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This is the case of a watch being TOO functional....to the point where there are no flairs to be had at all. This is a nice watch. It's focus in its design and no-nonsense to a fault. But it did such a good job at being functional that it forget that it is still a entry-level luxury watch. There needs to be something, anything, to draw people in and justify that price tag. So far I cannot see a single thing on it that would convince me to fork over $2K+ for it. I can surely get my "Field Watch" fix with a Hamilton, where I conceivably will actually wear out to the field which it is designed for, and not get too worried about damaging or breaking it. Then again 10 times out of 10 I will wear a Suunto out to the field, so I guess that point is moot.
Speaking of Hamilton their Khaki Field watch is a field watch done right. I can't believe I'm saying this, but the Tudor can learn a thing or two about designing an attractive field watch from Hamilton. "GASP!"
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Tudor Heritage Ranger Watch Review
Nothing more I can add that has not been spoken about Hublot already. Love it or hate it, these will sell.
One thing I'll say though, they can improve the look of these watches if they move away from the skeletonised-dials. There's enough going on with the watch already, what with it's "fusion" of materials and textures. Showing us the bits-and-bobs inside the watch just detracts from the look.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hublot King Power Los Angeles Lakers Watch
@tr143 @star42 Nope but I've driven an E55 AMG. It's a seriously luxurious sedan, but all the extra grunt just doesn't seem to fit the feeling you get sitting in one of those. And the S65 I would imagine would be worse, given all the extra weight. I cannot imagine any scenario where one would want to be driving around a 2 tonne sedan like a sports car, just like a diver would choose a Calibre Diver for some deep diving, except for pure novelty value.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Cartier Calibre Diver Watch Review
I hope watch brands will stop trying to make a "Batman" watch. It's just silly. The best attempt thus far has been JLC's Reverso, and that because it's actually worn by Bruce Wayne in the film (which fits the character), and it doesn't have the Bat logo plastered all over the watch. Any other attempts at placing the logo prominently on the watch just seems contrived.
4 months ago on Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut
This is A LOT of watch for not a lot of money. Great design that actually evokes what it's trying to represent/emulate. A tool watch through and through. I would wear the heck out of this, chunky dimensions and all!
This watch would make for an excellent video review Ariel!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Limited Edition Watch Hands-On
I thought I would roll my eyes like crazy with this watch, what with it being Yellow gold overload. But surprisingly, I'm not! It's still way too much gold in one watch, but with the connection it's making, it kinda works. Good job Omega.
5 months, 1 week ago on Unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Gold 50th Anniversary Of 007 Goldfinger Watch Sells For $113,000
Dude get off your high horse! If you actually had taken a minute away from your ranting and raving, and actually read the post, you'll find that the article did not actually carry any personal commentary of the watch by ablogtowatch. It only reports on the information supplied by the company about the product. It's up to us, the reader, to look up any more information as desired, and make up our own mind about it. If that is too much for your to handle, then maybe an intelligent site like this is not right for you, and you should head back to the forums where you belong.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on New Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches Tortured To Illustrate Durability
The original Calibre was a great watch because it was focused in it's design. It is a masculine dress watch, and it does that really well. Trying to make a diving watch out of it is like adding spoilers and body-kits to a Mercedes Benz S-class, and calling it a serious sports car.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Cartier Calibre Diver Watch Review
Good to see you guys are back! I missed your podcasts tremendously, and if it fits within your busy schedules, I would love to hear more of you guys!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 162
And you would not be seen as a pompous troll had you not replied in such a arrogant and conceited manner. At what point did you contribute to the discussion of this watch? Or do you get off on trawling the internet for typos so as to display you supposed superior grasp of the English language?
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch
This watch is clutter done right! Although busy, the dial is very clearly laid out and everything has it's place. There's a order present here amidst the chaos. The design looks beefy and tool-like in a decent size. Hats off to Omega for breathing new life into a dated and slightly boring design!
6 months ago on Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph GMT Co-Axial Watch Hands-On
@Newsh I was just thinking that when watching their promo video for this. I'm a southpaw, so my strong-side hand is my watch arm unfortunately. The beam from the torch will be partially, if not completely blocked when aiming a pistol. Unless I wear this on my weak-side hand, but given the weight and heft of this thing it would take a bit of getting used to. Still I would gladly wear this trekking and camping.
