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Watch expert & blogger. Owner of aBlogtoWatch.com and watch editor for various important publications.
@yrh0413 I assume the lume is the same or similar. Thanks.
1 day, 11 hours ago on Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 Watch Hands-On
@foubourg I really like to meet collectors from all over the world and am fascinated about their psychology. I don't always have all the answers but I think the questions make for good conversation. Thanks for adding to the conversation!
3 days, 13 hours ago on Mexico City’s Watch Show: What The SIAR Is Like
@Leestar1122 Thanks for the really nice comment. Happy to hear all that and that you connected with the article so well. Your comments are always welcome :)
1 week, 3 days ago on Is Luxury Watch Marketing Failing?
@masqueman My pleasure!
1 week, 3 days ago on Swiss Army Victorinox Dive Master 500 Mechanical Watch Review
@LapYoda I think you should start a winner's club. I mean over the years there have been a lot now.
2 weeks ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Minus-8 Layer
@Chaz_Hen @aBlogtoWatch I actually did bring up the topic of just making his own watches outright. I don't think Bamford is into the idea right now, but perhaps in the future!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Bamford Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts
@Shawnnny Yes, I have many unpublished images that indicate what I am talking about, but I agree that it does not show up all the time. I think most people when talking about something like a customized Rolex will want to see it in person before making a purchase decision, and when examining the watches personally I found the coatings to feel pretty good. Perhaps I was comparing them to the coatings on other customized watches that don't always look as sharp for sure!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Bamford Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts
@Shawnnny My motive was to present an analog people might be able to relate to, but no comparison is perfect right? When it comes to watches pretty much ANY modification you make will invalidate the warranty save perhaps for changing a strap. Thanks again for the input.
@WimadS @SuperStrapper It is true that there was some development but it wasn't what post people would consider true full color e-ink and if you see nothing was ever really destined to come to market. Someday!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Sony FES Watch Re-Introduces You To E-Ink
@alvinblin Thanks so much. We will meet again for sure!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos
@Shawnnny I see what you are saying about the coatings and I think some of that might be the photography. I say this because I've photographed a lot of PVD and DLC coated cases in my time and what you are seeing is not uncommon even among the best of the best. It appears that the coating is uneven which result from how light hits in some ways. All I can say is that to the naked eye they don't exactly appear this way (at least not to me) and that this isn't uncommon among "factory" coatings. Though I can totally appreciate how from some perspectives the business practice might not be something you want to subscribe to. I think it was still important to profile what Bamford does given that the entire Rolex modifying industry is so large and still sort of underground.
@Chaz_Hen Interesting that you feel that way is I see it a bit different. Bamford doesn't seem to create any stories to put a myth behind the brand and they are pretty open where their work is done. No ETA involved here. I do get why some people can be put off by the work from a company like Bamford, and each person is entitled to come to their own conclusion of course. But from where I am sitting the Bamford process is pretty straight forward and the marketing element is more about how they believe their stuff is cool rather than putting a backstory to it.
@Shawnnny It is possible that I am not totally up to date on all the matters related to automobile modifications and you are of course correct when it comes to mere cosmetic changes. Though in observational experience I've seen that people who mechanically modify a car are not exactly met with open arms at their dealerships. Thanks for clarifying!
@watchit Thanks so much. Will have to do that. It is important to keep this as an ongoing conversation so that as many facts as possible present themselves. In the end I simply want consumers to make smart decisions and for there to be fairness in pricing across the board.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on 10 Things You Should Know About Wrist Watch Auctions
@mgennone Yes, that is true. Authenticity is something that is difficult to ensure without a certificate from a manufacturer stating that something is totally original - and that isn't something that is always possible to get.
@watchit Proxy bidding is a good concept in theory but it does have the potential of being abused, and it is abused since it is difficult to regulate/police.
The skilled writers who prepare the text used to describe serious watch auction lots do a great job at making the most of the facts and ensuring that the watches sound extremely interesting. These are certainly good to read but their interest is in making the watches sound as valuable as possible and these aren't places for collectors to get more well-rounded explanations of a watch.
