Pac Rim. Historic old port city on a tropical island.
I like good things.
"ABTW: When did you first start getting interested in watches?
Puh-Leeze..no mas...no mas.
6 hours, 11 minutes ago on Interview With Kelly Rowland, TW Steel Watches Ambassador
Quite an interesting find Mr. Kansa. In looking at the companies website I am impressed with their offerings.
It is great to see such innovations as this "micro-rotor." Expanding the horological envelope, as it were.
Nice line of which I was unaware.
1 day, 7 hours ago on The Sjöö Sandström Royal Capital Is The Latest Luxury Watch From Sweden
1 day, 7 hours ago on Nixie Wrist Wearable Flying Drone
@Borys Bozzor Pawliw "A smartwatch is a tool many of us may end up wearing,..."
Quite so and there in lies the value in these so-called "smart watches. Seeing these mock-up of what could be, I have begun to see some usefulness in the concept - to a point. I predict that these will gain a market share; it looks to be the 'right product at the right time' for a segment of the market. The group that desires:
constant social media availability
constant assurance that they are tuned-in and have the 'latest/greatest' tech toy
This will be the market share for these items. The questions remains - How large will this, historically fickle, segment be and how long will they maintain their affection for these items?
And, what will be the next 'latest/greatest' tech toy that will supplant these?
I strongly agree with the sentiment that these tech toys will never replace the high-end mechanical watches - it will not happen.
But, I do think that these items will gain a place alongside mechanicals in the market place and be a viable purchasing option for those shopping for a timepiece.
And I, geezer that I am, will turn my head and smugly grin when I see someone with one of these tech toys raise their wrist and look about to see who is watching them as they check their display screens or note their latest/greatest beeping/blinking/obnoxious toy.
2 days, 6 hours ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands
3 days, 1 hour ago on My First Grail Watch: Christian Bedat Of Bedat & Co. And RED8
@MarkCarson @SantiagoT Very true. The "buy-in" point is so unclear that it causes many to sit it out completely.
"Do I want v 1.0? v. 2.2? What about 3.0? What will it offer me?" - Just too confusing right now.
(happily using Win 7.0)
3 days, 1 hour ago on 3 Concept Smartwatches That Could Be From Popular Swiss Luxury Brands
Somewhat sad to say it, but, I like all of these.
Especially the 'Reverso' offering.
@MarkCarson The Earnshaw is gaudy and tacky compared to this GO piece.
4 days, 5 hours ago on Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition Watch Hands-On
Precise, Intricate, Bold, Masculine - very Germanic.
I did not e the absence of a second hand; in thinking about it I agree. The flittering around the dial of the second hand would detract from the enjoyment of the visual offered on this piece.
Elegant is a good term also I think. This would easily fit under a cuff - and it still has a nice presence.
The Senator Series has always been one of my favorites. This adventure in skeletonizing is well-done by GO.
And the price is almost a bargain.
@MarkCarson Well, on the dial front JLC refers to it as a "SpheroTourbillon", but I like the term "GyroSpheroTourbillon." It sounds a little over-the-top, which is in fitting with the ambiance of the piece.
I don't think "carousel" quite captures the gist of the mechanism - but, perhaps it does. A bit over my pay grade to make that decision.
One thing I'm certain of, any owner of this must leave quite clear instruction to the cleaning staff to be very careful when dusting the display case.
Beautiful mechanism. They made it "Because they could!"
4 days, 6 hours ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Watch Revisited
@MarkCarson @DG Cayse I visited his website and I do like some of the models he offers.
Cute pic of him & Ariel on there along with rappers, DJs and other assorted "friends" of the brand.
It looks like he's having a good time. And that is a good thing.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review
@MarkCarson @DG Cayse We are fortunate to have such professionals as you contributing to this forum.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases
@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Glad all is safe and secure.
5 days, 4 hours ago on Nomos Lux & Nomos Lambda Gold Watch Lines Enhanced With Beautiful Colors And Smaller Cases
"Thees ees so very...how you say...French!
Of course you do not understand theees!"
5 days, 4 hours ago on Maurice De Mauriac Chronograph Diver Watch Review
The rectangular shaped models are very nice. Both are nice in their rear views.
I agree that the power reserve indicators is overwhelming in its size - cut it by 1/2 at the least.
But, I am saddened to see these coming in at this price.
At $USD7,000.00 it might be possible if not actually doable for a larger segment of the market.
Again, I do like the use of these colo(u)rs. Brighten things up!
