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1 day, 1 hour ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On

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Watches are rarely smart money.

1 day, 4 hours ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On

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Certainly, at the same time as you are agreeing that I did not at any point suggest it is a trivial challenge. My original call to action was for someone to 'swing for the fences'. That is a casual and conversational way of suggesting great effort be applied.

I'm well aware of the difficulty in the undertaking. Otherwise I'm sure it would already exist. If it were like tying shoes or making a sandwich, it wouldn't be worth talking about.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On

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Bah, I ain't buying it. I understand the mechanics just fine, but where there's a will there's a way. Remember this conversation one day when it happens.

1 day, 5 hours ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On

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Bogey remains a brand I just can't figure out. Lots of nice, even beautiful elements arrange themselves into a watch I have zero interest in.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 43 Meteorite Watch Review

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Seriously, I hope they can rebound from this quickly and permanently. And also, as they learn and develop process for making and presenting movements on their own, that they also learn and develop strategy for pricing them appropriately.

3 days, 15 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement

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I didn't realize I was that hard to agree with...

5 days, 6 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

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Not awful, but I'm still not interested. 

5 days, 14 hours ago on Revised Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Now Packs More US-Made Key Components

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Based on the sketch, the new PD watches are no departure from the old PD watches. 50M or water resistance is hardly sporty, but no way this will be a dressy watch, so are they just bored? Let's make a new watch, but I don't really feel like trying to hard?

5 days, 14 hours ago on The Future Of Porsche Design Watches And The Timepiece No. 1

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I didn't want to say it. I love the spring drive, but climb into a forum one day and announce it as a mechanical movement. Suicide mission.

6 days, 8 hours ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On

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Bremont is a brand that I always really WANT to love, but usually struggle to do so. From what I can tell, the steel version of this is going to come out at $25k+. Excuse my French, but that is just fucking stupid and annoying. Pseudo in-house movement or not, swatch of the amazing technocolour dreamcoat on the rotor or not: that is just plain insulting, and it just feels like the brand is thumbing its nose at everyone. Yes, I'm sure it is very well made, but let's just look at it as a watch for a second, and not an emotional token. The handset is wimpy and inappropriate, the sunken sub seconds dial looks hurried and unfinished (a simple bevel or frame would go miles further there), and the case is sturdy and well finished, but with the heavy walls and too-wide bezel, the dial looks like a shrunken head in a shadow box meant for something of more impressive stature.

Every time I see a Bremont article come up I get excited, and then leave disappointed. If that's just me, so be it. Can't please all the people all the time.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

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Tough to say anything negative here, eve if it is Rose gold! The little details are what make it worth talking about. In the macros you see different finishes on the exposed mechanisms: a brushed finish on the top level and a blasted one a step down. The seconds dial at that 3/4 angle seems to float above the sapphire over the dial, for an amazingly sunning effect. Can't say that I'm over the moon about he anchor-shaped lever in the dead seconds mechanism, bu it is certainly not offensive either.

The movement view is actually less impressive than the dial. It is very nice, don't get me wrong, but a time-only watch with that many parts in it, I guess I was just expecting something different. The smooth balance wheel and well finished but modestly decorated gears and bridges don't exactly conjure up thoughts of the impressive manufacture that the come from, but it is a lovely movement just the same. Watches of this stature always seem to be better received (by me) when they are manually wound,even thought hr automatic arrangement is obviously more convenient.

The dead seconds thing is very cool, don't get me wrong, but when is someone going to mechanically tackle a smoother seconds action? The El Primero has been around forever at this point, and is still very impressive, and then Breguet came along and sorted out 10hz, but I want to see someone really swing for the fences and give that old tuning fork or Precisionist action a run for the money without the need for batteries or electronics.

6 days, 14 hours ago on Arnold & Son DSTB Watch Hands-On

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It's nice, I guess, but I don;t really see anything special or noteworthy. The best view is the side view of the case, everything else comes off as fairly generic. It may be 500m water resistant and ready to stroll down to the pole with you, but using Ti over steel means that you'd better hope to not touch it to anything other than your wrist. I have an all-brushed grade 5 Ti watch, and while it has held up nicely over the last 4 years or so, it doesn't take much to put the small odd ding or scratch here and there. 

