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How on earth did they keep this 'idea' away from the Hublot consortium?

6 hours, 12 minutes ago on Romain Jerome Space Invaders Ultimate Edition Watch For Sale Online Only

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@MarkCarson I see what you did there...;)

6 hours, 14 minutes ago on New Rpaige DuoFace Timepiece: Birth Of A Watch

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Beautiful creations and I also applaud your imagination.

Pricing is "just right" and these are / will become treasured heirlooms.

6 hours, 36 minutes ago on New Rpaige DuoFace Timepiece: Birth Of A Watch

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Thank You Mr. Adams. A beautiful pictorial review of a splendid, and somewhat elegant, event.

(Once again, the anti-Rolex envy is almost palatable. LOL!)

 

6 hours, 51 minutes ago on Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Car Show & Race Weekend With Rolex Watches

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I like this offering -  the blue (and other colored dial) set off with the high contrast hands is nice.

BUT, this 47mm size is ridiculous.

The wrist pics look silly. Reminds me of the foolish look of skinny people trying to wear a large Panerai.

Also, the 50m WR is simply passe' in this day and age.

And the price? Nice try - some 'buffoon' might well pay that; and people will snicker at him if not laugh out loud.


"A fool and his money..." kind of thing.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Ernst Benz Chronoracer Sport Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

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Congratulations Mr. Nick L. from a former "Cowtown" guy.

2 days, 4 hours ago on Watch Winner Announced: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver Watch

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Well, some people need a watch like this. Compensating for ..."inadequacies"...I guess.

2 days, 21 hours ago on Hublot Big Bang Unico World Poker Tour Watch Hands-On

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Proving once again, that a simple classic design is both beautiful and timeless(pun intended).




4 days, 8 hours ago on IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic Watch

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I like the Ball marque. The closest shop to my home, it's a 3 minute walk, is a Ball AD. I like the direction Ball is going.

Having said that, I must add that this piece, while acceptable with its' bells&whistles is not for the feint of heart.

It is a BIG presence on the wrist. Chunky and for many - uncomfortable to wear for any length of time.

As to the  "Amortiser" system - great idea - but who 'plans' to drop their watch?

As it must be manually turned on, IMO this greatly compromises its use. And then, it must be manually turned off.

Keep thinking guys - Great idea, just needs better(more user friendly) execution.

Also, I highly dislike the locking crown guard protrusions. Ruins the esthetics of the design and is damned painful biting into one back of the palm when it slips down the wrist and one flexes their wrist - OUCH!

I agree about the Power Reserve and dial design - like them. But I think this is still a design in progress.

Is it handwindable?

4 days, 23 hours ago on Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley Watch Hands-On

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Good basic q & a Mr. Kansa.

Sounds like a nice fellow.

And he does 'wear the t-shirt' for his brand - which is fine by me. 

Loyalty is quite often fleeting these days.

I believe, If I remember correctly, almost buying the exact Croton red LED watch back in the mid '70s.

I was fascinated by it until the sales clerk pointed out to me that it was not visible in the dark - or maybe required some type of button pushing. Anyway, that nixed the deal. 

I do remember liking it though.

4 days, 23 hours ago on My First Grail Watch: Rudy Chavez Of Baume & Mercier

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@bdekok @MarkCarson Lovely watch.

One comment regarding "micro or "boutique" brands, and that is regarding service or repair.

From personal experience this can be a problem. A simple part breaking means it must go to the original manufacturer for repair/replacement. If this is a 'limited' run, a problem is that there may not be another part available. And for a single part, they will not/can not do a parts run to fix the problem.

So, you might have what I currently have on my desk - A nice watch that I do like - but it is now nothing more than a paperweight.


Enjoy - and be aware of a consideration with 'micro' and "boutique" marques.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Mark Carson Ka La Ladies Watch On Kickstarter

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Congratulations on your win.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Minus-8 Layer

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@antjay Agree about the lume on most Seikos.

IMO a major problem that should not be a problem.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Seiko Recraft Mechanical 1970s Style Watches

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Well done Mr. Diehl.

Just read through the Journey in Time piece the last few evenings.

To repost the address - http://www.scribd.com/doc/12811123/A-Journey-in-Time

(hat tip to Rob  @ http://www.monsterwatches.eu/eu/index.php/home)

Well worth looking at for its all around technical info.

Seiko has always been a major player in the game.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Seiko Recraft Mechanical 1970s Style Watches

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 Ever Onward Mr. Carson!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Mark Carson Ka La Ladies Watch On Kickstarter

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@Zeitblom Ha!

Next you'll be wanting a case made from Congoleum and/or Rhodesium.

And don't forget the ever elusive Unobtainium.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Tempest Forged Carbon Dive Watch Review

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Surprise surprise...forged carbon cases have been available from China knock-off manufacturers (especially the AP models) for about a year.

Quite well done in quality. Since this is coming from HK, it is logical to guess that this companies suppliers might be the same. Or at least "sharing" the technology.


Whatever the case, it is good to see new technology moving into in the trade.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Tempest Forged Carbon Dive Watch Review

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@Grinnie Jax GJ - Thanks for the heads-up.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review

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Thank You Mr. Stacey.

I will probably be getting one of these next (2015) spring.

And, by the way...RLTW!

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review

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@brlumaja A little insider secret - Rolex does offer in-house modification and customization of some of their watches. It is not an easy thing to get accomplished and there are a number of hoops to jump thru; but with perseverance, money and the right contacts it can be done.

Of course they reserve the right to refuse any request without appeal. Or any part of a request.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Bamford Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts

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Well done Mr. Adams. Prior to reading this piece I had more than a little contempt for the "Bamford Rolex."

