Pac Rim. Historic old port city on a tropical island.
I like good things.
Is that Jean Claude Van Damme in the final picture?
2 hours, 22 minutes ago on Junghans Force Mega Solar Watch With Wireless Charge And Sync
The "Tank" appellation does indeed come from the resemblance of the bracelet links to a tank treads - probably Brit tanks of the period, (although the French models never quite made it to the battlefields and did spend much time parading about the streets of Paris).
I will agree with a preference to the Santos Dumont model for both design aesthetics and historical romance, but this is also a nice offering. In all steel please.
2 hours, 27 minutes ago on Cartier Tank Anglaise Watch Hands-On
I like it. Quite stunning the combination of gold & black. Tastefully done.
It fits the bill for a sporty situation watch with durability and comfort. I would lean toward the SS/SS model, but the gold on rubber looks to be a smart choice. And at only 11mm its a treat - nothing big and clunky as per the standard 'dive watch' format.
Nice review (and photos)- Cheers!
2 hours, 35 minutes ago on Cartier Calibre Diver Watch Review
I am a long-time fan of the Hamilton marque. The longevity and recent upgrade of quality intriques me a bit.
While I currently have no watches that would be considered "pilot or aviator-style watches", this one would make a very nice addition to my watch collection.
1 day, 16 hours ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date
2 years on now Mr. Tich - any updates?
6 days, 2 hours ago on Essay: An American High Schooler In Hong Kong That Loves Watches
@MarkCarson Aye...Road & Track and the old 'Wide World of Sports' TV show. Opened up a big new strange world.
1 week ago on Rolex Ambassdor Sir Jackie Stewart On Watches, Cars, And Good Taste
Texas...yeah...that's gonna wprk out well.
"Ya'll gimme one ah them Hew-Blot whatches will ya? Where these dang things made at son?"
In my best New Yawk voice....GTFOH already!
1 week ago on Hublot Now In The NFL With Dallas Cowboys Football Team Sponsorship
Nice to read about a fellow Scotsman who has done it up well. As an avid follower of 'Road and Track' magazine in my youth he provided many hours of entertainment during his heyday of racing.
Nice piece. I cherish the 2 times I've visited the Concours d'Elegance. Quite a show of automotive machinery.
A bit of an update - 08 2014.
The crown will no longer screw in to maintain a seal. The watch manufacturer - Prometheus has responded with a statement that since I received this watch in 2012, it is out of warranty and no longer their(Prometheus) responsibility.
Yes, of that I am aware, I was simply asking for information re:repair or service.
I have contacted the manufacturer of the watch - in Hong Kong. Initial response was not good; I am asking them for further advice.
Seems a bit odd so far.
1 week ago on Prometheus Baiji Tritium Dive Watch Review
@leiheng Pure crap Micki...pure crap.
1 week ago on A Guide To Avoiding Fake Watches
The guy knows what welding slag is...he's OK in my book.
Good interview Mr. Kansa.
1 week, 2 days ago on My First Grail Watch: Jonathan Ward Of ICON Automotive
@MarkCarson @Chaz_Hen Recognizing the current economic trends, it is a wise buisiness move to ffer something at affordable price points. It will move product and enhance brand recognition. So, IMO, its a good thing.
T-H has long been a marque associated with a "young" market. The traditional college/university gift for new graduates and "up and comers" has been a Tag for decades, or so it seems. This has established a certain image and demographic for the brand.
The quality level of their 'other' offerings has been known by those with more time and inclination to delve into 'horology' at more than surface level - but it is a more rarified market.
IMO, bringing a quality piece to market with a strong backstory such as "Made in Switzerland" and playing on the "Stave McQueen" iconography is a good move - It will raise brand awareness and sell watches. (and enhance earnings for the Steve McQueen trust).
I think it a wise move to offer a lower price point while maintaining a quality level that is expected for the brand. T-H/LVMH looks to be able to do this.
I must confess, other than perhaps a Monaco, I would not buy or wear a Tag...I still think of a "sweater tied around my neck college preppy named 'Chad/Buffy' and I cringe in revulsion.
1 week, 2 days ago on “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Is New TAG Heuer Brand Message, Hints To Future Company Direction
Yet another effort from this marques to separate the "chumps from their change."
