First narrow down choice to only watches that can time what I want to time in terms of length of total time and small sub-divisions of time. Then the readability, layout and aesthetics clinch the deal. This CB I immediately liked as a useful everyday watch, rather than as a sport or dress watch.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Claude Bernard Chronograph Automatic
Nice. Is this open to non-US residents?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on GIVEAWAY: Get Diving Certification With Oris Watches & aBlogtoWatch In Grand Cayman
6 months ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme Lab 2 Watches Hands-On
@5803822 it's the white arc running from 9 to 3, just outside the top half of the dial and just inside the bezel - its marked 00 at 9 thru to 60 at 3
@MarkCarson And for 40 years of faithful service to our company, we are pleased to give you this gold Apple Watch.
hahaha - excellent
6 months, 2 weeks ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?
@MarkCarson @bdekok nice idea but not sure i'd want my heart rate drifting by +/- 30seconds a day - or have it stop whenever i fell off my bike
or maybe you'd get a sapphire display back you cold take off for fixing
@aBlogtoWatch indeed. i suspect it's part of Apple marketing psychology. Customers wanted thinner computers and phones so Apple starting using 'thin' rather than 'thick' - as in '6.9mm thin' - to avoid negative connatations of the word 'thick'. In the case of Apple Watch, I reckon Apple thinks customers will be more concerned about these watches being too small to use/see, rather than too big, so they slyly use the biggest dimensions (knowing also that anyone familiar with watches will just assume they're talking about the width as per usual)
BTW why Apple Watch and not iWatch - surely iWatch is quicker and easier to say and type? If I was a journo i'd get pretty tired of the Apple Watch mouthful pretty quickly
@MarkCarson but the crucial difference surely is that G-Shock, T-Touch, and the like, don't provide messages, email, phone calls, or internet access etc. These aspects of a smartwatch are what are going to make it a very tempting option to compete against mechanicals for wristspace.
I agree mech watches are niche items, luxury items and often status symbols and I don't think any smartwatch is going to kill love and appreciation of them. But I can see a lot of folk getting attached to the connectivity of a smartwatch and end up using it most of the time. They'll probably miss their mechs and keep them and wear them from time to time but find it hard to justify buying new ones... :(
@kapurkk You may be in luck. I think the sizes given are lug-to-lug, which would make the widths about 33mm and 35mm
6 months, 3 weeks ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?
@MarkCarson But I don't want a pig's heart in my watch! ;)
Does a pacemaker require the same power level as a smartwatch? Could be they only need to deliver a small charge to keep the heart timing correct.
I'd definitely go with a rotor rather than charging every day.
that would make the widths 33mm and 35mm by a quick measurement of the watch width/height ratio.
is that right?
@MarkCarson totally agree - i was hoping that was what it would do when i first saw the pics. could a rotor potentially charge a battery?
nice article and a different take than most other blogs - a more comprehensive overview of the effects. cheers Ariel.
(according to http://www.apple.com/watch/design/ the 38mm and 42mm are the lug-to-lug (height) of the watches, not the width)
Date or no date - depends on what i'm doing.
Generally i prefer the cleaner dial face of a no-dater, but for daily wear, travel, sport i like a date and even a day/date since i'm generally hopeless at remembering the day/date, so it's a handy reference. but i like it to be at 3 o'clock and subtle - size matches the other numerals/markers, numeral and background colors match dial face and markers, etc - so i can sneak a look without looking hopeless :). don't like dates at 4 or 12 o'clock, the design looks odd to me, lop-sided at 4, top-heavy at 12. but could live with 6 o'clock like on some Oris. and don't like the 3-date aperture window on many modern watches - looks dreadful.
this Torgoen gets it wrong on both the 4 o'clock and the colors - would look much better without the date.
for more formal or a carefree day i go with the no-dater for the cleaner balanced design
7 months ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Torgoen T32 Automatic
Got some wrist time with this today at Baselworld - awesome. Felt kinda warm though...
12 months ago on Hublot Big Bang Atomic D-38 Watch Proves Your Manliness With Radioactive Uranium
Thanks for the warning. Heading to Baselworld in 5 mins, will bring my radiation suit. Excellent.
