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I don;t know that I have anything new to say here. They are very handsome, for sure. Probably a little too small for me. I don't need to wear dinner plate size watches, but I have a few that I really like that are 40 and 41mm (without crowns, etc) and they are good fits but at the tail end of my size spectrum. 41 - 44mm is my wheelhouse. 

1 day, 21 hours ago on Rolex Cellini Date Watch New For 2014 Hands-On

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@MarkCarson My only watch!!!???!!! What a horrible thought! That's like only having one suit, or one  bottle of scotch. Imagine just one vacation destination, or but a single pretty lady to look at. A menu with just one selection, or a forest of just one tree...


If variety weren't the spice of life, I doubt I'd be coming here before I even check my email every morning. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2014

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@erikdy  So THATS how they got Tanaka here...

2 days, 20 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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I am so in love with that blue dial version. I can even get over the view of my wrist I'd have while wearing it, something I do not like at all. What a stunner. Wish is retained the grande date though. 

2 days, 20 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Offers Three New Hybris Artistica Versions Of The Spherotourbillon Watch

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I understand that these ultra-thin movements are how manufactures flex their technical prowess, but I'm just tired of ultra-thin watches. At some point, they just get too thin and don;t feel right on the wrist - and I've never tried on something this slight, so I can only imagine the feel would be compounded here. 

The movement side is interesting, actually. With it's undecorated, almost spartan appearance coupled with it being so flat, it looks more like a drawing of a movement than an actual working one. 

I like the easy to read dial, and I don;t mind the handset either. I think the slight skeletonization helps to give them a bit of character, wherein full dauphine hands might look at little contrived. 


Not giving a nod to the late great Mr. Genta is nothing short of criminal. 

2 days, 20 hours ago on Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Watch Hands-On: Thinnest In The World

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@Ulysses31 you can see in another photo that it takes on more of an indigo blue shade, but it's still really juvenile and unappealing, pricepoint not the least of deciding factors in that reasoning. The movement engineering justified the price, but the packaging just doesn't work. I know it's a macro and you'd have to strain to see it that way in real life, but the super globby application of red paint/enamel on the seconds hand is just gross - like they did it in a traditional candle-making style, just dipping it over and over until they got the buildup they wanted. 


GP, go to your room and think about what you've done. Is this really the legacy you want to leave on all the work you did for this movement? Do it again and have it on my desk for Monday. 

3 days, 20 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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Coming off the heels of the dark, dreary Nataf "DEFY" era at Zenith, Dufour really righted that ship in short order, and since that time Zenith has punched above their weight class effectively and consistently. I am more hopeful that they maintain their success than I am Rolex - that ship has not changed course by a single degree basically ever (probably most noteworthy was them using El Primero movements from Zenith). I hope Dufour doesn't show up with a bunch of great ideas, they'll likely fall on largely deaf ears. I wish him the best and hope it doesn't end up being stifling for him - I'm not Negative Nancy and I'm sure this is an opportunity for him, but I kinda see it as a step down. Time will tell.  (get it?!?)

3 days, 20 hours ago on Rolex Watches Appoints Jean-Frederic Dufour As New CEO

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 I love this movement, but the execution of this particular model is awful - red and purple accents in a pink gold case? Was this designed on bring your kids to work day? 

3 days, 20 hours ago on Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement L.M. Watch In Pink Gold Hands-On

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@Hacker4748  You should look at it sometime. 

4 days, 17 hours ago on Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch & The Space Race

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What a range this watch has. The first pic, of the white dial and aged lume with textured strap is excellent harmony. The next version, in gold with the strap that looks to be made of peanut butter is a total puke pile. And then the bracelet version is somewhere in the middle, a little ho-hum. 

4 days, 17 hours ago on Junghans Meister Telemeter Watch Is Going For Distance! And Going For Speed!

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Growing up,. I had a big bin of LEGO, and made all kinds of stuff. I have not bought LEGO in my adult life, and when I was a kid I don;t know if they had the dedicated set themes like they do now - I just had a big bin of pieces. Which Dad would step on from time to time and then want to murder me. 

4 days, 17 hours ago on GIVEAWAY: Four LEGO Watches For Adults

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The only thing worse than rose gold is fake rose gold. This would be 10x better in just plain ole steel. 

4 days, 18 hours ago on Ballast Valiant BL-3105 Skeleton Automatic Watch Review

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Still have yet to delve into Mad Men, but I will. I hate being a slave to the television, so my style is to generally wait until it's over, and then watch it all at my own leisure with the DVDs or Netflix, etc. 

4 days, 18 hours ago on Bulova Accutron Watch Ad Pitch Opens MAD MEN Season 7

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I still stand by my comments from last month, and this is a great watch. Would like to have something for running seconds though. This is not a dress watch, and I like to know that $100k in movement engineering is operating.

6 days, 20 hours ago on MCT Sequential Two S200 Watch Hands-On

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It's a neat desk clock, why the hell would anyone put it on their wrist, unless they were dying to be identified as a target for ridicule. Seriously, paying that kind of money to wear this = YHBT.

