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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.

10 hours, 56 minutes 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.

10 hours, 58 minutes ago on Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2014: The Progress Of The Chinese Watch Industry

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Hmmm...might be a contender.

22 hours, 5 minutes ago on SpeedUp SmartWatch For iOS And Android Phones

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

22 hours, 11 minutes 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.

22 hours, 12 minutes 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.

22 hours, 12 minutes 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 day, 15 hours 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.

2 days, 15 hours 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.

2 days, 15 hours 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!



2 days, 22 hours 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.

2 days, 23 hours 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?

2 days, 22 hours 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.

3 days, 1 hour 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....:)

3 days, 1 hour 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."

3 days, 12 hours ago on Will In-House Made Watch Movements Be Serviceable In The Future?

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Good Lord...make the madness stop.

3 days, 12 hours 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.

3 days, 12 hours 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.

3 days, 12 hours 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.

4 days, 12 hours ago on Breitling Cockpit B50 Watch With Exclusive New SuperQuartz Movement

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

4 days, 12 hours ago on Tissot 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 Limited Edition Watches

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

6 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.

1 week 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"...;)

1 week 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!


1 week, 1 day 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.

1 week, 2 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.

1 week, 4 days ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches

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@Zzyzx All good points - well said!

1 week, 4 days ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?

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Good write Mr. Adams. You call it "ambition"...I would call it "smart marketing."

Apple knows it stuff on the marketing end. And they already have a very large built-in market for sales.


Will this have much of an effect on the "traditional" watch market?

Optimist that I am, I think it will be beneficial. Why? I think it will stimulate an increase in interest in traditional watches...a "roots" thing that hipsters, and face it - this is hipster crack - wind up going for. (Think PBR)


So, on that level, one of several which will appear, I think this will have a beneficial effect on traditional watches.


I also think this is nothing more than a new 'sub-set' of the watch world; think tourbillions, chronographs, quartz/digital, different materials, different dial/bezel types...just a new sub-set which will have its devotees and its haters.


Who will win?...We all will.


$0.02.

1 week, 4 days ago on How Screwed Is The Watch Industry Thanks To The Apple Watch?

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OK, having read several articles on this launch and having read through the comments here, I will say that:

1. I like the looks of this beast. I like the smooth shape and rounded corners (lawsuit bait...heh heh heh)

2. I will never buy one or use one if given to me.

3. I am a PC and Android guy. 'Nuff said.

4. IMO, this will have legions of the "FAPPLEs" (Apple Fan boyz/gurlz) getting one - a built-in market if you will.

5. I am taking the under on how soon a headline appears of someone getting thugged-up for their 'Apple Watch'...particularly after standing in line for hours and hours.


Other than those observations - it doesn't suck...too much.

1 week, 4 days ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches

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@MarkCarson "Being really nothing more than an accessory for iPhones, this has zero interest to me as an  Android phone user."

Word.

1 week, 4 days ago on Apple Watch Smartwatch Launches

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An expensive quirky, gimmicky, gadget watch.

What's not to like? - I do like it.

While I would not buy one; I think its going to have a strong appeal to certain buyers.

And they will, for the most part, be very happy with one.


(with respect to the comments of SanerDany)

1 week, 5 days ago on Porsche Design P’6780 Diver Watch Review

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AT US $ 50.00 a piece they are worth every bit for the fleeting novelty appeal.


Sort of a "Swatch for hipsters."

1 week, 6 days ago on Watches Have Always Been Palettes For Art: Mr. Jones Face Timers

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IMO, this watch, like many things in life, looks better from its 'backside' than from its front.

1 week, 6 days ago on Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Blue Watch

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@dodger42 The Fortis brand has also had a long association with Harwood Watches:

http://www.fortis-watches.com/front_content.php

If you scroll through the years here you might find something of interest.

2 weeks ago on Harwood, Original Maker Of The Automatic Wrist Watch Resurfaces: Look Past Lukewarm Looks For Interesting Designs

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@dodger42 http://www.harwood-watches.com/en/contact/index.html is the Harwood website contact page. If you futz around a bit on there you might be able to come up with an email address that would be of help.

2 weeks ago on Harwood, Original Maker Of The Automatic Wrist Watch Resurfaces: Look Past Lukewarm Looks For Interesting Designs

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Timex...Indiglo...I love it...I have 2 of them...Excellent watches....Bravo.

2 weeks ago on Learning Digital Illustration With Watches: Interview With Wrist.im Founder

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Sincere congratulations Mr. Dan B. A fine watch that should serve you well.

2 weeks ago on Watch Winner Announced: Torgoen T32 Automatic

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@aBlogtoWatch @DG Cayse Thanks for the considered, and considerate, reply.

It has been my experience that almost all industries begin a decline when they become big enough, profitable enough and attract sufficient attention from 'outside' industries that they(the 'outsiders') begin to slowly infiltrate (for lack of a better word) into the original business.

It's all about the money...sharks smell blood in the water from a remarkable distance.

I see no reason to think the horological business is any different. And yes, the "tech world" flourishes, and some might say thrives, on bells, whistles and soon-to-be-useless gadgetry as they toss out the detritus of their "idea-gerbils" into the marketplace.

Maybe it's just the Luddite in me rising to the surface. Maybe its the sore-feelings of not being able to get a "limited run" piece by a boutique maker repaired. My trust in new-comers such as this to both understand the market and build a functional product for the largest market segment is shrinking each day.

Anyway, I appreciate your response and also to the other commenters. It's a personal touch that speaks of deserved credibility.

2 weeks ago on Apple Hires Marc Newson, iWatch Smartwatch Watches Likely To Be Designed With His Help

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Will it send material to my HP printer via the interwebs?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Gilt Michael Bastian Smartwatch Engineered By Hewlett-Packard?

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@Tekky Do check out the Oris line.

Several are covered here on ABTW and also you can do a quick review at their website:


http://www.oris.ch/en

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph Watch, Slipping To The Future

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@Chaz_Hen I, also, am not a fan of false patina or "aging" or whatever the current term is for that affectation. It reeks of pretentiousness and instant "cred" for the insecure, IMO.

I see it in clothing, t-shirts and jeans, and numerous other items.

Just silly. If I buy something new, I darn well expect it to look new.

If it looks aged it is because the darn thing has gotten older - like myself.

Just silly.

I do like the model I mentioned, the Type 20 Pilot, without that hideous leather strappage - I am "Old School", but that is just too "old"...for even me.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT 1903 Watch Hands-On

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@TrueRed "sorry Yanks"..."knobheads"..."... idiots who call a game football then play it with their hands, now thats what you call low intellect."..."... stick to commenting on your crappy sports that only a minority care for outside of your country."....Public School man I see.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Bulova Percheron Treble Watch For Manchester United

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@MarkCarson @TrueRed "Finally - is cricket played with crickets? Maybe they should call it bats. (I'm kidding - I know that the name "cricket" may have originated from a non-english word for bat)."

Named for the chirping sound of the insects that interrupts ones' sleep while the "game" continues.

"Drinks wallah...Another G & T pink!...chop! chop!"

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Bulova Percheron Treble Watch For Manchester United

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