between the lugs
I'd also like to mention that while winter doesn't bother me, seeing these pictures of people lounging around on outdoor furniture in balmy weather while here at home there is 3 feet of snow on my lawn that has been here for 2 months and it is currently snowing and we just came out of the coldest February on record since like 1900, that I have just decided that I'm done with winter this year and would very much like to play a round of golf in shorts.
Invite me over, Max (had to get another one in there).
2 hours, 50 minutes ago on Parmigiani Fleurier And Bugatti Lifestyle
Ok, never seen a rootbeer veyron before: I like. Bugatti blue looks good as well, like the one James drove a while back.
Thanks for the notes on your experience Max. Can I call you Max? I just did. But I won't again if you'd prefer so, Max. (just getting them in now in case that's all I get, Max.)
3 hours ago on Parmigiani Fleurier And Bugatti Lifestyle
I do all kinds of stuff, mostly working for myself. I might be in greasy coveralls turning wrenches on a classic/vintage motor with no watch, or, like yesterday, in a bespoke Tom Ford suit and a 42mm watch.
Of course I see cuffed shirts in clubs and other mostly-casual affairs with decidedly casual watches, but the shirts are generally not worn in a buttoned-down manner. Flipped or rolled cuffs, or sometimes just not even buttoned.
9 hours, 54 minutes ago on SevenFriday M2 Watch Review
I like that Spin Time, but the 'price on request' stuff sucks. This is me requesting the price, let's hear it. The Chrono is nice as well, but the time-only model is a little underwhelming.
10 hours, 26 minutes ago on Louis Vuitton Tambour éVolution GMT In Black Watches For 2015
While I think this is maybe one of, if not the best attempt yet at integrating 'smart' technology into the world of wristwatches, I'm still not smart enough to 'get it'. I don't see how this technology is 'smart'. Because actually looking at your phone is stupid? Or are we so important where we need the notification on our wrist, no time for trivial actions like removing our phones from our pockets. Or, is this for the obviously enormous segment that will be in meetings where it would be rude to pull out and look at their phone, but still need to know at that very second that the wife has reminded us to get cat food on the way home because your autistic cat Admiral Ticklebelly doesn't take change very well and there is only 3/4 of a scoop left when he's used to 4/5 of one.
I'm not ignorant, and I understand that this technology is not going anywhere, and it will very likely evolve into actually useful applications, but that time ain't now and I currently find the whole smart watch thing tedious.
10 hours, 34 minutes ago on Montblanc e-Strap Smart Attachment For Timewalker Watch Hands-On
Sounds like a really niche market. What kind of cuffs: this is not exactly a 'dress shirt' kind of watch.
1 day, 7 hours ago on SevenFriday M2 Watch Review
Very nice looking store. The razor-wire artwork is a little disconcerting, but I'm sure it keeps customers on their toes.
Fan of this series, it's good to know places like this exist and thrive.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Buying Watches In Austin, Texas: Jack Ryan Fine Jewelry + Timepieces
Really cool, I like it. Maybe their best attempt yet.
I really hope they take a stab at a liquid-indicated chronograph at some point.
1 day, 10 hours ago on HYT H3 Watch & Video
Not that I've ever really been a fan of these giant wrist chiclets, but the more I look the more peeved I get about the reverse time layout. If the discs were printed different, the watch construction could be identical, with the hours on the far left of the case with minutes and seconds moving inward. Or does that make too much sense?
1 day, 10 hours ago on SevenFriday M2 Watch Review
I like to have specific watches for specific reasons. If I have a tool watch that I also wear in less appropriate situations, then I've taken away the opportunity to buy another watch. And that's no good for anybody.
2 days, 8 hours ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Traser Classic Automatic Master
Funny, I was just discussing the turbine yesterday: someone posted a rather garish version of one, and I argued that there were so many iterations of it that there was probably one for just about anyone.
I see they have also moved toward truly proprietary lugs a la Swatch and Roger Dubuis.
3 days, 12 hours ago on Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch
Nice write up: enjoy!
3 days, 12 hours ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Chrono
Do not want. Also, why are we calling Jaguar a British car manufacturer? They've been Indian since like '07 or '08. Shouldn't the watches be offered by HMT?
