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You didn't call it elegant, but the watch store did, in response to your first question.

The ice cubes thing was a real kick in the teeth. It was July, everywhere I asked for ice (grocers, wherever) was met with puzzled looks at best. Checking into a Pisa hotel, I again asked, and he says to me he says 'you mean ice, cubes?' while making pinching motion, holding his thumb and index finger about an inch apart. 'yes', I respond. 'You must be American, or Canadian'. He says. 'Guilty as charged', I tell him. 'Yes, many people from those countries ask for ice, but you won't really find it here anywhere'.

Deflated, I just spent my time drinking the coldest beer I could find. On our last night we ate at a really excellent restaurant on the Arno, and I ordered yet another great bottle of wine. Chatting with our server, on a whim, I asked about cocktails. She gave a very scrunched look, I gave a charades-esque re-enactment of putting ice into a glass, a few jiggers of rum, and then filling with coke. She said she could do that. I took the risk. We were on the outside patio, I witnessed her leave the restaurant, walk into an adjourning 'Irish pub', and 2 minutes later come out with a rum and coke, glass chok full of honest-to_goodness frozen water, cubed. I could have cried. When the bill came, that cocktail was 10 bloody euro, but I didn't mind: it was a small price to pay for all of the ice in Italy.

9 hours, 41 minutes ago on Buying Watches In Milan, Italy: Pisa Orologeria

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Interesting interview, and read. I guess it would have been in bad taste to ask how the Patek price-fixing conversations with Sotheby's went?

13 hours, 8 minutes ago on Patek Philippe 175 Auction Interview With Head Of Christie’s Watch Department

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I think I like the first one better. This one looks better, with the round case, but I prefer the way the original metamorphosis operates.

15 hours, 59 minutes ago on Montblanc Metamorphosis II Re-Interprets The Brand’s Unique Transforming Dial

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Quite a unique looking piece. Yet another brand I never would have heard of without aBtW. I can't say that I love it, but I certainly don't dislike it either. I would likely go for the 'grey' variant, as I'm no fan of red or pink or rose or cherry or whatever good tones.

Personally, I think Christophe Claret is the current king of modern watch design, and I've always had a thing for the HW Opus line of watches as well, which are all also very modern takes.

16 hours, 7 minutes ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Minus-8 Layer Automatic

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Definitely cool, but I don;t find it all that appealing. Kinda reminds me of a Richard Mille diver. 


The feature set is amazing, and it is a ton of watch for the money, but it;s just a little bit too Optimus Prime for me. 

1 day, 15 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme Lab 2 Watches Hands-On

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Who wouldn't want to wear a Lange1, man or woman?

2 days ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Model’s 20th Anniversary

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I was in Milan last year, and while it was a nice city, I have a hard time with calling it elegant. I don't want to be insulting, as the people were very friendly and accommodating, but I couldn't escape the smell of urine. Maybe it had something to do with me being there in the dead of summer. Also, Italy basically has no idea what ice cubes are. That was very frustrating. 


Anyway, I saw this store and did what I could to get in, but as the only watch lover in the group I was with, I was vetoed and we pushed on. The drive from Milan to Pisa was quite nice, through the mountains, and we stopped in Modena on the way to see the Ferrari factory and rented a Ferrari for a few hours, an experience to be remembered for a long time. 

2 days, 15 hours ago on Buying Watches In Milan, Italy: Pisa Orologeria

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My dislike of pink/rose gold is well documented, but that's not the biggest crime here - that would be the clash of pink gold and brass movement parts in the tourbillon. Awful. I love RD watches, but this line has yet to really grab me. 

2 days, 15 hours ago on Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic Watch

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While I can appreciate the iconic nature of the watch, I just don;t want to wear one. I've just seen so many of them 'in the wild', I hate the idea of being so conformist in the matter of something like watches, where there is nearly limitless possibilities. 

2 days, 15 hours ago on Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 “No Date” Watch Long-Term Review

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A face not even its mother could love. That dial colour is actually quite stunning, but the rest of the watch is rather gross and hides the dial. Why on earth would a dive watch have such a wimpy handset, and even wimpier buckle tang? That looks like the buckle to a dress watch, not a heavy duty dive watch that you could also drop into a sock and swing around as a formidable weapon.

3 days, 15 hours ago on Mühle Glashütte Kampfschwimmer Watch Hands-On

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Look at the 6 o'clock position.

3 days, 15 hours ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date

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Great article, excellent write up. It leaned more on the emotional, which is what this blog has largely been about since the start: the emotional attachment to watches. Looking at it just as a watch, I simply can't like it. I honestly find it ugly. The Milanese bracelet looks exceptional, but none of the options distract from the awful form factor of the watch itself. Many will disagree, I'm sure when this item is released to the public there will be plenty of overnight lineups to be the one that gets it on day 1, but for me it just looks like a gadget for your wrist, not a watch.

I can't help but notce that they went with 2 gold options: yellow and rose. No white gold. Probably because white gold looks a lot like steel, a version they already have. So, why real Rose or yellow gold? If it's just for the look and not the material, they could have achieved the same result with a really awesome ceramic treatment or other durable high tech coating.

Waiting for the first request I get to make a strap for an Apple Watch. No traditional lugs, so that will be an interesting event. No doubt that there will be a 3rd party lug adapter for it at some point. What to suggest for a 'watch' of many faces....? Full bead stingray might do well, but I don't know that vintage WWII ammo leather would be all that suited. We'll see I guess.

