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Sad. For the image the Bremont tries to mould for themselves you'd think that they would partner up with a proper Scotch label. Chivas is what you serve people that don't what good scotch is.

17 hours, 11 minutes ago on Chivas 12 Made For Gentlemen By Bremont Limited Edition Watches And Gift Tin

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I'll take a piece of that action. Fashion watches aside, I don't see smart watches hurting G-Shock. The line has its own culture, nerdy smart watches won't be turning that around.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Casio G-Shock MT-G MTG-S1000 $1,000 Metal Watches Hands-On

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@Ulysses31 Fruit of the Loom? Look, they make a nice undershirt, but that doesn';t make me a fanboi...

2 days, 8 hours ago on MB&F HM5 CarbonMacrolon Watch

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Do not want. 


I like Breitling as a brand, but the whole high-end quartz thing goes over my head. 

2 days, 8 hours ago on Breitling Colt Watches For 2014 Fully Embrace High-End Quartz

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Weird,. Too bad you can't actually wear it. Seriously. Look down on the round watch on your wrist. Now imaging the strap is where it is, but the entire dial is to the right of it. It will be hanging over the top of your hand. Not to mention those pushers. 


I love the 1000 year accuracy claims. No one will be able to prove or discredit it, so why not make some zany claim like that. 


"no, seriously - if it's off by more than 1.5 seconds after 1000 years, just bring it back for a full refund. I'll totally honour it. Don;t lose your receipt though". 


And, being accurate to 1.5 seconds over 1000 year doesn't mean that after 1 year it is not off by 5 days fast, then 16 months slow in 20 years, etc, etc, etc and then but the time 1000 year have gone by it's caught itself back up. 


I am not comfortable with comparing this to the wonder that is George Daniels' Space Traveler.  And the HM1 is infinitely more wearable than this. 


The pocketwatch was a bit of a masterpiece, for what it is and how it is displayed. This is a bit of a train wreck. 

2 days, 8 hours ago on Hoptroff No. 16 Atomic Wrist Watch For 1000 Year Accuracy

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Ah, the Wiley and ever-elusive 'murican unicorn.

You could certainly use some sparkle after the suffering at would be paying for this watch.

3 days, 8 hours ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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Should have been called the HM5 "batmobile"

3 days, 9 hours ago on MB&F HM5 CarbonMacrolon Watch

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The movement only constitutes 6.7% of a watch's total parts? Ummmmmmmm... I guess that AP bezel they ripped off is MEGA complicated.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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I was hoping for Sharktopus, but Sharknado will do I guess.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000

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I have absolutely no idea why I would own or wear a watch like this. 


That said, I do like how some of the technical images used remind me of VR missions in Metal Gear. In before someone asks "what watch is on Solid Snake's wrist?".

4 days, 9 hours ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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Very cool, but nowhere near the URWERK I would reach for when I buy one. Not if; when. 

4 days, 9 hours ago on Urwerk EMC Black Watch Presents The Dark Side Of Horological Tinkering

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If Seiko ever sorts out a kinetic movement that acts like a mechanical one (i.e. seconds hand 'sweeping' instead of that quartz 'tick'), they will sell many more of them than they do now. Guarantee. 

5 days, 8 hours ago on Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive SRG017 Watch Hands-On

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VERY interesting, and at the same time frustrating. Everything about it sounds like a major advancement in the mechanical watch segment, the kind of thing that can bring mechanical watch abandoners back to the dark side. But, instead of opening up the development so that it can be meted out to the industry at large to bring it into the forefront, it will be held as exclusive technology for one brand, that doesn;t make nice looking watches to begin with, and will produce it in watches that likely cost in the neighborhood of $1 trillion or more. What a fail. With a year to go, something liek this could be developed and refined to the point where it is available in watches that the common man can afford to wear, and be released around the same time as this Crapple watch that some people seem to be scared of in regard to it eroding the market share of traditional watches. The play smells ignorant, to be honest. 



Also, as mentioned, the system is currently hideous compared to the majesty of the existing balance wheel look, so if nothing else, hopefully Parmigiani can sex it up a bit. I'm not holding my breath though - they don't make very sexy watches, and sexy is determined by the sum of it's parts. 

