of bronze that he took from a cannon that once belonged to one of his adversaries.
So why does this watchmaker put such importance to the iconology of pirates? Most people are not aware that the “Jolly Roger” known to most as the Skull and Crossbones, is actually a symbol still very much in use today by the people in uniform. Yes, the military uses the Jolly Roger to intimidate their enemies and use it decoratively on their military gear, uniforms, and even airplanes. The fusion of the Jolly Roger along with other military icons such as the sword and dagger can be found on the BR 01 Skull Bronze from Bell & Ross.


The most iconic Cartier watches ever made

Pop art superstar and committed Cartier watch wearer Andy Warhol was quote as stating:”I do not wear a Tank watch to tell the time. In reality, I never wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear”
A part of art in itself, the Tank was first created in 1919 with a streak of just six pieces. Designed to replicate the design of a First World War tank, the watch is at once both square and rectangular, and the ring is neatly incorporated into’brancards’ — rigid sidebars.
Warhol knew an icon after he saw one — with made a number of his own — and the artist’s Cartier of choice was a Tank Solo in 18k yellow gold, using a white dial and black roman figures. Fitted on a black alligator strap and with a gold cabachon crown, the layout is simple and classic — and sold at Sotheby’s in 1988 for nearly $5,000.
Through the Years, Cartier has generated many versions over the Tank, by the Anglaise to the Americaine.
The Tank Française – Mick Jagger
Since the frontman of one of the most crucial, and longest-running, rock bands ever, Mick Jagger can be forgiven for wanting a timeless timepiece.


Which is why, when he was searching for a brand new watch in the mid-90s, he opted for the Tank Française, a newly-released variant on Cartier’s icon. An upgrade on the legacy of the original, the Française is both smaller and squarer than the Solo version worn by Warhol.
The most iconic Cartier watches ever created, and who wears them
The dial, however, stays the same — white with black roman numerals to retain the instantly recognisable Cartier aesthetic. Quintessentially Cartier sword-shaped palms in metal blue serve a similar function, ensuring the watch loses neither readability nor style.

The Française is a statement by Cartier. Almost 100 years because the first watch in the scope, this was an affirmation that the French jewellers were skillful at reinvention, and may accommodate their timepieces for each new decade whilst staying true for their signature fashion.
Like Cartier, James Bond is reborn with each generation, remaining true to his personality but switching tone, aesthetics and purpose as the years roll on. So it’s fitting that some of the celebrities to take on the mantle of this super spy have sported Cartiers. At miniseries Noble House, Brosnan wore a Pasha de Cartier. But, in his pre-Bond function as former burglar Remington Steele, the actor wore a Cartier Panthère — the opinion of the 1980s.
The very iconic Cartier watches ever made, and who wears them
Using its three rows of gold links and brushed stainless steel case, the Panthère is as amazing as the big cat for which it is named and, despite becoming an icon of the 1980s, has stayed in demand long following yuppies and shoulder pads have fallen by the wayside.
The Santon-Dumont, first designed in 1904, was among the very first modern watches designed to be worn around the wrist, and was made by Louis Cartier himself to get his buddy, Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont.


Later years have observed other noteworthy figures embrace watches from the fast growing Santos-Dumont range, such as Pierce Brosnan’s fellow Bond actor Timothy Dalton, and Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise.
Cruise, who wears a Cartier Santos 100 Large watch, mentioned the timepiece’s distinctive apartment, discreet square design as reasons for his pick — as well as how well it suits his favorite Santos-Dumont sunglasses.
Swiss-made, the 100 Large has a 51mm x 41mm situation with just a slight curvature. A chocolate brown alligator strap with double-fastening clasp offers practicality, and the golden framing around the dial makes this not only among the most practical, but fashionable watches Cartier have made.


Apple Watch Hermès beyond time

Apple Watch Hermès, a special expression of this Apple Watch, is outfitted with a stainless steel bezel and finely styled leather. This cooperation of Apple’s industry-changing product layout and the legacy craftsmanship of Hermès is offered in three versions; Single lecture, Dual Tour and Cuff.