4 days, 11 hours ago on Bremont Jaguar MKI And MKII Non-Limited Edition Jaguar Collaboration Watches
The single-chromosome market might be a great launch pad for the apple watch, but I think that could also be a pretty slippery slope. If it gains a real foothold with female consumers, it'll be typecast quickly and forever, to be shunned by the hairy wristed. Honestly, it makes sense to go this route, as the form factor of the Apple watch is arguably feminine. So, the Apple watch could make an interesting play where they root the product as it is today with the ladies, and then in a year or 2 release an updated version with harder lines, lazerz, and lulz, and then kick the marketing machine into manly overdrive. Banner ads on TheArtofManliness.com and Redtube.com.
Not that Apple marketing needs my help. Having the same email appear on your computer, phone, and watch all at the same time is really going to change the world, amirite?
5 days, 9 hours ago on Why The Apple Watch Is Heavily Marketed To Women
My favourite Parmigiani watch, hands down (no pun intended). This is saying a lot for me, because of a few reasons. First, the watch is, at the macro level, is rather uncomplicated. Before anyone come steaming in to fill me in on how complicated it is, what I am referring to is the actual number of complications: 2. On top of that the timetelling doesn't even have a running seconds indication of any kind, which I generally have zero interest in. Finally, the movement view, while nice, couldn't be called breathtaking by any stretch. The clouds-in-the-sky-of-robot-world bridges/cocks are unique, but also somewhat plain and take up a lot of real estate. And the shape of the case vs. the shape of the movement window is not elegant, and to my eye against the grain of the watch's style.
All that said, I love this watch and want to sleep in on a Sunday morning with it. I'd make a nice, late breakfast, we'd take the dog for a walk, and look longingly into each others' eyes many times. The handset is a masterpiece on their own, and they are displayed perfectly on that dial.
Interesting that the hands have that texture to them. You would assume smooth, as would normally be seen on blued hands. I wonder if they didn't want them too shiny/glossy in order to keep the colour truer.
Anyway, would love to own one of these one day.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe Watch Hands-On
6 days, 8 hours ago on Pebble ‘Time’ Smartwatch Puts Pebble Back In The Game: New User Interface, Notable Design Updates
I'm a GS fan, but have no interest in this watch. The case design is killing it for me: it looks bulky and rudimentary. The transition from brushed to polished surface at the lugs, while I'm sure experly done, looks crude and poorly thought out. The red/yellow McDonalds-esque LE is fairly awful.
We don't see enough 'new' GS models, so I'm extra disappointed with this one after waiting a while for something new.
6 days, 10 hours ago on Grand Seiko SBGR077 & SBGR079 Magnetic Resistant Watches Hands-On
You lost me at PVD'd gold. Sorry, but that's just stupid. Was steel not heavy or expensive enough to treat so cheaply? Is the watch not expensive enough to warrant a more luxurious or stable treatment like DLC or cerakote?
I love MB&F, and I enjoy this watch, but this iteration makes no sense and as a finale to the model, fails.
The Frog version is much better, and truer to the design.
6 days, 10 hours ago on MB&F HM3 MegaWind Final Edition Watch Hands-On
Quite nice, actually. I'm generally turned off by subsidiary seconds, I would much prefer a central seconds hand, and while that is also the case here I don;t mind the balance that the sub seconds dial gives - without it the dial as a whole would be awfully stark. When I first saw the initial image, my initial thought was "oh, a baby HomeTime", and while it certainly is derivative, I think there is enough here for it to be it's own watch.
I have said on several occasions that every man should have a white-dialed watch on a steel bracelet, and this one make a nice argument - I enjoy the 5-link design. Very handsome and versitile.
I understand that the base caliber is fairly entry-level, but the aftercare and modifications are nothing to sneeze at; I don't think the MSRP is totally offside, and could obviously be arm wrestled down at the dealer by the savvy consumer.
1 week ago on Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Hands-On
Very nice over all. Some of them are a little cheesy, including the batman piece, and some of them are quite stunning. A few of them appear to be much more lightly engraved, not sure if that is a halfway point and they are unfinished, but it gives more of an appearance of them being stamped than hand engraved.
I'd like to see what he could do in a more abstract style, rather than engraving actual things.
1 week ago on Affordable Hand-Engraved Watch Movements By Artur Akmaev
If Ball and Breitling had a baby that neither wanted to care for, so they left it on the doorstep of a mansion. But they didn't know that the owner of the home was a half cyborg mad scientist, who raised that little watch baby into a large and intimidating chronograph to truly epic levels of dial clutter. The now-ginormous foster watch decides it does not want to follow in 'Daddy's' footsteps (he's a world domination plan devising cyborg by day) and actually just wants to be pseudo-intellectual political blogger that quips lightly at the notion of socialist infrastructure.