And while I don;t prefer to be the guy that dismisses based on price, $6k is a LOT for a watch of this caliber. Bremont offers much more watch at this pricing with other models. 

1 week ago on Bremont Terra Nova GMT Watch Hands-On

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@BIGCHRONO Care to elaborate? I have no idea what 'tactical failure' would be here. Technically, it is very impressive - what fails technically? Financially, they sold out of the first version of this watch, so how is it a financial failure? And, I'd love to know how this fails on an ethical level. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Ferrari Titanium Yellow Watch Hands-On

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Just so cool, it really is. It looks like SKYNET laid an Easter Egg on your wrist, but who cares, it's just so technically amazing. 


Also, in before someone who can't afford the watch starts whining about all the screws not being perfectly indexed. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Ferrari Titanium Yellow Watch Hands-On

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Do not want. 

1 week, 2 days ago on Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review

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It sure is beautiful, but I have to say it just doesn't look very comfortable to wear. It seems like it is just teetering on your wrist, waiting to slide off in on direction or another.

Brilliant execution though. All the little features and complications seem to be perfectly harmonious.

1 week, 4 days ago on Vicenterra GMT-3 Volume 2 Watch Hands-On

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While I will be quick to echo comments about it looking a little Chinese, I will disagree about it being an overall miss, and say that I actually really like the overall aesthetic. I really like big date indicators, this one could just use a little help in the execution department (I.e. The white colour of the date discs doesn't match the dial, etc) but the placement is fine, and there is no harm in cutting off a sub seconds dial: that would be more of a crime if it were a chrono register.

I will assume it is a standard tick-tick-tick quartz, but the article mentioning the history Bulova has with tuning forks made me hopeful that they had brought it back again, which would be awesome.

My gripes are the splashes of red in the week scale and chrono seconds indicator. It might be a chronograph, but this is not sport watch and the red is out of place. Also, the hand for day of the week indication doesn't reach up to the scale, which is annoying, especially considering all the other hands are so well proportioned. No fan of the strap, but considering that mine are world class, OEM deals rarely impress me and I'd be happier to replace it anyway.

All in, I think there is more to laud here than throw stones at, but to each his own. I think Bulova has been stepping up their game lately, which is nice to see.

1 week, 5 days ago on Bulova Accutron Amerigo Watch Review

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I do. If you don't haven a tuning fork watch, go get one and sort it out for yourself.

1 week, 5 days ago on Bulova Accutron Amerigo Watch Review

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I always enjoy seeing advancements of any kind in the world of nice women's watches. It is encouraging for the industry that a brand would tackle them in such a dedicated fashion, and also that there is a market for them. Sometimes it seems like mostly a boy's club, which is a shame. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan

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Then laser cut dials actually look to be very well done, despite the... Interesting subject matter. If only the movement could have been arranged in such a way that the jewels used for the eyes were actual movement jewels, and not just set stones. Not only would that have tied it all in a little better, but the look would probably be cooler, with the cylindrical stones making for better eyes that the brilliant cut ones that are set.

At a total of 100 watches, I'm sure they're already all sold, and Memorigin is probably sitting back laughing at us being all high and mighty about how stupid these are.

2 weeks ago on Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee

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I don't really have a lot of time for football, I'm a Rugby guy - and, being Canadian, I never really have a horse in the WC ebvents anyway - I'm on English/Scottish descent, but that was nothing to laud this tournament... I'm glad that Germany won. Their opener against Portugal was very entertaining. 


Anyway, that watch - it's actually not too bad, branding aside, but who is going to want one of those 2-tone models? Ghastly...


2 weeks, 1 day ago on Parmigiani Pershing CBF Chronograph Watches At The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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That watch looks like it has a hunter style case on it - any shots of the movement available?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Celebrating The 100th Anniversary Of The First Chronometer Certified Wristwatch By Rolex

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@Henryus @MarkCarson @Fraser Petrick Gino's east - the original one (I think) that might actually be in Rosemont, under the Valspar building. I daydream about it sometimes...