6 months ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch
Amongst other watches, in 5 years I'll be wearing the Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical watch, preferably this one that ablogtowatch will send me :)
7 months ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical
Put me down for one Omega TRONmaster thanks!
7 months ago on Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon
@marbstiu I'd rather him wear this than that gaudy Richard Mille in The Expendables 3!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On
THIS is a COOL watch! Not to everyone's taste that for sure, but I really dig it! It has a intense yet controlled design that really works overall. And Ariel did you say it will come in a BRONZE BRACELET?! Now that's cool! Imagine how this thing will age overtime.
Although the price is quite ambitious, the bronze bracelet will go someway in justifying it, just by it's virtue of exclusivity. Please have a video review of the bronze version if it is made available!
This is just brilliant! I never thought a Submariner platform can look so great with a rubber strap. If you own a DeepSea this is a must-have with your watch!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Introducing The Rubber B Rolex Deepsea Glidelock Watch Strap
Looks like a "Fabulous" Mr Hankey:
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch
@RobW1 Way back when ablogtowatch was still ablogtoread, there was a entertaining section call "Bad idea". There resides watches and watch-related topics that Ariel thought were "not great", and I thought he was being quite candid about why he thought they were bad ideas. These watches came to mind, the Hamilton Khaki Below Zero Chronograph Watch:
the Zenith Mega Port Royal Tourbillon Watch:
and; the Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile Collection
Ariel gave his opinion and backed it up with great information. I thought they were all terrific read.
8 months ago on Answering The Question Of Who aBlogtoWatch Works For
This looks like a quality timepiece. The closeups shows some beautiful finishing and great attention to details, typical of a brand like Citizen. Overall design is a little on the "Ho-Hum" side, also another Citizen trait. However by charging over $1K for it I feel this watch had strayed away from the other Citizen ethos: Value for money. I honestly was excited by this watch when I started on this article, thinking that I can see myself rocking this as a daily beater. Then when I got to the price at the end of the article I was taken aback, and any thoughts on acquiring this piece quickly dissipated.
This is a nice watch by Citizen, but I do believe they are over-reaching here. Call me shallow but having the "Citizen" branding on the watch-face instantly puts it in the "budget" watch category. They just have not done enough to separate their higher-end Signature line from their core line for me to justify paying that price. Unlike Seiko who has injected some marvelous technological breakthrough and superb finishing on their Spring Drive and Grand Seiko lines. And whilst they may not be my very first choice for my next watch purchase, I would still feel perfectly satisfied to have acquired a high-end Seiko for the price they are asking for. Citizen, on the other hand, is not nearly at that level yet.
8 months, 1 week ago on Citizen Signature Grand Touring Sport Watch Hands-On
I love the way your watch reviews are presented in your YouTube channel Ariel. It's original, genuine, and honest. The fact that you actually give your personal opinion about the timepiece, and not just some generic observations that can be lifted out of a PR pamphlet, makes your video fun and interesting, and quiet different to anything out there. Oh and that you focus 100% of the video run-time on the watch being reviewed itself, from a point of view that represent how most of us will look at said watch, makes it so much easier for the viewers to get an idea of how it would be like to own and wear such watch. Comparing to videos from sites like Hodinkee, where their short videos consist mainly of close-ups and profile shots of the piece, or pieces on display, and other artistic shots of backgrounds and the reviewer looking at the watch (both WTF???? I mean why would I want to see shots of wine bottles and vases, or your face, when I'm here to look at WATCHES????), yours are infinitely more interesting. And it goes without saying that your knowledge and enthusiasm in the world of horology shines through in all your reviews, and it is highly infectious.
After all that kiss-assing the message is this: Don't change your current format please! I see many many YouTube channels that succeeded through original and genuine contents, but slowly deteriorated into soulless replicas of each-other, all under the guise of "higher production values". If you're trying to appeal to a mass audience with passing interest and short attention spans than sure, that might work. But to us true watch lovers/enthusiasts who like to see through all the BS and window dressings, your channel and videos is doing a mighty fine job as it is.
I apologise if this sounds very preachy, but I would just hate to see ablogtowatch lose that charm which brought, and kept, me (and many many others I'm sure) here in the first place.