Mr. Carson - batten down the hatches. Ana is on its way!
While I am not against having "sponsored" posts, I do wish some of them were a bit, well actually a LOT, more informative about the time piece they are posting about.
This one in particular. I like the looks of this piece.
1 week ago on Laco Watches – Rewriting Horological History Since 1925
I like it.
I seem to be a "Ralph Lauren" - type person who likes "Bauhaus"- type watches.
(Nomos, Junghans, etc)
1 week, 1 day ago on Bauhaus Style: New Junghans Max Bill Watches
Nice looking yellow Ferrari.
(I'm trying to be nice)
1 week, 1 day ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary Watch Hands-On
@thornwood36 I venture to say that all 6 are already sold pending completion.
1 week, 2 days ago on Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 5175 Watch For 175th Brand Anniversary
An astounding piece of horological technology. Beautifully crafted.
Well, this one does tick all the boxes.
Unfortunately, they are the wrong boxes.
1 week, 2 days ago on Ancon X-35 Concept Watch Review
Henceforth to be known as The Hyetis Hybrid.
1 week, 4 days ago on Hyetis REDLINE Smartwatch Debuts RDL-001 Swiss Mechanical + Electronic Movement
This just reminds me of something - What was it? - Oh yeah, now I remember:
It's easy to grin
When your ship comes in
And you've got the
stock market beat.
But the man worthwhile,
Is the man who can smile,
When his shorts are too tight in the seat.
Bless this ship, and all who sail on her. I christen thee The Flying WASP....Judge Smails
1 week, 4 days ago on IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”
Great writing and great pics.
2 weeks ago on A Regular Guy Drives A Bugatti Veyron Supercar
So this is the person responsible for all of this pretentious obsession with the 'tourbillion'(sp?) nonsense?
Public school man...obviously.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on My First Grail Watch: Stephen Forsey Of Greubel Forsey
This piece does appear to have a few nice design elements.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watch Review
While I generally like the 'new' direction that Hamilton watches is going, I can not extend that to this particular model.
Pretentious, overdone, unfocused, over-reaching...these are some of the adjectives that come to mind in viewing this piece.
My critique is not meant to belittle Hamilton efforts at achieving brand, and quality, excellence.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
What should, IMO, be of concern to many in the watch community is the simple fact that much, if not all, of the actual manufacturing of the "boutique" brand watches is done through contract houses in HK (the work is actually done in China/PRC/Shenzhen/Guangzhou).
As this societal/economic disruption continues both the HK offices and the Chinese work is, and will continue to be disrupted. Already many Chinese manufacturers are looking at other locations in seeking relief from the rising wage/benefit demands of the Chinese workforce.
This factor also extends to quite a number of the "big" name watches.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Luxury Watch Industry’s Dilemma In Hong Kong
@ShaneGriffin1 @Fraser Petrick Very good analysis. Thats the way thing have historically worked.
Market emergence - market saturation - market decline - market re-emergence.
Markets should never reach a point of stasis.
There are always new markets, new technology, new products.
Certain price points may stabilize and define certain market segments; but there will always be something new to expand the market.
There is always room at the top.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Is Slowing Demand For Watches In Asia Finally Causing Job Cuts At Swiss Manufactures?
@aBlogtoWatch @DG Cayse More information on the technical aspects of watches and possibly even watch-related items. Not too sure what that 2nd part would entail - your call there.
The 'insider' knowledge you have regarding the industry and its leanings and possible trends is always of interest.
A guess on my part is to look at the items (and I know you and your staff already do this) that generate the most coherent and relevant responses in the 'comments' section.
The high-dollar exotic pieces that are featured here are interesting;but, and this is just my opinion and a SWAG, a lot of folks would like to have info on watches that they can actually afford. Facts (if possible) about durability, how well-made they are, water/dust resistance and accuracy in the real world. I think these items would be of interest to a wider demo of the audience.
I personally, like the occasional piece on design and manufacturers that are pushing the envelope - but really, most people are coming from a Timex budget with Rolex dreams.
(and yes, I do have several of both in my inventory)
Lately It looks like some of the better and more affordable pieces have been featured - IMO, this is a good thing.
As always, best and thanks for the insight on the website.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 164: Apple, Rolex, Orient, Luminox
Worst Houtime ever....but that's OK.
What an eloquent piece. An Italian red head and a fantastic shop.
