@Chaz_Hen The finishing, beveling and engravings all reflect the light with a very "flat" quality. This happens because machines did those operations.
There are also numerous design choices which Chinese manufacturers favour, like the overusage of blued screws and some very disharmonious design elements. It's just got that "kitchen sink" feel of design.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ateliers DeMonaco Tourbillon “Xtreme Precision” Oculus Petite Minute Watch Hands-On
Demonaco watches have always looked decidedly Chinese both in design and fabrication. While this looks far better than many of their other offerings, I still get the feeling that the "Swiss Made" designation on the movement obscures the truth of its origin.
Would I buy it? No.
Would I wear it? Yes. Not everything needs to be haute horlogie.
Have a little fun sometimes!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on HYT Skull Watch Is Cool, Does Not Indicate Minutes
Know what would help Bulova do well in the market again? Not making ugly watches. Fire the designers and they could turn themselves around quickly.
2 months ago on Bulova Ups Their Watch Game In Los Angeles
Huge fan of this. The first Panerai I think I might actually buy.
2 months ago on Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic PAM572 Watch And New In-House P.4000 Movement Hands-On
Makes me sad that GP doesn't hold their value. This is gorgeous and I would rather own it than even a comparable Patek or VC.
2 months, 1 week ago on Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time Watch Hands-On
I definitely think a company producing it's own cases and movements is important. We've had enough of "watch assembling companies" that focus on branding more than quality manufacturing and design.
But there is also an odd quality of the watch industry that "in-house" means "more expensive". Many companies outside of watches view vertical integration as a measure for reducing costs and therefore offering consumers better value. The fact that Maurice Lacroix offers solid value as well is why the brand is so appealing. Plus I just think the design of the Pontos S is stellar, like a re-imagined Porsche Diver.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver
Very nice watch with an interesting complication but that name is just brutal.
Margot? Seriously? Might as well call it the Agnes, or Ethel. That's a particularly impressive fail given how many attractive-sounding French women's names there are.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Christophe Claret Margot Watch For Ladies Hands-On
@5803822 @stephen-k It turns red in proportion to how much power reserve has been used up.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme Lab 2 Watches Hands-On
@Fraser Petrick I hear that if you look at the position of the big hand, it can give you a clue to where the little hand is pointing.
4 months, 1 week ago on Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory Enamel Watch Hands-On
For up to 5 million, you too can have a G-Fart. Kleptocrats and their money are easily separated.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Greubel Forsey Art Piece 1 Watch Hands-On
@mnejmantowicz I have that same Carrera Calibre 36 Flyback. It is ridiculously gorgeous
5 months ago on “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Is New TAG Heuer Brand Message, Hints To Future Company Direction
@LucaManni Holy freaking God, Bulova makes a watch that looks like that!? That's gorgeous!
Whoever designed this needs a promotion and to replace whoever is designing those revolting Precisionist monstrosities.
6 months, 1 week ago on Bulova Accutron Amerigo Watch Review
Definitely can't wait until this collection is gone. Really all it's ever needed is a redial with less of the busy texturing (same goes for the bezel insert). But UN continues to be stubborn...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Refreshed For 2014
If it came out years ago it would have kicked the Breitling Rescue and Emergency watches' collective butts. Just overall a much nicer package.
However, it isn't 10 years ago so it's lost any real relevance due to changing tastes. At least the Z33 has some retro geekitude going for it.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Watch Hands-On
@DG Cayse @Spaceguitar "All I want is frickin sharks with frickin laser beams attached to their frickin heads! Is that too much to ask?!"
Couldn't help myself
@Zeitblom It's called the Sea Dweller and it is glorious.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Introducing The Rubber B Rolex Deepsea Glidelock Watch Strap
Gorgeous. Love the detent movement. While it's very nice to look at in pictures, the video in the previous article really shows how amazing it is in motion. I just wish you got your hands on the black and gold version. That was by far my favourite version because of its Art Deco feel. Reminds me of my favourite Dewitt and Roger Dubuis models.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Christophe Claret Maestoso Watch Hands-On
I guess it's nice that the limited edition is uglier because it makes the regular edition seem so much better designed and a bargain? I guess?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Blancpain L-Evolution R Chronographe Flyback Grande Date Watch Hands-On
Oh crap it's July.