Anyway, he's kicked out of a black tie fund-raising event for homeless inappropriately roasted Peruvian coffee beans because he's just too big and unwieldy, and in a fit of rage he finds his way home with the help of his compass bezel and usurps his now-aging cyborg foster father and begins his own failing world domination planning business.
That's seriously what I see here.
1 week, 1 day ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Orbital II Chronograph Watch Review
Dat mop top.
1 week, 2 days ago on Whiplash Movie Editor Tom Cross Chooses Perfect Jaeger-LeCoultre Watch For Academy Awards
Really digging the DLC version. The front-facing micro rotor offer just as much visual curiosity as a tourbillon does I think, and I'm sure would start just as many conversations.
1 week, 2 days ago on Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Automatic Skeleton Watch Hands-On
Stunning, to say the least. The dial side is a bit ornate to my liking, but the level of talent and detail is incredible on a bad day.
When I saw the title of the article, I became somewhat giddy, thinking that aBtW had somehow gotten it's hands on an uncased George Daniels caliber, which would have made my (very cold and dreary) month.
Regardless, this was highly enjoyable, compounded by excellent photographs.
Eagerly awaiting the next installment.
1 week, 3 days ago on Movement Hands-On Series Episode 2: A Movement Conceived And Made Entirely By The Same Independent Watchmaker
At one point I'm sure shellac flakes were the method used, although in today's modern times and processes, something cleaner and more reliable exists.
That may be so, but there's no reason they couldn't have put a frame on it. Make one from the same metal as the case, really helps to up the refined look.
1 week, 4 days ago on Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Volant Une Minute 12 Jours Watch Hands-On
The best part about this watch is the PR indicator, and being an automatic movement I'd argue that is just as useless as the tourbillon.
Not a fan of the flat, plain dial and the hole cut out of it with zero panache. A slight bevel, a delicate frame: anything would have been better than this look, which appears to have been done with a paper punch.
I was going to say that the watch seems a little over priced, but then I remembered it has boobies painted on the back. So, totally justified.
I really love the macro displaying the different colours of the parts in the escapement, with the silicon really adding a nice splash of something unique.
1 week, 4 days ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II Watch Hands-On
Very beautiful. Stunning, really: the blue dial versions. While in theory I would want to prefer the moonphase version, I think I like the PR version better. Just lovely.
1 week, 5 days ago on Updated Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar, PanoReserve Models For 2015
I'm just about desperate to see someone in the wild pull one of these out of his overcoat and reference it seriously.
1 week, 5 days ago on Tissot T-Touch ‘Pocket Touch’ Watch
And another reason to want Instagram. AmiSIHH? That's funny. Dat lume? Hilarious.
1 week, 5 days ago on Watch_Amish Is Hilarious, Honest Commentary On All Luxury Watch Social Media
I'm a watch watcher, and I literally never see Museum pieces in the wild any longer. It's time has come (no pun intended) and Movado might be better to focus energies on something new and marketable rather than try to force a resurrection.
1 week, 6 days ago on Movado Museum Dial Watch Ready For A Return? Movado Thinks So: Its History & Horwitt’s Struggle
I understand your position. I'm afraid that I cannot take back my comment, understanding the consequences.
That said, I should also inform you that I too have a very particular set of skills. One of the more notable would be being Canadian. It's -25c here today in the sun, and getting colder.
2 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon Watch Hands-On
Very nice, but it would never be the spherotourbillion I would buy. The gold hands/markers are a clashy mess magnified by the hospital-walls dial.
The Spherotourbillion Enamel is the golden ticket of this collection.
Love that buzzsaw bezel, but I bet it would look better on a Pro bracelet.
2 weeks ago on Breitling Chronoliner Watch
Then we can agree to disagree. Because Floyd is a 70s band. They're a 60s band as well, but as you just said they're also a 70s band, proven by the works they produced during that time.
You're a product of your growth and experience, it doesn't make sense that you're defined simply by your creation. If you were born in 1949, then you were 20 for Woodstock. As a teenager, maybe you were listening to the Monkees or Hermans Hermits or the Yardbirds or the Kinks or Gerry and the Peacemakers or the Moody Blues or Cream or Elvis Presley or the Beatles. Through your 20s you would have hung onto some of those that had real survivability, and also possibly discovered Jethro Tull or the Police or Queen or Heart or the Grateful Dead or the Guess Who or Kiss. You grew up, found a career and had a kid, but in your 30s found time to discover and enjoy REM or GnR or U2 or AC/DC or the B-52's.