9 months, 1 week ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 157: How Rolex Prices Have Historically Increased
A definite improvement over the old gaudy Seamaster 300M. But much too similar to the Planet Ocean. Given the similar price it's hard to choose these new 300M over the wonderful Planet Ocean 8500. It just lacks that distinctive quality that gives it a personality. Perhaps bezels with different colours will do the trick?
The fauxtina is a fine idea, but like most posters mentioned, the polishing is just abit too much. Plus it picks up smudges and finger-prints too easily, and combining with the fauxtina it combines to make the watch look "dirty" instead of "vintage".
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Watch Hands-On
Whilst I appreciate the craftsmanship, the design, and even their direction for their target demographics, I cannot stand behind the way this watch fits on the wrist. Those gaps beneath the lugs....not good. In conjunction with what other had said about the plastic-look to the watch, it further makes the watch looks like something you pick up from a booth in the mall.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon White Ceramic Hands-On
Why is everyone so jumpy over the size increase? We are talking about Breitling afterall right? The 40mm Navitimer is an exception rather than the norm in terms of size for this brand. Also 46mm is treading old ground for the Navitimer anyway: Navitimer World anyone?
11 months ago on Breitling Navitimer New For 2014 46mm And GMT Watches
I may be extremely alone with this sentiment, but here goes: I don't think that any Rolex Submariner-style watches looks good with a leather strap. Perhaps it is due to the prevalence of them on metal bracelets and NATO straps, the sight of one of them on a leather strap always makes me raise my eyebrow, and not in a good way. I have yet to see a subby/leather combination that truly works.
The Black Bay is a very fine watch....on the metal bracelet. Pairing it with a leather strap seems very mismatched. This is all IMHO of course.
For that matter the Omega Seamaster 300m (especially the blue bezel) and Planet Ocean aren't the best choices for leather straps either.
11 months, 1 week ago on 2014 Tudor Heritage Black Bay “Blue” 79220B Watch Hands-On
Just placed an order for one. I was intrigued with the design concept of this watch, and was very pleasantly surprised to see that it is so reasonably priced. I have a feeling this will get noticed way more than the other watches in my collection costing numerous times more.
1 year ago on Project Watches Nadir Review
Maurice Lacroix should be expecting a call from IWC's lawyers very soon....
1 year ago on Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged Watch
Even though it is ceramic, I'd imagine it's still a rather heavy watch for Tennis....
1 year ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch In White Ceramic Hands-On
I have nothing against white watches personally. But I can't help but notice the stigma that comes along with wearing white watches: They are either hipsters, feminine, or are seen as cheap plastic watches. I know these are generalizations/stereotypes, but seeing that watches these days are as much about telling time as a reflection of ones persona, I'm not sure I would like to be associated with any of the aforementioned preconceptions.
Having said that this is as beautiful as white watches come. With a fantastic design that is the RRO Diver you can play around with the aesthetic plenty and still come away with a winning product. Having worn the steel version though I find it hard-pressed not to choose the original. And as Ariel said, the rubber-strap has to be seen and touched in-person to believe. It is that great. The choice of blue is a good one also.
@Ulysses31 You are making the assumption that every person who purchase these watches are doing so with a deep love and fascination for mechanical timepieces. I have more than a few personal experiences with folks who does not even know what the heck they are buying, besides that it is expensive, or the sales person recommended it.
2 years, 2 months ago on Omega Puts Watch Instruction Manuals On YouTube
I disagree with the author in that the off-set dial is what set this what apart from the rest of the pilot watch. If this has a traditionally orientated dial I wouldn't give this a second look, as it will seem to be to be quite generic. Attractive, yes. But generic. But the offset dial is something different, and it makes me desire it just because it is different. I would definitely pass on this otherwise. Now I actually would want to purchase this, and the monopusher chronograph is just the icing on the cake.
2 years, 4 months ago on Longines Avigation Type A-7 Watch
Pretty great looking line of watches these Burberry Britain. Borrowing the Gerald Genta design was a good move for a fashion watch brand. The highlight for me would definitely be the Power Reserve with the gunmetal finish and tan alligator strap. Nice work Burberry!
I wonder how much the PVD chronograph will cost?
