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No thank you. That behemoth chapter ring makes the dial and handset look pathetic. I like this brand, but they do WAY better stuff than this gimmicky thing.

23 hours, 41 minutes ago on Ball Engineer II Magneto S Watch Hands-On

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There is a lot to like here, and a few head scratchers as well. What I keep looking at is the clash between the rose gold case and the brass tourbillon balance. Couldn't it have been plated to match? Or, you know, stop making watch cases from friggin' rose gold?

Also, I appreciate how the dial says 'tourbillon'. Otherwise I never would have figured it out.

1 day ago on Geo.Graham Tourbillon Watch Is Nice And Simple

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Agree on the silly name abbreviation, but considering that they have always done it that way (based on the images of their original stuff) I can understand why they keep it up.

1 day ago on Geo.Graham Tourbillon Watch Is Nice And Simple

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I have a Leatherman that I've carried with me into the bush for many years, I would consider it near indispensable. When I'm not on trip, I don't carry it. So for someone in my position, this is filling a void that doesn't exist. It's not as useful as an actual Leatherman, so it can't replace what I have, and I don't need access to the semi-complete tools that it does offer on a day-to-day basis. And the strap cutter link looks like it could be pretty problematic. It's also more expensive than a flagship Leatherman. I would possibly consider it as a replacement to the resin strap on my Pathfinder, a watch I would never in a million years consider replacing with a simple quartz affair for hacking around the bush in, but it has proprietary lugs that don't take standard straps.

Would be interested in seeing one in person.

1 day, 22 hours ago on Leatherman Tread Watch With Tool Bracelet

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So it's 48mm tall, but how wide is it?

Seriously, it's pretty cool looking. I think that if I were to wear a watch with a sapphire tumor I still prefer the Christophe Colombe, but this is an entirely different piece. I don't think the rose gold elements on the dial are necessary, nor are the minute readings on the time telling subdial (is this watch trying to teach people how to tell time?) but overall I think it works pretty good. The rear view is a little underwhelming though. And maybe we've just been looking at a lot of really complicated and finite watches lately, but 317 parts sounds like less than I was expecting. Even though that's a ton.

Interesting are all the different ways the tourbillon action is pictorally/graphically described. Are they all from GP, or were they consolidated from various places around the tubes?

2 days ago on Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon In White Gold Hands-On

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Honestly, not a huge year for SIHH it seems. Some very nice stuff, but I'm not on the edge of my seat by any means. The VC is very nice, but give it to me in steel and move the decimal one spot to the left. Christ, even that sound really expensive. That JLC look gaudy, do not want. And whiles it's nice to see ALS refreshing the Lange1, I can't make sense of the Zeitwerk not making this list.

Regardless, I hope there will be follow up articles on a few of these watches, whether I want them or not. You talk of nice movements with high complications, hand engraved parts and peripheral rotors and then show nothing? Tease.

3 days ago on TOP 10 Watches Of SIHH 2015

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As touched on in the article, the watch did not need to be battered then deep fried in diamonds in order to show off, the art and automoton should tell the whole story. Painfully ironic how the added expense of diamonds actually cheapens the look of the watch.

It might sound mean, but I like to think that for a million bucks, I can hold it to a pretty high standard. Besides, I have no idea why RM would be dabbling in watches like this: it ain't their wheelhouse.

3 days, 23 hours ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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Like if a Jacot Droz automaton watch got caught in a telepod with a meth head by accident and this is what popped out on the other end.

4 days ago on Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur Watch Hands-On

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I think that is an excellent analogy. I like both Lamborghini and Audi, but cry inside when I think they are in the VW group.

