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I wouldn't help but notice a forum post by someone who had bought a UW watch and the indicators had fallen off and were rattling away under the crystal. Then someone else came in and showed off their UW watch, that had the exact same problem. 


Hopefully they have increased the quality with the price. 

1 hour, 12 minutes ago on Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph Headlines New Swiss Made Watch Collection

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Not sure if I'm sold on the popcorn-ceiling look on the dial, but the sunken indicators are cool, and anytime Ball follows this look of building Arabic numbers out of tritium tubes, I'm interested. The design of them may appear a little rudimentary, but it is a very distinguishable signature for the brand, and it looks way cool in the dark. 


I don't see any Rolex here at all. Especially in the price tag. 

1 hour, 15 minutes ago on Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT Watch

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Great story! If she does any future iterations, it would be interesting to see parts of the design incorporated into the movement action - the jaw moving as a running seconds indicator, etc. 


Happy Hallowe'en everyone, 

1 hour, 21 minutes ago on Fiona Krüger Skull Watch Hands-On

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Very beautiful, especially that 4111. It's very heartening to see that even after all this time, Breguet still follows the same basic design and feel. 


Maybe I need to finish my coffee and I'll actually remember that I know this, but what did they call 'digital' readouts before digital was around to borrow as a term? I'm sure the word 'digital' well predates these pieces, but likely only used in a sense of talking about the use of one's extremities: in regard to fingers. But as a term used for numerical digits/readouts? That must be more contemporary than these watches/clocks.  

1 day, 2 hours ago on Historic Breguet No. 3519, 4111 Pocket Watches & No. 2655 Carriage Clock Hands-On

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Interesting. I like that forged carbon cases are starting to become more available to the common man, it is a material I would be I tested in trying out. A few months ago there was the micro brand that made watches that looked like Jean Richard homages in carbon cases, and they were priced more affordable as well. Looking forward to seeing more.

The first picture in this article gives me a headache. Destroy watch in its side, crown up. My brain kept asking me why the watch has a big 90 at the twelve o'clock position...

1 day, 10 hours ago on Forging The Magrette Regattare Carbon Watch

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Yep, that's a good thought as well. A la Mille Miglia.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On

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I echo pretty much everything you're saying. It's a bit cute that the 9 in the Chrono sundial is in the right position for a 9, and the VI should have been completely sacrificed, and then a Grande Date indication implemented. I'm also a little turned off by the big, plain rotor. A watch like this I think would be better presented as a manual wind. Or maybe micro rotor.

I'd hit most of the watches we read about here at 1/10 the listed price.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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I don't think any part of this offering necessarily looks 'cheap': I'm sure the materials, construction, and finishing is quite nice; it's the co-branding that kills it for me. And I'm a batman fan. Once Michael Keaton, George clooney, val Kilmer, christian bale, and he'll even toss one burt wards way (not Adam west though) who is lining up for one of the other 70 pieces at $20k? I get that this is not considerable money for some, but even within that group who buys it. Do the super rich light cigars with $20,000 bills? That's kinda the equivalent.

Anyway, I'm not sweaty. But I could be persuaded into the right pile-on.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut

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I'll be another echo and say that the price surprised me. I didn't think this brand was in that category. There is something about the finish I'm not buying for a watch with a sticker like this. The DLC is nice (you normally see it with a more satin/matte finish) but the polished steel parts don't look to be all that expertly done. The solid caseback is boring to boot. The lever mechanism and bezel operation is cool, but nowhere near $15k cool.

I'm well documented as not being a fan of lugless cases or one-handed watches, so this one would always have an uphill battle to win me over. That said, I do like the design theory, and actually enjoy it more than many Meistersinger watches. But at this price, forget it.

I think a leather strap in a 'racing' style would be much more appropriate here, and I could make one to fit.

2 days, 3 hours ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri Watch Hands-On

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Seriously, remove the batman references and just present this styling, and it's probably my favourite RJ watch ever.

