Pac Rim. Historic old port city on a tropical island.
I like good things.
@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Well, for you, I tried. It seems that some sort of "log-in" is required with a password and username for Instagram. I have neither.
But I will encourage all who do meet the requirements to do the log in and vote for your Santa w/the Bikini Girl !...oh...and the watch photos also...;)
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Sorry, don't do twitter, facebook, instagram, G+ or any of the hip social networks.
Nice watches - Good Luck to someone.
1 day, 10 hours ago on INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY: Three Ancon Watches Thanks To Matt Baily
Nice looking watch from a well-established maker. I like the inner rotating bezel for the added safety feature.
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@MarkCarson @vmarks ZZ Top
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Mr. Kansa and Mr. HUbbards' choices will merrily fill my stocking.
Add in the Carier Tank Americaine from Mr. Paige and I would be, as they say, "Good to go!"
1 week ago on Editors’ Holiday Watch Wish List Buying Guide For 2013
....where is the HE valve?
1 week ago on Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon Watch: Pedal-To-The-Metal Horology
The chart on pg. 2 showing gross sales vs. net profit is what makes shareholders throw chairs at annual meetings (yes, it does happen).
Obviously the effects of interference in the market by an outside entity - the Swiss Gov't.
One thing not mentioned, in this otherwise excellent overview, is the emergence of the Asian players into the game. It is wise to consider their growing importance in the caliber (and all parts) manufacturing scheme.
Thanks for the article Mr. Bredan.
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Fantastic follow-up to the article. Lots of detail fill-in. The James Bond references were hilarious...."White cat and I'm outta here!"...lol.
Jake was in a state of "AWE" and Mr. Adams is very pumped. Good listen.
1 week, 2 days ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 149: Inside Rolex
@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Good Q. I confess it is a logical assumption on my part. They may well buy the basic robotic units from an outside source and then add the required components for their intended tasks. It is, I do think, safe to say that all maintenance and programing is strictly in-house.
As to building their own robotic tools; in some instances I would venture that they do. They certainly posses the technology and access to materials for this. Shot-term costs may be high, however, Rolex does demonstrate time and again that they will pursue the best course for Rolex with immediate costs not being a primary factor.
Perhaps Mr. Adams can speak to this point. Although, I think this might be considered proprietary info.
1 week, 2 days ago on 10 Things To Know About How Rolex Makes Watches
Each of those innovative assembly robots (machines?) was designed, tested and built by Rolex. Also, each one is maintained and operated by human Rolex employees.
Rolex uses a particular base material for each of its parts for very simple reasons - suitability and manufacturing application. As mentioned in the very well-done article;each part, other than the crystals and some hands, are made completely in house. What a tremendous endeavour. I sensed a bit of...'bait'...in the comment regarding the use of 904L because of "feel." A simple check of the MDS (Material Data Sheet) for 904L shows it was created for specific applications,i.e. corrosion and oxidation resistance in a wide variety of uses. By the way, there are several iterations of 904L. An important factor is the machining capabilities and QC follow through demonstrated by Rolex in its watch manufacturing. Simply excellent.
All of these items combined make a Rolex worthy of its reputation. It delivers what its buyers desire on a great many levels.
Yes, I am a Rolex "fan." Yes, I have several. Oddly enough, I was gifted my first one by a client, a DJ two-tone, and did not like it; attracted too much attention. I wound up giving it away. A few years later I bought my first one. The reason I purchased it - because the bracelet was well-made. I still have that Sub and the bracelet is still secure.
I find the anti-Rolex crowd humorous. Yes, there are a lot of other well-made watches using excellent technologies in the manufacturing process - a few German marques come to mind. And yes, there are other makers who push the design envelope to extremes (silly?). But there is a good solid reason that Rolex has the reputation for performance that it has - it has earned it and continues to do so.
1 week, 3 days ago on 10 Things To Know About How Rolex Makes Watches
A Gold star...indeed.
1 week, 5 days ago on Zenith Captain Winsor Annual Calendar Watch Review
Good job on the weekly round-ups.
And thanks for the GIF with #5...nice touch.
1 week, 5 days ago on BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends November 22, 2013
Good to see the envelope being pushed a bit. Engraving?...a logical evolution. Micro-lasers have the ability to do this quite nicely. Case back etching, engraving and relief work has been around for a while. Why not extend it to the other "blank" areas of the watch. Its just a computer prog away!
(really...300m WR? I can't imagine anyone who would buy, and wear this beast, going deeper than the bottom of the ice bucket)
1 week, 5 days ago on Linde Werdelin Tattoos The Oktopus Moon Watch
Although they do mention using a Valjoux 7750 in another of their models.
1 week, 6 days ago on Kentex Marineman Sapphire Ceramic Watch Hands-On
@MarkCarsonI like this marque. Looks, and sounds, well made. Yes, put a company such as this in the hands of an engineer and let him go - he will build a precision instrument.
The model featured appears to be their Marineman 'Seahorse' model. From their Japanese site: http://www.kentex-jp.com/col/model/marine/index_sh.html
Cannot suss the caliber, but I suspect it is a Miyota 9015 with some in-house tinkering:
JAPAN Automatic Date movement...is all they say.
I like this model.
A magnificent beginning. The subtle evolution of the outward appearance is more than matched by the major technical advances inside the case made over the years by the Rolex marque.
Thank you for the marque history lesson.
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Missing only the spray-painted signature of the rapper du jour.
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