4 days, 10 hours ago on Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve 185th Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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I'm sorry, did that sound like I was speaking from actual experience? I don't know why, because I never... um... somethingsomethingsomething mumblemumble hey look at that neat watch over there! *runs away*

4 days, 23 hours ago on Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve 185th Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Honestly, she looks a bit messy. Like your date for a friend's wedding: she was a head-turner at the ceremony, but then she got too courageous with the table wine and open bar: now the night is over and her hair is everywhere as she stumbles around barefoot holding onto her $300 plumps loudly singing a bad song poorly. You're pretty sure you'll be able to get her out of that metallic dress that's riding up a bit when you get home, but you won't because she's too drunk and you don't want the shameful guilt. It ducks because she got great tits. People are giving odd sideways looks, where the HELL is that cab I called a half hour ago?!?!?!?

Seriously: unnecessary sub seconds instead of centre seconds, and an out-of-place PR indicator that would be much more appreciated on the movement side. Also, the font used for the Arabic numerals makes the 4 look like a slice of leftover pizza. Cannot unsee.

5 days ago on Baume & Mercier Clifton 8-Day Power Reserve 185th Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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To each his own. Personally, I wonder what the point of a mechanical movement in a watch with just hour and minute hands.

5 days, 16 hours ago on Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim Hands-On

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If this had a central seconds hand, I would be infinitely more interested. A seconds hand doesn't make it any less of a dress watch, and omitting it makes it look a little unfinished.

Very lovely otherwise.

5 days, 16 hours ago on Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim Hands-On

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I must be missing something: where are the demand stats? Paneristi are some of my most popular customers, and almost all of them are scrambling to get away from the ubiquitous crown guard. I'm not suggestion that this in itself is proof, but it's a fine yardstick for a conversation, and I've never seen published stats on specific demand for certain models for any brand.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Two New Panerai Equation Of Time Special Edition Watches For SIHH 2015

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That doesn't make sense here. They are limited editions, so there are no supply concerns, and even if they weren't, these are stainless steel cases that Panerai has been making for donks. There is essentially an endless supply.

5 days, 19 hours ago on Two New Panerai Equation Of Time Special Edition Watches For SIHH 2015

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This would be 10x more attractive if all the Rose gold were replaced with white or platinum. I understand the contrast, I just don't like it.

Repeater is lovely.

5 days, 23 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication Watch For 2015 Hands-On

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Interesting that there is a price difference between them. They're both the exact same watch, in a different steel case. How could one of them be thousands of dollars more difficult to produce.

6 days, 1 hour ago on Two New Panerai Equation Of Time Special Edition Watches For SIHH 2015

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I'm not really into heavily engraved cases, but I do prefer this type to the Magrette Maori style, and I can only assume that Magrette cases are not as refined, or possibly even hand engraved considering the price. Both are preferable to the overly ostentatious displays coming out of the Patek shop for the 175th anniversary watches. The Grandmaster Chime is terrifying. I'm sure it'll come up around here soon enough.

6 days, 22 hours ago on Panerai Novelties SIHH 2015

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Want. Not my favourite URWERK but that doesn't make it any less awesome. One of my favourite brands with ease. I like that they have a bracelet, but they need to up the design specs and come up with something more unique and we'll suited to the watch.

1 week ago on Urwerk UR-210S Full Metal Jacket Watch With Bracelet Hands-On

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Man, was looking forward to this and am leaving disappointed. The Submersible line is one I've never liked, and still don't. The Carbotech (awful name, and having it on the dial is a terrible idea) has an agreeable palette, but there's not enough there to want to buy it. The Mare Nostrum is unique, but if the case is 52mm, then with that design the lug-to-lug distance will be about 3 meters, and I prefer watched for my wrist, I'm not into having them on my ankle.

1 week ago on Panerai Novelties SIHH 2015

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The Striking is my favourite ALS by far, I'm not sure if this one usurps that position or not. Time will tell (ba-dum-tisssss). 

1 week ago on A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater Watch

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@Fraser Petrick Actually, I don't know that Sophie said that quote in Thoroughbreds Don't Cry. It;s all I knwo her for, but maybe she just said it in some other scenario. 