I really want to know who this watch is for. It is not aimed at batman fans. 75 seems like a really big LE for a watch like this.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut

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Not bad, despite the red gold. The Window for the date indication is done a little poorly for a watch in this price range. I'm always tuned off when it looks like it was just punched out hastily. I know this one has a bevel, but a small frame would have gone a long way. The date wheel seem to be deepest, and the shadowing you get because of that is adding to the rougher appearance. The hands could use a little viagra - the hour hand is hardly distinguishable from the counter balance on the Chrono seconds hand.

Regardless, it is nice to see others getting into the high beat chronograph game, although White Bread has one hell of a mountain to climb if they think they will ever usurp Zenith as king in this arena.

3 days, 2 hours ago on Blancpain Villeret Pulsometer Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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Really nice movement, and the dial is great as well, but that case/lugs are awful, and it looks even worse in Ti. That matte colour combined with those stepped lugs makes the case look like it was cast, not milled - the hallmark of cheapness. 


Also, is that an original handset? I am not enjoying the 2-tone look, would have been better presented if they were all blued, but I understand why they weren't changed if that's how they look originally. Don't know that I've seen that look on a vintage pocket watch though (not that I'm a connoisseur though). 

4 days, 1 hour ago on Rpaige Waltham Original Antique Dial Watch Review

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Amazing, really. Very cool to see that he actually carried it across the goal line like this. I don't want to be a negative Nancy, but doesn't this have the potential to irk URWERK? Design and intellectual property rights and all that?

5 days, 1 hour ago on How One Guy Made A Shockingly Good Urwerk UR-202 Watch Homage

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Not bad, but not the El Primero for me. It is nice to see that you can get it for the same pricing as others release their 7750- based watches for.

6 days, 1 hour ago on Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift Racing Watch Hands-On

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I would take it out for a nice steak dinner AND call it the next day.

My favourite ALS still has to be the Zeitwerk striking, and after drooling over pictures of it for all this time I guess I really didn't notice that ALS wasn't big in black dials. All Zeitwerk have been offered in black and it is almost always the iteration you see when you look it up.

Anyway, whatever. ALS is what any other brand anywhere would aspire to be in terms of execution. ANY other brand. Even the words that surround them are awesome. Handwerkskunst? I feel like if I had that tattooed across my chest in olde English scribe I could then be the leader of a really hardcore gang.

6 days, 10 hours ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Anniversary Watch

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The watch is quite beautiful, really. As mentioned, the diamonds are not attention-grabbers themselves, but are blended into the overall look and feel of the piece masterfully. The only thing that caught my eye negatively is that the 1 in 12 does not match the other numerals on the dial. It does not have the same organic nature.

The article was good but need MOAR movement pics.

6 days, 10 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Minute Repeater Watch For Women

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Gavox still sounds to me like something I would take to solve heartburn.

1 week ago on Gavox Squadron Review: A True Mil-Spec Watch

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Very well executed, but I don't know that I will ever get past the AS signature of being off-centre in the case. It is admittedly less noticeable with this level of skeletonization, but it;s still there, bugging me. 


I'm normally a boob man, but I'm loving the ass-end of the this watch. The rear is dear. 

1 week ago on Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water & Fire Watches Hands-On

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Oddly enough, I am finding a lot to like about that Parmigiani. I think that exact watch would really be amazing if they had implemented the telescopic handset that they (re) introduced last year (I think... or was it 2012...?) on the Ovale Phantographe. 


What a watch that would be - when the hands themselves are a complication, you know you;re swinging for the fences. 

1 week ago on Wixon Jewelers Watch Fair In Minneapolis On October 24-25, 2014

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This watch is missing a PD signature. I didn't notice it earlier, but coming back I see they left out the 2-character day wheel. Those odd markers (I.e. "TU") added a nice piece of personality I enjoyed.

1 week, 1 day ago on Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 Debuts

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@SN0WKRASH Kinky!

1 week, 2 days ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone

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Honestly, I was really hoping for, and expecting more from this inaugural release. The are easily recognizable as PD watches - the fonts are correct, etc, but the execution here is a bit boring, all told. This is PD phoning it in, for their first watch. Also, another insultingly-priced 7750 watch. Ho-Hum. The dial as well say: " we want to make our own movements, but we can;t afford to right now. Until then, we will overcharge you for movements that we buy elsewhere, until we cant buy them anymore"



And then people could get into epic arguments over the amount of text on the dial. 




