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.
6 days, 14 hours 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.
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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
1 month ago on Seiko Astron GPS Watch New Design Added For 2014
@MarkCarson Deep breaths Mark. The map's primary purpose is to evoke a feeling of looking at a planet. No one is going to be trying to line up a mostly-obscured map to indicate the time zone of their choice anyways. Purely decorative, and it looks awesome.
@Ulysses31 I'm sure you can replace the rubber inserts, in the same way that you can replace a glued-in aluminum/ceramic/painted bezel insert.
As for the sleep function, it's a bit silly given that a woman could leave her watch on the bedside table, wake up in the morning and see the totally wrong time. Giving it a morning shake just so you can read it seems bizarre.
As for the design itself, nice movement design but ugly everything else. The case is too blocky for most women to consider, clashes horribly with the round dial, and rubber was a huge mistake. The real reason for it is that rubber straps and inserts can be made CHEAP, in whatever pantone colour you ask for, in small batches. Makes the whole thing look cheap and unattractive though.
1 month ago on F.P. Journe Elegante Ladies Watch Is High-End Quartz Even A Man Could Covet
@PanagiotisWe are of like minds, you and I. While not underrated, both watches don't seem to really get the hype they deserve.
1 month, 1 week ago on Grand Seiko Watch Roadshow 2013 At Arizona Fine Time Event Report
Staggeringly beautiful. This is just a masterclass in design with the finishing and movement to suit. Looks both wearable, gorgeous and always active, either just by watching the tourbillon move or the chronograph mechanism engage. The best independent I've seen enter the market since Laurent Ferrier
1 month, 2 weeks ago on AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph Watch Hands-On
@MikeinFrankfurt While I generally agree that vintage is better value, with this you do get a HELL of a lot more features that will help accuracy and durability, the bracelet is solid which makes it feel like the original always should have, and the finishing of the case is miles beyond the original.
This is how a retro design should be reissued.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Omega Speedmaster Mark II Reissue Watch For 2014
@MarkCarsonI like the lack of markings on the dial myself. Definitely a watch designed with the bracelet in mind as it takes this to a whole new level. I imagine the weight is fantastic given the chunkiness.
As for the price, I think it makes sense given the GP name but not with a Dubois Depraz chronograph module when they have a fantastic chrono movement now.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk Watches Now With Steel Bracelet
Very cool. Not only does the case looks eerily similar to the Zodiac Olympos SST but a few design features seem to be direct attempts to solve the problems of that watch (namely thickness). I would bet someone on GO design team is probably wearing one right now.
2 months ago on Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date Watch Review
@Kar Wai LawThese are two of top of the list for organizations you least want to offend as a watch journalist. Thankfully we have no such issues.
It is staggering how ugly these watches were. Despite losing the lawsuit, Tiffany & Co come off as victims in this just because of the awfulness of Swatch's designs. I could do better preliminary designs for an entire lineup in a couple of evenings.
2 months, 1 week ago on Why The Swatch Group Sued Tiffany & Co. And Won About $450 Million
They called it the "Stranger"? I think the implications of that name must be lost on the Swiss. I can't wait until they do a limited edition piece commemorating the steam-powered paddleboats of America. They can call it the Cleveland Steamer.
2 months, 1 week ago on Ulysse Nardin Stranger Watch Music Box Hands-On
@flaviothepage Are you actually complaining because this isn't hyper-derivative like what most brands are pumping out? Shame! Shame!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on IWC Aquatimer Watches New For 2014
inb4 "For X dollars, the bezel screws should line up" and other silliness
I wouldn't buy any of them but there isn't one that didn't make me go "Huh. That's kind of cool"
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot’s Miami Heat Partnership
It seems silly but Tutima needs to redesign their logo and 80s font if they want to pull this off. I like everything else about it, even the stoic design, but especially that movement that looks like a combination of a Dornblueth and Sohn and FP Journe. The only thing standing between this watch and the wrists of watch lovers everywhere is their branding.
3 months ago on Tutima Patria Watch Hands-On
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Linde Werdelin Tattoos The Oktopus Moon Watch
Did the hell out of it, but that's inevitable in the same way that MarkCarson hating it is inevitable :P
@LapYoda @JonnyD Excellent usage of gestalt. Bravo for that.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Watch With Bracelet Hands-On