The first thing I thought to myself when I saw these new
Back in 2010 I wrote about the revival of watches for men brand Arcadia here. I focused on their unique model called the AC01. This year they have released (among other things) a new AC01 called the Version 2. Both AC01 versions 1 and 2 are going to be discussed in this article. The Jaeger Le Coultre Master Compressor Automatic wathces feature the same case and movement, but have different dials and case finishes. There are also distinct strap options.Earlier this year I sat down with Richard Baldwin, the CEO of Arcadia and Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso Florale wathces lover. We discussed the brand, and a bit about what is involved in bringing Jaeger Le Coultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph to market. The key for Arcadia is to be different. Like many watch brands either new or revived, being distinct from their competitors is key.
On the sides of the case are protruding black strips that are actually pushers. That is a cool design feature if I ever saw one. On the left of the case, the entire section is pressed to adjust the GMT hand, while on the right of the case the upper and lower strips are used to control the chronograph. I rather enjoyed that. Inside the Jaeger Le Coultre Master Compressor Lady wathces a Dubois Depraz modified Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement. The DD module adds a 12 hour chronograph, and GMT hand at 12 o'clock. There is also a date window at 6 o'clock.
The Jaeger Le Coultre Master Compressor Lady wathces each come in a few style choices. The AC01 Version 2 for example currently comes with a red or yellow tinted dial. The Version 1 comes with different case finishes and some sections of the case available in black. On the models I got to see, the Jaeger Le Coultre Master Compressor Extreme Alarm wathces have more technical textile straps, while the Version 2 models have nice alligator straps. My choice? To have the Arcadia AC01 Version 1 with the strap from the Version 2. Overall, these are pretty well made and very unique Jaeger Le Coultre Master Compressor Diving wathces that will surely have a polarizing reaction from watch lovers.
The first thing I thought to myself when I saw these new Jaeger Le Coultre Duometre wathces from Buben & Zorweg was "that looks an awful lot like a Martin Braun." Low and behold, Martin Braun is the man behind the movements in these watches. The architecture looks a lot like some of his new stuff at his current brand Antoine Martin. You can see a hands-on look at the Antoine Martin Perpetual Calendar watch here. The movement in this One Perpetual Calendar piece is directly adopted from that piece.
Wait, isn't Buben & Zorweg that very high-end watch winder and safe maker? Well yes, and now they have a limited edition watch collection. The temptation for luxury brands to produce watches seems to be incredibly high. The only problem here is that you can't even use this One Perpetual Calendar watch with most (or all) of Buben & Zorweg watch winders. Why? Well because those are for automatics and this little guy is manually wound. UPDATE: Apparently Buben & Zorweg did recently release a link of crown-winders to keep manually wound watches powered up.507