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3 days, 15 hours ago on Watch Winner Announced: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph
Hand-made goods have the feel of something that is a work of art. It's like the difference between owning an original and owning a print (though generally not as exclusive). It also makes the item feel more personal, since it was made by a person and not a machine. I'd like to tour RGM because they are the first American watch company in a very long time and at the forefront of what will hopefully be a renaissance in American manufacturing.
4 days, 4 hours ago on GIVEAWAY: Trip To American-Made RGM Watch Manufacture In Pennsylvania
I like the orange accents on this watch. It reminds me of my Dievas Timeattack. I also like how the watch has a relatively large face without an accompanying oversized case. I usually think of Lacroix as just a luxury brand, but I like the thought that went into this watch as a more practical piece.
1 month, 1 week ago on GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch
For occasions as formal as I get (which isn't very), I wear an all-black PVD coated Dwatch with a ceramic dial.
2 months, 1 week ago on GIVEAWAY: Egard Shade Black Automatic Watch
I like the geometry of this watch, particularly from the side. I saw one with the link bracelet, and I think it looks better with the rubber strap. The bracelet makes it seem more plain-looking, whereas the black rubber gives it a nice contrast.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Alpina Extreme Diver 300 Chronograph Automatic Watch Hands-On
It reminds me of the old Sanyo electro-mechanical alarm clock I had before the gears eventually wore out.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on 4N 4N-MVT01/D01 Watch Hands-On + Flash Sale
@Ulysses31 @JasonDunn Because Bigger is Better.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Made In Detroit, A Visit To Shinola Watches
Now they just need to make one big enough to fit a 10-foot tall Robocop statue.
Too generic looking to make any association with a DeLorean. If part of the price goes toward the DeLorean novelty, then I would expect more DMC for the $-&-¢.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Romain Jerome DeLorean DNA Watch
The "mineral fibre" material is most likely a plastic with a glass filler, often referred to as "mineral filled plastic". Glass fibers are added to some plastics to alter their mechanical strength, dielectric properties or abrasion and heat resistance. They tend to be quite a bit more durable than pure material.
10 months, 1 week ago on ITAnano/iTime Phantom Carbonio Watch Review
@MarkCarson @JasonDunn Yeah, it would ultimately harm him if he began trying to brand himself simply for the purpose of showcasing himself. Recognition is useful for maintaining the balance of power in these odd relationships, but the appearance of objectivity and a serious attention to the craft can't be sacrificed to that end, or the serious readers and buyers will become disillusioned with their pied piper of the watch world and move on to the next blogger who thumbs his nose at the establishment. There are many fickle and petulant debs at this ball; he's got to court them all, but ultimately leave them with the idea that each one stole his heart.
1 year ago on What It’s Like To Be A Watch Blogger After 2,500 Posts
The name of the game is leverage, and right now the industry has (or thinks it has) all of it. There are enough media outlets that do or easily could offer what Ariel provides that the watch industry can afford to play this game. Advertising isn't much of a subject for ransom since there are so many web-ad providers that Ariel could simply replace those advertising blocks with generic Google ads, Google ads that would basically try to sell you watches anyway based on the search histories of the blog readers, a thought that would terrify me as a watch company since I could wield more influence over Ariel than I could over a goliath like Google. Access is really the only leverage they have, but the industry needs to be careful as well since many brands rely on the concept of the "discerning buyer." Blogs like this are where we come to get the details so that we can make informed watch-buying decisions. It's also where we go to find out about obscure brands that we would otherwise never hear of. Rolex, Tag and Omega won't see much value in giving access to a critical reviewer; they've been coasting along on brand recognition and product placement for decades now. To them, Ariel probably represents a threat since an uninformed buyer (guys looking for bling) is likely to only know about those three luxury brands. If they realized how many choices they had, it could seriously erode their market shares, particularly Omega. Ariel will have to ride the fine line for awhile until the "cult of personality" effect begins to give him an advantage. Once Ariel is known far and wide as the go-to source for luxury watch opinions, he'll be able to hold his own as an essential institution of watchmaking; brands will begrudgingly acknowledge him as a necessary cost of doing business, but until that time he's forced to play the game.
RJ's watches have been pretty gimmicky, but usually unique enough to partially justify their price, but this is bland and stylistically inconsistent throughout the watch. It looks like a sticker stuck on a thematically unrelated watch that I wouldn't wear at any price.
1 year, 1 month ago on Romain Jerome Día de los Muertos Watch
@Kris C I'd be forgiving of the crown if it were actually machined from something like Delrin, which is exceptionally durable. But, its cheapness is obvious when you can see where it was clipped from the sprue in the advertising photo. When it's injected molded, that says "mass-produced." Hell, even mass-produced watches don't leave those kinds of tell-tale marks.
1 year, 5 months ago on Gevril GV2 Corsaro Chronograph Is Example Of What To Watch Out For
I'd wear it as a cheap beater, but I'd be embarrassed to admit to paying that kind of price for the quality delivered. I'd also never quote the MSRP, since even a non-afficionado could spot the bullshit in that one if they looked at it in their hands for more than a few seconds. One look at the crown alone is enough to satisfy that requirement.
I like exposed movements as long as it doesn't make it difficult to tell the time. The hands and hour markers should stand out from the background.
1 year, 7 months ago on Giveaway: Breil Orchestra Automatic Watch
I still need a watch where I work simply because phones or other PEDs (not performance enhancing drugs) aren't allowed. I have a Casio G-Shock with atomic clock sync-up that's very useful for checking that our servers are synced up to their GPS timing sources. But, I wear my mechanical watches every other day because I enjoy them.
1 year, 7 months ago on Get ‘Em Early: A Marketing Plan For Raising Watch Lovers
10 Hz gives greater precision for sure, but greater accuracy is a dubious claim without some sort of test to back it up.
1 year, 7 months ago on Breguet Classique Chronometrie 10Hz Watch Hands-On
I'd like to see a watch like this where the hour and minute dials are on different planes from each other. I like the retro aesthetics of it as well.
1 year, 7 months ago on mech6
Sintered metals have been used for several years in custom-made knives. I've been wondering if it would ever make it to the watch world. David Boye, the knifemaker whose book essentially taught me the craft even developed his own proprietary recipe and process. There are interesting bas-relief type effects you can add to the parts that aren't easily achievable by other means that could add a whole new dimension to watch parts.
1 year, 7 months ago on Watch Case Materials Explained: Ceramic