Watch auction houses have become very powerful because in a way they help frame the discussion of vintage watches. This is because the pool of collectors has increased but the sophistication level among them hasn't necessarily matched that of the auction houses. In a more pure market the sophistication of the buyers and sellers would be matched. This ensures much more fairness, but right now the sellers are in many instances more sophisticated which has by default allowed many to do the natural thing and exploit knowledge inequalities.
@watchit Thanks for the note and I appreciate your participation in the conversation a lot. When it comes to giving advice it is difficult to make "rules" like "no watch will ever make a good financial investment." That isn't a correct statement because there are rare instances when pieces might make good financial investments. What I think is more correct is to say (as I attempted to) is that statistically speaking wrist watches make poor financial investments compared to the alternative most of the time based on available historical data.
You mention a situation when someone has a cash heavy portfolio. I don't know what percentage of people who consider themselves investors to have portfolios that are mostly cash but I understand that this is generally considered to be a bad idea so almost anything to help diversify would be useful. Given the fear of inflation I believe that most investors have 30% or less cash are part of their portfolios, so I wonder what that demographic is like.
So while there are always going to be statistical anomalies and especially talented collectors/investors I still subscribe to the belief the watches are best as personal luxuries and for enjoyment rather than investment.
A larger issue that I have is that the whole movement to make watches investment pieces is drastically inflating prices across the board. Prices in my opinion have moved very far from their inherent values which makes the watch market very susceptible to bursting like a bubble. It is true that many auction houses are going to take issue with my conclusions, but I feel that the market will lead to better value and stability over the long run when bubbles like this aren't created. Call me conservative in this respect if you must.
@Chaz_Hen Our pleasure. Glad people find value in it. I think you'd be surprised the gravitas a simple blog article can bring in the long run.
@SuperStrapper Yes, I do enjoy the occasional glass of fine brown spirits.
3 weeks ago on aBlogtoWatch Reader Joins Us For Watch Weekend In Los Angeles
@Shawnnny In my career I might die from a terminal case of horological blue balls given all the dangerous exposure.
@SantiagoT @aBlogtoWatch Whats a mere 84 hours a week when I can have ALL THIS?!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic PAM572 Watch And New In-House P.4000 Movement Hands-On
@SantiagoT @aBlogtoWatch I work on your hours! How else would we have time to speak? :)
@SantiagoT David was good enough to write up this article but the wrist shots are mine. On the wrist the Panerai PAM572 feels pretty nice and actually more wearable than 44mm wide Luminor models that are more thick. My only grievance (aside from the reflection-happy crystal) are the lugs that seem to stick out too much thereby making the watch seem larger. If Panerai wanted to break its own mold a bit and curve the lugs down more the watch would wear a lot better.
@QQbaby Oh hey again. Another fake e-mail and new name - so you won't even see the response. Keep on trying to make some type of point.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 167: Should You Pay Attention To Watch Auctions?
@iamcalledryan Yea, I have to work on that. I have no idea. It has been a nightmare trying to find a good software and hardware combo to record sound even though I am using good equipment.
@chenpofu @aBlogtoWatch @Jimxxx Yes of course, but to be honest that minor dial difference eluded me while doing the piece.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watches Hands-On
@Jimxxx Oh yes - totally deserving of a different model name :) Thanks for pointing that out by the way.
@Chaz_Hen You are correct that fairy tales sell watches. Ask the auction houses and they will tell you.
@AMS168 Thanks for the comment!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Rolex GMT Master II Day/Night 116710 BLNR Watch For 2013 Hands-On
@emenezes It has been interesting to see how this opinion article has created so much discussion. We appreciate the passion everyone has as well as how they take the effort to share it.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?
@rdoder It is possible that it does not rotate - though I don't recall 100%. It isn't uncommon for there to be bezels that appear to rotate in regard to their design, but they don't.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Seiko Sportura Kinetic Direct Drive SRG017 Watch Hands-On
@lillyhammer It has been an evolving product over the years and given that it attempts to be relatively timeless product I don't see how you can be late on a review. Does that mean a review of a Submariner or Royal Oak is too late since the models are a few decades old?