Loved my old Victorinox for 15 years until some idiot at the service shop destroyed it. Quality watch that took a regular beating and never failed. Be nice to have this as a replacement - it's quite similar - like the cool white design - probably stick it on a leather band though.
Wear a sport watch more often right now - but that's just cos what i'm doing needs something that'll take a beating, otherwise would wear a dress watch.
1 year ago on GIVEAWAY: Victorinox Swiss Army Officer’s Day/Date Mechanical Watch
Depends what you mean by innovative.
For me the newer brands are more innovative with design - like Schofield, Nomos, MB&F, Urwerk, Devon, Harry Winston, etc...
Whereas the historical brands tend to have the edge on the engineering - innovative materials like silicon and alloys, co-axial escapements, tourbillons (eek), chronos pushing 1/10000th, pendulum magnetic escapements etc...
And there are inbetween brands like Bremont with innovative modern designs ( and chucking bits of historical artefacts in) and innovative new engineering (Trip-Tick cases)
1 year, 8 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Delma Santiago Blue Shark
bought about 4 watches last year (surprise favourite the Orient Blue Ray), which is why i haven't bought any so far this year. but i might go for a Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic 44mm DLC in a month or two...
never had a manual wind, be interesting to see if we get along. i'll probably forget to wind it, but at least it'll be right twice a day...
1 year, 10 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Azimuth Bombardier VI Vintage-Style Mechanical Aviator Watch
When the power died and all the instruments in the lunar module blinked out, I was glad to have my trusty Speedmaster to time the thruster bursts... or is that a false memory, hmmm...
On top of a mountain at -28ºC/-18F it's crucial to know how long you've been up there because at those temperatures you're not always aware of hypothermia setting in (it was so cold my litre water bottle froze solid in 15 mins) - my camera and my phone died so I was extremely grateful to see my trusty Orient Ray just keep on ticking along nicely.
I've been eyeing up a Casio ProTrek for a while as an ultra-tough go anywhere do anything watch with some nice added features that'd be useful out and about (altimeter, thermometer, compass, world time, alarms...)
2 years, 1 month ago on GIVEAWAY: Casio ProTrek PRG550 Watch
Congrats. Agreed - this is by far the best watch competition I've ever seen. More, Ariel, please :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Watch Winner Report: Frederique Constant Classics 315
Happy New Year Ariel and Crew
Major congrats and respect due for this comp Ariel. This has to be the best prize ever on a watch blog - I feel a twitching down below. How the fuck did you persuade FC to let someone actually make their own watch! This has to be right up there as an experience of a lifetime for the lucky reader. What are the chances I'd get to make a Worldtimer with globe dial if I won... fingers crossed
2 years, 2 months ago on LAST CHANCE: Frederique Constant Watch Making Trip + Watches Giveaway
The 2 parts that intrigue me most are the mechanical ingenuity and variety of the movements and the purity of the design and finish.
To wear a mechanical marvel that I'd created would give me a moment of pleasure and pride every time I looked at it for the rest of my life.
And of course who would pass up the chance to meet one half of the hourtime show and a close personal friend of flavor flav...
(And I'm already in Switzerland, think of the dosh FC would save on airfare ;) )
2 years, 2 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Travel To Geneva, Build An In-House Frederique Constant, Keep The Watch
@DG Cayse ...and you don't even get a battery thrown in ; )
for 63 large you could actually get a '66 Pontiac GTO ...and change
not sure that'd even get you a new set of wheels for a miura... : )
as for the watch, tres sleek and seventies but i have to agree, even though i wouldn't quiblle with the prices of other MB&Fs, 63K seems a touch steep for this
2 years, 3 months ago on MB&F HM5 “On The Road Again” Watch
tedious triv: '66 was the year the Miura was launched
hence the 66 pieces reference, i'm guessing?
what's a 'sponsored post' ?