The Single Tour using an 38 mm stainless steel case comes from Fauve Barenia leather, Noir Box leather and Capucine Swift leather, whereas the Single Tour using 42 mm stainless steel case comes from Fauve Barenia leather and noir Box leather. The Cuff pairs together with an 42 mm stainless steel case and is offered in Fauve Barenia leather only.


So as to not be mistaken with any other range of the Apple Watch, each stainless steel case includes an etching of this Hermès signature plus contains a customizable facial with three distinctive dial layouts inspired by Clipper, Cape Cod and Espace Hermès watches. Apple Watch Hermès provides high tech performance and style that surpasses time.

Audemars Piguet

SIHH 2010Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin sale

This Season sees the 40th anniversary of the famous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and the landmark is being celebrated at the Geneva Watch Salon Together with the unveiling of the new Openworked Extra-Thin.


The newest Royal Oak Extra-thin looks remarkably like the first from 1972, which was created by Gérald Genta. To begin with, the remake matches the magnitude of this revered classic, in 39 millimetres, a diameter that seemed huge in 1972 but now is by no means a particularly big watch. Really, it was the very first Royal Oak that helped create the style for larger Chronograph Watches. Additionally, the most recent version has an extra-flat circumstance, an undying nod to the past. There is also the special blue colour of the dial — and at the most recent model, the date disk, too — while the AP initials in white gold are again at their original 1972 position of 6 o’clock.
In the technical heart of the new ultra-thin Royal Oak beats exactly the same movement as the original, the renowned, mechanical self-winding Calibre 2121, using a thickness of just 3.05mm. The rebirth of this classic is unquestionably one of the most noteworthy models at the Geneva Salon this season.


WIRED puts three of the best dive watches to the test

WIRED tested five mechanical Dip watches in various underwater Surroundings around the world, in the Galapagos Islands to the Caribbean Sea and the Great Lakes of North America.

The watches were worn around the outside of a diving-suit sleeve in temperatures ranging from 3°C to 28°C and depths up to 45 metres. They have been used as backup underside timers and, in two cases, depth instruments along with an electronic dive computer.
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Sea-Dweller, a watch originally built for business sailors welding pipeline in the bottom of the North Sea.
The gas escape valve onto its own left-hand side is designed to relieve internal stress built up from the helium existing underwater.
While many of us will not ever have to test that feature, or the Sea-Dweller’s impressive 1,220 metres of water resistance, overkill is never a bad thing in a dive watch.
Its corrosion-resistant stainless steel case, scratch-proof ceramic bezel and chronometre-certified motion are a testament to why Rolex dive watches would be the standard bearer for your group.


On repeated wreck dives watches from the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan, the Sea-Dweller’s chunky bezel was simple to grip while wearing a pair of thick gloves. Its blue-hued Chromalight markers, meanwhile, glowed legibly even in murky conditions, and its own Glidelock clasp could be extended 20mm for wear over a diving suit.
It is the 60th anniversary of the Seamaster 300, and over the years the watch has been worn by everybody from Royal Navy sailors to James Bond.
This newest iteration, which harkens back to its oldest ancestor, has the top of Omega’s technical know-how.
The Master Co-axial movement that ticks inside is not just chronometre-accurate, but it’s also immune to the damaging effects of magnetism, thanks to some proprietary synthetic hairspring.
So confident is Omega of this motion’s art it presents it under a sapphire screen window rather than hiding it away under a protective iron cap. On the front, the rotating timing bezel is hewn from Omega watches Liquidmetal, which looks to be an ordinary alloy ring but is poured in place and almost scratch-proof.

In titanium, steel or gold, the Seamaster 300 Master Co-axial is proof that sea watches can evolve to match their environment.
Over the span of a week diving shipwrecks in Lake Superior, the Seamaster 300 was spot-on, regardless of the frigid water temperatures and magnetic environment of wrecked iron ore freighters.
The push-button extension built into the grip easily accommodated WIRED’s 5mm neoprene gloves, along with the bezel’s coin border was simple to grip with hands.
The Royal Oak Offshore oozes quality – from its beautifully brushed octagonal bezel that was developed to resemble a classic diving helmet, to the solid-gold, engraved winding rotor visible through the sapphire caseback.


