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Watch expert & blogger. Owner of aBlogtoWatch.com and watch editor for various important publications.
@GunnyFitz Our pleasure. Thank you for reading.
5 days, 4 hours ago on MTM Falcon Watch Review
@CG I think those are just their upcoming events. They have done them in a lot of cities. I think the last one was actually Chicago. More than likely they will come to all of the above cities as some point.
6 days, 11 hours ago on Upcoming “It’s About Time” Watch Get-Together Dates In The United States
@shinytoys Yea, she reminds me of that quite a bit. The virtues of work are often personally obtained it seems :)
1 week, 2 days ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone
@25degrees All sponsored content is labeled as such. This is neither sponsored content nor anything that involves aBlogtoWatch deriving any revenue of any kind. Thanks.
1 week, 3 days ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone
@MarkCarson Not really sure what to call the complication. Maybe you can come up with a better description?
2 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Watch Revisited
@DG Cayse We advise advertisers as such and that is actually exactly what we shared as feedback. I think Laco gets so little attention as it is that people are interested to know more about them. At least the website does have more information about the watches and current Laco models. We have a rather long set of "guidelines" for advertisers to suggest what makes for a decent post so I for one hear you 100%
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Laco Watches – Rewriting Horological History Since 1925
@coolgray11c @MrJKLFoams @MarkCarson I didn't think that STUDIODIVINE did any of the design work for Ancon, but I appreciate the comment confirming it. I think the most interesting part of this story is that SevenFriday has become big enough to be "homaged/replicated." The Ancon X-35 watches aren't really SevenFriday competitors as far as I am concerned, but a lower-cost round-cased timepiece that is inspired by the success of SevenFriday. If I was in SevenFriday's shoes I would be upset at first, but after that wore off I'd realize that this is a testament to the success of the SevenFriday and that it will strengthen the appeal of the brand in the long run.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Ancon X-35 Concept Watch Review
While I appreciate your desire to voice what appears to be a concern, I'm going to comment that there are a range of ttangents you bring up which aren't related to any conversation here nor do they properly characterize statements or actions that I or aBlogtoWatch have made.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on CNN Launches Cartier Sponsored “Ones To Watch” Programming
@jonfingas @SantiagoT This is a very interesting discussion but I think there are a few realities that the watch industry is not particularly open to considering. They are correct that "technology" has proven not be the the type of thing that allows for value retention like timepieces, but they are wrong in saying that watches are not technology. Watches are technology, but mechanical watches are all items of technology that has been obsolete for so long products today don't really have to fear more advanced versions in the future. That is why there is much more stability.
Further, I love Carlos and others who have voiced similar opinions as colleagues and friends, but speaking rationally I would not listen to people in the watch industry - a highly conservative industry based on last century's tech - to offer conclusions on what mainstream consumers will do. It is true that mechanical watches and wrist worn gadgets with screens are not the same. I don't think anyone ever said they were. It is rather that they will be competing for the same space on the wrist, and as soon as Apple and other companies show consumers that there is real utility and convenience in a smartwatch, then the watch companies will be afraid because consumers (even serious watch lovers) are going to be asked to choose between what they perhaps want, and what they perhaps need. So their arguments are moot because the issue isn't whether or not smartwatches are the same or as good as traditional watches, the issue is whether or not as many people will have available wrist space for them. Hence my decision to occupy both wrists as a way of not having to make a decision.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century
@thornwood36 Thank you very much. It was of course a lot of work, but worth it for sure.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book By Ariel Adams
@iamcalledryan There are a mix of both but it is mostly retail prices.
@Ulysses31 I'll see what we can do for version 2. How about a high-end wrist watch book for children? :) There could be all sorts of fun horological characters.
@Astronuts Not a terrible idea. Maybe we can think of something interesting.
@bigsam2035 lol. Thanks. No electronic timepieces in the book.
That's very pleasant to hear and thanks for being part of tthe conversation least for now, and part of the audience more often :)
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century
@Round peg in Square hole Thanks so much for the nice comments. Also, this type of "local perspective" makes everything we do here so much better. That is why I am so proud of our aBlogtoWatch community.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Luxury Watch Industry’s Dilemma In Hong Kong
@spiceballs Your feedback is really important in allowing people to understand the various perspectives related to this story. One of the reasons that I linked to a range of third-party new publication was to show that I wasn't reporting my opinions but rather what was going on. While I wasn't there for the protests, the images of them protestors in Causebay Way do show them to be near, but not directly outside the convention centers.
I think it is very interesting to consider the implications of all this on the watch industry. Thew news reports about the lower than normal luxury shopping business in Hong Kong isn't however speculation, but a reality - even though it isn't completely due to the protests but other factors as well. For me the most important element of this story is to show how politics and economics in particular parts of the world have a real global impact on the watch industry.
