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Watch expert & blogger. Owner of aBlogtoWatch.com and watch editor for various important publications.
@somethingnottaken @aBlogtoWatch @Ivan1998 Yes, this is of course an important consideration. Again, the entire team has discussed this at length and we attempt to make careful decisions in the interest of our readers at all time. Of course each message can have multiple interpreted meanings but in the situation you are referring to it was important to clarify our position in regard to the brand without waiting for a resolution that may never occur. It isn't a particularly enjoyable thing to have to tell our important audience something, but not everything.
3 days, 14 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
@Ivan1998 @aBlogtoWatch I totally agree with you. It is a shame what happened. Makes us all very sad.
3 days, 16 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
@Ivan1998 Well those are two very different situations, but I appreciate that it might appear we are "choosing" who to be easy on. In the case of Bremont we have been very straight forward in our assertion that they made a mistake, and that all they needed to do was be honest from the beginning. Together with the community places like aBlogtoWatch have made it clear to Bremont that something needs to change.
@TomasinaCovell That's our Kenny! Good piece.
4 days, 12 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
@gyang333 I actually did write a lot of it. David and I worked on it together.
4 days, 14 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
@mark93109 Thanks for the comment. We did not choose to post the "update" lightly. It was a decision we needed to do based on a multitude of factors that we will explain shortly. We appreciate that this might appear unfair, but we will explain as best we can and I assure you that this is merited by the situation. We take this quite seriously and our motivation is always to provide pertinent information for consumers.
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@In Da House The irony of course is that the Arnold & Son article which published around same time whch contained the similar movement was totally a coincidence as it was scheduled to post long before we even wrote the article about the Wright Flyer!
5 days ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
@gojiB On top of all that there is the serious matter of "in-house" made and how you define that. The term is way too loose and I think it needs to be properly defined.
@DavidJGreenspun @aBlogtoWatch A few years ago I wrote about the Dubois-Depraz manufacture that produces modules, and is generally held with a lot of confidence. I mentioned some of the brands that they produce parts for and added that the Swiss watch industry as a whole should be proud of all the great companies that work together like a sort of extended family. In fact the industry at large was founded on a lot of companies working together to produce a final product, not everyone producing all the parts.
I am not sure when it was but at some point brands began to market the "total independence" of manufacturing. At least one company threaten to sue Dubois-Depraz if they did not force me to remove mention of their name from the article which I wrote here on aBlogtoWatch - simply indicating something true that no one should be shy about.
I am a fan of painting the Swiss watch industry as just that, a connected industry of high-quality suppliers that contribute to the larger concept of "Swiss Made." Unfortunately a lot of brands continue to disagree and feel that they are better off claiming all the laurels of "novelty" for themselves. We will continue to praise the industry overall and make it clear when we have enough information about the many small companies that help put together the industry overall.
@Chronic It is true that we wanted to get this up quickly because we felt it was important to the community. The post was written by David and myself so the mixture of styles is perhaps what you are seeing. When we have a bit more time to focus on content - as we normally do - we often have a more extensive editing process. Thank you for keeping us on our editorial toes.
@d4nimal On behalf of the team I apologize if you feel that we are doing a disservice to anyone - our goal is quite the contrary. Part of what we try to do is consult with the industry on how do to, and how not to do things. We've discussed the situation with Bremont and advised them on how to best remedy a situation which can cast doubt on their integrity. Of course it is up to them to make a decision on how to react. My opinion is that Bremont should release a totally new press release document focused on just the movement. I further believe that Bremont is currently considering how to better describe the BWC/01 movement but given that they are a company they aren't like to just go on their website and change words around as discussions need to be had.
I think this served as a sort of wake-up call to them in regard to how seriously the community takes each word a brand that many people like say.
In our coverage we have mentioned the bad (without holding back) and also mentioned the positives. The funny thing is that Bremont is upset that we even discussed it, and some of our audience is upset that we didn't lash out more. So that puts us in the middle between two parties who aren't super happy and when you take the middle road it is often the fact that it is still going to look like you are not taking a firm position.
So when readers feel like we are "doing a disservice" by all means please inform us of it and we will do our best to refine our message or meaning.
