Off the Cuff: The new DV One Skeleton from Versace

 |  June 19th, 2013

Yes, that’s right, from Versace. This fashion-forward watch brand has stepped up its watchmaking a few notches—turning to top Swiss movements and classic elegance that befits its namesake.  Some of its best-selling collections are truly worthy of a closer look. Being a fan of mechanical watches, I was thrilled to put the new special edition DV One Skeleton Chronograph on my wrist.  The 43.5mm case is crafted in ceramic titanium – a high-tech compound that is light weight but extremely strong – giving it a bold look and feel.  The black dial, with right side open  to reveal  the meticulous detailing, machining and perlage finish of  the automatic movement, is immediately arresting. The movement is a Swiss ETA 2892 base…

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Affordable Watches:88 Rue Du Rhone – Another New Kid on the Block

 |  March 1st, 2013

Continuing with our affordable Swiss-made watch portion of the week, we bring you the recently launched 88 Rue Du Rhone brand. This affordable Swiss-made collection is created by the Raymond Weil family (the grandsons of Raymond Weil). The name is derived from the most famous street in Geneva that runs along the river that is its namesake. The numeral 88 is inspired by the concept of the infinity of 8, representing good fortune and life. Gearing the new brand to appeal to a younger audience, Pierre and Elie Bernheim are offering stylish, value-oriented watches for men and women.  Timepieces range in size from 29mm to 42mm and are offered with quartz and automatic movements. The bulk of the business lies…

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Watch Education: Understanding the Difference between Automatic and Hand-Wind Watches

 |  December 4th, 2012

Recently, we here at ATimelyPerspective received an email from one of our newer readers – someone really interested in learning about watches from the ground up. It got us to thinking; maybe not everyone really knows timepieces to the same degree. This week, we will continue our sessions on watch history and watch education – and promise readers at least one such article every week or two. Today, we are focusing on a single basic: when it comes to a mechanical watch (a watch powered by the movement’s mechanical parts and not by a battery), what is the difference between an automatic and hand-wound? Essentially, in a mechanical watch, the energy to power the watch is garnered by turning the…

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