BASELWORLD 2015 : FOLLOW US LIVE NEXT WEEK!

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It’s that time of year and the largest watch and jewelry trade show is next week!  Follow AZ Fine Time from March 19th-25th to see all the NEW PRODUCTS fromSeiko and Grand Seiko, Citizen, Casio, JeanRichard, Eberhard & Co., Hamilton, Mido, B.R.M, Ralf Tech, Maurice De Mauriac and more!  We have plenty of surprises and meetings with new manufacturers and look forward to sharing them!

Please feel free to follow us on our journey as we attend the world’s largest watch convention and show off all the new releases and new brands!

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BASELWORLD 2015 : FOLLOW AZ FINE TIME LIVE AT BASELWORLD!

BASELWORLD 2015 : FOLLOW AZ FINE TIME LIVE AT BASELWORLD!

BASELWORLD 2015 : FOLLOW AZ FINE TIME LIVE AT BASELWORLD!

It’s that time of year and the largest watch and jewelry trade show is only two weeks away!  Follow AZ Fine Time to see all the NEW PRODUCTS fromSeiko and Grand Seiko, Citizen, Casio, JeanRichard, Eberhard & Co., Hamilton, Mido, B.R.M, Ralf Tech, Maurice De Mauriac and more!  We have plenty of surprises and meetings with new manufacturers and look forward to sharing them!

Please feel free to follow us on our journey as we attend the world’s largest watch convention and show off all the new releases and new brands!

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JOEAZFT’S FACEBOOK

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

YOUTUBE

BLOG

You can also get email updates by subscribing to our email list HERE.

 

GRAND SEIKO ROADSHOW 2014 : REPORT

GRAND SEIKO ROADSHOW 2014 : REPORT

On December 5th, Arizona Fine Time hosted its 5th annual Grand Seiko Roadshow, which needless to say, was another tremendous success!  This year was very special indeed as we welcomed Mr. Ikukiyo Komatsu who has been with Seiko for 32 years, worked on Spring Drive for over 10 years, and is one of few talented craftsmen who can assemble the complex 9R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT caliber and make it look easy!

READ MORE HERE… 

G-Shock Launch Event In NY Featuring MT-G, GPW1000, And MR-G MRG-1000 Introduced To The USA

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Last week I had the distinct honor and pleasure of going to New York for the national release of the latest and greatest from Casio G-Shock.  The event was held at the top of Trump Soho, and the image above is the beautiful view we had at the top.

G-Shock Store Soho

The first stop on my visit was to the G-Shock store in Soho, where I met up with our friend Michael Eckhaus, the Director of Sales for Casio’s watch division.  Coincidentally, the founder, father and creator of G-Shock himself, Mr. Kikuo Ibe was at the store signing autographs and taking pictures with some of his biggest fans.  It was truly an honor to meet him.

Mr. Kikuo Ibe founder of G-Shock

The upstairs of the Soho store is where we met Mr. Ibe which was not just in any room, but practically a museum of some of the great models of G-Shock ranging back from the early 90’s.  People were standing in line to meet Mr. Ibe, even a couple of which got his autograph on their arms, and went right away to go get it tattooed.  Their fan base is some of the greatest out there, with a strong dedication to the world of G-Shock.

Mr. Kikuo Ibe founder of G-Shock autograph

We even got ourselves a nice autograph for the store which is now on display.  Mr. Ibe proved himself to be an extremely nice guy, and very funny to boot!  The following he has created for the G-Shock brand is something like I have never seen, ranging from people who strictly collect G-Shock for colors, limited editions, and the funkiest pieces they can create, all the way up to avid collectors of high-end timepieces.  The range of people into G-Shock is astonishing.

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The whole reason I was even there was because of the launch of G-Shock’s newest technology, the new GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor GPW1000.  The technology they crammed into these pieces is overwhelming in a way, but thankfully it’s as intuitive as an iPad, maybe even the Apple Watch (which is still really yet to be determined).  Overall though, The GPW1000 is very easy to use.

DJ VP of Casio USA

The event started and David Johnson (DJ), Vice President of Casio’s watch division started the night and when he did, you could tell he was incredibly passionate about their products.  He’s not the only one, everyone at Casio takes great pride and works so well together, it’s truly impressive.