4 weeks ago on OWC MilSub MS-5517 Watch Review
@bdekok Thanks for letting us know about the error. That was the patent right next to it in the search so the wrong URL was copied. All fixed now.
4 weeks ago on Is META Watch Pursuing A Patent On All Analog/Digital Dial Smartwatches?
@DangerussArt @Zzyzx Close. It was actually an Hublot Big Bang Unico 45: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/hublot-big-bang-unico-45mm-watch/
1 month ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos
@AtotheG I know, I have 3 more events in the next 24 hours!
@LapYoda Yea, I try not to wear suits whenever possible. It isn't very LA.
@Fraser Petrick We will let you know for sure. I'd like to do a party there if we can manage it.
@brownm048 It is indeed unfortunate that the images in this article present what appears to be a biased viewpoint and for that I apologize. I've looked at the social media accounts of FakeWatchBuster and his companions and can assure you that people of all racial backgrounds are featured for their "watch frauds." What I think is happening is that particular demographic groups might be more represented as actively displaying watches that are fake. I don't believe it is just black people or any other specific group who are buying fake watches but rather some type of selection bias when it comes to who displays them prominently in social media and who certain people like to "call out for it." It must not feel good when a particular group is singled out for sure.
1 month ago on The Most Common Fake Watches & Other Stories From The FakeWatchBuster
@FaceRepo @rfrost Thanks for participating in the conversation FaceRepo and keep up the good work. We just want to make sure that as a passive repository you do what is necessary to protect yourself as well as IP rights holders so that the community plays safely and has the most legitimacy in the long run.
1 month ago on Android Wear Smartwatch Dial Designs Explode With Creativity & Variety
@lillyhammer Hey, it is that one guy who doesn't like us coming back again. We appreciate your traffic.
1 month ago on Aloe Blacc Interview: Pop Star, Process Nerd, Watch Guy, Friend Of IWC
@ZL Different lume colors is good. The issue is that the lume paint color is also different which makes the overall bezel and dial a bit less harmonious.
1 month ago on OWC MilSub MS-5517 Watch Review
@Piloten I am not familiar with the specific situation you are referring to but it is true that communities like watchuseek can sometimes struggle in trying to keep everyone happy. I know that moderators are all different and often have a degree of discretion in how they moderate. What I know is that Ernie's intent was to create a comfortable place for everyone and promote civil discussion. You can't make everyone happy all the time, but I think watchuseek has been able to keep the most people happy most of the time. Thanks for the comment.
1 month ago on Watchuseek.com Under New Management: Interview With Founder
@5803822 It is possible that Porsche Design produced a few with minor variations, but that is the watch.
1 month ago on Jack Shephard’s Porsche Design Watch On Lost
Those are the upcoming Kairos watches.
1 month ago on Kairos T-Band Strap With Screen Turns Any Watch Into A Smartwatch
That is a good question. The safest answer is that quality items with good designs and stories will always be popular at some point. Collectability is really collector trust plus inherent value. Good 1970s watches will have their time in the spotlight. With reissue watches is really depends but I think they are too new and available to be considered collectible at this point.
1 month, 1 week ago on INVITE: The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Launch Party In Los Angeles
@SuperStrapper I am sure we can figure something out.
No, Hublot is letting us do what we need to make the event fantastic.
@mahamithra Congrats. Great piece to own.
1 month, 1 week ago on Breguet No. 1646 Diver Watch: A Newly Discovered Vintage From 1965
@Rokus In case anyone is wondering Hublot had nothing to do with the book publication and doing the event with them is mostly about two entities working together who have respect for one another and a common audience.
@MarkCarson It is possible that something became lost in translation. It is true that Daniel Roth and Gerald Genta as names on watches will no longer be sold, but their legacy lives on in these high-end versions of Bulgari watches that will continue to make up a corner of the brand now and in the future as the head of Bulgari's watch making division tells me.
1 month, 1 week ago on Bulgari Daniel Roth Carillon Tourbillon Minute-Repeater Watch Hands-On