Is there a complaint you have? I'm happy to discuss things people are upset about. If you just want to make insults then you aren't really having a conversation but rather venting anger about something. What's bothering you? I'm sure we can clear up any issues that you may have. Thanks for listening.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 164: Apple, Rolex, Orient, Luminox
Gentlemen, allow me to exercise a little diplomacy and start with the premise that we are all here for a mutual love of this stuff we don't all have to long the same items and I am sure we all have goo reasons why we like what we do. I always advocate support of the segment and that everyone here commenting is your friend. A few people are a bit upset, and I don't think anyone here intends to hurt anyone else's feelings. Let's all be good sports and give people a fair shot to voice themselves and not feel alienated from the conversation. Thanks for keeping aBlogtoWatch a great place to visit.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century
@CG Oh good, at least someone else "gets it" :)
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
@groberts1980 @aBlogtoWatch We received a lot of new readers after our Apple watch coverage. Many of them are fantastic and outspoken. We have a policy to allow comments of all types (unless they are SPAM). We hope that everyone gets along because I think we are all here for the same reason. When we have a difference of opinion it is a good thing, and I try to lead by example by explaining my position to others and trying to indicate in detail where I think they might need to reconsider their position. We are all here to learn, enjoy, and share. Thanks for coming, and I hope we will see you again.
@groberts1980 The price of passion. Am I right? Funny things happen when people "love" so much.
@Zeitblom First of all, thanks for the comment. In a review I agree that being more precise with such terminology is important. However, "hands-on" pieces imply we did not have the watches for a full review, but rather for a more limited time where opportunities to take such measurements are not possible (and they aren't always provided by the manufacturer that readily.
What James was trying to do if I understand it is offer feedback on the dimensions and weight of the watch using his comparative experience after having handled so many other watches. Being into watches implies we have all sort of "special relationships with details," so keep up the love :)
Allow me to apologize if it sounds as though we haven't afforded your comment the response it deserves. Note that we are still new to covering the smartwatch segment and the sentiments involved are a novel thing to deal with. Compared to watches, no one has ever claimed we have a Seiko bias of we write about them more than Citizen. We merely choose the stories that interest us. I am realizing now that there is not only a demand, but also an expectation that if we cover part of the smartwatch industry, we cover more of it. Given that is an evolving area on aBlogtoWatch we are still determining the best approach. I haven't done the same search you did on the site but it is possible that we've mentioned Apple more that Google or Motorola over the years, but a lot of that was long before the Apple Watch was even announced, or Android Wear for that matter.
I'm happy to hear you want more coverage all the best smartwatches out there. My goal is actually to wait until the Apple Watch comes out before going into it much deeper. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and passion and rest assured we will focus on the best ways of offering a well-rounded variety of ongoing smartwatch coverage.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why Apple Wants The Apple Watch Approved By The Design & Fashion Community
Thanks for sharing. Video is worth watching for sure.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Truth In Watch Movement Advertising And Defining Watch Caliber Origins Once And For All
Brand loyalty is a powerful thing! In the watch world it is a bit less about that and more about style or technical loyalty. Thanks for the good insight Jon.
@InvictaWatchesReviewer I think we are all eager to see what the good people hard at work in areas of battery research have in store for us in a few years. Right now all companies more or less have access to the same battery technology, and no one is holding back new tech that would make batteries of the same size last longer. Battery technology is simply the weakest link in the tech chain right now.
@jonfingas @CoffeeTime Jon, you have more experience than we do in regard to this; why do some passionate, yet angry-sounding commentors believe we have something other than a pure editorial preference when covering one product more than another? I've seen comments here, as well as on more traditional tech sites that more or less assume brands pay us to say something in either direction. It would be such a PR disaster if it was discovered that anything like that was happening. So where are these conclusions coming from?
@Dartagnan_x1 Well as someone who is equally sensitive about word usage (albeit in a slightly different way) I will see what can be done. Thanks for commenting.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Luxury Watch Industry’s Dilemma In Hong Kong
@Time2Go It was a pretty important news item for a while so we tried cover it to the extent of our own interest. There probably won't be more until it is closer to release.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why Apple Wants The Apple Watch Approved By The Design & Fashion Community
@CoffeeTime It sounds like you are concerned that there is some type of bias on aBlogtoWatch toward one smartwatch maker versus another. I personally apologize that you feel that way, and it isn't true. We did cover the Moto 360 and could very easily cover it more. I personally prefer to wait until there is a slightly more mature piece of hardware running Android Wear. I will further state, once again, and we do not accept payments from companies for reviews, etc... Have a nice day.