2 years, 4 months ago on Burberry Britain Watches
Definitely a step back for the Aquaracer line. I'd never really been a fan of Aquaracer until their WAJ series. They are masculine, sporty, and are perfectly sized. Their rubber bezels are the highlight for me. What was a focused dive watch in the WAJ series Tag Heuer has diluted in the WAK just so they can say this can be a "dress" watch. What a shame.
2 years, 5 months ago on Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500m Ceramic Watch
Hi all. My name is Stan, and I'm from Sydney Australia. I am a laboratory Scientist at a major Sydney University, specializing in Microbiology. I suppose my love for watches (as well as jackets, sunglasses, and other accessories) came from movies and TV shows. When I accidentally came across a webpage detailing the watches worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, I was at first shocked at the price of those pieces (I was a G-shock man back then, as I was in the military), but then was captivated by the technology behind it. As I dive deeper into the world of horology I found ablogtoread.com, and I was thoroughly entertained by the Ariel's outsider, or should I say, non-industry point of views. Since then this is my go-to site for any watch related information.
Of course I love Omega, now even more so as they have improved upon their quality and finishes of their pieces. Breitling is another brand I have a deep fondness for. I hope to add to my collection a Bremont Mustang P51and a IWC Pilot chronograph Top Gun ed. in the near future. Over the past weeks I have been rotating between my Navitimer, Planet Ocean, Casio G-Shocks, as well as a few Marina Militare that I'd use to scratch my Panerai itch.
All I want to add is Ariel, keep up the good work mate! Your contribution to the world of horology is much appreciated, especially in the way that you tell it like it is. I enjoy a glowing review of a deserving timepiece as much as the next guy, but it is your reviews of silly pieces/practices/ideas that I get a real kick out of.
2 years, 5 months ago on Who Are Watch Lovers? Get To Know aBlogtoRead.com Readers
@antjay I think that is being a bit unfair mate. The man is 60 years old. Of course he'll need some help in his workout. The fact that he's still busting his balls to be in the shape that he is right now so he can still make all these awesome action films is a testament to his discipline and dedication. And if you don't remember, he wasn't exactly a sloth when he was younger either.
Haters will always hate. That's the fact of life. But if you're really going to diss the concept of high end timepieces than I think you're visiting the wrong website mate.
2 years, 6 months ago on Stallone Wears Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec Watch
@Ulysses31 I agree. But beside that I still think the man is a total legend. I love that he just seem to take the fame and all that comes along with it (the good and the bad) in his stride. Not to mention his dedication to his health and fitness (he's in better shape at 60+ yrs old then most of us can ever dream of), and his sense of style. Let's face it, the world will be a worse off place without Rambo, Rocky, and The Expendables. Oh and he's a watch aficionado! Almost forgot. Ha!
From the promotional stills it looks like Stallone and his crew are all wearing the Panerai PAM382 Luminor 1950 Submersible "Bronzo".
I never thought I would even consider wearing a Diesel watch....but I will totally rock these bad boys! Cool designs, great tie-ins, these are not to be taken seriously, but worn with your casual attire on a weekends, would make great conversation starters.
2 years, 6 months ago on Diesel Batman & Bane Watches For The Dark Knight Rises
Just so you know Ariel, you've made a typo with the price of this watch. It seems you've accidentally added an extra zero to the price. I mean $15 000 for this watch would be just hilarious! Right?....
2 years, 9 months ago on Rado R-One “Tron” Watch Hands-On
@Ulysses31 I understand what you mean. I appreciate a good technological breakthrough in the world of horology as much as the next guy. I mean if we are not excited by the next mechanical marvel that transcends the industry then we wouldn't be reading this blog. However we are not talking about Greubel Forsey here, or MB&F, or Urwerk, or any of the aforementioned independent brands that specialise in highly exclusive technological marvels, with a price to match. We are talking about Omega, an (previously) entry level luxury brand, and the Planet Ocean model which is still considered to be a affordable tool watch for the everyday folks. I believe the innovations that has been injected into the new PO (Ceragold, Ceramic/Liquid metal bezels, individually set hour hand etc) are inline with the target customers base of this model and the activity that they would like to participate whilst wearing it, whose demands a certain level of musculinity, durability, and style that the PO affords.