Now creeping up on 70, do you look back at your life and decide that you are a product of the 40s?
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Piaget Black Tie “Vintage Inspiration” Watch Hands-On
And released 7 of their 9 albums in the 70s. True that they were the last great band of the 60s, but they were also the first great band of the 70s, and they crushed the entire decade under the weight of their awesome.
Looking closer, it looks like you're correct. That picture frames that texture so perfectly in that photo, it looks purposeful.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Frédérique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat FC-945 Watch Hands-On
My Led Zeppelin discography would heartily disagree.
That is a very nice looking watch store.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Buying Watches In Greenwich, Connecticut: Manfredi Jewels
I continue to struggle to find a reason to ever want a Tissot T-touch. I must be unique in the true watch lover category in that I have never had one and don't desire one. They are activity/adventure pieces only, one of these wouldn't find its way into my regular watch rotation. I really do make use of ABC watch functionality, and spend as much time in the bush as can be allowed on an annual basis, usually with just whatever will fit in a backpack. I have worn a Pathfinder for many years, and don't see how this can replace it. Not only does it lack more than half the functionality (when properly calibrated, the sunrise/sunset data has proven to be dependable and necessary), but it offers it up in a more concise and easily read fashion (duplex crystal FTW). Look at the solar panel on this Tissot. It hogs most of the dial. On the Pathfinder, it is nearly hidden despite its efficiency. I also have a problem with the full Ti case and bracelet. Granted, the Pathfinder has a similar option, but you don't want to have that in a hard use scenario, Ti scratches when you look at it the wrong watch, and seriously just pushing your way through thick folige with mark it up like crazy.
This is an adventure watch for someone that likes the idea of going out, but doesn't actually partake. This T-touch line gets marginally more attractive with each iteration (starting from downright fugly, they have a steep hill to climb) but I would still change quite a bit about this one.
All in, it's nowhere near functional enough to replace my Pathfinder, and not attractive or cool enough to enter into a rotation of daily use watches for me, casual or otherwise.
Finally, I'll mention price, which I don't normally like to do: this is at least 4x more expensive than the Casio, and I'm talking apples-to-apples (full Ti). If youreally wanted practicality and went for the resin version, there is no point in discussing price because the delta is basically insurmountable.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Review
I've never been a fan of open heart watches, and this one is a good example as to why. They could have at least added a bigger, screwed balance wheel over this plain one, and the finishing as a whole is really lacking. Even the shapes need help: by the time the curvature of the bridge meets the chapter ring, it takes a slightly different line. Not cool. A good close look at how the smaller parts are finished around the balance show that more work is needed here.
I do like the highly polished and heavy black pomme hands, and the oddball finishing on the outside of the lugs, but this will be a much more marketable watch in steel with a notably lower pricepoint.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Frédérique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat FC-945 Watch Hands-On
This is a watch that should have a quartz movement in it, there is no need for mechanical here. A fancy quartz movement. You know, the kind with blued jewels...
Anyway, obviously very well made, expertly finished, and really boring.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Piaget Black Tie “Vintage Inspiration” Watch Hands-On
Rose gold aside, this is probably the most attractive Chopard I can think of.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph Watch Hands-On
Very nice. The first time we spoke of this I was disgruntled at a description of the movement without any pictures of it, forcing me off to some other dark corner of the tubes. The movement is the star of the show here, looking almost incomplete with the peripheral rotor something to almost search for, leaving you wondering where some of the manual winding parts you would normally see are. Jam packed with fun details like the 2-tone engravings and VC logo atop the chronograph gears. Would love to know how a steel version would be priced.
The strap looks well made, but does not appear to wear all that comfortably. Did you do that on purpose to show some detail?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph Watch Hands-On
If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, rotate the bezel until South is halfway between the hour hand and 12. Subtract an hour if you are on DST. Point the hour hand at the sun and the bezel with tell you the NEWS. Roughly, anyway. Repeat the process every hour or so to find your way home.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Breitling Chronospace Military Watch Hands-On
Love that colourway, even though I am not and never will be a Canucks fan.
Other than that I've already shared my thoughts on this watch, which are not favorable.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch
I like the movement, and would love to see it in action, but the looks. Just scream Swatch chronograph. I wish they would have developed it with a less tired layout.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Certina DS-2 Limited Edition Watch With High-End PreciDrive Movement
If you want your watch to be an investment, get the Rolex. I don't personally find them all that interesting, but they certainly hold their value well.
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