@TomasinaCovell It is funny that you mention that because when we initially read the press release we thought it was odd that mention of the BWC/01 movement was at the end. I agree that the Wright Flyer didn't need more than the Wright Brothers connection and the integration of the new movement should have just focused on the in-house made parts. I am frankly starting to get a little irritated by "in-house" and all the various definitions people apply to it.
5 days, 8 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement
@DavidJGreenspun All of that is true. However, Citizen does not really involve itself in the day-to-day operations of La Joux-Perret at all. Further, the movements are good as is their current reputation. Few important brands have squeaky clean pasts.
@Aytunc Yes I agree that watch lovers "would have found out" sooner or later. I don't think they are trying to give it a positive spin nor are we. The simple truth is that despite the omissions in the press release we like what Bremont is doing and are trying to explain what happened and focus on the positive elements of the brand.
@Chaz_Hen @aBlogtoWatch Lol, it is true that being a watch writer does have its perks from time to time. Though having said that there are no free things in life. We all work for what we receive of course and as someone who maintains a relatively impartial view of the industry and simply wants there to be good watches with a high value for the money I have to say that while Bremont does make their mistakes their watches are pretty good compared to a lot of the competition.
1 week ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch
@TomasinaCovell Yea, Bremont released the news without a final price so there just isn't anything to publish on that yet. We will update the article when they release that info.
1 week, 1 day ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch
@Chaz_Hen The limited edition prices of Bremont watches can be a bit intense. From what I heard about the possible final pricing of the Wright Flyer in steel they seem to have extended what most people will put up with a by a large margin. Having said that, I'd like to wait until we get final pricing from the brand. Quality and design is very good with the brand, and I know a lot of happy owners (including myself).
@timezone4life @RoboWatch @aBlogtoWatch @minip Let's be fair. It was only half of the Timezone forum. Met some really good TZers over the years as well. Some excellent people there.
1 week, 5 days ago on Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan
@bahoomba2014 I'll clear that up. This watch came out before Bulova did the name rebranding/refocus.
1 week, 6 days ago on Bulova Accutron Amerigo Watch Review
@minip If we've sold out to Buccellati I certainly haven't been paid yet. I think they make some amazing women's jewelry watches but of course anyone is free to apply their own opinions.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Buccellati Watches Hands-On In Milan
@JP Persico Thanks for the comment JP. For years aBlogtoWatch has been covering watches without talking about where people actually buy watches. This new series is a regular, non-biased, and non-advertorial way of covering what the industry considers to be the most important watch retail locations around the world. It will take some time, but after long we hope to profile cool places in all the big cities where top retailers exist.
Each retailer gets the same questions and none of them involve what brands they carry or why they are "great" or anything like that. It is a way of connecting the web of the watch world that includes the manufacturer, us the media, and the places where people buy watches.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Buying Watches In Chicago, Illinois: Geneva Seal
@kevingrr @aBlogtoWatch No worries, and I appreciated the comment. I have a range of watch sizes in my collection from 36mm to over 50mm. I like the variety and only want people to focus on watches that look like they aren't ill-fitting on their wrist. Those could either be too small or too large. It really depends on the person and their tastes.
I will be the first to admit that I see a lot of people wearing large fashion watches that look silly - so there is enough of that out there for sure.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained
@kevingrr That was a good comment, and boy is this discussion overall demonstrating how passionate everyone is about watch size.
The article was never meant to be a fair and balanced discussion of whether watch sizes should be larger or smaller, but rather an explanation of why they are larger. The headings are meant to summarize those reasons, not advocate on their behalf. It is true that I like larger watches but that is a personal preference and not an agenda I am pushing though I feel it is important to be honest with the reader about the feelings of the person writing this. Watches began increasing in size before aBlogtoWatch existed and we aren't trying to convince people it is a good idea but rather answering a question of why.
Those who hate watches above a certain size are fully entitled to their tastes and I hope they find plenty of excellent options to wear with pride. People have asked for a long time why watches are "larger now than in the past" and we attempted to answer the question using the information we have gathered over the years as well as our own opinions on the matter.
Again, the passion this brings out in people is wonderful (though I am sure for those who get angry it doesn't feel great all the time), and I think these strong emotions are worth exploring as they apply to (small) machines we wear on our wrist.
@Lkcons @DanielPatrick35 @gadgety @MarkCarson Our pleasure. I am happy people are discussing this. I feel that there is no institutional idea as for what the proper watch size is.
