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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!

11 hours, 39 minutes ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Minus-8 Layer Automatic

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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.

1 day, 19 hours ago on When Should I Insure My Watch Collection?

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 "their products are actually really good." 

That pretty much sums it up.

Their stuff is good and it works.

All of the time.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060 “No Date” Watch Long-Term Review

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@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.

2 days, 11 hours ago on Review Of The Astor+Banks Chrono Watches, Made In Chicago

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Some of the most favorable comments on a marque that I have seen on ABTW.

Impressive.

2 days, 19 hours ago on Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?

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heh heh heh...a Tag "homage"....heh heh heh

4 days, 19 hours ago on TAG Heuer Formula 1 GMT Watch With Black & Blue Bezel

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Nothing but Love and Bon Chance to Mr. Perez and his venture.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Review Of The Astor+Banks Chrono Watches, Made In Chicago

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@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.

4 days, 19 hours ago on Ambrelus Dreadnought Takes Watch Winder Design To New Level

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"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.

5 days, 13 hours ago on TAG Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph McLaren Watch Revisited

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No reflection what-so-ever on the fine reviews of Mr. Kansa...but...ridiculous!

5 days, 13 hours ago on Ambrelus Dreadnought Takes Watch Winder Design To New Level

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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.

6 days, 20 hours ago on Gustafsson & Sjogren Bifrost Isbla Damascus Steel Dress Watch

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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.

1 week, 1 day ago on Will The IsoSpring Steal Away The Tick-Tick-Tick Of Your Wrist Watch?

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Excellent marque.

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!




1 week, 1 day ago on Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?

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@MarkCarson @BJS314 Manly Guides...been done...here are a few...

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-gselevator-guide-to-being-a-man-2013-9

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/manly

http://gprime.net/text.php/guidetobeingaman

http://www.vice.com/read/the-sad-ass-guide-to-being-a-man


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 week, 2 days ago on Casio G-Shock MT-G MTG-S1000 $1,000 Metal Watches Hands-On

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@MarkCarson  Well, I quite like that one.

1 week, 2 days ago on Casio G-Shock MT-G MTG-S1000 $1,000 Metal Watches Hands-On

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@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 )

1 week, 2 days ago on Casio G-Shock MT-G MTG-S1000 $1,000 Metal Watches Hands-On

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"Heads-Up Notice"

A "trend" is developing in Japan, and I think it will travel to China also, for a "cocktail watch."

Seriously, it is a "fashion piece" watch intended for wear at Happy Hour and cocktail parties.


I'm waiting for the "Coffee Watch"....Next Big Trend?

1 week, 2 days ago on Casio G-Shock MT-G MTG-S1000 $1,000 Metal Watches Hands-On

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@MarkCarson Frankly, quality control is not an easily applied concept in China.


It's "quantity over quality" to fill the order.

1 week, 3 days ago on Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2014: The Progress Of The Chinese Watch Industry

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@Ilow I would add, to your spot-on commentary, that the new transport line mentioned in the article will bring more problems than it will solve, IMO.

Not only will it bring in outlying workers who will work for less money (although to them it is more than they previously earned) it will add to the already over-crowding and lack of living space that is the sad truth about the mega-cities of China today.

Sure, they will work for less, but they have no skill in their trade. The lack of middle-management mentioned is the result of any person who gains one bit of knowledge and talent heading out the door ASAP because they know their current Boss will never allow them to make more money or reward them. So they hit the street to open their own shop - and perpetuate the status quo.

Also, there are several venerable Chinese watch companies not mentioned who have been in the trade for decades - Seagull, Tianjin and some others that slip my mind right at the moment.

And, of course, there are the newer boutique/art brands cashing in on the money to be made.

1 week, 3 days ago on Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2014: The Progress Of The Chinese Watch Industry

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Hmmm...might be a contender.

1 week, 3 days ago on SpeedUp SmartWatch For iOS And Android Phones

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@mrchan Not always true...Teachers is a fine Blended Whisky.

1 week, 3 days ago on Chivas 12 Made For Gentlemen By Bremont Limited Edition Watches And Gift Tin

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Good Lord this Bremont group is getting more ridiculous every day.

I look for Hublot to buy them out.

1 week, 3 days ago on Chivas 12 Made For Gentlemen By Bremont Limited Edition Watches And Gift Tin

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@CG You are referring to Bourbon.

Not whisky.

1 week, 3 days ago on Chivas 12 Made For Gentlemen By Bremont Limited Edition Watches And Gift Tin

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 In my best sud Tejas drawl:


Hell, that's purty cheap fer what yer gettin. 

And I love this:

"Bottom pusher:  Full atomic mode activation"

Now be honest here - how many times have you wanted to have sumthin on yer arm with that writ on it?

Y'all want convenience, hell, this is a full blown A-Tom-Ic time piece, Bubba.

Show this to Billy Bob and his flashy Ro-Lex whatcamacallit...this'll eat his Ro-Lex up and spit out glowing pieces.


I give this feller full points for in-gen-u-ity and gumption. I bet he'll make the next one smaller.