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Buying Watches In Chicago, Illinois: Geneva Seal

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Not bad I guess, but i don;t really get anything 'sporty' about it, and I think aluminum is a terrible choice for a watch case. It's light, understood, but that's about the only redeeming quality. 


I don;t mind that the numerals are turned upside down at the bottom of the dial, but I don;t like they they are not all the same proportions. The 5 and 7 are smaller so that they fit around the subsidiary seconds dial, and is it just me, or does the 3 look more chunky than any other numeral?


Love FPJ watches, I really do, but this line is probably the bottom rung for me. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on F.P. Journe Octa Sport Watch In Aluminum Review

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Love UN dearly, and to be fair, these are actually more impressive in the metal than even a rendering can show, but this line has never really interested me that much. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014

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F it - I'll just bid a Trillion dollars (or francs, dubloons, sheckles, whatever currency is preferred) for it right now and circumvent the entire process. I don;t actuially have top pay, and i'll get to enjoy the damn thing for more than a decade before anyone actually remembers that I didn't pay. 


Way to have pride of ownership in your work, Sotheby's. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Sotheby’s To Re-Auction The Patek Philippe Supercomplication, The Most Expensive Pocket Watch Ever

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Really very handsome - I love that silver dial version. The bracelet is a little contrived, but it works better than the strap does. 


Cant say I'm fond of the name though - Alpina Alpiner? Bleh. And isn't the whole '4' thing really a scam of the Seiko 5 system that has been around for many years? And, Seiko's makes more sense. Well, except for #4 I guess 'recessed crown at 4 o'clock'. But #5 simply being that the case is of a durable material, wherein now if the (groan...) Alpina Alpiner were to come out in a new Titanium or even Gold iteration, it couldn't be a "4". 


Regardless, those are just nitpicks, and overall I think the watch has a great appearance and wrist presence. The price is not terrible, but at that level I'd like to see that they also decorate the movement a bit, and then put it on display. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Alpina Alpiner GMT 4 Watch Hands-On

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Do not want. I'm not a diehard mechanical watch guy, I have a very strong collection of digital watches, but I don;t have any room for this one. I love the case and bracelet appearance, but the hands/dial leave way too much to be desired. I'm sure it is very functional and seamless in it's use, but it looks like crap. 


Throw all the stones you like, fanbois. 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Watch Hands-On

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Still can;t do it. I don't like running seconds because I need or want to know the time down to the second, I just like to see things in action. This is certainly a step in the right direction for me, but isn't it a step in the wrong direction for the brand?

3 weeks ago on The MeisterSinger Salthora Changes Up A Singular Design

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Mark nailed it, the first image I saw made me think of Swatch. Only these are priced in such a fashion that a single Jean Richard 'Box of Crayons" is the same value as all the swatches out there. 


On the up side, the colours are very rich and true - the anodizing is very well done, there are many shades of grey in that process. The problem is that anodized aluminum makes me nervous. It scratches very noticeably if you just look at it the wrong way, and at the end of the day, this is supposed to be a sports watch. For $4400, the watch could be colourfully cerakoted steel, and would then be infinitely more durable. 

3 weeks ago on JeanRichard Terrascope Aluminum Watch In Primary Colors Hands-On

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Yikes! That'll get you up in the morning. Being Italian at heart, Panerai might play nice with the heavy borrowing of their bracelet design, but if i were Clerc I'd likely have some raised eyebrows. But then again, maybe not. I see a lot of Clerc, but to my eye they do it much better. Then they go and swing for the fences with the handset design, but pull the seconds hand out of a parts bin. Strange. 


That crown lock system is the exact same way I open the tubular magazine on my old Cooey model 60 rifles. That's the first thing I thought of. 


Not sure if I missed it in the article - what's CNS International?


Honestly, considering the market for brands like Panerai and Anonimo, the pricing doesn't see that crazy. Maybe it's a shock because no one knows what Visconti is, but once it catches on it'll seem normal. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On

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Love it, but the pinball version is better. 


