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

12 hours, 38 minutes ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review


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

17 hours, 50 minutes ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review


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

17 hours, 52 minutes ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review


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

Very nice looking movement though. 

17 hours, 55 minutes ago on The Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital Is The Latest Luxury Watch From Sweden


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

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

1 day, 17 hours ago on Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Chronograph Watch Review


Apologies for me edit turning into a double post

2 days, 17 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands


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

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

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

2 days, 18 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands


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

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

2 days, 18 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands


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

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

3 days, 18 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On


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

4 days, 16 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Watch Revisited


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

4 days, 16 hours ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases


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

5 days, 15 hours ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review


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

5 days, 17 hours ago on Laco Watches – Rewriting Horological History Since 1925


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

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

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

5 days, 17 hours ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review


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

Glad to see you enjoy so many options,

6 days, 14 hours ago on Hamilton Pan Europ Watch On NATO Hands-On


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

6 days, 15 hours ago on Hamilton Pan Europ Watch On NATO Hands-On


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

Who makes the movements?

1 week ago on Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches


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

1 week ago on Graham Geo.Graham The Moon Watch Now In A White Gold Case With Black Dial


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

1 week ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary


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

1 week ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary Watch Hands-On


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

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

1 week, 1 day ago on Ancon X-35 Concept Watch Review


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

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

1 week, 2 days ago on Habring2 Felix Watch Review And Manufacture Visit


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

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

1 week, 3 days ago on Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec Watch Hands-On


While I agree that the price differential is fairly rude, you can't just boil it down to the cost of raw materials alone: that's a bit immature.

Why is a Jackson Pollock woorth millions? It hardly contains a few hundred bucks worth of canvas and oil-based paint?

1 week, 3 days ago on Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec Watch Hands-On


They develop a movement for better accuracy for a watch with only one hand, and therefore inherently only pseudo-accurate.

I'm not a fan of one handed watches. I'm also not a fan of really Shitty photoshop (unless the prime objective is humour, as below) so the 13 seconds invested in posing the straps on the watches is depressing.

1 week, 4 days ago on MeisterSinger Circularis Debuts New Bespoke Movement With 5-Day Power Reserve


Without insult, if I wanted a Submariner, I'd shop at Rolex and get the real deal. The style is certainly handsome, and iconic, but ultimately not for me.

1 week, 4 days ago on Mk II Fulcrum Watch Review


So, are 2 different Oceans racing each other, ro am I racing an Ocean, eerrrrrrrrr?

1 week, 4 days ago on IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”


You have something specific against professional golfers?

1 week, 5 days ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute To Felix Baumgartner Watch


I don;t know if I've said this since the regrettable DEFY days, but Zenith, you fucked up. Turquoise + adventurine? Bleh. Trade the adventurine for lapis, and the turquoise for anything else. The brilliant decision to DLC over platinum should be a dismissable offence. 


1 week, 6 days ago on Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute To Felix Baumgartner Watch


I have a short list of ultimate cars/trucks/vehicles to own (seriously - it's not even 40 entries long) and I have been lucky enough to get behind the wheel of 6 of them. Most notable was the 1997 Mclaren F1 and the 1969 Ford GT. Both occasions were really anti-climactic - even though I was (in the case of the vintage GT, FINALLY) granted access to drive them, both occasions were under really heavy restrictions on things like speed, etc (even though I also had to sign my life away for the privilege) and so the memories of both are tainted. On the long road to finding a vintage GT to drive, I drove a modern iteration of the car a few times, and on one of those occasions on a closed track and was given the liberty to have some fun, and that is a much better memory, even though track racing/driving does not interest me; but at least I got to open the thing up. 

A veyron, to be honest, is not on my list, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't do something awful in order to have the same experience you did, even though 30 minutes might as well be 30 seconds. The styling of the car is not exactly my cup of tea, which is not to say I think it's ugly. The price has always been hilarious to me though. Like so many watches we talk about here, the only justification is that they charge what they do because they can, not because it makes any sense. 

Congrats on being awarded the opportunity. 

1 week, 6 days ago on A Regular Guy Drives A Bugatti Veyron Supercar


Hamilton was doing some stumbling a few years ago, but have really stepped up their game lately. I actually really want a Khaki pilot and keep putting off buying one. This model, however, I'll leave as something to discuss and not to wear or buy. It just looks too unwieldy, and unfortunately the bullhead layout doesn't compliment the watch. When a bullhead watch is done right, I can't get enough, but it is a tricky maneuver to pull off, and this one misses the mark a bit methinks. I also don't really see the point of taking it out of the case and using it as a desk clock. 

2 weeks ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On


"master brand manager (we will call him that) Jean-Claude Biver."

Anyone with half a brain in their head would agree. 

But, who cares - this is a Hublot article - COMMENCE THE HATING (***battle horns sound***)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review


I know GF watches can be a little 'out there' for some, but I love them. The Opus 36 is a work of art, and I very much enjoy the asymmetrical and bulgy GMT.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on My First Grail Watch: Stephen Forsey Of Greubel Forsey


Excellent article, something I think that has been needed, in this consolidated fashion for some time now.

Unfortunately, it will certainly not be putting any end to the eternal arguments going on out there.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Truth In Watch Movement Advertising And Defining Watch Caliber Origins Once And For All


Bulova has been catching a lot of hate over the last few years, which is a head scratcher to me: I can't stop buying their stuff. Precisionist movements is some of the best new watch technology in a long time, and it's available to the common man. I have watches that were much more expensive (and I love them) but the Precisionist models I have picked out are always in the rotation.

Looking forward to what's next.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Cool Vintage Bulova Watch Advertisments, Plus Brand President Interview


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.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Buying Watches In Milan, Italy: Pisa Orologeria


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?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Patek Philippe 175 Auction Interview With Head Of Christie’s Watch Department


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.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Montblanc Metamorphosis II Re-Interprets The Brand’s Unique Transforming Dial


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.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Minus-8 Layer Automatic


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. 

3 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme Lab 2 Watches Hands-On


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

3 weeks, 1 day ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Model’s 20th Anniversary


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. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Buying Watches In Milan, Italy: Pisa Orologeria


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. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic Watch


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. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 “No Date” Watch Long-Term Review


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 weeks, 2 days ago on Mühle Glashütte Kampfschwimmer Watch Hands-On


Look at the 6 o'clock position.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date


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 weeks, 2 days ago on Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century


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.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Voutilainen Tourbillon-6 Watch Hands-On


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...

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Review Of The Astor+Banks Chrono Watches, Made In Chicago