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Watch expert & blogger. Owner of aBlogtoWatch.com and watch editor for various important publications.
@Jimxxx This sounds like an excellent opportunity to mention what some of those are.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Top 10 Watches Of Baselworld 2015
@Robbie82 We discussed both and wore both. We felt that the Pelagos was far any away a much better choice. I understand how it can be a different experience to select these watches based on wearing them versus seeing them in pictures. So as you'll see only watches we actually wear and then approve make it to the list.
@Ulysses31 In our prompt for how we select watches we made it clear that the pieces chosen here should have distinct mass market appeal. Some of the more unique or interesting watches are items we of course love and cover in their own articles over the course of the year. I would have lots to include the Jacob & Co Astronomia Tourbillon for example - but what is the point of putting a half million dollar watch (without diamonds) in a round-up meant to appeal to a larger base of watch lovers?
@BigMike213 Working on following up with a video interview - they didn't want us to do video when I spoke to him then, but with enough pushing and reader demand we can likely get together with Arnold again for an in-depth time together chatting about watches.
1 week, 2 days ago on Arnold Schwarzenegger Watch Brand Debuts For 2015
@LapYoda You are right and I'll tell you a funny story right after I edit the piece. Baselworld articles are grueling to write because you do so at 4am after a long day and maybe 4 hours of sleep. That leads to little mistakes like this :) Oh look, it is 3:49am and I just wrote two articles and did some work (like the rest of the ABTW team) after 13 hours of seeing watches and meetings. Its a work of love so thank for people's help in correcting this stuff.
Anyway, so I was sitting in a meeting today with... Breguet I think it was and I was listening to the nice lady there talking about one of their new pieces and out of no where the thought popped into my mind "Arnold wasn't the T-1000. That was the liquid metal terminator robot!" I just wasn't able to do anything about it then.
@Eric Westby Fair enough. It isn't a press release and all I can say is that I wrote an article hours after meeting someone who influenced to much of my childhood and I was feeling the residual excitement from that.
Yea, the watches are massive for sure. They are literally made for Arnold's wrist and if you aren't up to his wrist size they can look silly.
I knew going into this what the response would be. I'm not claiming that these are watches for me and these are not what we would normally write about Arnold is a watch collector personality and the story here is what I find the most interesting. He is someone I admire and he has never claimed to be a saint. Few people are. He is a real person with real success and if you feel a connection to him as I do I would find this entire enterprise fascinating.
@Schalosch Yes, that might be correct. I've asked this question to Omega on various occasions and get different responses. Some people might just be rounding up to 4Hz.
1 week, 4 days ago on Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch For 2015 Hands-On
@Quijote @aBlogtoWatch Thanks and thanks for all the great comments.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on After Training People To Forget About Watches, How Will Apple Teach Them To Love The Apple Watch?
@Ulysses31 @rclayton Apple may never fully romance traditional watches lovers and there are always going to be people who simply don't want a smartwatch. I also think that Apple being Apple they are an easy target to criticize. I myself don't use an Apple computer and would not buy a lot of their products for lack of interest. I never purchased an iPod and have yet to purchase a single song from iTunes.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on After Training People To Forget About Watches, How Will Apple Teach Them To Love The Apple Watch?
@Ulysses31 @Evitzee Sensationalism is an all to common side effect of news and you are correct that many people are claiming that smartwatches spell doomsday and the end of the watch industry. I think that is rubbish. I think that while watches will have more competition from technology items in the years to come there will be a net benefit for the watch industry in terms of increased exposure and awareness. Just think about it, what is just a few more people out there knew about a few more watch brands because they are now paying closer attention to what is on people's wrists. That for me is exciting. Also, smartwatches are inherently going to demand your attention and be better for work time, etc... For this reason I think there will be times in each day when people want to wear their "silent watch" which is going to be a more traditional watch - and there will be value in that as well. Overall I think that while the lower-end watch market is going to be more effected, the high-end watch market will ultimately benefit from all of this.
It is also easier to be skeptical and closed to new technology that is unproven and has places where you can poke and prod it for obvious faults. Personally, I recognize that a lot of smart people with a lot of good ideas are working to bring cool smartwatches to life, and I am going to try and do them the honor of engaging them with an open mind as someone who is genuinely eager to see how the wrist watch may evolve.