Yes Omega can pump in a toubillon or 4 into the Planet Ocean. They can squeze in a rattrapante + a flyback function + a 1/1 000 of a second capability into their chronograph. Hell for the sake of innovation why don't they install a mechanical device that can record high/low tide times? Now as a Planet Ocean wearer myself, would this watch still be a "Planet Ocean"? No. It is not. Do I want any of the technologies I'd mentioned on my watch? No. Am I excited that my favourite watch now comes with a new in-house made movement that is more accurate, a highly scratch resistant ceramic bezel /ceragold case that will enable my pride and joy to look new for much longer, and a hour hand that has a second time zone complication built in? Yes. Very much so.
And how much do you think a Planet Ocean with a hot-off-the-press technological marvel complication will cost the average consumer? A lot more than the current MSRP I surmise.
The old arguements of "oh the watch brands are getting boring and not making enough breakthroughs" and "they are just doing the same thing over and over again" are used abit too liberally. Yes Rolex are doing the same thing over and over again, the Planet Ocean does not look different enough to the previously models, Hublot are just a one trick pony. But guess what? They sell! People want what these companies are putting out, and the reason is because people like what they have been doing all along. Is it good business sense to drastically transform what was already a winning formula? I don't have a MBA, but I'd hazard a guess that it would not be a good idea to do so.
As Ariel stated on one of his Podcast, there really hasn't been any true new complications being invented in recent time. Their are reimagining and upgrades to existing complications, but not "true" new innovations in terms of time telling functionality and complications. If there are, or if anyone have any good ideas, I would love to hear about them.
2 years, 9 months ago on Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ceragold Watches Hands-On
@Greblixx Really? So the fact that the new Planet Ocean has a brand new in-house made movement, sapphire display back, dual counter chronograph vs. tricompax layout of old, and a independently adjustable hour hand still does not qualify as "enough" changes to an updated model? Well I don't know what you deem to be worthy changes then. Would you and Ulysses31 prefer an entire redesign to the popular Planet Ocean range?
To me the new Planet Ocean took what was brilliant about the old watch (design, co-axial escapment, sizes), and updated it with new and improved technologies that are more than just cosmetic. Yes they look the same with just cursory inspection, but to those who know and appreciate the intricacy of fine mechanical timepieces, the updates are pretty impressive, and much more comprehensive than most other brand at this price point.
Oh man I need this in my life!!!
Great photos Ariel. Usually I don't give watches with gold components a second look, but these are done SO very well! The black and red gold strikes a perfect balance that doesn't scream out (John Bigg's favourite descriptive term) ostentatious. I would certainly avoid the all gold bracelet (if it does happen) and stick with the elegant croc strap.
Pricing is still too steep IMHO, but these models are the first in Omega's new range that come close to justifying their immense cost.
Being an Australian myself I would love nothing more than to show my patriotism and purchase this watch, but I cannot in good conscience bring myself to go near this....thing. This is just no cohesion to anything happening on the design of the dial or the watch in general. Is this another one of those "Kickstarter" creation, like the Tatooine watch?
3 years ago on Bausele Australian Surf Watch
I would gladly laid down the dough for Mr Hudspeth's military version. IWC in-house designers: You got SERVED!
3 years ago on Watch What-If IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
One word came to mind after viewing the collection: Busy. There's just a lot going on with the dial, maybe too much. This is especially so for the perpetual calender. On top of all those numbers and letters,the weird "perpetual calender" symbol and the 2 planes on either side are superfluous, and adds nothing to the design. IMHO remove those two elements, and place their IWC logo in their place. Tradiational, yes. Boring? Prehaps. But it certainly would go a long way in restoring some semblance of coherence to what would otherwise be a great dial design.
3 years, 1 month ago on IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Watches For 2012 Hands-On
Thanks for another great article Ariel! I agree with your point that IWC is definitely going for a more classic, understated look with their 2012 Pilot collection (I can actually picture them on a real live military pilot's wrist), but I'm worried that they may have taken that idea abit too far. From what you've shown here there seem to be more "m'eh" than "Wow". However the Spitfire Perpetual Digital Date-Month Calendar certainly belongs in the "Wow" category. And a in-house movements certainly is a big plus....and I'm sure that goes for the price as well.
Keep them coming mate!
3 years, 1 month ago on IWC New Pilot Watches For 2012