The purpose of this article is to help answer questions as well as assist people new watches that aren't quite sure how to handle the great diversity in sizes when it comes to selecting something for their own wrist.
The majority of people who commented here ironically have long since determined that best watch sizes for them because of a lot of trial and error and simply thinking about the implications of what various sizes look like on them. I try to consider those people who haven't yet done and feel that the range of input here from everyone is extremely useful to those people who we haven't been able to sit down at a table and explain how to appreciate, select, and wear watches :)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained
@Ulysses31 I am glad you brought this up. I like a little discourse about my OCD obsession over "oversize." I take the mixture of words in the phrase literally and do so because the definition you offer is one that I also don't like.
If the term "oversize" implies that something is larger than "usual or average," then what is usual or average? The normal, average, mean, usual, size of a watch varies over time as we know. It is a moving target and if you say "oversize" is larger than normal then you can no longer call 44mm wide watches oversize as what is average is changing.
Using that logic I can easily start calling 38mm wide watches "undersize." And I don't want to do that as it implies a degree of bias. While I have my personal tastes I would only call something over- of under-sized if it was strictly too small or too large to fulfill its purpose.
At the end of the day I think you and I both agree that when it comes down to it people should select a watch that looks good on their wrist subject to the rules we all see to agree on. Thanks again for the comment.
@phozfiend I appreciate the comment for sure. Though I'd like for you to consider the years of casual interviews, questions, comments, and information that I have observed before writing a piece like this. Questions that remark on style and other non strictly utilitarian things don't always have answers that are easy to compile. In a sense the conjecture from someone who has simply thought about it a long time and has had the opportunity to ask a lot of the right people is the best answer we are going to get.
As such, there is no one or two clean answers on why watches are so big. The answer, in my opinion, is a compilations of factors that span various topics and considerations as viewed from the perspective of people who have been able to see things change over the years.
Any time you or anyone else have suggestions on topics you'd like to see us cover then please do share them with us. Many times the aBlogtoWatch audience comes up with great concepts that we haven't thought of ourselves.
@JonnyD I agree honestly. When it comes down to it the lug-to-lug measurement in relationship to my wrist always wins. Whether the watch is 40mm wide or 45mm wide, this ability for a case to not fit over my wrist is the biggest factor in my ability to determine whether a watch size is right for my wrist.
@emenezes That is an interesting point about "modern versus current." I suppose that latter implies more of a fluctuation versus and evolution. I think we are both correct actually but thank you for bringing up the point. Tastes can and will change and it is difficult to imagine what the future will hold in regard to size preferences.
@emenezes Thanks for sharing the memory. That was nice to read.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Remembering My Dad’s Watch And The Birth Of Responsibility
@star42 Nice work!
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@jeffjcc Thanks. We plan on continuing it. We have stores lined up until next year actually. We are also happy when people suggest stores for us to features.
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@WimadS Thanks for the note. As you probably know we use YouTube's basic video embed code and it isn't something we use. The issue is with the browser and YouTube. Fortunately these issues tend to get resolved on their own. So apologize for the inconvenience of course. I don't think this effects everyone too.
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@Oelholm The line up is confusing. These images were taken in the field. We only do lume shots when we get watches in for review.
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@nodari kirtadze With both crowns screwed in it is water resistant to 100 meters.
1 month ago on Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter Watch Hands-On Flying Debut
@Fraser Petrick Just wanted to say thanks for mentioning both the Secret of Nimh and Mr. Bluth - big fan.
1 month, 1 week ago on Explaining What’s Wrong With The Watch Industry In 2014
@Tekky I certainly agree in regard to bringing more entry level models in a big way. I think the major brands each need to have certain gateway products that are an affordable entrance to their brand. This uses to happen with many brands but is rare now. In the 1980s a TAG Heuer Formula 1 was a fun, cheap, quartz way to enter TAG Heuer. Today the Formula 1 is much more expensive and not as fun as its historical counterpart. I have suggested to Omega that they keep their original Speedmaster Moonwatch at a rather affordable price. Keep it simple and manually wound with a plastic crystal and a basic kit. Make it $3,000 retail or so. Then allow people to move up into fancier watches but still have a really cool entrance model to aim for as a first step.
@emenezes It is true that watch brands target emerging markets, but they have learned that in modern times emerging markets are prone to the same ups and downs of established markets, and sometimes in much more drastic ways. The majority of watches are still sold in the major markets. Part of that of course is because of tourism and people traveling to buy watches were they are more available or less expensive.