@Ulysses31 It sounds like you took offense to my thoughts and for that I apologize. I certainly wasn't trying to speak down to anyone or tell people that their opinions are misguided. In fact, when writing this piece I was thinking of a broader audience not familiar with watches and not even the core aBlogtoWatch audience. Though I do generally feel that the immediate dismissal of the category by some people is a decision made without sufficient consideration of the full potential of the category. I think the differences of opinions and lifestyle choices are part of what makes this industry great and I am not telling anyone that you "will love smartwatches." Rather I am trying to say "you might end up loving smartwatches." That decision is a personal one, and one that everyone will make independently. With that said I also feel that the Apple Watch and the smartwatch category is a bit misunderstood and judged by the deficiency of many of today's products as opposed to a consideration of what it may become.
In terms of tech specs, etc... I fully agree with most of what you are saying, but in terms of smartwatches I am not sure the same logic applies right now. What I've learned is that performance is really about how software plays together. This for example is why some smartwatches seem handle Bluetooth well and others are constantly disconnecting and can't be discovered again or don't pair well to begin with. I don't think it is fair to claim that the technology in these devices in interchangeable and that the only differences are on the outside. Samsung proved that you can't just throw technology into a smartwatch - and that it is the software experience which is key. The Samsung Gear S (http://www.ablogtowatch.com/samsung-gear-s-introduces-curved-screens-smartwatches/) looks amazing on paper but got terrible reviews because the impressive tech specs don't measure to anything without a proper software experience to handle it all in terms of the back-end as well as the user interface.
My belief is that we all want the same thing - which is a watch on our wrist that we love and that makes us feel something. I truly believe that competitive for what that is going to be will change in the future for us traditional watch lovers. Maybe it won't and this smartwatch thing is just a fad and that nothing else of importance will compete with our ability to wear mechanical watches. I won't tell anyone here to wear anything they don't want to, but I am personally mentally preparing for a time in the future (near or far) that I might have to make decisions from day to day in terms of what I am going to be wearing. Maybe the Apple Watch will be the item that changes the game for smartwatches and maybe it won't I don't think I will be able to comment on that until I've worn one for a while.
In terms of Apple I've also had some personal interaction with their people - many of whom have been wearing Apple Watches for a while and have interesting things to say about it. I've been asked to keep most of those conversations off the record, but I feel like I know enough to say that even those skeptical internally at Apple are now exciting about this product. Just like debating over watch size the smartwatch debate seems to involve a lot of emotion and passion - which is a good thing. I want to keep the conversation going and make everyone feel like their constructive thoughts and opinions are welcome.
@BigMike213 I agree that the take away message for a lot of people is that they aren't device with a lot of utility. That is a very sensible take away. Having said that, from the experience I've had with the still new world of smartwatches I do have a feeling that in the next few years someone will trigger that "wow factor" that makes these devices make more sense for more people.
@shinytoys Well thanks.
@Evitzee @Ulysses31 It hasn't been easy for me to fully articulate my thoughts about how the technology watch market will impact and live along with the traditional watch market. If you feel that I don't fully understand fine mechanical watches I am sorry to hear that. I feel that fully understanding and appreciating traditional watches comes from also understanding the world they exist in, the competition, and the psychology that leads to wanting them.
What I am convinced of - based on my years of experience and involvement - is that the traditional watch industry does not act in a modern way that allows it to truly compete with competitive watch industries. What does that mean? That means that the watch industry has been able to assume that people's wrists are empty space ready for them to inhabit. All of sudden if there are plausible and useful alternatives I am not sure how well they will be able to compete. Being snobby or simply dismissing the smartwatch as a category in my opinion will not help. I am deeply passionate about traditional watches but I am also cognizant and critical of the weaknesses in their industry and approach to marketing. I might be using a tough love tactic but I am trying to send a message to the watch industry that something big is probably coming and it will take some time for them to properly adapt. I don't think that sitting still is the answer.
@phsjacob I firmly believe that we don't know that yet and that time will tell how we find smartwatches will integrate into our lives. I'm just very open minded because of the potential I personally can envision.
@DangerussArt Russ, it is entirely possible that we create a separate area for smartwatches in the future. I am not against that. It is odd for me as well that suddenly consumer technology products have encroached in the watch space in a way that I never could have expected. I cover smartwatches because of my genuine interest in them and feeling that they have a place in people lives moving forward. Call me keen on the topic, but it doesn't change how I feel about mechanical watches - something that will always be of primary focus on aBlogtoWatch.