Your article truly covered much more about the process and it's underlying emotion. I do know that there is much more to the 'George Bamford Story' prior to his Rolex endeavor, but in this his efforts do appear to be much more than a frivolous new toy. Best to him.

I have shifted so much as to even say that I like some of the pieces displayed with this article. I will also say that I will probably not be changing my opinion of the people I see wearing the "Bamford Rolex."

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Bamford Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts

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Well done Mr. C. You have experienced a very small and exclusive part of L.A. 

The smile should hold you through the long Chicago winter.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on aBlogtoWatch Reader Joins Us For Watch Weekend In Los Angeles

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He did it because he could.


Next!

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Greco Hexagonal Nut Watch For True Gear Heads

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Good article Mr. Bates.

As with all things mechanical - regular maintenance and service does greatly extend service life.

As to the auto vs. manual wind  - I seem to have no real preference.

I enjoy the convenience of the auto-wind; while I also appreciate the 'zen-like' personal involvement of the manual wind requirement.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on How Manually Wound Watch Movements Compare To Their Automatic Counterparts

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@Ulysses31 Laughing stock perhaps, but that paper is good to have in a court case involving patent/trademark infringement issues.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Is META Watch Pursuing A Patent On All Analog/Digital Dial Smartwatches?

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Good to see Bulova taking positive steps in their return to the market.

First the bling to establish their position. Then the advert campaign. Then the tech aspects.

(notice I'm leaving out the obligatory/ridiculous 'brand ambassador' positions)

Baby-steps.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Bulova Ups Their Watch Game In Los Angeles

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Good review Mr. Adams. Especially demonstrating the app functions.

I agree with the "Let's see what will evolve in 3 - 5 years" comment.

This one is close in user-friendliness; but a big negative is its legibility.

Good idea - not-quite-there- in execution.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Michael Bastian MB Chronowing By Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch Review

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@Ulysses31 @Fraser Petrick "I heard you were hung?"

"I am"....Blazing Saddles...Mel Brooks.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Michael Bastian MB Chronowing By Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch Review

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Good Choce Mr. Carson.

In years past, I have wandered into Kirk Jewelers, as a browser - not a buyer/seller - and at that time, I was greeted warmly and shown much kindness.

And I was obviously not dressed as a 'moneyed-tourista.'

Good folks.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Buying Watches In Miami, Florida: Kirk Jewelers

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@MarkCarson @GBD Nice comparison pics Mr. Carson. Quite distinguished company to be in, I'd say.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review

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The Ball Watch Company has a quite interesting history. Their technological developments and the standards they have set are remarkable - both in the industry and the real world.

Frankly, to see so many here make reference to Rolex in their assessment of this piece is more of a compliment than anything else.

Both companies manufacture time pieces to high standards; and both assure that these same high standards are maintained by use of cutting-edge technology and materials.

Ball accomplishes this with a conservative style that "speaks softly while wielding a big stick" at a very affordable price point. (Consider the cost over several decades and the value is seen more clearly)

My personal critique of this piece is the 'cyclops' date window. I do not like it on this piece. But, a skilled jeweler can easily remove this from the crystal.

Nice review Mr. Kansa.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review

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@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Techno-Geeks...is there anything they can't do?

4 weeks, 1 day ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?

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Nice watch. I like Ball.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review

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OK, I was a bit harsh; the piece has garnered quite a lot of comments.

1 month ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?

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@CG I quite agree with your friend.

1 month ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?

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I must say, this is one of the most condescending attempts at an article I have seen on ABTW.


Please, NO MORE of this. Let these children go measure their peckers in the corner and use this space for actual relevant horological contributions.

As we have all come to expect.

1 month ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?

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Great photos. Looks like a lovely event.

1 month ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos

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A wee bit much I'm thinking.

1 month ago on Bovet Recital 16 Triple Time Zone Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

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Honestly, I like these, but:

Lose the searchlight/spotlight function.

Lose the red/blue light for the dial and maybe use tritium. Or really good lume.

Lose the SOS feature. (maybe a  . --  -  .. - . ).

Use a ST2130 or other 28,800 motor (or a high-beat quartz if you insist on a quartz).

Use a screw-down crown and up the WR to at least 100 meters.

Put the '23' and '1' on the dial.


Other than those changes, I like this offering.

1 month ago on New & Improved Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision Watch

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@Zzyzx I, personally, think that the reason that "the market is flooded with micro-brand Submariner/Milsub "homages,"" is because that is what the market wants. This style is what sells - so fill the market created want. Basic marketing.

My observation about this offering, which I also like, is the lume on the bezel. I think it will soon be subjects to scuffing and abuse - which is normal for bezels. (I'm not really fond of the 'f aux aged look' , but that's another topic). This lume, which also doesn't look very well done, in its raised off the bezel position will become rather unsightly as it gets scratched off with daily use.

I do like this piece and fully understand the dedication and perseverance in working with Chinese parts manufacturers. Compliments there.

1 month ago on OWC MilSub MS-5517 Watch Review

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@rfrost Is this standard procedure for under-employed IC lawyer wannabes? Trolling the internet looking for potential "infringments" to file over?

Save your moralizing about "good watch fan citizens" for the paperwork. 

As mentioned in the article, to attempt to portray this as anything other than good advertising for the marque is a ridiculous attempt at promoting useless litigation.


Go save a whale.

1 month ago on Android Wear Smartwatch Dial Designs Explode With Creativity & Variety

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It almost makes me try to schedule a return to CONUS for the event.

Best to all.

1 month ago on Canvas Poster Is Another Reason To Attend Bulova Watches Event In Los Angeles On November 20th 2014

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Check him out on YouTube - a real 'class act.'

1 month ago on Aloe Blacc Interview: Pop Star, Process Nerd, Watch Guy, Friend Of IWC

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