5 days, 8 hours ago on Will The Genequand System Regulator Disrupt The Traditional Balance Wheel? 30 Days Of Power Reserve With Traditional Mainspring

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The watch is beautiful, without a doubt. I could eat that stipple-textured dial with a spoon, and I love the case shape, with those strong lugs that have powerful 'shoulders'. The movement finishing, with that sunburst effect originating from the balance wheel is 


I do not really have anything negative to say about the watch,and I don't think it is priced unfairly, but if I were to spend this money on a single watch, here is why this one would not make the list:


- pink gold

- pink gold + blued (a bit tacky for me)

- the semi-skeletonized dial. I think the whole dial would look better solid. I now there are iterations without this look, but we are talking about this watch. 

- the 'CAL 380' plate on the front. unnecessary and distracting. Flip the watch over, and you are looking at caliber 380, so why not identify it back there? Oh wait - they did. Good thing they slap me in the face with it on the front, I might have forgotten. There is a bridge under the time barrel that is just begging for some kind of embellishment, that is where the caliber plaque should go. 

- the 3hz beatrate is disappointing. I know they can do better, 

- the strap. Now, this wouldn't affect a buying decision, because I can do better myself, but it is worth nothing that the strap here is essentially an afterthought. I know it will be well made from the premium materials, but it does not fit the case. Look at picture 1/27. Ariel does not have a waifish wrist, but there is a big delta between where the strap jumps down around the wrist, and the point of the lugs. Not cool. If the strap were heavier at the lugs, and then tapered toward the ends, it would both look and feel better, and it would also match the stature of those lugs. 

6 days, 7 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe Watch Review

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We a full size rotor being off centre, did you find any notable 'wobble' at all on your wrist? Not that it would be a terrible thing or deal breaker by any stretch, but you just don't really see that, and it reminds me of this novelty golf or baseballs where all the weight is on one side and they loop erratically when hit/thrown.

1 week ago on Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 Watch Hands-On

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Now THERE is a great idea, buy the watch and get a bespoke suit to go with it. I almost think I should be keeping that to myself, I think that would be very marketable. Get maybe... Tom Ford on board (hey, that rhymes), to ensure that the suit is equally covet-able as the watch.

Damn, I'm smart.

1 week ago on Breguet Classique Power Reserve 7137 Watch Hands-On

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The Atlantik Datum would be my choice out of what is shown, but the red seconds hand kills it for me.

1 week ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared

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Lovely, as usually with JD. All the blank purchase on the dial does not bother me any, as it is a hallmark of the brand and a part of their identity. They manage to never make it seem out of place. I don't think the date complication disturbs the elegance of the dial,they integrated it quite nicely.

Am I crazy for staring the most at the reliefs done on the movement rotor? Man, that is excellent work.

1 week ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel Watch Hands-On

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Thanks! I hope you're still wearing them; that was a very fun project.

I'm tweeting that picture of the straps on the watches: really impressive.

1 week, 1 day ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Marvin Origin Gent Automatic

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Excellent winner review: I have to say that I've been fairly impressed with them as of late. Back in 'the day' winner reviews were fewer and further between and when they did show up sometimes they were a little flat: no insult intended to any of the many winners this site has generously graced over the years.

I think the best overall group of giveaways on this site are Marvin. I remember years ago the giveaway was a choice of a pair of Marvin automatic chronographs, and I very much wanted to be called on that one. The vintage Speedmaster from Max Busser's personal collection, serviced by his shop is/was likely the best single giveaway yet, but Marvin has been represented in these contests with excellence.

I would love to make a black strap for that watch. I'm not going to solicit here, but if it's cool with Ariel maybe we can work something out and then update the article with a new look.

Cheers,

1 week, 1 day ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Marvin Origin Gent Automatic

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If there was a God in baseball, the Jays would have shown up last month.

1 week, 1 day ago on BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends September 12, 2014

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Don't rub your legs together at me like that. I don't know you well enough.

1 week, 2 days ago on Vulcain Aviator Instrument Chronograph Watch Review

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While it does come off as a bit of wrist mayonnaise, I do like the flat black handset on the off-white dial. That looks is just really cool and rarely used. I bought a Tissot Carsom Powermatic 80 earlier in the year for basically this reason only.