This just looks like a missed opportunity to me. 


1 week, 2 days ago on Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1 Debuts

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Oh, I don't doubt that for a second. But Competition Bureaus are SRS BSNS. At least there are here in Canada anyway, but I'm sure Swiss/European equivalents are not to be messed with.

1 week, 2 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@5803822 It will, but they can't just do it overnight. The availability will peter out, ETA/Swatch can't just push a button and yank the rug out from underneath everyone. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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@MarkCarson @Jimxxx If you can find it on the internet, then it has to be true, That is a Global law. I know that because i read it on the internet. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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Interesting design. based on the pictures, you would think it to be something like 44mm and quite thick - with it being under 8mm total thickness, I would say that the bezel is just too heavy, and there should have been more dial. At 40mm wide, with a bezel that meaty, the dial must display quite small on the wrist. 


Very nice looking movement though. 

1 week, 3 days ago on The Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital Is The Latest Luxury Watch From Sweden

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Very attractive, but in this day and age, I wont be paying no 10k for a 7750 watch. Nothing about the movement makes this watch special, including the COSC certification. I already have 3 of these movements in my collection, and all 3 of them put together are BARELY more expensive than this one watch. This is El Primero money, a fantastically better chronograph movement. 


Shame, because it does look a really nice watch to wear. The TI bracelet is the option I would take, understanding that looking at it the wrong way will scratch it. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review

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Apologies for me edit turning into a double post

1 week, 5 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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Soon... $12k, $23k, and $130k smart watches, in that order. Interesting trend; make them virtually unobtainable, kill the smart watch trend, and we can get back to business as usual.

The only one of these with any chance would be the JLC, and it would need that mechanical movement on the other side. But, with a computer on one side and a watch on the other with a faraday cage in there's as well, that would be one Big Mac of a Reverso. Personally I think the PAM10011101011001 ( as I have dubbed it) looks the best, but I might rethink that crown guard idea.

Too bad the timing wasn't better, this would have been a great post for April 1st.

1 week, 5 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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Soooo, $12k, $23k, and $130k smart watches, in that order. I like the trend; make them virtually unobtainable, and kill smart watches as a whole.

The only one of these concepts that would have any chance is the JLC, and it would need that mechanical watch on the other side. But, with a computer on one side and a watch on the other, with a faraday cage between them, that would be one Big Mac of a Reverso.

1 week, 5 days ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands

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Ok, the price reallly caught me off guard: yikes! The engraving is very well done, but like almost all skeletonized watched, not for me. If I'm going to pay $37k for a watch, it better cover that portion of my wrist.

Also, the engraving style reminds me too much of a gross old sofa chair that Nana used to have in her apartment. It was pink and green and the material would have made for excellent camouflage for hiding at the botanical gardens, waiting for an old lady to come by so you can pop out unexpectedly and take one of her cats. This is the watch for that mission.

1 week, 6 days ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On

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The watch is amazing, no doubt, but what is with the endless 'luxury' watches in pink gold? When it goes out of style (and it will... PLEASE) then are all these masterpieces going to available at silly discounts because the brands just couldn't see the value in the timeless elegance of white metal cases? Geez. It's wearing thin.

2 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Watch Revisited

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I'm in love with that blue lambda, but for that price I should get 3 of them. And I don't need 3 of them, so let's just call is $7k and I'll be on my merry way. Seriously, steel cased Nomos watches are almost all sub-40mm, and they have this gorgeous 42mm model with lucious ink dial and they'll only put it in gold and price it in a segment that is almost overwhelmingly overcrowded.

2 weeks ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases

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He's Mayor friends with Rob Ford, and trust me, you don't know funny until you see leaked video of a giant hamburger smoking crack. He was so high he ketchup and nuggeted his pants. He had fry eyes.

