Let’s talk about caliber P.5000 to get a minute. It’s a big motor: two mainspring barrels that you can easily see running in the two big jewels, providing eight days of running time at 3hz/21,600 vph. The mainspring barrels operate in string, pushing torque through a very classically arranged going train, with the center wheel observable through a large cutout from the plate. I guess technically speaking we would have to call this a 3/4 plate motion as the third wheel bridge isn’t actually a bridge at the usual sense of this term, but instead the result of creating the cutout. This cutout plus the form of the main plate round the equilibrium give a very aesthetically pleasing, but nevertheless utilitarian effect, which is completely suitable for what was, after all, originally intended to be a tool watch, plain and simple. The moving train is arranged so the fourth wheel is just opposite the crown, which is precisely where you would find it in a pocket watch, and if you want a small seconds dial where it would happen to be in one of the Angelus pocket watch powered Panerais all you need to do is run the fourth wheel pivot through the dial and place a hand on it (which was what Panerai did with all the PAM 510).The equilibrium, which is held in place by a very sturdy looking bridge, looks somewhat small for the motion but again, that is probably only because the motion’s so big; in 15 3/4 lignes, or simply about 35.7 mm, it is a pocket — observe rather than a wristwatch caliber (unless you are at the bigger-than-average-wristwatch company, that Panerai manifestly is). Overall, we think that it’s an impressive piece of work — we have used the word sturdy and sturdiness is really much the takeaway belief one has of the P.5000. The screws holding the balance bridge set up run through threaded kayaks on the bridge and can be used to correct end-shake (the amount of vertical “play” between the ends of the balance staff and the endstones of the shock-jewel assembly.
At the end of the year that was the best ever, with traffic stats up by over 60% across all metrics, here’s a look at our ten top stories of 2014.
In terms of readership stories on Rolex and Seiko trump all the others, which is unsurprising since both are probably the most searched watch brands online. Other notable stories are our editorials on the end of the road for rising watch prices (ranked 6th and 8th), and the compilation of opinions from key figures in high horology on the Apple Watch. Here are the ten most popular articles of the last year. 10. Hands-On With The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 Reissue Jaeger-LeCoultre recreated the Geophysic chronometer as a limited edition, enlarging the case but sticking closely to the look of the original, while making it available at an accessible price – a good recipe for success.
9. Hands-On With The Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Ref. 5990/1A We went up close with the Nautilus Travel Time, Patek Philippe’s latest sports chronograph that offers substantially more than the watch it replaces, for just a little bit more money, though the Nautilus is tremendously pricey to start with.
8. Introducing the Longines Heritage 1935, a Remake of its Iconic Czech Air Force Watch Longines reissued its distinctive, cushion-shaped aviator’s watch made for the Czech Air Force in the thirties and we compared the remake with the original.
7. Up Close With The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Ref. 116600 The Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 made its comeback at Baselworld 2014, very much the same but significantly improved, especially with the bracelet and clasp. With our comparison of the new and old Sea-Dwellers at number two on the list, the Sea-Dweller is a crowd favourite.
6. EDITORIAL: Are watches too expensive? (Part 2) Obviously the answer is yes, and the slowdown in business has proved our thesis. Part 1 of this editorial is number six on this list.
5. Explaining The Panerai P.9000 Automatic Movement – We Take It Apart And Put It All Back Together We took apart the Panerai P.9000 movement and put it all back together, revealing the details of the calibre and how it works.
4. EDITORIAL: Are watches too expensive? (Part 1) Evidently a lot of people agreed.
3. What The Watch Industry Thinks Of The Apple Watch Despite being non-existent, the Apple Watch was probably the hottest timepiece of 2014. We solicited opinions from movers and shakers in watchmaking, ranging from Max Busser of MB&F to Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid, about their thoughts on the Apple Watch.
2. COMPARISON: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Refs. 16600 vs. 116600 We put together the old and new Sea-Dweller 4000.
1. Introducing The Seiko Credor Eichi II – The Finest Three-Hand Watch Made In Japan, And Possibly The World But the less affordable ones seem to be even more so. We broke the news of the US$50,000 Seiko Credor Eichi II in August and it quickly became a hot topic. With only 20 made each year, it is no wonder that there is a waiting list for this watch.
Thanks for reading. See you in 2015!