@ReuehLaup @Shawnnny We are just showing examples of watches at different price levels that all have movements that includes a range of parts. These are all brands and movements we respect. While I understand the confusion, we included these watches together as a means of having an article with a positive message showing that at the end of the day the issue isn't the quality of the products but of the naming conventions. Christopher Ward has always represented a good value proposition and we believe that will continue to be the case.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Truth In Watch Movement Advertising And Defining Watch Caliber Origins Once And For All
@JRGougeon There was never a Christopher Ward controversy. If anything we put it in there to make it clear that the images aren't about controversy, but a range of examples to illustrate some of the points.
@WillyChu That wound be very good to have a watchmaker on staff at aBlogtoWatch to do that - I totally agree.
@bklynnets We are huge fans of TAG Heuer and Bremont and cover them frequently on aBlogtoWatch because we like a lot of what they do and have personally enjoyed their watches. We did use images of their movements in this article but not in a disparaging way. The article was meant to illustrate some points about naming conventions and terminology, and how to best communicate with consumers. The movements we pictures are all excellent calibers that we'd have zero qualms about recommending.
@RLaR I think something that people might overlook is that our goal here isn't to "call out" any brand but rather to help give tools to consumers to trust or understand the statements brands make. We want consumers to love and trust the brands they buy things from, and this article is intended to help all that. Some people at companies might be put off by this article, but it is in their best interests in the long run, and will help them have better relationships with those consumers who want to really understand their products. The majority of watch brands won't really be effected at all, but will enjoy consumers who simply don't feel as potentially confused.
@Time2Go Yes, you are right. That will be a challenge, and it is something we are going to try and push for and work in. We have new vocabulary to learn as well. I think the first step will be to not simply repeat what a company publishes in their tech specs unless it conforms with our new standards. I think if watch brands decide to stop sending watches out for review on this basis then there are much larger problems with the industry than us making sure they are more clear on their movements.
@ReuehLaup We love TAG Heuer, Christopher Ward, and Bremont. We are using them as known examples to illustrate instances when our new terms would apply. Nothing these brands are doing is wrong, but I think the industry would make its practices more clear if they used a more standardized set of terms. Further, the movements we are featuring are all great calibers.
@joshgraves Thanks Josh. Some people might consider this a silly issue given what else is important in the world. But at the same time for people willing to spend a lot of money on a watch, matters of truth, integrity, and clarity are very important. I feel that the more people trust what what brands say, the more people will actually feel comfortable buying their products.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Truth In Watch Movement Advertising And Defining Watch Caliber Origins Once And For All
@trj66 Thank you. When I write stuff like this I feel like it is watch nerdery at its apex, but it is really important stuff for our community and something that gets danced around too much. Now people have a place to reference and terms to use - especially when brands don't adhere to it.
@DG Cayse Thanks for the feedback. What exactly would you suggest that you've liked better?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 164: Apple, Rolex, Orient, Luminox
@WatchWhooree @aBlogtoWatch I've very proud as a half-Israeli American male to share a name with an athletic black woman.
@FoxFR25 Apple has actually designed a way for the Apple watch to worn on either your right or left wrist. Basically the case can be used with the crown to the right or the crown to the left. The entire screen flips when you do so as well of course, and given the easy-change strap/bracelet system one just juxtaposes those as well. Thanks for the good question.
Don't be a bad sport. You made for an excellent runner up. There's always next year's competition. Good luck.
@SuperStrapper Thanks for helping to remind me why I love the American lifestyle.
1 month ago on Buying Watches In Milan, Italy: Pisa Orologeria
@iedsri That is very nice of you to say. Thanks for the comment.
1 month ago on Apple Watch Hands-On: The Wristwatch Just Caught Up To The 21st Century
@joblow @aBlogtoWatch @Ulysses31 Yea, I agree. This year will be especially a test as the Richemont Group has made it so that women's models are a serious focus. I don't mind that, but I do take issue when they just diamondize and scale down men's models.
1 month ago on A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 His & Hers Sets For The Model’s 20th Anniversary
@Ulysses31 @Fraser Petrick @aBlogtoWatch Well hugs are OK with me. I just don't personally enjoy kissing to make up. Well not with everyone. Ulysses31 is one of our star readers, the days wouldn't be the same without him.
@Lurch That would be pretty impressive to have an interest in Apple or Rolex. Would probably make my life a lot more relaxed. To answer your question we don't remove comments ever unless they are patently SPAM - which happens regularly. Our commenting system (LiveFyre) attempts to auto-detect SPAM and sometimes there are false positives so our team has to manually moderate comments from time to time. If it ever appears that a comment doesn't get immediately posted it is because the system is "looking at it." We agree it isn't always ideal, but it is something we are actively looking to improve if a better commenting system becomes available. I just looked in the system, and your comment on the Rolex article is alive and well.
@5803822 Glad you like it. This is a damn cool watch.
1 month ago on Gerald Genta Gefica Bi-Retro Safari Watch Available On James List: A True Collectible