1 week, 2 days ago on Pellikaan Timing Hendrik Lorentz Watch

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Thank goodness that rubber bumper thing is removable. I thought it was it's own version: the Victorinox 'Romain Jerome'.

1 week, 2 days ago on New Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches Tortured To Illustrate Durability

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Climb down from that ledge, ma'am. Everything will work out just fine.

1 week, 2 days ago on New Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches Tortured To Illustrate Durability

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Stunning. I saw a picture of this on the forums about a week ago and was immediate smitten, mostly so with this blue dial variant. The shade of blue is unique in watches and works so magically.

I'm sure it might lose a few points for having the date cut into the chronograph indication, or because the chrono dials slightly overlap, but these items don't bother me at all: I find the dial to be very harmonious and well thought out. Love that handset.

To bad it wasn't also a cricket.

1 week, 2 days ago on Vulcain Aviator Instrument Chronograph Watch Review

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Very nice. I prefer the power reserve model, but that subsidiary seconds dial... WTF? Such a strange presentation.

Regardless, lovely watch.

1 week, 3 days ago on Mühle-Glashütte R. Mühle & Sohn Watches Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of The Brand’s Revival

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Very nice. Considering how monotone the watch is, I find it impressive how the hands and numerals jump off the dial for great legibility.

I would have preferred a centrally-mounted seconds hand, but I also think that is a hard look to achieve on a square watch.

1 week, 3 days ago on Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date And Moon Phases Transparent Dial Watch Hands-On

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I'll reserve my final judgement until I can get a real look at the true functionality, but for now this was release almost as I thought it would, especially in the form factor category.

No idea who will want to spend $5k+ on a smart watch, even if it is in the budget, so that will be something to keep an eye on.

And while I certainly don't disagree that the entry level fashion watch category could be the headrest hit by this, I also this that in order to be a player in the fashion watch market, you should be, you know, fashionable? In terms of base looks, what really sets these apart from any other smart watch before it? Get past all the massive and shiny renders, and imagine seeing it in passing on a strangers wrist. Is there enough here to to turn heads? Doesn't seem like it. Personally, when I see someone wearing a smart watch, I just assume that they don't particularly care about watches. Not that this is a bad this, to each his own, but I think that if you like watches, you would go out and get a watch.

Anyway, I'm sure we'll be hearing about this now ad nauseum into eternity. Yay.

1 week, 4 days ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?

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Go look up the watch company Ventura. They made it work, but by basically having 2 watches one one strap: one to house the function, and the other to house the rotor and power generation.

1 week, 4 days ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?

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I didn't mean to insinuate that these were pure renders, that much is evident, but they have certainly had some glamour added. I love marketing shots, don't get me wrong, but there is always something to be said for those cold, raw, as-the-eye-sees-it photograph.

1 week, 5 days ago on Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon Watch In Red Gold

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Well, Ive is ignorant enough to think the Apple watch can put the Swiss lux watch industry at risk, and he goes out and hires a guy that largely made his name in it.

I'll go get the popcorn. And my BlackBerry.

1 week, 5 days ago on 10 Interesting Facts About Marc Newson’s Watch Design Work At Ikepod

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It's a cool watch, regardless of why it's here. I think the red gold is a mistake, with everything else this watch has going on, it would be much better presented in white metal. Maybe the 'red' gold is a hint to the USSR origin of the gun? I know these are renders, but I hope those minute rings, etc, don't appear so plastic-y in real life. Why did someone think that white was the way to go there? Why not mill those rings from the furniture of one of the guns? Many of them used lamanite stocks, and many others used solid wood, and that would make for a very unique look that further nods towards the efforts done here. Then go out and sub contract Yvan Arpa to help integrate some 7.62x39 brass casings somehow. Or, maybe some lacquered steel ones: I've shot 7.62 that was in green lacquered steel cases that looked pretty cool.

Anyway, the concept is good and with a few tweaks, this could just be a great watch on its own. You don't see centrally-mounted tourbillons too often (right now I can only think of that vintage Omega anomaly, even though I'm sure there's more), and with it being a 3 minute variant, I'm sure you get a good look at how it operates.