@5803822 Well my income hasn't been increasing that fast so I sympathize with you. Mark is correct in that we are often topical in our coverage and there has been a lot of very expensive new watches that have been released. At Baselworld 2015 we will meet with a lot more brands that sell much more accessibly priced timepieces and are excited to bring you what is new from Rolex, Tag Heuer, Omega, Tudor, and many others that don't require a $50,000 or more investment. That said, I think it is important to be aware of what is going on in the greater watch world so that we are all deeply exposed and educated watch lovers.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on F.P. Journe Quantième Perpétuel Watch Hands-On
@Biffo10 @RogSmith I think that given my continued interest in dive watches is proof that there is no perfect dive watch out there. Many are better than others and as a collector is it always satisfying to explore (and ideally own) best of breed watches that set a bar other similar watches attempt to meet. I think it is very telling that now in 2015, long after mechanical dive watches are actually strictly necessary, new models continue to come out all the time (even from Rolex). This allows us who are passionate about dive watches to keep exploring, and keeping looking for that elusive "perfect piece" that may or may not exist.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 ‘No Date’ Watch Long-Term Review
@nickyb66 I can understand what people might think from just seeing images but I assure you there is literally no vertigo issue when reading the time. They are very legible, I've seen and worn Perrelet Turbine watches many times.
1 month ago on Perrelet Turbine Skeleton Watch
@Evitzee That is an interesting take on my thoughts on the Apple Watch. I am a fan of technology and I am a fan of mainstream consumers being aware of watches so I am a fan of anyone offering a very solid entrant to that market. I believe it is going to be important so I am writing realistically about it. That doesn't change my love for mechanical watches - which will not go away. Ignoring smartwatches will not help mechanical watches nor will ignoring the struggle mechanical watches will have. In most instances when I write about smartwatches I offer some "advice" to the traditional watch industry in regard to how I feel that might adapt or evolve to better serve the world that may come. I love mechanical watches but that doesn't mean I feel the watch industry itself is a community or business that is not without major faults which could threaten its near-term future. I'm being more a realistic and offering tough love to an old and sometimes backwards traditional industry that I nevertheless love.
1 month ago on Why The Apple Watch Is Heavily Marketed To Women
@5803822 Technically yes, but we are actively looking for more.
1 month ago on Grand Seiko SBGR077 & SBGR079 Magnetic Resistant Watches Hands-On
@mrfreaz Some of the models Movado has probably been making for 1-2 decades even if they are still available. There are so many variations on the Museum Dial - such as those with hour markers, chronographs, mechanical models, etc... that it would have been almost outside the scope of this article to cover them. The product collection for sure has evolved a lot over the years, but in many ways which are removed from the concept of the original dial design.
1 month, 1 week ago on Movado Museum Dial Watch Ready For A Return? Movado Thinks So: Its History & Horwitt’s Struggle
@WatchAnish Glad that you two get along. Funny how "Anish - Amish" is so logical but few people have said it. In regard to those questions, comments here probably isn't the best venue to discuss them. We should chat privately about that and I'll explain.
1 month, 1 week ago on Watch_Amish Is Hilarious, Honest Commentary On All Luxury Watch Social Media
@srvlf Thanks for the comment. This is actually a sponsored post by Topper and while they do a great job of showcasing this watch it isn't meant to be a review but rather a detailed look at a watch that they happen to carry. Hands-on reviews will cover more of what you are asking for and thanks for the comment allowing us to clarify.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Hands-On
@Shawnnny well I take it you can't be busted either. Good work.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Rhyming ‘Rollie’ And ‘Guacamole': FakeWatchBusta Inspires A Real Rap Song By Migos
@Rushwarp Thanks for the note. Patrick wrote this piece and we'll have to update it. I agree with you and we even wrote a large article about this. Thanks for pointing this out.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Christopher Ward C9 Harrison 5-Day Automatic Watch Review & Debut
@Eric Westby Updated. Thanks.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on James Bond 007 Spectre Movie Gets First Watch: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra > 15,007 Gauss
@thornwood36 @aBlogtoWatch Fair enough. It is worn on the wrist but isn't something that tells the time. Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit - but no worries as this won't reduce our watch content.
2 months ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech
@thornwood36 Because it makes for interesting conversation and I like to share what luxury companies are doing when it comes to wearable tech. I think it is useful to understand the evolving landscape.
