Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Mariah Carey watch from Besançon

Today's watch is a promotional special edition watch for a famous American singer - Mariah Carey. She's been in the news recently as tomorrow is the start of her residency in the Colosseum in Las Vegas, so I thought it was about time to blog this watch.

Mariah Carey is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress who broke into the public consciousness in 1990 with the release of her debut album. This watch is from 1995 and so coincides with the release of her album Daydream and a single One Sweet Day (with Boys II Men) which holds the record for the longest run at number one on the Billboard Top 100 in America (16 weeks).

The watch is a stylized 3 hand dial design in a round case. The hands are in different styles, with the hour hand being a zigzag shape, the minute hand is curved, and the second hand is straight but gold. The face is white and features a raised off-white monogram MC across the dial. The hour markers are made up from the letters in the name Mariah Carey, and as there are only 11, there is a black dot for the 12 o'clock marker.

The back reveals that this watch was made in Besançon, which is known as the watch capital of France. The location has been mentioned a few times on the blog already, as that is where the Azeka watches were made, and was the birthplace of the Lip brand. No manufacturer is mentioned on the watch, so I can't tell whether this is by one of those manufacturers, or another based in the same city.

The back also reveals the normal information around materials (base metal with a stainless steel back), and 3atm water resistance. The design is completed with a brown leather strap, but as this isn't marked, I can't guarantee it is not a replacement.

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