1 week, 3 days ago on MB&F Starfleet Machine Clock By L’Epée Hands-On
@HowieBoyd Cream of Wheat
1 week, 4 days ago on Speedometer Official Unidirectional Bezel Bracelet
These look much more like camera aperture rings.
Ridiculous both in concept and execution.
1 week, 6 days ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch
@Ilow 15 years ago you found a need for a "torch"?
Were you with other angry villagers storming a castle on a dark and rainy night?
A nice timepiece burdened with a ludicrous accoutrement that will not be used and regarded as a mere "talking point" by anyone so financially foolish to buy one of these mechanisms.
IWC...you have entered the dreaded...."Hublot Zone" with this offering.
OK, you have shown that just because you can do something it does not mean you should do something.
1 week, 6 days ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On
@Chaz_Hen Excellent point. I have been wanting to post that bit of trivia for a few days now. Glad you mention it.
I see the TITONI marque displayed in a lot of hotel gift shops and lobby product displays in hotels in the Pac Rim.
Fact is, it seems to be a preferred offering as far as watches go - especially jewel-encrusted pieces for women and men. The ones such as this piece represents are rarely displayed. Although, seeing this style I did ask a hotel gift shop this past week-end in Singapore if they offered something other than the standard "high-end" and the salesperson indicated that they were kept..."below-counter."
Lower mark-up I imagine.
2 weeks ago on Titoni Seascoper Dive Watch
@MarkCarson @spiceballs Mr. Carson, I can heartily endorse the ST2130 (Seagulls' interpretation of the ETA 2824-2). With requested quality control and monitoring of product it has reached the desired stage of maturity. And at a quite nice price-point that makes it very attractive.
I also think the Miyota (9215?/9015? - something like that) movements, noise complaints, not withstanding, offer another quality option.
How did I miss this little gem of an article.
Well done Mr. Adams. Quite the 'tongue-in-cheek' approach that contains more than a grain of truth.
2 weeks ago on The Art Of Selling Luxury Watches To That Rich Wealthy Crowd; Five Tricks Of The Trade!
@marbstiu @DG Cayse @MarkCarson I am not a "wine snob" either...drink, eat, talk...Enjoy!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Autodromo Stradale Line Debuts As The Brand’s New Flagship Watch
@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Ouch!...please pardon the large image.
@MarkCarson @DG Cayse It is life...
Nice watch. I like it and would wear it.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Bulova Accutron II Surveyor With Precisionist Movement Watch Review
@MarkCarson You drinka too mucha of the vino! You eyes...they go kazoo!
I like it. Clean. Simple. Well designed. It's a piece that "speaks."
I could well wear this flinging about the back roads north of Brescia.
Enjoy the road of life !
@Chronic I would add repetitive vibration. Think motorcycle riding for example.
I also will say that dust, IMO, should be of more concern. Proper screw-in crowns and gaskets require maintenance to maintain their seal.
Fine grit and sand play havoc with a mechanical movement.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off
Another great review Mr. Kansa. I like your wording on several areas.
I like the retro-style with up-to-date tech of these watches.
Looks like a nice engineering interpretation of classic styles with close guidance of the manufacturing process.
My question with this company is one of availability.
I have heard/read many comments regarding items from MKII not being available other than in secondary(resale) markets.
Any comments on this aspect?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review
@fritsveer @Chaz_Hen You gentlemen must understand that there is a compressible gasket that allows the device to be water resistant to great depths in the crown stem mechanism. In order to maintain this seal it is designed so that as it is compressed, or "screwed in" different positions can, and do, occur. This is part of the design of the mechanism. Unfortunately, for some, this does mean that there is not a 'perfect alignment' of the crown logo at all times.
Although I do understand how this "tool" feature might be upsetting to the OCD/OCC(?) in the horology crowd.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Watch For James Cameron Hands-On
@MarkCarson @sdufort Quite right. Considering the added work that is put onto this Sellita movement, it is unfair to judge this on base merits. Mühle-Glashütte offers much much more than "just a Sellita movement" in their pieces.
Thanks for the link - it also cleared up my thinking on the "swans neck / woodpecker neck" difference.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Mühle-Glashütte Antaria Tag/Datum Watch
Quite a nice time piece. Classic in design and manufacture.
