Speake-Marin’s Spirit Wing Commander Goes Into the Wild

At Monochrome Watches, we believe watches are made to “live” — to be worn and to have their own story, visible through the marks that adorning their cases and straps. We love cheap Omega Replica watches for sale and always prefer seeing them on wrists rather than in display cases. Hence the thought behind our summer series showcasing watches worn and photographed by their creators, the watchmakers. Recently, our good friend, renowned British watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin, offered us some great shots he’d snapped of his Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander watch, in a setting far removed from its natural habitat.

Speake-Marin has contributed to the creation of some of the most complicated and coveted watches around, including the MB&F HM1, the very first model from that brand, and the Maîtres du Temps Chapter One Round Transparence. But he is mostly known for his own eponymous brand, which offers many complications and a very singular sense of design. In 2012, Speake-Marin came to us with the magnificent and complex skeletonized tourbillon watch with minute repeater, the Speake-Marin Renaissance. Recently, he presented two new watches that spotlighted his horological know-how, the Speake Marin Triad, with a triple time indication, and the Tourbillon Magister.

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But the Speake-Marin watch brand is not only playing in the very high-end arena. For a few years now, the brand has also offered a more affordable collection: the Spirit Line, which uses many of the same iconic Speake-Marin design elements, including the Piccadilly case and the Foundation-style hands, but with a sportier approach.

All of the Swiss replica watches for uk that compose this collection – the Spirit Mk II, the Seafire Chronograph and the Wing Commander pictured here – are inspired by pilot instruments. Along with an enlarged case (42 mm), a matte black dial, and contrasting indexes and hands, Speake-Marin adds a lighter and stiffer case material, grade 5 titanium.

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In order to maintain a relatively reasonable price (about $8,750) without any compromises on the quality and spirit of the brand, the Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander relies on an outsourced movement. However, this caliber offers a very interesting layout and displays useful indications, such as a big date at 12 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock (represented here by a white wheel in the ‘topping tool’ shape that Peter loves – an element now emblematic of the brand) and a power-reserve indicator at 6 o’clock, similar to a “fuel gauge,” which displays a bright, Super-LumiNova white when completely wound (full), turning black (half-full), and then red (running on empty) as the available energy diminishes.

The titanium case offers  great comfort on the wrist, due to its reasonably light weight. The indexes and numerals are made of white elements in Super-LumiNova, in 3D relief and inserted into the dial, creating a splendid contrast with the black dial and thus a very high legibility — an important point for any sports watch or pilot watch.

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We were most surprised is to see how this fake Breitling watches was treated by its owner and creator for these photos — buried in the forest ground, attached to barbed wire, plunged in a river. And actually, it looks pretty good in these “back to nature” settings. The strap may be damaged and patinated, and the watch will certainly keep some scratches and dents after such a treatment, but it can be argued that this type of watch was made to handle that. And now it truly has a story written on its case and strap.

Getting to Know Nomos: 3 Important Nomos Watches

Nomos watches are well-known in their native Germany, but not nearly as familiar to Cheap Omega Replica Watches UK Online lovers in the U.S. as other Glashütte-based watch brands such as A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original. Nomos watches, in fact, have their own distinctive look (the brand has won several international design awards) and are fairly reasonably priced despite the fact that they all have in-house movements made in the traditional Glashütte style. As the brand becomes more prominent in the U.S., we offer six Nomos watches that you should become familiar with.

Nomos introduced its first diver-style watch, the Ahoi, last year. This year’s Ahoi Atlantik Datum carries the theme further with its lacquered “Atlantic blue” dial. The Ahoi Atlantik Datum contains the self-winding Nomos Zeta caliber, which powers the time, small seconds, and date display (“datum”). The High Quality Replica Montblanc Watches case is 40 mm in diameter and features a sapphire exhibition caseback, fitted with six screws, as well as a screw-down crown. The hour and minute hands are gold-plated, with green Super-LumiNova inlays; the small seconds hand has a red lacquered finish. The Ahoi Atlantik Datum is water-resistant to 200 meters and comes on a distinctively nautical-looking black textile strap with a winged clasp.