1 week ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400SR Two-Tone Watch Hands-On

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@Fraser Petrick Thoroughbreds Don't Cry. Your second quote has so many variations, there are a myriad of answers that would all essentially be correct. 

1 week ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400SR Two-Tone Watch Hands-On

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Ghastly. Only compounded in the marketing image: they trying to shoo people away?

1 week, 1 day ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400SR Two-Tone Watch Hands-On

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Really nice, and finally something new from LM, another brand I have admired for years. The movement view is exquisite, I really enjoy the flat grey contract to the liquid-sheen of the heat blued screws. 


Glad that the strap is not correct for the watch, because it is a miss. It should be much thicker at the lugs to match the weight they have, and can then taper down appropriately for comfort of wear. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Louis Moinet Mecanograph Watch Review

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Love. I actually really like this version, maybe more so than the previous Datograph iteration. I don;t actually believe that ALS really makes a 'sports' watch, just that they make some more casual dress watches, so the added functionality here only helps in my eyes, and the balancing act is sublime. 


I would save up all month to take it out to the nicest restaurant I could afford, hold it;s hand on the walk home, and then call it too many times afterward.  Including the day after. 



1 week, 1 day ago on A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Watch New For SIHH 2015

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Looks like a very interesting store, and I'd be happy to visit sometime. I have not been to Texas in some years now, and never to this area, but for a few reasons it is an area that is somewhere on the list, and I never need an excuse to go watch shopping when I'm... anywhere.

1 week, 2 days ago on Buying Watches In Frisco, Texas: Timeless Luxury Watches

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God that is stupid looking. At a glance it looks like the watch is wearing a watch.

1 week, 3 days ago on Breva Genie 03 Speedmeter Watch Hands-On

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I am a huge CC fan and have been Damn near itchy waiting for something new to come out. I guess I'll keep waiting. The mirascope is cool, but the watch as a whole is a bit of a snoozer (when compared to other stuff the brand does), and this feels a bit of a letdown.

1 week, 3 days ago on Christophe Claret Aventicum Watch With Mirascope Dial

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I rather this series just had an all-wood dial. Forego the black parts and make the watch look as big as it really is.

1 week, 4 days ago on Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph Watch For SIHH 2015

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@Chaz_Hen @5803822 sundial = subdial. fkn autocorrect...

1 week, 5 days ago on Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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There are certainly chronographs without any sundials, and they are still chronographs. Mostly vintage, but some are shiny new as well

1 week, 5 days ago on Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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Agreed, did not mean to detract from your interview/article, which was very well done. I just didn't know about strandbeests and want to see more.

1 week, 5 days ago on Audemars Piguet & Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests At Art Basel 2014

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Do not want. And, I think that 'squelette' is a bit of a dear term for this watch - maybe it;s just me, but when I  think of squelette I conjure images of watches so acutely skeletonized that the bridges are as fine as frog's hairs. This just looks more like a watch without a dial. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette Watch

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I agree, I just don't think they have the ability to realize the (average) individual valuations they are asking for. Also, you are correct, if boxes/papers are available, the worth does go up. Looking at the auction, there are no pictures or mention of this, so it's doubtful. I also note that all the straps are not original to the watches, and it doesn't look like they are even breitling straps. Not great news.

1 week, 6 days ago on 58 New Old Stock Breitling Watches “Last Of The Joseph Iten Collection” On eBay For $125,000

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I agree the stop watches are cool, but they have a very real life span, and are basic quality lever movements that are minimally jewelled. The one pictures here is worth about $300, and they have it priced at $2100.

1 week, 6 days ago on 58 New Old Stock Breitling Watches “Last Of The Joseph Iten Collection” On eBay For $125,000

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Lol @ Russia's numbers. Ready rock steady.