3 days, 15 hours ago on Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century

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That dial... Be still my heart. The variation in colour and texture, separated by that chapter ring give one of the best representations of depth I have seen in a long time, and I get the effect from multiple angles. Lovely.

4 days, 16 hours ago on Voutilainen Tourbillon-6 Watch Hands-On

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Picture 5/25: did that screw owe so embody some money? If you're going to add an element like that, at least use a correct sized screwdriver to install it...

4 days, 17 hours ago on Review Of The Astor+Banks Chrono Watches, Made In Chicago

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I'm not that old! At least I hope I'm not...

5 days, 2 hours ago on A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Mérite Watch White Gold Boutique Edition

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@OmniRak I tip my glass to you then, I feel the same. 


Oddly enough, in terms of the comparison shot posted above, i believe this is the first time i have said/thought "I prefer the Rolex". 

5 days, 15 hours ago on TAG Heuer Formula 1 GMT Watch With Black & Blue Bezel

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I don;t really have anything to say. I'm just sitting here, sipping my coffee, smiling at these pictures; doe-eyed, like a 15 year old highscool freshman staring at the tits of the Prom Queen from across the cafeteria...

5 days, 15 hours ago on A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour Le Mérite Watch White Gold Boutique Edition

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Colourway aside, I don;t really see all that much similar to the Rolex, but I still don't like it. That Autavia case is awful. 

5 days, 15 hours ago on TAG Heuer Formula 1 GMT Watch With Black & Blue Bezel

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The winder is $10 k and the watch they chose to picture in it is an Aeromatic??? Are you fu@&!ng kidding me???

6 days, 1 hour ago on Ambrelus Dreadnought Takes Watch Winder Design To New Level

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@PSjogren Those were,. of course, my thoughts on the brand. I was not attempting to regurgitate a mantra I saw in your marketing or website, that just the sense I get when looking at your stuff. 


I didn't mention the bezel, I think it is well done and displays the dial just fine,. Personally, I think if it has a very fine damascus pattern like that impressive crown, it would better show off what your brand is about, but I don;t think the satinized one is necessarily a mistake. 


Regardless, this is not a proper dress watch and shouldn't be marketed as such, because the dimensions are not correct for a proper dress watch. This is more in the 'smart casual' arena,  but what do I know - I'm just the lowly consumer that buys dress watches. 

6 days, 14 hours ago on Gustafsson & Sjogren Bifrost Isbla Damascus Steel Dress Watch

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Im stuck on this being a dress watch, I think that is skewing me. Why would a black metal watch and knife maker need to release a dress watch? It is too wide, and too tall to be a dress watch, not to mention that strap,. 


Other than that, interesting. I'm not a fan of blank dials (i.e. Museum watches) but IO also don;t think that anything should be done to cover up the amazing work done to make the dial. 


So, looking at the pictures is about as far as I would want to go with one of these. 


These guys make way cooler knives than they do watches, every GoS article needs to have pictures of a damascus blade with fossilized mammoth tooth scales on the handle. 

6 days, 15 hours ago on Gustafsson & Sjogren Bifrost Isbla Damascus Steel Dress Watch

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I still love the look of this watch, as I mentioned when we first spoke about it. I really wish I could make a better strap for it, what they did there is not complimenting the watch very nicely. 


And, to be honest, grade 2 titanium and aluminum don't blend very well with $14k watch. The watch has not changed at all, and now has an out-of-date car emblazoned on the dial, but the price needed to be adjusted upwards about 30%? Sounds legit. 

6 days, 15 hours ago on TAG Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph McLaren Watch Revisited

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If it has 80 hours of power reserve, why does the PR indicator go to 90?

1 week ago on Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5377 Watch Hands-On

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Love the idea of a cork dial. Very cool.

1 week, 1 day ago on Watch What-If: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000

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Nice write up.

Years ago I was gifted an Orient watch, a perpetual calendar model. I wear it somewhat often; it keeps great time, is very comfortable (esp. On the Horween strap I fashioned for it) and it has an interesting look, with the manual calendar and slide rule bezel on it. After having it for a while someone had made mention of it and asked what it would cost to have his own. I didn't know and looked it up, and was shocked to see how affordable is is/was (they aren't made any more, buy NOS examples can be found). True to the Japanese lineage, they are excellent watches that offer great value propositions.

Really like that cream dial model. Like already mentioned those straps need to all go.

1 week, 1 day ago on Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?

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Something must be getting seriously lost in translation, because this looks like  $500 watch. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Vogard Business Officer Timezoner Watch Review

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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.

1 week, 3 days 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 week, 4 days 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...

1 week, 5 days 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. 

1 week, 5 days 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. 

1 week, 5 days 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.

1 week, 6 days 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"

1 week, 6 days 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.

1 week, 6 days 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.

1 week, 6 days 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?".

2 weeks 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. 

2 weeks 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. 

2 weeks, 1 day 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. 

2 weeks, 1 day 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. 

2 weeks, 2 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 5 days 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,

2 weeks, 5 days 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.

2 weeks, 5 days 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.

2 weeks, 5 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.

2 weeks, 5 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'.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on New Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches Tortured To Illustrate Durability

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