Why not set the gems in a way which makes a gradient of colour? And maybe make them not entirely random cuts?
Graff just showed the world that you'd be an idiot not to spend your fortune on Cartier jewelry and watches.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch
@Tourbillion87 Agreed. My favourite of theirs as well because it isn't EXACTLY like every other Luminor or Radiomir. And despite not being left handed, I think I would prefer having the huge crown guard on the side not sticking into my left wrist.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Panerai Luminor Submersible Left-Handed Titanio PAM569 Watch Hands-On
A message from many watch lovers to Sinn:
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
Ahem, that is all.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Sinn EZM9 TESTAF Watch
@MarkCarson While I normally wouldn't care about the VI being upright or not, it is a bit odd in this case since it is surrounded by rings of numbers which are all oriented towards the viewer.
It is still a damn gorgeous watch though, especially with that movement.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph Watch Hands-On
I think there's a lot to like about this package. It's a Swiss mechanical (though nothing flashy under the hood so to speak) with some solid case design (the dials are more hit and miss) and a cool but not overly-intrusive UI.
Unlike the other commenters, I feel like this is a wonderful way to get people less focused on their phones. The display seems intuitive and useful enough that a quick look at your wrist doesn't just leave you hunting for your phone for more information. A quick look at your wrist and you're back to whatever you're doing. An ideal solution for technology still being present but taking a backseat to your life.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Kairos Smartwatch Blends Mechanical Watch With Technology
Bulova is clearly smoking crack.
8 months ago on Bulova Accu-Swiss Percheron Watch Available In Solid 24k Gold For $42,000
@ZL I especially love that hours subdial. Still readable but jammed full of numerals like we've seen on so many vintage chronos.
8 months ago on Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Watches For 2014 Hands-On
@ZL Halios, Helson, Sinn, UTS all come to mind...
8 months, 1 week ago on UTS 4000M Pacific Horizon Blue Dive Watch
@wallymann My favourite Admiral. I am so happy with their recreation of it. And the red is cooler and more modern than the orange but takes nothing away from the design.
I hope it sells well, then maybe a successful piece with squared-tipped subdial indices will give Rolex the balls to make a proper Paul Newman Daytona again.
8 months, 1 week ago on Longines Heritage Diver Watches
@MarkCarson I prefer the curves. It looks too "angry robot face" without the curves to soften the aesthetic and reduce the facial quality.
8 months, 1 week ago on A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Pink Gold Watch Hands-On
@Jimxxx What could they lume? The time is read off of discs which are hidden from sunlight during most of the day.
Love this watch vs the previous Lamborghini-themed Blancpains. Gorgeous photography as well in this feature. I've got a soft spot for the design of the Huracan and Aventador.
8 months, 1 week ago on Blancpain L-Evolution Chronographe Flyback Grande Date Watch With Lamborghini Aventador: Review
A great idea. Doesn't fit under a cuff but hopefully that doesn't hinder its success too much. Then they can look at producing thinner versions down the line. I really hope this takes off.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Introducing The Modillian Bluetooth Smart Watch Strap Buckle
@kunokephalos Thank you for reminding me about the G Fart Piece 1.. That truly was the most glorious cock up of timepiece nomenclature I've ever seen.
As for the brand itself, I agree. You could spend a million hours sculpting a dog turd out of unobtainium. Rendering terrible design in exclusive materials, finishing it perfectly and selling it for 6 figures does not suddenly overshadow the awful design decisions. That is why GF is a joke.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum Hands-On
Never liked the old one and one of its biggest problems was thickness and diameter. It just looked goofy and fit poorly. This one looks like it fits amazingly well, which makes a lot of the other features and design choices shine. Not 100% sold on the hands and indices but given how good the rest of the package is for the price, I think I may get one.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 Watch Hands-On: Upgrades Increase The Want
@CG It's true. This is all marketing BS and I'm sure the Bloodhound crew are happy to take Rolex's sponsorship money and utilize their marketing.