Mr. Shigenori Itoh President of Casio USA

DJ then introduced Mr. Shigenori Itoh, CEO and President of Casio USA to take the stage.  Mr. Itoh discussed the success of the Metal Twisted (or MT-G) G-Shock’s which he was a huge part in the development of.  Mr. Itoh then introduced Mr. Ibe to speak about the challenges of creating the MT-G.

Mr. Kikuo Ibe founder of G-Shock

I mentioned Mr. Ibe was funny.  The story he told was surrounded by a “little white lie”.  With a team of 8 young designers, Mr. Ibe had motivated them to create what was thought to be impossible…  A metal G-Shock that still maintains the durability of every G they had previously created.  The “small white lie”, Mr . Ibe told his team was that there would be a BIG interview with a world famous magazine after the project was completed.  Of course, he had no idea how he was going to get this interview, but he remained confident it would happen.  He motivated his team, telling them they were the only ones who could do it.  In the end, they got their “famous” interview and Mr. Ibe could wipe the sweat from his brow.  A great story, and the entire speech can be seen in the video below…

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While this video is 30 minutes long, it is very entertaining and very exciting.  This proves the evolution of G-Shock in the watch world.  They have some amazing new products that we know everyone across the globe will love.

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Another part of the reason I was there, was Casio had asked me to speak at their event along with a couple of other retailers.  My part was to talk about GPS and it’s use in watches today, but most importantly, the expectations of the new GPW1000.  I had a great opportunity to play with the piece prior to the release and learned a lot about it.  You can see our first hands on review of the GPW1000 HERE.

G-Shock MT-G Black Rose Gold Orange MTGS1000BD-4A

The watches unveiled that night were incredibly impressive and expand on G-Shock’s expansion into the luxury market (especially in this country).  They introduced two new versions of Metal Twisted G-Shocks, one with black hard coating, rose gold and orange accents, which will be limited production under model number MTGS1000BD-5A.  See it on our site HERE.

G-Shock MT-G Basel World Special MTGS1000BS

Another piece introduced was the MT-G Basel World Special.  Getting to see it hands on was a treat.  It has a truly unique finishing process utilizing a gold ion plating that is then layered over in black.  Burnishing away the gold, and blending with the black plating that gives it a distressed or vintage look to it that only contributes to its character.  This gives a weatherd bronze type color that expresses the toughness of G-Shock’s as they are worn over the years.  Sadly, this model is limited to only 500 pieces globally, and will be extremely difficult to find.

Casio G-Shock MR-G MRG-G1000 MRGG1000-1A

The new GPW1000 models were also featured during the event, but the big news was at the very end.  For the first time ever, MR-G is making its debut in the US market!  Not only that, but this will feature a MR-G exclusive version of the GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid movement.  This new MRGG1000B-1A will feature a 49mm wide by 16.6mm hardened titanium case and bracelet that also has a DLC (or Diamond Like Carbon) coating.  This will be now the highest priced G to ever touch US soil at a $3,000 retail.  These will become available in limited quantities at the beginning of 2015.  See it on our site HERE.  The crowd was amazed and ooh’s and aahh’s filled the room.  The night came to an end and people relaxed, had a few drinks (including some GPS-tini’s) and chit chatted for a while.  Afterwards, I was lucky enough to spend some time with some of Casio’s team and our friend Ariel Adams from aBlogtoWatch.  Earlier, I brought up the new Apple Watch as Ariel and DJ had a great discussion about smart watches.  While I think all of us there are big Apple fans, the topic of the “smart watch” was something discussed and ended something along the lines of “that’s not a smart watch.  It still needs the phone in order to really do much of anything.  Now this… (as he shows the GPS Hybrid) is a SMART WATCH”.  A totally proven point as it is independently controlled, has tons of functionality , breaks down the Earth to a 2.6 billion piece grid, determines your location through GPS  and is powered by light, not an outlet.  I’ll admit, I was impressed by the Apple Watch, but DJ had an excellent point that I totally agree with.

Ariel got some really impressive pictures of the new G-Shock MR-G MRG-G1000 GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid and a great write up on aBlogtoWatch HERE.