@TheChronoRegistry I don't really know how much fear the general consumer has that a watch they are buying will be fake. I suppose it has to do with the customer, their experience, and where they are buying watches from. Outside of one experience in a retailer in Hong Kong I have pretty much known that an area I was in was going to be selling fakes. Then again, I am a general expert and know how to determine if a watch is fake or not.
Having said that, I really don't know how much of an issue exists with people accidentally buying fakes. I don't hear about that happening very much at all. Maybe it is a larger issue that one might expect.
I am sure that brands could come together to right counterfeits better. Though personally I would rather have brands fight the replica people on merits and simply push forward with watches so good, or with so much value they are too difficult to copy. Alternatively, the watches would be so expensive to copy, it wouldn't be worth it to the criminals.
@gadgety I suggested that there are companies which are good at selling and those that are good are producing. If I continue with that logic then it makes sense that watch brands perhaps aren't the best at making their own marketing campaigns, and that a specialist should be consulted for such projects. Creative agencies are of course interested in making money, but they are also interested in performance and making their clients happy. You don't get much referral business with clients that aren't thrilled about the income. While good fits are necessary, I strong believe in the value of highly specialize firms dedicating to doing just a few things really well, rather than those who claim to be good at everything. Generalists are rarely good at doing it all.
@dukdlx I've struggled with the concept of "young people don't want watches." I don't think a lot of older people want watches either. I think it is established that we all pretty much need to be aware of the time and that there are different ways of getting the time. It can be via an electronic device in your pocket, or a mechanical instrument on your wrist. Maybe both. Watches are necessary, but in most instances neither is a nice guy. Nevertheless, most people still aspire to own more than just "basic transportation." When it comes to young people, they are struggling with a poor economic climate and aren't part of a generation know of desiring major luxuries. Some are, and for those who attain the disposable income required for buying nice watches, I think many of them will discover this passion like the rest of us.
@fritsveer That is good to hear. I've learned enough to be brutally honest right? I used to be more so, but I wasn't making that many friends. I think the best think to when taking various elements of the aBlogtoWatch business into consideration is to offer good advice to brands. My tactic is not to disparage them, but to praise their virtues, while not ignoring their weaknesses. If people such as me aren't going to give them constructive feedback, pretty much no one will. In the end, I just want them to be better and keep making great products we love.
@gadgety That is a good question. A company like Walmart and Amazon are excellent at selling things. Even the items that Amazon makes (the Kindle, etc...) are design to sell things (digital content). Then you have companies like Canon that makes camera. They don't really sell direct to consumers but rather produce good hardware that is sold through a later network of retailers. Canon is good at making things, but relies on others to do the selling. Among the few companies that are good at both making at selling are those like Apple, that have actually been highly successful at both.
@MisterDeal You are making me want it (even more). Thanks... Next time I see you I swear I will have one.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Omega Speedmaster Mark II Watch Review
@Ulysses31 Thanks man.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Remembering My Dad’s Watch And The Birth Of Responsibility
@MisterDeal I was actually surprised when I found the photo of myself wearing two watches. I didn't even really remember that. Thanks for the comment M.
@MisterDeal Will be glad to see you.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Omega Watches Event In Los Angeles: Join Us On June 14th, 2014
@SuperStrapper Well we get backlogged to my time in Hawaii was about six months ago at this point :) Though of course I saw Mark Carson from Individual Design
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@ZL Yea seriously right? I can't wait to spend more time with these.
2 months, 1 week ago on Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Watches For 2014 Hands-On
@spiceballs That isn't really the case. I mean look, we are talking about the luxury industry, so there is that element. But shows like Couture aren't really about impressing anyone outside of industry people. The people that go there are in the business and you get to enjoy the aBlogtoWatch take on presenting the products to you versus being marketed to. The show has ultra luxury timepieces, but a welcome amount of things anyone can afford as well.
2 months, 1 week ago on aBlogtoWatch Is Now The Official Watch Media Partner Of The Couture Watch & Jewelry Show
@Tourbillion87 That is cool to hear. We actually e-mailed you a few days ago regarding separate topic. I don't think you ever got it.
2 months, 1 week ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 157: How Rolex Prices Have Historically Increased