2 years, 4 months ago on How Ulysse Nardin Beautifully Makes Watches Part 1
it's all about the watch for me - don't care at all whether the maker is boutique or not.
can't really say I like the dial on this - the hands are nice but the numeral font clashes with them - especially with 3 different sizes 9 & 3 bigger than 12 which is bigger than the rest - different, yes, but horrible...
and the DLC 'Black' looks more like a dark grey in these pics and on the EHF site. owned watches with dark grey case and deep black dial before and got rid cos they just didn't sit well together. Although the dial on this looks a bit washed out in the EHF pics - no AR coating? can't see any AR mentioned on EHF site
please don't let me win it, ha ha
PS. Note to Admin: You overlooked changing the Watch name at the bottom of the Template -"thanks to EHF Horlogere the sponsor of this Silencer watch giveaway" - the Silencer was last month's giveaway... ooops, but I won't tell anyone, promise
2 years, 4 months ago on GIVEAWAY: EHF Horlogere Mk Zero Watch
but where's the pics of you being thrown out of a plane?!
2 years, 5 months ago on Breitling At The Reno Air Races
black case, white dial - yes
black case, black dial - no
on sport, prefer polished or a mixture to just brushed. but really depends on the watch styling. on dress, definitely just polished.
2 years, 6 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Marvin Malton Cushion M119 Watch
Errr, yeh, the moment I saw it I thought 'Shit, quick, get that poison dart frog off your wrist!'
Lovely watch, nice colour combo - black/gold like a trillion others out there. But looks about as much like a poison dart frog as my big toe... Had they been licking toads when they came up with the name?
2 years, 7 months ago on MB&F HM3 Poison Dart Frog Watch
I like a selection of straps for divers. I'll buy on a bracelet but get rubber, leather and poss nato too and swap regulalry between them depending on mood - it's surprising how different a watch looks and feels on a different strap, can almost feel like a new watch. So I like companies like Bremont, RedSea, Lum-Tec that give you a nice choice straight out the box.
same with casual - will buy a couple of extra straps and change around.
dress watches less so. will generally keep on the strap it comes with unless i see something that really suits better.
2 years, 8 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Nivrel Deep Ocean GMT Automatic Watch
wouldn't want exposed mechanicals on every watch face but every so often its nice to admire the mechanicals in action - so long as the design is kept as clean, uncluttered and legible as possible.
2 years, 10 months ago on Giveaway: Breil Orchestra Automatic Watch
slightly off topic but is it just me or are white dials making a comeback this year? seem to be a lot coming out of baselworld - a trend i like as i find black on white much easier to read than white on black - more white dialled dress and pilots please
3 years ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Duoface Watch Review
Awesome, can I get a chrono version?
The H10 Potential - please Ariel, you're just feeding him fuel...
I'd agree with Ariel, this is pure vapourware, simple media attention grabbing stunt and I feel dirty and complicit just commenting - it did however produce one of the funniest HourTime podcasts ever...
3 years, 1 month ago on Haldimann H9 Reduction Watch
the richard mille rm027 rafael nadal - he's a bit of an animal isn't he?
3 years, 1 month ago on Prometheus Baiji Watch Giveaway
Decided at last. Watched a few youtube vids and the Holystone Stainless is the way to go.
3 years, 2 months ago on The Grand Holiday Watch Giveaway For 2011
i'm with LA below - when i first saw the red, white and blue NASA Apollo i thought that was the original. the colours balance beautifully - nice work Ariel and Beau - a surefire winner, Omega what are you waiting for...
3 years, 2 months ago on Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster
From these I think the RedSea Holystone just edges out the Magrette Regattare - love the internal bezel and the simplicity of the Regattare but the minute markings and the blue lume on the Holystone win
- but Stainless or PVD Holystone... hmmm tough call, both look sharp - the Stainless looks slightly better in the photos but could be different in person
Otherwise I'd settle for a Bremont U2 or a JLC Reverso 1931 Tribute
3 years, 3 months ago on The Grand Holiday Watch Giveaway For 2011
thanks Ariel/Admin - can read easily now
3 years, 4 months ago on A Brief History Of Watches
looks good but is too small to read - need bigger high res images