2 weeks ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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I do not have, but want, a watch that says 'made in Germany' on the dial. I am a fan of the laco B-dial pilot watch, and while it does come with a Swiss movement, many of them are Miyota powered (like the one pictured above), I very nearly made that mistake one day. I would have had to have a dial maker update mine into honesty so that it would proclaim "Germasian". 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Laco Watches – Rewriting Horological History Since 1925

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I actually don;t mind the plain bezel, it is unique and interesting. I own dive watches, even though I no longer dive, I do love to snorkel. So, I really put my 300=m WR watches to the test by going down that 20 feet. And that is probably above-average depth for most people that wear divers. True, you can use a timing bezel for most anything that needs to be timed at an hour or less - I've used mine to track a parking meter before, but at the end of the day, I don't think this idea is anything to blow a gasket over. What might have been a fun idea that both keeps the bezel one colour but still has indication would be to have the timing portion just milled out of the bezel insert. It would be the same colour, and pretty difficult to read, but it would be there, and at a glance it would still just look like solid colour. Then people could comment " ZOMG you kant evin reed the bezil! No bezil loom dood?!!!?!?!???!?!!!?!?! Wat wer they thunking???"


Does MDM still offer the colour changing sapphires? That would be something to do on a model like this. 


Also, yellow + red = puke. Is this the McDonalds edition? As seen on the wrist of brand ambassador Mayor McCheese?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review

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Hey man, I get along just fine. I made sure to say that it was just my preference.

Glad to see you enjoy so many options,

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Hamilton Pan Europ Watch On NATO Hands-On

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I'm a fan of the watch (the chrono is better though), but I am very decidedly anti-NATO straps. I guess as a strapmaker I know that there is no NATO that I can't horribly embarass looks-wise with a leather or hide: even in fun/bright colours, etc. Every time I see a NATO I just can't escape the cheap feeling, even nicer ones like these. I know the argument is that they are more 'secure' and that your watch will stay on if a springbar break, which I think is a fairly weak argument considering 99.9% of people that wear them are desk divers at best, but to each his own: the style just is not for me, but I don't judge those that think differently.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Hamilton Pan Europ Watch On NATO Hands-On

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Love this style, but I wish they increased to 40 to 42mm. I'd buy one tomorrow; I have love the chrono scope for a long time, and both times I tried it on I shied away due to the size.

Who makes the movements?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches

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Very sharp. I think the part that needed to stay on the drawing board are the 5/2 star polygons (pentagrams) on the bezel. They look a bit juvenile, and don;t match the realism in the moon, or the diamonds used for the constellations. I guess I just didn't notice them on the blue version, but the ultra-high contrast on this iteration really makes them stand out. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Graham Geo.Graham The Moon Watch Now In A White Gold Case With Black Dial

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Regardless of how well made it is and how many perfectly working complications are inside, it is absolutely hideous. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary

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Hublot straps are the best in the business, no contest. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary Watch Hands-On

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I was going to say there is no way they could make this watch any uglier, but if they changed all that insipid dial font to comic sans, I guess that would make it marginally worse.

I'm not really concerned that it so blatantly rips off the sevenfriday, because that watch looks like a bag of smashed assholes as well. Go let the childish mutants ape each other, while we go talk about real time pieces. I like a good polarizing design, but these are just brainless drivel.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Ancon X-35 Concept Watch Review

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The Felix is a lovely watch, but remains a head-scratcher for me. I see people compare the Felix to some Nomos offerings, as they are both modest looking and sized steel-cased watches with similar movement characteristics in approximately the same price range, but looking at the movement of the Felix it is just really hard to explain the price. For a non-watch person, you would need a printout of this article to show when you were talking about it, to make it understandable.

Regardless, the watch wouldn't be for me based on dimensions alone I think. I've never tried one on, but at under 40mm with such a heavy bezel, I predict that it would wear too small on my wrist for my liking.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Habring2 Felix Watch Review And Manufacture Visit

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Teaching yourself to look at the sides of the dials for the chronograph readings really takes some getting used to: even with the indicators, your eye will naturally look at the top of the dial. This is not the only watch that does that, and I've experienced it.

The look is very nice, but I think I ultimately prefer the original NR chrono. Not burning desire for either though, mono poussoir (it feels like I just wrote a dirty word) chronographs are not my thing.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec Watch Hands-On

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