These attributes almost distracted WIRED by the simple fact that the inner timing ring is hard to place and cannot be manipulated once submerged, or the chronograph just counts up to 30 minutes, typically about half of the span of a good Caribbean reef dive.
However, the odds are you will be wearing this one to impress while decompressing in the pub later anyhow.
As well as the wide range of tropical colours in which it’s available are sure to get seen, both underwater and topside. Using its bright-orange strap fitting the mood of the island, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver watches Chrono was an ideal selection for shallow-reef diving in Curaçao. The inner bezel, however is fairly ineffective as a timing device



There are many things I think when choosing what Mens Gold watch I will wear. One of these factors, I like to consider the movement placed within; I am in no way turned off by non-in house movements, but it’s nice bonus once the mechanisms were developed by the same people who put the remainder of the watch together.
Another important factor I consider, which is possibly the most important to me, is aesthetics. I like my watches to be tidy, and also to be more classical in styling, rather than modern. Attention to detail is a must. For instance, physically employed markers are more desirable than stamped; hand painted is of course more than acceptable as well. I enjoy my watches to be crafted in stone; ceramic , ceramic, and another broad collection of wild materials used today don’t interest me as much.
Sizing is the next Element. I do not own a big wrist, so I’ve been (thankfully) spared by the 46-48mm trend now taking place. I normally wear a 36mm Rolex; nevertheless I have also owned watches at the 40-42mm selection. A well designed view, with proper proportions is not the easiest thing to find.
Wearing the IWC Portuguese 7 Day


IWC Portuguese 5001-24I have always dreamed the IWC watches Portuguese 7 dawn. I love the balanced simplicity of this dial combined with the somewhat large exhibition case back. What more could you desire?
Though the 42mm case is on the thicker side at approximately 15mm, it fits nicely on my wrist when I am wearing a dress shirt or a t-shirt. I would also like to say that the dial is extremely easy to read. The 7-day power book lends itself considerably to having the ability to wear various watches but not needing to worry about re-setting the date and time. The power reserve indicator is a great feature I believe like most watches should comprise. For me, it makes me feel on the opinion as I wind it or watch the reserve deplete through the day.


Wearing a solid gold watch does demand some adjusting to, but this one has been very simple to wear. The watch is complemented by a superb brown strap which lends itself very well to casual wear on the weekends. Having a suit nonetheless, the heat rose gold instance comes out beautifully to impress people who request the moment. On my slim wrist, the gold installation stays level and balances the watch perfectly. I find myself staring at it during the day, looking at all the nuances at the flow and motion. Offered in Many Different configurations, this bit opens around $13,000 and is a must have for any experienced collector


Pink Rose Watches of Blancpain on Special Days Blancpain launches limited edition ladies’ watch, offering roses to ladies

Blancpain is coming up roses for Valentine’s Day with a limited-edition ladies’ watch Struggling to conquer her heart for the remainder of the year.
With the majority of us are still recovering – emotionally and physically – from Christmas, Valentine’s Day sounds like a distant event. But it’s only a month away and Blancpain watches have opted to beat the other manufacturers to her heart with the release of a very female ladies’ timepiece.
The motive for expecting this specific Blancpain watch is straightforward: it’s a limited edition of just 14 bits, made exclusively for Valentine’s Day. Blancpain has always held a unique place for women in its own collections. Unlike a lot of brands, which unifies men’s watches and include diamonds, Blancpain conceives watches for women from the bottom up.

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Presented at a 36.8mm white gold case, a number of you may recognise the swirling ribbon pattern of the bezel, place to mild with 121 diamonds. It is in reality the identical bezel arrangement as featured on the Blancpain Heure Décentrée model, which won the prestigious GPHG award for women’ watch of 2014.
Each one of the massive pink rose that adorns the dial of this Blancpain watch has been sculpted individually from mother-of-pearl, dyed and then assembled, one by one, on the dial. The various thicknesses of the nacre, which make a subtle palette of pink tones, endow the rose with a wonderful natural feel.
A signature feature of Blancpain’s girls’ watches is an off-centred hour motion, in this case located just above 6 o’clock. The movement, a mechanical self-winding calibre using a 72-hour power reserve, features a delightful floral increased on the oscillating weight.