Looking forward to some actual pictures.

1 week, 5 days ago on Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon Watch In Red Gold

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Nice, but not for me. I don't like non-chronograph PD watches.

1 week, 6 days ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review

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Dollars to doughnuts that is Horween's shell cordovan, not calfskin. An infinitely nicer material, but I agree that the black-on-black approach they always use is too boring.

If that is all that's holding you back, buy the watch and drop me a line. I'll make you something out of bullfrog or fish or python and then you'll see some personality.

1 week, 6 days ago on Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch

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I thought the exact same. I'm actually inclined to go try one on for a possible purchase; I've got a great spot in my rotation for a watch just like this, and a suit that will compliment it nicely.

1 week, 6 days ago on Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch

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Kinda like the robot one. Those lugs must make the watch wear a lot bigger than 37mm. They are begging for some interesting straps.

1 week, 6 days ago on Watches Have Always Been Palettes For Art: Mr. Jones Face Timers

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This iWatch thing is being so overhyped, it's almost destined to flop at this point. I'm not an Apple guy so maybe this is par for the course, but my Spidey Sense is detecting quite the anti-climax.

2 weeks ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help

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These probably would have been better designed as dress watches. Everyone is (rightfully) concerned about durability, and these designs have enough sportiness in them to compound that concern. If they were pure dress watches, it would help in that regard, as they would be reserved for times that involve less opportunity for... whacking.

They look nice though, I can't deny that. I'm not a big fan of lugless cases, but these are very nicely presented.

2 weeks ago on Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara Watch With Marble Case

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@Ulysses31 Fak! I missed it both times. And, I spent a good while staring at the side shot of the case, which clearly shows the 2 bells on the crown. I was very focused on the finish on the lugs. So satin-y smooth, I kinda want to lick it, but at the same time, also looks a little plastic-y. 


Regardless, no excuse for being that ignorant I guess. I would say that I'll try to stop commenting here before i finish my coffee, but I cant promise I'll try. I'll try to try. Maybe.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Citizen Campanola Mechanical Watches To Use Swiss La Joux-Perret Movements

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@5803822 I think what Ulysses was referring to (don't let me speak for you, Ulysses) is a model in white gold with blued hands, etc. 


That said, I am surprised that maybe no one is using blue gold. Somehwhere on this site I have mentioned probably more than once that someone needs to take a stab at it, as it is out there. 


You can find jewelry out there that is gold and then has a blue rhodium alloy plated onto it for a cool (but very polarizing) look, and an oxide layering process is out there too using about 3/4 gold, then the rest mostly iron with trace amounts of nickel, and then a heat treating process creates the coloured oxide layer. There is also a more 'pure' way of obtaining a blue gold effect, but it is an almost equal mix of gold and indium (result is about 12k gold) that provides an intermetallic result that is described as clear blue, although it would be easy to also to say it is a blueish grey colour. I think you can get a blue colour by smelting gold with gallium, but I don't think it would be suitable for watches, because the mix is again near even (closer to 14k gold) and elemental gallium can melt in the palm of your hand (less than 30*) , so the alloy is likely not strong enough. Indium is also quite soft, but there must be a way to tweak the alloy in order to get the colour, and then also the adequate strength (Magic Gold, anyone? Oh wait, we hate Hublot... for no good reason. Forgive me for forgetting). 


Regardless, I've been wanted to see something in blue gold for some time now, I'm surprised it doesn't exist. No shortage of puke pink gold though!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on H. Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Watch

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Beautiful. Those dials are just hot sex. Too bad they dropped the ball with the bright red second timezone hand. Totally unnecessary. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on H. Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Watch

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Very interesting. I don;t remember the last time I heard the name Campanola in a contemporary sense - maybe 5 years or more. 


These are interesting, and certainly remind me of the high-complication Camanolas with the shapes and fonts used, but the functionality is obviously very different. compared to the Campanolas of yore, wherein this did everything and these basically just tell the time. The look very nice, I love the big date and it's placement. The hands look to be a little small though. 