1 week, 6 days ago on Despite Poor Economic Conditions Why 2014 Saw Slight Increases In Swiss Watch Sales

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These things are subjective of course, but my first thought on seeing this was URWERK, a brand I am far more fascinated with than Arnold & Son (not that they're any slouch though). The comment about this being a more traditionally styled watch should have been a little tongue-in-cheek I think. Yes, this uses more fairy-tale type elements like the ubiquitous rose gold or the dandy-adored mother-of-pearl (combine MOP and rose gold for some kind of awful superpower where your snotty e-review of musical theater always gets at least 100 likes), but do we really think this watch is traditionally styled? It's in a round case and has a gator strap, but I don't really see anything else 'traditional'' here.


That said, I'd love to see this one working in the metal. I wonder how poetic the movement is in action. If the seconds are dead beat, do the hours change in an instant snap as well? Or slowly over time? Based on the size of the MOP detail (which actually looks like it would wash out the rose gold numeral rather than add legibility - shouldn't the dial plate be MOP and the current hour float over the dark background?) I would assume that the hour gradually comes into place, which seems like a bit of a strange contrast to the dead-beat seconds. I'm sure there would be considerable power and torque concerns with instant change on the hour discs, but I think It would display much nicer, give a much more luxurious 'feel' to the watch, and harmonize better with the dead beat seconds complication. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Watch: Return Of The Star Wheel

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Very interesting. Needs moar pictures of Strandbeests. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Audemars Piguet & Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests At Art Basel 2014

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Sold individually, I'd likely take a stab at one or 2 of them, but there are some real homely watches here and the average price of about $2100 per piece is too steep to take them all. It'll be interesting to see if the bait is taken, and then if so, where the watches start popping up somewhere - the stars would have to be aligned for a private collector that loves Breitling this much and has pockets this deep will come along to buy the lot, so if a bid is placed it would most certainly be a store( b&m or online, etc), looking to then turn them around for profit. 

1 week, 6 days ago on 58 New Old Stock Breitling Watches “Last Of The Joseph Iten Collection” On eBay For $125,000

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My favourite part is how I read that post, and commented in it: a year ago.

You took it too easy on me David. I ended up floating a softball at you, you should have gone yard on me. You won't catch me with my head down often.

2 weeks ago on Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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Pass. Nothing to dislike, but nothing all that astounding either, and there are a glut of very nice world timers out there that would come before this one. This is a bit of an odd duck for MB; remove the branding and I doubt there would be anyone to guess Montblanc as the maker. 

2 weeks ago on Montblanc Heritage Spirit Obris Terrarum Watch

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Was the Astrocalandaier (or however you spell it)there? That's one that interests me and I'd like to know more about,


Regardless, this one is fairly handsome as well, and I've been enjoying Cartier as of late. Roman numerals don't offend me, and I like how Cartier has turned them into a very distinguishable signature for themselves. They do it well. 


I do think that the movement side is a little underwhelming though. Without any colour contrast in the parts, you lose a lot of visual complexity. 

2 weeks ago on Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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Only from. And you'd better be a Prince...

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Bremont Kingsman Watches For & In “Kingsman: The Secret Service” Movie

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No worries, I'll tell you the rest for the low low price of $1000

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Bremont Kingsman Watches For & In “Kingsman: The Secret Service” Movie

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@LapYoda What if they put a custom rotor on the movement and call it in-house?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Bremont Kingsman Watches For & In “Kingsman: The Secret Service” Movie

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"We have seen Bremont try to associate itself with quintessentially British products, such as Chivas Scotch Whisky or sports car maker Jaguar."


Groan. 


I think that should read 'what people in other Countries THINK are quintessential British products'. Chivas is quintessential nowhere, and it's not even British. Jaguar certainly has it's roots in England, but was taken over by Ford in the 80's and is now a Tata brand in India. Also, how about the Boeing thing? How British is that. 


Regardless, I'll see the movie. Probably get to see Samuel Jackson swearing really loud, which is usually interesting. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Bremont Kingsman Watches For & In “Kingsman: The Secret Service” Movie

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This must be one of those watches that looks much better in the metal, because in photos it's just really not that impressive looking.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 Watch Review

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