Nomos Ahoi Atlantik DatumNomos’s new Lux Weissgold collection is notable for its cushion-shaped case made of 18k white gold (weissgold in German) and for the simplicity of the dial, which reminds one of an old-style kitchen timer. The Lux’s case is 40.4 mm x 36 mm; the dial is galvanized and white silver-plated with a periphery of printed eggshell blue. The hands are rhodium-plated. The 2015 Cheap  Replica Watches UK, powered by Nomos’s manual-winding caliber DUW 2002, is mounted on a hand-stitched shell cordovan black leather strap; the clasp is the same white gold as the case.

Nomos Lux WeissgoldThe Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve contains the in-house DUW 4401 manual-wound movement, which is equipped with Nomos’s innovative “swing” system with a tempered blue balance spring. The stainless steel case measures 37 mm in diameter and has sapphire crystals in the front and back. Conceived by Berlin-based designer Mark Braun, the galvanized, silver-plated white dial features a pair of very thin, “quill-tip” hands in oxidized black steel for hours and minutes, a small seconds subdial with red hand at 6 o’clock, just above the date window, and an eye-catching, round power reserve window with red and white areas inside a mint-green wheel.

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10 Things to Know About Omega

Omega is among the best-known luxury watch brands on the planet, and certainly the best known off the planet. From NASA to the Olympics to James Bond, not to mention names like Speedmaster, Seamaster and Constellation, the brand has achieved well-deserved rock-star status among 2015 Latest Replica Omage Watches enthusiasts everywhere. Here are 10 things you should know about Omega.

1. What’s In a Name?

In 1848, Louis Brandt founded the company that would become Omega in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. In 1877, his sons Louis-Paul and César joined him, and the company name was changed to Louis Brandt & Fils. In 1894, the company produced a new movement that proved to be a global success, thanks to its timekeeping accuracy and ease of repair. The movement was known as the Omega caliber, and its success was such that in 1903, the company name was changed to Louis Brandt & Frére – Omega Watch Co., and the Omega brand name was born.

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2. Precision Timing

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, before quartz and GPS, nations and industries depended on precise mechanical timepieces. To encourage improvements in this field, Observatory trials were held. These chronometric marathons tested timepieces of various types for extended periods, and the winners earned substantial publicity and bragging rights. Top manufacturers competed against each other head to head to win these Superbowls of Best Quality Montblanc Replica watchmaking. Omega enjoyed tremendous success at these trials, setting numerous world records. At the 1931 Geneva Observatory trials, Omega won First Prize in all six categories. That same year, the company adopted the advertising slogan “Omega – Exact time for life.” That was not hyperbole, but a claim backed up by decades of Observatory trial results.

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3. Exploring the Ends of the Earth

Who led the first surface expedition to reach the North Pole? Was it Robert Peary? Perhaps Frederick Cook? How about Ralph Plaisted? Chances are you’re not familiar with the last name, but you should be, because the story of who actually reached the North Pole first via an overland route is a fascinating one. You can read more about it here.

Of the three candidates, Plaisted seems the least likely to claim the title. He was an insurance salesman from Minnesota who was also an avid outdoorsman and snowmobiler. Friends said that if he liked the newly-invented snowmobile so much, he should drive one to the North Pole. And in what sounds like a modern made-for-GoPro story, he did. His party set out on the 412-mile trek from Canada’s Ward Hunt Island, not far from Peary’s start on Ellesmere Island. Riding snowmobiles and armed with Omega Speedmasters and sextants to track their location, they reached their final camp on April 19, 1968, after a 43-day trek. Plaisted’s team was the first to receive independent confirmation that it had actually reached the North Pole, when a U.S. Air Force C-135 flew overhead and confirmed their location.  Today, many historians of polar exploration agree that Plaisted’s party was the first to reach the North Pole by an overland route.

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At the other end of the planet, in February, 1990, Arved Fuchs and Reinhold Messner completed what some called the “last possible land journey on earth.” The pair crossed Antarctica on foot. The 1,740-mile journey took 92 days. Enduring temperatures of -40° F and winds exceeding 90 mph, they crossed the Thiel mountains to the South Pole, then continued on to McMurdo Sound on the Ross Sea. Messner’s timekeeper on this journey was an Fake Omega Watches Speedmaster.