1 week ago on Bathys Cesium 133 Atomic Clock Watch Now On Kickstarter

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Gee, they wouldn't even have to wait 20 years and they all could have just worn G-Shocks.

In seriousness, I thought I knew this story, but there are a few morsels in here that I've either forgotten or never gleaned to begin with. Fun stuff.

1 week ago on Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch & The Space Race

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I see plastic. You went out of your way to guard against a comment like this, but I can't help it, it looks like plastic. It must be the smooth finish: give it a raw look, like the side of the bezel, and I bet it would come off a little better looking. Nowhere near quarter million good looking, but a step closer anyway.

1 week, 3 days ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon White Ceramic Hands-On

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After 100 meters, is it no longer automatic?

1 week, 4 days ago on TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Watch Review

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Nothing really offensive here, but the list is a little bland. I love that Zenith Captain, but it's just a very clean 3-hander, nothing really WOW about it. The WhiteBread bathyscape is very nice, love that grey hue, but the red chrono hand is killing it for me. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2014

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@Fraser Petrick  While ribber is not a first choice for me in straps, I don;t mind it per say, but it is the rubber coated crowns and pushers that I don't like. I see that going downhill way too soon, unless you get in the habit of 'Armor All'ing" your watch parts once in a while. 

2 weeks ago on IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Charles Darwin Watch In Bronze Hands-On

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I'm surprisingly in. As Rus mentioned, have them down in the $500 - $600 range and I'd be inclined to pick up both the gold and blue one, I like them both. I would bin those awful straps in a heartbeat, but the watches are actually very well done. 


I'm bnot sure who makes the 'H-10", but this is called doing it right: Swiss automatic, priced on a human scale, I'll wager a proper 4hz rate and 80 hours of reserve. Sounds better to me than some uppity 'Manufacture' movement that only tells the time at 2hz with 43 hours of reserve for $10k+. 

2 weeks ago on Hamilton Reveals The Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum, A Hands-On With Their First Watch In Aluminum

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Ariel, it kinda gives me a wee vibe of that Tiffany Steamerica watch you like so much. 

2 weeks ago on Ralph Lauren Sporting Classic Chronometer Steel Watch Hands On

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Truly awesome. Considering the Royal Blue is a million beans, I guess this is the poor man's version at only...850,000 beans?


Anyway, you have to watch the video to truly appreciate how 'floating' that tourbillon really is - the photos are great, but they all lend a little glare and don't accurately portray what you would really see like the video does.


If I were to wear this to work, I'd be fired shortly thereafter for constantly torturing everyone with the chimes, as I would be having them going constantly. Because, it makes perfect sense that someone who buys a watch for this kind of money has a job that they would get fired from.


I can't help but get a little Harry Winston vibe from this watch.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Ulysse Nardin’s Imperial Blue Watch With Flying Tourbillon And 4-Gong Sonnerie In Sapphire Hands-On

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Nice, but that's about it. I'm unsold on Bronze. You notice that on almost all Bronze watches they are completely in a brushed finish - that's because the patina that people love to either wait for or force onto Bronze watches looks like complete shit on a polished bronze surface. This one has little inklings of polished finish on some small surfaces, so it shouldn't be that much of a problem, but I'd like to take a look at this watch again next year and see what to has to say.


I'll never like rubber coated/covered crowns and pushers. That is the weakest link in the chain for sure.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Charles Darwin Watch In Bronze Hands-On

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I still think this is one of the best new handset designs in a loooong time. And, I'm still madly in love with the Hydroscaph chrono on the orange rubber. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Clerc Hydroscaph H1 Watch Now On A Bracelet

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I like both. I'm a big fan of the vintage style, but I generally lean more toward hints of it in a modern watch, simply because of all the potential hair that comes with buying vintage. I really like the B-type dial Flieger look, and brands like Stowa make new watches with modern conveniences with that lovely vintage flair. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on GIVEAWAY UNIQ P-47 Chronograph Watch

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The Cellinis we saw the other day are very nice, through and through (ok, I hate the plain casebacks, but whatever), but these iterations are getting away in the weeds. The deep dial texture is either off-putting or just interesting, I'm not sure - but there is not confusion on my distaste for the little day/night window. 


I know this is earth shattering and ground breaking for rolex (A DUAL TIME WATCH!!!!!!?!?!??!??!) and don't want to discourage them in the development of their next new watch (Basel 2023), I'm just saying. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rolex Cellini Dual Time Watch For 2014 Hands-On

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@maggidan  Why? Did the De Ville line do something awful to you?

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Rolex Cellini Dual Time Watch For 2014 Hands-On

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No, you just need to grow and lighten up at the same time. Linking your work and a joke article about an imaginary radioactive watch in order to cite the latter as distasteful is ridiculous. You must be embarking on your own April fools joke?

I guess Stan Lee has a pile of letter from you on his desk shaming him for that tasteless radioactive spider-man he's always talking to the kids about?