MOAR Christophe Claret. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 Chocolate Watch

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Nice to see them stepping it up, but this one needs a little help methinks. The movement view is about as spartan as you can get, not in any good way. And the handset, aside from the length problem, just looks like a sprinkling of metal splinters dropped on the dial. They have zero personality and are barely indistinguishable from one another. Love that grey-blue dial though. 


I'm sure this line will evolve and get better - looking forward to it. Guaranteed to become a forum favourite in no time (no pun intended). 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Christopher Ward C9 Harrison 5-Day Automatic Watch Review & Debut

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Good article. RM doesn't make a single watch I have any interest in, but manufacture visits are always fun.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Visit To The Richard Mille Watch Manufacture

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Actually, it is mentioned that Christope Claret himself said that the watch was not engineered for pure accuracy, even though I agree and prefer to see a seconds hand.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Christophe Claret Maestoso Watch Hands-On

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I like it quite a bit. CC doesn't make a watch I don't like, to be honest. The done have a large catalog, but they do everything so well. Likely due to everything having the same case unifies the range, and makes them all so attractive (to me), kinda the opposite of Romaine Jerome who also uses the same basic case for everything and I don't like it.

You can see the escapement working, so it's not a huge detail, but a seconds hand would have been nice here: a centrally mounted on.

The rear is a little bland, that large plate should have been filled with wordiness or decorations, etc, but it is still nice. How is the weight, using a Ti alloy?

Anyway, it's a win, and I'd love to try it on. As always, I can't get enough of those ruby hands.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Christophe Claret Maestoso Watch Hands-On

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Then even more's the problem!

I didn't know if they are/were pure renders, or touched photos, so I made no mention. And, just to be clear, I didn't say the finish was 'rough', just rougher than you might expect for an almost $200k watch. The plain milled gears, etc.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Arnold & Son Royal TES Tourbillon With A Sapphire Twist

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My speak n' spell had that font! That's right!

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Blancpain L-Evolution R Chronographe Flyback Grande Date Watch Hands-On

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WHY DONT THE SCREWS ALL LINE UP THE SAME WAY???? WHAT A UGLY MISTAKE, AMIRITE???

Love that 'dial' pattern (if you can call it a dial). I'm not actually a big fan of the watch altogether, and some of the parts look to be finished a little roughly for a watch of this caliber and price point, but I want to see more of that broader guilloche work in the future.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Arnold & Son Royal TES Tourbillon With A Sapphire Twist

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What a great looking show. That would be something I would have a high interest in attending for sure.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Artistry Of Horology: Audemars Piguet Watches At Art Basel Switzerland

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I get that the coloured diamonds are quite rare, and of good quality to boot, but they look like they were set by a 5 year old. I feel like I can replicate the watch really accurately with a hot glue gun and a bag of bedazzles from a hobby store. I could even plop in a real quartz watch movement to complete the homage. 


$55 million is hilarious. That number is just so ridiculous, I wish they had just said it was worth a Jillion dollars. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch

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One of the fugliest watches we have looked at this year, easily,. What a disaster. That strap is a slap in the face while the case and dial spit in your eye. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Blancpain L-Evolution R Chronographe Flyback Grande Date Watch Hands-On

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No thank you...

4 weeks ago on Red8USA Fifty & Dive Watches Hands-On

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5 years from now I want to be wearing a handwound perpetual calendar rattrapante chronograph world timer grand and petite sonnerie repeater alarm that also comments me on how good I look.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical

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That is super badass.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Hublot Sponsors The Exosuit Diving Suit Wearable Submarine

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Very nice, a handsome and obviously highly wearable watch. I am a fan of the bold Arabic numerals that bloom so nicely with lume, and in that lumeshot the hands look good too, but the daytime view has me a little concerned with the look of the hands. Something about the all-white look of them detracts from how well made the watch will be; they look a little cheap.

It's a winner for sure, and nice pricepoint to boot.

1 month ago on Frédérique Constant Moontimer Watch Review

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