The addition of a bit of lume is a very nice touch. This piece is suitable for dress as well as non-sporting causal wear.
Nice review Mr. Kansa, toy seem to have captured and addressed the intent of this watch quite well.
(perhaps "swans neck" might be more pleasant than "woodpecker neck"...although I see that the manufacturer uses the same term)
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Mühle-Glashütte Antaria Tag/Datum Watch
Nice write Mr. Adams.
RIP Funny Guy. Thanks for the laffs.
The ride was fun but his demons got him in the end.
Back to Ork.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on RIP Robin Williams, Watch Guy
Congratulations to Mark N. of Richmond, Washington, USA.
Great watch - Enjoy!
3 weeks ago on Watch Winner Announced: Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical
Strictly a museum piece.
3 weeks ago on Parmigiani Bugatti Mythe Piece Unique Watch
I like it. I like E-type Jags also.
I'd get one in steel @ US$1,800 or less.
3 weeks ago on Bremont Lightweight E-Type Chronometer Watch In Collaboration With Jaguar Cars
A nicely done time piece.
I think its target demo will respond well to this offering.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase Watch Hands-On
@MarkCarson @GBD Mr. Carson...be nice to the lad.
He missed that entire Accutron tuning fork time piece era. This is obviously a referral to the heritage of the Accutron with a bit of 'Swiss' update tossed in.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Bulova Percheron Treble Watch For Manchester United
@spiceballs As opposed to a "thin" intellect?
"Thin" as in shallow or lacking in intellectual or perceptual depth...Hmmm...good point there.
I am not a tourbillon fan, but his is just exquisite.
This man is a true craftsman.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Hajime Asaoka Project T Tourbillon Indepedent Japanese Watch
I like it....w/out the logo. (Not a fan of Brit soccer, Manchester, England or gaudy watches)
Bulova has upped their game (pun) of late and this is a good 'next step' design-wise. Good pricing also.
For those mentioning the "bulky"-ness of the watch, I suggest they do a search for what the "Percheron" part of the name represents.
Good move by Bulova.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Bulova Percheron Treble Watch For Manchester United
@Fraser Petrick I've always enjoyed skolf...a combination of skeet shooting and golf.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial Watches Hands-On
it is good to have various opinions and comments on a subject such as this - Thanks for sharing.
4 weeks ago on Buying Watches In Sydney, Australia: The Hour Glass
Truly, another "Hold Muh beer 'n watch this!" moment.
4 weeks ago on Cliff Diving With Red Bull And Maurice Lacroix
It appears that some people are not able to understand that this is not offered by Rolex. This is a metal surface preparation and coating service offered by the Rau-Tech company. It is an after market option.
The simple fact that some of the various options are shown photo-shopped onto watches is for the benefit of the potential client. Such a display of features is quite standard in many industries.
If one does not like this service - one is not forced to partake of it.
This is an optional service; a feature akin to watch "modding" or modification to suit ones wants or needs.
Some of these remarks are, IMO, childish and ridiculous.
I, and I suspect others, are glad to see after-market services such as this given time on ABTW.
Pardon my language, but in the parlance of the internet - GTFU or STFU......"harrumph!".../rant.
4 weeks ago on Finally! Colorful Coatings For Most Metals: Rau-Tech Custom Rolex And Other Watches
Very interesting. I would like to see a 2014 update on this story information.
Perhaps a "Part II"...?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Buying “Decoded” Watches Avoids Authorized Watch Dealer Prices; Involves Some Risk
Good interview and good questions.
Bloke seems a bit tight with his words; but gets out the basics.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Buying Watches In Sydney, Australia: The Hour Glass
Because they can.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Dial Watch Is Tribute To James Cameron Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie
It always amazes me how promoters of such as this can explain these things with such sincerity and enthusiasm...and do so while maintaining a straight face.
1 month ago on TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
I will proudly step-up and volunteer to co-pilot the ABTW team car. I respectfully nominate Mr. Carson as co-driver/navigator. (Although he may require an auto made in Deutschland identified with numbers & letters)
How many laps is this sporting endeavour? Rest and refreshment stops are mandatory every 5 times around the circuit (or hourly - which ever comes first).
Cheers and Ever Onward!
1 month ago on Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Racing Watch Hands-On