OK, I made that up, but the reality is, everyone who sees this watch is immediately impressed. Over a turkey and gammon lunch at a carvery where I took the pictures, my son repeatedly offered to take the watch off my hands.
Bulova claim it as the world’s first curved chronograph movement, and it’s the curve that gives it its sleek and sexy appeal. The version shown here is the five-hand chronograph in rose gold-tone stainless steel, with a black bezel, black dial with rose gold-tone hands and markers, protected by curved anti-reflective sapphire glass. The top of the line model is in Titanium.
Unusually for a quartz watch, for yes, it is quartz, is the addition of an exhibition case back, but in the case of the Curv, the quartz movement, usually something carefully concealed from view, is something to be proud of.
It’s a high-performance quartz movement, a variant of the much-admired Precisionist calibers, with 262 kHz vibrational frequency. We are talking accuracy of +/- ten seconds a year, and I like that because, called me old fashioned, but if I wear a watch I want to know it’s telling the correct time.
Although Bulova has been part of Japanese giant Citizen since 2007, it’s perhaps no coincidence that the impeccably precise 44mm Bulova Curv hails from the heart of New York, in no less a New York landmark than the Empire State Building itself. While their now graffiti free trains remain reassuringly late and confusing, native New Yorkers are punctual. They understand that in a city so crowded and complex, if everyone showed up late all the time, their busy, busy world would quickly dissolve into Daliesque time melting anarchy. Perhaps that’s why the seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock beats not by the second but by the half second.
The watch comes on a comfortable black EPDM rubber strap with three-piece buckle closure, complete with the Bulova Accutron tuning fork logo. Prices for the Curv start at $599 rising to $899 for the titanium model.
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