Interesting that the '2 bells' are not visible anywhere - is that not the trademark of Campanola, or was it only reserved for the models that chimed (all of them up to this point, correct?)


Anyway, nice, but not likely to make my radar. I have always wanted one of the original Campanolas, I found one for a great price a few years ago, and unfortunately hesitated and it got away from me. I think they represent better value than these do, even though i'm a mechanical watch guy, and I can still get one for less than what these are, and those high-complication quartz mopdels really are the identity of the brand. 


Would be very cool to see them have LJP make a purely mechanical movement that does all of the stuff that the high complication quartz Campanolas did - even if just as a piece unique. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Citizen Campanola Mechanical Watches To Use Swiss La Joux-Perret Movements

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If Casio does develop this, then my intellectual property lawsuit immediately becomes my retirement strategy.

You heard it here first, folks.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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Handsome for sure, but the case size/strap width ratio looks to be off to me - either the case is too big or the strap too narrow. 


Are we sure on that price range?> That looks like a fairly decent price for a watch of this caliber. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph Watch, Slipping To The Future

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Very nice, I like the technical look, and I'm sure the full production model will be even further refined. 


I love G-shocks, I have over a dozen of them and can name 3 or 4 models right now that are still in my sights - even though I find fewer and fewer opportunities to wear them. Functional beyond the needs of basically everyone, and probably the toughest watch you can buy. Get it in any shade or colour you want, add in the iconic status, and get all that for under $200. 


These higher-end model have always been curios to me, and I personally feel that they alienate the brand's ID, but what do I know - they sell like hotcakes (because, lets face it, what sell better than hotcakes?). I remember when I wanted to buy my first frogman, holy geez what a debacle. Even the older ones that aren't as cool as some of the more modern iterations are a significant price hike over almost any other model, and there is absolutely zero room for negotiation of any kind - they are in such high demand, they set their own market.  Pretty much the same for these MR and MT-Gs. The watch elitists amoung us think that a $3k G-Shock is a silly notion, and then we'll likely turn a blind eye to the fact that they will fly off the shelves (a feature that I'm sure Casio is working on now - Gs that fly off of shelves and onto wrists) and then people start falling over themselves to get them in grey markets and forums, even if it means paying more than the MSRP. And god forbid this same watch comes out with an LE version - the price will triple on the streets and all the diehards will line up to pay it. 


I can't think of a single other watch brand or line of watches that has created it's own culture of such impact, including the Speedmasters and Submariners of the world. This is not the G-Shock for me, if for no other reason than that it is too sober. Not all my Gs are bright colours, but they are all certainly 'fun' and maybe help me feel a little bit younger. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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@JeffLadrillono Don;t kid yourself, these will sell faster than you realize

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Casio G-Shock MR-G Comes To America With Titanium Case & GPS, Is $3,000

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Great looking watch, such a perfect palette used. I'm not a fan of the engraving on the back, or that terrible bund (if you are going to machine-stitch a strap for a $9k watch, it had better be absolutely perfect, yet I can see too many rudimentary construction errors), and i also wish it were 44mm, but I would likely be inclined to look past all that. Maybe not the engraving, but that's ok because there are iterations of this watch that don't have it. 


I don;t mind the forced age on the lume, it;s not like Zenith is trying to tell us it is actually old, they've just implemented a new process and some will like it and others wont, as with everything watches. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 Watch Hands-On

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By 'case band' I think they are probably referring to the magnification lens you already see on the case - it is in the band that covers the circumference of the entire case. When you look at the side shots you can see that the part with the magnifier is sandwiched between 2 other case pieces, and so that middle ring would constitute the 'band'. 


Pretty cool, but i'll hold me actual judgement until there are some real-life pics of a finished piece. Methinks the proper implementation of that 'secret text' will dash away any thoughts of the dial looking cheap. I've always like that about GF - they've done that one a few watches and the effect is impressive. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Watch Hands-On

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Love the idea, and Junghans in general, but these lack quite a bit in the stylish execution category. The ceramic one looks like an old Rado that no one wants to wear any more, and does the white dial one have a rubber strap? It doesn;t look suited to the watch regardless. 



Meh. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Junghans Force Mega Solar Watch With Wireless Charge And Sync

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