I love Seiko – maybe not so much Giugiaro... but I do love Seiko. From the sub-$300 Monster and Recraft through Prospex all the way to their incredible Grand Seiko Spring Drive, but it is exactly this fascination and care that results in strong frustration time after time when I have to encounter yet newer barriers between myself and their products (just read my two-paragraph rant at the beginning of Kenny's Grand Seiko two-tone article I linked to above to get a more complete picture).
Last year, the Range Rover Special Edition from Zenith really stood out, since it was the very first to use a black ceramicised aluminum case. Its modern look and construction presented an interesting take on the famous El Primero, and only three months later the two El Primero 36,000 vph with panda dials were added to Zenith's main line-up, again using those black aluminum cases.
When I introduced you to the new Classico Manufacture earlier this week, I mentioned that it was this model Ulysse Nardin chose as the flag bearer of the manufacture’s first in-house movement. While this watch is very much the same as that original model, and still utilizes that in-house caliber, the real appeal of the Grand Feu isn't its caliber, but rather, its enamel dial and the value-for-money proposition that comes with it.
This latest creation from the Manufacture offers a large twin-aperture date display, along with a week of the year indication showing the number of the week (and consequently also the month) around the rim of its dial with a distinctive blued serpentine hand. Although not often seen on timepieces, this function is particularly appreciated by businessmen which often use the week number for their planning.
At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held last January in Geneva, Roger Dubuis announced its brand-new alliance with Pirelli, a pioneer in technical and industrial innovations and the exclusive supplier of premium tyres for the Formula One Championship since 2011.