It has my AE card struggle to get free and my telephone auto-calling our travel agent.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Buying Watches In Milan, Italy: Pisa Orologeria
...it couldn't hurt!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Wondering How The Swiss Luxury Industry Will Handle Smartwatches? One Cheeky Watch Maker Proposes This Option
Beautiful photographs, beautiful watch and a well-written hands-on piece.
I am not always a fan of open backs on watches, but this view is very very nice.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Hands-On
Interesting design and offering.
As I am at GMT +8 I think it would be a nicely ironic win for MINUS - 8 and myself.
Good Luck to All!
3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Minus-8 Layer Automatic
Interesting topic. The last few watches that I purchased from a Jewelery store / Authorized dealers provided me with forms for my home owners insurance. I was to provide these papers, which indicated retail value, for adding their coverage to my home owners policy.
As I already had a safe for my guns, I simply put them on a shelf in that safe.
Another suggestion, if one is concerned about home robbery, is to go to your local bank and obtain a security box. The cost is minimal. However, this might be inconvenient for switching watches on a daily basis.
Speaking to your homeowner or renters insurance agent might be a good thing to do. Most policies can easily add items of value to your existing policy at small cost.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on When Should I Insure My Watch Collection?
"their products are actually really good."
That pretty much sums it up.
Their stuff is good and it works.
All of the time.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 “No Date” Watch Long-Term Review
@IvanGopey @MarkCarson @aBlogtoWatch I'm going to speak for the marque and call "Movement snobbery" on the Ronda application.
It is a fine and proven caliber and speaks well of the marque to use it.
It should be obvious at this point that I prefer 3 handed auto calibers - I do. But I understand that some makers/designers have other things in mind. IMO, the Ronda quartz speaks well of their intentions. And it bloody well keeps the price down.
Just my 2 sheckles.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Review Of The Astor+Banks Chrono Watches, Made In Chicago
Some of the most favorable comments on a marque that I have seen on ABTW.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?
heh heh heh...a Tag "homage"....heh heh heh
3 weeks, 5 days ago on TAG Heuer Formula 1 GMT Watch With Black & Blue Bezel
Nothing but Love and Bon Chance to Mr. Perez and his venture.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Review Of The Astor+Banks Chrono Watches, Made In Chicago
@Patrick Kansa @DG Cayse Hell, I wouldn't know whether to put an 8-track tape in it or pull a bottle of chilled wine out of it.
Maybe try to tune in a SW station?
"Bombastic" is exactly the right descriptor for this.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Ambrelus Dreadnought Takes Watch Winder Design To New Level
"So what is the deal?"
It looks to be a case of flogging ...N.O.S.....(New Old Stock)...not the first time this has been done in the world of horology.
Speaks immensely to poor marketing co-ordination with manufacturing.
I sort of like it. Worth every bit of US$5,000 just for its 'odd' appeal.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on TAG Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph McLaren Watch Revisited
No reflection what-so-ever on the fine reviews of Mr. Kansa...but...ridiculous!
A very beautiful "museum case" quality piece.
And at a relatively releasable price. Obviously not a daily wear watch, but it would look very nice in a display case.
4 weeks ago on Gustafsson & Sjogren Bifrost Isbla Damascus Steel Dress Watch
Meh...get back to me when it's in a 42mm, 8g shock resistant, 200m water resistant, +-5 second in 24 hrs, AR'd, sapphire (or Gorilla Glass) crystal, screw-down crown, steel cased and braceleted wristable wearing watch.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Will The IsoSpring Steal Away The Tick-Tick-Tick Of Your Wrist Watch?
Quality of manufacture, well designed, in-house mechanicals and a reputation for accuracy and durability.
All of this at a very reasonable and appropriate price point.
Orient ticks all of the boxes for a winning watch!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?
@MarkCarson @BJS314 Manly Guides...been done...here are a few...
These are just a few that came up in a quick search..there are others.
I clean the over occasionally, as I work from home I also do the laundry(I do it the "right way").
IMO, being a "Man" is about responsibilities.
Being a "Guy"...well add the responsibility angle with a slight twist.
And neither of those has a darn thing to do with what watch you wear...lol.
Although I recommend against detailing an engine compartment while wearing a Submariner.
1 month ago on Casio G-Shock MT-G MTG-S1000 $1,000 Metal Watches Hands-On
@MarkCarson Well, I quite like that one.
@Ulysses31 @BJS314 Ulysses31 - are you French...or..."French Canadian"?
That might explain your posture of 'umbrage'...anyway...I'll be up on the castle walls taunting you....:)
(oh, and that Richard Lewis guy writes those pieces merely to act the puffed-up buffoon )