To para-phrase a line from one of my favorite picture shows:

"That'll hair-lip everybody in Bear Creek"

1 week, 4 days ago on Hoptroff No. 16 Atomic Wrist Watch For 1000 Year Accuracy

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The JLC Reverso is one of the few wrist watches that define what a formal time piece truly is.

This is what class, style and refinement in a time piece is all about.

1 week, 5 days ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948 Watches Review

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@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Agree....and I think that 'no seconds hand' is also a rather major design flaw.

1 week, 5 days ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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Good looking, proven durability and 5 seconds per year (!!) accuracy - It ain't all in the sweep!



1 week, 5 days ago on Breitling Colt Watches For 2014 Fully Embrace High-End Quartz

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My honest opinion is that this is not 'too' bad. After viewing their website, which looks to be written by a professional marketer (not that there is anything wrong with that) rather than someone with a "watch background", I'll venture that this is not all that bad a piece. With several caveats:

1) Drastically over-priced. Bring this in around the US$700 - 1200 mark and it will sell.

2) The mentioned lug eating the strap thread looks to be a problem in the making - offer a steel bracelet or a rubber strap.

3) Knock-off the "Strong Woman connecting with us" crap. That hipster jargon is, IMO, just too weird. And it, again IMO, insults the intelligence and ability of the female sex.

Some good points:

4) The quality control appears to be well in place.

5) Parts look to be 'off the shelf' available.

6) I like the use of Gorilla Glass. It has been pretty thoroughly vetted out by several computer and cell phone (smart phone?) companies and looks to be a contender - we'll see,

Could be "good" or "not so good":

7) Small company, details attended to and good communication with customers, suppliers and media.

8) Staying-power - The BIG question - is this a "one Off" or will the company be around to do support. 


As the owner of a "boutique brand" timepiece that is now a nice desk ornament due to "specialty parts" not being available - this is an important aspect of the deal.


Bring this piece in at US$800 -  1200 and it looks like a go.

Oh, and also knock-off the "93% American made" stuff, it ain't workin like you had planned.

A simple "Designed and Assembled in the U.S.A." is much better.


Just my coffee-fueled ramblings.

1 week, 5 days ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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What?

None of the usual ADD comments about the screws not being lined up?

1 week, 5 days ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@LapYoda I have seen Chinese counterfeits  APs that are made much better.

Agree with the PT Barnum effect.

It seems the industry has reached that point in its life.

1 week, 6 days ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Good points...very good points. I do think you've sussed it out.


Just letting the site know that someone was paying attention....:)

1 week, 6 days ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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Very good question.

It doesn't seem to matter whether it is "in-house" or a watch made using common parts assembled "in-house"...gettin after sale service is a very tricky thing.

Especially if it is a Hong Kong made piece sold by a European brand.

Have a problem...."Sorry Lad, no parts available to fix that one."

1 week, 6 days ago on Will In-House Made Watch Movements Be Serviceable In The Future?

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Good Lord...make the madness stop.

1 week, 6 days ago on MB&F HM5 CarbonMacrolon Watch

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IMO, you have posted this prior to having sufficient info to make a complete review.

Best, as always.

1 week, 6 days ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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I have a acquaintance named Niall who works for Jordanian GID...I doubt he is getting a cut on this.

1 week, 6 days ago on Niall One Mechanical Watches Claim To Be Made With Over 90% American Parts

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@Jimxxx You can quite rightly imagine my frustration with this happening with a 'boutique' watch.

2 weeks ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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@infinity2014 spam spam spam spam ...spam spam spam spam

2 weeks ago on Tissot 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 Limited Edition Watches

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True Swiss do not riot....They show...disdain.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 163: All About The Apple Watch

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Very nice review and a very nice watch Mr. N. The Marvin is a nice, clean design that has a long heritage and a good performance credo.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Marvin Origin Gent Automatic

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Nice review Mr. Caplan.

I have been a long time fan of the Nomos line. The Nomos Ahoi Datum. is a worthy contribution in an otherwise ho-hum same-same part of the watch field.


Funny thing though, I always thought "Ahoi" was Hawaiian for "Hello Sailor"...;)

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Nomos Ahoi Sport Watches Compared

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@MarkCarson @bonham007 Yosemite Sam for something!

Maybe jumping in the air a shooting two guns resistance?

He's a tuff 'ombrey!


2 weeks, 4 days ago on New Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches Tortured To Illustrate Durability

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I like the simplicity and purity that it presents.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Pellikaan Timing Hendrik Lorentz Watch

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@aBlogtoWatch @DG Cayse Yes, and in spite of my personal distaste for this move in the horological/technological direction, it is what is coming. I think its a logical expression of technology combining with everything it can.

Does it benefit the watch world? Probably so on several different levels. Fashion- (oh what an ugly word...shudder) wise its the 'next new thing.'

Technology wise it brings together, somewhat, although there will be numerous  "watch 2.0, 2.1, 2.2...etc, the beels, whistles and flashing lites that people seem to expect nowadays.

Is it a horological advance? I don't think so. But it does open up a new area in horology. Maybe "horotechno" is now evolving into reality.

And, I think the key to this, as it now occurs, is "evolution." These will change and evolve.

IMO it is useless to fight it.


Now all that is necessary is to figure out how one can be "advantaged" by this horotechno.

3 weeks ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches

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