@Chaz_Hen Yea, there is no shortage of less than noble tactics that take place in the watch industry like there are in most other industries. Reporting on them is something we do from time to time when tempered with the notion of wanting to offer the best for consumers to help them make smart purchase decisions. There is a lot most consumers can see simply by shopping online for watches and being confused about the range of prices available for a lot of models. The gray market and related issues are constantly in flux, and one issue with covering them one year is that the next year the situation might be different. Also, while some of these issues allow consumers to exploit lower prices, they are actually bad for the industry because overall they increase retail prices. If I could say that we have a goal, it is to help retail prices match value propositions as well as possible. That means while it is nice to sometimes benefit from amazing prices, on a larger scale we don't like these more shady sides to the business because they increase costs for everyone and often result in poor customer experiences such as watches that are broken which the company will not fix, etc..
I do fully encourage people to share stories such as you did about their experiences and when we do take the time to cover some of these matters in a more in-depth way I want to make sure as many of the facts a possible are included as opposed to mere personal experience and information from a few interviews. Like everything having to do with huge price tags there is going to be the shiny external surface and a range of good and bad things on the inside. At the least they all make for good conversation.
2 months, 1 week ago on Unexpected Benefits Of Buying Watches From Authorized Dealers And Brand Boutiques
@picanello Of course.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 Watch Review
@MisterDeal Auction houses take massive fees on both ends. Anyone who feels that they can sell something themselves will never take something to an auction house.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 58 New Old Stock Breitling Watches “Last Of The Joseph Iten Collection” On eBay For $125,000
@JosephW We wrote this in 2014, we often have a busy editorial calendar so we publish stuff sometimes a while after we produce it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Ateliers DeMonaco Tourbillon “Xtreme Precision” Oculus Petite Minute Watch Hands-On
@DG Cayse @aBlogtoWatch It is a topic I would very much like to cover as I believe we should be providing watch options for as wide a group as possible. The most important thing when covering a watch story is that we need to have something to say - something that inspires us to write something. For me many of the more basic or affordable watches are suitable and simple, but really don't inspire me to feel anything. They are just watches, often bland, rarely remarkable. So when there are good lower-priced suggestions that have interesting things to talk about and are attractive - I do want to know about them for sure :)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot Watches Get The Mr. Brainwash Treatment In Miami
@DG Cayse If we get enough suggestions of quality watches under $500 then we would certainly do that. If you are finding enough we aren't talking about that are worth mentioning e-mail me and we can talk about it being your column - we'd be honored.
@trj66 Enjoy it and thanks for your spirited words. That means a lot to me.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos
@Jonaswinter Well thank you first time commenter for your perception. We waited until the Android app launch of the product to publish this and had met with Kevin long ago. You are of course free to consume what ever content you like and we appreciate your patronage of our older, larger, and more widely consumed website.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Kevin Rose Explains How He Got Into High-End Watches & Making The Watchville App For iOS & Android
@thornwood36 Not for all of our more seasoned watch lover readers of course. Think of it as food for watch newbies helping to make sense of this wide horological world.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Top 10 Gold Watches
@LapYoda The idea in putting this together was about watches that very well communicate the fact that someone is wearing a gold watch.
I should note that part of this experience comes from an important point: that I've seen all of these watches on people in the wild. That means I've been able to better evaluate their communicative effect. A. Patek Philippe Calatrava in my opinion is too subtle to really communicate this. If you are keen on showing off a watch in gold for gold's sake - in my opinion you "go big."
@Patrick Kansa @aBlogtoWatch Exactly like you guessed. "geezer" all the way.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on IWC Portuguese Annual Calendar Watch With New Portugieser Name & Movement
@Patrick Kansa I agree. In English Portugieser sounds rather ugly. It is the German way of saying it that IWC went with.
@graham3 Kind of you to say. Enjoy.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book By Ariel Adams
@bichondaddy It was a model Hautlence had for a while that had been through the ringer. A prototype that apparently someone liked to abuse with joy.
3 months ago on Hautlence HL2.1 Watch Hands-On & HL2.5 Release
@Shawnnny Doesn't everyone?
@danielsyoga Glad everyone liked this. David and I had a great time reading these on Amazon and putting this article together. Sadly some of the older watches have been taken off the site but there are many amazing ones which are still there. Happy holidays all!
3 months ago on The Incredibly Funny Watch Reviews On Amazon.com
@SuperStrapper Isn't that a cool watch? The person wearing it said that they had Rolex put a different strap on it as the green one isn't exactly "stock."
3 months, 1 week ago on Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Car Show & Race Weekend With Rolex Watches