Let us talk about caliber P.5000 for a Moment. It is a big engine: 2 mainspring barrels which you may readily see running in the two big jewels, providing eight days of running time at 3hz/21,600 vph. The mainspring barrels operate in series, pushing torque via a really classically organized going train, together with the centre wheel visible through a large cutout from the plate. I guess technically speaking we’d need to call this a 3/4 plate motion as the third wheel bridge is not really a bridge in the usual sense of the word, but instead the result of creating the cutout. This cutout in addition to the shape of the main plate around the balance give a very aesthetically pleasing, but nevertheless pragmatic impact, which is totally appropriate for what was, after all, initially meant to be an instrument lookout, plain and simple. The going train is organized so the fourth wheel is just opposite the crown, which is precisely where you’d locate it into a pocket watch, and if you want a small seconds dial where it might happen to be in one of those Angelus pocket opinion powered Panerais all you need to do is conduct the fourth wheel pivot through the dial and put a hand on it (that was what Panerai Watches Expensive Replica did with all the PAM 510).The equilibrium, which is held in place by a very solid looking bridge, looks a little small for the movement but then again, that is probably only because the movement’s so big; in 15 3/4 lignes, or just about 35.7 mm, it’s a pocket — watch as opposed to a wristwatch caliber (unless you are at the bigger-than-average-wristwatch business, which Panerai manifestly is). In general, we think that it’s an impressive piece of work — we have used the term sturdy and sturdiness is very much the takeaway impression one has of this P.5000. Interestingly, incidentally, the P.5000 has a free-sprung, flexible mass equilibrium, which is a really wonderful touch, particularly at this price point — if you look carefully at what seems like the regulator you will see that it is really not a ruler, but a stud carrier (that is, the carrier to the stud to which the outer terminal of the balance spring is attached). The screws holding the balance bridge set up run through threaded kayaks on the bridge and can be employed to correct end-shake (the quantity of vertical “play” between the ends of the equilibrium staff and the endstones of this 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 Watch Types Replica 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!