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Atomic D-38 Watch Proves Your Manliness With Radioactive Uranium

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This certainly has a lot of retro flavour, but this time I see it as unfortunate. Not speaking to me at all.

That said, I like Sinn as a brand, and I have to say that for a watch of what will be excellent quality, the MSRP here is quite sober.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Sinn 144 St S Jubilee Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Very nice.

Coming soon we'll need to have a black ceramic chronograph battle to the death. No Omega fanboys allowed.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Watch

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Reading through the comments on this lighthearted article, I basically just feel sorry for many of you. It must be awful living your life so uptight and devoid of humour.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Hublot Big Bang Atomic D-38 Watch Proves Your Manliness With Radioactive Uranium

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If I were sitting in the same room with 2 people, one was wearing an solid Everose gold Rolex sport watch, and the other wearing this Seamaster all in gold, I would assume the Omega guy had 'made it'... more? Better? Whatever - I'm not a coloured gold guy, but that all pink model is the near epitome of a watch that says 'yeah, I can afford a solid gold watch, but I don't need to slap you in the face with it to prove I can'. 


I usually get the opposite with solid gold Rolex's in the room. 'Hey, look - there's a gold Rolex over there at the bar with some guy attached to it.'

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Watch Hands-On

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I like the attention to straps, obviously. All good points there, well done. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Watch Wearing And Buying Tips For Every Man

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I just saw that wrist pic in my twitter feed. Just something missing in the colourway methinks.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Bremont Boeing Model 247 Watch Hands-On

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*slow clap*

Welcome to the Wiserhood.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer Lunar Dust Ceramic Watch Hands-On

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Seriously...?

This is a snippet of a recent conversation at Omega:

'how many Speedmaster variants should we make?'

'how high can you count?'

'I like the way you think'

Then, a month later, here first on aBtW:

"Omega announces new 'How High Can You Count' Speedmaster for 2015".

Then, 6 months later, here first on aBtW:

"Omega announces new 'How High Can You Count' Speedmaster Limited Edition with mauve liquid metal bezel for $36,000" with article blurbs like "it took 6 months of extensive work and research to get the mauve colour just right...".

Seriously, spread it out a bit Omega. And, make a new movement already.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer Lunar Dust Ceramic Watch Hands-On

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I can't lie, I like it. It is certainly nicer than the original Cellini iterations of yore. The price smells, but what can you expect from Rolex. They've got all the R&D to pay for.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rolex Cellini Time: Return Of The Crown’s Dress Watch

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The 'normal' me wants the grey/orange version, but the 'reading this article right now' me kinda likes the Olympic version... quite nice. All of me's are turned off by the lugless design, but not excessively so - I've always said that about this watch, regardless of age.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Omega Speedmaster Mark II Watch For 2014 Hands-On

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The wrist shots are the most telling: that interesting case design, being lugless, looks awkward on the wrist. And the watch is not complimented by the rubber strap.

3 weeks ago on Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 GPS Watch Hands-On

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Very nice. We'll balanced, everything is meaningful and easy to read, even with a lot to look at. And you gotta love that Genta style.

3 weeks ago on Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph 5990/1A Watch In Steel

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Nice, but it's never been on my lust radar; I don't actually have a lot of appreciation for that consolidated chronograph. I do love the date layout though. But what's the deal with black oxidized gold? Seriously. Are the hands also made from pure mermaid eyelids, but they decided to paint them? I have a distaste for that kind of throwaway luxury: if you want a gold watch, have a gold watch. But what's the point in ruining a precious metal like that? So you can just tell people it's gold? Please.

3 weeks ago on Patek Philippe Chronograph Annual Calendar 5960/1A Watch In Steel

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Another CC winner. What a rock star, seriously. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Christophe Claret Maestoso Watch With Detent Escapement

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Easily one of the nicest high end ladies' watches I've ever seen. The gems are very well done, and the watch has all kinda of whimsy without slapping you in the face with complication. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Christophe Claret Margot: His First Watch For Women That They Will Love/Love Not

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Nah. It looks like some kind of ineffective weapon, the garish and unexplainable superdestroyer of a textbook villain to finally rid the world of his arch nemesis. 


I am a fan of the bullhead look, but when it doesn't work, it doesn't work. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition Watch

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Very nice. These guys were just in my head a few days ago talking about the 'other' dead-seconds watch, and now this pops up like so many mushrooms. Kismet, I tells ya. 


I like the 2010 dead-seconds watch better. 


But, I do like Gronefeld's stoic style cues, obviously carried over nicely from the last watch. The movement view is very interesting as well, looks like a detailed caseback, not a crystal offering a view of the actual movement - it's those big screws they chose not to blue, and how all the parts have a border/bezel. 


Also, I could do without the 'parallax' branding on the dial. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Gronefeld Parallax 1912 Tourbillon Watch

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@Ulysses31  I think the ladies' model looks best because with the smaller case size, the band/bracelet doesn;t look so disproportionately undersized. Or is that just me - the Men's models look like a 44mm case with a 16mm strap. Awful.  

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Released

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