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Before I knew it the trip was over and I was saying good bye to NYC.  I would sincerely like to thank everyone involved for such an awesome trip and being such a great company to work with.  As I mentioned in the video, all of us here at AZ Fine Time are extremely proud to be a part of the ongoing evolution of G-Shock!  Can’t wait to see what’s next!

G-Shock Launch Event in NYC

G-Shock Launch Event in NYC

AZ Fine Time is out in New York right now for the press release event for some of the great new G-Shock products.  We’ll see the launch of the GPW1000 G-Shock GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor, the launch of the Basel World Special MT-G, and there will be a few other big surprises we will show you after the event tonight.  We’ll have plenty of pictures and video of the event soon to follow, but in the meantime, we will feature a couple of new blog posts/reviews of some of their new products.

I had the distinct honor of being invited to speak at the event tonight in regards to the new GPS Hybrid and have been having fun hanging out with Casio in NYC for the last 24 hours.  To see more on my trip please follow me on the following social media sites…

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We hope you enjoy and we look forward to sharing the coverage of the event!

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Follow AZ Fine Time Live at Baselworld 2014

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The boys here at AZ Fine Time are packed and ready to head to Phoenix Sky Harbor and begin our journey to Basel Switzerland for the annual Baselworld Fair!

While we are in Basel, we will be publishing live pictures, video and all the info on the new products from all of our manufactures.  To get everything from Basel, follow us on the following sites

AZ FINE TIME   –   www.azfinetime.com

AZ FINE TIME  BLOG   –   www.azfinetime.wordpress.com/

FACEBOOK   –   www.facebook.com/azfinetime

TWITTER   –   www.twitter.com/AZFineTime

INSTAGRAM   –   www.instagram.com/AZFINETIME

YOUTUBE   –  www.youtube.com/user/azfinetime

We’ll also be posting on www.watchuseek.com as time allows.

Don’t forget to follow us on one or all of the above mentioned sites to get the hands on experience of Basel World.  We are striving to make our readers feel as if they were there and have made some major upgrades to our equipment to do so.  Here are some of the brands you will see in our blog during the fair…

SEIKO

CITIZEN

CASIO

JEANRICHARD

GLYCINE

EBERHARD & CO.

MIDO

LUMINOX

SZANTO

and many, many more.  We’ll also be posting on a wide variety of potential new lines and will be looking for your feedback on the brands.  Stay tuned for more!

Thanks for reading!

Basel World Fair With AZ Fine Time 2014

Basel World Fair 2014 AZ Fine Time

It’s that time of year and watch collectors favorite holiday is just around the corner, the Basel World Fair 2014!  Starting on March 27th, watch brands from all over the world will gather in Basel, Switzerland to exhibit their new and exciting timepieces.  AZ Fine Time is gearing up and ready to start our journey to Switzerland two weeks from today, and we’re very excited to bring you hands on views of the new timepieces live from Basel.   We have appointments scheduled with all of the brands we currently carry as well as several others.

While we are in Basel, we will be publishing live pictures, video and all the info on the new products from all of our manufactures.  To get everything from Basel, follow us on the following sites

AZ FINE TIME   –   www.azfinetime.com

AZ FINE TIME  BLOG   –   www.azfinetime.wordpress.com/

FACEBOOK   –   www.facebook.com/azfinetime

TWITTER   –   www.twitter.com/AZFineTime

INSTAGRAM   –   www.instagram.com/AZFINETIME

YOUTUBE   –  www.youtube.com/user/azfinetime

We’ll also be posting on www.watchuseek.com as time allows.

For the next couple of weeks, we will be posting about new releases launched by our brands pre-Basel.  There are some very cool items on the horizon and we look forward to sharing them.  Many of the new timepieces will actually be launched at Basel, so be sure to follow us on one or all of the above mentioned sites to get the hands on experience of Basel World.  We are striving to make our readers feel as if they were there and have made some major upgrades to our equipment to do so.  Here are some of the brands you will see in our blog during the fair…

SEIKO

CITIZEN

CASIO

JEANRICHARD

GLYCINE

EBERHARD & CO.

MIDO

LUMINOX

SZANTO

and many, many more.  We’ll also be posting on a wide variety of potential new lines and will be looking for your feedback on the brands.  Stay tuned for more!

Thanks for reading!