Guaranteed their car has the same digital speedo any self-respecting racecar has.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on This Is What A Modern Rolex Dashboard Instrument Looks Like: Chronograph & Speedometer For Bloodhound SSC 1000 MPH Car
Great idea. Many, MANY questionable design decisions (like the distracting and overused sunray-style engraving on the dial) and an awful price. This idea needs to be simplified down to a much cheaper price point with less stuff going on on the dial and it will be much more successful.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Lang & Heyne Augustus Watch Hands-On
@DG Cayse Where are the indicators "compromised"? What does that even mean in this sense? Every even number is there and there are markings for the odd numbers.
And yes, it's automatic.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36,000 GMT Watch Hands-On
@RandyTorres @Ulysses31 Honestly, good. I don't want people who think Rolex is the be-all, end-all of watches to even know Grand Seiko exists. These watches have the look of finish and quality that it is difficult to find in pieces with many times their price.
This is about the only watch I like so much that I wouldn't mind having one in each colour. I would wear them all regularly.
@CG I love when Americans call their politicians "socialist". It's like hearing the Amish say a woman showing her ankle is "pornographic". American politics is right-wing and super-right-wing.
9 months ago on President Bill Clinton Visits Detroit-Based Shinola
@BiggestDoucheAriel The butthurt is strong with this one.
9 months ago on Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter Tourbillon Watch Hands-On
I wear my dress watches when I'm just wearing a suit jacket, jeans and nice shoes to work. Why would you need a formal event to wear this?
Also, I swear I have tried on the time-only version of this watch which has been around for years as far as I know. What makes these new?
9 months ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Watches For 2014 Hands-On
The fur is awful as has been mentioned before, but the actual watch is gorgeous. The recessed hour markers is really distinctive.
9 months, 1 week ago on This Fendi Luxury Ladies Watch Is Colorful & Furry
I really like the sapphire bezel version. The face keeps a lot of the Doxa style (which is really just a 60s-70s dial style) and freshens it up a bit. Big fan.
9 months, 1 week ago on DOXA SUB 300T-Graph Chronograph Watches Hands-On
Gorgeous, but it will never do well. Then, in time it will become coveted. Just staggeringly simple yet beautiful.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ralph Lauren Sporting Classic Chronometer Steel Watch Hands On
@Ulysses31 1000 foreskins,! That's 10 wives! haha
10 months ago on Omega Speedmaster Mark II Watch For 2014 Hands-On
Very cool idea. The dial side is very nicely finished too which sort of offsets the "DD module on a 2892" factor in my mind. I like a lot of the design touches on the case as well. My biggest issue with it is one it shares with some other start up, high end Swiss brands: naming their brand after some English buzzword.
Rebellion, Revelation, Slyde all make this mistake. There's just something inherently wrong with it having such a kitschy name. Meanwhile Hautlence, MB&F, Urwerk, Maitre du Temps all do it right. They're not particularly compelling names, they just aren't terrible.
11 months ago on Revelation R03 Chronograph Watch Review
The biggest shame about this (and the rest of the Grand Seiko line) is how badly they photograph. Their finishes are always staggeringly beautiful with the way they play with the light. Nothing else is like it in the industry and their embrace of other cultural practices like the metallurgy of swordmaking or elaborate processes of lacquering make them truly unique. This brand needs a bigger dealer network asap.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Seiko Ananta SRQ017 100th Anniversary Chronograph Watch Hands-On
Whether you like the octogon shape or not, the snobbishness is unwarranted and ironic given who it was designed by. Going back decades, the Gerald Genta brand's creations have looked very much like this, with both men and women's pieces combining octogonal and circular elements.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Bvlgari Introduces An Octo Chronograph Watch
Not a big fan of the lack of finishing on this movement. The majority of the parts seem to have been stamped out of a sheet and little else aside from a few bits of perlage.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Habring2 Doppel 3 Split-Second Chronograph Limited Edition Watch
@Grinnie Jax The simple answer is the height of the curve. Lots more depth here than a mostly flat crystal with a little curved lip
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Seiko Astron Solar GPS Watch New Design Added For 2014