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Watch expert & blogger. Owner of aBlogtoWatch.com and watch editor for various important publications.
@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.
20 hours, 1 minute 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.
2 days ago on Why The Apple Watch Is Heavily Marketed To Women
@5803822 Technically yes, but we are actively looking for more.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Why The Apple Watch Is Heavily Marketed To Women
2 days, 16 hours 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 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 week, 1 day 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.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Hands-On
@Shawnnny well I take it you can't be busted either. Good work.
3 weeks, 2 days 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.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Christopher Ward C9 Harrison 5-Day Automatic Watch Review & Debut
@Eric Westby Updated. Thanks.
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Unexpected Benefits Of Buying Watches From Authorized Dealers And Brand Boutiques
@picanello Of course.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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 :)
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 3 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.
1 month, 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.
2 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!
2 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."
2 months, 1 week ago on Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Car Show & Race Weekend With Rolex Watches
@Shawnnny Rolex does a good job of selling themselves without having to pay for it, lol. I need to check out that restaurant for sure next time. I miss the Monterey area already just by looking at my pictures.
@sasnak1 Thanks for the kind note and I am glad to be a part of your day.
@yrh0413 I assume the lume is the same or similar. Thanks.
2 months, 1 week 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!
2 months, 2 weeks 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 :)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Luxury Watch Marketing Failing?
@masqueman My pleasure!
2 months, 3 weeks 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 months, 3 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 months, 4 weeks ago on Bamford Watch Department 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!
@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 months, 4 weeks ago on Sony FES Watch Re-Introduces You To E-Ink
@alvinblin Thanks so much. We will meet again for sure!
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
3 months 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 months ago on aBlogtoWatch Reader Joins Us For Watch Weekend In Los Angeles